The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’S fight against global poverty, delivering aid to those in need all over the world.
The Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria is responsible for managing the British Government's contribution to development in Nigeria, with the objective of supporting government and development partners at federal and state levels to reduce poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Application are invited for the position below:
Reference number: 1608464
Grade: 7 A2
Contract type: Permanent Overseas
Business area: DFID - Country Programmes - DFID Nigeria
Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time
Hours: Scotland 37; London/ Overseas 36
Expected posting length: 3 years
Purpose of Job
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and vies with South Africa as Africa’s largest economy. In 2016 bilateral trade between Nigeria and the UK totalled $3.4billion, and has the potential to grow significantly. Nigeria’s success is strongly in the UK national interest. The country is one of DFID’s top 5 bilateral programmes and the 2nd largest in Africa.
Despite being a middle-income country, a detailed study by the African Development Bank concluded that across most infrastructure classes Nigeria was amongst the worst in Africa. 80% of businesses identify inadequate power supply as their biggest constraint. Nigeria has a 10th of the power supply of South Africa but three times the population.
This is a brilliant opportunity to lead the UK’s policy and programming focused on unlocking the biggest constraint to Nigeria’s economic development– infrastructure. Beyond the policy role the job holder would be Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for one of the UK’s flagship international development programmes in Nigeria, UK Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (UKNIAF), an £80 million technical assistance facility set to operate over four years.
The overall purpose of the job is to lead the UK Government’s efforts to sustainably tackle key infrastructural constraints to Nigeria’s economic development.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
As a key member of DFID Nigeria’s Economic Development Team the Post Holder will be expected to lead on the following areas:
Successful Candidate Criteria
Making Effective Decisions:
Ablity to make strategic programming decisions on the direction of the UK’s infrastructure programming in Nigeria and to manage trade.
Having a clear and credible vision of how the UK can best help Nigeria along the pathway of infrastructure development and be able to engage and carry along others towards achieveing this vision.
Communicating and Influencing:
Be able to explain complex issues in areas like the power market development simply and clearly to non-experts. Focusing in on the big-win areas that need to change.
Be able to collaborate and carry along Nigerian Government and Private Sector partners, as well as colleagues within the UK mission in Nigeria
A science based first degree and an infrastructure relevant second degree or equivalent qualification.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
A science based first Degree and an infrastructure relevant second degree or equivalent qualification, and overseas experience.
Shared Advisory Competency:
Ability to have diligent oversight of DFID programming through being Senior Responsible Owner for the UKNIAF programme and other relevant programmes.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details:
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available Here.
Working for the Civil Service:
Scotland £48,500 ; London /Overseas £51,500
At DFID we can offer an excellent benefits package "Click Here" to view more information on benefits
Interested and qualified? Go to DFID - Department for International Development career website on www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk to apply