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    Universal Careers is a Human Resource agency founded to help exceptional candidates and international clients who are interested in living and working in the biggest economy in Africa - Nigeria.

    Good clients and excellent candidates go hand in hand and the mix of the two is absolutely essential for success, it is all about people.

    At Universal Careers we are a small team of industry specialists, who are servicing our clients with bespoke HR solutions. No two clients are the same, so our approach to each Client is unique. We have a large network of consultants all-over the world with whom we build teams depending on the client and the specific task at hand.

    Irrigation Specialist


    Job Summary

    Perform Drip and Centre Pivot irrigation system installation, maintenance and repair works for varying categories of public and private sector clients, including but not limited to, designing new and redesigning existing irrigation systems; conduct studies to determine deficiencies or ineffective water flow/distribution; analyze water loss and layout of irrigation systems; participate in determining strategies for new and existing irrigation systems.

    Specific Tasks

    • Lead a team of technicians and other workers for a given irrigation system project
    • Be in-charge of and advise on needed tools and materials for projects, including its inventory
    • Responsible for setting parameters on the use of materials and services within the approved financial budgets of the irrigation projects
    • Collate relevant information needed in initiating an irrigation project; This information may include a site’s historical data pertaining to an irrigation system’s condition or its spare parts condition.
    • Counsel clients in terms of water usage that may increase a company’s productivity and decrease their cost
    • Be in charge of evaluation and planning of a competent irrigation system for a particular site or company.
    • Monitor the system of irrigation system in terms of its usability and its maintenance programs.
    • Be in charge of directing needed workers in irrigation system projects


    • Possession of certifications in terms of irrigation management systems and efficiency in customer service orientation
    • Candidate to be endowed with mathematical abilities in terms of costing and problem solving
    • Enjoy outdoor work
    • Must be Physically fit
    • Enjoy manual activities
    • Able to work as part of a small team


    • A minimum of 5-7 years hands-on experience in the design, installation, maintenance and repair of Drip and Centre Pivot irrigation systems is a must for this role.
    • Where applicable, evidence of past jobs completed may be required.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural/Water Resources Engineering or equivalent from a recognized university.
    • A Masters degree in relevant field will be an added advantage

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    Policy & Programme Manager


    Primary Relationships

    Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
    Department: Programmes
    Directly supervises: Programme Specialist, Payments; Programme Specialist, Agent
    Networks; Programme Specialist, Inclusive Products

    Manages external relationships with:Private sector actors including financial services providers, agent aggregators, payment services providers, technology providers, industry associations; as well as public sector actors including regulators, policy makers and Federal & State Ministries,

    Departments, Agencies (MDAs)

    Principal Responsibilities and Accountabilities

    The role will include, but not be limited to, the following responsibilities and accountabilities:

    Management of Our client’s Programme Specialists

    • Oversee the Programme Specialists to ensure that Our client develops and executes its strategic objectives across its Strategic Areas of Payments, Agent Networks, and Inclusive Products
    • Manage the Programme Specialists to document the status of all Our client’s Strategic Areas in terms of key stakeholders, industry associations, policies, regulatory framework, impediments to growth, and barriers to access for the low income population
    • Ensure that Our client provides thought leadership in all of its Strategic Areas and builds the capacity of key stakeholders
    • Use innovative approaches to develop a holistic, effective and efficient programme delivery process that enables the Programme Specialists to meet their objectives
    • Based on research findings and interaction with stakeholders, work with Programme Specialists to produce succinct focus/strategy notes on Our client’s Strategic Areas, which clearly identify opportunities for growing the sector and advancing the organisation’s financial inclusion agenda
    • Ensure that the Programme Specialists keep abreast of major developments in each of Our client’sStrategic Areas in Nigeria and other relevant jurisdictions

    Document and Deepen Knowledge Related to the Cross-cutting Themes

    For each Cross-cutting Theme:

    • Document and maintain an overview of the current landscape in Nigeria in terms of key stakeholders, industry associations, policies, regulatory frameworks, impediments to growth and barriers to access
    • Identify gaps and key opportunities to inform Our client’s strategic planning processes
    • Provide analysis of the main developments in relevant jurisdictions, particularly for countries with similar demographic profiles to Nigeria
    • Identify key areas in which additional research or information is required, and commission the necessary research in conjunction with the Research Manager
    • Disseminate research findings to key external stakeholders and ensure that they are used toinform policy reforms, inform development of products and channels that effectively serve women, develop effective financial education programmes, and/or stimulate innovation, in line with Our client’s strategic objectives

    Development and Execution of Our client’s Strategies for the Cross-cutting Themes

    • Develop and implement strategies to promote financial inclusion for women and for people based in Northern Nigeria
    • Develop and implement strategies to increase financial capability of Nigerians
    • Ensure that the Cross-cutting Themes are embedded into Our client’s strategic work to promotepayments, agent networks and inclusive products
    • With the agreement of the CEO, work with external consultants and technical assistance providers
    • Identify, explore and understand various policy reforms, innovative approaches, products andsolutions that would increase financial capability of low income Nigerians, and financial inclusion for women and Northern Nigerians
    • Contribute to the development of the financial inclusion sector and Our client’s position as a thoughtleader by producing succinct focus/strategy notes, based on research findings and interaction with stakeholders, that clearly identify opportunities for advancing financial inclusion in Nigeria
    • In conjunction with the Innovation Fund Manager, identify and develop a pipeline of projectsrelated to women, Northern Nigeria and financial capability for the Innovation Fund; and review relevant grant applications and make funding recommendations

    Support the Development of Enabling Policies to Drive Financial Inclusion in Nigeria

    • Conduct research to determine the most effective and appropriate financial inclusion policies, and produce succinct policy notes outlining how they could be implemented in Nigeria
    • Produce evidence-based policy positions that underpin Our client’s advocacy work in the StrategicAreas and Cross-cutting Themes
    • Monitor, review and evaluate current policies and regulations in Nigeria for Our client’s StrategicAreas and Cross-cutting Themes that support and promote access to financial services
    • Identify and develop advocacy opportunities in Our client’s Strategic Areas and Cross-cutting Themes that promote financial inclusion in Nigeria
    • Work with senior government representatives to develop and implement policies that promote financial inclusion, and identify and resolve related challenges
    • Monitor the impact of new policy initiatives that promote financial inclusion in Nigeria, and highlight those that are due to Our client’s intervention, as part of Our client’s performance management (Logical Framework reporting)
    • Work closely with the Head of the CBN’s Financial Inclusion Secretariat to support monitoringand delivery of relevant objectives in the National Financial Inclusion Strategy

    Stakeholder Management

    • Continuously cultivate and deepen strategic partnerships with key stakeholders (including leading financial institutions that can serve as ‘financial inclusion champions’) that have a role in deepening financial inclusion in Nigeria and provide opportunities to support the development of Our client’s programme areas
    • Organise stakeholder events to discuss and debate pertinent issues that will support and drive the deployment of large scale formal financial inclusion initiatives in Nigeria
    • Where required, lead the Programmes Team in designing and constituting working groups orsimilar bodies, including regulators and operators, in order to promote the development and implementation of innovative, relevant, affordable and reliable financial products/services for the low income population in Nigeria
    • Support the Communications Officer and Chief Operating Officer in developing and executing effective marketing strategies for key stakeholders that increase awareness of the issues limiting the growth of financial inclusion and provide recommendations for addressing these issues
    • Represent Our client at public events and in public communications, as directed by the CEO

    Additional Responsibilities

    • Provide strategic oversight and maintain accountability to the CEO on the progress andperformance of Our client’s Strategic Areas and Cross-cutting Themes
    • Identify and take actions to mitigate any risks associated with the Programmes Department
    • Manage the budget and track expenditure for Our client’s Strategic Areas and Cross-cutting Themes, as directed by the CEO
    • Take responsibility for own continuous professional development by proactively identifying and participating in formal/informal learning opportunities
    • Perform any other duties as required by the CEO

    Staff Development

    • Lead, coach, and mentor the Programme Specialists to ensure customer focus and high standards of delivery
    • Ensure that any output from the Programmes Department meets Our client’s high standards of delivery
    • Develop a learning culture by sharing best practices and successes between the Programmes

    Department and different parts of the organisation

    • Identify and provide ongoing formal/informal capacity development opportunities
    • Monitor, manage and report on the performance of Programme Specialists, including setting performance objectives and timelines, and conducting monthly reviews and annual performance appraisals

    Job Competencies and Capabilities

    Qualifications & Experience


    • Master’s degree in Economics, International Development, Finance, Business Administration or other related discipline, from a reputable institution
    • Minimum of ten years’ management experience within financial services and/or development institutions, including some expertise in product design and development
    • Diverse financial sector experience (banking/management consultancy/development/research)
    • In-depth experience (a minimum of five years) in 2 or more of Our client’s Strategic Areas and/or

    Cross-cutting Themes

    • At least three years’ experience in undertaking and managing policy related initiatives
    • Deep understanding of the technical aspects of the Nigerian financial system
    • Demonstrated experience working in a complex or pioneering environment and in managing, and creating opportunities for change
    • Strong relationship management experience with the ability to effectively engage with a diverse

    range of stakeholders at the highest levels

    • Experience in formulating, developing and implementing new strategies


    • Project management experience and relevant certification
    • Financial modelling experience


    • Inspires and leads teams to achieve results and high standards of excellence
    • Works independently and as part of a team
    • Highly numerate, with strong analytical and problem solving skills
    • Proven ability to produce concise, well-structured and very high quality reports and presentations
    • Ability to synthesise and interpret large amounts of information and data
    • Experience in evaluating and monitoring proposals
    • Very high level of attention to detail and accuracy
    • Very strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Very strong presentation skills
    • Strong public speaking skills
    • Effective influencing and relationship building skills, including at senior levels
    • Strong advocacy skills
    • Advanced level competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Fluency in other languages desirable

    Personal Qualities

    • Commitment to the financial inclusion agenda
    • Energetic leader with a strong vision and passionate commitment for Our client’s strategic objectives
    • Gravitas, credibility and ability to initiate and develop strategic partnerships and alliances
    • Highly organised and efficient; able to multi-task effectively and prioritise work based on minimal direction and multiple competing priorities
    • Works well under pressure and able to meet deadlines
    • Can-do approach
    • Committed to delivering high quality results, with cost-effective use of resources
    • Driven and a self-starter
    • Innovative
    • Proactive with high levels of initiative
    • Resourceful with an enterprising attitude that is quick to search out alternative solutions to needs or problems
    • Positive, flexible, supportive attitude to work
    • Exhibits a helpful behaviour beyond strict job requirements
    • Discreet and respects confidentiality
    • Integrity and high personal ethical standards
    • Confident
    • Resilient

    Remuneration: Competitive

    Method of Application

    Interested applicants should apply online on Zoho

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