Monday, 17 April 2017

Local Economic Development Manager at Adam Smith International

ASI’s regional office for West Africa is located in Abuja and there is a substantial presence across the northern states. 18 ASI Managers, 100 other staff and over 200 Associates work in Nigeria where we deliver projects for DFID, EU and the World Bank. Our in-country positioning allows us to be as close to our clients as possible and to leverage existing platforms and networks to deliver high quality programmes.Local Economic Development Manager at Adam Smith International

We also operate a shared-operations function in Nigeria which is responsible for security, operations and logistics across the programme portfolio.

Job Title: Local Economic Development (LED) Manager

Location: Kano

Youth Skills & Employment programme - Kano, Northern Nigeria
  • Increasing economic opportunities for 60,000+ marginalised youth in northern Nigeria
  • Complete responsibility for the local economic development component of the program
  • Formulate policy, business development services and access to finance for beneficiaries
The Local Economic Development (LED) Manager will have overall responsibility for the LED component of the MAFITA programme, supporting Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) to create growth and employment opportunities for MAFITA supported youth.
The LED Manager will formulate and implement state policies and strategies for MSE support and job creation, and provision of quality business development services (BDS) and access to finance (A2F) to MAFITA’s beneficiaries.
The LED Manager will also provide support to the Community Skills Development Centres and Apprenticeship interventions.

MAFITA is a large, six year, youth employment program operating in Nigeria’s northern states.
Through a combination of innovative skills development and job creation interventions, MAFITA will support over 60,000 marginalised young people to find employment or become entrepreneurs by 2021.

MAFITA is a flagship youth employment project for DFID and Adam Smith International. We are seeking an exceptional full-time Local Economy Development (LED) Manager to join the team from June 2017 and play a key role in delivering this exciting programme.

For information on MAFITA’s activities please visit

LED Responsibilities
  • Support state governments in the implementation of MSE support and job creation policies and strategies
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of effective business development services for MSEs and new start-up entrepreneurs
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of effective and affordable financial services for MSEs and new entrepreneurs
  • Facilitate the establishment of an effective broker system at selected trade associations for provision of BDS and financial services to members and new start-ups
  • Support the establishment of BDS and financial services at COSDEC support centers
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of a sustainable job creation strategy for MAFITA

Duration and Location
This is a full time position, commencing June 2017 with an expected commitment of at least two years. The LED Manager will be based in the Kano with some travel to the focal states and Abuja.
Required Skills
  • A demonstrated track record in a field relevant to the duties and accountabilities of the position
  • Experience in international development for a consultancy firm, development agency or NGO
  • Strong technical experience in the following areas (experience in more than one area is desirable):
    • Local Economic Development
    • Youth employment / empowerment
    • Job creation
    • Value chains and market systems development
  • Experience in designing and managing project-centred monitoring and evaluation work
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of Hausa is desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communications and writing skills
  • Preferably experience living and working in Nigeria or elsewhere in Africa
  • An undergraduate (and preferably postgraduate) degree in a relevant field

Living and working in northern Nigeria
MAFITA is a close-knit team of over 30 full-time Nigerian and international team members, most of them based in the project’s Kano headquarters. Kano is Nigeria’s second biggest city with a history of over 1000 years. Reminders of its past can be found in the old city with its UNESCO World Heritage city wall and traditional indigo dye pits.
Recent news headlines have brought the attention of the general public to the spill-overs from the fading Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria or the on-going clashes between Muslim and Christian in the middle belt. While there is a heightened security alert and movement outside of Kano can sometimes be restricted, daily life in Kano is re-awakening.
Leisure offers include a good selection of Indian, Chinese, Lebanese and local restaurants and bars, West Africa’s oldest golf course, one of Africa’s best football teams, polo, football pitches, quirky markets and a modern mall with a movie theatre and a well-equipped South African grocery store.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should;
Click here to apply

Only candidates who can show evidence of the selection criteria above will be considered

Applications Deadline Date 
28th April, 2017.

Expected start date – June 2017


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