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Jobs at the North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Nigeria

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An International Development Organization (NERI) is seeking applications from qualified Nigerian nationals for the positions below

STTA ENGINEER
JOB LOCATIONS:
North East Nigeria

POSITION SUMMARY:
The STTA Engineer will work to develop and implement CCI infrastructure rehabilitation grants activities at the State and Local Government Area (LGA) level. The STTA Engineer will support the Engineering, Design and Environmental Compliance Manager (ED&ECM) and the State Engineer to ensure that all projects are implemented in accordance with sound technical, environmental and engineering standards. The STTA Engineer will provide technical support, training and supervision to implementing small and medium-sized infrastructure projects. The STTA Engineer will provide technical input to NERI staff during the project identification, development and implementation: including budget preparation, scheduling, environmental reviews and compliance monitoring, preparing and reviewing designs, and progress monitoring and reporting. The STTA Engineer will ensure that all infrastructure projects are completed within the available timeframe, allowing sufficient time for close down, demobilization, handover, final invoicing, and, if necessary, contract termination.

Successful STTA Engineer must have strong analytical skills, knowledge of material methods and the tools involved in the construction or repair of building structures, in accordance with proper engineering of international standards and be good at meeting deadline. Should be able to work independently with little or no supervision and must have at least ten (10) years of working experience performing in building construction performing duties related to supervision.

Reporting & Supervision:
The STTA Engineer will report technically to the Engineering, Design and Environmental Compliance Manager (ED&ECM) based at Abuja and administratively to the State Engineer (based in the North East) to oversee various projects.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Directly supervise construction and renovation works in the program area, and/or provide technical assistance, training and supervision to Project Engineers for all NERI infrastructure projects within the program area.
Assist the Program team in identifying and developing infrastructure projects. Input will include, but not be limited to, establishing constructability, identifying potential field difficulties, daily/weekly project reports and budget preparation to include material, labor, equipment and service costs.
The STTA Engineer will provide technical input during the project identification, development and implementation: including scheduling, environmental reviews and compliance monitoring, preparing and reviewing designs and materials tests, and progress monitoring and reporting.
Conduct final checks on project designs and specifications to ensure that all designs, drawings and BOQs are in accordance with sound technical, environmental (EMMPs) and engineering standards before passing on to Abuja for final approval.
Prepare EDFs, identifying mitigation measures into projects. Ensure that these mitigation measures are planned, budgeted and carried out.
Conduct monitoring visits to infrastructure project sites, including unannounced visits in order to monitor progress and ensure compliance.
Assist in evaluating and prequalifying potential subcontractors.
Set up and maintain local price databases using inputs from the procurement teams, past activities and assessment visits.
Assist in the tendering, tender evaluation and contract recommendation processes for sub consultants and sub contracts.
Directly carry out, or oversee Project Engineer pre-final and final inspection of all infrastructure works
Technically review all invoices for state infrastructure subprojects submitted according to project invoice review procedures;
Interface with grantees, sub-contractors and vendors as required ensuring transparent program processes are upheld.
Participate in final review and close out of grant activities.
Any other duties suitable to task and commensurate with ability.

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
University degree in Civil Engineering or similar field of study.
5 years’ general work experience and 3years specific work experience with a large portfolio assistance program providing infrastructure project implementation: Construction supervision as Resident Engineer, Construction Manager or Contractor’s Site Representative.
Familiarity with USAID Environmental Compliance regulations and experience in preparation of EDFs
Ability to work independently, think creatively and apply problem solving skills and provide technical supervision.
Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.
Proficient oral and written communication skills in English.
Fluency in Hausa or Kanuri desired.

STATE PROGRAM MANAGER
Position Start Date: Immediately

POSITION SUMMARY:

The State Program Manager (SPM) will be responsible for the development, contracting, implementation and close-out of a portfolio of activities at the state-level. The SPM will work with Abuja-based Program Development staff, NERI Senior Management, and community stakeholders to identify, prioritize and design activities that will respond to community development priorities in order to further the objectives of the NERI project. The SPM, working with state-level grants and implementation 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 be tasked with the programmatic and administrative closeout of all activities, including final reporting, disbursement of funding (in concert with finance staff) and disposition of any project inventory. 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 regularly report to Program Development and Grants staff and receive management and guidance from NERI 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 relations with all associated parties. This position will be based at Adamawa State (north eastern Nigeria,) with frequent coordination visits to Abuja.

Reporting & Supervision:
The State Program Manager reports to the Program Development Manager.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
General oversight of a portfolio of state-level projects.
In concert with program development staff and senior management, advice on programmatic design of new projects, monitor implementation to ensure timely completion and adherence to budget and administrative and programmatic closeout at state-level.
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.
Serve as the focal point for all state-level programming and ensure that the GoN and communities are informed of the objectives and purpose
In coordination with Community Development Facilitators, 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 with a wide range of project beneficiaries, GoN and other important stakeholders as possible
Perform other tasks, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
University degree in a related field is required.
Five years’ experience in grants management with international donor programs is required.
Experience in working with communities to implement grassroots development projects.
Prior experience with internationally-funded projects is highly desirable.
Proficiency at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. 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 of working in a conflict environment is a plus.
Fluency in oral and written English is required.
Fluency in Hausa or any of the local state languages in the North Eastern part of Nigeria is required

GRANTS MANAGER
Position Start Date: Immediately

POSITION SUMMARY:The Grants Manager will serve as the principal point of contact and Manager for Grant Administration. S/he will be responsible to ensure effective and efficient management of grants administration and to ensure flexible, innovative, and rapid-response mechanisms are designed to target key zones within Nigeria. S/he will also ensure that the Grant Management and administration function is always in compliance with Creative and USAID’s policies and procedures; and will work towards capacity building of the recipients as well as the other staff members in the area of grants management.

Reporting & Supervision:
The Grants Manager reports to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP).  The Grants Manager supervises the Senior Grants Officer, Grant Officers and Grants Assistant.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Provides oversight and management of grants staff and grants program;
Organizes and coordinates organizational staffing structure and workflow of grants staff activities and administration;
Responsible for ensuring quality control and the integrity of the data in both OTI and Creative’s online grants database and ensures that the data in the system is always up-to-date;
Responsible for ensuring compliance with Creative’s grants policies as detailed in the Field Manual and the projects Grants Manual;
Coordinate closely with program staff to ensure timely administration and monitoring of grant agreements;
Coordinate with finance, procurement, and program staff to facilitate grantee kick-off meeting, monitoring and closeout of grant activities;
Provide guidance and interpretation for program staff as well as grantees of Creative’s grants policies and procedures and USG regulation;
Manage the grants and direct implementation pipeline;
Ensure that grant master files are always up-to-date and ready for audit;
Lead the grants management team to serve as a central point of grant activity coordination and facilitation;
Provide support to technical units on grants compliance and the online grants database;
Provide training in grants compliance to project staff;
Other tasks as needed

QUALIFICATIONS:
Minimum of five (5) years professional experience (including at least two year of supervisory experience) working in complex and challenging field operational contexts;
Bachelors’ degree or professional accounting/financial qualification is required;
Experience managing teams,
Minimum two years’ financial administration experience essential
Competent in computers and using financial software essential
Understanding of budget and cost control management essential
Excellent written and spoken English essential
USAID program experience desirable
Grants program experience desirable
Ability to work under pressure and efficiently handle multiple tasks
Ability to work under own initiative or as a part of a team

DUE DATE:
5th June 2017:

TO APPLY

Interested applicants for this position MUST submit the following documents to nigeria_recruitment@neri-nigeria.com

A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) listing all job responsibilities;
A cover letter; AND
Please reference the job title and location on the subject line, your cover letter and resume/CV.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

DUE DATE: 22 June, 2017

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