LGA Managers at Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) – 4 Openings, Adamawa, Bauchi, Ebonyi and Gombe State.


Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries.

Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: LGA Manager

Locations: Adamawa, Bauchi, Ebonyi and Gombe
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: January 2021 – August 6, 2025

Background

  • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by:
    • Strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]);
    • Increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary)
  • State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally-derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

Position Objectives

  • The LGA Managers oversee and implements all aspects of State2State at the LGA Level. They will individually provide support to their respective State Lead activities and ensure relevant LGA interventions within the state.

Responsibilities

  • The LGA Managers will be responsible to provide strategic leadership for the LGA level engagement activities and, effective management of reform support with local government representatives and community level stakeholders.
  • LGA Managers will be responsible for: delivering support for improved governance and service delivery within the local government;
  • Maintaining strategic relationships with government counterparts and other relevant stakeholders, including local government, civil society and development partners;
  • Taking overall responsibility for operation and technical delivery of LGA activities whilst ensuring governance improvements are owned and delivered by the state governments under their own agenda; engaging local partners in setting sector and budget priorities and strengthening LGA budgeting and planning procedures while adapting existing citizen guides to the budget and co-create CSO grants to raise budget literacy;
  • Applying a Do No Harm approach, work with local partners to mitigate the potential for conflict by using grants to forge partnerships between state and LGA institutions and CSOs to support participatory mechanisms for dialogue on budget priorities; provide training and mentoring to LGA finance and administration staff on developing systems for more rigorous controls on LGA expenditures;
  • Focus on tracking improvements at the state and LGA levels in all areas of governance including auditing, budgeting and planning, and procurement processes as well as the ability to address conflict;
  • Provide M&E support at both the state and LGA levels including establishing KPIs that flow down to the LGA level on health, education, and WASH facilities.
  • Reporting: The LGA Managers will report to the State Lead and will coordinate closely with the MEL Director on M&E matters.
  • Line Management: The LGA Managers will supervise the LGA Coordinators.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field such as Social Sciences, Law, Development Studies, etc. However, two (2) additional years of relevant international development experience can be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least nine (9) years of demonstrated experience in the successful implementation of international development activities, with preference given to democracy and governance activities under a USG
  • instrument, related to technical area of the position.
  • Experience of leading successful reform interventions and evidence of good working relations with relevant local, ward, and state-level governments and other key stakeholders;
  • An ability to manage relationships and a sound understanding of institutional change in complex environments;
  • An excellent understanding of financial and technical delivery, monitoring and evaluation of program impact and reporting against results;
  • Prior experience in overseeing the awarding and managing grants to local organizations to promote democracy and governance goals preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Application Closing Date
20th November, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: NigeriaGovernance@dai.com using the Job Title and Location as the subject of the mail.

Note: Applications from women, people with disability and young people who meet the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.

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