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  • Posted: Feb 17, 2021
    Deadline: Feb 26, 2021
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  • DAI works on the frontlines of international development. Transforming ideas into action-action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world.We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. We work with a wide range of clients, including national and local ...
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    Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialist

    Start Date: April 2021

    Background

    • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected states and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
    • This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).
    • State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

    Position Objectives:

    • The GESI Specialist in Akwa Ibom will support the design and implementation of GESI advocacy, integration, and engagement activities in Akwa Ibom, with cross-cutting support to other states as needed.

    Responsibilities

    • The GESI Specialist will collaborate with the GESI Advisor and partner organizations to ensure integration of GESI interventions into state-level program activities. Using gender institutionalization methods, GESI Specialists will collaborate on GESI assessments, activity design, and implementation. S/he will be responsible for integrating gender-based indicators into programs across key sectors.
    • S/he will be involved in guiding state-level Transformation Committees (TCs) in designing and operationalizing gender plans. GESI Specialist will explore how to expand women’s participation in TCs and will contribute to gender dimensions for each sector in which the project works.
    • S/he will contribute to measuring gender-related TC reform impacts. S/he will help states access and translate Nigeria’s latest reform knowledge to fit local conditions. S/he will be responsible for collecting and sharing capacities and knowledge with the GESI Advisor and with peers in other states.
    • S/he will contribute to program activities such as gender budgeting training for finance ministries and civil society organizations (CSOs), and strengthening mechanisms for women’s participation in budget, service delivery, and policy decisions at the state and local government levels.
    • GESI Specialist will support partner institutions and CSOs to study the impact of governance and service reforms on women. They will build the skills of women’s groups to contribute to local government activities, provide feedback, and monitor follow-up.
    • Reporting: The GESI Specialist will report to the State Lead in Akwa Ibom and coordinate closely with the GESI Advisor in the main project office (in Bauchi).

    Minimum Requirements

    • A relevant degree in Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Development Studies, or relevant field required. Master’s degree preferable.
    • At least nine (9) years professional experience, with at least five (5) years of demonstrated experience in designing appropriate interventions to meet project goals in assisting vulnerable populations, including women and the disadvantaged
    • Stated experience in working for or with civil society to drive a reform agenda
    • Demonstrated effective training, capacity building and coaching skills, networking, interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict, and ethical management skills
    • Demonstrable experience in integrating gender into governance programs
    • Strong skill set in reporting, monitoring and evaluation
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft Office)
    • Fluency in the English language

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    LGA Manager

    Start date: April 2021

    Background

    • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected states and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
    • This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).
    • State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

    Position Objectives:

    • The LGA Manager in Akwa Ibom will oversee and implement all aspects of State2State at the LGA Level.
    • They will individually provide support to their respective State Lead activities and ensure relevant LGA interventions within the state.

    Responsibilities

    • The LGA Manager will be responsible to provide strategic leadership for the LGA level engagement activities and, effective management of reform support with local government representatives and community level stakeholders.
    • LGA Manager will be responsible for: delivering support for improved governance and service delivery within the local government; maintaining strategic relationships with government counterparts and other relevant stakeholders, including local government, civil society and development partners; taking overall responsibility for operation and technical delivery of LGA activities whilst ensuring governance improvements are owned and delivered by the state governments under their own agenda; engaging local partners in setting sector and budget priorities and strengthening LGA budgeting and planning procedures while adapting existing citizen guides to the budget and co-create CSO grants to raise budget literacy;
    • Applying a Do No Harm approach, work with local partners to mitigate the potential for conflict by using grants to forge partnerships between state and LGA institutions and CSOs to support participatory mechanisms for dialogue on budget priorities; provide training and mentoring to LGA finance and administration staff on developing systems for more rigorous controls on LGA expenditures; focus on tracking improvements at the state and LGA levels in all areas of governance including auditing, budgeting and planning, and procurement processes as well as the ability to address conflict; provide M&E support at both the state and LGA levels including establishing KPIs that flow down to the LGA level on health, education, and WASH facilities.
    • Reporting: The LGA Manager will report to the State Lead, Akwa Ibom and will coordinate closely with the MEL Director on M&E matters.
    • Line Management: The LGA Manager will supervise the LGA Coordinators.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Social Sciences, Law, development studies, etc. However, four (4) additional years of relevant international development experience can be substituted for the bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree is preferable.
    • At least nine (9) years of demonstrated experience in the successful implementation of international development activities or relevant technical activities, with preference given to democracy and governance activities under a USG instrument, related to technical area of the position.
    • Experience of leading successful reform interventions and evidence of good working relations with relevant local, ward, and state-level governments and other key stakeholders.
    • An ability to manage relationships and a sound understanding of institutional change in complex environments.
    • An excellent understanding of financial and technical delivery, monitoring and evaluation of program impact and reporting against results.
    • Prior experience in overseeing the awarding and managing grants to local organizations to promote democracy and governance goals preferred.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Fluency in the English language.

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    Public Financial Management (PFM) Specialist

    Start Date: April 2021

    Background

    • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected states and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
    • This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).
    • State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

    Position Objectives:

    • The PFM Specialist in Akwa Ibom is a technical staff member embedded at the state-level. S/he will provide support and leadership to PFM activities and ensure relevant PFM interventions within the state.

    Responsibilities

    • The PFM Specialist will provide technical assistance (TA) to all PFM activities within the state for which they are responsible. For example, s/he will facilitate activities such as developing annual procurement plans in key sectors health, education and WASH to foster greater transparency, reduce risk, and support service delivery efficiency. With guidance from the Technical Director PFM, this role will mentor partners and will provide TA to support realistic annual budget ceilings for the state ministry, department, and agencies. This role will collaborate on Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability assessment and PFM activity design and support implementation, and other activities as needed.
    • Reporting: The PFM Specialist will report to the State Lead Akwa Ibom, and will coordinate closely with the Technical Director PFM on technical matters.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Accounting, Business, Social Sciences, Law, Development Studies, etc. However, four (4) additional years of relevant international development experience can be substituted for the bachelor’s degree. Master’s preferred.
    • At least nine (9) years of relevant professional experience. At least three (3) years of demonstrated experience in the successful implementation of international development activities, with preference given to democracy and governance activities under a USG instrument, or experience related to technical area of the position.
    • Experience working in the PFM, democracy, and governance sector in Nigeria.
    • Prior experience in overseeing the awarding and managing grants to local organizations to promote democracy and governance goals preferred.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Fluency in English language

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    Citizen Engagement/Capacity Building Specialist

    Start Date: April 2021

    Background

    • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected states and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
    • This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).
    • State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

    Position Objectives:

    • The Citizen Engagement/Capacity Building Specialist in Akwa Ibom will support the implementation of advocacy, oversight, and engagement activities and ensure the advocacy and or oversight of interventions in Akwa Ibom.
    • S/he will also address gaps in capacity through range of technical assistance, mentoring and peer learning, ensuring sustainable capacity for implementing reforms.

    Responsibilities

    • The State Citizen Engagement/Capacity Building Specialist will collaborate with relevant stakeholders within the state and beyond to design training and grants for local CSOs and media on sector-specific procurement monitoring; support the co-create grants to engage CSOs and media to design activities that support reform objectives in using audit reports to monitor service delivery efficiency and will hold co-creation workshops twice a year.
    • S/he will facilitate engagement among State Boards of Internal Revenue, State Ministry of Finance, and local chambers of commerce to discuss tax policy options and their impact on the private sector growth using DAI analytic tools to assess how new tax and fee rates may affect women and men differently; support the coalitions of complementary organizations, including think-tanks, private sector and professional associations, as well as traditional and faith-based organizations, around issues linked to state reform plans.
    • The incumbents will facilitate, coordinate, track and report on the engagement of citizens in all core activities of priority sectors; conduct surveys and use citizen scorecards to measure their trust in elected (or appointed) government officials and their satisfaction with health, education, and WASH services; strengthen individual and institutional capacities of citizens/CSOs for good governance reforms, ensuring sustainable skills’ building and knowledge applications; and carry out any other function(s) as may be assigned by the Line Manager/ Deputy Chief of Party/Chief of Party.
    • Reporting: The Citizen Engagement/Capacity Building Specialist will report to the State Lead Akwa Ibom and, work closely with the Citizen Engagement/CSO Director.

    Minimum Requirements

    • A relevant degree or HND in Social Sciences, Development Studies, or relevant field required. Master degree is preferable.
    • At least nine (9) years of relevant professional experience. Requires experience in the successful implementation of international development activities, with preference given to governance activities under a USG instrument, building technical and organizational capacity of CSOs in areas advocacy planning and engagement of government and stakeholders.
    • Stated experience in working for or with civil society to drive a reform agenda.
    • Stated experience in community mobilization and civic engagement.
    • Stated experience using facilitative, participatory approaches to organizational and technical capacity development.
    • Demonstrated effective training, capacity building and coaching skills, networking, interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict, and ethical management skills.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft Office).
    • Previous experience or familiarity with working in activity’s priority sectors in the state will be an added advantage.
    • Fluency in English language

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    State Lead

    Start date: April 2021

    Background

    • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected states and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
    • This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).
    • State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

    Position Objectives:

    • The State Lead is a critical technical and management staff. S/he provides day-to-day leadership and management to the state project interventions.
    • S/he will develop strong relationships with government and relevant counterparts to move State2State activities forward successfully. S/he will oversee the state-based teams and activities, ensuring the highest quality implementation.
    • S/he will support technical activities, such as: assist partners develop and implement their own budget transparency plans.
    • S/he will facilitate regular meetings with the private sector, state procurement agencies, and MDAs to improve transparency and expand bidders.
    • S/he will review state-level performance against work plans, the Nigerian budget cycle, and other relevant factors; identify performance gaps; adjust programming approaches and supports; and schedule and coordinate input and support as needed.
    • S/he will ensure strong, ongoing coordination with cross-cutting State2State teams, such as MEL and GESI. S/he will support the approval and development of a Transformation Committee (TC), aimed to design and oversee the implementation of annual sector-based reform plans.
    • S/he will assist the TC to develop an overall M&E strategy to support service delivery and governance improvements by identifying evidence needs, including gender analysis, capacities, system requirements, and roles and functions. S/he, with the support of experienced Nigeria consultants, will initiate the Political Economy Analysis.
    • S/he will work with state governments to begin a tailored design process to adopt innovations through a Best Fit Clearing House, incorporate the transfer design into the state’s annual work plan.

    Responsibilities

    • The State Lead serves as the principal point of contact in the state for technical and operational matters, serving as the key staff facilitating activities, and develops and maintains positive relationships with keys stakeholders.
    • This role oversees a state-based team that will manage outreach, support activities, and handle the development and monitoring of grants. This role spearheads state work plans and interventions, ensures timely and appropriate state interventions, and provides task oversight to ensure high-quality implementation within the state.
    • Reporting: The State Lead will report to the Deputy Chief of Party.
    • Line Management: The State Lead will directly supervise their respective state-based teams, including PFM Specialist, Citizen Engagement/Capacity Building Specialist, GESI Specialist, MEL Specialist, LGA Manager, and Finance/Accounting Officer/Specialist and any additional on-demand staff or consultants.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree or HND in a relevant field such as International Development, Social Sciences, Law, Development Studies, etc. Master’s degree preferred.
    • At least twelve (12) years of relevant professional experience. At least nine (9) years of demonstrated experience in the successful implementation of international development activities, with preference given to democracy and governance activities under a USG instrument - three (3) years of which must be in senior program management, including direct supervision of professional and support staff.
    • Experience working in the democracy and governance sector in Nigeria.
    • Prior experience in overseeing the awarding and managing of grants to local organizations to promote democracy and governance goals preferred.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Fluency in English Language

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: NigeriaGovernance@dai.com using “the job title and location” in the subject line of your email.

    Note: Women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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