Head of Programme Implementation Middle Belt Region

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Job Description/Requirements

We are looking for a Head of Program Implementation for our Middle Belt program currently covering projects run out of our field locations such as Plateau, Nassarawa, Taraba, Benue and Adamawa states. Based in Jos, with frequent travel to other field offices as well as occasional travel to field activity locations, the position will be responsible for all aspects of programmatic, financial and administrative coordination and leadership of the office and various programs. Principle tasks will be to oversee projects in the Middle Belt regional program portfolio as designated by the Country Director. The role will also determine appropriate implementing mechanisms to achieve projectsâ strategic goals, serve as the primary program liaison for donors, partners and stakeholders in the region, oversee regional-level planning and budgeting, and reporting/evaluations, ensuring compliance with management and financial procedures and overseeing and managing security of teams and organizational assets. The position will report to the Country Director, and work closely with the Country Leadership Team and West Africa Regional Team. Working language for this position is English. The Head of Programme Implementation for the middle belt is a Senior level position and is a member of Search Nigeriaâs Leadership and Management Team (LMT). Team Summary  The Program Implementation team has oversight for the implementation of Searchâs programs and projects in its country offices, in accordance with Search and donor policies and procedures. The Program Implementation team works on the full life-cycle of the project, from the start-up phase to the full close-out. This involves designing work plans, implementing activities, reporting, financial management, and staffing management The Program Implementation team collaborates with other departments, including Finance, Institutional Learning, Programs, Global Affairs and Partnerships, Human Resources, and Information Technology 


Oversight of Program Implementation  Leadership of satellite office as a component to the country office Leadership for staffing, operations, and employee development

Contributions Program Implementation: coordinate development of inter-project synergies Reporting: Ensure project reporting is completed according to established timeline and requirements; contribute to country Quarterly Management Report (QMR) Compliance : Monitor internal policy and donor compliance; address serious compliance issues when raised; oversee management of office legal issues and compliance Financial management: Oversee management of office legal issues and compliance; review costed work plans and Budget versus Actuals (BvAs); review budget realignments; enforce finance policies and procedures; ensure program-finance team coordination Subaward management: Ensure subawards are managed according to Search and donor policies; oversee partnerships strategies and selection processes; address and problem solve partnership management issues when raised Personnel management: Supervise Managers Support Managers' capacity building in people management Monitor team management and address management issues Participate in Manager-level recruitments Ensure Development and Evaluation Process (DEP) is followed by all Managers Develop office staffing plans Support adherence to HR policies and processes in their office External engagement: Lead coordination and partnership building with International and National Non-Governmental Organizations (I/NGOs) Represent Search at national and international events as delegated by the Country Director Program management, quality, and project design : Ensure program quality, reflection, and learning initiatives take place in coordination with Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) team Participate in new project design Participate in proposal review teams Review new project budgets Operations: Member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) Provide inputs to strategy development and planning Contribute to country Objectives and Key Results (OKR) development Manage and oversee compliance with donor regulations and local law. Make sure we are registered where we need to be and we have all legal authorization and access Inform adaptation of operations and logistics systems to fit the needs of the office Ensure systems can support quality program implementation Ensure program team follows system structures/policies Ensure safety and security protocols are in place and followed Management of the operational presence of country team Infuses organizational values into all work

Competency Behavior Indicators (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

Works collaboratively with senior managers and colleagues sharing senior expertise; builds teams for successful implementation of projects and programs. Effectively influences vendors, organizations, professional associations, partners, funders, and Search's network of experts critical to the area of purview. Makes decisions on existing information when it may not be complete. Adapts to the personal style and preferences of colleagues to assess their needs and preferences; tolerates ambiguity. Articulates Search/function program/project goals and objectives within and external to Search; develops program objectives, indicators, and results; and participates in strategy development for the team. Provides input for standards across functions globally within Shared Services teams with the ability to create a best fit that considers international norms and compliance while supporting an organizational culture for work. Overcomes obstacles, including personal biases, by following Search's ethics code in complex situations; displayed in activities as ethical principles and values that guide professional interactions. Assesses risks and opportunities in a complex environment and convenes discussions to lead to a favorable outcome. Establishes tools to monitor quality of work and verification of information. Has knowledge of project management tools including technology as resources and applies delegation skills to support the development of others, as well as the building of efficiency and reduction of stress. Supports employees in their efforts to achieve job goals (, by providing resources, removing obstacles, acting as a buffer). Engages with Shared Services teams, cross-functional teams, and colleagues to produce innovative solutions. Uses analysis (costs, benefits, risks) to manage within a global standards and best practices framework. Guides colleagues, Shared Services teams, cross-functional teams, and direct reports toward learning resources for purposes of broadening skill sets and understanding for continued growth in both breadth and depth of knowledge for organizational functions, standards, and objectives.

Type and Nature of Contacts

Routinely coordinates with colleagues and consultants on-site and in the field and resolves problem situations with tact. Represents, as assigned, selected programs or projects and other organizations, including donors, vendors, and international and local partners. Interacts with the country office and regional staff. 

Education and Experience

Typically BS/BA with minimum 10 yearsâ experience

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Usual office environment conditions; ability to travel internationally at least 20%.

Supervisory and Budget Responsibility

Typically manages one or more direct reports and/or consultants and/or manages one or more functional areas. Search is an equal employment employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

â¦800,000 - â¦1,000,000 a monthThis is a Senior Manager RoleTo apply:Interested candidates should send the following to our Current resume Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation)Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications received after the 18th of September 2024 may not be considered.

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