Vacancies at North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Nigeria (2 positions)

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The North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Nigeria – An International Development Organization is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:



Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager

Locations: Kafanchan – Kaduna, Jos – Plateau
Contract: Full-time

Position Summary

  • The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager is responsible for the overall design, development and implementation of the NLCB monitoring and evaluation system.
  • S/he supervises a team of M&E officers and Assistants who will gather, analyze, and process complex information related to all aspects of program activity implementation.
  • The incumbent carries out his/her work according to an established standard operating procedure for collecting data, monitoring project progress and measuring program inputs/outputs. This position will be based at Kafanchan or Jos, with program activities expected to be carried out in the North West/Central states. Travel is expected.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager reports to the Deputy Chief of Party – Programs, with a communication line to USAID/OTI – DCR. S/He will supervise the M&E Officers and Assistant at the field offices.

Primary Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate weekly meetings with M&E team to determine priority tasks. Ensure the M&E team is aware of and up to date on all M&E tasks and reports.
  • Develop and supervise the implementation of innovative data collection techniques and tools, including working with external service providers to develop other relevant management information systems.
  • Train program teams to use data collection tools and techniques, including ongoing mentoring and support.
  • Keep up-to-date on developments in monitoring systems, including the use of mobile tools for data collection.
  • Provide guidance and oversee site visits by M&E Officers and Monitoring and Reporting Assistants during the project implementation phase for each grant in assigned areas.
  • Review the “routine monitoring report” (RMR) according to an approved template for each site visit prior to the indicator verification visit.
  • Manage cluster evaluation processes, including liaising with external stakeholders and service providers, contributing to the creation of terms of reference and evaluation guidelines, and ensure that baseline studies are conducted for activities when appropriate and that information is stored for future use.
  • Design and implement a system to identify, analyze, document and disseminate lessons learned from activities and clusters. Share evaluation results with all activity management teams and ensure that lessons from evaluations are incorporated into the development of all new activities.
  • Represent the program positively and professionally in both internal and external environments.
  • Accurately interpret Bills of Quantities (BoQ) and grant database file shared by head office to determine indicators according which the Officer will be evaluating projects.
  • Review “final evaluation reports” (FER) based on prescribed format after visiting a grant site for verification of indicators.
  • Identify lessons learned, constraints, and project impacts based on determined theme and/or sector for inclusion in FERs, and communicate them in a timely manner to the Senior Management Team.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Grants Office when developing impact assessments, success stories and weekly reporting.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for Grants Office when additional information is needed to close grants.
  • Supervise comprehensive analysis of based on history of site visits; present findings to the DCOP and Senior Management Team in a concise and professional manner.
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned by the DCOP-Programs or the Chief of Party.
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Required Skills & Qualifications

  • University degree in International Development, Social Science, Economics, or related field is required.
  • Five years’ experience in the management of field monitoring, evaluation design, empirical and statistical analysis, management information systems and/or information management design is required.
  • Prior experience with USAID or US Government funded projects is highly desirable.
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow up on tasks to completion is required.
  • Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required.
  • Fluency in one or more of the local state languages in the North Eastern part of Nigeria is preferable.
  • Prior experience managing a diverse team of professionals.
  • Proficiency at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. is required.
  • Strong analytical skills are required.



Job Title: Senior Program Manager

Locations: Kafanchan – Kaduna, and Jos – Plateau
Job Type: Contract – Full-time

Position Summary

  • The Senior Program Manager (SPM) will be responsible for the design, implementation and close-out of the NLCB program activities. The SPM will work with in close collaboration with Senior Management (including USAID/OTI) and community stakeholders to identify, prioritize and design activities that will respond to community development priorities in order to further the objectives of the NLCB program.
  • The SPM, working with a small multidisciplinary team of 8 to 10 staff, will be charged with oversight of project activities to ensure that all tasks are completed within timeframe and budget parameters defined during project design. The SPM will also supervise two or more Program Managers, each with their own activity management team and portfolio of activities.
  • The SPM will serve as the main point of contact for state-level actors and community stakeholders to ensure that all activities fit within a strategic and coherent portfolio. The SPM will be expected to report daily to and receive guidance from Senior Management.
  • The SPM will be expected to liaise with various levels of stakeholders, including government officials, civil society organizations and community actors; the selected candidate must be able to maintain good relationships with all associated parties.
  • This position will be based at Kafanchan or Jos, with program activities expected to be carried out in the North West/Central states. Travel is expected.
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Reporting & Supervision:

  • The Senior Program Manager will report to the Deputy Chief of Party – Programs (DCOP-Programs). The Senior Program Manager should expect direct interactions with the Chief of Party and the client, USAID/OTI.
  • The Senior Program Manager will directly supervise two or more Program Managers. The Senior Program Manager will collaborate closely with all team members working in Kaduna and Plateau Sates, comprising Program Officers, Grants Officers, Procurement Officers or Assistants, M&E Officers or Assistants, Finance Assistants and Logistics Officers or Assistants.
  • While these team members report technically to their line managers in Abuja, the SPM is expected to lead the team and ensure that they work together to design, implement, monitor and learn from activities.

Primary Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Responsible for general oversight of program activities. The geography of targeted communities as well as type of programming is expected to change frequently over the course of the program.
  • In concert with senior management, advise on programmatic design of new projects, including identification of potential local partners and beneficiaries, monitor implementation to ensure timely completion and adherence to budget and administrative and programmatic closeout throughout the portfolio of activities.
  • In coordination with Program Managers and Program Officers, establish community-level project oversight committees to ensure community buy-in of activities.
  • Help set up transparent management and oversight mechanisms and work to incorporate as wide a range of project beneficiaries, GoN and other important stakeholders as possible.
  • Responsible for the proper use of the program database for project and program development and management, including updating information on projects and activities per week.
  • Comply with all Creative and USAID procedures and policies with regards to ethics and compliance, grants management, HR, finance, operations and security.
  • Advise the Senior Management Team on the evolution of the local political, legal, and economic situation and on how to continuously adapt the OTI program to ensure that it remains relevant and effective.
  • Develop activity-level Theories of Change (TOCs), thinking strategically about the contribution of each activity to the overall program objective.
  • Work alongside Government of Nigeria (GoN) officials, community stakeholders and civil society actors to ensure coherent and strategic programming as part of a unified project endeavor.
  • Manage key security-sector relationships at the state level.
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned by the Deputy Chief of Party-Programs and Chief of Party.
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Required Skills & Qualifications

  • University degree in a related field is required.
  • Three (3) years of experience with international donor programs is required.
  • At least five (5) years of general work experience is required.
  • Ability to work under short deadlines and efficiently handle multiple tasks.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to function well in a team.
  • Experience working in a conflict environment is a plus.
  • Fluency in oral and written English and Hausa is required; fluency in other languages spoken in Kaduna and Plateau states is preferable.
  • Experience in working with communities to implement grassroots development projects is required.
  • Proficiency at using Microsoft Office: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook etc. is required.
  • At least two (2) years of supervisory experience is highly desired.




How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following documents below to: Please reference the Job Title and Location on the subject line, your cover letter and Resume/CV.

Documents include:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing all their work experience and qualifications; AND
  • A cover letter




Important Notes

  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by people assigned to this job.
    They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
    All personnel may be required to perform other responsibilities in addition to those specified from time to time, as needed
    • We do not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web
    • We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity inclusion. We do not discriminate on grounds of colour, race, nationality, religion, age, ethnic origin, disability, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation in our employment practices
    • Our people are all equally gifted in unique ways: we come from diverse traditions, personal experiences and points of view. And we want to include yours, Are you ready to inspire us with your ideas?
    • We encourage all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process.
    • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
    • Due to the urgency of the position, we have the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline
    • Only qualified candidates will be invited for interview

Application Deadline  25th January, 2021.

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