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State Team Lead (Jigawa) - PLANE (Education)
Location: Jigawa, Nigeria
Project Overview and Role
- PLANE is a UK aid funded education programme focused on the North Western & South Western states of Nigeria. It is aimed at influencing policy making and strengthening education systems at both the National and Federal level. The programme is set to run for 8 years (2019-2027) in Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa and selected Southern states, and is valued at up to £95m.
- PLANE’s overall objective is to enable a more inclusive and effective state and non-state systems to deliver foundational skills to all children through:
- Improved teaching techniques, learning approaches and materials
- Improved state systems- personnel management, planning and financial management
- Improved performance of non-state systems/actors to delivering basic education
- Effective mining and communication of results to allow for citizen engagement and education service delivery
- Palladium is looking for a driven, reform-minded and passionate State Team Leader to help the programme have a sustainable impact on the future of education in Jigawa.
- The position is contingent on contract-award.
- Bring and/or develop and manage strong working relationships with the programme’s contact points at all levels of the State Government and agencies; DFID and other donor programmes; project partners and other stakeholders.
- Represent the programme at the state level and with other audiences as needed, including with national and global communities of practice.
Strategy and Operational Planning:
- Support the development of the Theory of Change and lead on a state-specific and adaptive approach to deliver the programme Outputs in cooperation and consultation with technical advisors, the state team, Project Director, DFID, project partners, the government and other key stakeholders.
- Maintain a strong working relationship with the Team Lead and reach a consensus on PLANE’s overarching, as well as component specific, technical approach and direction.
- Lead in the preparation of state work plans and budgets; staffing plans; performance improvement plans and other plans as required.
- Provide guidance, oversight and quality assurance for all state activities, outputs and deliverables.
- Assume overall responsibility for the effective implementation of state work plans to ensure delivery is on time, within budget, meets client and stakeholder expectations and is contractually compliant
- Monitor implementation progress; maintain up to date project logs and registers; work to resolve issues, manage and mitigate risks; and escalate material issues and risks as appropriate.
- Develop and implement plans for results measurement, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, value for money analysis and communication management at the state level.
- Ensure good staff management practices including staff planning, recruitment, on-boarding, appraisal and development.
Financial Management and Administration:
- Ensure the state activities are performed efficiently and demonstrate Value for Money.
- Assume responsibility for consistent implementation of company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines at the state level.
- Ensure the programme adheres to the state budget and oversee budget variations
- Relevant Academic qualification in a related field
- Experience working with key state government departments and institutions involved in Education and existing relationships with high level stakeholders from government, civil society and donors
- In-depth knowledge of the context of basic education planning and delivery in Jigawa
- Strong expertise in leading donor programmes, including managing and mentoring inter-disciplinary staff
- Ability to work adaptively
- Ability to speak, read and write in English and Hausa
Method of Application
Interested and qualified? Go to Palladium Group career website on palladiumhr.secure.force.com to apply