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  • Posted on: 26 August, 2014 Deadline: 30 September, 2014
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  • RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 4000 provides research and technical expertise to governments and businesses in more than 40 countries in the areas of advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy. Universities in North Carolina founded RTI in 1958 as the first scientific organization in and centerpiece of the Research Triangle Park.

    RTI International is implementing the five year USAID funded Leadership, Advocacy, Empowerment, and Development (LEAD) project in Nigeria, a project aimed at improving governance and service delivery at the local government level.

    This position is open to experienced local governance professionals and residents of Nigeria only.

    RTI International is recruiting to fill the position of:

    CSO Specialist

     

    Job Objectives
    The CSO will strengthen the capacity of local government by promoting government council effectiveness, strengthening management capacity of service departments and building a dialogue with state level actors about legislative changes that provide more citizens to access to information and local decision making and participatory budget process that require greater transparency in local government. He/she will work closely with M&E, also on designing and implementing trainings and mentoring to strengthening the capacity of a wide range of organizations at the community and state levels with emphasis on building their capacity to engage with local governments on service planning, budgeting and monitoring.

    Required Experience Skills and Qualification:

    •     Demonstrated CSO capacity building experience is required.
    •     Technical capacity, knowledge, and experience in the governance domain are required.
    •     Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented setting.
    •     Excellent written and verbal communication skills. (Writing samples will be requested if invited to interview)
    •     Good knowledge of USAID or other donor funded reporting formats is required.
    •     Experience in the Niger Delta preferred.
    •     Bachelors’ degree with 6 years or MA degree plus 3 years’ experience required.

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    Finance and Budget Specialist

     

    Job Objectives
    RTI seeks an experienced Public Financial Management professional with a solid understanding of local government financial systems and processes. The Finance and Budget Specialist will contribute to and assist in the implementation of technical and management aspects of LEAD activities, of which a key focus is local and state budget transparency and accountability.
    Responsibilities also include program reporting and monitoring.

    Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

    •     Providing direct support and assistance to State Manager in the course of designing and implementing public financial management, budget transparency and related activities at local and state levels.
    •     Ensuring technical approach and designed activities are integrated, effective, well–monitored and delivered.
    •     Providing technical support to stakeholders in areas of ‘Internally Generated Revenue’ processes, and for ‘Participatory planning and Budgeting’, and ‘Transparency and Accountability’ activities.
    •     Working with the M&E Officer to ensure that planned activities are in line with the project results framework and performance monitoring plan
    •     Monitoring and providing technical support to grantee activity implementation
    •     Convene, attend meeting with stakeholders, and assist with advocacy campaigns at both state and local levels.
    •     Representing the State Manager as needed or requested.
    •     Submitting timely activity reports in line with project practice
    •     Submitting quarterly activity reports in line with project practice
    •     Required Experience, Skills and Qualifications:
    •     Previous experience designing and implementing public financial management activities, including budget transparency, participatory planning and budgeting, and IGR drives.
    •     Previous experience with and good knowledge of the Nigerian local government environment.
    •     Excellent writing and speaking skills (writing samples will be requested if selected for interview)
    •     Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
    •     Bachelors’ degree and 6 years or MA degree plus 3 years’ experience; Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Municipal Finance, International Relations, Development Studies or related fields.
    •     Experience in the Niger Delta preferred.

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    Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

     

    Job Objectives
    M&E Officer will be based in Sokoto and be responsible for providing oversight for project results, reporting, & management and in collaboration with M&E Specialist & project technical staff. He or she will provide M&E capacity building support and direct technical assistance to local partner organizations.

    Specific Responsibilities

    •     Conduct baseline assessment and/or special studies for project take-off.
    •     Filing of program reports and other supporting documents in corresponding folders.
    •     Report to Project Management on program challenges regarding M&E.
    •     Mainstreaming M & E into program planning, designing, and implementation.
    •     Guide CSO partners in planning, designing, and implementing activities that aligned with project results.
    •     Follow up with program staff to obtain relevant documents supporting implemented activities by units.
    •     Collection of qualitative and quantitative data using various methods (surveys, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, direct observation, or participatory methods).
    •     Designing data collection tools.
    •     Any other duties as may be assigned.

    Required Experience, Skills and Qualifications:

    •     Technical knowledge and experience in the governance domain is required.
    •     Direct experience designing and implementing monitoring systems for governance or related projects.
    •     Demonstrated CSO capacity building experience.
    •     Knowledge of USAID or other donor funded reporting formats is required.
    •     Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented setting.
    •     Excellent written and verbal communication skills. (Writing samples will be requested if invited to interview.)
    •     B.Sc. with 6 years’ or MSc with 3 years’ experience.
    •     Degree in Statistics, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, Demography, Development Studies, Administration, or another related field.

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    Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

     

    Job Objectives
    M&E Specialist will be based in Bauchi and be responsible for providing oversight for all project results reporting & management in collaboration with COP & project technical staff. Provides M&E technical assistance capacity building for local partner organizations; Ensures successful implementation of performance monitoring plan; Ensures achievement of and accurate reporting on project milestones; Produces performance monitoring reports and other summaries requested by the Project Director and the client; Undertakes analyses of monitoring data to derive lessons for improvement and make recommendations; Oversees performance monitoring reporting associated with project close-out; Develops standardized reporting, performance monitoring, and evaluation among partners.

    Specific Responsibilities

    •     Conduct baseline assessment and/or special studies for project take-off.
    •     Develop M & E Plan (MEP) for the project and CSO partners.
    •     Strengthen capacity of program team to undertake result oriented activities using PMP.
    •     Mainstream M & E into program planning, designing, and implementation.
    •     Guide CSO partners in planning, designing, and implementing activities that aligned with project results.
    •     Facilitate participatory sessions to assist program staff in identifying and highlighting achievements of program objectives and outcomes.
    •     Oversee the collection of qualitative and quantitative data using various methods (surveys, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, direct observation, or participatory methods).
    •     Design data collection tools.
    •     Support other units with program implementation.
    •     Administrator of the USAID/NMEMS performance reporting system (PRS).
    •     Knowledge management.

    Required Experience, Skills and Qualification:

    •     Technical capacity, knowledge, and experience in the governance domain are required.
    •     Direct and demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and overseeing monitoring and evaluation systems (including design of governance indicators and targets) and support staff for governance or closely related projects is required.
    •     Demonstrated CSO capacity building experience is required.
    •     Good knowledge of USAID or other donor funded reporting formats is required.
    •     Demonstrated strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented setting. Strong oral and written communication skills.
    •     BSc with 10 years’ experience.
    •     Degree in Statistics, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, Demography, Development Studies, Administration, or another related field.

    Method of Application

    Please email your cover letter which summarizes how your relevant skills and experience are a match for the position sought and CV in reverse chronological order to: info@lead.rti.org

    Please be sure to include your email and phone contact. Also include the position applied for in the subject of your email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer

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