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  • Posted on: 19 November, 2015 Deadline: 3 December, 2015
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  • The Nigeria Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI+), a USAID project is seeking application from qualified Nigerian National to fill these positions below:

    Teacher Education Officer

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The Teacher Education Officer will be responsible for providing technical leadership for all teacher education activities, including leading and coordinating the teacher education and systems support activities at the national and state level.
    • The position requires experience with teacher training policy and practice, designing programs for data collection and analysis, and personnel management.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the Reading Officer.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Lead integrated state and LGEA, SUBEB, and SBMC working groups and steering committees in the following tasks:
    • Identification of education priorities
    • Assessment of education standards
    • Review and strengthen instructional quality and teacher performance assessments
    • Strengthen instructional quality standards
    • Ensure technical coordination of state-level activities and obtain support from directorates and local government authorities as needed.
    • Work closely with the Reading Officer to manage support staff and consultants as needed to ensure the smooth implementation of project activities across technical areas.
    • Ensure the timely production, coordination, and reporting of all data: quarterly reports, M&E data, financial information, etc.
    • Support the development of reading curriculum and standards in colleges of education in collaboration with NCCE and state based colleges of education.
    • Participate in regular meetings and maintain regular communication with state level team counterparts, and with the Reading Officer to ensure coherent planning, M&E practices, and project troubleshooting.
    • Represent the project in major state meetings and events as appropriate.

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • Requires a Master's Degree in Education.
    • At least eight years of experience in the education sector, with at least five years of a leadership role in a conflict or crisis-affected country context.
    • The candidate must demonstrate at least five years of relevant technical experience working with activities that are of a similar scope to this activity.
    • The candidate is also responsible for some monitoring and evaluation, with at least five years’ technical experience in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans and results-based management.
    • The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English.

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    System Strengthening/EMIS Officer

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The System Strengthening/EMIS Officer will provide technical assistance on education information management systems project-wide and will be responsible for overseeing policy-related activities.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the State Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Support the development of a common web-based EMIS using existing open source software that can be customized by state and LGEAs to meet unique information needs;
    • Provide ongoing technical support to ministries, departments, and agencies staff to review progress, “trouble shoot” problems, and support use of EMIS data;
    • Provide support for inter-state training for SMOE, SUBEB, and planners, analysts, and policy makers focused on gathering, analyzing and using data from the EMIS, reading assessments, evaluations, and research to make decisions and plan education improvement initiatives;
    • Support planners and policy makers to use data for quality decision-making;
    • Provide assistance in setting up systems to gather data for access to quality education at the state level.
    • Facilitate a process with state governments and other stakeholders to map and review existing education policy frameworks, especially around systems, access, reading instruction, and assessment.
    • Work with FMOE, SMOEs, UBEC, NMEC, SUBEB, SAME, MORA to provide support to sustain existing policy initiatives and facilitate development and implementation of new policies, particularly in the areas of systems, access, reading instruction, assessment, and accountability;
    • Facilitate policy review meetings with regard to reading and access to track progress in implementing new policies, identify corrective actions to speed implementation, and develop tools to assess impact;
    • Improve the capacity of government education officials to develop leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills to effectively implement policies and regulations with regard to access and reading;
    • Provide coaching on various issues including data analysis and evidence-based decision making, monitoring, and staff mentoring;
    • Support dissemination of new policies and opportunities for bottom-up feedback at all levels through state-level workshops involving government education officials; community meetings; IT; paper publications; and ongoing media campaigns.

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • At least 8 years of work experience with EMIS with international development organizations or in an international development context;
    • Experience in data collection procedures, systems design, systems analysis, and information systems project management;
    • At least 5 years of experience in a leadership position responsible for developing policy frameworks, preferably in the field of education
    • Demonstrated experience working with government agencies, actors, and other stakeholders at the national and state levels
    • Demonstrated expertise in policy mapping
    • Demonstrated capacity to lead workshops, trainings, and strategic planning sessions
    • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Master’s Degree in Public Policy or related field
    • Fluency in English

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    State Team Leader

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The Team Leader (Bauchi) will be responsible for overseeing strategic and day-to-day implementation of Bauchi activities.
    • The Team Leader will provide supervision and guidance to the technical advisors and support services personnel.
    • He/she will work closely with the Project Director to ensure Bauchi implementation is closely aligned with the overall project.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the NEI+ Chief of Party.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Provides technical leadership in the implementation of education programming, managing critical program components and service delivery, and coordinating the work of the technical team.
    • Supports the development of implementation strategies and work plans, and coordinates the day-to-day management of technical staff and program implementation.
    • Provides leadership and oversight of the core program functions (program design, documentation, approvals, and close-out).
    • Ensures that planned program activities are included in work plans, within budget and are properly documented.
    • Ensures that the technical advisors provide information for weekly, quarterly and annual program updates and reports.
    • Ensures close cooperation and coordination between programs and procurement, HR, finance and administration units.
    • Promotes a team approach and a learning culture across all operational support services to prioritize and ensure responsive, quality support to delivery of programs.
    • Ensures the consistent implementation of the project with adherence to donor policies and procedures across all operational support services.
    • Provides on-going problem-solving guidance for program staff on issues related to operational functions.
    • Interacts productively and collegially with program partners and stakeholders.
    • Represents the project in meetings and events.
    • Serves as an active member of the project’s Senior Management Team.

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • Minimum of 5 years’ management experience, preferably with a USAID-funded education project.
    • Demonstrated management ability with capacity to think strategically, prioritize and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment.
    • Strong diplomacy skills; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with partners, donors and other stakeholders in a sensitive environment.
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, or related fields. Master’s degree highly preferred.

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    Reading Officer

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The Reading Officer provides overall technical oversight and guidance to the project’s support to improved reading instruction.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the State Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • He/she supervises the production of all NEI+-supported reading material, all NEI+-supported trainings in reading, all teacher and classroom supervision and monitoring and all student testing efforts.
    • He/she ensures complementarity of activity approaches in reading across the three NEI+ activity states, liaises with government representatives and technicians on technical matters, and bears ultimate responsibility for ensuring that children in NEI+ public, IQTE, and NFLC schools achieve improved outcomes in reading.
    • It is expected that the reading specialist will work directly with the Hausa and English language experts

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • Requires a Master’s Degree in Education, preferably with a specialty in early grade reading.
    • At least 8 years of experience in programs in sub-Saharan Africa that work specifically to improve early grade reading is required.
    • Prior experience with the development of early grade reading materials, training programs, classroom monitoring protocols, and tests and assessments, including EGRA, is required.
    • Prior experience with supporting civil-society based monitoring of reading outcomes is required.
    • The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English. It is preferred, but not required, that the candidate be conversant and fluent in written Hausa.

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    Office Manager

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The Office Manager will be responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the Finance and Administration Officer.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Organize office operations
    • Prepare time sheets
    • Control correspondences
    • Review and approve supply requisitions
    • Maintain office equipment
    • Assign and monitor clerical and secretarial functions
    • Maintain office records
    • Ensure filing systems are maintained and up to date
    • Ensure protection and security of files and records
    • Ensure effective transfer of files and records
    • Transfer and dispose records according to retention schedules and policies
    • Ensure personnel files are up to date and secure
    • Maintain and replenish inventory
    • Check stock to determine inventory levels
    • Anticipate needed supplies
    • Verify receipt of supply
    • Perform other related duties as required

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences
    • 5+ years’ experience in office management/administration
    • Knowledgeable about USAID Rules and Regulations, previous experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred.

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    IT Officer

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The IT Officer will be responsible for overseeing the installation, usage, and maintenance of the office IT system, as well as troubleshooting and being involved in ICT solutions.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the Senior Finance Specialist and will work in close collaboration with HQ field office support and HQ Help Desk on office IT issues.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Provide technical set-up and needed support on all IT related issues, including installation and testing of workstations, printers, client software, upgrades, and configuration
    • Implement and document network operations, processes, and procedures
    • Deploy and implement office network according to HQ specifications
    • Serve as the office Network Administrator
    • Identify and solve possible problems in the network
    • Supervise installations performed by third parties such as cabling, Internet connection, etc.
    • Supervise and follow-up on equipment maintenance performed by other contractors
    • Support and troubleshoot users in the Abuja office on their daily work
    • Implement and enforce security on the network and prevent misuse of the IT resources
    • Participate in writing IT office policy
    • Responsible for IT inventory; work closely with the DCOP and procurement team to monitor distribution and location of IT equipment by performing a yearly inventory check-up
    • Set up, implement, and maintain hardware firewall
    • Keep the network healthy by applying all required security patches and monitoring the correct delivery of all antivirus updates
    • Implement and document a disaster recovery plan and offsite storage of backed up data

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree in ICT, Information Systems, or a related field
    • 5+ years’ experience in IT Systems Management
    • Previous experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred.

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    Grants Officer

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The Grants Officer will be responsible for oversight of all grants activities, including ensuring efficient and proper controls for USAID grant compliance and reporting; coordinating training and grants administration with NGOs grantees; and review and submission of financial reports as required for each grant.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the Finance and Administration Officer.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Implement procedures and templates to be used for formulating, negotiating, executing, monitoring, and closing grants according to USAID regulations and the projects Grants Manual.
    • Develop solicitations, coordinate the evaluation of applications, award grants, monitor and report on financial activities as appropriate.
    • Monitor grantee to ensure compliance with USAID regulation.
    • Assist large NGOs to convey grants-management requirements, processes, and skills to their local affiliates as necessary.
    • Responsible for maintaining grant files and ensuring that they are always up-to-date
    • Coordinate and support project audits, grantor’s audit, or monitoring visits.
    • Conduct educational and training workshops on proposal preparation and/or financial monitoring, as necessary.
    • Responsible for entering and maintaining the Creative’s Integrated Management Database System (IDMS)
    • Other tasks as assigned

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences
    • 2-4 years’ experience in grant management, including disbursements and reporting.
    • Knowledgeable about USAID Rules and Regulations, previous experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred.

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    Finance Administration Officer

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The Finance/Administration Officer will be responsible for managing project expenditure and accounts for the NEI+ project in line with Creative’s Washington, DC financial systems.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the State Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Process check requests and wire transfers for payments to vendors in compliance with contract requirements.
    • Review and process vendor and consultant fee payments in accordance with USAID and Creative account procedures and contract policies.
    • Process local-hire’s monthly payroll.
    • Work with the Senior Finance Specialist (based in Abuja) to develop annual budgets.
    • Develop spreadsheet programs for tracking and monitoring all financial activities, and maintain spreadsheets with current project expense data. Provide the Senior Finance Specialist in Abuja with updated monthly cost reports.
    • Draft quarterly financial reports and monthly ad hoc reports on financial status of project expenses and budget information.
    • Respond to vendor inquiries regarding status of vouchers, payments, and budget submissions.
    • Liaise with the Grants Manager in implementation of grants mechanism and assist to assure the smooth operation of the mechanism.
    • Draft documents for and execute wire transfers from the home office in Washington, DC.
    • Manage the process of clearing bills, payments, and vouchers from the Bauchi office.
    • Work closely with the home office in Washington, DC to ensure reconciliation of monthly expense reports, and respond to any inquiries they may have.
    • Participate in ongoing analysis, forecasting, and reviewing of project expenses.
    • Oversee project procurement in accordance with the project contract and USAID and Creative requirements and regulations.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the State Team Leader.

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences
    • 5+ years’ experience in international development project financial management
    • Knowledgeable about USAID Rules and Regulations, previous experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred.

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    Community Mobilization Specialist

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The Community Mobilization/NGO Capacity Building Officer will be responsible for implementing activities to increase community awareness and support of schooling in targeted non-formal education and alternative education learning center communities in Bauchi.
    • This includes implementing a small grants program to enable CSOs to establish community coalitions and learning centers, building the capacity of CSOs and executing awareness campaigns to strengthen the community’s demand for education.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the State Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Establishes and trains new Community Coalitions or other local education support groups and committees
    • Provides partner CSOs in Bauchi with day-to-day mentoring on project design, implementation, and monitoring.
    • Supports the consistent application of training materials to strengthen CSO organizational management, HR and financial systems and provide technical support in community mobilization.
    • Engages and serves as program focal point with CSOs and supported communities in Bauchi.
    • Coordinates donor, stakeholder, and field staff visits to CSOs and communities in Bauchi.

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • At least 5 years of experience in community outreach or community mobilization
    • Demonstrated experience managing community engagement campaigns, preferably in the education sector
    • Experience with international organizations’ community grants mechanisms
    • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing capacity building plans in culturally, politically, and security sensitive environments
    • In-depth understanding of the role of civil society in development
    • Demonstrated capacity in managing staff
    • Fluency in English
    • Bachelor’s Degree in International Development, Communications, Social Work, or other related field.
    • Master’s degree preferred.

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    Cashier

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The main duties of the Cashier will be the management of cash and cash transactions for NEI+.
    • He/she will also be responsible for day to day bank liaison and general Finance Department office duties.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the Finance and Administration Officer.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Administer petty cash operations, and provide accountability and reporting in full compliance with USAID and Creative standards
    • Assist logistics and procurement staff in cash disbursement of items paid in petty cash and submitting daily expense report to accountant/finance and administration officer
    • Coordinate with district teams to ensure directly managed labor activities are following timekeeping procedures and labor payments are made in a timely fashion
    • Maintain an efficient and accessible paper and electronic filing system
    • Modify or improve filing system if required
    • Perform periodic inspections of files in order to ensure correct placement
    • Assist in establishing systems to reduce overhead costs and propose cost-effective systems to save money
    • Any other duties suitable to task and commensurate with ability

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • Analytical Skills.
    • 2 years of progressive work experience in banking or a relevant trade.
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance or relevant education certificate.

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    Accountant

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The Accountant will be responsible for working under the Finance and Administration Officer to manage project expenditures and accounts.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the Finance and Administration Officer.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Manages day to day finance operations, including implementing Creative and USAID policies, procedures and systems, reviewing accounts payable documents for proper accuracy and completeness, and liaising with bank on all banking issues.
    • Completes donor financial reporting, tracks spending, and supports the Finance and Administration Officer.
    • Provides updated monthly cost reports and draft quarterly financial reports and monthly ad hoc reports on financial status of project expenses and budget information.
    • Manages the process of clearing bills, payments, and vouchers from the Bauchi field office; and the transfer of project funds from the central account to field accounts.
    • Works closely with the home office in Washington, DC to ensure reconciliation of monthly expense reports, and respond to any inquiries they may have.

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • Expertise in accounting, finance or business administration.
    • Knowledge of laws, accounting principles, USAID rules and regulations, and labor laws.

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    Access/Fragility Officer

     

    Project Summary

    • The Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) project is a five year USAID funded project that will work to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

    Position Summary

    • The Access and Fragility Officer provides the overall technical expertise on the expansion of access-related activities, including risk reduction and safety, gender based violence, equitable education services, education and conflict analysis, non-formal education, well-being, psychosocial support and ensuring activities are conflict-sensitive and do no harm.

    Reporting & Supervision:

    • This position is housed in Bauchi, Nigeria, reporting to the State Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Analyze and address barriers to educational access and participation;
    • Assess issues of supply and demand for education options/services;
    • Conduct analysis and assessment of education needs in emergencies;
    • Integrate a conflict-sensitive approach to education,
    • Lead preparation of activity designs; adapting rapidly changing activity designs;
    • Implement successful strategies to combat school-related gender based violence;
    • Implement risk reduction and psychosocial well-being activities, and other related areas.

    Required Skills & Qualifications

    • Requires a Master’s Degree in education.
    • At least eight years of experience in the education sector, with at least five years of a leadership role in a conflict or crisis-affected country context.
    • The candidate must demonstrate at least five years of relevant technical experience working with activities that are of a similar scope to this activity.
    • The candidate is also responsible for some monitoring and evaluation, with at least five years’ technical experience in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans and results-based management.
    • The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send a current resume or CV listing all job responsibilities and cover letter as one Word or PDF document to the "Human Resources Manager" at: recruiting@crea-neiplus.com

    Note:

    • Bauchi state indigenes and females are encouraged to apply.
    • Candidate should indicate the position and location for which he is applying for in the Subject of the email.
    • Only successful candidates will be contacted for interview

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