RTI International Jobs in Nigeria, November 25th 2016

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RTI International is implementing a USAID funded Leadership, Advocacy,
Empowerment, and Development (LEAD) project in Nigeria, a project aimed
at improving governance and service delivery at the local government
level. This project ends in September 2017. The position is open to
residents of Nigeria only.

RTI International is recruiting to fill the vacant job positions below:

Job Title: State Manager
Job ID: 17625
Locations: Sokoto, Bauchi

Job Summary

  • The GED Division is currently accepting applications for State
    Managers for an anticipated USAID-funded State2State (S2S) activity in
    Sokoto, Bauchi, and up to 4 additional states in Northern Nigeria. The
    overall goal of S2S is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and
    transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the
    delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health
    care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the
    efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public
    financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and
    evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and
    priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to
    manage conflict.
  • State2State builds on and expands the Mission’s currently
    ongoing “Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development” (LEAD,
    2009-2017) activity, implemented by RTI.

Job Description

  • The State Manager reports to the Chief of Party at the head
    office and will have overall responsibility for implementing, monitoring
    and reporting on technical activities and managing human and financial
    resources in the assigned state.
  • The State Manager will lead a dedicated team of development
    specialists to develop, implement and monitor the S2S work plan for
    their assigned State. 
  • Candidate should possess strong management, administrative and
    communication skills (including report writing). Positions will be based
    in partner states.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic leadership, technical and managerial
    direction for the successful implementation of the program in the
    assigned state.
  • Responsible for the overall performance and results of the
    program in the partner state, including management and oversight of the
    program’s technical, operational, and administrative staff.
  • Liaises regularly with program management team on management and decision-making.
  • Ensures the timely completion of all technical and financial deliverables in accordance with USAID guidelines.
  • Serves as RTI’s liaison with government counterparts, local
    organizations, and program partners in the target state. Ensures a high
    level of communication and close working relationships with the state
    counterparts.
  • Act as the focal point for the state team with the project HQ.
    Organize meetings, conference calls and field trips to facilitate the
    involvement of the technical support team in program development
    planning and implementation.
  • Track S2S program development and keep the HQ project managers apprised of progress and challenges.
  • Develop weekly briefs for submission to the head office and monthly reports for inclusion in the quarterly report.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills And Ability

  • BA in relevant social or administrative science or equivalent
    and 10 years of development experience, including at least 5 years’
    experience working to strengthen state and local governments or
    decentralization in Nigeria.
  • Proven leadership, team building, management and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of management and systems.
  • Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of state and local
    government operations, and the ability to work with subnational
    institutions to develop and implement project activities.
  • Strong English oral/written communication skills and ability to
    communicate at multiple levels in the organization is required. This
    includes demonstrated experience with technical report writing in
    English.
  • Strong planning, organization and problem solving skills is required.
  • Ability to work independently, and within team in difficult work environment.
  • Analytical and research skills.
  • Excellent computer knowledge with command on MS Excel among other packages of MS Office is required.
  • Ability to speak the local language strongly preferred.


Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director
Job ID: 17624
Location: Nigeria
Job Description

  • The MEL Director reports to the Chief of Party and will be
    responsible for leading and managing the monitoring, evaluation and
    learning (MEL) activities for the project.
  • S/he will establish systems for gathering, reporting and
    analyzing performance data for impact and sustainability of project
    implementation.
  • Candidate should possess strong management, administrative and communication skills (including report writing).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead Project’s M&E, knowledge management and capacity
    building objectives. This includes the design and implementation of a
    robust results, PMEP, and knowledge management framework to aggregate
    and disseminate useful and actionable information based on sound
    evidence generated from activities.
  • Coordinates and manages all monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
    tasks and deliverables for the project. Establish systems for
    gathering, reporting and analyzing performance data for impact and
    sustainability of project implementation. Coordinate and manage all MEL
    tasks and deliverables for the project and ensure that all required
    reports and documentation for the project’s internal management systems
    and for external reporting are produced according to USAID/Nigeria
    guidelines.
  • Oversees data collection processes and data quality; develops
    documentation of best practices; and facilitating the use of data to
    drive program design and decision making.
  • Facilitate learning from M&E findings with implementation
    teams and other relevant stakeholders. This could include building the
    capacity of the implementation partners to respond to evaluation
    findings where appropriate.
  • Provide technical assistance to state, LGA and CSO partners as
    required on monitoring evaluation systems capacity building and
    assessments
  • Synthesize and analyze lessons to determine policy implications,
    distil and articulate best fit innovations for dissemination with
    community of practice
  • Facilitate incorporation of research design and methodologies in the application of learning to project design and management.
  • Directly supervise and mentor project M&E/knowledge
    management staff. Build internal project staff capacity to implement MEL
    strategy.
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Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills And Ability

  •  A minimum of a Master’s degree in Social Science, International
    Development, or a relevant field, with 12 years of experience in
    international development program design and implementation. 6 years’
    experience in program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in knowledge management and communications, particularly for research.
  • Demonstrated understanding with knowledge management programs,
    facilitating communities of practice and social networking, and
    knowledge of USAID’s Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA)
    approach preferred.
  • Skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, data
    collection and analysis, and establishing M&E systems. Demonstrated
    ability to lead baseline data collection and analyses.
  • Knowledge of and experience with M&E frameworks, and reporting systems. Experience with USAID programming highly preferred.
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural
    interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision
    among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with
    senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and
    senior-level staff.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and other MS Office software; data analysis software (such as SPSS or Stata);
  • Ability and willingness to live in Nigeria and travel frequently within Northern Nigeria.


Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

Job Title: Finance and Grants Director
Job ID: 17626
Location: Nigeria
Job Description

  • The Finance and Grants Director will report to the Chief of
    Party and provide oversight for all financial and grant-making aspects
    of the project.
  • Candidate should possess strong management, administrative and communication skills (including report writing).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the finance and administration functions for this large,
    complex project and ensures compliance with RTI and USAID procedures;
  • Manage finance, grants, and information technology (IT) support
    to the project, requesting direction from RTI headquarters business
    partners as needed;
  • Work closely with COP, technical staff, pertinent RTI regional
    and home office staff and appropriate USAID staff when necessary to
    ensure project resources are effectively and efficiently budgeted,
    analyzed, disbursed, monitored and reported in achieving project
    objectives and results;
  • When necessary, work closely with key RTI staff, government and
    non-government officials, contractors and USAID staff to ensure full
    compliance with local laws (e.g., with respect to taxes, pension,
    shipping, customs, registration) while integrating with RTI systems and
    procedures;
  • Provide training and guidance to state finance officers and
    sub-grantees on managing project expenses to annual work plan and
    contract budgets;
  • Oversee preparation and submission of monthly financial statements (including expenses, receivable and payables);
  • Ensure timely submission of expense reports, bank
    reconciliations and wire transfer requests to corporate headquarters in
    the US;
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual expenditures and prepare pipeline estimates for the project;
  • Prepare biweekly cash requirements, monitoring cash flow and
    reconciles cash accounts in order to maintain appropriate cash balances;
  • Manage and monitor performance of office petty cash system;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Directly supervise and mentor project staff.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills And Ability

  • Advanced Degree in Business Administration, Accounting or other
    relevant field, or equivalent experience and certifications and a
    minimum of 12 years’ experience in administrative and financial
    management of complex, development assistance programs;
  • Prior experience overseeing finance for a USAID-funded project of a similar size and complexity.
  • Previous experience with USAID-funded programs, and fluency with
    USAID policies and procedures related to financial management,
    financial reporting, and grant making.
  • Excellent track record of good interpersonal, supervision, leadership and managerial skills;
  • Results-oriented and team player and ability to follow guidelines and controls required of the position;
  • Advanced budgeting, financial analysis, and MS Excel skills required.
  • Experience with grants management, preferably small and in-kind grants, highly desired.
  • Proficiency with accounting software (Quickbooks preferred), Word, PowerPoint and Access.
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural
    interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision
    among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with
    senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and
    senior-level staff.
  • Ability and willingness to live in Nigeria and travel frequently within Northern Nigeria.
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Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party
Job ID: 17627
Location: Nigeria
Job Description
The GED Division is currently accepting applications for the Deputy
Chief of Party (DCOP) position for an anticipated USAID-funded
State2State (S2S) activity in Sokoto, Bauchi, and up to 4 additional
states in Northern Nigeria. The overall goal of S2S is to increase the
effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and
local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria. 

This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery
of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and
water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key
governance operations (with a focus on public financial management
[PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation);
increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities;
and improving government and civil society capacity to manage
conflict. State2State builds on and expands the Mission’s currently
ongoing “Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development” (LEAD,
2009-2017) activity, implemented by RTI.

The DCOP will report to the Chief of Party. The DCOP will be responsible
for providing day-to-day project leadership in the management of
project operations and oversight for technical, operational, and
administrative staff. Candidate should possess strong management,
administrative and communication skills (including report writing).

Department Marketing Statement

RTI’s Governance and Economic Development Division pursues innovative
approaches and builds on best practices to create the foundation for
and to promote democratic governance and economic development. Working
alongside global partners, public institutions, the private sector,
and civil society, we help build more effective, accountable, and
responsive institutions and policies at the national, regional, and
local levels of government.

We believe an integrated approach using cross-sectoral strategies –
incorporating service delivery and the social sectors, such as health
and education – achieve the best results. Our clients include U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID), U.K.’s Department for
International Development (DFID), World Bank, and the Australian
Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee project operations, communications, human resources,
    security, and some cross-cutting areas (gender, social inclusion) and
    senior technical staff. Provide leadership to develop, implement and
    monitor the S2S work plan.
  • Interface with both USAID and other counterparts regarding the overall direction of the project in the absence of the COP.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with key
    stakeholders, including government counterparts, grantees, and
    implementing partners.
  • Manages overall performance and results of the program in a
    partner state, including management and oversight of the program’s
    technical, operational, and administrative staff.
  • Liaises regularly with COP and State Managers on management and decision-making.
  • Work closely with COP, technical staff, pertinent RTI regional
    and home office staff and appropriate USAID staff when necessary to
    ensure project resources are effectively and efficiently budgeted,
    analyzed, disbursed, monitored and reported in achieving project
    objectives.
  • Directly supervise and mentor project staff.

Qualifications
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

  • Advanced degree in Business Administration, Accounting or other
    relevant field, or equivalent experience and certifications and a
    minimum of 12 years’ experience in management of complex, development
    assistance programs; at least 5 years’ experience working to strengthen
    state and local governments or decentralization. Experience in Nigeria
    highly preferred.
  • Previous experience with USAID-funded programs, and fluency with
    USAID policies and procedures related to procurement, operations.
  • Strong technical experience in one or more of the following
    areas: Governance (including civil society and/or decentralization),
    Municipal Finance, Public Services, Local Economic Development, Grants
    Management and Social Inclusion will be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of state and local
    government operations, and the ability to work with sub-national
    institutions to develop and implement project activities.
  • Excellent track record of good interpersonal, supervision, leadership and managerial skills;
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural
    interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision
    among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with
    senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and
    senior-level staff.
  • Ability and willingness to live in Nigeria and travel frequently within Northern Nigeria.
  • Position is contingent upon award and funding.


Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

Remuneration
Position is contingent upon award and funding. Compensation will be based upon RTI’s Nigeria Country Compensation Framework.

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