Deputy team leader - propcom

Palladium Group

Job Summary

S/he will be responsible for managing and coordinating the Technical Delivery of the Programme.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description

Project Overview and Role   

  • Propcom Mai-Karfi is a DFID programme aimed at increasing incomes for the poor in Northern Nigeria through enhanced employment opportunities for increased employment and improved productivity in selected agricultural market systems in northern Nigeria.
  • It now has a three-year extension to work in a reduced number of states from mid-2018 which now will focus in: Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi and Taraba, Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa states. Propcom Mai-karfi seeks to hire a dynamic Deputy Team Leader for the below role:


  • The Deputy Team Leader will be a part of the Senior Management team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Strategic And Operational Planning:
  • Supports in the preparation of the annual strategic plans; technical and operational work plans and budgets; staffing plans; performance  improvement plans and other plans as required;
  • Accountable for the successful implementation of market development activities through the effective leadership and management  of the key Technical staff.

Programme Management:   

  • Support in identifying potential new activities for the project, work with the Team Leader to drive forward innovative ideas in the project
  • Monitor implementation  progress;  works to resolve issues,  manage and mitigates risk;  and escalates material  issues and risks as appropriate

Project Specific

  • Contribute to the overall leadership of the programme as part of the senior management team,
  • Support the Team Leader in providing leadership and guidance to the market group as a whole Ensure the ongoing professional  development  of Market Section  Managers, particularly in relation to business consulting skills and deal-making.

Performance Management, Training & Mentoring:

  • Contribute to training needs assessment of market group team, developing and implementing performance improvement plans and on-the-job-training where appropriate.

Monitoring, Evidence & Learning:

  • Provide timely and accurate reporting on market development activities, based on evidence of PM’s impact which also  promotes  learning across the Team and with wider stakeholders.

Market Development:

  • Oversee and quality assure market development  activities to maximise impact, identify new sub-sectors for PM investment as necessary,
  • Provide technical guidance to the Technical Team to ensure results are achieved.

Key Competencies and Professional Expertise Required:

  • Successful track record in delivery of complex programmes,
  • Excellent leadership,  representation  and organizational skills,
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills,
  • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse financial  / business reports and
  • Excellent English language communication  skills and ability to work collaboratively across technical disciplines.

Essential qualifications:

  • A minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience in agricultural, livestock and rural development, this experience can include working for an agribusiness, 
  • Demonstrable experience delivering agricultural M4P programming,
  • Relevant experience delivering development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa,
  • Work experience in W. Africa and specifically Nigeria is preferred and
  • A demonstrated understanding of Climate Smart Agriculture is preferred.

Desirable Attributes:

  • Fluency in speaking and understanding Hausa is desirable,
  • Recently work in a DFID Funded Programme and
  • Experience, held key management staff member on a large agriculture development programme.

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