15 May 2018

Interesting Job Opportunities at Palladium Group (23 Positions)

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Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Alliance Director, Agricultural Competitiveness

Project Overview and Role 

  • Palladium is recruiting for the anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria Agriculture Competitiveness project.
  • The goal of the project is to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Purpose of Position

  • Palladium seeks a Director of Trade Policy and Promotion for the USAID-funded Nigeria opportunity in Agriculture Competitiveness.

Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains strong partnerships with private sector organizations, cooperatives, partners, collaborators and financial institutions;
  • Facilitates relationships between value chain actors including smallholders, traders, financial institutions, buyers, processors and agribusiness;
  • Organizes and facilitates discussions on agribusiness investment-related policy issues involving representatives of the private and public sector, with a view to reach consensus on improved policies;
  • Facilitate high level market linkages to add value to specific value chains.  This includes cluster creation with value chain actors from the smallholder field to anchor firm level.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Crop Production, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics or related field.  Knowledge of aquaculture a plus.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience working with USAID or another donor agency.
  • Seven years professional work experience in crop production and/or crop protection, or food security, value chain development including facilitation, agribusiness, marketing, and financial services, private sector development, and enabling environment policy reforms.
  • Experience in training, provision of technical assistance and public private facilitation among smallholders and value chain actors.
  • Previous experience in Nigeria preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for working with project staff and  beneficiaries
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure with limited guidance
  • Excellent communication skills are essential to write effectively and  persuasively and be able to present information in a variety of settings and formats
  • Fluency in English required
  • Experience with gender mainstreaming a plus
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply

 

Budget Team Lead – Nigeria State to State

Project Overview and Role

  • The purpose of the State-to-State (State2State) contract is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict.

Responsibilities  

  • Oversee specialist budget planning and administration staff across States, including providing mentoring and training as necessary
  • Assess capacity of key Nigerian government institutions and stakeholders in budget planning and administration at State and LGA level
  • Design and tailor technical assistance interventions in conjunction with capacity needs
  • Ensure quality and consistency of technical delivery and support to State and LGA level government counterparts
  • Directly provide technical assistance in budget planning and administration, budget transparency and procurement reform to officials at the State and LGA levels
  • Coordinate international and domestic STTA providing support to implement workplan activities
  • With MEL Director, continuously monitor and report on technical assistance, success and program learning

Requirements  

  • 5 or more years of experience with issues of budget planning and administration in Nigeria, ideally working directly in a budget office or similar government role;
  • Extensive technical expertise as well as management experience in the areas of budget planning and administration, budget transparency and procurement reform
  • Thorough familiarity in designing and providing training to State and LGA government officials;
  • Deep knowledge of capacity challenges, needs and opportunities in budget planning and administration
  • Experience working with international donor agencies, with a strong preference for experience with USAID in Nigeria and in the particular State

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Chief of Party – Nigeria State to State

Duration: 5 years (anticipated start in March 2018)

Project Overview and Role

  • The purpose of the State-to-State (State2State) contract is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict. State2State will work together with partner

Purpose of Position

  • The Chief of Party is the senior leader position serving as the primary point of contact with USAID and with overall responsibility for meeting program objectives, oversight of operations, direction, and delivery of technical assistance. This position is contingent on funding.

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical vision and lead strategic development and support of programming in collaboration with USAID and key stakeholders;
  • Develop and implement a plan of activities to meet program objectives with USAID and team;
  • Serve as Palladium’s primary liaison with donor(s), and other partners including civil society and government;
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships with development partners such as government institutions, private sector, civil society, etc.;
  • Enable identification, sharing, and application of international best practices and lessons learned;
  • Build local partners and local staff capacities;
  • Comply with USAID and Palladium reporting requirements on program impact and implementation;
  • Manage and mentor project staff or key stakeholders;
  • Oversee financial and administrative management of the program in close coordination with home office;
  • Manage effective monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of program activities

Requirements

  • Advanced Degree in International Affairs, Public Administration, Finance,  Economic Politcy, or related field;
  • A minimum of ten years of experience leading/managing complex, multi-faceted donor-funded governance projects (especially USAID) in a developing country context, preferably in Nigeria or other West African  country;
  • A minimum of ten years of experience building capacity in government or other institutions, including relevant experience in a developing country context;
  • Demonstrated technical experience in one or more of the following areas: public financial management, decentralization, government capacity building, budget planning and execution, procurement reform, or audit and internal control systems;
  • Fluency in English

 

Deputy Chief of Party – Nigeria State to State

Background

  • The purpose of the State-to-State (State2State) contract is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict. State2State will work together with partner

Purpose of Position

  • Under the supervision of the Chief of Party (COP), the DCOP leads managerial and operational aspects of the project in compliance with USAID and Palladium rules and regulations to achieve project objectives.
  • S/he will also regularly engage with and maintain good relationships with local and state government agencies in Nigeria, consortium partners and other Nigerian governmental and non-government stakeholders.
  • The DCOP will provide support to the COP in liaising, programmatic, strategic development and quality control duties.
  • This position is contingent up award of funds.

Responsibilities   

  • Assist the COP in overseeing all components of the program
  • Provide expertise in Nigeria’s sub-national government and to other stakeholders
  • Assist the COP in monitoring, evaluation and reporting functions
  • Provide leadership and management of State-level field activities
  • Provide guidance and direction to State-level Office Directors
  • Manage Nigeria’s partner organizations and international consultants

Requirements   

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university in a relevant field of study, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration or International Development is required.
  • Must have at least 7 years of professional experience, ideally with USAID-funded local governance projects.
  • Demonstrated track record of working with donor-funded projects.
  • Proven track record with establishing and maintaining relationships with a broad range of government and non-government stakeholders.
  • Capacity to transfer/convey information and knowledge to external partners, stakeholders, senior officials and donor community.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English

 

Director of Finance and Administration, Agricultural

Duration: 5 years

Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium is recruiting for the anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria Agriculture Competitiveness project.
  • The goal of the project is to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Purpose of Position

  • Palladium seeks a Director of Finance and Administration for the USAID-funded Nigeria opportunity in Agriculture Competitiveness.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, management, and direct supervision for the project’s finance/accounting staff.
  • Oversees the implementation of systems and processes required to support project implementation, ensuring compliance USAID contracts, rules and regulations.
  • Ensures the accurate tracking and recording of project expenditures and financial reports
  • Guides and assists accountants and other program staff in preparing, revising and monitoring budgets for ongoing activities
  • Manages the financial operations and financial reporting of the project, providing guidance and technical assistance to financial management personnel.
  • Manages project advances to staff and maintaining a strong internal control environment to safeguard assets
  • Ensures integrity of accounting information by reviewing account balances for compliance and establishing quality control over accounting transactions and financial reporting.
  • Oversees maintenance of supporting documentation for a reliable and easy to follow audit trail.
  • Develops and implements accounting and reporting systems for project expenditures, and provide guidance and training to project staff and partners on financial procedures
  • Manages the timely submission of the monthly field expenses to the headquarters office.
  • Supervises accounting staff in effective performance within agreed standards of conduct and reporting
  • Provides additional support to the COP/DCOP as required

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field. Master’s degree in business or finance preferred
  • 8-10 years’ experience in accounting and finance functions including 3-5 working on USAID contracts.
  • 2-5 years’ experience overseeing or administering grants under contract
  • Demonstrated experience managing staff
  • Knowledge of local labor and tax laws and reporting procedures
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Advanced knowledge of computers and MS Excel

 

Director of Gender, Youth and Social Inclusion, Agricultural Nigeria

Duration: 5 years

Project Overview and Role 

  • Palladium is recruiting for the anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria Agriculture Competitiveness project.
  • The goal of the project is to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Purpose of Position

  • The Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion Director will provide overall technical leadership in the areas of gender equality integration and youth programming.
  • S/he will collaborate with other members of the project team to plan and implement the annual Gender, Youth and Social Inclusion Analysis and ensure that the results inform the annual work plan.
  • Collaboratively s/he will introduce gender-transformative activities and/or scale up of evidence-based interventions promote gender equality and meet the needs of youth.

Responsibilities  

  • Plan and execute the annual Gender, Youth and Social Inclusion Analysis.
  • Ensure that the results of the Gender, Youth and Social Inclusion Analysis translate into the workplan and quarterly into the collaborative learning and adapting (CLA) activities.
  • Plan and implement capacity-building activities in collaboration with partner organizations,
  • Conduct and build capacity in gender analysis (e.g., project partners, district planners, etc.)
  • Develop annual gender and youth work plans and budgets in consultation with other program team members, finance and M&E team, and monitor the implementation of these work plans and budget.
  • Identify and monitor gender-related project indicators to promote and document gender equality in project interventions.
  • Maintain up-to-date statistics and gender program data in collaboration with the M&E department for the project’s gender related performance reporting.
  • Document best practices and lessons learned in implementing gender equality and youth development activities in the project. Write reports, success stories, technical briefs and abstracts for presentations.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Gender, Agronomy and Development or Masters in gener or Social sciences.
  • 10+ years’ work experience including Five or more years conducting gender analysis and integration,
  • Demonstrated familiarity with standard gender analysis and integration tools and methodologies, and knowledge of evidence-based interventions to promote gender-equality in agriculture based projects
  • Field experience in agriculture programs
  • Experience interpreting qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Conceptual thinker with excellent organizational skills, time management skills and attention to detail
  • Experience as a trainer with a strong track record of implementing training strategies and programs.
  • Experience working with a range of local government officials and government facilities desired.
  • Strong oral and written English communication skills
  • Computer literacy with standard business software (including Word, Excel and Power Point).
  • Experience with U.S. Government-funded programs is desirable.
  • Must be capable of working both in a team and independently to implement the duties described above.
  • Willingness to travel within the country 25% of his/her work time.
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply

 

Director of Grants – Nigeria State to State

Project Overview and Role

  • The purpose of the State-to-State (State2State) contract is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing  government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict.

Responsibilities

  • Manage all grants programs and supervise grants program and financial staff;
  • Oversee grants announcements, and proposal adjudication process;
  • Provide guidance to grants staff and grant applicants on effective project design and implementation;
  • With MEL Director, monitor progress of grants and conduct periodic site visits with occasional technical assistance in grants management;
  • With communications staff, prepare informational materials and publicize grants programs;
  • Facilitate proposal review committees and final selection of grantees;
  • Ensure compliance with USAID and Palladium procedures and requirements

Requirements

  • Masters Degree in related field.
  • Minimum 8 years experience in international development.
  • At least 3 years in managing grants programs on behalf of international donors, preferably in the context of governance programs.
  • Demonstrated understanding of USAID requirements and procedures with respect to grants management
  • Strong oral/written communication skills.

 

Deputy Chief of Party, Agricultural Competitiveness

Duration:  5 years

Project Overview and Role   

  • Palladium is recruiting for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment.
  • The goals of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Purpose of Position

  • Palladium seeks a DCOP for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment.
  • The goal of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholders to the private sector, while creating business enabling environments for a thriving agribusiness economy.

Responsibilities  

  • Supports the COP with providing day to day project management and technical or operations support.
  • Provides leadership/oversight for finance, operations and administration of the program.
  • Supports the adaptive management approach, and work with staff, home office and USAID to adjust programmatic approach, staffing and resources if required based on continuous monitoring of the program course.
  • This position may require technical leadership in agribusiness, agriculture policy, finance, marketing, enterprise development.

Requirements   

  • Prior USAID Deputy, Deputy Chief of Party experience strongly preferred.
  • A master’s degree in business, management, agricultural science, economics, marketing, trade or other relevant graduate degree
  • 10 years or more of progressively responsible work experience leading teams and managing development programs.
  • Prior experience in Nigeria is required.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Substantial management experience and knowledge of project management, private sector development, gender mainstreaming and working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas:  agriculture, enterprise and agribusiness, public private partnerships, market linkages, agriculture/rural finance, women’s empowerment preferred.
  • A demonstrated ability to lead multi-faceted teams and solve problems when needed.
  • Excellent communications skills.

 

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, Agribusiness – Nigeria

Duration: 5 years

Project Overview and Role   

  • Palladium is recruiting for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment.
  • The goals of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Purpose of Position

  • Palladium seeks Directors of MEL for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment.

Responsibilities   

  • Designs and implements Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approach for the Activity
  • Manages M&E across all components, assuming responsibility for operational decision-making as necessary
  • Designs and implements the M&E system to track activity progress, and report on results and impact of technical programming
  • Oversees data collection efforts and ensure all program requirements are met
  • Ensures project scope and activities are compliant with USAID policies.
  • Coordinates closely with implementing partners to build cohesive measurement and results systems

Requirements  

  • MA or higher in Business Administration, International Development, Economics, Statistics, or a related field
  • Seven (7) years of progressively more responsible work with experience supervising a team
  • Experience designing and overseeing M&E data collection and reporting for agriculture/food security projects. Feed the Future reporting experience is also preferred
  • Demonstrated research design and analytical skills with five (5) years of agriculture research or M&E experience in Nigeria.
  • USAID or other international donor experience required
  • Demonstrated ability to implement, operationalize, and manage information collection and assessment systems
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage information databases using appropriate software applications
  • Ability to work in team environment and work with and train non-direct reports to implement initiatives
  • Strong writing, reporting, and presentational skills
  • Familiarity with gender issues in M&E and an understanding of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) would be a plus.
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply

 

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) – Nigeria State to State

Duration: 5 years

Project Overview and Role

  • The purpose of the State-to-State (State2State) contract is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict. State2State will work together with partner

Purpose of Position

  • The Director of MEL will lead all monitoring, evaluation and learning program activities. In this capacity, s/he will establish systems for gathering, reporting and analyzing performance data for impact and sustainability of project implementation.
  • S/he will coordinate and manage all monitoring, evaluation and research tasks and deliverables for the project and ensure that all required reports and documentation for the project’s internal management systems and for external reporting are produced according to USAID/Nigeria guidelines.
  • S/he will link M&E data to a process of learning and adaptation.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee staff responsible for M&E, applied political economy analysis, and strategic communication
  • Provide technical leadership to capture and communicate program results, as well as ensure high-quality, timely, valid and verifiable data collection, reporting and analysis.
  • Ensure a process of continual learning and adaptation resulting from applied political economic analysis of various sectors and government levels
  • Harmonize M&E data collection and reporting systems with USAID policies and indicators.
  • Monitor and report on activities required to communicate program results and improve implementation, which includes establishing systems to gather, report and analyze performance data for impact and sustainability of project implementation; overseeing data collection processes as required within the project parameters
  • Oversee preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports on the status of project implementation; contribute to other project reports such as annual work plans.
  • Review and update the project’s M&E plan on an on-going basis.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Social Science, Project Management, M&E or related field
  • At least 8 years of international development work experience At least 3 years experience in a M&E management position within an international development project, and proven experience in data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Prior experience developing, implementing and managing performance monitoring plans (PMPs).
  • Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations , as well as best practices in M&E
  • Strong oral/written communication skills.
  • Experience with USAID-funded governance programs highly desired.

 

Director of Operations & Finance

Duration:  5 years

Project Overview and Role   

  • The Director of Operations and Finance is responsible for establishing and maintaining policies and procedures and ensure they are consistent with Palladium’s corporate policies and USAID rule and regulations.
  • He/she is responsible for communicating and providing training on these policies and procedures to project staff.
  • He/she is responsible for identifying risks and developing and implementing, in close conjunction with the COP and Palladium’s home office management risk mitigation strategies.
  • He/she provides direct oversight of accountants, office managers, and procurement specialists.
  • He/she serves as the primary point of contact for Palladium’s home office for all compliance issues related to finance, HR, and procurement.

Responsibilities   
Financial:

  • Serves as the primary reviewer of the imprest and cash balances to ensure proper recording and reconciliation throughout the month
  • Serves as first reviewer of the monthly invoices
  • Provides overall management of the imprest
  • Provides project finance staff with oversight, training and guidance
  • Establish, monitor, and oversee financial operations both in Abuja and in the State offices

Procurement:

  • Establish local procurement procedures compliant with USAID regulations and Palladium policies
  • Oversee field procurement processes
  • Provides guidance and quality assurance on project-specific procurements
  • Provides project procurement staff with oversight, training and guidance.

Human Resources:

  • Oversees the onboarding of all CCN staff (activities include determining salary, preparing the contract, and setting up benefits (e.g. insurance), liaises with home office to ensure USAID approvals
  • Establishes and maintains the salary scale, in line with USAID guidance
  • Organizes and oversees the performance review process
  • Oversees leave tracking for CNN staff.

Requirements

  • Candidate should have significant experience in USAID operations and Palladium policies and procedures
  • Minimum of six years of experience in project management, including financial, procurement, and HR management
  • Project management and operations experience on multi-year, donor-funded projects
  • Demonstrated organizational, writing and communication skills
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field.

 

Director of Trade Policy and Promotion, Agricultural Competitiveness

Duration: 5 years

Project Overview and Role   

  • Palladium is recruiting for the anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria Agriculture Competitiveness project.
  • The goal of the project is to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Purpose of Position

  • Palladium seeks a Director of Trade Policy and Promotion for the USAID-funded Nigeria opportunity in Agriculture Competitiveness.

Responsibilities 

  • Support the project with agriculture and food systems policy leadership.
  • Provides mentoring and capacity building to the government and civil society to inform issues around seed policy, trade policy, food safety, phytosanitary standards are more.
  • Provide leadership for advocacy initiatives around key policy triggers to promote enhanced competitiveness for Nigerian agriculture commodities.
  • This position may require technical leadership in agribusiness, agriculture policy, finance, marketing, enterprise development.
  • Legal and policy reform experience is preferred.

Requirements   

  • Prior USAID Deputy, Chief of Party experience required.
  • A master’s degree in Agriculture Economics, Policy, Business, Agricultural Science, Economics, Marketing, Trade or other relevant graduate degree
  • 5-7 years’ experience for the agriculture policy specialist is required.
  • Prior experience in Nigeria is required.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas:  agriculture, enterprise and agribusiness, food safety, public private partnerships, market linkages, agriculture/rural finance.
  • A demonstrated ability to lead multi-faceted teams and solve problems when needed.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply

 

Export Promotion/Market Linkages Advisor, Agricultural Competitiveness

Duration: 5 years

Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium is recruiting for the anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria Agriculture Competitiveness project.
  • The goal of the project is to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Purpose of Position

  • Palladium seeks an Export Promotion/Market Linkages Advisor for the anticipated five year USAID-funded Agriculture Competitiveness program for increasing global competitiveness, intra-regional trade, and food security in Western Africa.

Responsibilities

  • Promotes an enabling environment for trade and investment, promoting regional integration and trade, expanding African capacity to effectively access and benefit from global markets,
  • Will work to encourage global companies to trade with and invest in West Africa.
  • Promote and lead various economic development programs within the West Africa region.

Requirements

  • Provide technical and management support to the Value Chain Competitiveness team to design and implement strategies to increase value chain competitiveness in the region.
  • Work closely with the DCOP to develop value chain competitiveness strategies for the program.
  • Oversee the Regional Staple Foods Trade and Global Export Trade Unit Leads to ensure cohesiveness of strategic implementations and achievement of stated goals.
  • Write and contribute toward progress reports, technical reports, and other deliverables.
  • Provide technical guidance project implementation to achieve targets in poverty reduction, regional food security, and export development.
  • Liaise with the regional governments and intergovernmental organizations, stakeholders, and counterparts in the public and private sectors.
  • Collaboratively implement a strategic, long-term programmatic vision.
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply

 

Field Office Director

Duration: 5 years

Project Overview and Role 

  • The purpose of the State-to-State (State2State) contract is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict.

Responsibilities   

  • Provide day-to-day supervision of all technical and administrative staff of the field office (with the understanding that technical staff have secondary supervision as in a matrix structure);
  • Ensure close working relationships and day-to-day contact with State/local government, CSOs, private sector and other stakeholders;
  • Working MEL and Grants Directors, assist with monitoring the progress of all technical assistance and grant support;
  • Coordinate all technical assistance and training in the State;
  • Oversee all logistical preparations;
  • Monitor and report on political, economic and social conditions impacting program implementation.

Requirements  

  • Proven managerial and coordination skills
  • Excellent professional network within the State with ability to mobilize staff and diverse stakeholders in support of project goals
  • Technical experience in one or more of the following: governance, public sector management, public administration reform, public financial management, voice and accountability
  • 8 or more years of professional experience in international donor-funded projects
  • High quality writing and presentation/public speaking skills
  • Experience in institutional development, needs assessments, PEA, training, coalition building and/or public sector capacity building

 

Domestic Resource Mobilization Team Leader

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND
  • Experience5 years
  • LocationNigeria
  • Job FieldNGO/Non-Profit

Duration:  5 years

Project Overview and Role   

  • The purpose of the State-to-State (State2State) contract is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict.

Responsibilities   

  • Oversee DRM staff across States, including providing mentoring and training as necessary
  • Assess capacity of key Nigerian government institutions and stakeholders in collecting, administering and mobilizing tax and other revenue at State and LGA level
  • Design and tailor technical assistance interventions in conjunction with capacity needs
  • Ensure quality and consistency of technical delivery and support to State and LGA level government counterparts
  • Directly provide technical assistance in mobilizing revenue, tax administration and tax policy, setting rates in local service delivery at the State and LGA levels
  • Coordinate international and domestic STTA providing support to implement workplan activities
  • With MEL Director, continuously monitor and report on technical assistance, success and program learning.

Requirements 

  • 5 or more years of experience with issues of tax administration, tax policy, municipal finance and/or rate setting, ideally working for government in Nigeria in a similar role
  • Extensive technical expertise as well as management experience in the areas of domestic resourcre mobilization
  • Thorough familiarity in designing and providing training to State and LGA government officials;
  • Deep knowledge of capacity challenges, needs and opportunities in domestic resource mobilization
  • Experience working with international donor agencies, with a strong preference for experience with USAID in Nigeria and in the particular State.

 

Finance & Grants Director

Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies, and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations, and non profit organizations. We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2.000 employees operating in over 90 counties.
  • The UKs Department for International Development (DFID) is considering fulfilling a new requirement in 2018 where we will be seeking partners suppliers to implement the Mobilising Data for Anti Corruption (MoDAC) programme in Nigeria and Ghana in the first year then potentially scaling up to include Kenya and Tanzania from the second year onwards. These countries have already been chosen by the UK as key partners in the fight against corruption when they attended the London Anti Corruption Summit in 2016.  Any contract would be expected to start in mid late 2018.
  • The programme would aim to improve the quality and use of corruption data, over a four and a half year period, to increase the number of high level sanctions, penalties and prosecutions in corruption cases.  It would fund partnerships between professional users of anti corruption data in law enforcement, civil society, the media and private sector. Partnerships would follow the data on specific corruption cases or high corruption risk events (such as a high-value government procurement or extractives contract).
  • The Finance & Grants Director is responsible for the day to day programme operations, budget management in accordance to the client Head Contract and developing, implementing, and managing systems to ensure successful delivery of programme services.

Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities:

  • Provides overall management of administrative operations, including, logistics, procurement, budgeting, finances, human resources, information technology, property and security.
  • Drives set-up of office, systems and processes during Inception Phase and the onboarding of key operational staff.
  • Oversees sound and effective systems for project administration and operations, including grants, subcontracts, procurement and compliance.
  • Supervises financial operations and daily monitoring of obligations, budgets, and expenditures.
  • Coordinates and manages the mobilization of short-term and long-term technical assistance and administrative staff.
  • Manages office and programme financial resources while exercising proper financial controls and adhering to both DFID and Palladium policies and procedures.
  • Develops and reports on efficiency, effectiveness and economy e.g. Value for Money to DFID.
  • Provides ongoing support to team and partners to ensure delivery and implementation of all programme activities including the Investment Fund and savings accounts is aligned with best practices, local context, compliant and enhances Value to Money (VFM) to DFID.
  • Work closely with team and Palladium to identify and manage ongoing risks and operational issues across the programme.
  • Manages grants across four countries and oversees the Finance & Grants Officers in each of the countries.

Financial management and reporting:

  • Overseeing all financial management including funds disbursement, requests and acquittals.
  • Preparing monthly payroll for Fixed Term employment contracted staff.
  • Ensuring financial systems are complementary to administrative systems.
  • Preparing and managing monthly financial statements, and forecasts.
  • Maintaining overview of programme expenditure against programme budgets.
  • Maintaining a rolling cash flow projection.
  • Managing and responding to audits.
  • Ensuring the appropriate use of programme coding and the up to date documentation and reconciliation of programme expenditure.
  • Training and mentoring staff on the use of the financial system, for example supporting all budget holders in the budget preparation process financial management procedures.
  • Ensuring effective, prompt and value for money procurement, including leading the process of introducing and establishing systems and processes to capture VFM.
  • Managing all programme banking requirements ensuring that clear audit trails are left of all transactions.
  • Supervising and managing the overall programme operations team.

Operations:

  • Overseeing the preparation of subcontracts and hiring management of subcontractors.
  • Ensuring that the general office facilities are running smoothly.
  • Ensuring compliance with other regulatory requirements relating to the employment of staff and all assets procured or leased by the project.
  • Negotiation, preparation and management of all contracts of suppliers and service providers relating to programme operations.
  • Oversee programme procurement and adherence to Corporate SOPs.

Implementation of grant management process:

  • Training and capacity building of programme team and partners to support applications, selection and reporting.
  • Review of grantee concept notes and supporting documentation to ensure completeness, consistency and adherence to the grant terms.
  • Oversee due diligence process and support selection process in close coordination with programme team and partners.
  • Issue grant agreements.
  • Review project budgets and advise the Team Leader accordingly.
  • Review the Fiduciary Risk Assessment Reports to identify key risk areas.
  • Coordinate project expenditure verification and audit.
  • Coordination with RMEL Director and Officers to track, monitor and report progress

Requirements

  • University qualification in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or similar fields, preferably at postgraduate level.
  • Professional qualification in accountancy preferred.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in administrative and financial management of large-scale, complex, international and donor-funded programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, excellence in accounting, financial management, human resources, procurement, and other management support functions as needed.
  • Financial management of a project worth 5M pounds, 10M pounds per annum is desirable.
  • Setting up and establishing financial systems.
  • Grants management experience.
  • Experience working in an international development project.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong team leadership, management and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to manage competing priorities.
  • Outstanding team player and willingness to learn and support learning of others.
  • Fluency in English.

 

Finance and Grants Officer

Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies, and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations, and non profit organizations. We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2.000 employees operating in over 90 counties.
  • The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is considering fulfilling a new requirement in 2018 where we will be seeking partners, suppliers to implement the Mobilising Data for Anti Corruption (MoDAC) programme in Nigeria and Ghana in the first year then potentially scaling up to include Kenya and Tanzania from the second year onwards. These countries have already been chosen by the UK as key partners in the fight against corruption when they attended the London Anti Corruption Summit in 2016.  Any contract would be expected to start in late 2018.
  • The programme would aim to improve the quality and use of corruption data, over a four and a half year period, to increase the number of high level sanctions, penalties and prosecutions in corruption cases.  It would fund partnerships between professional users of anti corruption data in law enforcement, civil society, the media and private sector. Partnerships would follow the data on specific corruption cases or high corruption risk events (such as a high value government procurement or extractives contract).
  • The Finance and Grants, Nigeria, will be required to manage all the Finance and Grants disbursed under the Programme team in this country.
  • The Officer is responsible to the Leadership Team and the Finance and Grants Director for coordination of the fund management function.

Responsibilities    
Portfolio management support in Nigeria:

  • Support design and implementation of the application, eligibility and selection criteria and process for the Investment Fund.
  • Support in the management of the overall grant portfolio in Nigeria and ensuring activities are on track to meet targets and impact metrics.
  • Preparation of the grant allocation, disbursements, and forecast schedules as required.
  • Tracking all financial disbursements to grantees and those of the general programme in Nigeria.
  • Following up on action points with Leadership Team.
  • Ongoing identification and management of relevant operational risks; engaging key stakeholders and ensuring solutions are implemented in a timely manner.

Implementation of grant management process:

  • Development of key templates for applications, selection and reporting.
  • Review of grantee concept notes and supporting documentation to ensure completeness, consistency and adherence to the grant terms.
  • Oversee due diligence process and support selection process in close coordination with programme team and partners.
  • Issue grant agreements .
  • Review project budgets and advise the Team Leader accordingly.
  • Review the Fiduciary Risk Assessment Reports to identify key risk areas
  • Project Monitoring.
  • Review, analyse and assess grantees performance against KPIs as per grant agreement; ensure milestones are met in order to release grants.
  • Review grantees financial reports and request any additional supporting documentation;
  • Coordinate project expenditure verification and audit.
  • Serve as Relationship Manager for a select few grantees who necessitate strong financial oversight due to the size or risk profile of the grant, including being the first point of contact for such grantees and managing relationships between assigned grantees and the programme.
  • Coordination with other team members to track, monitor and report progress

Grant Management Policies and Procedures:

  • Focusing on continual improvement in the grant management processes ensuring at all times that the grant management function is operating efficiently and effectively;
  • Ensuring that the Grants Manual is up to date regarding grant management policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a comprehensive information management and filing system that ensures all Client contractual documents, reports, key correspondences, etc. are appropriately filed in up-to-date and consistent soft and hard libraries available as needed.
  • Assist program technical leads and operations staff with understanding the reporting and other compliance requirements on their grants.
  • Ensure timely and accurate payments are made to Grantees throughout the life of the Grants Program.

Financial management and reporting:

  • Supporting Finance & Grants Director in the financial operations of the Nigerian team;
  • Ensure financial systems are complementary to administrative systems;
  • Preparing and managing monthly financial statements, and forecasts
  • Maintaining overview of programme expenditure against programme budgets;
  • Ensure effective, prompt and value for money procurement, including leading the process of introducing and establishing systems and processes to capture VFM.
  • Manage all programme banking requirements ensuring that clear audit trails are left of all transactions

Monitoring & Evaluation:

  • Supporting MREL Director and M&E specialist with reporting, monitoring and evaluation data collection and analysis.

Requirements 

  • University qualification in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or similar fields, preferably at postgraduate level;
  • Professional qualification in accountancy.
  • At least 3 years experience working in similar functions.
  • Experience of working with relevant organisations and programmes, including Government, Civil Society Organisations and Development Partners and management of donors funded programmes managing grantees or financial management and/or experience in M&E.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to manage competing priorities.
  • Outstanding team player and willingness to learn and support learning of others.
  • Fluency in written and oral communication skills in English is essential.

 

Government Integrity Team Leader

Duration:  5 years

Project Overview and Role   

  • The purpose of the State-to-State (State2State) contract is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict.

Responsibilities   

  • Oversee specialist government integrity staff across States, including providing mentoring and training as necessary
  • Assess capacity of key Nigerian government institutions and stakeholders in financial and performance audit and internal control at State and LGA level
  • Design and tailor technical assistance interventions in conjunction with capacity needs
  • Ensure quality and consistency of technical delivery and support to State and LGA level government counterparts
  • Directly provide technical assistance in financial and performance audit and internal control to officials at the State and LGA levels
  • Coordinate international and domestic STTA providing support to implement workplan activities
  • With MEL Director, continuously monitor and report on technical assistance, success and program learning

Requirements 

  • 5 or more years of experience with issues of financial and performance audit and internal controls, ideally working for government in Nigeria in an audit capacity or similar role
  • Extensive technical expertise as well as management experience in the areas of financial and performance audit and internal control
  • Thorough familiarity in designing and providing training to State and LGA government officials;
  • Deep knowledge of capacity challenges, needs and opportunities in audit and internal control
  • Experience working with international donor agencies, with a strong preference for experience with USAID in Nigeria and in the particular State.

 

Senior Director of Public Financial Management – Nigeria State to State

Duration: 5 years

Project Overview and Role

  • The purpose of the State-to-State (State2State) contract is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict. State2State will work together with partner

Purpose of Position

  • The Senior Director of PFM will lead the implementation at State-level of technical activities designed to strengthen the PFM cycle in States targeted by the project including budget planning, administration and execution, procurement reform, audit and internal control, domestic resource mobilization, and monitoring and reporting.
  • S/he will provide oversight to technical managers and specialist staff in the State offices, ensure quality and consistency of technical interventions, and continually monitor implementation to ensure program objectives are being met.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee technical managers in State offices responsible for budget planning and execution, government integrity, domestic resource mobilization, and citizen voice and accountability
  • Assess technical needs at the State and LGA levels and propose interventions that respond to those needs
  • Design program methodologies, approaches and tools that will improve PFM at the sub-national level
  • Provide training, guidance and oversight to managers and specialists to ensure consistency and quality of delivery
  • Lead process of continuous learning and adaptation, working closely with the Director of MEL

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Finance, Accounting, International Affairs, Public Administration or related field
  • A minimum of fifteen years of experience leading/managing complex, multi-faceted donor-funded governance projects (especially USAID) in a developing country context, preferably in Nigeria or other West African country;
  • Demonstrated experience building capacity in government or other institutions, including relevant experience in a developing country context;
  • Demonstrated technical experience in public financial management, decentralization, government capacity building, budget planning and execution, procurement reform, or audit and internal control systems;
  • Fluency in English

 

Lead BDS Provider, Agricultural Competitiveness

Duration: 5 years

Project Overview and Role   

  • Palladium is recruiting for the anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria Agriculture Competitiveness project.  The goal of the project is to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Responsibilities  

  • Liaises with vocational/training institutes and/or other training and educational providers for developing tailored training programs
  • Facilitates curriculum development, training of trainers and skills training for target beneficiaries including vulnerable groups
  • Provides technical guidance and support on training curricular
  • Create improved VTE curricula that addresses improved hard and soft skills, strengthen work ethic, and address gender stereotypes
  • Liaises with vocational/training institutes and/or other training and educational providers for developing tailored training programs
  • Facilitates curriculum development, training of trainers and skills training for target beneficiaries including vulnerable groups
  • Provides technical guidance and support on training curricular
  • Create improved VTE curricula that addresses improved hard and soft skills, strengthen work ethic, and address gender stereotypes

Requirements  

  • Advanced degree in Education, Workforce Development, Human Resources, or related field
  • Prior experience designing and implementing VTE curricula and technical education
  • Experience working on women, youth and vulnerable population inclusion
  • Experience in career counselling, job placement, training preferred
  • Prior experience building strong public-private partnerships to create internships opportunities that are industry specific for both genders
  • Fluency in English required
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply

 

Policy Advisor, Agriculture Competitiveness Investment

Duration:  5 years

Project Overview and Role   

  • Palladium is recruiting for the anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria Agribusiness project.
  • The goal of the project is to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Purpose of Position

  • Palladium seeks a SME Policy Advisor that will be responsible for providing policy analysis support services: expert consultants, logistical support to policy forums, coordinate policy information and related data important to the value chains.
  • In addition the Agriculture Policy Advisor will identify value chain policy needs in line with the demands of the commodity suppliers’ network/organizations .

Responsibilities   

  • Provide logistical support to value chain policy forums in order to strengthen the private sector voice in advocating for policy reform.
  • Responsible for providing technical assistance to national commodity supplier/service organizations designated to participate in advocacy, formulation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of policies relevant to value chains.

Requirements 

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Business or related field
  • Minimum of 10 years of work experience in agriculture policy preferably in West Africa;
  • Prior experience working on agricultural production or value chain development projects funded by USAID or by other major donors, with at least five (5) years of experience preferred;
  • Professional, relevant experience in West Africa highly preferred;
  • Private sector agribusiness experience (management, production, etc.) highly desirable.

 

Value Chain Development Specialist, Agricultural Competitiveness

Duration: 5 years

Project Overview and Role   

  • Palladium is recruiting for the anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria Agriculture Competitiveness project. The goal of the project is to create a catalytic investment mechanism which develops enterprises and links smallholder farmers to the private sector.
  • The project will develop value chains for domestic food security while also enhancing export promotion.

Purpose of Position

  • Palladium seeks seeks experienced Value Chain Development Specialists to support activities in areas associated with Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness.

Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Agronomy, Business Administration, Marketing.
  • At least 10 years experience of value chain development preferably with a donor-funded project;
  • A Bachelor’s Degree and 15 years of experience in value chain development will also be considered
  • Strong knowledge of value-addition, processing, aggregation, quality improvement, market linkages, marketing of agriculture commodities
  • Experience working with enterprises and/or cooperatives and producer groups
  • Excellent communication, training and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge in any of the following key areas: establishing/training agro-dealer networks, linking value chain actors to finance, linking value chain actors to markets, improving crop quality, post-harvest handling, promoting processing, packaging, marketing of staple crops for domestic and export markets.
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply

Voice and Accountability Team Leader – Nigeria State to State

Project Overview and Role

  • The purpose of the State-to-State (State2State) contract is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee V&A staff across States, including providing mentoring and training as necessary
  • Assess capacity of key Nigerian government institutions and CSO stakeholders in citizen engagement, oversight and/or monitoring of local governance processes
  • Design and tailor technical assistance interventions in conjunction with capacity needs
  • Ensure quality and consistency of technical delivery and support to CSO as well as sub-national level government counterparts
  • Directly provide technical assistance to CSOs, CBOs, associations to give voice to priority concerns, mobilize people behind policy reform, and become involved in local investment and prioritization
  • Coordinate international and domestic STTA providing support to implement workplan activities
  • With MEL Director, continuously monitor and report on technical assistance, success and program learning

Requirements

  • 5 or more years of experience with issues of citizen engagement, oversight and monitoring of government and/or local service delivery performance
  • Extensive technical expertise as well as management experience in the areas of voice and accountability
  • Thorough familiarity in designing and providing training to CSO, CBOs, associations and similar local stakeholders;
  • Deep knowledge of capacity challenges, needs and opportunities in voice and accountability
  • Experience working with international donor agencies, with a strong preference for experience with USAID in Nigeria and in the particular State


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