RTI International Recent Vacancies, March, 2017

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RTI International is implementing a USAID funded Leadership, Advocacy, Empowerment, and Development (LEAD) project in Nigeria, a project aimed at improving governance and service delivery at the local government level. This project ends in September 2017. The position is open to residents of Nigeria only.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Finance and Grants Director
Job ID: 17626
Location: Nigeria
Job Description

  • The Finance and Grants Director will report to the Chief of Party and provide oversight for all financial and grant-making aspects of the project.
  • Candidate should possess strong management, administrative and communication skills (including report writing).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the finance and administration functions for this large, complex project and ensures compliance with RTI and USAID procedures;
  • Manage finance, grants, and information technology (IT) support to the project, requesting direction from RTI headquarters business partners as needed;
  • Work closely with COP, technical staff, pertinent RTI regional and home office staff and appropriate USAID staff when necessary to ensure project resources are effectively and efficiently budgeted, analyzed, disbursed, monitored and reported in achieving project objectives and results;
  • Oversee preparation and submission of monthly financial statements (including expenses, receivable and payables);
  • Ensure timely submission of expense reports, bank reconciliations and wire transfer requests to corporate headquarters in the US;
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual expenditures and prepare pipeline estimates for the project;
  • Prepare biweekly cash requirements, monitoring cash flow and reconciles cash accounts in order to maintain appropriate cash balances;
  • Manage and monitor performance of office petty cash system;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Directly supervise and mentor project staff.
  • When necessary, work closely with key RTI staff, government and non-government officials, contractors and USAID staff to ensure full compliance with local laws (e.g., with respect to taxes, pension, shipping, customs, registration) while integrating with RTI systems and procedures;
  • Provide training and guidance to state finance officers and sub-grantees on managing project expenses to annual work plan and contract budgets;

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills And Ability

  • Advanced Degree in Business Administration, Accounting or other relevant field, or equivalent experience and certifications and a minimum of 12 years’ experience in administrative and financial management of complex, development assistance programs;
  • Prior experience overseeing finance for a USAID-funded project of a similar size and complexity.
  • Proficiency with accounting software (Quickbooks preferred), Word, PowerPoint and Access.
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
  • Ability and willingness to live in Nigeria and travel frequently within Northern Nigeria.
  • Previous experience with USAID-funded programs, and fluency with USAID policies and procedures related to financial management, financial reporting, and grant making.
  • Excellent track record of good interpersonal, supervision, leadership and managerial skills;
  • Results-oriented and team player and ability to follow guidelines and controls required of the position;
  • Advanced budgeting, financial analysis, and MS Excel skills required.
  • Experience with grants management, preferably small and in-kind grants, highly desired.
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How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director
Job ID: 17624
Location: Nigeria
Job Description

  • The MEL Director reports to the Chief of Party and will be responsible for leading and managing the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities for the project.
  • S/he will establish systems for gathering, reporting and analyzing performance data for impact and sustainability of project implementation.
  • Candidate should possess strong management, administrative and communication skills (including report writing).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead Project’s M&E, knowledge management and capacity building objectives. This includes the design and implementation of a robust results, PMEP, and knowledge management framework to aggregate and disseminate useful and actionable information based on sound evidence generated from activities.
  • Coordinates and manages all monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tasks and deliverables for the project. Establish systems for gathering, reporting and analyzing performance data for impact and sustainability of project implementation. Coordinate and manage all MEL tasks and deliverables for the project and ensure that all required reports and documentation for the project’s internal management systems and for external reporting are produced according to USAID/Nigeria guidelines.
  • Provide technical assistance to state, LGA and CSO partners as required on monitoring evaluation systems capacity building and assessments
  • Synthesize and analyze lessons to determine policy implications, distil and articulate best fit innovations for dissemination with community of practice
  • Facilitate incorporation of research design and methodologies in the application of learning to project design and management.
  • Directly supervise and mentor project M&E/knowledge management staff. Build internal project staff capacity to implement MEL strategy.
  • Oversees data collection processes and data quality; develops documentation of best practices; and facilitating the use of data to drive program design and decision making.
  • Facilitate learning from M&E findings with implementation teams and other relevant stakeholders. This could include building the capacity of the implementation partners to respond to evaluation findings where appropriate.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills And Ability

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Social Science, International Development, or a relevant field, with 12 years of experience in international development program design and implementation. 6 years’ experience in program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in knowledge management and communications, particularly for research.
  • Demonstrated understanding with knowledge management programs, facilitating communities of practice and social networking, and knowledge of USAID’s Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) approach preferred.
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and other MS Office software; data analysis software (such as SPSS or Stata);
  • Ability and willingness to live in Nigeria and travel frequently within Northern Nigeria.
  • Skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, data collection and analysis, and establishing M&E systems. Demonstrated ability to lead baseline data collection and analyses.
  • Knowledge of and experience with M&E frameworks, and reporting systems. Experience with USAID programming highly preferred.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

Job Title: State Manager
Job ID: 17625
Location: Nigeria
Job Description

  • The GED Division is currently accepting applications for State Managers for an anticipated USAID-funded State2State (S2S) activity in Sokoto, Bauchi, and up to 4 additional states in Northern Nigeria.
  • The overall goal of S2S is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene – WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict.
  • The State Manager reports to the Chief of Party at the head office and will have overall responsibility for implementing, monitoring and reporting on technical activities and managing human and financial resources in the assigned state.
  • The State Manager will lead a dedicated team of development specialists to develop, implement and monitor the S2S work plan for their assigned State.
  • Candidate should possess strong management, administrative and communication skills (including report writing).
  • Positions will be based in partner states.
  • State2State builds on and expands the Mission’s currently ongoing Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD, 2009-2017) activity, implemented by RTI.
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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic leadership, technical and managerial direction for the successful implementation of the program in the assigned state.
  • Responsible for the overall performance and results of the program in the partner state, including management and oversight of the program’s technical, operational, and administrative staff.
  • Ensures a high level of communication and close working relationships with the state counterparts.
  • Act as the focal point for the state team with the project HQ. Organize meetings, conference calls and field trips to facilitate the involvement of the technical support team in program development planning and implementation.
  • Track S2S program development and keep the HQ project managers apprised of progress and challenges.
  • Develop weekly briefs for submission to the head office and monthly reports for inclusion in the quarterly report.
  • Liaises regularly with program management team on management and decision-making.
  • Ensures the timely completion of all technical and financial deliverables in accordance with USAID guidelines.
  • Serves as RTI’s liaison with government counterparts, local organizations, and program partners in the target state.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • BA in relevant social or administrative science or equivalent and 10 years of development experience, including at least 5 years experience working to strengthen state and local governments or decentralization in Nigeria.
  • Proven leadership, team building, management and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of management and systems.
  • Strong planning, organization and problem solving skills is required.
  • Ability to work independently, and within team in difficult work environment.
  • Analytical and research skills.
  • Excellent computer knowledge with command on MS Excel among other packages of MS Office is required.
  • Ability to speak the local language strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of state and local government operations, and the ability to work with sub-national institutions to develop and implement project activities.
  • Strong English oral/written communication skills and ability to communicate at multiple levels in the organization is required. This includes demonstrated experience with technical report writing in English.

Remuneration
Position is contingent upon award and funding. Compensation will be based upon RTI’s Nigeria Country Compensation Framework.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

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