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Bridge Program Assistant at Skills Outside School Foundation

Head of Interventions at Skills Outside School Foundation

The Skills Outside School Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation registered as in IT (70340) in June 2014 at the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria and a Company Limited by Guarantee (09365183) at the Companies House, UK.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience: 1 – 3 years
  • Location: Abuja
  • Job Field: NGO/Non-Profit  , Project Management 

The Skills Outside School Foundation (SOSF) is the leading pan-African education, entrepreneurship (social & commercial), and employability organization, with data, interventions, and advocacy as pillars. We believe that through lifelong learning and development, people can be equipped with the right education (mindset, competence, and tools) tbe productive whether they choose the path of entrepreneurship or employability.

We are recruiting tfill the position below:


The Program Assistant oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of the Skills Outside School Foundations’ ongoing Bridge Program including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the program activities.

The officer alsworks with other interventions team members tdeploy their programs led by SOSF and/or partners.


The SOSF Bridge Program Assistant will perform a wide range of duties as outlined below:

  • Map, drive and close partnerships with organizations that align with the Bridge program mandate.
  • Liaise with the finance team tplan expenditure for the Bridge program.
  • Develop, implement and update the project management plan and budget.
  • Develop, update, implement and manage overall program management plan and budget and ensure that SOSF Bridge operates within the approved budget.
  • Lead research, development and preparation of grants proposals and fundraising for Bridge program.
  • Maintain positive relationships with fund providers and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain records and submit reports related tgrant opportunities.
  • Ensure documentation required for monitoring and evaluation and other program documentation is tracked; retrieved; administered and stored appropriately. Ensure any mentor-mentee re-allocations occur in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate the Bridge Skills and Career Club mentoring engagements between the teacher trainers, mentors and the participants.
  • Respond tthe specific needs of the students and mentors as required.
  • Onboard new mentors; screen all new professional mentors ensuring that they receive the starter pack and are offered sufficient training on child safety and project expectations; manage communication with mentors; and send regular curated content tmentors.
  • Coordinate the weekly and regular SOSF ambassadors’ initiatives.
  • Develop and implement stakeholder engagement strategy and plans.
  • Update the partner schools on program milestones and liaise with the partner schools on all matters.
  • Communicate with partners/sponsors and other stakeholders tunderstand how the delivery of the Bridge Skills and Career Club can be enhanced.
  • Lead and coordinate the teacher training before the commencement of the Bridge Skills and Career Club in any partner school. Conduct refresher training and deliver M&E assessment tthem.
  • Monitor the program activities on a regular basis and conduct a quarterly evaluation according tthe program evaluation framework.
  • Provide the necessary information tthe Media and Communication’s team for appropriate and targeted social media updates on the Foundations activities in relation tthe program.
  • Develop and lead program expansion plan intnew states for implementation and seek relevant internal approvals including management and board.
  • Provide regular reports tmanagement and the board.
  • Liaise with HR/Admin team trecruit Field Officers across all implementing states.
  • Provide guidance tOperational Partners on educational contents, processes and materials
  • Attend relevant conferences, seminar and fora tkeep abreast of new developments relevant tthe bridge program, build new partnerships & relationships etc.
  • Manage parents/guardians as key stakeholders of the bridge program beneficiaries
  • Manage alumni relationships through the SOSF bridge ambassadors connect
  • Provide guidance tOperational Partners on educational contents, processes and materials
  • Analyse capacity problems and conduct and facilitate training tbuild capacity of Operational and strategic Partners or stakeholders
  • Engage governments tsecure approvals, permits and strategic relationships in program implementation and sustainability post intervention
  • Source, onboard and manage volunteers and consultants working with the admin and HR team tsupport program implementation
  • Conduct regular field monitoring visits and provide technical support tOperational Partners
  • Support data and research team in setting up, designing, implementing and sustainability relevant monitoring and evaluation frameworks, plans and tools
  • Develop and regularly update curriculum, delivery plans, training manuals, assessments, materials, resources in line with M&E results, best practices, and emerging trends, as required for the SOS bridge program
  • Ensure internal and external communications about program benefits, progress and outcomes suit audience and are timely
  • Drive thought leadership through webinars articles reports etc leveraging on program outcomes, lessons learnt, and key recommendations
  • Engage in continuous advocacy with key stakeholders tensure program outcomes are met and institutionalized
  • Anticipate, track and document program risks and issues, communicating them tstakeholders and internally whilst, taking action tresolve them.
  • Maintain relationships with key stakeholders tfulfill SOSFs objectives, representing SOSF at external events and on media platforms as necessary.


Education and Experience

You possess the following:

  • University Degree in Project Management, Business Administration / Management, or a related field of study.
  • Experience working in the education sector or education-related sector is a plus.
  • Business management/administration, Grant writing/ Fundraising, or otherwise experience is a plus.
  • 2-3 Years of project management expertise is required.
  • Basic knowledge of grant writing and fund raising is required.


  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Proficiency in the use of computers for
  • Word processing
  • Basic accounting
  • Databases
  • Spreadsheets
  • E-mail
  • Internet
  • Google Docs, Sky Drive, DropBox
  • Strong strategic, analytical, and project management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication specifically report writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability ttake responsibility for a diverse number of projects and tcomplete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
  • Ability twork under pressure
  • Ability tsolve problems
  • Strong leadership ability
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Experience in designing and holding ToT training
  • Experience in curriculum development, teaching, and assessment
  • Proven track record of coordinating projects involving different stakeholders


At SOSF, we value diversity and inclusion – in backgrounds, and experiences and alsencourage a gender Friendly work Environment. We offer:

Paid Time off (PTO) which includes;

  • Sick (sick leave based on the duration of sickness after a verified Doctor’s report)
  • Exam (A Maximum of 1-week paid examination leave annually)
  • Annual (25 days for full-time staff and 20 days for contract staff)
  • Maternity (3 months for confirmed female staff)
  • Paternity leave (5 working days for male employees)
  • Group continuous Learning and Development: As part of our commitment torganizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant tthe communities they serve, we expect all team members tcommit 5% of their time tlearning activities that benefit Skills outside foundation as well as themselves. The team has a learning and development WhatsApp group where all posts are shared.
  • External Engagement policy: SOSF Encourages people thave other external engagements outside SOSF which support the vision and mission of the organization as well as their interests.
  • A flexible working structure that entails a 90% Remote and 10% Physical work structure.
  • SOSF has an excellent career growth pathway for its staff through its 2-promotion cycle in a year.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to: [email protected] using the position as subject of email.

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