Deputy Country Director Job Vacancy at PACT

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Department Overview:

Building local promise in Nigeria since 2005, Pact has worked as a partner of the Federal Government of Nigeria, civil society, private sector, and communities to improve access to health services and foster capacity development for local ownership of development and long-term sustainability. Pact’s work in Nigeria has focused on supporting partners to advocate for better service delivery and improved governance systems, better response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and maternal and child health issues, strengthen civil society, and increase civil society and government linkages. By leading with Pact’s proven capacity development approaches and tools, Pact has seen Nigerian civil society organizations improve their capacity, strengthen partnerships with each other, government, and the private sector, and deliver high quality health services in communities across Nigeria. Pact’s portfolio of work currently includes funding for health programming from USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Chevron.

Deputy Country Director

Position Purpose:

Reporting to the Country Director, the Deputy Country Director has two main roles:
First, the successful candidate is responsible for the timely and effective implementation of all programs in Nigeria through mentoring to all and oversight to some individual Project Directors. Overall responsibilities include: programmatic management; technical and team management oversight; and oversight of programmatic and financial management and reporting. S/he will directly oversee the implementation of designated programs/projects, and foster integration and synergy among all the various programs. S/he will support the Country Director in representing Pact’s work with the donor community and other stakeholders in the region. S/he directly supervises 2 or more Project Directors.
Second, the successful candidate is responsible for directing the grants and procurement activities of all programs in Nigeria through oversight of and mentoring to grants and procurement staff. Overall responsibilities include: grants management, procurement oversight, donor regulatory compliance, sub recipient monitoring, documentation quality control, staff skills building, and coordination with Pact DC Agreement Management counterparts.

Key Responsibilities:

Technical and Management oversight of projects–55%
• Provide technical and management support to all Pact Nigeria projects, including through direct supervision of 2 or more Project Directors.
• Coordinate the timely deployment of financial and human resources across all support departments for program success and attainment of desired results/indicators.
• Oversee the overall program management cycle (planning to evaluation), ensuring that projects and programs are delivered to the highest quality and meet Pact and Donor standards and requirements.
• Ensure that proper program monitoring and evaluation systems are in place.
• Ensure that all project deliverables are met in a high quality, cost effective and timely fashion.
• Provide oversight with the design and implementation of activities with partners, beneficiary groups and other stakeholders;
• Regularly report on project status to the Country Director and Pact DC portfolio team
• Develop synergies among all Pact programs, and ensure linkages between the Programs, MERL, Capacity Development, Grants, Operations, and Finance teams.

Grants and Procurement Management – 35%
• Administer the full cycle of grants management activities including selection, pre-award assessments, preparation of subgrant instruments, monitoring and compliance, and close-out procedures, including through direct supervision of the grants team.
• Administer the full cycle of procurement activities including competitive selection, vendor vetting, contracting and regulatory compliance, including through direct supervision of the procurement team.
• Respond to issues that arise during grant, subgrant, and contract implementation including financial reporting, modifications, oversight of compliance with terms and conditions and resolution of disputes, and resolving audit findings.
• Provide policy guidance and interpretation for program staff as well as sub-grantees.
• Ensure timely training of grantees and Pact staff to understand and comply fully with donor standards. Carry out regular trainings as needs arise.
• Ensure that office systems for grants and contracts administration are fully up to date and maintained and that all documentation is properly organized and maintained.
• Prepare requests for and obtain clearances / approvals / deviations from donors as required.
• Oversee closeout of awards, and provide oversight to staff for closeout of awards including preparation of final inventories, property disposition under contracts and grants received by Pact.
• Coordinate with Pact DC Agreement Management staff.

Leadership, Coordination and New Business Development – 10%
• Actively participate and leader within the Senior Management Team.
• Support the Country Director as requested with country-level and organization wide initiatives.
• Ensure strong cooperation and collaboration with partners, donors, government, and other key stakeholders as a base for building/maintaining/expanding a sustainable country program.
• Coordination with appropriate external stakeholders in all aspects of project planning, monitoring, and implementation;
• Contribute to proposal development efforts in cooperation with the Country Director and Opportunity Development.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree in international development or related field required;
• Minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience, including experience managing staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in international development or related field
• Experience managing large scale donor funded project(s); demonstrated knowledge of and familiarity with managing donor policies, rules, regulations, and procedures;
• Experience managing complex, multi-partner programs, especially in conflict and post-conflict environments;
• Experience in development programming in the areas of health, governance, and/or capacity development;
• Experience working with local partners, sub granting and procurement processes;
• Demonstrated skills in strategic and program planning;
• Fluent English language skills, both written and spoken;
• Experience working in a developing country; experience in Nigeria is a plus.
• Willingness to travel within of Nigeria.

• Ability to sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with internal colleagues and contacts in donor and peer organizations
• Consistently works within internal process and procedures and ensures others do the same
• Strong interpersonal and team building skills
• Ability to focus and achieve results

Project Management
• Excellent planning and resource management skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present complex ideas to diverse audiences
• Ability to problem-solve complex issues
• Ability to multitask with ease and grace, balancing and adapting to frequently changing priorities
• Advanced negotiating and conflict resolution skills
• High proficiency in managing budgets

Technical Skills:

• Knowledge and understanding of donor policies and regulations
• High competence using common desktop applications and internal systems
• General understanding of development challenges and operating environments

People Management
• Experience in supervising staff, including effective delegation and/or task/role assignment and providing honest feedback and accountability for performance
• Ability to mentor others and model successful management techniques and approaches

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors

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