Ongoing Graduate recruitment at Oxfam Novib, May 25th 2016

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 independent aid and development organisations networked together to fight poverty and injustice around the world. Working with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries, the mission of Oxfam is a just world without poverty.

With a conviction that people are well capable of building a life devoid of poverty on their own once given the chance to do so, Oxfam works with partners on projects in developing countries, lobbies companies and governments to take into account the interests of the poorest people and campaigns to ensure men and women are involved in decisions on issues that affect their lives. In Nigeria, Oxfam’s focus areas are Economic Justice/Livelihoods, Humanitarian Programming, Gender Justice / Female Leadership and Good Governance, adopting a rights-based approach. The overarching goal is to enable people exercise their rights and manage their own lives.

Oxfam in Nigeria with funding support from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is implementing a five year Livelihoods and Nutrition Empowerment (LINE) project in Bauchi State. The project is aimed at improving the livelihoods for 10.000 poor and vulnerable households through increased farm productivity, enhanced market access, better nutrition and a more enabling environment for business development in 6 LGAs in Bauchi state.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position for the LINE Project:

Job Title: Business Development Officer
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

  • Manage and coordinate the Business Incubation Centres (BICs) at the LGA level. These are state-of-the-art skills development centers that provide employability and entrepreneurial skills training to youth.
  • Organize and train youths in agro-processing skills in collaboration with SMEDAN and possibly IITA, identify and develop business opportunities targeted at youth.
  • Support young entrepreneurs in the development of business plans and assist to monitor implementation.
  • Pro-actively hunt for target agro-allied companies and establish communications with those businesses that can benefit from the activities of the LINE project
  • Generate and share market information using innovative ICT models
  • Undertake intermediation and linkage between farmer groups and agro-allied industries
  • Identify / mobilize youth target beneficiaries and support them to engage in agro-processing activities to add value to agric commodities thereby increasing their market value.
  • Actively and successfully manage and support farmer groups in commodity bulking and bulk input procurement
  • Create and be accountable for all client proposals, contracts and any further documentation, following procedure
  • Further develop multi-tier relationships to support and assist farmer and youth groups to organically grow their business
  • Build referral and lead generation network. Locate or propose potential business deals by contacting potential partners; discovering and exploring opportunities.
  • Follow up all leads generated from website, networking sessions, trade fairs and other events/ contacts
  • Screens potential business deals by analyzing market strategies, deal requirements, potential, and financials; evaluating options; resolving internal priorities.
  • Develop negotiating strategies and positions by studying integration of new ventures with BDS centre activities and mandate of the LINE projects.
  • Mentor and coach youth project participants in the development and implementation of strategies for new products and services
  • Determine new opportunities by analysing business needs / opportunities
  • Manage farmer and youth groups relationships together with the various agro-allied industries in an effective manner.
  • Undertakes relevant networking activities such as to promote and enhance better implementation of the LINE project mandate
  • Influence diverse allocated internal/external target audiences in the six LGAs, particularly at the community levels.
  • Supporting all the Project advisors – Market based Agricultural Livelihoods, Nutrition Services, Private sector and Rural Financial Services and other staff to coordinate, network and disseminate relevant information at the LGA level.
  • Manage the LGA Business Incubation Centre and liaise with relevant MDAs and agencies in the implementation of business models that promote value addition to agricultural outputs and gainful employment for youth
  • Respond to requests for information in a timely manner

Education and Relevant Experience

  • Possession of a Bachelor Degree in Economics, Actuarial Science, or Banking & Finance, Social Sciences or related field
  • Have at least three years relevant experience working in Northern Nigeria in Business Incubation and Youth Employment related projects.
  • Proven track record in managing business development services, including development of a variety of small scale business models
  • Comprehensive knowledge of government plans, policies and institutions related to Enterprise Development and Youth Employment
  • Demonstrable ability to engage, motivate and inspire youth to realize planned objectives
  • Ability to analyse complex information and communicate at a simpler level to youth beneficiaries of the LINE project.
  • Must possess an enthusiastic and self confident demeanor to motivate young people
  • Ability to properly apply and adapt knowledge, size up problems and see the ‘Big Picture’
  • Ability to prioritize, manage time and work under stress.
  • Good writing and reporting skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, knowledge in the usage of software packages and ICT tools.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Hausa language

Job Title: Admin and Logistic Officer
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

  • Takes responsibility for the management of supplies on the LINE project and includes requisitioning, local purchase, clearance, transport, warehousing (storage and stock control systems) and the issuing of supplies.
  • Make assessments of the logistics issues of the project with or on behalf of other staff, and reporting with recommendations to the Project Manager. Also provides training to partners on logistics and related areas.
  • Effectively manages logistical arrangements for the project office including for workshops, travel, meetings.
  • Ensuring the installation of phone, fax and other communications systems and establishing communications routines for project team. Train team members in the use of equipment.
  • Make follow up travel arrangements for programme and visiting staff including hotel, flight booking and transportation – by telephone as directed. Assist the Administrative and Finance officer in Bauchi in any other logistic matters as requested.
  • Undertake short periods of research or project work to document experience and build up institutional learning on finance, admin and logistical aspects of Oxfam’s development work.
  • Work with the Project Coordinator on security issues, security of assets, and the safety, security and evacuation of staff.
  • Establishing and maintaining vehicle management routines, including the management of drivers.
  • Maintain accounts and submit reports as appropriate, for aspects of the programme detailed above.

Education and Relevant Experience

  • A good university degree in the Social Sciences
  • Minimum 4 years relevant experience in managing logistics and demonstrable experience in designing, implementing and coordinating logistics for large donor funded projects
  • Good organizing and documentation skills
  • Excellent computer skills especially in the use of excel and other computer packages
  • Able to work well in a diverse team.
  • Fluency in Hausa and English

Job Title: Project Cashier/Front Desk Officer
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

Cashiering roles:

  • Responsible for cash management on the LINE project
  • Responsible for verification of cash expenditure and implementation of corresponding payments and recoveries after their authorization by the Project Manager
  • Keep petty cash records and transactions on the Project in accordance with donor specified procedures and submits timely replenishment requests and reports.
  • Manage petty cash including record keeping and verification of cash expenditure and implementation of corresponding payments and recoveries on the LINE project.
  • Efficiently manages the front desk and maintains safe and clean reception area by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Receive and direct visitors appropriately, receive and manage calls, monitor logbooks; issue visitor badges.
  • Handle in coming written and outgoing materials, register them and pass them on to the relevant staff.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed
  • Manage the operation of the office equipment and maintain records of usage and issues
  • Assist the Administrative and Finance officer in general office management tasks, as requested.
  • Assist the Administrative, Finance and logistic staff in organizing official functions including workshop, receptions etc.
  • Ensure a good level of cleanliness is maintained in the interior and exterior of the LINE project office.
  • Any other tasks as assigned within the Programme team

Education and Relevant Experience

  • Minimum of Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Finance and Administration
  • Minimum of two years experience in communication and public related field.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and at least one of the main local languages
  • widely spoken in Northern Nigeria.

Job Title: Community Development Officer
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

  • Assist in the implementation and oversee the value chain development for selected agricultural livestock commodities
  • Responsible for the selection and training of local community animators/facilitators/ mobilizers and volunteers in close consultation with the relevant partner management and LINE project advisors
  • Provide support, supervision and coordination of the community mobilizers and volunteers
  • Responsible for community sensitisation and mobilisation regarding all aspects of the LINE project in close consultation with the various partner management and project advisors
  • Adhere to and maintain timely Monthly reporting system
  • Coordinate, monitor and supervise the community based promotion and mobilization activities related to the LINE project implementation.
  • Establish relationship of respect and trust with communities
  • Promote programme within communities, especially integrating community leaders and decision makers
  • Identify and select suitable Community mobilizers and volunteers in consultation with partner management and relevant LINE project advisors
  • Coordinate and liaise with existing societies and community based organizations in project implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Assist in developing training plans and refresher training of Mobilizers and Volunteers
  • Supervise and support the activities of the Mobilizers and Volunteers
  • Ensure that proper LINE project activities are implemented according to mandate and guidelines/workplans
  • Keep records of supervision and actions taken from own activities and activities of the local animators
  • Write weekly and monthly reports on community mobilization activities according to LINE project and partner requirements
  • Relationship building, negotiation and problem solving with authorities, communities and Mobilizers/Volunteers
  • Participate in carrying out assessments/surveys such as mid-term surveys, data on activities in communities, etc.
  • Attend regular staff meetings and to participate in discussion regarding project

Education and Relevant Experience

  • Degree in Agricultural Sciences with a focus on Extension, HND in agric extension or related field.
  • At least 3 years work experience in agric related / livelihoods projects especially in northern Nigeria.
  • Experience of working with an NGO, community promotion/community based interventions,
  • Strong community mobilization and communication skills
  • Ability to analyse and communicate complex information at a simpler level to partners and other project stakeholders.
  • Self-motivated, with capacity to deliver services to rural communities, especially agricultural communities in Bauchi State.
  • Able to lead a team of community mobilizers and volunteers from different locations
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Able to work in a team
  • Flexible and willing to work in difficult and busy environment.
  • Sound knowledge of team management and supervision
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Hausa.

Job Title: Project / Office Driver
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

  • Ensure the project vehicle – or any other car as directed or under the driver’s control is in good working order and properly maintained at all times.
  • Abide by standard driving /safety rules and procedure at all times.
  • Ensure that periodic maintenance is effected on the project vehicle as and when due and to notify the FA/L Assistant at least 36 hours before designated time.
  • Transport project staff and equipment efficiently and safely as required.

Education and Relevant Experience

  • Minimum of Secondary School Certificate qualification.
  • 5 years driving experience and long distance driving to all parts of Nigeria.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with International organizations, Embassy or any similar body will be an advantage.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • A good knowledge and understanding of vehicle mechanics and the ability to carry out minor vehicle maintenance.
  • Good working knowledge of road networks in most parts of Northern Nigeria
  • Fluent in Speaking English and Hausa

Job Title: Project Advisor – Nutrition Services
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

  • Coordinate the Nutrition component of project development activities for the LINE project.
  • Provide professional services, mentoring and counselling advisory services to partners on developing and implementing training on food diversification, preservation and preparation for better family nutrition especially for women and children.
  • Organise and support nutrition promotional activities through partner staff involved in the implementation of project activities.
  • Work with nutrition promotional associations formed including the Village Savings and Loans groups to encourage and enhance better family nutrition.
  • Coordinate systematic appraisal, assessment and implementation of institutional development plans of selected project partners according to agreed plans with the Project Manager.
  • Organise and lead key project development activities to ensure quality planning and implementation are carried out within the framework of the project.
  • Ensure effective engagement and relationship management with project partners, community leaders and groups, government institutions and other relevant, strategic/key sectoral actors for effective and sustainable delivery of the Nutrition component of the project delivery.
  • Assist the Project Manager in recruiting and line managing private consultants for specific short-term assignments related to Nutrition including facilitating the development of their work plans, monitor their fieldwork and organise debriefings sessions of with consultants.
  • Maintain effective communication on progress on the project with a wide range of people within Oxfam on work progress, particularly programme staff.
  • Ensure effective communication with external sources on the LINE project in consultation with the Project Manager.
  • Maintain effective communication on the progress of the project and ensure project learning in relation to Family Nutrition is documented for communication with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders in consultation with the Project Manager.
  • Carry out periodic monitoring visits to project partners and project implementation sites, verify outputs indicated in progress reports submitted to Oxfam by partners and produce project activity and progress reports. Support the production of reports for the donor as well as reports for wider circulation within Oxfam in consultation with Project Manager – as appropriate.
  • Participate in the process of annual impact assessment for the project and participate in other similar processes on the project as advised.
  • To participate in the process of annual impact assessment for the project and participate in other similar processes in Nigeria- as advised.

Education and Relevant Experience

  • Minimum of BSc degree in Nutrition, MBBS, Nursing/Midwifery or any other related field.
  • Minimum of ten years working experience in managing development programmes, specifically nutrition related interventions – preferably within the NGOs sector.
  • At least three years field experience in community development in Northern Nigeria.
  • Substantial experience in working with community groups and community associations, particularly women groups and children.
  • Good understanding of social inclusion, diversity, gender equity and ability to incorporate guiding principles of aid effectiveness in all aspects of the project activities and engagement with key stakeholders in the course of project implementation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong initiative, tenacity and proven capacity to get the job done. Ability to work independently and under pressure with minimum supervision.
  • Commitment to development principles and action.
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and at least one Northern language.
  • Previous development work experience, ideally with non-governmental organisations would be an advantage.

Job Title: Project Finance Administrator
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

  • Responsible for the Setup of financial administration systems and procedures of the LINE Project, fully complying with Oxfam and Global Affairs Canada financial management rules and requirements
  • Responsible for verification of expenditure and implementation of corresponding payments and recoveries after their authorization by the Project Manager
  • Keeps all financial records and transactions relating to the LINE project in Bauchi state in accordance with Global Affairs Canada and Oxfam Novib procedures and submit timely replenishment requests and reports
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports/statements for the project in line with standard accounting principles-including budget tracking and preparation of budget variance analysis
  • Prepares cash flow statement and cash forecasts for the project as and when needed
  • Liaises with the Administrative Officer (Procurement) and Finance and Support Manager (FSM) in Abuja
  • Design and implement a Grant Management System for partners and ensure timely, effective financing and reporting from the same.
  • Support internal and external auditing processes by providing all supporting documentation in an orderly and timely manner.
  • Ensure that all payment request forms, invoices, LPOs, receipts and any other payment documents are critically checked for accuracy and correctness and meet the organization’s minimum standard.
  • Ensure proper and accurate coding of expenditure on all primary documentation
  • Process all bank drafts, Tele graphic transfers, liaise with banking managers on collection of bank statements timely.
  • Collect petty cash from the bank for operational use.
  • Act as contact person with the bank to operate banking duties as required for effective management of the project and as specified by the Project Manager.
  • Assumes full responsibility for ensuring cash books based in the Bauchi office are up to date at the end of each working day.
  • Ensure records are filed and properly stored.
  • To perform any other duties that may be delegated by the Project Manager.

Education and Relevant Experience

  • Minimum of Masters in Finance or MBA in Accounting or other financial related discipline.
  • At least ten years practical experience in Financial Management and Accounting. Five years out of this should have been on Contract and Grant Management within an NGO setting
  • Commitment to gender and diversity and to addressing inequality in all aspects of this job.
  • Computer literacy, particularly proven experience in accounting packages, word processing and spreadsheets. High proficiency in use of Excel required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong initiative, tenacity and proven capacity to get the job done.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and at least one main local language widely spoken in Northern Nigeria.
  • Commitment to development principles and action.
  • Previous development work experience, ideally with non-governmental organisations would be an advantage.

Job Title:   Project Manager/Team Leader
Location:
Bauchi
Duration: 57 months (Fixed term)
Main Tasks

A.) Project Management and Implementation:

  • Provide overall leadership of the project team, coordinate and manage the implementation of the LINE project, set up and run a core Programme Implementation Unit in collaboration with the team.
  • Participate in and assess the engagement of project staff to ensure the right skills sets are deployed for the various roles of the project.
  • Develop and approve work plans and ensure smooth implementation of the project by effectively and efficiently coordinating the Livelihoods, Market Based Agriculture and Nutrition components in line with the Project Implementation Plan (PIP).
  • Work in close collaboration with other Oxfam projects to ensure quality planning and implementation is carried out within the framework of the project and is compatible with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Sustainable Economic Growth objectives in Nigeria and Oxfam Country Strategy.
  • Closely collaborate with relevant government agencies to ensure improved support for farmers involved in the project areas through policy and budgetary advocacy and other interventions outlined in the project strategy.
  • Effectively manage relations with Civil Society Partners, working in collaboration with Oxfam programme team on the implementation of the project to ensure delivery of envisaged results.
  • Initiate and oversee the production of specific case studies on project learning to support and feed into the donor and Oxfam’s linking and learning goals for further communication within the wider organization and with key external stakeholders.
  • Ensure that the programme is implemented in a consultative, participative and gender sensitive way.
  • Working with the project team and partners, ensure appropriate reporting requirements to the donor are met in line with contractual agreements.
  • Work with the Oxfam in Nigeria programme team in recruiting and managing consultants that will provide short-term assistance on project implementation.

B.) Financial Management:

  • Ensure minimum standards in financial management and reporting are met to support accountability and transparency in project implementation.
  • Review monthly status reports on grants and assist the LINE and Oxfam programme team to monitor budgets against expenditure, project progression and financial forecasts.
  • Manage budgets for the project in line with donor policies and standards, as well as agreed delegated signing limits for project grants.
  • Manage and monitor grant disbursement to partners involved in project implementation.
  • Oversee the management of delegated imprest float for project-related working advances.

C.) Donor and Representational Roles:

  • Assist the Oxfam in Nigeria programme team in maintaining and managing relationships with the donor through consistent monitoring to ensure compliance and adherence to contractual requirements.
  • Ensure that effective liaison with other agencies permits effective and collaborative approach to the project.
  • In all activities of the project, influence other actors by disseminating and using key standards.
  • Represent Oxfam at the various coordination fora at local and national levels ensuring compatibility with overall commitments and policy/project priorities

D.) Staff management:

  • Manage recruited project-related staff in line with Oxfam Human Resource policies and procedures within the framework of performance management and staff development strategies. Line manage designated staff under a workable and accountable management structure.
  • Ensure that all project staff are aware of Oxfam’s performance management systems, that objectives are set and monitored
  • Ensure that all staff of the project are aware of and abide with key internal and external protocols and principles (e.g. Code of Conduct, People in Aid, Oxfam’s draft sexual conduct policy)

E.) Project Communications:

  • Maintain effective relationships and communication with project staff, partners, donor, Oxfam, relevant external stakeholders / institutions key to realizing project results.
  • Communicate project learning in consultation with Oxfam and in line with donor rules as well as Oxfam’s linking and learning objectives as appropriate.

F.) Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Put in place systems and processes for effective monitoring of project outcomes and reporting based on the project Logic Model and the results framework established.
  • Ensure that the baseline, mid-term and end-line surveys are conducted to derive credible data to guide Project Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning as planned.
  • Work closely with the M&E Lead to ensure adequate tracking of indicators as agreed in the project plan and provide technical information for donor reporting in a timely manner.
  • Lead the process of half yearly and annual project reviews and submit regular situation reports to the LINE team within Oxfam through the Programme Officer.
  • Carry out regular monitoring visits to project partners and implementation sites and verify output(s) indicated in progress report submitted to Oxfam and donor.

Education and Relevant Experience

  • Minimum of MSc degree in Agriculture related discipline, Project Management, Social Sciences, Economics or any other relevant field.
  • The post holder should have at least 15 years practical experience in managing livelihoods and agricultural projects including ability to integrate private sector, rural financial management and nutrition components especially within an NGO setting in a coordinating capacity
  • Experience and ability to work well in, manage and lead large project teams and steer them to achieve and deliver results.
  • Knowledge of market-based agriculture especially the value chain approach, rural financial services and promotional nutrition interventions
  • Strong skills in market based agricultural models and value chain approach from smallholder farmers’ perspective
  • Ability to integrate nutrition interventions for disadvantaged women and children and knowledge and incorporation of Village Savings and Loans scheme.
  • Understanding of national, international agricultural and development issues
  • Experience in budgeting, budget monitoring and expenditure forecasting.
  • Demonstrated experience of integrating Gender and Diversity issues in market based rural agric sector
  • Demonstrable experience of working with and managing local Civil Society partners, donor funding management and reporting
  • Proven analytical and planning skills and ability to think critically and strategically.
  • Skilled in Diplomacy, International Development Cooperation, tact and negotiation.
  • Demonstrable skills in inter-cultural and religious tolerance
  • Training/counterpart development skills.
  • Ability to travel at short notice, work under pressure and in difficult circumstances.
  • Commitment to development principles and action.
  • Good written English and spoken Hausa are essential. French will be an added advantage but not a must

Job Title: Project Advisor – Market Based Agricultural Services
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

  • Coordinate development and implementation of activities of the LINE project
  • Conduct Value Chain Analysis and packaging interventions to address critical gaps associated with targeted commodities.
  • Design a draft Project Implementation Manual to guide implementation on the key value chains including the crops specific Packages of Practice (POPs). Develop, manage and implement selected value chain Activity Plans for the LINE project.
  • Ensure the baseline carried out is comprehensive enough to generate quality data needed for the implementation of market based agricultural livelihoods component of the LINE project.
  • Work with the LINE team to ensure quality planning and implementation is carried out within the framework of the project. To realize this, organise and lead project planning meetings and develop annual work plans for the implementation of the project in collaboration with the project team.
  • Coordinate systematic appraisal, assessment and implementation of project plans of selected project partners according to agreed results with the Project Manager.
  • Assist the Project Manager in recruiting and managing private consultants for specific short-term assignments including facilitating the development of their work plans, monitor their fieldwork and organise debriefing sessions with the consultants.
  • Manage relations with project partners and key relevant stakeholders for effective project delivery.
  • Organise and support business development training and services to partner staff involved in the implementation of project activities around bulking of commodities.
  • Provide professional mentoring and counselling advisory services to partners on developing and implementing Business Plans with project beneficiaries.
  • Work with Business Associations and Village Savings and Loans groups formed to enhance group governance capacity and decision-making including facilitation of rural micro-financial services to the target LINE project beneficiaries.
  • Maintain effective communication on progress of project implementation with a wide range of people including relevant stakeholders within the project locations, Project Implementation Unit and Oxfam programme team in consultation with the Project Manager.
  • Support Project Coordination and ensuring project learning is documented for communication within the project locations, the wider Oxfam confederation and to the donor with regard to Business Development as well as Village Savings and Loans.
  • Produce activity reports related to project development, partner and beneficiary training, and support to project groups including activities implemented directly.
  • Carry out periodic monitoring visits to project partners and project implementation sites and verify outputs indicated in progress report submitted to Oxfam by partners.
  • Participate in the process of annual impact assessment for the project and participate in other similar processes on the project as advised.
  • Support the Project Manager in preparing donor reports as well as reports for wider circulation within Oxfam.

Education and Relevant Experience

  • Minimum of MSc degree in Social Science, Economics or any other related field.
  • Minimum of ten years working experience in managing development programmes – preferably within the NGOs sector.
  • Demonstrable skills in Business development, Private Sector integration into rural livelihoods initiatives and/or microfinance development and management especially the Village Savings and Loans schemes.
  • Must possess at least four years field experience in community development, working with community groups and community associations, particularly women groups in Northern Nigeria.
  • Good understanding of diversity and gender equity.
  • Commitment to development principles of aid effectiveness and alignment with the values, aims and objectives of Oxfam.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tenacity, strong initiative, and proven capacity to get the job done. Ability to work independently and under minimum supervision.
  • Excellent computer skills particularly in working with word processing, excel, powerpoint, databases and electronic communication.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and at least two of the Northern languages

Job Title: Project Advisor – Private Sector and Youth Development
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

  • Coordinate development and implementation activities for the LINE project including conduct of Value Chain Analysis and packaging interventions to address critical gaps associated with targeted commodities.
  • Develop Annual Work Plans for the implementation of the project in collaboration with the project team
  • Develop comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) to guide key partnership related activities between Oxfam, Private Sector actors and others in the implementation of the project based on agreed framework of operations that enhances value chain development using innovative Market Based Agricultural Models.
  • Ensure the baseline captures comprehensive, quality data on Private Sector actors, Rural Financial Institutions and Markets to guide the implementation of Market Based Agricultural livelihoods component of the LINE project.
  • Undertake financial intermediation with a focus on Rural Financial Services intermediation.
  • Identify and network relevant Rural Micro-Financial organizations in order to expand scope for beneficiary in rural financing of activities.
  • Coordinate systematic appraisal, assessment and implementation of institutional development plans of selected project partners according to agreed plans with the Project Manager.
  • Develop, manage and implement selected value chains activity plans for the LINE project.
  • Organise and lead key project development planning meetings.
  • Support the Project Manager in managing relations with project partners for effective project delivery.
  • Ensure quality project planning and implementation is carried out within the framework of the project.
  • Organise and support business development training and services to partner staff involved in the implementation of project activities around bulking of commodities.
  • Assist the Project Manager in recruiting and line managing private consultants for specific short-term assignments including facilitating the development of their work plans, monitor their fieldwork and organise debriefings sessions of with consultants.
  • To provide professional services, mentoring and counselling advisory services to partners on developing and implementing Business Plans with project beneficiaries.
  • To work with Business Associations and Village Savings and Loans groups formed to enhance group governance capacity and decision-making including facilitation of rural micro-financial services to the target LINE project beneficiaries.
  • Maintain effective communication on the progress of the project and ensure project learning in relation to Markets and Private Sector engagement is documented for communication with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders in consultation with the Project Manager.
  • Carry out periodic monitoring visits to project partners and project implementation sites, verify outputs indicated in progress reports submitted to Oxfam by partners and produce project activity and progress reports. Support the production of reports for the donor as well as reports for wider circulation within Oxfam in consultation with Project Manager – as appropriate.
  • Participate in the process of annual impact assessment for the project and participate in other similar processes on the project as advised.

Education and Relevant Experience

  • Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance or any other Social Sciences / Development related field.
  • Minimum of five years experience working with the Private Sector, preferably on Business Development programmes and financial services.
  • At least three years field experience in working on community development, with community groups and community associations, particularly women groups in Northern Nigeria.
  • Demonstrable skills in Business Development, Private Sector integration into rural livelihoods initiatives and/or Microfinance Development and Management especially the Village Savings and Loans schemes.
  • Good understanding of development principles of social inclusion, diversity and gender equity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong initiative, tenacity and proven capacity to get the job done. Ability to work independently and under minimum supervision.
  • Understanding of and commitment to good donor contract management as well as development principles and action.
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and at least one of the Northern language.

Job Title: Project MEL and Information Officer
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

  • Ensure the conduct of comprehensive baseline to derive needed credible data for the tracking of results
  • Ensure quality MEL and communications frameworks are developed and implemented in alignment with the LINE project logic model and performance measurement framework.
  • Set up and maintain project MIS database
  • Collate and analyze M&E data (including through surveys, web statistics, interviews, subscriber data, unsolicited feedback, case studies and reports) and analyse against outcomes to draw out learning and implications.
  • Develop a monitoring protocol that both project subject component staff and partners can use for project reporting.
  • Facilitate the development and maintenance of the LINE project web site and contents
  • Undertake triangulation of findings using different types of data and analysis of trends over time
  • Support partner MEL staff to ensure the quality of evaluation reports.
  • Set up community based monitoring and planning platforms for value chains learning and innovations and build capacity of groups/artisans in record keeping and reporting
  • Organise peer-to-peer exchange learning visits / communication for all levels of activities as appropriate. Stage exchange visits for farmer-to-farmer learning with successful value chain intervention activities.
  • Ensure learning and dissemination by documenting LINE project models in various publications in which their effectiveness and the lessons learned are analysed, and are disseminated to subject-matter specialist and inform decision and policy makers.
  • Develop and implement a project Communication Strategy with the support of the Project Manager and Oxfam Communication Officer.
  • Facilitate dissemination of information and results to all participating LGAs and key stakeholders in the state.
  • Monitor the quantitative and qualitative performance of the LINE project. Ensure quarterly monitoring reports on progress are submitted in line with donor reporting requirements.
  • Ensure mid and end term evaluation reports effectively document the activities in the project and track towards envisaged results
  • Develop ToRs, Capacity Development plans, Implementation routines, M&E routines, in order to support activities of implementing partners
  • Undertake surveys as needed for continuous tracking of results and learning
  • Provide technical support on M&E to project activities and Implementing partners especially towards the development, implementation and progress tracking of the project document and the Annual workplans (AWPs)
  • Document and analyzes innovative strategies, best practices and new approaches and adapt quickly to change as needed.
  • Maintain the LINE project Web content and provide back-up content editing cover.
  • Ensure the values of participation, partnership, sustainability, social responsibility, cost effectiveness, transparency, and accountability are reflected in LINE project activities.
  • Any other tasks as assigned within the Project team

Education and Relevant Experience

  • A good university degree in the Social or Agricultural Sciences
  • Minimum 4 years relevant experience in project management especially in MEL capacity.
  • Demonstrable experience in designing, implementing and overseeing monitoring, evaluation and learning systems
  • Proven experience in M&E capacity building for local NGOs and CBOs on donor funded projects
  • Good knowledge of donor funded projects preferably for a Canadian agency funded project
  • Able to work well under pressure and in a diverse team
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and at least one main local language widely spoken in Northern Nigeria

Job Title: Project Advisor (Gender)
Location:
Bauchi
Main Tasks

  • Provide advice and support to the Project Manager and the Technical Advisors working within the respective field offices in the Implementation of the key gender components across the LINE Project.
  • Develop a comprehensive Gender Strategy for the LINE project and provide technical support to the project team to ensure gender mainstreaming in all activities in line with the strategy.
  • Provide specialist advice on gender sensitive planning and mainstreaming to all Project advisors – Market based Agricultural Livelihoods, Nutrition Services, Private sector and Rural Financial Services and other staff.
  • Support, coach, mentor and advice Partners technical staff to implement and mainstream gender into project activities.
  • Liaise with project partners and other stakeholders in the project location to facilitate and enhance contribution towards the implementation of the gender equality agenda.
  • Support advocacy activities on gender matters to key stakeholders in collaboration with partners and other interest groups that are relevant to the LINE project
  • Networking and coordination with key stakeholders to ensure the promotion of gender equality in the project locations and across the state.
  • Represent LINE project in gender related meetings and consultations that are relevant and would add value to project implementation.
  • Assist in the development of case studies, best practices and key learning on gender mainstreaming and integration into LINE project including generating success stories related to project and project developments as they relate to gender equality issues to feed into the linking and learning objectives of Oxfam.
  • Provide assistance in data collection, compiling lessons learned, establishing indicators to support knowledge sharing. Support in updating and sharing with staff recent developments and knowledge tools in the areas of interventions.
  • Analyze and ensure interventions are gender sensitive and factor in issues of inclusion of normally socially excluded groups.
  • Provide regular brief updates on the development of gender related issues in the project areas.
  • Ensure regular and comprehensive monitoring for reporting on the gender related indicators in the project areas in consultation with the Project Manager and in line with donor requirements.
  • Perform other work related outputs as requested by the supervisor.

Education and Relevant Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Gender studies, Law, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related fields with minimum of three years relevant experience of working in Northern Nigeria in gender related projects.
  • Comprehensive understanding of international, regional and national legal frameworks and policies related to advancing gender equality and promoting women’s rights.
  • Ability to generate and communicate gender related information for a variety of audiences to enhance understanding of gender integration and mainstreaming goals of the LINE project
  • Experienced in generating new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of promoting gender equality in patriarchal communities and especially in Northern Nigeria
  • Contributes to results through primary research and analysis
  • Maintains an established network within the gender community for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date in new developments
  • Able to formulate written information clearly and persuasively
  • Establishing effective client relationships
  • Possesses a proactive, problem solving and result oriented attitude.
  • Good reporting and writing skills.
  • Excellent computer skills and office software packages.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Hausa language.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV’s and Motivational Letter in English to: [email protected]

Note: Applications sent to the enquiry e-mail will be disqualified

Application Deadline  2nd June, 2016

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