PMU Project Manager Job in a Financial NGO in Abuja

Talentstone Finance – Our client is a financial sector non-governmental
body. It seeks to support increased access to financial services by
making the market for financial services work better for the poor, and
by improving regulation in Nigeria.
To further achieve the aforementioned objective, our client has
identified the urgent need to recruit competent and suitably qualified
individuals to fill the specified position below:

Job Title: PMU Project Manager

Location: Abuja (Candidates must be willing to relocate. Relocation will be covered by the client)
Reports to: Digital Financial Services (DFS) Platform Manager

Seven out of ten Nigerian adults are unbanked, and nearly half of the
adult population is considered financially excluded. Some banking
clients have to travel long distances to reach a branch, resulting in
the travel cost sometimes being higher than the amount the client wanted
to deposit on that day.

Digital Financial Services (DFS) has the potential to expand the
delivery of basic financial services to the poor or underbanked through
new technologies like mobile phones, computers, electronic money and new
channels such as retail agents.

Role Summary

  • The Project Manager will be responsible for managing the
    planning and execution of projects and activities supporting the
    deployment of Digital Financial Services (DFS) platform initiative.
  • Because not all of the key deliverables will be created under
    the direct supervision of the PM, it will be important that the PM is
    able to build strong, mutually respectful partnerships with
    stakeholders, manage expectations, and ensure the appropriate level of
    communication for multiple audiences.
  • The PM understands the initiative environment and shares stakeholder perspectives with the project team.
  • This will include the successful digitization of multiple
    priority payment streams with accompanying payment system changes,
    critical to driving overall financial inclusion in Nigeria.
  • The Project Manager must coordinate contributions from many
    participants to ensure projects deliver the expected scope and business
    value, are completed on budget and on schedule and are delivered with
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  • Develop and coordinate project tasks, manage timelines, maintain
    project plans to meet implementation goals and communicate status of
    project work streams;
  • Facilitate meetings and communications throughout the project
    lifecycle to build project momentum and ensure transparency of relevant
    project information to appropriate audiences. Establish and nurture
    relationships with project stakeholders and sponsors;
  • Responsible for detecting potential issues, escalating and
    implementing solutions at the project level when there are issues that
    may delay the timeline, impact budget or outcomes;
  • Provide support to DFS platform team effort to extract learnings and deliverables for use by broader audience;
  • Liaise with Project sponsors and Project Secretariat to
    facilitate development of grants and contracts needed to drive projects.
  • Work closely with program managers and project teams within
    relevant public and private sector institutions, reviewing key
    deliverables in line with approved project plans;
  • Coordinate with people managers, partners, vendors and project
    sponsorship to ensure projects are appropriately resourced and/or tools
    are effectively managed to achieve project objectives;
  • Champion the need for and share best practices for change and
    change management approach, including identification of
    interdependencies and impact;

Competencies & Skills Requirements
Core Knowledge and Skills:

  • Understands the business benefits of the project and the linkage
    between the project/program goals and organizational strategy and
  • Solid knowledge and expertise utilizing project management and
    change management frameworks for successful project delivery across the
    project lifecycle;
  • working in developing economies and managing complex technical projects essential;
  • Understanding of mobile payment solutions, especially in
    developing markets, and payment system actors, infrastructure, and
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Communication skills:

  • Effective as a collaborator in complex internal and external
    organizations. Strong at synthesizing and presenting complex information
    for a variety of stakeholders;

Internal & External Contacts:

  • Manage day to day relationship with internal and external
    colleagues, grantees, and close partners. Identify and develop
    relationships in support of program work;

Problem Solving:

  • Problems are often complex and require research and careful review of options and communication.

Qualification and Experience

  • Minimum of a First Degree and/or professional certifications in
    relevant technical fields or other social science disciplines from a
    reputable institution;
  • Minimum of Ten (10) years’ cognate work experience within the
    financial or technology sector, seven (7) of which should be in a
    similar function at senior management level;
  • Demonstrated proficiency managing analytically rigorous initiatives;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.


  • This position attracts a competitive compensation and benefits packages.
  • The position is for a 2-year initial contract period, renewable
    subject to the project’s life cycle and per candidates’ performances.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should download a pre-interview questionnaire below and send the completed questionnaire with a copy of their updated resume in Microsoft Word format to: cc: quoting the Job Title and Reference Code for the position in the subject.

Click here to download Pre-interview Questionnaire

Application Deadline  19th August, 2016.

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