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Technical Director, Public Financial Management (PFM)
The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency, and effectiveness of governance in selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria, while facilitating alignment with Federal level statutes as applicable. From the project main office in Bauchi, State2State is currently working in the following six (6) states, along with a small project component at the Federal level: Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe and Sokoto. There are plans for expansion to more states, pending programmatic considerations. State2State’s overall purpose will be achieved by supporting three (3) mutually supportive development objectives:
Strengthening public financial management systems that include public procurement, and how these systems relate to better delivery of services in three key sectors, namely basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
Increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities.
Improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation, and reconciliation with the earlier mentioned three sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).
The work of State2State will strengthen subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally derived solutions including, to the extent possible, good practices and reforms that are already working well in other parts of Nigeria.
The Technical Director PFM will have both a technical leadership and activity management role, leading and ensuring high-quality and timely implementation of PFM technical activities across the project states.
S/he will manage a small team of permanent state office-based specialists as well as intermittent consultants in specialist areas of PFM, and travel to state offices to engage with stakeholders and State2State teams in the six states.
Currently, State2State has a presence in all six states, working closely with state government structures through which technical assistance is closely coordinated.
Working together, the Technical Director, along with the state-based teams and advisors will provide PFM technical assistance to beneficiary states, and this support will include new perspectives and approaches that are aligned with good practices and cross-cutting lenses such as gender, equity, and social inclusion (GESI), and conflict management.
Ongoing and prospective areas of technical assistance that will be led, managed, or overseen by the Technical Director PFM include, but are not limited to, the following:
Mentoring team members and working with project beneficiary states and partners to update or complete participatory and bottom-up initiatives in policy and planning such as State Development Plans (SDP) and Medium-Term Sector Strategies (MTSS).
Supporting the development and execution of states’ annual procurement plans that promote greater transparency, reduce risk, and support efficient service delivery.
Facilitating capacity building in PFM areas such as internal auditing and development of resources such as training manuals.
Helping to design, develop, and implement strategies for greater internally generated revenue (IGR), and public-private partnerships.
Working in tandem with and managing, as appropriate, technical staff and short-term technical assistance in support of PFM activities.