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State Governance Director at Creative Associates International

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 15 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Creative Associates International has been working in Nigeria for more than a decade to support development programs throughout the country.

Position Summary

  • Creative Associates seeks a Governance Director – Sokoto State for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Nigeria.
  • The Governance Director serves as the state director of all project programs, provides technical leadership, engages with state and local government leaders for monitoring and responding to opportunities for institutional reform; and manages the State Project Office staff and technical advisors.
  • He/she will serve as a member of the project leadership team, working closely with counterparts in other states and facilitating knowledge transfer between state offices and with Nigerian federal officials.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The State Governance Director – Sokoto reports to the Chief of Party.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist state governments to develop strategic approaches for improving governance of state operations, including improvements in public financial management, improvements in service delivery, generation of internal funding and communication with citizens;
  • Support state governments to facilitate interaction, collaboration, and collective action between diverse stakeholders and leverage stakeholder networks to develop strategies advocating citizen priorities;
  • Support state government efforts to engage women, youth, and excluded groups in public and political dialogue, and electoral campaigns;
  • Monitor and document all implementation activities, document successes, challenges, and lessons learned and share them with through regular program reports; and
  • Deliver presentations on program objectives and achievements to implementing partners, civil society organizations, government officials, donor, and other organizations.
  • Assist state governments in identifying and then providing a broad range of technical assistance and capacity development to achieve strategic governance objectives. Support state governments to facilitate public dialogue on governance and civic engagement between government and non-governmental actors through technical assistance to local civil society organizations;
  • Monitor the progress of state governments in achieving agreed upon reforms and improvements in performance;
  • Support the COP and the DCOP in the development of the project strategic framework and work plans for the program implementation to ensure the achievement of the program goals;

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Financial Management, Public Policy, Law, Economics or a related field;
  • Minimum eight (8) years of related Nigerian development experience in public policy and administration, community development, public financial management,  or political analysis;
  • Proven effectiveness in managing high-level government relations;
  • Experience with civil society and government capacity building, and governance accountability;
  • Strong experience with coalition building and collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including civil society, and government;
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, strategic thinking, training, and human resources experience;
  • Able to work effectively and professionally with high-level government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs), donor, project staff, and other beneficiaries;
  • Demonstrated track record of developing, managing and working effectively in a teamwork environment;
  • Experience with providing technical assistance, including organizing and conducting workshop and trainings; and
  • Fluency in Hausa and proficiency in writing, reading and speaking English at a senior professional level.
  • Experience working in northern Nigeria, particularly in Sokoto state;
  • Knowledge of state government reform efforts in Nigeria;
  • Expertise in political economy and conflict assessment and mapping, managing complex partnerships and cross-cutting projects, and local, state, and national institutional building;
  • Expertise in public service, good governance and/or accountability and oversight;

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience engaging women and marginalized groups to ensure their inclusion.


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