Pact Nigeria Job in Abuja for a Country Director

Pact Nigeria, located in Abuja, is the Nigerian Country office of Pact, which is an independent International non-profit Organization headquartered in Washington, DC, USA. Pact’s vision is a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership over their future. Its mission is to enable 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.”

Pact Nigeria is seeking highly experienced and qualified candidates to fill the below position of:

Job Title: Country Director

Location: Abuja
Requisition Number: 15-0182

Job Description

  • The Country Director coordinates, manages and increases visibility and funding for Pact programs in Nigeria.
  • He/She prominently positions Pact as a leader in the field of capacity development and governance for health in Nigeria and as a successful partner in the development and cost effective implementation of a diverse portfolio of donor-funded programs.
  • S/he ensures that systems are in place and being properly implemented, ensuring that all Pacts activities and programs are in alignment with Pact policies and guidelines.
  • The Country Director oversees the proper stewardship of resources as well as the well-being and safety of Pact staff.
  • S/he ensures that program objectives are met, all activities are responsive to the needs of the host country and donors, and the program continues to advance and play a key role in contributing to Pacts development within Nigeria.
  • The Country Director reports to the Regional Director and supervises all in-country staff.
  • The Country Director works closely with Pacts in-country and Pact DC staff to conceptualize and plan program development activities, diversify funding resources, and build on country and international best practices.
  • The Country Director also provides strategic leadership and managerial oversight of the administrative, programmatic, technical, financial and operational aspects of Pacts Nigeria portfolio including technical leadership; team management and mentoring; donor, government and partner liaison; new business development; and oversight of programmatic and financial management and reporting.

Key Responsibilities
Program Management:

  • Oversee country office programming to ensure the effective and efficient delivery and implementation of projects and are in line with Pact’s and donors standards for program quality.
  • Supervise Project Managers charged with the day-to-day execution of the program; undertake the timely deployment of financial and human resources for program success and attainment of desired results/indicators.
  • Document and disseminate methodologies and results that can inform the wider Pact community (such as evaluation documents, consultant reports, workshop reports, etc.).
  • Share and promote these resources through a variety of means (including e-mail, brown bags, the Intranet, etc.).
  • Make periodic visits to field sites, to monitor the status of projects.
  • Liaise directly with donors to ensure continued alignment and responsiveness.
  • Ensure that all project deliverables are met in a high quality, cost effective and timely fashion.
  • Ensure that proper program monitoring and evaluation systems are in place.
  • Promote a learning environment within the country office that facilitates two-way learning with various stakeholders. Facilitate and/or participate in learning communities and task forces.

Strategic Planning:

  • Participate in Pact worldwide strategic planning processes.
  • Lead the preparation and implementation of a high quality country-office strategic plan appropriate for the local and regional context, complementary to government & donor development plans and in line with Pacts overall vision and mission.
  • Involve relevant CO and Pact DC program, grants, management and other staff in identifying and pursuing new business opportunities.
  • Ensure understanding of strategic plan and approaches by all staff and key stakeholders.
  • Coordinate in-country marketing and promotion of Pact. Ensure strategic growth for Pact in line with strategic plan and/or theory of change.
  • Develop the plan in an inclusive and participatory process.
  • Ensure that Pact continues to develop and strengthen programs based on strategic analysis of the local country context. Generate financially viable program pipeline in line with Pact strategy and assist in identifying and securing funding for those programs.

Networking, Alliance Building and Collaboration:

  • Ensure strong cooperation and collaboration with partners, donors, government, and other key stakeholders as a base for building/maintaining/expanding a sustainable country and regional program
  • Maintain and expand senior external relations with government, community, civil society, and international stakeholders.
  • Represent local Pact operations to Pact DC.
  • Assure smooth flow of information from Pact DC to staff and vice versa.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Pact DC and Pacts regional staff. Promote similar collaboration amongst local Pact staff.
  • Contribute strategically, through participation, in relevant, existing forums in building a vibrant civil society sector and influencing policy.

Finance, Administration, Grants and IT:

  • Provide oversight for all administrative and financial operations to support the programs.
  • Consistently monitor the country offices financial position and ensure the best use of available resources. This includes overseeing the development and review of country office annual budget and project budgets, oversight of financial transactions and reports, maximizing cost recovery from restricted grants.
  • Ensure the country office operations are conducted in accordance with all statutory and tax requirements.
  • Oversee an efficient, transparent grants making process under the program; assure timely and high-quality monitoring of and reporting by sub grantees.
  • In coordination with Pact DC, negotiate contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and their modifications or extensions
  • Oversee the work of the implementing partners and monitor for compliance with sub agreements or subcontracts.
  • Maintain up to date understanding and adherence to Pacts policies and procedures amongst all country office staff.
  • Ensure adequate internal controls are in place to protect the country offices financial and non-monetary assets and to ensure the resources are used in accordance with donor terms and conditions. Review and follow-up on internal and external audit recommendations.

Human Resources:

  • In cooperation with Pact HR, oversee the management and development of country office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled and productive workforce and promote an organizational culture where Pacts values are practiced.
  • Ensure the proper implementation of Pacts performance management system for direct reports. This can include: proactively addressing performance issues through regular, constructive and honest feedback and coaching and identifying necessary staff development for direct reports.
  • Oversee the recruitment and orientation of new senior staff.
  • Support continued growth of local staff through strategic, deliberate internal capacity building
  • Ensure levels of authority and responsibility are clearly defined, understood and followed within the country office.
  • Invest in consistent team building to increase cohesion between staff in all geographic areas of the country.
  • Lead the management of Security and Safety Administration by developing and updating a staff and asset security plan in line with the local context and in alignment with Pact DC security guidance; keeping key Pact staff abreast of any security issues, as they arise.
  • Provide proper supervision and management for all direct reports and oversee the establishment and functioning of a strong, effective senior leadership team. Ensure timely and quality inputs by staff and consultants.
  • Ensure strong human resource strategies and systems are in place and are properly implemented in areas such as recruitment, staff development, and performance management.
  • Ensure appropriate workplace policies to ensure fairness and equity are developed and used (e.g. policies related to HIV/AIDS, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, etc.)
  • In cooperation with Pact HR, oversee the establishment and regular review of compensation package to ensure competitiveness.
  • Actively promote staff wellness by monitoring country office organisational health and taking corrective actions as needed.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in international development or related field required.
  • Minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant experience.
  • Fluent English language skills, both written and spoken;
  • Willingness to travel within Nigeria.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in international development or related field
  • Experience in development programming in Pacts strategic impact areas (health, livelihoods, natural resource management) and/or approaches (capacity development, governance, engaging markets)
  • Experience in personnel management in large and complex teams.
  • Experience working with local partners, subgranting and procurement processes;
  • Demonstrated skills in strategic and program planning;
  • Experience working in a developing country; experience in Nigeria and/or West Africa is a plus.
  • Proven experience leading fundraising efforts that led to successful awards.
  • Experience managing large scale donor funded project(s); demonstrated knowledge of and familiarity with managing donor policies, rules, regulations, and procedures;


  • Sets strategic vision for the country office
  • 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
  • Ability to sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with internal colleagues and contacts in donor and peer organizations

Project Management:

  • Excellent planning and resource management skills
  • 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
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present complex ideas to diverse audiences

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

How to Apply
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