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  • Posted on: 22 September, 2016 Deadline: 2 October, 2016
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  • CBM is an international Christian development organization, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. CBM works in partnership with local civil society organisations, communities, government and in alliance with international organizations in Africa and the rest of the world.

    The ‘Seeing is Believing’ (SiB) programme is a three-year comprehensive child eye health initiative that will be implemented in four clusters – Oyo, Osun and Ogun States (cluster 1); FCT, Nasarawa and Plateau States (cluster 2); Kano, Jigawa and Katsina States (cluster 3) and Akwa Ibom and Cross River States (cluster 4). The programme comprises promotion, prevention, curative and rehabilitation/education components of child eye health. Programme implementation will be in a consortium with Brien Holden Vision Institute. In addition to leading the consortium, CBM would also implement the programme in clusters 1-3.

    SiB Programme Director



    CBM’s Country Office, Abuja, is now inviting applications for the position of a 'Seeing is Believing' (SiB) PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, CBM COUNTRY OFFICE, ABUJA

    Location: Abuja, Nigeria (with travels to the project sites)
    Contract: November 2016-March 2020 (6 months probation)
    Objective: The SiB Programme Director will be responsible for the coordination of the consortium, and for effective and high quality planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and reporting of the programme, including advocacy and research.

    S/he will ensure provision of technical and programmatic supports to the implementing partners in all the four clusters; developing capacity where necessary. The SiB Programme Coordinator will also provide analysis and information to the consortium’s Steering Committee for overall strategic direction.

    The SiB Programme Director will report to CBM Nigeria Country Representative, and s/he will work under the overall guidance of the programme Steering Committee.


    • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, health, management or any other related fields
    • Knowledge of social inclusion, and Navision or any related programme management software is an added advantage


    • Development programme experience in (I)NGO at a senior management position for 15 years
    • Knowledge and experience of programme management in development context for 8 years
    • Strong expertise in monitoring and evaluation of complex projects, including M&E system set-up and knowledge management
    • Proven experience in managing multi-million dollars projects
    • Experience in narrative and financial reporting on complex projects to international donors
    • Experience in consortium management
    • Experience in health system strengthening an advantage
    • Cooperation with civil society/government/donors and private sector knowledge and/or experiences
    • Social inclusion, project management, knowledge management
    • Leading/managing teams
    • Working experience in insecure environments
    • Following security and safety protocols


    1. Programme management
      a. Coordinate programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation in compliance with CBM and donor requirements of 4 clusters, partners, consortium partner, including mutual accountability, motivation, cooperation and conflict resolution
      b. Lead development of systems and processes to ensure regular, joined-up and effective coordination between programme partners
      c. Ensure key issues are being raised from cluster level and that management and technical decisions are taken based on quality programme and management information
      d. Coordinate and support the production of quality deliverables to the donor and CBM following the administrative and financial guidelines, including reports, proposals, assessments, evaluations, newsletter articles, case studies, etc.
      e. Develop monitoring and evaluation strategy, system, and project-specific M&E plans that meet CBM and donor requirementsDevelop and update management information systems, and procedures and quality assurance systems and tools in collaboration with grant administrator and technical advisors
      f. Undertake assessment of partner capacity to inform programme planning implementation/ and inform capacity building
      g. Plan and implement programme research and learning
      h. Set-up knowledge-management system
      i. Prepare consortium committee meetings, ensuring robust and strategic information is available to effectively monitor and review consortium management and implementation
      j. Take forward recommendations and priorities agreed during consortium steering committee meetings
    2. Advocacy
      a. Develop and/or articulate strategy for SiB programme advocacy
      b. Coordinate the implementation a national advocacy plan
      c. Engage relevant stakeholders and governments for evidence-informed advocacy
    3. Partnership-building and networking
      Under the direction of the country representative:
      a. Negotiate with governments and other relevant stakeholders to establish partnerships for existing and future programme development opportunities
      b. Develop a strategy to nurture potential and existing/established partnerships
      c. Support partnership formalization and implementation
    4. Disability inclusion
      a. Collaborate with disability inclusion advisor, consortium and cluster members, partners and other colleagues to ensure that programme plan, implementation, monitoring and reporting include women, men and children with disabilities
    5. Administrative and financial oversight
      Provide supervision and oversight to the SiB Programme Finance and Administration Manger to:
      a. Ensure effective grants and financial management systems and key controls are in place, and that issues are identified and followed up with partners in a timely manner
      b. Ensure that SiB project staff and implementing partners are aware of and compliant with SiB and CBM administrative and financial requirements and expectations.
      c. Support programme staff and partner in financial reporting
    6. Team management and capacity building
      a. Line mange programme team and finance manager, including programme staff recruitment
      b. Develop key performance objectives (KPO) and appraisal, develop and monitor work plans, delegation and motivation, updating job descriptions
      c. Capacity building and mentoring of programme team and project partners in project cycle management (PCM), including project identification and formulation, logical framework, planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, partnership
      d. Ensure partners and staff have access to technical assistance
    7. Communication and representation
      Under the direction of the country representative:
      a. Lead development of systems and processes to ensure effective sharing of information and communication between project partners and other key stakeholders, including with the Standard Chartered Bank
      b. Represents the consortium at programme-related meetings, conferences, and workshops
      c. Engages the media to improve the visibility of SiB programme in Nigeria
    8. Security
      a. Supports security assessment, risks planning, management and reporting in the programme areas
    9. Other duties
      a. Other relevant assigned duties, as necessary

    • Decision-making ability
    • Strategic thinking
    • Problem analysis and solving skills
    • Skills in leadership and capacity building
    • Mediation / conflict resolution skills
    • Skills in risk mitigation
    • Strong oral and written communication and demonstrated ability to produce high quality documents
    • Managing change
    • Developing others
    • Managing performance
    • Technical expertise
    • Result-oriented

    Languages - Fluency in spoken and written English, including public speaking. Fluency in spoken and written French will be an added advantage.

    Nationality - Applicants must be of Nigeria nationality

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    SiB Finance and Administrative Manager


    Location: Abuja, Nigeria (with travels to the project sites)
    Contract: November 2016-March 2020 (6 months probation)

    Objective: The SiB Programme Finance and Administration Manager will manage a team of financial officers, and oversee grant and financial management, administration, human resources and compliance activities.
    S/he will be responsible for the financial performance of SiB programme and for ensuring compliance with donor and CBM requirements. S/he will provide leadership in developing tools for successfully administering and controlling the programme budget and providing financial analysis of the projects performance to inform decision making processes.
    The SiB Programme Finance and Administration Manager will report directly to the SiB Programme Director.

    • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance. The candidate must be a chartered accountant, certified by a local accounting body
    • Knowledge of programme administration
    • Knowledge of Navision or any related programme management and accounting software is an added advantage

    • Experience with grant administration and/or compliance (institutional and private donors)
    • Demonstrated experience in managing and controlling large budgets, with preference for previous experience working in a consortium.
    • Experience of compiling financial reports for international donors Experience of leading a team in a collaborative working style
    • HR and procurement experience
    • Well versed in financial management, accounting, controlling and calculation methods
    • Experience of working in a financially-oriented role in the not-for-profit-sector, ideally with an international NGO
    • Experience in managing external audit and monitoring implementation of recommendations
    • Working experience in insecure environments
    • Following security and safety protocols


    1. Grant management
      a) Establish subcontracts and monitors payments, spending, and close-out of subcontracts, including amendments as needed.
      b) Prepare requests for changes in subcontracts budgets and resulting amendments. Ensures compliance with donor requirement and applicable CBM policy and guidance
      c) Inform SiB project staff and implementing partners of SiB and CBM administrative and financial requirements and expectations and monitor compliance
    2. Financial management
      a) Manage the cash-flow position of SiB programme
      b) Develop and reviews financial management system and tools
      c) Develop/disseminate financial guidelines and controls adherence
      d) Provide 2nd level approval of all agreements with financial commitments (contracts for project/office supplies and services, and other relevant financial transactions)
      e) Prepare budget analytic documents and expenditure forecasts and amendments
      f) Coordinate annual external audits, works with partners to develop management response and action plan, and monitors implementation of plans
      g) Undertake regular support field visits to local team and partner field offices to assess the financial systems in place, verify that financial management and operational systems of partners are being implemented appropriately, and make recommendations for improvements where appropriate.
      h) Develop and prepare accurate and timely financial reports and prepares ad hoc reports as needed for budgeting and planning purposes. Prepares financial analysis of programme performance to inform decision making processes
      i) In cooperation with programme officers, ensures that project partners have necessary cash-flow to implement the programme and that request for funds are processed in an accurate and timely manner
      j) Promote a cost-consciousness culture and practice and advises staff and partners on best financial practices.
      k) Provide assistance to SiB programme team and partners as needed
      l) Prepare and facilitate training sessions on grants management, general accounting, internal controls and administrative systems.
      m) Ensure that issues are identified and followed up with partners in a timely manner and that key deliverables are completed
      n) Explore with consortium members and implementing partners ways of ensuring value for money, for example by purchasing items jointly and sharing transport costs
      o) Draw lessons learnt in terms of finance / compliance and share regularly with partners throughout project implementation
    3. Administrative and Human Resources:
      a) Ensure compliance with relevant local regulations and internal policies
      b) Manage all matters related to project operations and administration, including all project/programme human resources,
      c) Recruit, supervise and develop capacity of finance and administration officers
      d) Oversee travel arrangements and monitor travel expenditures,
      e) Work closely with CBM Country Representative in purchasing and/or maintain adequate health and other insurance policies, etc.
      f) Ensure outstanding organization (and confidentiality) of HR, financial and administrative files,
      g) Contextualize CBM human resources guidelines and policies to country situation (recruitment, compensation, training, etc.
      h) Manage SiB project staff payroll and ensures adherence to tax and labour laws and practices
      i) Establish SiB programme procurement standards and guidelines and ensure compliance
      j) Coordinate procurement process
    4. Other duties
      a) Other relevant assigned duties, as necessary

    • Ability to think and solve problems creatively
    • Strong project management and time management skills
    • Highly organized and details-oriented
    • Ability to set and revise financial and administration policies and procedures
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and accountancy software and Navision
    • Strong communication and presentation skills
    • Managing change
    • Developing others
    • Managing performance
    • Technical expertise
    • Result-oriented

    Fluency in spoken and written English, including public speaking. Fluency in spoken and written French will be an added advantage.

    The position is open only to Nigeria nationals

    Method of Application

    The future job holder adheres to CBM values and commits to CBM’s Child Safeguarding Policy.

    CBM is an equal opportunities employer, and particularly welcomes applications from persons with disabilities.

    Candidates with the required profile and proven experiences, who meet these qualifications, are invited to submit, in English via email, a meaningful letter of motivation, a CV, copies of diplomas, three professional referees and salary expectations quoted in Nigeria Naira to Human Resource Unit

    Application deadline: 2 October 2016

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