RTI International Job in Bauchi State for a Program Specialist

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areas of health
and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys
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Triangle Park.

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 position below:

Job Title: Program Specialist (CSO)
Overall Purpose

  • With supervision and guidance of the Senior Program Specialist
    (SPS) the Program Specialist ensures that the voice and experience,
    knowledge and expertise of civil society contribute effectively to
    intergovernmental processes while strengthening the capacity of local
    governments, promoting council effectiveness which allows citizen access
    to information and local decision making.
  • In addition, he/she will also work on specific service
    improvements in education, health and other selected services such as
    water and sanitation in Sokoto with support to Kano.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance to organizations with a particular
    focus on organizational development, skills building, and implementation
    of strategic plans.
  • Support strategic advocacy efforts and partnerships between
    civil society organizations as well as facilitate partnerships between
    civil society and local governments.
  • Review grantee reports, assess progress towards meeting grant
    objectives, and with guidance from the SPS and Grants Manager, suggest
    adjustments to implementation plans as needed to achieve results.
  • Contribute to designing and organizing events and workshops.
  • Submit progress and activity reports to SPS.
  • Submit monthly, quarterly, and adhoc reports as requested or needed for client reporting.
  • Support civil society and media to influence education, health,
    water and environmental sanitation sector budgets, policies, and to
    improve accountability and access to basic services, by building
    capacity for strategic advocacy and identifying and supporting advocacy
    efforts of sector reform champions.
  • Conduct assessments of the institutional capacities of local
    organizations, design capacity-building programs, and develop strategies
    for planning and activity implementation.
  • Identify and seize opportunities to promote civil society networking and partnerships in collaboration with the SPS.
  • With guidance from the SPS and Grants Manager, provide assistance to LEAD partners throughout the grant cycle.
  • Work with Technical Specialists, LGA Coordinators and community
    organizations to implement activities, collect and assemble data, and
    support training at local levels.
  • Support partner organizations in the development of training
    interventions by ensuring quality control and providing training of
    trainers support.
  • Any other task as may be assigned by supervisor.
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Education/Experience Requirements

  • B.Sc and 6 years’ or MSc and 3 years’ experience in civil society, project management or related field.
  • Experience working with Civil Society Organization desired.
  • Excellent communication, writing, presentation and inter-personal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Experience with Education and Health sector initiatives desired.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience with USAID or other major donors.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send their Cover letter and
CV’s in reverse chronological order with position applied for as subject
(including email and phone contact) to: recruitment@lead.rti.org

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Application Deadline  3rd October, 2016.

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