Job at the North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Nigeria

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An International Development Organization is seeking applications from qualified Nigerian nationals for the following position:

SENIOR GRANTS OFFICER


Position Start Date: Immediately

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Senior Grants Officer will coordinate with the State Program Managers (SPMs) to support concept development for activities related to the States (Adamawa, Borno & Yobe) and liaise with the Grants Manager and Abuja Grants Officers in developing approved grant concepts in collaboration with the State Program Managers (SPMs). the Senior Grants Officer will also oversee timely completion of grant milestones and other administrative documentation. The Senior Grants Officer will work closely with the Grants Manager to ensure that all updates, documentation and milestone payments are reflected in both OTI’s Web-Based Database and Creative’s IDMS.  This position will be based at the head office, located in Abuja, with program activities expected to be carried out in the North Eastern states.  Frequent travel is expected.

Reporting & Supervision:
The Senior Grants Officer reports to the Grants Manager, based in Abuja. The Senior Officer will also be responsible for the supervision of Grants Officers in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

In conjunction with the Grants Manager:
Coordinate and interface with program staff to manage all aspects of assigned grant portfolio throughout all stages of project development, implementation and closure.  Manage associated timelines and donor reporting requirements for individual grant activities.  Maintain internal trackers, such as the grant status and closing trackers.  Monitor grant portfolio pipeline of financial commitments and disbursements
Manage data in databases, including OTI’s Web-based Database and Creative IDMS.
Serve as a key point of contact for information on related project issues, coordination with partner organizations and sociopolitical and development trends
Develop project ideas in coordination with Program Development Office
Manage strategy objectives/action plan for assigned grant portfolio per the approved work plan.
Draft project ideas with estimated budgets and present them in internal Grant Review Committee meetings
Ensure compliance with donor and organizational policies, procedures and regulations, throughout activity implementation.  Ensure thorough, audit-compliant documentation
Monitor project progress against the approved project implementation timeline; identify delays and work closely with Program Development Office to ensure projects stay on track.
Track overall project development and identify trends to document ‘success stories’ and ‘lessons learned’
Engage in overall political analysis, impact assessment, and participate in strategy development to advance the project goals
Review and contribute to the Final Evaluation Reports and prepare project documents for closing
Coordinate with staff in all departments to complete assigned tasks; engage in regular coordination with Program, Procurement and Finance units to quickly resolve implementation issues
Provide guidance and supervision to Grants Officers in the States Field Offices
Travel to project sites for follow up/support on activity implementation, as needed
Perform other tasks, as assigned

MANAGEMENT
With support from the Grants Manager, provide guidance and supervision to State Grants Officers (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe)
With support from the Grants Manager, review OTI and IDMS database to ensure compliance
Work with program staff to ensure each activity or program is meeting proposal conditions and expectations
Coordinate with other units to ensure effective and efficient workflow throughout all stages of activity development, implementation and closure
Work with Procurement as appropriate in preparing purchase requests based on specific activity budgets
Work with Finance to ensure reconciliation of disbursed funds and to match activity finance records
Manage reporting of key performance indicators and milestones deliverables for effective activity payments

QUALIFICATIONS:
University degree (BA or BS degree) in political science, international affairs or other related social sciences field is required
Five years’ experience in grants management is required
Familiarity with grant procedures. Strong time-management skills and ability to uphold deadlines
Excellent communication skills with strong written and oral presentation abilities (writing samples will be required)
Prior experience with USAID or US Government funded projects is highly desirable
Problem solving, stress management and time management Skills are required
Computer literacy at using Microsoft office software is required (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and experience in development databases such as OTI, IDMS, CRM:
Excellent record keeping and documentation skills are required
Written and spoken fluency in English is required
Commitment to Creative Associates mission and goals

TO APPLY
Interested applicants for this position MUST submit the following documents

A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) listing all job responsibilities AND
A cover letter
To following e-mail address: nigeria_recruitment@neri-nigeria.com

Please reference the job title and location on the cover letter and resume /CV.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

DUE DATE: 14 June, 2017

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