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  • Posted: Sep 27, 2022
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    Non-Key Experts Pool - Communication and Media Specialists

    Project: EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Programme (EUD SDGN) PHASE II /NDICI AFRICA/ 2021/043-416

    Brief description of the project: This technical assistance contract is aiming to lead the implementation of activities under Component 1 of the Programme –Support to INEC. This will require close synergy, coordination and collaboration with other components of the programme, with high priority on delivering as one. Furthermore, the Component 1 of the programme will, under the supervision of the Delegation, support monitoring and evaluation as well as communication and visibility activities across the six components to ensure a coherent and efficient programme delivery.

    The purposes of this contract are as follows:

    • To engender the conditions for inclusive, transparent, credible, and peaceful elections and a more inclusive decision-making process with the meaningful participation of all sectors of society, including women, youth, and other marginalised groups.
    • In collaboration with the technical team of the Chairman of the electoral management Body (INEC) already embedded in the programme– Chief Technical Adviser, Special Adviser and Chief Press Secretary - provide capacity development support, technical assistance, policy and expert advice to the electoral management Body – the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
    • To contribute to the implementation of the EU Electoral Observation Missions (EU EOM) recommendations, as well as EU EOM follow up mission recommendations.
    • Under the direction of the EU Delegation, support Monitoring and Evaluation as well as communication and visibility activities across the programme components.

    DAI is looking to recruit a pool of non-key experts (senior NKEs and Junior NKEs) and welcomes applications from all interested specialists with experience and interest in the following requirements:

    The profiles of the non-key experts for this contract are as follows (minimum covered themes):

    Communication and Media Specialists

    • Ensure the appropriate media coverage of project’s events and ensure that they are duly documented (event reports, attendance and contact sheets, photos and other relevant material and documents);
    • Provide technical advice and support to project staff in planning and developing relevant information and communications products;
    • Develop and update websites pages, banners, articles, press releases, newsletters, etc.
    • Ensuring that content on the project website/social media are regularly updated and promoted;
    • Support the design and production of information material as well as editing and dissemination of communication materials;
    • Support  the  implementation  of  INEC’s  communication  policy  and  engagement strategies.
    • Implement the awareness strategy, contribute to the implementation of awareness raising activities and develop awareness raising materials;
    • Organize visibility events, press conferences, report launches and develop press releases;
    • Establish a database with relevant central and local media staff, journalists and relevant organizations.

    Requirements:

    • NKEs will have professional and technical profiles that allow them to effectively and efficiently work with national counterparts and experts and consultants of other development partners. 
    • All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities they take on. 
    • Civil servants/public officials and other staff of the public administration of the Beneficiary country cannot be recruited as experts.

    Qualifications and skills

    • Senior Non-Key Experts must have minimum years of experience of 10 years in areas relevant to the contract and to the position they are applying for.
    • Junior Key Experts must have minimum 5 years of experience in areas relevant to the contract and to the position they are applying for.
    • All NKEs will be specialists with a university degree level, fluency in English and computer literate, with verifiable and solid relevant professional experience. 

    Provisional commencement of the project: May 2022

    Period of implementation: 60 months

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    Public Financial Management (PFM Advisor) - Consultancy

    Location: Remote and Bauchi, Nigeria with possible travel to core states (Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Gombe, Sokoto), and other locations (e.g., Abuja) as needed

    Period of Performance:  o/a September 12 – September 30, 2022 remote

    o/a October 1 - December 18, 2022 in Nigeria

    LOE: Estimated 70 working days (plus international travel)

    Note: This consultancy is only open to individuals that possess U.S. and/or Nigerian citizenship.

    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 governance in selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria. From the project main office in Bauchi, State2State is currently working in the following six core states, along with a small project component at the national/federal level: Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe and Sokoto. State2State’s overall purpose will be achieved by supporting three 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).

    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.

    Position Objectives:

    The PFM Advisor will have a primary technical leadership role along with a secondary role of activity coordination of PFM Specialists, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Specialist, and STTA PFM/IGR consultants, across core states. Instrumental to successful coordination will be the facilitation of timely and quality communication ensuring staff properly plans for and is responsive to the State2State contract. All PFM work must explicitly address intermediate and sub-intermediate results and specific performance indicators per the annual workplan and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) plan. The PFM Advisor will travel to state offices and expansion states (TBC with USAID) to engage with stakeholders and State2State teams, working closely with state government structures through which technical assistance is closely coordinated.

    Responsibilities:

    Working together with the state-based teams and main office technical staff, the PFM Advisor will provide technical leadership to PFM technical assistance provided 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 PFM Advisor 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), Medium-Term Expenditure Frameworks (MTEFs) 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.
    • PFM technical review and feedback for State Development Plans.
    • PFM technical review and feedback for Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Expansion Strategies and associated IGR ‘Blueprint’ for mapping roles/responsibilities required to improve IGR at the state level.
    • Other duties of a reasonable nature as assigned by the Chief of Party.

    Reporting:  The PFM Advisor will report to the Chief of Party.

    Deliverables:

    • Short technical report that assesses S2S technical assistance for PFM initiatives and recommendations for scaling-up activities.
    • State Annual Procurement Plans
    • Detailed PFM Unit Quarterly Workplan through December 2022 for core and expansion (TBC) states.
      • A ‘living document’ reflective of ongoing Y2 activities and proposed Y3 activities to ensure proper communication, coordination, planning and implementation among all PFM Unit staff, STTAs, et al.
    • International STTA report (template to be provided by State2State project).

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as economics, political science, social sciences, law, finance/accounting, and development studies. Master’s is preferred.
    • Ten (10) years of experience in PFM activities, with previous experience in the successful implementation of international development activities.
    • Strong leadership skills with demonstrated experience managing teams.
    • Experience with USAID programs is highly preferred.
    • Previous experience working in Nigeria is preferred.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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    Non-Key Experts Pool - ICT Specialists

    Project: EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Programme (EUD SDGN) PHASE II /NDICI AFRICA/ 2021/043-416

    Brief description of the project: This technical assistance contract is aiming to lead the implementation of activities under Component 1 of the Programme –Support to INEC. This will require close synergy, coordination and collaboration with other components of the programme, with high priority on delivering as one. Furthermore, the Component 1 of the programme will, under the supervision of the Delegation, support monitoring and evaluation as well as communication and visibility activities across the six components to ensure a coherent and efficient programme delivery.

    The purposes of this contract are as follows:

    • To engender the conditions for inclusive, transparent, credible, and peaceful elections and a more inclusive decision-making process with the meaningful participation of all sectors of society, including women, youth, and other marginalised groups.
    • In collaboration with the technical team of the Chairman of the electoral management Body (INEC) already embedded in the programme– Chief Technical Adviser, Special Adviser and Chief Press Secretary - provide capacity development support, technical assistance, policy and expert advice to the electoral management Body – the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
    • To contribute to the implementation of the EU Electoral Observation Missions (EU EOM) recommendations, as well as EU EOM follow up mission recommendations.
    • Under the direction of the EU Delegation, support Monitoring and Evaluation as well as communication and visibility activities across the programme components.

    DAI is looking to recruit a pool of non-key experts (senior NKEs and Junior NKEs) and welcomes applications from all interested specialists with experience and interest in the following requirements:

    The profiles of the non-key experts for this contract are as follows (minimum covered themes):

    ICT Specialists

    • Manage the project’s ICT infrastructure including implementation and management of software applications and hardware infrastructure that support operations.
    • Support  E-governance  initiatives  as  requested  by  INEC,  including  INEC’s  ICT innovations  including  Electoral  Management Support Centre  (EMSC),  electronic transmission  of  results,  voter  registration  technologies,  incorporation  of  the  voter registry data with the polling units’ data to offer an interactive online platform where registered citizens can locate their PUs, using Geographic Information System (GIS).

    Requirements:

    • NKEs will have professional and technical profiles that allow them to effectively and efficiently work with national counterparts and experts and consultants of other development partners. 
    • All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities they take on. 
    • Civil servants/public officials and other staff of the public administration of the Beneficiary country cannot be recruited as experts.

    Qualifications and skills

    • Senior Non-Key Experts must have minimum years of experience of 10 years in areas relevant to the contract and to the position they are applying for.
    • Junior Key Experts must have minimum 5 years of experience in areas relevant to the contract and to the position they are applying for.
    • All NKEs will be specialists with a university degree level, fluency in English and computer literate, with verifiable and solid relevant professional experience. 

    Provisional commencement of the project: May 2022

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    Senior Grants Specialist

    Background

    • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) "State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness State 25tate") Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected states and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria. This will be achieved by: Increased Efficiency of Sub National Goverment Operations: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management (PPM) 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)
    • Improved Sub National Government Responsiveness to Citizen Needs/CSO Engagement increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improved Sub National Capacity to Manage Conflict: 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 reformen and building on locally derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms

    Responsibilities
    The Senior Grants Specialist will:

    • Supervise the Grants Specialists located in each of the State2State field offices.
    • Support the Grants Manage to provide capacity building and technical learning opportunities for Grants team members, grantees and subcontractors with whom State2State engages.
    • Support the Grants Manager to oversee grant implementation and work with state-level Grants Specialists to ensure that grantee activities are implemented in accordance with approved activity design and support the resolution of issues that may arise. during implementation.
    • Support the Grants Manager to generate grant agreements and review all aspects with state-level Grants Specialists and grantees to encourage compliance and ensure all activities are implemented in line with the approved activity design.
    • Ensure that all grant activities are properly documented from the start of implementation to grant close-out.
    • Support the Grants Manager to provide procedures and policy guidance for program staff and grantees to ensure adherence to grant management policies.
    • Track and evaluate grant applications, proposals, and awards to ensure adherence to grant management policies.
    • Review and analyze budget estimates for allowability, allocability, reasonableness, and consistency.
    • Review payment requests submitted by grantees including milestones/deliverables.
    • Support state Grants Specialist to prepare grant agreements and assist with supervision/ implementation of grants, including close-out and disposition plans.
    • Review procurement processes under grants to ensure competitiveness and compliance.
    • Support the Grants Manager to prepare regular reports on grants and subcontracts for the Chief of Party (CoP).
    • Other responsibilities of a reasonable nature as assigned by the Grants Manager, Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) or CoP.

    Impact of Results

    • The Senior Grants Specialist will report and provide support to the Grants Manager in support of the grant implementation process throughout all State2State partner states, currently including Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe and Sokoto.

    Skills and Qualifications

    • Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, or other relevant field.
    • At least 8 years of related progressively more responsible experience in grants design and administration (experience with grants award and grants management as well as prior experience in the award and administration of subcontracts), preferably in the governance sector.
    • Working knowledge of USAID Contract Management and Grants Management policies and procedures required.
    • Experience implementing grant policies and procedures required.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to engage with a wide range of organizations, beneficiaries, and related parties.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to work under own initiative or as a part of a team.
    • Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus.
    • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
    • Fluency in one or more of the local languages spoken in the state(s) of interest preferred.
    • Have both a willingness and ability to train and be trained.
    • Advanced practical experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

    Language requirements:

    • Essential: Fluency in English, written and spoken
    • Desirable: Fluency in Hausa and / or other local language

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