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  • Posted on: 22 September, 2016 Deadline: 14 October, 2016
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  • Connexus Corporation’s mission is to provide high quality global consulting services to transform international development and build local capacity.

    Founded in 2007 (formerly AZMJ), Connexus has experience working in over 22 countries around the world, delivering technical services that include facilitating access to finance and investment, enterprise development, knowledge management, and rural and agricultural market development, among others. Connexus is well known for its ability to build and manage public-private partnerships as part of a market-driven approach to overcoming obstacles and generating results for our clients in a way that enhances the lives of the poor.

    A small, woman-owned company with a diverse base of clients ranging from international bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors to financial institutions and private sector companies, Connexus is committed to understanding our clients’ objectives and developing timely, focused and dynamic strategies in response.

    Nigerian Public Financial Management Specialist

     

    About the Job

    Connexus Corporation (www.connexuscorporation.com) seeks a Senior Public Financial Management Specialist to propose as a long-termer on USAID/Nigeria’s upcoming State2State project. The project aims to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments in Nigeria, beginning in Sokoto, Bauchi and a third state in year 1 and expanding to three more states within the 5 year project.  

    The activity design is based on the following development hypothesis: If the efficiency and sustainability of state and local governments are increased and they are better able to provide services that address the priorities of their citizens while mitigating potential sources of conflict, then subnational governance in Nigeria will be more accountable, transparent and effective. 

    The core objective of the project will be to support the reform of state and local governance to improve delivery of public services, especially related to primary health care, basic education and water, sanitation and hygiene services. Emphasis will be on various aspects of public financial management, such as: budget planning, implementation and execution; budget transparency; domestic resource mobilization; procurement reform; internal controls; audit; and monitoring and evaluation.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION
    The role of Long-term Public Financial Management (PFM) Specialist will support State2States’ objective by working closely with local and state authorities to develop and strengthen PFM systems, policies, and procedures. These activities will be grouped under the following three components: 1) Domestic Revenue Mobilization and Management; 2) Budget Planning and Execution; and 3) other PFM priorities or initiatives identified in coordination with the Government of Nigeria and USAID.

    This position requires extensive experience in economic analysis and forecasting, knowledge and experience working on public budgets, ability to provide technical assistance on policy development and implementation, and to assist with revenue forecasting. The PFM Specialist will manage and oversee the work on other local PFM advisors and will report directly to the project’s Chief of Party.

    Detailed responsibilities:

    • Work with state and local government authorities to raise awareness of the benefits of improved transparency and empowerment of local constituents;
    • Provide policy advice on expenditure proposals, including forward estimates;
    • Provide revenue forecasting and integrate with macro and sectoral data;
    • Lead the work of the PFM performance management team, organize workshops that integrate public and private sector actors to discuss key issues, and brief the Chief of Party on progress;
    • In partnership with state and local governments, work with Communications team to highlight results and facilitate transparency and understanding on the use of public sector funds to the general public.
    • Other duties as assigned and based upon the needs of the approved State2State work plan.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree required (Masters preferred) in business, economics, international studies, global health, or related field
    • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience related to Public Financial Management
    • Some project management experience (preferably USAID), monitoring budget and expenditure, managing consulting teams, and providing support to field teams and local counterparts
    • Experience with event planning preferred
    • Exceptional writing and organizational skills, with proven ability to multi-task and work under tight time constraints
    • Must be authorized to work in Nigeria (position to be based in Abuja)

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    Nigerian Finance Specialist

     

    About the Job:
    Connexus is seeking a Finance Specialist for the anticipated five year USAID/Nigeria Agricultural Competitiveness project. The project will focus on identifying agribusinesses and agricultural value chain actors with growth potential, and will assist with investment and technical assistance to seed growth at scale. It is anticipated that the project will focus on a number of sectors, including but not limited to: agriculture, clean energy, nutrition, water and sanitation hygiene (WASH), gender and youth-oriented activities.

    Location:
    The position will be located in Nigeria.

    Tasks and Responsibilities:

    • Identify and make contact with key informants and key stakeholders in various small and medium enterprise (SME) sectors
    • Identify opportunities for finance and investment in agricultural sectors
    • Develop relationships with local and international financial institutions and investors
    • Work with financial institutions to design financial products to meet SME demand for financial services
    • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of experience in economic growth/trade, finance, or investment promotion.
    • Experience in fund management and/or programs aimed at increasing access to finance and investment for agribusinesses and SMEs
    • Previous experience with agricultural finance preferred
    • Experience working on USAID-funded programs in Nigeria or other West African country
    • This position requires spoken and written fluency in English.

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    Nigerian Agriculture Competitiveness Specialist

     

    About the Job:
    Connexus is seeking an Agricultural Competitiveness Specialist for the anticipated five year USAID/Nigeria Agricultural Competitiveness project. The project will focus on identifying agribusinesses and agricultural value chain actors with growth potential, and will assist with investment and technical assistance to seed growth at scale. It is anticipated that the project will focus on a number of sectors, including but not limited to: agriculture, clean energy, nutrition, water and sanitation hygiene (WASH), gender and youth-oriented activities.

    Location:
    The position will be located in Nigeria.

    Tasks and Responsibilities:
    Identify and make contact with key informants and key stakeholders in competitive agricultural sectors
    Identify opportunities for finance in identified sectors, package them to be attractive for investment
    Work to develop, package and market a pipeline of project related investment opportunities in coordination with project partners
    Assist in mentoring entrepreneurs and/or build their capacity to develop business plans and strengthen their management and operations

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of experience in economic growth/trade, business development services or investment analysis, promotion and packaging
    • Experience in evaluating agricultural sectors for their local and international market competitiveness
    • Experience in conducting due diligence and evaluating small and medium enterprise (SME) and agribusiness opportunities for potential investment
    • Experience in strengthening SME management and operations and preparing them for investment
    • Demonstrated creativity, willingness to innovate, think systemically and work in a team environment
    • Experience working on USAID-funded programs in Nigeria or West Africa a plus
    • This position requires spoken and written fluency in English.

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    Nigerian Grants Manager

     

    About the Job:
    Connexus is seeking a Grants Manager for the anticipated five year USAID/Nigeria Agricultural Competitiveness project. The project will focus on identifying agribusinesses and agricultural value chain actors with growth potential, and will assist with investment and technical assistance to seed growth at scale. It is anticipated that the project will focus on a number of sectors, including but not limited to: agriculture, clean energy, nutrition, water and sanitation hygiene (WASH), gender and youth-oriented activities.

    Location:
    The position will be located in Nigeria.

    Tasks and Responsibilities:

    • Review and assess grant applications against specific funding criteria
    • Assist in conducting due diligence of potential partners to ensure they have sound systems, operations, reporting mechanisms, governance and reputation
    • Develop relationships with local partners to ensure consistent communication and open discussions
    • Coordinate with Fund Management team to ensure adequate buy-in and/or leverage from local partners selected for grants
    • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of experience in grants management, ideally for USAID.
    • Experience managing accounts and monitoring/evaluating use of program funds and grants
    • Knowledge of agricultural and/or small and medium enterprise development preferred.
    • This position requires spoken and written fluency in English.

    Method of Application

    Applicants can send their resume and cover  with with the job titile e.g“Grants Manager - Nigeria” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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