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Vacancies at Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) – Ebonyi, Gombe, Sokoto

Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries.

Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialist

Locations: Ebonyi, Gombe, Sokoto
Start date: December 2020 – August 6, 2025

Background
The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected states and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria. This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary). State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally-derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

Position Objectives:

  • The GESI Specialists will support the design and implementation of GESI advocacy, integration, and engagement activities in selected States.

Responsibilities

  • The GESI Specialists will collaborate with the GESI Advisor and partner organizations to ensure integration of GESI interventions into state-level program activities. Using gender institutionalization methods, GESI Specialists will collaborate on GESI assessments, activity design, and implementation.
  • S/he will be responsible for integrating gender-based indicators into programs across key sectors. S/he will be involved in guiding state-level Transformation Committees (TCs) in designing and operationalizing gender plans. GESI Specialists will explore how to expand women’s participation in TCs and will contribute to gender dimensions for each sector in which the project works. S/he will contribute to measuring gender-related TC reform impacts.
  • They will help states access and translate Nigeria’s latest reform knowledge to fit local conditions. S/he will be responsible for collecting and sharing capacities and knowledge with the GESI Advisor and with peers in other states.
  • S/he will contribute to program activities such as gender budgeting training for finance ministries and civil society organizations (CSOs), and strengthening mechanisms for women’s participation in budget, service delivery, and policy decisions at the state and local government levels. GESI Specialists will support partner institutions and CSOs to study the impact of governance and service reforms on women.
  • They will build the skills of women’s groups to contribute to local government activities, provide feedback, and monitor follow-up.

Reporting:

  • The GESI Specialists will report to the State Leads (Ebonyi, Gombe, Sokoto), and coordinate closely with the GESI Advisor in the main project office in Bauchi.

Minimum Requirements

  • A relevant degree in social sciences, gender studies, development studies, or relevant field required. Master’s degree preferable.
  • At least five (5) years of demonstrated experience in designing appropriate interventions to meet project goals in assisting women and the disadvantaged
  • Stated experience in working for or with civil society to drive a reform agenda
  • Demonstrated effective training, capacity building and coaching skills, networking, interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict, and ethical management skills.
  • Demonstrable experience in integrating gender into governance programs
  • Strong skill set in reporting, monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft Office)
  • Fluency in English, Hausa and/or other local languages is required

Job Title: Finance & Administrative Specialist

Locations: Adamawa, Bauchi , Ebonyi, Gombe, Sokoto
Start date: December 2020 – August 2025

Background

  • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria. This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).
  • State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally-derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

Position Objectives

  • The Finance & Administrative Specialist position will manage the State finance/accounting and administrative activities.

Responsibilities

  • The Finance & Administrative Specialist will prepare relevant reports; ensures that all states transactions follow DAI/USAID standards, regulations and policies; Manage the states administration processes; collates financial and technical reports; ensures timely and accurate financial reporting, aligned with technical outcomes.
  • S/he will be responsible for providing the Senior Accounting Manager and the Accountant with the appropriate financial and operating  information as necessary; allocate project funds among the states various program activities; work closely with other departments in the state on problems involving accounting systems and financial planning.
  • The incumbent will help establish and maintain adequate system controls to protect against financial misstatement, in accordance with applicable government accounting and administrative regulations; will support the Federal level in coordinating the state annual and other financial audits—including preparation of supporting schedules and information—respond to auditor questions and consolidate report formats; manage all banking activities including withdrawals, deposits, and preparation of all bank payments and checks.
  • S/he will record all financial transactions in Field Accounting System (FAS) on daily bases; ensures accurate and timely processing of invoices, advances and reimbursements, checks, and wire transfer payments; upload the expenses into Oracle based on DAI’s schedule; Performs monthly bank reconciliations and routinely monitors bank account balances.
  • This role will work with the Accountant to approve and distribute travel advance amounts based on S2S’s travel advance policy; audits travel requests and expense reports for accuracy and compliance; follows procedures to ensure accurate and timely payment and reconciliation of travel advances, reimbursements for staff and partner travel; reviews and monitors outstanding advances report by paying close attention to advances that have not been settled after 30 days of issuance.

Reporting:

  • The Finance & Administrative Specialist will report to the State Team Lead.

Line Management:

  • The Finance & Administrative Specialist will supervise the Administrative Assistant and Drivers

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, or other relevant field is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least 8 years of experience in finance and accounting. Previous experiencing working on US Government funded projects highly preferred.
  • Strong training, communications, and personnel management skills.
  • Previous supervisory experience highly preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Job Title: LGA Coordinator

Locations: Adamawa, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe, Sokoto
Start Date: January 2020 – August 2025

Background
The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria. This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).

State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally-derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

Position Objectives:

  • The LGA Coordinators will support the implementation of all aspects of State2State at the LGA Level.
  • They will individually provide support to their respective LGA Managers activities and ensure relevant LGA interventions within the state.

Responsibilities

  • The LGA Coordinators will work with partner LGAs using our State-LGA Interface Assessment Tool to identify formal and informal relationships governing subnational governance – and help select LGAs, considering those with the strongest IGR performance potential and the capacity for sustained service improvements.
  • The LGA Coordinators will apply the Local Government Performance Index (LGPI) as a baseline for LGA capacity and to identify State2State interventions; support in strengthening LGA budgeting and planning procedures and procurement processes while adapting existing citizen guides to the budget and co-create CSO grants to raise budget literacy; will work with local partners to mitigate conflict by using grants to forge partnerships between state, LGA institutions and CSOs to support participatory mechanisms for dialogue on budget priorities.
  • The incumbents will provide training and mentoring to LGA finance and administration staff on developing systems for more rigorous controls on LGA expenditures; will support the development of a medium-term revenue strategy and a comprehensive review and update of state fee structures.
  • S / he will support the projects service delivery by working with the M&E team to establish KPIs that flow down to the LGA level on health, education, and WASH facilities; track improvements at the LGA levels in all areas of governance including auditing, budgeting and planning, and procurement processes; while the State teams harness reforms within the states, the LGA Coordinators will extend the push for reforms to the local level and will spend at least a day to a week in their state offices, traveling to LGAs to work out of LGA offices.
  • Reporting: The LGA Coordinators will report to the LGA Managers.

Minimum Requirements

  • A relevant degree or HND in Social Sciences, Development Studies, etc.
  • At least five (5) years of demonstrated experience in local government work in the successful implementation of international development activities, with preference given to governance activities under a USG instrument, related to technical area of the position.
  • An ability to manage relationships and a sound understanding of institutional change in complex environments;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences including LGA staff, and community leaders;
  • An excellent understanding of financial and technical delivery, monitoring and evaluation of program impact and reporting against results;
  • Demonstrates excellent project management skills to agreed timescales (timelines, targets, donor requirements)
  • A broad range of experience including logistics, training and capacity building ability
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, equal opportunity service delivery.
  • Flexible, ability to work both as an individual and as a team member and under stress in what can be a harsh environment
  • Good planning, organizational and negotiation skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • A logical approach to solving problems
  • Basic computer skills particularly Microsoft Office
  • Fluency in English, Hausa and / or other local languages is required

Deadline: 4th December, 2020.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: NigeriaGovernance@dai.com using the “Job Title” as the subject of the email.

Important

  • Please list the title of the position and location you are applying for in the subject line of your email.
  • Women, people with disabilities and young people are encouraged to apply.

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