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  • Posted on: 9 July, 2015 Deadline: 21 July, 2015
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    The International Centre for Reconstruction and Development (ICRD) is an organization that is poised to become a foremost Africa-based think-tank committed to re-engineering the social, economic and political landscapes of Nigeria in particular and West Africa by extension. Towards achieving its vision, the not-for-profit organization facilitates policy re-engineering for development through programmes-based research and advocacy. The ICRD Person is pivotal to the realization of this mission. As a forward-looking organization, we are driven by innovation and professional excellence, and guided by integrity, empathy and selfless service.

    We are recruiting to fill the position of:

    Front Desk Officer


    Job Objective

    • The job holder will provide secretarial and operational support to the directorates and departments at the ICRD headquarters. Organizational Relationships.
    • The job holder reports directly to the Executive Director and supervises the Office Assistant and Driver.

    Key Job Responsibilities
    The Front Desk Officer’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Securely managing inflow and outflow of visitor traffic
    • Managing enquiries via telephone and designated e-mail accounts
    • Assisting the Director of Communication with social media outpost management, as well as information dissemination through appropriate media/channels
    • Providing secretarial support to directorates and programme staff
    • Sorting and archiving correspondence for efficient retrieval and ensuring prompt follow-up
    • Effectively managing a filing system; safely storing sensitive and confidential materials as required
    • Scheduling and managing meetings and appointments, including arranging appropriate transportation as required
    • Database management
    • Managing petty cash disbursements under the guidance/supervision of the Executive Director
    • Managing inventory of office supplies
    • Relationship and vendor management
    • Responsibility for office equipment, grounds, and managing relationships with support staff (driver, office cleaner, security officers, website manager, etc)
    • Efficient event co-ordination skills

    Key Performance Indicators:

    • Quality of service provided to staff and stakeholders

    The Person

    • The ideal candidate must combine an ability to self-manage and take initiative with impeccable people skills. Learning quickly and within time constraints are essential to successful task delivery, as are a growth mindset and the ability to multi-task effectively.
    • As a support staff to the Communication Directorate, the ideal candidate must have good comportment and exceptional communication skills, with working knowledge of, and an interest in, Nigeria’s social, political and economic landscapes and ICRD’s causes.
    • The minimum educational requirement is a second class lower Degree from a reputable university, a Higher National Diploma, Upper Credit, or an equivalent certification in Secretarial Studies or related fields. Relevant experience will be an added advantage and candidates who do not meet the educational requirement may be considered in exceptional circumstances. A strong grasp of Microsoft Office is essential.

    Key Competency Requirements
    Technical Core:

    • Operational and secretarial proficiency and excellence
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Data management proficiency
    • Inventory management
    • Record- and book-keeping skills
    • Relationship management
    • Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively within time constraints
    • Working knowledge of, and interest in, current affairs broadly pertaining to ICRD’s activities in the social, economic and political landscapes.

    Technical Non-Core:

    • Ability to deploy technology and/or software in problem-solving.
    • Basic social media and website management skills.
    • Procurement management.


    • A warm and approachable disposition; socially intelligent.
    • A customer service-centric outlook.
    • Impeccable integrity.
    • Professional maturity.
    • Able to take initiative and requiring minimal supervision.
    • Commitment to learning and personal improvement.

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    Programmme Manager


    Job Objective

    • The job holder will implement ICRD’s knowledge mining strategies through sector-specific direct intervention programmes that seek to test and advance scalable models to national policy.

    Organizational Relationships

    • The Programme Manager reports directly to the Director of Research and Policy Development and directly supervises the Programme Officers.

    Key Job Responsibilities
    The Programme Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Reducing programme strategies to implementable processes
    • Managing implementation of programme processes in line with ICRD’s strategic goals
    • Preparing project budgets
    • Organizing and deploying project resources including human, material and financial in line with project schedules and objectives
    • Managing relations and correspondence with project stakeholders
    • Supervising project officers in the collation of quantitative and qualitative project data
    • Managing project related events
    • Deploying information technology in tracking project resources and schedules
    • Weekly reporting to, and meetings with, the Director of Research and Policy Development
    • Assisting the Director of Research and Policy Development in the analysis of project data for policy development

    The Person

    • The Programme Manager must combine a results driven orientation with people skills and must be capable of driving project execution to desired ends. The person should demonstrate interest and competence in key sectors pertinent to ICRD’s current direct intervention strategies including education, creative industries and local governance.
    • The minimum educational requirement is a second-class upper degree in Economics, Business Management or a related field from a reputable university. Joint honours in Economics and Education (B.Ed/B.Sc), a relevant Master’s degree or a project management certification will be an added advantage.
    • Relevant experience in any of ICRD’s strategic sectors would be further advantageous.

    Key Performance Indicators

    • Percentage of project milestones achieved
    • Quality of presentations to stakeholders
    • Quality of weekly project reports to the Director of Research and Policy Development
    • Accuracy of project budgets
    • Percentage of adherence to project budgets

    Key Competency Requirements

    • Technical Core
    • Strong strategic planning skills
    • Ability to organize and multitask
    • Ability to lead project implementation team
    • Ability to effectively manage and harness human resources
    • External stakeholder relationship management skills
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Negotiation skills
    • Ability to analyse data for project tracking
    • Technical Non-Core
    • Ability to progressively deploy technology and/or software in problem-solving
    • Working knowledge of the education sector
    • General knowledge of the creative industries and the textile industry in particular
    • Transferable skills in related sectors
    • Ability to collate quantitative and qualitative data from project fields
    • Ability to creatively manage programme imperatives when faced with novel challenges
    • Ability to analyse data for policy development


    • Disciplined in project execution and output delivery
    • Contagious enthusiasm in the execution of tasks; passionate about nation-building
    • An assertive but polite disposition
    • An inclination to continuous learning and improvement
    • A strong sense of personal responsibility
    • Detail-oriented and able to organize self and others optimally
    • Impeccable integrity

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their application letters to:

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