Senior Programme Manager Job at The British High Commission in Abuja

The British High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, is looking for a confident and proactive senior programme manager to coordinate work across the new UK funded Security and Justice Reform Programme. This role is based in Abuja. This position present an exciting opportunity to work with a range of stakeholders in Nigeria to deliver on a UK foreign policy priority, and would suit anyone with an interest in security/conflict issues who wishes to apply strong programme management, oversight and stakeholder engagement skills in a fast-moving political environment.

The position is offered on a renewable contract basis until 31/3/18, subject to continued funding which will be confirmed at the beginning of each financial year.

Job Title: Senior Programme Manager
Main Purpose of Job
To coordinate the new UK three year Security and Justice Reform programme. This programme aims to support a more secure and peaceful Nigeria by achieving more coherent national security structures, together with more capable and accountable key security and justice institutions, contributing to improved security for, and increased protection of, Nigerian citizens. The programme is funded through the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and has a budget of £3.218m for FY2016/17, rising in later years

The main purpose of the job is to work with a wide range of stakeholders to coordinate implementation, monitor project expenditure and delivery against agreed outcomes and assess value for money (VFM). You will need to develop and maintain mechanisms to monitor delivery and results as well as risk and spending.

The Main Duties will include

  • Maintain a clear overview of the programme and any issues, escalating them as necessary;
  • Work with the Security & Justice Adviser to review the programme at regular intervals and respond flexibly to changes in priorities or operating environment, ensuring workplans and budgets reflect changes in scope, context or contracts;
  • Draft and present information to assist join up with wider UK Government or international Security & Justice interventions;
  • Ensure implementing partners produce detailed monthly, quarterly and annual reports on results and finance are prepared in line with contract requirements;
  • Oversee financial reporting and provide regular progress and expenditure reports as appropriate;
  • Risk management;
  • Ensure that monitoring and evaluation strategies are in place and are being implemented;
  • Organise and secretariat for monthly programme coordination meetings to bring together all implementers and maximise synergies, ensuring that all information is available in good time to inform discussion and actions are noted and followed up; and
  • Organise and secretariat for quarterly meetings of Senior Advisory Committee.

Essential qualifications and experience 

  • BA Degree or above from an internationally accredited university;
  • Project management experience (ideally working for international agencies, governments and/or NGOs);
  • Strong coordination skills demonstrated through work with a variety of actors, including civil society, government, international donors and multilaterals.
  • Fluent English (spoken and written);
  • A flexible and proactive approach
  • Excellent IT skills (advanced skills in Excel would also be desirable);
  • Experience working on security and justice development in Nigeria.

Desirable qualifications and experience  

  • A business management qualification, and/or project management qualification such as PRINCE 2;
  • Experience of working with the Nigerian Police Force, Prison Service, Armed Forces and/or multilateral institutions.

Required competencies  
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Delivering at Pace

 Additional information  

  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
  • All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or work permit.
  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
  • Reference and security clearances checks will be conducted.
  • Any questions you may have about this position will be answered during the interview, should you be invited.
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link:
  • Successful candidates not resident in Country will be personally liable for costs and arrangements to relocate, including accommodation and work permits.
  • Complete the application form in full as the information provided will be used for screening purposes.
  • Check your application and attachments before you submit your application, as you will not be able to make any changes once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never ask you to pay a fee or money to apply for a position.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here to Apply

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