Pact is an international non-governmental organization with headquarters in Washington DC, USA. Pact has been in Nigeria since 2005, and currently implements donor funded development projects across the country in the area of Health, integrating livelihoods, capacity development, and governance systems.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Household Economic Strengthening Manager
The position is based in Abuja, Nigeria, with anticipated travel to other regions of the country. The Household Economic Strengthening (HES) Manager must be a dynamic individual with strong interpersonal and managerial skills, and a commitment to household economic strengthening. S/he will have day-to-day responsibility for monitoring implementation, ensuring adherence to timelines, budget management and achievement of objectives. Project oversight will include but is not limited to: managing daily project activities to ensure the project accomplishes its deliverables with high impact, logistics and operations, budget approval, supervision of all staff in the area of responsibility; as well as monitoring, reporting, and evaluation activities.
The HES Manager will be responsible for the design, implementation and technical quality of strategies and activities to improve the economic stability of young people and households caring for OVC. S/he will play a pivotal role in planning for all aspects of livelihoods and economic opportunities activities for the program. She/he will facilitate a team of staff in the development of social protection linkages and provision, savings group (VSLG) activities and the integration of enterprise expertise and market access and relationships for securing the economic well-being of targeted households.
The Manager will be involved in project implementation, and organizing and delivering training programs that address a wide variety of issues, including: social protection and livelihoods; savings and financial access; agriculture and food security; economic and market development; ensuring full two-way communication between economic-strengthening (ES) staff at the cluster level; ensuring delivery of specific training, coordination and execution of activities, and overall backstopping and troubleshooting. Proficiency in dealing with math, bookkeeping, and monitoring systems is essential, as is familiarity with the way Nigerian women think and work at the grassroots, whether in rural or urban settings. The position requires a high degree of integrity, professionalism, flexibility and perseverance, as well as the ability to anticipate, identify and resolve problems in the field quickly.
The HES Manager needs to be a committed listener who not only is eager to know not only what is happening in all aspects of the targeted households’ economic well-being, but also is able to give constructive feedback and support to those she/he supervises.
- Technically supervise HES program activities including the design, development and implementation of technical guidance as it relates to HES, ensuring all HES activities are in line with state-of-the-art, globally-recognized best practices for addressing needs of OVC, young people, and their caregivers.
- Exercising a supportive supervision approach, train and mentor implementing partner and institutional stakeholder and technical staff responsible for child well being.
- Build awareness of key HES concepts and principles among local partner organizations and institutions. This includes assisting families in earning and saving income, managing money, and allocating household resources to improving children and youth’s wellness outcomes.
- Develop and instruct partners in effective methodologies for identifying appropriate ES interventions for specific households, depending on the needs and resources of those households (i.e. credit and market opportunities, group savings, income generation, micro-enterprise development training, farming-as-a-business, extensionist, other vocational training opportunities, youth employability, etc.).; train/mentor these partners in principles and standards for good implementation of or linkages to these interventions.
- Develop and ensure the implementation of strategies and interventions that promote the economic empowerment of young people.
- Ensure the documentation and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned, capture timely, high quality information and utilize data to inform decisions and foster learning and innovation;
- Monitor and maintain relevant manuals, training materials and reports for economic strengthening.
- Ensure all economic strengthening strategies are gender-sensitive and promote equitable programming.
- Create and implement a plan to engage the private sector in economic strengthening activities for greater and sustainable impacts.
- Lead the monthly, quarterly, and annual planning, monitoring, and reporting for all HES related activities;
- Oversee pilot or demonstration projects to test and adopt specific HES activities.
- Ensure global best practices shape project activities
- Ensuring that books and materials used in the field, by either staff or groups, are delivered in time to meet program deadlines and in a manner that maintains internal controls on inventory.
- Providing substantial input to orientation and implementation training and training-of-trainers packages
- Overseeing trainings, sometimes serving as a co-trainer, to ensure that they are consistently delivering project training effectively, and conveying information and new ideas accurately and in a participatory manner that is appropriate for adult learners.
- Regularly visiting groups to provide appreciative support and to ensure that a spirit of motivated teamwork and open communication is maintained throughout the project sites.
- Identifying emerging areas of challenge and participating in the modification of program materials to meet those needs.
- Ensuring that program information is accurately and promptly communicated from and to the field;
- Domestic travel required (50%).
- Bachelor’s Degree in Economics or related field.
- At least 8 years of experience working with local governments and non-governmental organizations on HES issues.
- Excellent grasp of participatory HES methodologies.
- Excellent facilitation and training skills in a variety of local governance and organizational development topics.
- Excellent communication and relationship management skills.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Nigerian government policies, procedures and regulations.
- Oral and written fluency in English.
Application Closing Date
16th February, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Resume/CV and cover letter on their suitability to: firstname.lastname@example.org All CV’s/resume/applications MUST be in either word format or PDF. Applicants MUST indicate the position applied for on the SUBJECT of the mail.
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
- This position is contingent upon award of funds.