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  • Posted on: 28 April, 2014 Deadline: 8 May, 2014
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  • There is presently an asymmetry of power in negotiating social contracts between stakeholders in the global economy, with powerful multinational companies and private financial institutions in the strongest position.

    There should be a new global economic and social contract, which corrects this asymmetry of negotiating power and ensures that basic rights – including economic and social development – are not sacrificed in one part of the world to the benefit of another.

    Our mission is to support the efforts of those affected by extractive industries and weak governance through rights based community empowerment. We strive to protect human rights and demand responsive governance.

    Our two organisational pillars of research and advocacy, supported by our two core tools of capacity building and pilot projects help facilitate communities and civil society to communicate a shared vision and negotiate with other stakeholders, to get a better deal from the investments and operations that affect their lives, livelihoods and environment.

    SDN realizes its mission of supporting communities and civil society to communicate a shared vision and negotiate with other stakeholders through:
    Research and Analysis

    SDN undertakes comprehensive evidence-based research to provide a deep understanding of local realities to broader national, regional and international norms, frameworks and strategic academic thinking.
    Policy and Advocacy

    Sound research and independent analysis ensure that SDN is well positioned to articulate solutions and contribute to policies that address the root causes of problems represented by our spotlight issues.
    Pilot Projects - Networking and Partnerships

    SDN works extensively with local and international partners to implement pilot projects to trial new ideas that aim to address the root underlying causes of conflict in the Niger Delta. SDN's local community networks and partnerships ensure that our advocacy is well grounded and solutions based. We target key stakeholders in communities, civil society, local, state and federal government, international community and the oil majors and create constructive channels of communication and understanding between them.

    Compliance Officer

     

    SON requires Compliance Officer within the operation division of the Niger Delta Legacy Engagement funded by the Slate Department Conflict Stabilisation Operation. The Engagement, which is awarded to SDN, is currently to cover funding period till 31st December 2014, with operational extension possible to 31st March 2015.

    The Position reports to Assistant Programme Manager (Operations) directly, will deliver Quality Assurance within the team headed overall by Programme Manager with overall responsibility for performance. Position will contribute towards the engagement goal that the people of the Niger Delta emerges from the 2015 election period without destabilising violence and with increased confidence in the power of non-violent problem solving among the citizens, government and other key factors
    Overall Engagement Objective-Includes

    •     Reduce the likelihood of Conflict
    •     Improve the Social Contact in 3 States of the Niger Delta (Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta)
    •     Produce a Multimedia Campaign supported by dialogue and civic advocacy
    •     Develop capacity and effective non- violence with outreach to communities and Government.
    •     Develop and Sustain the Board of Advisors into an operating Board of Directors in a independent Company

    Role Functions
    The position holder will carry out independent appraisals of the effectiveness of policies, procedures and standards by which NO legacy's Engagement Operations are implemented ensuring the quality and integrity to agreed standards as well as processes.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    •     Review and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, adequacy of internal controls, and reliability of quality, compliance with applicable laws and the safeguard of assets within NO Legacy's Engagement policy framework.
    •     Plan, perform and report back on internal audits to ensure that financial control, financial guidelines of donor organizations and other control procedures are in place and are being properly implemented and managed within NO Legacy's Engagement offices.
    •     Responsibility for facilitating the establishment of Quality Standards for the Engagement
    •     Advise and monitor quality standards and value for money and make recommendations for improvement
    •     Test Internal controls, target in particular high risk areas; document any weaknesses and their impact, and make recommendations to address these weaknesses
    •     Follow up on the implementation of audit recommendations and management action plans, Ensuring-learning, improvements on agreed standards.
    •     Where necessary, carry out investigations of alleged fraud, mismanagement loss of assets or any other investigation
    •     For each assignment, prepare a written report to present findings and conclusions to Programme Manager and broader SDN Management
    •     Prepare routine monthly financial and labor related reports as agreed with APM and distribute to Senior Management, technical and financial staff.
    •     Respond to management queries in relation to ND Legacy's Engagement internal control environment.
    •     Perform other duties as assigned.

    Knowledge, skills and abilities

    • Knowledge of Quality processes and standards {theory and practice}
    •     Knowledge of local and donor contractual requirements and regulations
    •     Knowledge of generally accepted accounting, budgeting and fiscal control theory and practices
    •     Understand theory and practice of continuous improvement
    •     Be able to work within a team as well as exercise oversight independence
    •     Budget development skills with multi funding sources and general ledger skills
    •     Relevant software skills to include automated accounting software and database spreadsheets and Management Information Systems
    •     Ability to work with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, and recipients of assistance
    •     Work independently with initiative to manage high volume work now.
    •     Routine coordination with NO Legacy employees and consultants, - on-site and in the field
    •     Resourceful through technology, research skills, and relationship building among several organization teams and units and professional organizations
    •     Perform detail-oriented work with a high level of accuracy.
    •     Interact with diplomacy and tact and follow-up on requests in timely and efficient manner
    •     Maintain confidentiality for sensitive issues or projects and use judgment and decision-making to execute duties and responsibilities
    •     Handle financial and quantitative information with accuracy and precision; resourceful in gathering, verifying and analyzing financial data
    •     Strong understanding of risk management and internal control issues
    •     Good communication and report writing skills
    •     Must exhibit high levels of professionalism, integrity and ethical values at all times
    •     Time management skills, both in planning and organizing work to meet deadlines
    •     Ability to effectively communicate financial and internal control issues to staff with little or no financial background
    •     Attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy
    •     Ability to use software tools to present data clearly and concisely
    •     Ability to travel a minimum of 25%

    Qualifications and Requirements

    •     BS/BA degree in Accounting, Finance and Business Administration its recognized equivalents
    •     3 - 5 years relevant experience of Quality systems operation and implementation
    •     MS/MA degree in Accounting, Finance and Business Administration or its recognized equivalents (advantage)
    •     1-3 years experience in internal control functions.
    •     Familiarity with U.S. Government grants or other client-funded programs, contracting and auditing standards as they apply to effective management of multi-year funds is required.
    •     CPA, ACA, ICAN, CIMA, CFE or any other relevant professional qualification is an advantage.
    •     Training in Total Quality Management, Balance Scorecard, EFQM or any ISO quality standards

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    Project Officers

     

    SDN requires Project Officers within the operation division of the Niger Delta Legacy Engagement funded by the State Department Conflict Stabilisation Operation. The Engagement which is awarded to SDN is currently to cover funding period till 31st December 2014, with operational extension possible to 31st March 2015.

    The Position reports to the Assistant Programme Manager (Operations) directly, will deliver Quality Assurance within the team headed overall by Programme Manager with overall responsibility for performance. Position will contribute towards the engagement goal that the people of the Niger Delta emerges from the 2015 election period without destabilising violence and with increased confidence in the power of non-violent problem solving among the citizens, government and other key actors

    Overall Engagement Objective -Includes

    •     Reduce the likelihood of Conflict
    •     Improve the Social Contact in 3 States of the Niger Delta (Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta)
    •     Produce a Multimedia Campaign supported by dialogue and civic advocacy
    •     Develop capacity and effective non- violence with outreach to communities and Government
    •     Develop and Sustain the Board of Advisors into an operating Board of Directors in a independent country

    Job Summary
    To provide support and ensure that the programme team meets the highest standards in compliance with US CSO corporate policy and procedures, thereby contributing to strategic objectives. As part of the team, the Programme Officer wilt assist in the management of the team's portfolio which will largely involve, but is not limited to, project cycle management including financial management and reporting.

    Responsibilities

    •     Project Support in conjunction with relevant colleagues, assist with all aspects of the end to end programme cycle management including, where appropriate representation at meetings and provision of briefings, programme visit's and logistic arrangements.
    •     Programme Cycle Management:  Assist in project programme identification and design and with the actual launch and implementation; Assist with the planning of and active participation with on annual reviews of projects; Assist the Technical Advisers to prepare narrative reports on assigned projects for the purpose of the Monthly Programme Review meetings, and lastly ensure effective sharing of information within team.
    •     Procedural and Financial Management: Ensure compliance at all levels with CSO procedures such as issuing contracts, making payments and information registry
    •     Corporate Responsibilities: Assist with other corporate responsibilities such as logistics for the preparation of any retreats, seminars, and high level visits from Headquarters and with preparation of returns (including briefings) to Headquarters/SOA and others as necessary.

    Desired Behavioural Competencies

    •     Making Effective Decisions
    •     Changing and Improving
    •     Delivering Value For money
    •     Delivering at pace
    •     Collaborating and Partnering
    •     Leading and Communicating

    Requirements

    •     A University first degree for these positions is required and would preferably be in the Social Sciences.
    •     Candidates must be able to demonstrate suitable years of work experience and proven ability in programme management, financial management and procurement
    •     Strong understanding of risk management and internal control issues
    •     Good communication and report writing skills
    •     Must exhibit high levels of professionalism, integrity and ethical values at all times.

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    Assistant Programme Manager (Operations)

     

    SDN requires Assistant Programme Manager to assist the Programme Manager of the Niger Delta Legacy Engagement funded by the State Department Conflict Stabilisation Operation. The Engagement, which is awarded, to SDN is currently to cover funding period till 31st December 2014, with operational extension possible to 31st March 2015.

    The Position reports to the Programme Manager directly, will deliver towards the engagement goal that the people of the Niger Della emerges from the 2015 election period without destabilisation violence and with increased confidence in the power of non-violent problem solving among the citizens, government and other key actors

    Overall Engagement Objective- Includes

    •     Reduce the likelihood of conflict
    •     Improve the Social Contact in 3 States of the Niger Delta (Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta)
    •     Produce a Multimedia Campaign supported by dialogue and civic advocacy
    •     Develop capacity and effective non- violence with outreach to communities and Government.
    •     Develop and Sustain the Board of Advisors into an operating Board of Directors in a independent Company

    Accountabilities

    •     The Assistant Programme Manager reports to the Programme manager in all areas of responsibilities and job outcomes.
    •     The role is to provide operational and detailed support for all key areas of operations.
    •     Developing processes under an agreed strategy with the Programme Manager.
    •     Working with Secretariat Administrative and Financial staff to set up service level standards for all stakeholder and beneficiaries,
    •     Oversee all sub contracts, consultants and reviews of all such ensuring progress is monitored, and there is proper accountability and due process is developed and followed consistent with USG award.
    •     Act as Chief of Staff of Staff to the Programme Manager ensuring all direct and indirect relations are aligned and consistent for effectiveness.

    Key Job Objectives

    •     Manage and report on detailed operations of the engagement
    •     Ensure all contracts are properly and transparently effective
    •     Ensure all staff are operational in meeting agreed objectives
    •     Ensure agreed reports are provided and submitted in a timely manner
    •     Ensure all Secretariat Functions and supports are delivered effectively
    •     Update all necessary process, standards and operation as agreed to Programme Manager
    •     All Processes and staff deliver up to service standards
    •     Update an necessary processes, standards and Operations as agreed to Programme Manager

    Knowledge

    •     Contract Management
    •     Operation management
    •     Process definition and mapping
    •     Project Management
    •     Effective Administration
    •     Quality Management
    •     Monitoring and Evaluation
    •     HR.
    •     Service agreements and Standards
    •     Management and Financial Information

    Skills

    •     Operations management
    •     Internal Consultancy
    •     Analytic Skills
    •     Detail oversight
    •     People Management
    •     Financial Accounting
    •     Financial Management
    •     Negotiation
    •     Verbal and Written Communication
    •     Prioritizing
    •     Multi tasking
    •     Research
    •     Report writing

    Attitude

    •     Transparent decision making
    •     Attention to details
    •     Openness to feedback
    •     Participatory and collaborative
    •     Mission orientation

    Experiences

    •     Project and Programme management
    •     Civil Society Contracts
    •     Development work
    •     Team building Advance report writing

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    Assistant Programme Manager (Delivery)

     

    SDN requires Assistant Programme Manager to assist the Programme Manager of the Niger Delta Legacy Engagement funded by the State Department Conflict Stabilisation Operation. The Engagement, which is awarded, to SDN is currently to cover funding period till 31st December 2014, with operational extension possible to 31st March 2015.

    The Position reports to the Programme Manager directly, will deliver towards the engagement goal that the people of the Niger Delta emerges from the 2015 election period without destabilising violence and with increased confidence in the power of non-violent problem solving among the citizens, government and other key actors

    Overall Engagement Objective-Includes

    •     Reduce the likelihood of Conflict
    •     Improve the Social Contact in 3 States of the Niger Delta (Rivers, Bayelsa. Delta)
    •     Produce a Multimedia Campaign supported by dialogue and civic advocacy
    •     Develop capacity and effective non- violence with outreach 10 communities and Government.
    •     Develop and Sustain the Board of Advisors into an operating Board of Directors in a independent Company

    Accountabilities

    •     The Assistant Programme Manager reports to the Programme manager in all areas of responsibilities and job outcomes.
    •     The role is to oversee the delivery of strategy on a daily basis especially focussed on community and government line of efforts.
    •     Managing the planning, entry and engagement with chosen communities under an agreed strategy with the Programme Manager.
    •     Working with partners, stakeholders, consultants to ensure the media line of efforts and other aspects of the engagement complement each other to ensure report against indicators.
    •     Facilitate effective intervention and understanding briefing the Programme Manager in a timely and effective manner.

    Key Job Objectives

    •     Manage and report on detailed delivery of the engagement
    •     Ensure all delivery are consistent to agreed messaging as well as objectives
    •     Work effectively to build relations with Communities and Government
    •     Ensure agreed reports are provided and submitted in a timely manner
    •     Ensure all delivery functions, processes and actions are aligned to deliver
    •     Maintain the effective relations with communities as agreed to Programme Manager
    •     All Processes and staff deliver up to service standards

    Knowledge

    •     Community development
    •     Contract Management
    •     Operation management
    •     Tool design and development
    •     Project Management
    •     Effective Administration
    •     Quality Management
    •     Monitoring and Evaluation
    •     HR Service agreements and Standards
    •     Management and Financial Information

    Skills

    •     Project management
    •     Internal Consultancy
    •     Problem Solving Skills
    •     Facilitation
    •     People Management
    •     Negotiation
    •     Verbal and Written Communication
    •     Prioritising
    •     Multi-tasking
    •     Training/ Capacity Building
    •     Report writing
    •     Empathy
    •     Pattern recognition
    •     Diversity Management
    •     Service Orientation
    •     Listening

    Attitudes

    •     Transparent decision making
    •     Creative Problem solving
    •     Openness to feedback
    •     Participatory and collaborative
    •     Mission orientation
    •     Assertive
    •     Discerning

    Experiences

    •     Project and Programme management
    •     Community empowerment
    •     Development work
    •     Team building
    •     Advance report writing

    Method of Application

    SDN is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are welcome from people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, intimate orientation, gender. The appointment will be under local terms and conditions and is subject to medical and security clearance.

    Qualified and interested applicants should send an email to: nneoma@stakeholderdemocracy.org

    "To request an application form and return the completed application to the same address by 12 noon on the 8th May 2014.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and will be invited to join the next stage of the assessment process
    Salary: Attractive and commensurate with experience.

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