Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Team Leader - MultiSector Crisis Recovery Project at Crown Agents

Crown Agents is a high impact not-for-profit social enterprise. We improve public services and drive economic growth in countries around the world. Our expertise is finding new solutions to intractable problems for clients in the areas of health, governance, economic growth, humanitarian action, stabilisation and supply chain services. We work with leaders at local, national and international level to achieve change, drawing on our insight and experience. We reinvest our profits into further transformation.Team Leader - MultiSector Crisis Recovery Project at Crown Agents

Our humanitarian and stabilisation team have a track record of delivering benefits for governments and their people in some of the most challenging operating environments in the world. We provide a holistic package of support to governments managing protracted crises including rapid response, public financial management, basic service delivery, end-to-end supply chain solutions and training. We can work with existing structures and institutions to ensure that funding for the region is managed effectively, delivers value and is accounted for in a transparent manner - no matter whether the source of funding is from Government revenues, development bank lending or other donors’ grants.

Crown Agents has been working with partners in Nigeria for more than a century. We are looking to establish a new portfolio of humanitarian and stabilisation programmes in the north-east of the country. This would be part of the overall international effort to respond to the crisis through peace building and reconstruction.

Job Title: Team Leader - MultiSector Crisis Recovery Project

Location: Nigeria

About the Job
The Government of Nigeria and international community are responding simultaneously to the urgent humanitarian needs alongside the longer-term reconstruction efforts. The World Bank approved a $200m Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP) in March 2017. Part of this funding will be used to contract a Programme Management Consultancy (PMC) team to build capacity and oversee the effective delivery of the reconstruction. This team leader position would be responsible for the effective management of the PMC team and its objectives, and will report to a Project Director in Crown Agents HQ (based in London) as well as having a close relationship with Crown Agents’ Country Director in Abuja. The role is subject to a successful bid by the consortium.

Responsibilities of role (subject to change pending publication of TOR)

During the bid phase (expected 2018):
· Attend design workshop in Abuja and help create a winning solution (if recruited in time)
· Support bid development, including by peer reviewing the bid (and support bid development)
· Participate in discussions with donors/stakeholders, if required, during the bidding process

If bid is successful (approx. mid-2018 to mid-2023):
· Leadership, management and oversight:
Provide leadership, coordination and strategic direction setting for the full MCRP programme and additional projects subsequently secured;
o Lead, line manage and coordinate a team of technical advisors to develop and enhance the program's implementation plan and standards;
o Manage strategic relationships with the Government of Nigeria, federal institutions, state-level governments, the World Bank, other donors, civil society, media, business partners and consortium members;
o Secure and maintain high-level political engagement and support; and
o Membership of the project Steering Committee.
· Deliver the objectives of the PMC to a high standard:
o Ensure that the project team is providing high quality advice on procurement, programme management, financial management and contract management to PCNI, state-level PCUs and other people/institutions as required;
o Oversight of high-quality capacity building of the BAY states, state-level project coordination units, federal institutions and other people / organisaitons as required;
o Monitor and mitigate risks of the PCM functions, and take decisions that are conflict and gender sensitive;
o Oversight of security of staff contracted to the PCM; and
o Oversight of external communication, including a strong social media presence.
· Excel at managing the finances and performance of the project and reporting to the customers as required:
o Overall management of resources allocated to the project;
o Monitor and ensure performance of the programme and ensure that all milestones are met according to World Bank / Government requirements, develop mitigation plans to reduce setbacks and take corrective actions to remedy any deviation from work plans;
o Account and report to the World Bank / Government as required on programme performance; and
o Promote networking and knowledge sharing amongst key stakeholders and programme work streams.
· Support business development for the consortium:
o Identify opportunities for the consortium to leverage this project and secure further business in the region;
o Liaise with the Crown Agents’ representative in Maiduguri (and other consortium partners’ representatives) as necessary on business development; and
o Support any further bids by the consortium through technical advice and communications.

About you

Significant relevant professional experience, which includes:
o Managing large development programmes and delivering results in conflict and humanitarian contexts;
o Leading and managing a diverse team; and
o A track-record of improving the skills and abilities of others.
· Sound experience in project cycle management, and especially in responding to and adapting to M&E findings;
· Results orientated and commitment to accountability and value for money;
· Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with governments, donors, the private sector and civil society organisations;
· Excellent communication (written and oral), reporting and presentation skills; and
· Fluent in English.

Experience of:

o Working in or on Nigeria, and particularly the BAY states;
o Managing World Bank funded projects;
o Managing programmes in any of the following sectors: social service delivery, infrastructure, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, community development;
o Business development in international development; and
o A relevant postgraduate qualification to the programme.

Location Details:
Given that programme activities are focused on support to the administrations of the three north-eastern Nigerian states, then it is anticipated that the PMC will need to have a physical presence in the north-east (most likely Maiduguri). This will be subject to security conditions. The successful teamleader must either be willing to locate themselves in the north-east or to spend the majority of their time in the north-eastern states. Travel to all three states is a core expectation of the job.

Preference may be given to candidates willing to be based in Maiduguri (with travel to Abuja and other parts of NE Nigeria when security permits). Candidates based elsewhere in Nigeria must be willing to spend the majority of their time in the BAY states when security permits. This is an essential minimum standard. Please state in your application form your willingness to be based Maiduguri and travel to other parts of the BAY states.

How to apply
Interested candidates should;
Click here to apply

Application Deadline Date
Not stated


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