Programme Manager - Stamping out Slavery - Nigeria

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 10 September 2019

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. Stamping out Slavery in Nigeria (SoSiN) is a 4-year DFID Nigeria programme which aims to change or reduce the behaviours, attitudes, and social norms in Edo State that drive or enable human trafficking.

The project seeks to achieve the impact that more effective Government and non-Government institutions reduce the drivers and enablers of unsafe migration and trafficking through three components:

  • Strengthened Edo State Government response to preventing unsafe migration and human trafficking: more effective and innovative use of resources - human, financial, physical, political and network assets - supports a ‘whole of government’ approach to preventing unsafe migration and human trafficking through social and attitudinal change;
  • Improved coordination, innovation and quality of NGO response to preventing unsafe migration and human trafficking: better coordinated and more effective civil society tackling the drivers and enablers of human trafficking;
  • A stronger evidence base for action in anti-slavery prevention, with learning platforms operating and informing policy and interventions: the use of evidence and sharing of best practices becomes embedded in ways of working, to deliver improved performance not only in Nigeria, but globally.

The Programme Manager’s primary responsibilities will include leadership of Component 2, Innovation & Grants Facility (IGF), as well as the management CSO engagement and support MEL manger in coordination of research and learning . This will include:

  • Leading and coordinating IGF competition, design and execution, award partner relationship management, compliance and reporting, and coordination of service delivery.
  • Working closely with the Finance & Operations and MEL Managers, as well as partner organizations, to:
    • oversee the IGF local grant officers monitoring grantees who will deliver activities and research services
    • Build the capacity of local NGOs and CSOs that are recipients of SOSiN grants and funding. He/she will also play an integral role in codifying SOSIN best practices for innovation from grants and challenge fund awards to partners delivering preventative human trafficking intervention. Core Responsibilities will include:


Capacity Building

  • Lead the development of capacity building framework and plan for CSOs /fund recipients including delivering training guidelines as required, supporting process of continuous improvement to strengthen CSO capacity and capability to take innovation to scale.
  • Train, supervise and coach team and partners with regards to grants management.
  • Provide information to grantees on reporting requirements and direct technical support to potential local NGO partners and grantees;
  • Work closely with the Finance & Operations Manager to ensure continual improvement of the granting process.
  • Assist short-listed applicants to refine their application working in coordination with technical team colleagues to develop a technically sound approach.
  • Work closely with the Finance & Operations Manager to ensure accurate forecasting of activities ensuring responsibility for keeping forecast variance within client tolerance limits for component.
  • Working with the Team Leader to effectively manage risks and ensure that they are reported monitored and mitigated for within delivery area.
  • Work collaboratively with the entire implementation team and partners to ensure effective delivery to client requirements.
  • Other duties as required by Team Leader.

The Programme Manager will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Managing and administering grants
  • Extensive experience working on large donor-funded programs in a grants management role;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DFID rules and regulations and experience working across the following operational disciplines: budget management, project management, procurement, contracts, subcontracting, human resources and general operations and administrative management;
  • Strong experience designing programme management systems and procedures for donor-funded programs;
  • Experience managing and prioritizing a high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines;
  • Experience in proactively identifying and addressing issues that arise in field office finance, administration and operations, and reporting issues to Senior Management;
  • Experience in providing training and mentoring/coaching;
  • Excellent presentation, communication and analytical skills;
  • Strong leadership and management skills;
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken);
  • MEL skills and experience working with results frameworks and supporting monitoring reporting is desirable; and
  • Ability to build strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

About the Organization

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations.


Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars: • International Development • Strategy Execution Consulting • Impact Investment • Training and Events We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

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