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Current Job Openings at the NERI Nigeria, 14th February, 2019

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The North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Nigeria – An International Development Organization is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:

Job Title: STTA Telecoms Operations Specialist

Location: Abuja
Position Start Date: Immediately
Number of Positions: Several

Position Summary

  • The STTA Telecoms Operations Specialist will support NLCB Program and Engineering units in the design, procurement, technical review, and installation of required telecommunication systems, as required by NLCB activities. Following installation, the Telecoms Operations Specialist may be required to provide training and maintenance support to beneficiaries. As NLCB activities take place throughout the states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, the Telecoms Operations Specialist (TOS) will be required to travel to participate in community and stakeholder meetings, conduct site assessments, and provide technical training and maintenance support.
  • At the design phase, the STTA TOS will work with the Program and Engineering Units to provide detailed technical specifications for telecommunication systems, including radio (e.g. HF/VHF/UHF) and satellite systems (e.g. VSAT).  The TOS will engage with program staff, beneficiaries, and communities to develop specifications that are reflective of programmatic considerations in regards to telecommunications coverage, intended usage, and the target locations of North East Nigeria. The TOS will be responsible for ensuring that all specification requirements developed are in accordance with sound technical, quality, and engineering standards. During the procurement process for equipment, the TOS may be called upon to technically inspect and accept equipment before delivery and installation.
  • During implementation, the STTA TOS will be required to travel to oversee the deployment, installation, configuring, and commissioning of telecoms systems to various sites and provide updates, including technical assessment reports, pictures, and progress monitoring and reporting. During site visits, the TOS will be responsible for monitoring and troubleshooting the HF/VHF/UHF network to ensure strong coverage. The TOS may be responsible for training beneficiaries on proper usage and maintenance of the provided equipment. This may include training on radio communications procedures and the requirements for proper use of HV/VHF/UHF equipment. The TOS will be expected to keep NLCB staff informed of any technical problems and proposed solutions during and after installation and configuring.
  • Successful STTA TOS must have the strong technical and interpersonal skills required to successfully implement the scope of work as described above. S/he must have the analytical skills, knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the installation and operation of telecommunication system including HF/VHF/UHF and VSAT. Should be able to work independently with little or no supervision and must have at least five (5) years of working experience directly relevant to the proposed scope of work requirements.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The STTA Telecoms Operations Specialist will report to the Engineering Manager based in Abuja and will be supervised by Regional Program Manager based at Maiduguri (or his delegate) to oversee various projects as tasked.

Primary Responsibilities and Deliverables
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist the Program and Engineering Units to provide detailed technical specifications for telecommunication systems, including HF/VHF/UHF radio systems and VSAT. This may require engaging program staff, beneficiaries and communities to develop specifications that are reflective of programmatic considerations including coverage, intended usage, and the target locations. The TOS will contribute to the development of BOQs, technical scopes of work, price determinations, and any required designs or drawings. The TOS will be responsible for ensuring that all specification requirements developed are in accordance with sound technical, quality, and engineering standards.
  • Advise Program and Engineering Units on the operating environment and enabling laws guiding the use of security and/or police communication radio systems and specifications in Nigeria
  • Provide technical inspection and acceptance of equipment before delivery and installation.
  • Travel to oversee the deployment, installation, configuring, and commissioning of telecoms systems to various sites and provide updates, including technical assessment reports, pictures, and progress monitoring and reporting.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot the HF/VHF/UHF network or other telecommunications system network to ensure strong coverage. Keep NLCB staff informed of any technical problems and proposed solutions during and after installation and configuration.
  • As requested, provide training to beneficiaries on proper usage and maintenance of the provided equipment. This may include training on radio communications procedures and the requirements for proper use of HV/VHF/UHF radio equipment.
  •  Interface with grantees, vendors and contractors as required ensuring transparent program processes are upheld.
  • Any other duties suitable to task and commensurate with ability.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • University degree in a relevant Technical field, including engineering or telecommunications.
  • 5 years’ work experience relevant to the scope of work requirements. Specifically, experience in technologies and activities including radio and satellite programming, installation and repair. Experience in developing specifications to suit programmatic needs and demonstrated experience in installation and training is required.
  • Good understanding of operating environment and enabling laws guiding the use of security (and/or police) communication radio system and specifications in Nigeria.
  • Ability to work independently, think creatively and apply problem solving skills and provide technical supervision.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize responsibilities to meet deadlines and adjust priorities as necessary.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills in English. Oral communication skills; ability to convey technical information in an understandable manner and communicate effectively with a wide variety of people in person, on the telephone and in public setting.
  • Computer and reporting skills’ the ability to use spreadsheet and word processing software and use e-mail.
  • Fluency in Hausa or Kanuri desired.

Job Title: STTA Telecoms Operations Specialist

Location: Abuja
Position Start Date: Immediately
Number of Positions: Several

Position Summary

  • The STTA Telecoms Operations Specialist will support NLCB Program and Engineering units in the design, procurement, technical review, and installation of required telecommunication systems, as required by NLCB activities. Following installation, the Telecoms Operations Specialist may be required to provide training and maintenance support to beneficiaries. As NLCB activities take place throughout the states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, the Telecoms Operations Specialist (TOS) will be required to travel to participate in community and stakeholder meetings, conduct site assessments, and provide technical training and maintenance support.
  • At the design phase, the STTA TOS will work with the Program and Engineering Units to provide detailed technical specifications for telecommunication systems, including radio (e.g. HF/VHF/UHF) and satellite systems (e.g. VSAT).  The TOS will engage with program staff, beneficiaries, and communities to develop specifications that are reflective of programmatic considerations in regards to telecommunications coverage, intended usage, and the target locations of North East Nigeria. The TOS will be responsible for ensuring that all specification requirements developed are in accordance with sound technical, quality, and engineering standards. During the procurement process for equipment, the TOS may be called upon to technically inspect and accept equipment before delivery and installation.
  • During implementation, the STTA TOS will be required to travel to oversee the deployment, installation, configuring, and commissioning of telecoms systems to various sites and provide updates, including technical assessment reports, pictures, and progress monitoring and reporting. During site visits, the TOS will be responsible for monitoring and troubleshooting the HF/VHF/UHF network to ensure strong coverage. The TOS may be responsible for training beneficiaries on proper usage and maintenance of the provided equipment. This may include training on radio communications procedures and the requirements for proper use of HV/VHF/UHF equipment. The TOS will be expected to keep NLCB staff informed of any technical problems and proposed solutions during and after installation and configuring.
  • Successful STTA TOS must have the strong technical and interpersonal skills required to successfully implement the scope of work as described above. S/he must have the analytical skills, knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the installation and operation of telecommunication system including HF/VHF/UHF and VSAT. Should be able to work independently with little or no supervision and must have at least five (5) years of working experience directly relevant to the proposed scope of work requirements.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The STTA Telecoms Operations Specialist will report to the Engineering Manager based in Abuja and will be supervised by Regional Program Manager based at Maiduguri (or his delegate) to oversee various projects as tasked.

Primary Responsibilities and Deliverables
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist the Program and Engineering Units to provide detailed technical specifications for telecommunication systems, including HF/VHF/UHF radio systems and VSAT. This may require engaging program staff, beneficiaries and communities to develop specifications that are reflective of programmatic considerations including coverage, intended usage, and the target locations. The TOS will contribute to the development of BOQs, technical scopes of work, price determinations, and any required designs or drawings. The TOS will be responsible for ensuring that all specification requirements developed are in accordance with sound technical, quality, and engineering standards.
  • Advise Program and Engineering Units on the operating environment and enabling laws guiding the use of security and/or police communication radio systems and specifications in Nigeria
  • Provide technical inspection and acceptance of equipment before delivery and installation.
  • Travel to oversee the deployment, installation, configuring, and commissioning of telecoms systems to various sites and provide updates, including technical assessment reports, pictures, and progress monitoring and reporting.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot the HF/VHF/UHF network or other telecommunications system network to ensure strong coverage. Keep NLCB staff informed of any technical problems and proposed solutions during and after installation and configuration.
  • As requested, provide training to beneficiaries on proper usage and maintenance of the provided equipment. This may include training on radio communications procedures and the requirements for proper use of HV/VHF/UHF radio equipment.
  •  Interface with grantees, vendors and contractors as required ensuring transparent program processes are upheld.
  • Any other duties suitable to task and commensurate with ability.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • University degree in a relevant Technical field, including engineering or telecommunications.
  • 5 years’ work experience relevant to the scope of work requirements. Specifically, experience in technologies and activities including radio and satellite programming, installation and repair. Experience in developing specifications to suit programmatic needs and demonstrated experience in installation and training is required.
  • Good understanding of operating environment and enabling laws guiding the use of security (and/or police) communication radio system and specifications in Nigeria.
  • Ability to work independently, think creatively and apply problem solving skills and provide technical supervision.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize responsibilities to meet deadlines and adjust priorities as necessary.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills in English. Oral communication skills; ability to convey technical information in an understandable manner and communicate effectively with a wide variety of people in person, on the telephone and in public setting.
  • Computer and reporting skills’ the ability to use spreadsheet and word processing software and use e-mail.
  • Fluency in Hausa or Kanuri desired.

Job Title: Program Manager

Location: Borno

Position Summary

  • The Program Manager (PM) will be responsible for the contracting, Implementation and close-out of a portfolio of activities.
  • The PM will work with in close collaboration with Senior Management (including USAID/OTI) and community stakeholders to identify, prioritize and design activities that will respond to community development priorities in order to further the objectives of the NLCB program.
  • The PM, working with a small multidisciplinary team of 8 to 10 staff, will be charged with oversight of project activities to ensure that all tasks are completed within timeframe and budget parameters defined during project design.
  • The PM will be tasked with the programmatic and administrative closeout of all activities, including final reporting, disbursement of funding (in concert with finance staff) and disposition of any project inventory.
  • The PM will serve as the main point of contact for state-level actors and community stakeholders to ensure that all activities fit within a strategic and coherent portfolio.
  • The PM will be expected to report daily to and receive guidance from Senior Management.
  • The PM will be expected to liaise with various levels of stakeholders, including government officials, civil society organizations and community actors; the selected candidate must be able to maintain good relations with all associated parties.
  • In addition, the Program Manager will be expected to collaborate horizontally with other PMs to share lessons learned and jointly design program strategy.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The Program Manager will report to the Regional Program Manager (RPM) based in Maiduguri.
  • All Program Managers should expect direct interactions with members of Senior Management Team and with the client, USAID/OTI.
  • In the North east, the Program Managers will supervise and lead multidisciplinary activity management teams, comprised of Community Development Facilitators (CDFs), Grants Officer, Procurement Officer or Assistants, M&E Officer or assistant, finance assistant and Logistics Officer or assistant.
  • While these team members also report technically to their line managers in Abuja, the PM is expected to lead the team and ensure that they work together to design, implement, monitoring and learn from activities.

Primary Responsibilities 
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Responsible general oversight of a portfolio of projects. The geography of targeted communities as well as type of programming is expected to change frequently over the course of the program.
  • In concert with senior management, advice on programmatic design of new projects, including identification of potential local partners and beneficiaries, monitor implementation to ensure timely completion and adherence to budget and administrative and programmatic closeout throughout the portfolio of activities.
  • Take a leadership role in the program’s learning process by feeding information in a timely manner on political and security developments in the PM’s target area.
  • Develop activity-level Theory of Change (TOC), thinking strategy about the contribution of each activity to the overall program objective.
  • Work alongside Government of Nigeria (GoN) officials, community stakeholders and civil society actors to ensure coherent and strategic programming as part of a unified project endeavor.
  • Serve as the focal point of the objectives and purpose.
  • In coordination with Community Development Facilitators, establish community-level project oversight committees to ensure community buy-in of activities.
  • Help set up transparent management and oversight mechanisms and work to incorporate as wide a range of project beneficiaries, GoN and other important stakeholders as possible.
  • Responsible for the proper use of the program database for project and program development and management, including updating information on projects and activities per week.
  • Comply with all Creative and USAID procedures and policies with regards to ethics and compliance, grants management, HR, finance, operations and security.
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • University degree in a related field is required
  • At least 5 years of general work experience is required.
  • Experience in working with communities to implement grassroots development projects preferred.
  • Prior experience (3 years or more) in grants management with international-funded projects is highly desirable.
  • Proficiency at using Microsoft office: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook etc. is required.
  • Ability to work under short deadlines and efficiently handle multiple tasks.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to function well in a team.
  • Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus.
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Fluency in Hausa and/or Kanuri is preferable.

Deadline: 28th February, 2019.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following documents below to: nigeria_recruitment@neri-nigeria.com Please reference the Job Title and Location on the subject line, your Cover Letter and Resume/CV.

Documents Include:

  • A current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing all job responsibilities; AND
  • A cover letter.

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