Stakeholder Democracy Network is an International non-governmental organization that helps facilitate community development from a rights based perspective. SDN operates in the Niger Delta where it is trying to help the communities affected by oil exploitation and the challenges of resource curse. SDN has five pillar issues, these are: Access to energy, democratisation, environment, resilient communities and resources governance.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Conflict and Stabilisation Programme Team Lead
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
- To lead, coordinate and support the development and implementation of a 2-year Conflict and Stabilization Programme in the Niger Delta region.
- This role will require the individual to take lull responsibility for file completion and success of the programme and ensure its adherence to SDN’s Planning. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) system and donor requirements.
The Team Lead will ensure the strategic direction of the SDN project, focusing on management, supervision and quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to project delivery and reporting achieving the following results:
- Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting and implementing of the programme, tracking use of financial resources and timely achievements of programme objectives;
- Setting up milestones and targets for the programme and constant monitoring and programme quality control, in collaboration with SDN’s Programme Management team; and constant monitoring and analysis of the environment, making recommendations for readjustments on a monthly and quarterly basis;
- Regular aggregating and analysing reports and programme documentation on programme activities, outcomes and impact;
- Timely delivery of donor reports, in compliance with donor requirements, and other programme documentation;
- Identifying, building and managing strategic partnerships which are central to the programme and whilst overseeing partner local partner organisations, consultants and stakeholder engagements;
- Representing SDN when requested
- Working with other management staff in Nigeria and UK to develop and support appropriate programme strategies
The above responsibilities include specific tasks for each stage of the project as well as on-going management tasks, some of which are listed below:
Project Design and Early Implementation:
- Lead on the strategic and operational planning process in the Nigeria office and prepare drafts of key strategic and operational planning documents, in close cooperation with senior SDN management;
- Support Programme Management team in ensuring that an effective and participatory M&E system is established through assisting in drafting of key documents of strategic and operational M&E;
- Supporting the senior SDN management in ensuring that each project has been assigned adequate human resources by preparing and managing staff schedules and timesheets, highlighting gaps, recommending external consultants and supporting the selection process.
On-going Management Tasks:
- Direct and supervise the programme staff in day-to-day operations of projects, in accordance with the project M&E operational plan, providing any necessary support and mentoring to ensure smooth, timely and effective implementation of project activities;
- Lead on the monthly and weekly programme meetings dedicated to strategic reviews of project direction and ensure that project targets are met and timely decisions on corrective actions are made and implemented;
- Closely monitor the performance of programme staff to ensure the timely delivery of quality work, as specified in their job descriptions and work plans;
- Closely monitor the performance of external consultants and sub-grantees to ensure that all their contractual obligations are adhered to, as specified in the contact.
- Monitor and provide strategic guidance to the programme, to ensure that they are managed for impact and in a manner that is accountable to donors and beneficiaries, as specified in project strategic M&E documents;
- Regularly appraise programme staff and provide feedback and mentoring support to enable them to do their jobs better;
- Conduct regular field visits to monitor and evaluate staff performance and represent SDN and maintain communication with programme stakeholders;
Reporting and Communication:
- Supervise preparation of work plans, timesheets and activity budgets for each project/activity and staff member;
- Support Finance and Admin team in the UK and Nigerian office in monthly activity progress and expenditure tracking, as specified in project schedule and budget;
- Timely submission of internal monthly and quarterly analytical reports on programme progress and achievement of strategic objectives (according to internal SDN templates and M&E framework for specific projects) – including strategic recommendations and financial statements, with input and assistance from project staff;
- Regularly supervise and ensure of data collection, documentation and analysis by the project staff, in close collaboration with the M&E Coordinator;
- Supervise and mentor project staff in preparation of activity reports and drafting monthly strategic progress reports (according to internal SDN templates and M&E framework for specific projects);
- Ensure timely submission of narrative and financial reports to donors following review by senior management;
- Encourage programme staff to report frankly on fieldwork, highlighting problems and possible solutions plus lessons learned, rewarding innovation, critical reflection and learning;
- Support in communication of lessons learned to external audiences: donors, media, civil society;
Assessment of candidates will be based on proven experience and capacity with evidence of the following or equivalent experience as follows:
- Post graduate degree in social sciences or related field;
- At least 5 years’ experience in programme management in peacebuilding, development; and/or related fields including democracy and governance issues
- Knowledge of major donor rules and regulations, and the ability to manage multi-donor funding;
- Demonstrated planning (including budgeting) and proposal writing skills;
- General knowledge of the political and socio-economic dynamics in the Niger Delta region is essential.
- Excellent IT skills: word, excel and online communication skills;
- Strong oral and written communications skills;
- Donor reporting experience
- Proven ability to negotiate multiple relationships with various stakeholders and local partners;
- Demonstrated experience in financial management and program administration of grants;
- Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to build and conduct effective professional working relationships at all levels, both internally and externally.
Commensurate with experience and education, with excellent benefits.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a brief Covering Letter and Curriculum Vitae to “Daniel Bob-Manuel, Admin Officer, SDN via: [email protected] with a copy to: [email protected] with “Team Lead Conflict and Stabilization” in the subject line
Note: Applications will be acknowledged but only shortlisted candidates will receive further correspondence.
Application Deadline: 9th October, 2017.