SDN Latest Job Recruitment in Nigeria, April 2014

Stakeholder Democracy Network (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.

Job Position: Project Officers (2)


Location: Port Harcourt
SON 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 SON 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 destabilizing 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

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 will 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 visits 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 he 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/BOA 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.

Job Position: 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 Stabilization 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 destabilization 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 all necessary processes, standards and Operations as agreed to Programme Manager

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Experiences)
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

Attitudes

    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


Job Position: Compliance Officer
Location: Port Harcourt
SDN requires Compliance Officer within the operation division of the Niger Delta Legacy Engagement funded by the State Department Conflict Stabilization 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 destabilizing 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

Role Functions:
The position holder will carry out independent appraisals of the effectiveness of policies, procedures and standards by which ND 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 ND 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 ND 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 flow.
    Routine coordination with ND 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.

Job Position: Assistant Programme Manager (Delivery)
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 oversee the delivery of strategy on a daily basis especially focused 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

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Experiences)
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
    Prioritizing
    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




How to Apply:
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 applications 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 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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