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UNDP has been in Nigeria since the country became independent in 1960 providing capacity building and policy development support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development.
UNDP continues to support, the government in the preparation of the second National Implementation Plan of the National Vision 20:2020.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 stand to generate unprecedented both in quantity and quality of data and statistics. The “leaving no one behind” principle and increased importance of monitoring sustainable development particularly imply that the world needs more data with better quality. It is with this backdrop that the Secretary General’s High Level Panel (HLP) on Post-2015 Development Agenda called for actions to “improve quality of statistics and information available to people and government” in A New Global Partnership. In Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders pledged to intensify efforts to strengthen statistical capacity in developing countries.

This global call for a Data Revolution has been echoed around the world since the publication of HLP report and much discussion has been done around how to implement it. In Africa, the High Level Conference (HLC) on Data Revolution was held in Addis Ababa in March 2015, in response to a request by African Heads of States. During the HLC, a set of principles to implement Data Revolution in Africa was developed which includes; i) countries must own the prioritization, financing and leadership of this revolution; ii) all data communities should embrace the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics as a starting point; iii) data should be open by default; and iv) technology, new forms of data and other innovations should be actively embraced.
Given the indispensable role of data in achieving SDGs, it is important to assess the current Data Ecosystem and the new data demand, track the progress of the unfolding data revolution in Africa and inform policy makers about what is needed to fully realize the Revolution. Therefore, a mechanism needs to be devised to monitor the changing data situation on the continent and hence it was proposed to publish a biannual “Africa Data Report” (ADR) to assess the strength of data ecosystems. The Report will feed into other SDG initiatives and studies by providing a concrete analysis of data issues in the continent.
The first issue of ADR will focus on reviewing and mapping components of national data ecosystems to assess current data situation. For an in-depth review on data ecosystems, country assessment will be conducted for fourteen countries within which one national researcher, knowledgeable about the country, will be identified to carry out the assessment. One Lead Author will coordinate the entire exercise, consolidate the findings of the country assessments and write the full report based on them. The report will aim to provide review of Data Ecosystem as exhaustively as possible, address common systematic challenges that hamper the full realization of Africa Data Revolution and identify recommendations for follow-up actions. The components of the Data Ecosystem to be reviewed include: data stakeholders, data culture, legal framework, technology, infrastructure and interaction between these components.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Working under the guidance of the Steering Committee and in close collaboration with the Lead Author for the Africa Data Report 2016, the country researcher will undertake an assessment of the data for development ecosystem in NIGERIA. More specifically, the country researcher will be contractually responsible for undertaking national-level activities and producing agreed deliverables. These include:
  • Undertaking a desk review of existing literature, research and reports from data-related initiatives, laws and regulatory frameworks, to broadly capture the data landscape of stakeholders, relationships, and processes in the country;
  • Conduct surveys, interviews and focus group discussions as relevant and required, in order to capture detailed and precise perspectives of stakeholders;
  • Liaise on an ongoing basis with the Lead Author to ensure that adherence to the overall research methodology;
  • Produce a baseline assessment of the national data for development ecosystem, including a detailed and exhaustive mapping of the various components of the data ecosystem in the country, identification of the systemic challenges and gaps that hamper the full realization of the data revolution for sustainable development, and recommendations for follow-up actions;
  • The assignment will have a duration of up to 2 months. The researcher may be requested to travel abroad at least once, to attend a methodology workshop with other country researchers and the Lead Author. The international travel will be fully funded by the IDRC/UNECA/UNDP/Web Foundation partnership. In-country travel occurring in the context of this assignment must be factored in the candidate’s financial offer.
  • Demonstrates excellent writing skills, and strong communications and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence;
  • Demonstrates the ability to produce high quality results following the research handbook and providing strong desk research and web search skills;
  • Demonstrates an understanding of open data and experience with data communities;
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of the country s/he is willing to research;
  • Demonstrates leadership, team building and coordination skills;
  • Good interpersonal and teamwork skills and proven ability to work in a multi-cultural setting and teams with diversity of background and skills;
  • Excellent understanding of statistics and strong analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills, and ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Masters (or equivalent degree/experience) in international development, economics, international relations, statistics or a related field is mandatory.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in socio-economic analysis and research;
  • Knowledge and experience of national and global policies on data and statistics for implementing and monitoring sustainable development;
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical, writing and editing skills;
  • Experience in developing complex knowledge products and flagship reports.
Language Requirement:
  • Proficiency in one official language of the country is a requirement;
  • Working knowledge of English is a requirement; and
  • A second UN language, preferably French, is desirable.

This position is located in the Wold Food Programme (WFP) Country Office in Abuja, Nigeria (CONIG).Working under the overall guidance of the WFP Finance Office and under the direct supervision of the Admin/Finance Officer, the incumbent will assist in the general operations and execution of the WFP Country Office activities
Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will carry out the following tasks:
  • Provides administrative and clerical support for the planning/implementation of project activities –including seminars, workshops and training activities.
  • Maintains all proper filing system. Select information and records in specified format or on the basis of general instructions for use by others in preparing reports, correspondence, technical papers, project or programme plans and general reference documents.
  • Assists in the preparation of documents for use in the formulation of the work plans, progress reports, budgets, and periodic reviews with national counterparts.
  • Assists in procurement processes and proper assets management, monitoring, recording and disposal.
  • Makes travel and hotel reservations, prepares travel orders and assembles information pertinent to the purpose of travel.
  • Assists in following up contact/communication with Government institutions and authorities, local representatives of other United Nations organizations, NGOs, civil society organizations, resource persons and the media regarding WFP mandates and project matters.
  • Liaise with UNDP and other UN-related organizations on administrative matters linked to project implementation.
  • Collects, assesses and analyses information related to project activities in view of providing background and/or complementary information for future project reports / proposals regular inputs into relevant information networks, including creation and maintenance of institutional and individual regional expert rosters (databases), and 3. additional information as requested.
  • Maintains records on project activities / assistance delivery, including agendas, list of participants, experts’ contact details and reports.
  • Assists in the preparation of terms of reference, programmes and logistics for visiting experts, missions, delegations, and donor representatives.
  • Provides advice and assist staff members and their dependants by processing requests for visas, identity cards, driving licenses and other necessary personnel-related documents in accordance with the requirements of the United Nations and the country of the duty station location.
  • Advises and makes arrangements for shipment and receipt of office and project supplies and equipment and household effects; including customs clearance.
  • Provide support to the WFP Security Focal Point on WFP’s personnel security.
  • Performs other duties (such as general correspondence, attendance at meetings, minutes of meetings, reports, follow-up, etc.) as required.
Sound knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to budgetary and financial management; demonstrable knowledge of database administration; knowledge of the financial rules and regulations of the United Nations as well as familiarity with UN policies and procedures as they relate to programme budgeting and financial administration; demonstrable commitment to the values of the United Nations, particularly integrity in daily activities and behaviors; demonstrated professional competence and mastery of administrative processes; ability to perform a range of administrative functions, including event planning and organizing and human resources administration; ability to map out potential risks and make contingencies, as required. Shows pride in work and achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
Takes ownership of responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost, and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Client Orientation:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.
Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Works collaboratively with colleagues within and outside of WFP to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning & Organizing:
Able to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work while prioritizing competing demands; able to work on tight deadlines; knowledge on how to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and projects as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Required Skills and Experience
Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area is desirable.
University degree in Business or public administration, personnel administration, social sciences or related field will be a plus.
A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible professional experience in administrative assistance of project implementation and management preferably in a civil service, NGO, or international organisation environment. Computer literacy, specifically advanced skills in MS Office Suite. Work experience in the United Nations System or European Union -funded projects would be an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset.

IFAD has since assumed direct supervision and coordination of its programmes in Nigeria, with progressive increase in the duties and responsibilities of the IFAD Country Office in Nigeria.  In 2010, IFAD approved and transferred funds for the procurement of a vehicle through UNDP, necessitating the services of a driver/office assistant.  From May 2012, the Country Programme Manager has been out-posted to Nigeria to further strengthen the programme delivery of the Portfolio. Consequently, the Driver/Clerk position is critical to the effective direct supervision of the IFAD portfolio in-country.
The Driver/Clerk is responsible for the driving the IFAD President on his visits to Nigeria (on average thrice per annum), is responsible for driving the Country Programme Manager on a daily basis in Abuja for office duties, is responsible for driving Country Office members during missions, to at least 25 states. Duties also include ensuring the safety and security of all passengers in the vehicle at all times, as well as liaising with the UNDSS on missions. The Driver/Clerk is accountable for maintenance of the vehicle. The Driver/Clerk also is responsible for basic clerical duties of incoming and outgoing mail for the Country Office and filing.
In 2010, IFAD approved and transferred funds for the procurement of a vehicle through UNDP, to increase its visibility and facilitation of its engagement with both development and national partners as well as with Projects in the field.   Procurement of a second vehicle is in view.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
  • Reliable, effective and safe driving services
  • Proper and cost-effective use of vehicle
  • Daily maintenance of vehicle
  • Basic clerical and logistical support
Function / Expected Results
Reliable, effective and safe – Expected Results: reliable, effective and timely driving services for the Nigeria IFAD ICO,
Routine maintenance of the office vehicle/s to ensure reliability and safe use
Periodic report on the use of the vehicle/s and condition of the vehicle/s
Function / Expected Results
Proper and cost-effective use of vehicle- Expected Results: accurate maintenance of vehicle log, daily mileage, diesel consumption, oil change, greasing, minor repairs and arrangement for major repairs and provision of inputs to preparation of vehicle maintenance plans and reports, etc
Function / Expected Results
Daily maintenance of vehicle – Expected Results: proper day-to-day maintenance of assigned vehicle, timely checks of oil, tyres, brakes, battery, water, and cleanliness of vehicle, availability and updated documents: insurance, daily log, office directory, map of city/country, first aid kit, etc.
Function / Expected Results
Basic clerical and logistical support – Expected Results:  delivery, collection, log of mail/documents, photocopying, scanning and filing of unclassified documents, meeting official personnel and visitors at airport, etc …
Impact of Results
  • Reduction in poverty and wealth creation among IFAD beneficiaries resulting from improved funding
  • Safety of IFAD staff and all Passengers in IFAD Vehicle
  • Mobility and visibility of IFAD Country Office
  • Judicious use of IFAD resources
  • Experienced safe driving
  • Commitment to and knowledge of the work of IFAD
  • Teamworker
  • Communicator
  • Solution oriented, positive thinker
  • Ability to manage different situations
  • Operational effectiveness
Required Skills and Experience
Secondary School Education, valid driver’s license
Knowledge of the UN, at least  2 years’ working experience as a driver with IFAD. Additional UN/international organization experience will be an added advantage, with safe driving record, knowledge of driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repair; basic clerical and logistical support skills.
Language Requirements:



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