Programme Manager - Abeokuta, Nigeria

  • Posted on 13 February 2020

Job Description

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: Abeokuta, Nigeria

Commencement: March 2020


In 2015, the UK government created a new Cross-Government Prosperity Fund in order to help promote economic growth in emerging economies. The Global Future Cities Programme (GFCP) is a specific component of the Prosperity Fund which aims to carry out targeted interventions to encourage sustainable urban development and increase prosperity whilst alleviating high levels of urban poverty.

The Global Future Cities Programme builds upon three integrated pillars that will address key barriers to prosperity, in selected cities:

▍ Urban planning – technical assistance for spatial restructuring

▍ Transportation – technical assistance to support cities to develop integrated transport systems

▍ Resilience – technical assistance to develop strategies to address the impact of climate change and ensure development is sustainable

The Global Future Cities Prosperity Fund programme in Nigeria covers two cities: Lagos and Abeokuta, with four projects having been identified:

▍ Guidelines for Urban Renewal Programmes in Lagos

▍ Feasibility Study for the development of water transport in Lagos

▍ Preparation of a Master Plan & Guidelines for Urban Renewal in Abeokuta

▍ Preparation of a Public Transport Policy for Abeokuta

The first intervention aims to provide technical assistance to the development of a Master Plan for greater Abeokuta, including a framework guiding urban renewal projects and upgrading informal settlements.

About the role

ASI is looking to recruit a Programme Manager to support the delivery of Future Cities Nigeria (FCN). The Programme Manager is an integral part of the FCN’s project management team. The Manager will deliver on responsibilities (outlined below) by working collaboratively with the FCN Project Management Unit and Abeokuta Urban Master Plan team.

They will be responsible for the development and implementation of operational aspects of the Abeokuta urban programme, particularly those concerning the facilitation of project development work. This will include managing consortium partners, commissioning technical specialists and; quality assuring the outputs produced and recommendations made to government partners.

Day-to-day responsibilities of the Programme Manager are expected to include:

▎ Facilitating the implementation of the strategic vision articulated by the Team Leader, Intervention Lead and donor partners;

▎ Overseeing government engagement and programme implementation activities, and facilitating the engagement of consortium partners to support key programme activities;

▎ Acting as member of the programme’s Senior Management Team, taking decisions on programme strategy, approval of spending on projects and resource planning;

▎ Providing financial oversight of Abeokuta urban intervention including maintenance of a resource burn-rate, an accurate financial forecast and provision of other management reports;

▎ Working with the senior programme staff to prepare annual/quarterly work plans;

▎ Coordinating cross-cutting staff to support effective implementation of the Abeokuta urban intervention;

▎ Providing project support to specialists and consultants (including quality assurance); and

▎ Assisting in the implementation of the M&E system.

The Programme Manager requires the following experience, skills and qualifications:

▎ Relevant post-graduate qualifications (Economics, Law, Public Policy, Urban Development);

▎ 5+ years’ experience leading and managing the implementation of programmes in complex development settings;

▎ Highly developed programme management and planning skills;

▎ Knowledge of M&E systems for UK-Gov funded programmes;

▎ Proven capability in seeking and implementing creative and innovative solutions to challenges;

▎ Proven experience leading and managing teams of senior-level specialists;

▎ Successful experience working within culturally and politically diverse institutions;

▎ Excellent stakeholder engagement, communication, and relationship management skills;

▎ Knowledge and experience in working with the institutional structures and key stakeholders in the infrastructure sector; and

▎ Knowledge and understanding of UK-Gov aid policies and strategies would be advantageous.

How to apply

Expressions of interest for the position can be emailed to Applications should include a CV of no more than 3-pages and a short covering letter.

Deadline for applications will be COB Thursday 27th February 2020.

Shortlisted applicants only will be contacted.

About the Organization

About us Adam Smith International is an award-winning professional services business that delivers real impact, value and lasting change through projects supporting economic growth and government reform internationally. We specialise in the design, management and delivery of complex projects. Our wide-ranging experience is grouped into two areas: Economic Growth and Government Reform. Economic Growth includes services in Private Sector Development, Infrastructure Development, Extractive Industries Governance and Climate Change. Government Reform includes services in Public Administration Reform, Justice, Security and Peace-building, Revenue Reform, Public Financial Management, Education Development, and Civil Society and Demand-Side Accountability. Often working in challenging environments and conflict affected areas, we have a proven track record for achieving tangible results.

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