NDI seeks a Resident Project Director with international experience in promoting budget oversight and enacting procurement reforms to provide technical assistance to increase transparency and accountability in budget and procurement processes in Bayelsa state, Nigeria. The Resident Program Director will be based in Yenagoa and will manage the implementation of program activities. He/She will be NDI's principal liaison with Bayelsa based political and civil society organizations. the state govemment, and the state house of assembly. The Resident Program Director will report to the Institute's Abuja-based Resident Director and is expected to closely coordinate communications with the Washington-based staff
NDI Programs in Nigeria
In partnership with USAID-Nigeria, NDI's program Strengthening Transparency, Research, Independence and Development is aimed at implementing fiscal and procurement reforms in Nigeria's Bayelsa state. In 2009, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly enacted public procurement and fiscal responsibility legislation to improve transparency and accountability in the management of state funds. However, many provisions of the legislation have not been implemented. Since the 1998/99 transition from military to civilian rule. NDI has supported efforts by Nigerian civil society and legislators to strengthen the country's political processes and democratic institutions. NDI currently provides technical assistance to Nigerian civil society groups as they advocate for electoral reforms, conduct civic education, and engage in citizen observation of elections. For more information on NDl's programs in Nigeria, please visit: http://www.ndi.org/nigeria.
Implement NDl's fiscal and procurement reform program in Bayelsa state
Provide technical assitance to various state government institutions in organizational development, procurement policies and processes, and fiscal management
Manage and oversee program staff.
Ensure programmatic goals are achieved in accordanEnsure programmatic goals are achieved in accordance with program objectives and workplans.
Submit accurate and timely reports that monitor and measure program results and analyze political developments.
Ensure that the program adheres to NDI and donor financial rules and regulations
Collaborate with other NDl Nigeria program teams to maximize cross-programmatic activities
Coordinate office security with NDI Abuja and D.C -based staff
Develop and maintain constructive relationships with key partners in government, civil society and the donor community; and Represent NDl to Bayelsa government officials, elected officials. USAID and other development partners.
Bachelor's degree, preferably in law, public administration, political science, international relations, or a relevant field; graduate degree preferred.
Solid democracy and governance background with a minimum of 14 years of experience related to legislatures legal/institutional frameworks and fiscal and procurement reform;
Substantive senior-level political experience in budget and procurement issues, from a legislative, executive, or civil society organization perspective.
Significant training experience and workshop facilitation skills
Demonstrated ability to conduct and apply political analysis to programmatic activities.
Experience working in multi-cultural settings, and a demonstrated ability to thrive in a challenging environment.
Experience implementing or overseeing political development programs, preferably in Africa.
Exceptional interpersonal and managerial skills.
Demonstrated problem-solving skills .
Proven ability to manage program budgets and to effectively lead and manage staff.
Effective communication, and networking skills, and a demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional relationships. Strong oral and written communication skills in English.
Proven ability to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by program stakeholders.
Experience implementing USAID-funded programs and Knowledge of PC-based word processing and sprcadshects (Microsoft Suite), e-mail and Internet technology.
To apply: please visit NDI's website at http://www.ndi.org/current_openings and apply online.
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