Job in Kano at Adam Smith International for a Senior Manager, Inclusive Economic Growth Team

Adam Smith International is a leading government advisory consultancy
that works throughout the world to help countries reform their economies
and government institutions. We are at the cutting
edge of the fields
in which we work and have an outstanding reputation for delivering
results, even in very challenging situations.

Adam Smith International is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Manager, Inclusive Economic Growth Team
Tracking Code: 89-140
Location: Kano, Nigeria
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular
Job Descriptions

About the Inclusive Economic Growth Team:

  • The Inclusive Economic Growth team is one of our core areas of
    expertise. We specialise in the design and implementation of programmes
    that adopt a market systems approach (often referred to as “Making
    Markets Work for the Poor”), and work on numerous projects related to
    agriculture, public-private dialogue, business environment reform,
    business for development, and trade across the world.

About the project:

  • The Mafita programme is a high profile project involving high
    levels of senior stakeholder engagement and is DFID’s flagship Skills
    Development programme. 
  • The programme is based in Kano and covers three key states: Kano, Kaduna and Katsina.
  • The programme is focussed on supporting 68,000 marginalised
    young people in northern Nigeria, with an emphasis on women, adolescent
    girls and (the socially and economically marginalised) Almajirai, to
    find full-time, skilled employment or self-employment through skills
    development. MAFITA addresses a number of challenges, including
    socio-cultural norms which limit women’s access to education,
    particularly formal schooling and skills training, and their ability to
    attend formal schools or training centres

About the role:

  • You will join the Investment Climate, Skills and Urban Markets team within the wider Inclusive Economic Growth Practice. 
  • The role will be Kano-based and key responsibilities will
    include taking on project management responsibilities for the MAFITA
  • You will also support the team’s research, communication and
    knowledge management activities, liaising closely with external
    stakeholders and Adam Smith International colleagues.
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Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Act as member of the programme’s Senior Management Team, taking
    decisions on programme strategy, approval of spending on projects and
    resource planning;
  • Provide financial oversight of interventions including
    maintenance of a resource burn-rate, an accurate financial forecast and
    provision of other management reports;
  • Ensure the project milestones are met and project deliverables completed on time and to a high standard;
  • Support implementation of interventions including logistics and
    administration, financial management, organisational development,
    reporting, recruitment, and contracting;
  • Support weekly, quarterly and annual reporting to the client;
  • Identify opportunities for new business development, and lead
    development of small to medium size tenders; with minimal supervision.
    Play a key role in securing large programmes as part of a wider bid
  • Develop a strong network of advisers and partners to support winning and delivery of new programmes;
  • Support research and knowledge management for the Investment
    Climate, Skills and Urban Markets team, in particular driving forward
    thought leadership/communication pieces on issues relating to Skills
    Economic Development.
  • Manage key stakeholders and building and developing client relationships;
  • Support technical teams in the design, planning and budgeting of interventions;
  • Ensure project plans are maintained effectively and that they feed into a master plan;
  • Maintain a milestones dashboard and an issues and risk register and effectively escalate and issues;
  • Maintain a resource plan of resource requirements;
  • Identify and recruit local staff and project consultants;
  • Supervise the local finance and administration team;

Required Skills
About you:

  • Outstanding written and spoken English. Hausa language ability a plus.

Required Experience

  • A postgraduate Degree in Economics, Political Science,
    International Development, Business Management, or other relevant field
    from a top-tier university;
  • Experience in a blue chip consultancy, development, or a relevant field;
  • Practical experience implementing relevant development projects in developing countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Experience leading business development initiatives, or tendering new opportunities working for a development agency;
  • Experience of working with donors, key implementers and thought leaders;
  • Demonstrate a track record of successfully delivering complex multi-year projects and business development;
  • Be willing to be based in Kano;
  • Demonstrated experience of using initiative, client-orientation,
    risk taking, and working in complex and time-pressured contexts;
  • Knowledge of other inclusive economic growth themes (investment
    climate, market systems development, skills development and urban
    markets). Experience relevant to Skills Development and Market Systems
    development is particularly desirable;
  • Experience managing project teams, consultants and other stakeholders, in particular private sector firms is desirable.
  • Experience undertaking relevant research and producing high quality written research outputs;
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How to Apply
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