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  • Posted on: 10 October, 2011 Deadline: 1 November, 2011
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  • Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) is a foundation established to provide support for socio-economic development programmes in the Niger Delta. The foundation will be funding programmes in partnership with other donors from the public and private sector, seeking to create dynamic, multi-stakeholder partnerships that take full advantage of the synergies of involving diverse organisations and interests. The Economic Development Center (EDC) will generate opportunities for sustainable and equitable economic development in the Niger Delta.
    The foundation is seeking for qualified candidates to fill existing vacant positions;


    Receive, direct and relay telephone messages and email messages
    Provides customer service by responding to customer's inquiries
    Provides information regarding the center's products and services
    Establishes positive working relationships with clients, representatives of organizations, state local agencies and associations
    Ensures a welcoming, friendly, and customer service oriented environment at all times  Maintains and updates customers data
    Open and date stamp all general correspondence
    Maintain the general filing system and file all correspondence
    Assist in the planning and preparation of meetings. conferences and conference telephone 'calls
    Maintain an adequate inventory of office supplies
    Provide secretarial support

    Office administration
    An understanding to the Niger Delta cultural and political environment
    Effective verbal and listening communications skills
    Analytical and problem solving skill
    Stress management skill
    Minimum of 1 year relevant experience

    a.Maintain petty cash records and provide bookkeeping support to Finance Officer
    b.Perform clerical/administrative functions
    c.Entering all transactions in the center's accounting software
    d.Banking of all cheques and cash as required
    e.Processing monthly petty cash record and preparing cheque fortop-upofimprest
    f.Filing of all accounting documentation
    g.Maintaining all financial records and data accurately and within agreed systems.

    Educational Qualification:
    A degree in Business Administration, Accounting or Social Sciences.

    Knowledge, Skill and Experience:
    Knowledge of book keeping and accounting techniques and procedures
    Knowledge of computer-based accounting systems
    Excellent numeracy and financial awareness
    Attention to detail and accuracy
    Good computer skills (especially with database and accounting software)
    Minimum of 3 years experience in book keeping


    a.Ensure successful implementation of IT training programmes in the center
    b.Support and maintain in-house computer systems. desktops and peripherals, this includes installing, diagnosing, repairing, and upgrading all hardware and equipment while ensuring optimum workstation performance.
    c.Ensure excellent and quality service delivery in the cyber cafe,
    d.Ensuring data is backed up on a regular basis
    e.Overseeing computer security and anti-virus updates etc.
    f.First port of call and initial troubleshooting of IT problems and resolving if possible
    g.Overseeing file management on centralized resource (e,g, server) or on individual workstations
    h.Keeping website updated (or liaising with whoever does this)
    i.Keeping inventory of hardware and maintenance records
    j.Achieve income target set for IT department

     Educational Qualification:
    A degree in Computer Science or a related field of study

    Knowledge,Skill and Experience
    Excellent communications skills
    Good knowledge of IT operating systems
    Hands on experience of installing IT hardware and software
    Good organizational skills              
    Good time management skills


    a.Oversee all finance and accounting functions including, General Ledger, Fixed Assets, Accounts Payable ,Accounts Receivable, Petty Cash, Bank Reconciliations, Budgeting, Asset Management( Variance and Accounts analysis; in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, financial policies and procedures and all other applicable laws, rules and guidelines.
    b.Prepare monthly financial statements, management accounts and cash flows
    c.Prepare annual budgets and quarterly forecasts
    d.Review and track performance by monitoring variance from plan, highlighting potential issues
    e.Prepare year end statutory accounts.


    a.Coordinate research and analysis of specific value chains  agricultural and non agricultural to identify opportunities for catalyzing systemic change in the market system
    b.Scan and identify economic development programmes being implemented in the Niger Delta with the aim using the information for strategic planning of PIND's economic development programmes
    c.Lead the design of pilot intervention projects that will create effective and inclusive markets, develop mark linkages and support appropriate technology driven development within identified value chains
    d.Support the Market Development Officer in facilitating the implementation of pilot projects
    e.Design and implement an internal monitoring and results measurement (MRM) system that supports effective project implementation and generates credible information for impact assessment
    f.Build capacity of team members and local implementing partners in market driven approaches to development.

    Educational Qualification:
    A bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Social Sciences, Business Administration or a relevant field of study. A Masters degree in a relevant field is an added advantage.
    Knowledge,Skill and Experience:
    Good knowledge of market development with an in-depth understanding of the private sector
    Excellent negotiation skills    
    Excellent decision making and analytical skills
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    Ability to handle motivate and motivate others is strongly desirable
    Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
    10 - 14 years experience, at least 4 of which must be in management position.


    a.Research and analyze specific value chains and identify opportunities for catalyzing systemic change in the market system.
    b.Develop, manage and execute market development projects that support growth for business initiatives
    c.Identify major barriers for market development growth and layout strategies to overcome the issues
    d.Analyse market opportunities and risks on a continuous basis
    e.Facilitate the implementation of pilot projects to strengthen market systems through an ongoing engagement with implementing partners and key market players.
    f.Sell the center's products and services by interacting with established clients and developing new prospects.

    A bachelors degree in Agriculture, Social Sciences Business Administration or a relevant field of study. A Masters degree in a relevant field is an added advantage.

    Good knowledge of market development with an in-depth understanding of the private sector
    Ability to communicate with diverse levels of associates internally and externally in an articulate and professional manner
    Excellent decision making and analytical skills
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    Strong negotiation skills. 
    Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.


    Coordinate monitoring and evaluation (M&E} activities of the Economic Development Centers (EDC)
    Work with implementing partners to develop and maintain performance for each project
    Work with EDC partners to align M&E systems. procedures and reporting requirements
    Coordinate collection. storage and consolidation of programme data
    Plan and facilitate project and programme evaluations
    Manage the numerous activities that will be required by PIND's pilot projects, and programmes it will support.
    Implement a series of monitoring and evaluation tools to help PIND and its beneficiaries gauge progress, and to communicate results to a broad range of stakeholders.

    A bachelors degree in Social Science or Business Administration. A postgraduate degree in a relevant field is an added advantage.
    A minimum of 5 years experience in coordinating monitoring & evaluation systems for development projects If Familiarity with M&E systems and practices
    Familiarity with participatory methodologies for monitoring and evaluation preferred I Training in database development and maintenance preferred
    Strong computer skills and familiarity with spreadsheet and database software.

    Other Requirements for all positions:

    Applicants from any of the 9 states in the Niger Delta will be given a priority over other applicants.
    We particularly encourage application from women who are normally under-represented in the area.  All applicants should indicate their state of origin on their CV.
    Please forward application and CV within 21 days from the date of publication to;
    Deputy Economic Development Center Manager vacancy- edc@rhizomeng.com
    Market Development vacancy - md@rhizomeng.com   
    Monitoring & Evaluation vacancy - me@rhizomeng.com  
    Finance & Admin vacancy- fa@rhizomeng.com
    IT Administrator vacancy- it@rhizomeng.com
    Book Keeping vacancy- bk@rhizomeng.com
    Receptionist vacancy- re@rhizomeng.com

    Only applications CVs sent electronically (i.e. by email) with the job title clearly indicated as the subject of the mail will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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