Graduate Administrative Assistant Job at The Maternal Newborn and Child health Programme

The Maternal Newborn and Child health Programme (MNCH2) is a country led programme which aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in Northern Nigeria and it is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). The MNCH programme is being implemented in six states in northern Nigeria: Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Yobe and Zamfara States.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Location: Yobe State

Job Description

  • We are looking for an outstanding Administrative Assistant for a large, DFID-funded Programme on Maternal, New-born and Child Health in Nigeria.
  • This is a full time position to be based in Yobe State, Nigeria and will report to theFinance and Administration Coordinator- Yobe.

Key Responsibilities

  • The Administrative Assistant will assist in the office administration and logistics of the MNCH2 at the State level.
  • The Administrative Assistant will support the administrative and facility functions of MNCH2 for timely and effective implementation of project?s work.
  • Support the coordination of MNCH2 transport and logistics services for all project activities at the state level. And will be responsible for booking accommodation for all staff and consultants visiting their state for project activities.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Follow MNCH2 administrative guidelines and ensure smooth operations at the state office in liaison with MNCH2 Country Office in Kano.
  • Support the review of existing administrative systems and procedures
  • Ensure office equipment and facilities are in good working condition at all times.
  • Ensure inventory quantities are sufficient for needs by coordinating regular inventory checks and through timely ordering of supplies.
  • Alongside with the Finance & Admin Coordinator maintain up-to-date register of preferred suppliers and vendors and solicit periodic evaluation and performance input from main service users.
  • Support the Finance & Admin Coordinator in preparing monthly office running cost analysis.
  • Support in maintenance of fixed assets register by updating asset register, issue of asset movement for signing and approval, outdoor asset repair permission, etc.
  • Provide guidance and direction to Office Assistant and drivers
  • Ensure the proper use, maintenance and repair of facilities and equipment, such as generators, vehicles, communication, computer units and peripherals, video and audio equipment, other office equipment, and air conditioners and heaters.
  • Ensure that temporary duty visitors are received/accompanied at/to the airport, have safe and adequate transportation and accommodations during their stay.
  • Support all local and regional purchases as per defined threshold, and maintain tracking and documentation systems that will facilitate future processing, payment and audit requirements.
  • In collaboration with the Finance & Admin Coordinator maintain rigorous operations ensuring that systems are in place for the proper receipt, rotation and control of program?s materials.
  • Provide and ensure logistics guidance for delivery of items and facilities as the case may be.
  • Assist in procurement, clarifying specifications, analyzing quotations, and seeking for approval, ensuring purchases are made according to approved specification, price, quantity and quality inclusive.
  • Assist follow-up on contractors to ensure about-to-expire agreements are renewed in a timely manner.
  • Support in preparing monthly progress report which seeks to point out closed, outstanding and new issues for all field offices.
  • Follow-up with Finance & Admin Coordinator/ Technical staff in resolving issues as they come up.
  • Communicate pressing issues to supervisor for technical assistance and further directives.
  • Supervise the office administration and logistics in the absence of the Finance & Admin Coordinator
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by any staff.


  • University degree preferred.
  • Strong leadership, analytical and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities with attention to detail.
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred.
  • Expert skills in Excel Spreadsheets, similar accounting software, as well as Word; comfortable in a Windows PC environment.
  • Significant office management experience.
  • Experience managing DFID-funded activities and thorough knowledge of applicable regulations and requirements, preferred.
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills demonstrated by ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff, clients and consultants.

In return we offer:

  • A friendly and team-based working environment
  • Opportunity to work with national and international colleagues
  • Vital contribution to improving maternal and newborn services in Northern Nigeria
  • The opportunity to truly “make a difference”
  • A competitive salary with benefits

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • There are no relocation allowances available for this position.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Application Deadline  20th October, 2015.

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