Atiku Centre Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development Yola

Published date: 12/15/2017
  • Location: Yola, Adamawa, Nigeria


The Atiku Centre Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development is starting a new project in early 2018, focused on improving resilience amongst returnees in return LGAs of Adamawa state. This is two years project with office in Yola and Mubi.



Project Positions

The American university of Nigeria (AUN) is Africa’s foremost development university with a mission to foster the creation of leaders committed to sustaining a democracy in which diverse people share in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, proficient in creating and applying technology to wise purpose, and dedicated to securing a humane and prosperous world. The university offers a unique resource for Nigeria, West Africa, and the entire continent in addressing crucial economic and social development needs.

In application of our mission and vision, the Atiku Centre Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development was set up to provide a one stop shop for all development initiatives, utilizing our local knowledge and global expertise to study problems, develop solutions and prioritize the implementation of the solutions in the form of projects. The centre currently implements a number of projects across the north east focusing on mitigating the impact of the insurgency on the lives of the people of the north east and Nigerians in general.



The centre plans to start a new project in early 2018. This project is focused on improving resilience amongst returnees in return LGAs of Adamawa state. This is two years project with office in Yola and Mubi. The following positions are available:



1. Project Director

Description

The Project Director is responsible for meeting the project’s technical objectives, managing financial resources, managing program staff, maintaining good working relationships with host government officials and local partners, managing donor reporting and ensuring a high-quality delivery of services. The Project Director reports to the Administrator of Grants, Contracts and Programs at AUN.



Requirements
•Master’s degree or equivalent experience in organizational development, public health, public administration, business administration, international development, or other relevant field preferred;
•Minimum 5 years’ experience in program management at senior management level is required 3-5 years in Nigeria
•Aptitude/experience in supervising staff and the ability to mentor subordinates;
•Knowledge and understanding of the development sector in Nigeria preferred
•Fluency in English and working knowledge of Hausa required.
•Knowledge and experience of working in Northern region of Nigeria will be an added advantage.



2. Agriculture Specialist

Description

The Agriculture Specialist is a key position on this project. S/he is responsible for ensuring that beneficiary farmers are exposed to various agricultural techniques and approaches to improve their crop yields. S/he should have vast experience and knowledge of the agricultural practices of northern Nigeria and how they can be improved. S./he should be a ‘down to earth’ and ‘hands on’ person that can interact with farmers and extension workers. S/he will be an excellent trainer and mentor who can assess needs, identify gaps and develop and implement interventions to address such needs. /he should be computer literate ad able to use basic applications.. The Agriculture specialist reports to the Project Manager



Requirements
•Master’s degree of equivalent in the field of Agriculture, fisheries and related fields
•Minimum 3 years’ experience in agriculture, livelihoods and similar fields
•Knowledge of capacity development in local settings a plus
•Experience working at community and LGA levels preferred
•Experience developing farmer and state partner capacity will be recognized
•Knowledge and understanding of the development sector in Nigeria preferred
•Fluency in English and working knowledge of Hausa required.
•Knowledge and experience of working in Northern region of Nigeria will be an added advantage.



3. Livelihoods and Cooperatives Specialist

Description

Lead the development of strategies, approaches, systems and guidelines to ensure that beneficiaries have increased capacity to meet their basic needs and ensure self-reliance. Carries out market assessments, value chain analysis and community led market assessment and other comparative analysis on different economic strengthening models. Keeps up to date with developments in the sector, including best practice examples within the country and internationally.



Requirements
•BA/MA Degree in Economics, Development Studies, Enterprise Development, International Development or other closely related field.
•4 or more years of work experience, at least 3 years with NGOs in the fields of economic strengthening, Agriculture, microenterprise development, value chain, livelihoods.
•Experience in working with cooperatives
•Training planning and delivery skills.
•Highly developed computer skills (Word processing, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.);
•Excellent written and verbal communication in English Language
•Knowledge and experience of working in Northern region of Nigeria will be an added advantage.





4. Capacity Development Specialist

Description

The Capacity Development Specialist will assess the needs of beneficiaries and extension workers as well as other state partners and development plans to improve their capacity. She/he will facilitate organizational capacity assessments and develop institutional strengthening plans. Organize and facilitate trainings, workshops, and networking events. S/he will serve as partner mentor, providing one-on-one support and guidance in meeting sub-grant requirements, institutional strengthening plans, and other capacity development needs.



Requirements
•BA/MA in Public Health, Development, Public Administration or another related field
•Minimum of 3 years of experience in capacity development of CSOs and/or government
•Extensive knowledge of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
•Proficiency in developing and managing a budget; experience in developing strategic plans, work plans, fundraising plans; knowledge of sound financial, human resources, and administrative policy and procedure
•Experience in facilitation and training
•Fluency in English and working knowledge of Hausa required.
•Knowledge and experience of working in Northern region of Nigeria will be an added advantage.




5. Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Description

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will lead all project M&E an reporting. S/he will be experienced in project M&E at state and local government level. S/he will be a mentor to project staff to support M&E functions of the project. S/he should be highly skilled and experienced data manager and data analysts. S/he should be able to track and report on all project targets and indicators as described in the project M&E plan and log frame. The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist reports to the Project Manager



Requirements
•BA/Master’s degree or equivalent experience in statistics, Mathematics, Physics
•Minimum 5 years’ experience in project M&E Nigeria
• Proven experience and skills in data management and analysis
•Experience in developing project M&E plans and log frames
•Aptitude/experience in supervising staff and the ability to mentor subordinates;
•Demonstrated knowledge of statistical packages such as Excel, SPSS etc
•Fluency in English and working knowledge of Hausa required.
•Knowledge and experience of working in Northern region of Nigeria will be an added advantage.





6. Finance and Grants Manager

Description

The Finance Manger ensures timely and accurate submission of monthly financial reports to the donor. He/she ensures proper adherence to all payment process that ensures transparency and good controls. Ensuring proper maintenance and archiving of accounting documents. Ensures availability of funds for project work by constantly liaising with HQ on fund requests and coordinating with Country Representative and Project Directors. Conduct due diligence test on beneficiaries and ensures proper utilization of grants. Manage grants. Ensures disbursements of funds in accordance with established timeframes and procedures. He/she is in charge of the implementation of internal control and adherence to financial policies and procedures. Serves as systems administrator and ensures smooth operations of the department’s accounting system. Serve as the authorizing officer for goods and services procured by ensuring compliance with donor/ AUN policies and availability of funds. Generate such financial report documents and reports as necessary for appropriate review by senior management.



Requirements
•Minimum of B.Sc./ HND in Accounting with ACA/ACCA/CPA Professional Accounting Qualifications.
•Must also have at least Five years of experience in the area of Finance and Administration with an international NGOs
•Experience with accounting standards/practices of international organization a strong plus.
•Experience managing grants under contracts and grants under fixed obligation required
•Experience developing local CSOs, NGOs and CBOs with grants required
•Working knowledge of accounting software such as Serenics, Quikbooks, Microsoft Dynamics Navigator etc.
•Sound Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites;
•Knowledge of USAID OMB Circulars 110, 122, 133
•Experience working in northern Nigeria



How to apply

Suitably qualified candidates should submit their resumes, cover letters and references to recruitment@aun.edu.ng before the closing date of this publication. The position being applied for should be the subject of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The closing date for this advert is Friday, December 22, 2017.

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