team leader


Job Summary

Palladium is currently recruiting to fill the position of a Team Leader.

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Executive level
  • Experience Length: 15 years

Job Description

Project Overview and Role   

  • Palladium is seeking a Team Leader for an upcoming DFID funded programme in Nigeria the programme will focus primarily on Edo State in Nigeria and support coordination of government and non-governmental organizations to reduce the flow of irregular migration from Nigeria”.

The proposed outcomes of the programme are:

  • Improved coordination and quality of State Government response to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking,
  • Improved coordination and quality of NGO response to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking and,
  • Improved understanding of what works to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking. The duration is likely to be 5 years.


  • The Team Leader acts as the central point of leadership for the programme.
  • The Team Leader shall be responsible for representing the programme with a range of external organizations and individuals, including regularly reporting to DFID, maintaining strong working relationships with relevant local entities, other programmes, as well as with corporate Palladium staff.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Developing strong working relationships with the programme’s contact points within DFID and taking the lead on reporting to them (through both formal and informal channels).
  • Maintain relations and represent the programme with the wider DFID country office as needed.
  • Develop strong working relationships with the government of Edo state, relevant stakeholders and institutions, working on anti-trafficking issues and modern-day slavery to better understand migration flows, and drivers of migration in the state and the social and political economy.
  • Develop strong working relationships and a regular dialogue on programme progress and challenges with relevant Palladium staff; including the Project Director, Operational and Technical Managers.
  • Ensuring programme compliance with established Palladium systems and processes.
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with the Technical Director and reach a consensus on the programmes overarching, as well as component specific, technical approach and direction.
  • Represent the programme with an external audience as needed, including with communities of practice and other DFID offices.
  • Manage relationships with the host country government, counterpart agencies, project partners and stakeholders and business partners.
  • Ensure good staff management practices including staff planning, recruitment, onboarding, performance appraisal, and development.
  • Form part of a Nigeria Senior Leadership team led by the Nigeria Palladium Country Director working collaboratively with other Nigeria Senior Leaders in promoting a One Palladium culture and promoting Palladium values in the country.

Project Management:

  • Provide guidance, oversight and quality assurance for all project activities, outputs, and deliverables.
  • Assume overall responsibility for the effective implementation of work plans to ensure delivery is on time, within budget, meets client and stakeholder expectations and is contractually compliant
  • Monitor implementation progress; maintain up to date project logs and registers; work to resolve issues, manages and mitigates risks; and escalate material issues and risks as appropriate.
  • Develop and implement plans for results measurement, monitoring, and evaluation, knowledge management, value for money analysis and communication management.

Financial Management and Administration:

  • Ensure consistent implementation of Company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines, Security Protocols and, where applicable, recommend modifications. 
  • Ensure the project provides and demonstrates good Value for Money.
  • Oversee the preparation and delivery to the Client of budget variations and contract amendments.


Minimum Education and Experience Required:

  • Educated to university degree level or above, preferably holding a Master’s degree
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to represent the project and Palladium to a diverse set of international and national audience.
  • Relevant work experience in managing complex interventions, with some experience doing so in Nigeria.
  • Experience of working on anti-trafficking and modern-day slavery programmes with an ability to demonstrate impact is essential.
  • Experience working with the donor (preferably DFID) funded programmes
  • Strong expertise in building and managing programmatic relationships with high-level stakeholders from government, civil society, and donors 
  • Strong expertise in leading complex programmes, including managing and mentoring senior members of staff
  • Good understanding of modern-day slavery and anti-trafficking issues and the dynamics of federal, state and civil society in Nigeria and particularly in Edo state.
  • Strong experience in managing complex teams.

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