Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), Nigeria Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 March 2020

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Chief of Party, the DCOP is responsible for helping the COP to meet the project’s technical objectives, manage financial resources, manage program staff, manage partnering agreements, maintain good working relationships with host government officials and local partners, manage donor reporting and ensure a high-quality delivery of services. This is a local position and is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Under the guidance of the COP, ensure high-quality technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements
  • Participate in the technical and programmatic design of award and partner programs; represent Pact in negotiating with donors and partners
  • Help manage project planning, including the production of annual workplans; help guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results, and review and approve annual budgets and quarterly reports
  • Support the implementation of a highly adaptive, context-driven programmatic approach
  • Ensure a responsive and innovative approach to developing the capacity of civil society organizations and other civic actors
  • Ensure the cost-effective use of Pact resources
  • Ensure compliance with HQ and donor requirements, policies, and regulations.
  • Under the guidance of the COP, act as liaison to relevant donors and the local government
  • As relevant, manage all local grantmaking mechanisms, ensuring compliance with donor regulations and Pact policy; coordinate and/or conduct monitoring visits to grantee programs.
  • Provide training and mentoring to partners to strengthen capacity for technical service delivery and compliance with donor rules and regulations
  • Under the guidance of the COP, help recruit and directly supervise local project staff in line with Pact HR policies; Oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where Pact’s values are practiced

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as social sciences, law, and development studies etc.
  • At least eight (8) years demonstrated experience in the successful implementation of international development activities, with preference given to democracy and governance activities —three (3) years of which shall have been in senior program management including direct supervision of professional and support staff.
  • Prior experience in policy advocacy, government monitoring and oversight, or in capacity development.
  • In-depth understanding of the role of civil society in development and experience in building capacity for civil society organizations and networks/coalition strengthening.
  • Prior experience in awarding and managing grants to local organizations to promote democracy and governance goals.
  • Must be tolerant, respectful, and sensitive to Nigeria’s culture.
  • Specialized Knowledge/Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Nigeria experience mandatory.



Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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