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Deputy Chief Of Party, Nigeria at RTI

RTI’s Governance and Economic Development Division pursues innovative approaches and builds on best practices to create the foundation for and to promote democratic governance and economic development. Working alongside global partners, public institutions, the private sector, and civil society, we help build more effective, accountable, and responsive institutions and policies at the national, regional, and local levels of government. We believe an integrated approach using cross-sectoral strategies—incorporating service delivery and the social sectors, such as health and education—achieve the best results. Our clients include U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), World Bank, and the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Job Description
The GED Division is currently accepting applications for the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) position for an anticipated USAID-funded State2State (S2S) activity in Sokoto, Bauchi, and up to 4 additional states in Northern Nigeria. The overall goal of S2S is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria. This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene - WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict. 

State2State builds on and expands the Mission’s currently ongoing “Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development” (LEAD, 2009-2017) activity, implemented by RTI.

Description

The DCOP will report to the Chief of Party. The DCOP will be responsible for providing day-to-day project leadership in the management of project operations and oversight for technical, operational, and administrative staff. Candidate should possess strong management, administrative and communication skills (including report writing).

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee project operations, communications, human resources, security, and some cross-cutting areas (gender, social inclusion) and senior technical staff. Provide leadership to develop, implement and monitor the S2S work plan.
  • Interface with both USAID and other counterparts regarding the overall direction of the project in the absence of the COP.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with key stakeholders, including government counterparts, grantees, and implementing partners.
  • Manages overall performance and results of the program in a partner state, including management and oversight of the program’s technical, operational, and administrative staff.
  • Liaises regularly with COP and State Managers on management and decision-making.
  • Work closely with COP, technical staff, pertinent RTI regional and home office staff and appropriate USAID staff when necessary to ensure project resources are effectively and efficiently budgeted, analyzed, disbursed, monitored and reported in achieving project objectives.
  • Directly supervise and mentor project staff.

 

Qualification:

  • Advanced degree in business administration, accounting or other relevant field, or equivalent experience and certifications and a minimum of 12 years’ experience in management of complex, development assistance programs; at least 5 years’ experience working to strengthen state and local governments or decentralization. Experience in Nigeria highly preferred.
  • Previous experience with USAID-funded programs, and fluency with USAID policies and procedures related to procurement, operations.
  • Strong technical experience in one or more of the following areas: Governance (including civil society and/or decentralization), Municipal Finance, Public Services, Local Economic Development, Grants Management and Social Inclusion will be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of state and local government operations, and the ability to work with subnational institutions to develop and implement project activities.
  • Excellent track record of good interpersonal, supervision, leadership and managerial skills;
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
  • Ability and willingness to live in Nigeria and travel frequently within Northern Nigeria.

 

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