- The State Coordinator will ensure program quality in Yobe state, alignment and collaboration with other states, and implementation in accordance with USAID, FHI 360 and global standards.
- S/he will supervise program implementation and staff for state-based implementation.
- The State Coordinator also will serve as the program’s liaison with key stakeholders, including state officials of the education bureau, administrators and faculty members at select educational institutions, and NGOs.
- S/he will ensure the state program is implemented according to approved work plans, meets scheduled deliverables, and realizes stated goals.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Plan, direct, and coordinate activities to ensure that program goals and objectives are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters.
- Participate in the strategic development of program implementation strategies to achieve the technical objectives of the program.
- Review program implementation tools (cooperative agreement, work plan, budget, performance monitoring plan, program audits, and assessments, etc.) to determine funding, procedures, staffing, technical assistance, and allotment of other resources needed for successful implementation of priority activities.
- Establish work plans, program teams, and standard operating procedures to meet program goals and ensure compliance with federal rules and regulation, FHI 360 policies and procedures, and local laws.
- Identify, and as applicable provide, appropriate guidance and training to managers and staff to achieve program goals. Identify, establish, and maintain partnerships with internal and external stakeholders on program matters.
- Provide leadership to the program team, ensuring clarity regarding program priorities, activities, and timelines, as well as the allocation of resources necessary to achieve program objectives.
- Ensure alignment and coordination with regional activities implemented under the program.
- Oversee the development of the program’s periodic technical and financial reports to USAID and other key stakeholders. Maintain effective and constructive communications about the program and FHI 360.
- Model and encourage effective team-work, especially to enhance the role and effectiveness of program staff members.
- Ensure that all program staff members are fully familiar and operating in accordance with FHI 360’s values, quality standards, policies, and program objectives, as well as their individual responsibilities for upholding these standards and policies.
- Identify, develop, and conclude private sector partnerships in support of the program and its stakeholders, including partnerships and other strategies for realizing a significant cost-share requirement.
- Develop an effective communications strategy and team to manage program reports, marketing materials, and outreach activities. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements
- The successful applicant will have 7 - 9 in managing and implementing education development activities in Nigeria, and specifically in a senior manager position.
- At least three years of experience will be relevant to USAID or other donor-funded development activities.
- Minimum of 3 years in a supervisory role with experience in financial management and reporting. Applicants must demonstrate significant and recent experience in a leadership role on a donor-funded activity relating to education.
- Applicants must have a Degree (graduate Degree preferred) in a relevant field from an accredited university.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Excellent management and communications skills, strong interpersonal skills to ensure internal coherence among diverse team members; and Effective diplomacy and outreach skills to establish and maintain positive working relationships with local governments, local and regional stakeholders, USAID and other donors, and the international community (including other donor-funded programs).
- Ability to travel a minimum of 25%.