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Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 15 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Creative Associates International has been working in Nigeria for more than a decade to support development programs throughout the country.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Chief of Party
Location: 
Northern Nigeria
Project Duration: 5 Years
Position Summary

  • Creative Associates seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Nigeria.
  • The COP ensures compliance with all terms of the project contract and all relevant USAID and USG rules and regulations.
  • The COP will also take the lead in coordinating with USAID, the Government of Nigeria – federal and state-level – and other implementing partners.
  • The COP will be responsible for the strategic and technical leadership and in-country management of the project.
  • S/he will oversee the long-term expatriate and local staff and short-term experts in achieving project results.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • This position reports to the Project Director at headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manages and is responsible for strategic, technical and financial performance of the project;
  • Provides leadership, and oversight of all administrative matters;
  • Oversees project monitoring and evaluation activities and ensures that project results are met;
  • Supervises development and submission of project deliverables and provides timely and accurate reporting and briefings to USG/Stakeholders on all program areas;
  • Oversees implementation of Creative’s security protocols and provides leadership in handling security-related issues;
  • Responsible for managing the project’s relationships with federal and national level organizations and coordinating relationships with state, and local counterparts, with project State Governance Directors.
  • Oversees implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities, and ensures that project results and targets are met;
  • Ensures technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out according to Creative’s policies and procedures and consistent with USAID regulations;
  • Works in partnership with the Project Director, engaging in frequent, routine communication with the Home Office around the project’s progress and potential issues;
  • Develops and implements Results Framework/Logical Framework, and work plans for project activities;
  • Manages project team in a manner that is open and respectful and encourages professional development, and solicits constructive staff input.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Minimum of Master’s degree from an accredited university in Public Administration, Public Financial Management, Economics, Public Policy or a relevant field is required;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience working on public administration and governance programs;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge establishing systems and rapid start-up of analytical studies and surveys;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing managing and working with effective host country teams. Experience in hiring and supervising host country staff and ensuring they have the necessary training and skills to meet program needs;
  • Financial management experience, including budgeting, financial management (tracking, reporting, and accounting) and procurement;
  • Experience with project design and implementation;
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic development and managing to achieve strategic results;
  • Experience working in Sub-Sahara Africa, which experience working in Nigeria strongly preferred;
  • Prior experience implementing large USG programs with a Contractor or international NGO with demonstrated supervisory experience and in remote or distance management;
  • Past representational experience with host governments, other donors, and civil society and demonstrated success with inter-agency coordination and joint programming; and
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Knowledge of state government reform efforts in Nigeria;
  • Understanding of and ability to implement findings of political economy analysis;
  • Proficiency in Hausa is preferred; and
  • Experience engaging women and marginalized groups to ensure their inclusion.
  • Experience working on programs related to good governance, public financial management, government service delivery, citizen engagement, and/or conflict mitigation;


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

 

Job Title: State Governance Director
Requisition Number: 17-0304
Location: Sokoto
Project Duration: 5 years
Position Summary

  • Creative Associates seeks a Governance Director – Sokoto State for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Nigeria.
  • The Governance Director serves as the state director of all project programs, provides technical leadership, engages with state and local government leaders for monitoring and responding to opportunities for institutional reform; and manages the State Project Office staff and technical advisors.
  • He/she will serve as a member of the project leadership team, working closely with counterparts in other states and facilitating knowledge transfer between state offices and with Nigerian federal officials.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The State Governance Director – Sokoto reports to the Chief of Party.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist state governments to develop strategic approaches for improving governance of state operations, including improvements in public financial management, improvements in service delivery, generation of internal funding and communication with citizens;
  • Support state governments to facilitate interaction, collaboration, and collective action between diverse stakeholders and leverage stakeholder networks to develop strategies advocating citizen priorities;
  • Support state government efforts to engage women, youth, and excluded groups in public and political dialogue, and electoral campaigns;
  • Monitor and document all implementation activities, document successes, challenges, and lessons learned and share them with through regular program reports; and
  • Deliver presentations on program objectives and achievements to implementing partners, civil society organizations, government officials, donor, and other organizations.
  • Assist state governments in identifying and then providing a broad range of technical assistance and capacity development to achieve strategic governance objectives. Support state governments to facilitate public dialogue on governance and civic engagement between government and non-governmental actors through technical assistance to local civil society organizations;
  • Monitor the progress of state governments in achieving agreed upon reforms and improvements in performance;
  • Support the COP and the DCOP in the development of the project strategic framework and work plans for the program implementation to ensure the achievement of the program goals;

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Financial Management, Public Policy, Law, Economics or a related field;
  • Minimum eight (8) years of related Nigerian development experience in public policy and administration, community development, public financial management,  or political analysis;
  • Proven effectiveness in managing high-level government relations;
  • Experience with civil society and government capacity building, and governance accountability;
  • Strong experience with coalition building and collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including civil society, and government;
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, strategic thinking, training, and human resources experience;
  • Able to work effectively and professionally with high-level government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs), donor, project staff, and other beneficiaries;
  • Demonstrated track record of developing, managing and working effectively in a teamwork environment;
  • Experience with providing technical assistance, including organizing and conducting workshop and trainings; and
  • Fluency in Hausa and proficiency in writing, reading and speaking English at a senior professional level.
  • Experience working in northern Nigeria, particularly in Sokoto state;
  • Knowledge of state government reform efforts in Nigeria;
  • Expertise in political economy and conflict assessment and mapping, managing complex partnerships and cross-cutting projects, and local, state, and national institutional building;
  • Expertise in public service, good governance and/or accountability and oversight;

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience engaging women and marginalized groups to ensure their inclusion.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

 

Job Title: State Governance Director
Requisition Number: 17-0303
Location: Bauchi
Project Duration: 5 years
Position Summary

  • Creative Associates seeks a Governance Director – Bauchi State for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Nigeria.
  • The Governance Director serves as the state director of all project programs, provides technical leadership, engages with state and local government leaders for monitoring and responding to opportunities for institutional reform; and manages the State Project Office staff and technical advisors.
  • He/she will serve as a member of the project leadership team, working closely with counterparts in other states and facilitating knowledge transfer between state offices and with Nigerian federal officials.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The State Governance Director – Bauchi reports to the Chief of Party.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist state governments to develop strategic approaches for improving governance of state operations, including improvements in public financial management, improvements in service delivery, generation of internal funding and communication with citizens;
  • Assist state governments in identifying and then providing a broad range of technical assistance and capacity development to achieve strategic governance objectives. Support state governments to facilitate public dialogue on governance and civic engagement between government and non-governmental actors through technical assistance to local civil society organizations;
  • Support state governments to facilitate interaction, collaboration, and collective action between diverse stakeholders and leverage stakeholder networks to develop strategies advocating citizen priorities;
  • Support state government efforts to engage women, youth, and excluded groups in public and political dialogue, and electoral campaigns;
  • Monitor and document all implementation activities, document successes, challenges, and lessons learned and share them with through regular program reports; and
  • Deliver presentations on program objectives and achievements to implementing partners, civil society organizations, government officials, donor, and other organizations.
  • Monitor the progress of state governments in achieving agreed upon reforms and improvements in performance;
  • Support the COP and the DCOP in the development of the project strategic framework and work plans for the program implementation to ensure the achievement of the program goals;

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Minimum Master’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Financial Management, Public Policy, Law, Economics or a related field;
  • Experience working in northern Nigeria, particularly in Bauchi state;
  • Knowledge of state government reform efforts in Nigeria;
  • Expertise in political economy and conflict assessment and mapping, managing complex partnerships and cross-cutting projects, and local, state, and national institutional building;
  • Expertise in public service, good governance and/or accountability and oversight;
  • Proven effectiveness in managing high-level government relations;
  • Experience with civil society and government capacity building, and governance accountability;
  • Strong experience with coalition building and collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including civil society, and government;
  • Minimum eight (8) years of related Nigerian development experience in public policy and administration, community development, public financial management, or political analysis;
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, strategic thinking, training, and human resources experience;
  • Able to work effectively and professionally with high-level government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs), donor, project staff, and other beneficiaries;
  • Demonstrated track record of developing, managing and working effectively in a teamwork environment;
  • Experience with providing technical assistance, including organizing and conducting workshop and trainings; and
  • Fluency in Hausa and proficiency in writing, reading and speaking English at a senior professional level.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience engaging women and marginalized groups to ensure their inclusion.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

 

Job Title: State Governance Director
Requisition Number: 16-0350
Location: Northern Nigeria
Project Duration: 5 years
Position Summary

  • Creative Associates seeks a Governance Director for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Nigeria.
  • The Governance Director serves as the state director of all project programs, provides technical leadership, engages with state and local government leaders for monitoring and responding to opportunities for institutional reform; and manages the State Project Office staff and technical advisors.
  • He/she will serve as a member of the project leadership team, working closely with counterparts in other states and facilitating knowledge transfer between state offices and with Nigerian federal officials.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The Governance Director reports to the Chief of Party.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist state governments to develop strategic approaches for improving governance of state operations, including improvements in public financial management, improvements in service delivery, generation of internal funding and communication with citizens;
  • Assist state governments in identifying and then providing a broad range of technical assistance and capacity development to achieve strategic governance objectives. Support state governments to facilitate public dialogue on governance and civic engagement between government and non-governmental actors through technical assistance to local civil society organizations;
  • Monitor the progress of state governments in achieving agreed upon reforms and improvements in performance;
  • Support the COP and the DCOP in the development of the project strategic framework and work plans for the program implementation to ensure the achievement of the program goals;
  • Support state governments to facilitate interaction, collaboration, and collective action between diverse stakeholders and leverage stakeholder networks to develop strategies advocating citizen priorities;
  • Support state government efforts to engage women, youth, and excluded groups in public and political dialogue, and electoral campaigns;
  • Monitor and document all implementation activities, document successes, challenges, and lessons learned and share them with through regular program reports; and
  • Deliver presentations on program objectives and achievements to implementing partners, civil society organizations, government officials, donor, and other organizations.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Minimum Master’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Financial Management, Public Policy, Law, Economics or a related field;
  • Minimum eight (8) years of related Nigerian development experience in public policy and administration, community development, , public financial management,  or political analysis;
  • Experience working in northern Nigeria;
  • Knowledge of state government reform efforts in Nigeria;
  • Expertise in political economy and conflict assessment and mapping, managing complex partnerships and cross-cutting projects, and local, state, and national institutional building;
  • Expertise in public service, good governance and/or accountability and oversight;
  • Proven effectiveness in managing high-level government relations;
  • Experience with civil society and government capacity building, and governance accountability;
  • Strong experience with coalition building and collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including civil society, and government;
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, strategic thinking, training, and human resources experience;
  • Able to work effectively and professionally with high-level government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs), donor, project staff, and other beneficiaries;
  • Demonstrated track record of developing, managing and working effectively in a teamwork environment;
  • Experience with providing technical assistance, including organizing and conducting workshop and trainings; and
  • Fluency in Hausa and proficiency in writing, reading and speaking English at a senior professional level.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience engaging women and marginalized groups to ensure their inclusion

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note

  • Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
  • This position is contingent upon donor funding.
  • Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

 

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party
Requisition Number: 16-0420
Location: Northern Nigeria
Position Summary

  • Creative Associates seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Nigeria.
  • The DCOP will support the Chief of Party (COP) and provide overall day-to-day management and coordination of project technical and administrative personnel and functions, including ensuring that appropriate technical and financial reporting requirements are met.
  • S/he should have appropriate levels of complementary expertise, professional and work experience to support the COP and coherent and effective program coordination and operations, and possess the relevant management, communication, and interpersonal skills to fulfill this role.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage program operations, including administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, finance and compliance, property, and oversight of grants under contract;
  • Support a broad range of activities related to good governance, public financial management, citizen engagement, government service delivery, and conflict mitigation;
  • Serve as USAID liaison in coordination with COP and during his/her absence;
  • Support the development of the project strategic framework and work plans for the program implementation to ensure the achievement of the program goals;
  • Support the COP in management of the program team in an open and respectful manner; and
  • Support the COP in implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in a relevant field is required; Master’s Degree is preferred;
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience working in governance programs, including experience with a Contractor or international NGO with demonstrated supervisory experience;
  • Experience working in West Africa with experience in Nigeria strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge establishing systems and overseeing start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out;
  • Experience in the hiring and supervising of host country local personnel and ensuring, when need arises, that they secure necessary training required to meet program needs;
  • Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial management (tracking, reporting, and accounting); and procurement;
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Fluency in US Government policies and procedures in regards to contract management, financial reporting, procurement processes, systems, and grants and contracts management; experience with construction procurements a plus.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience working on programs related to good governance, public financial management, government service delivery, citizen engagement, and/or conflict mitigation; and
  • Experience engaging women and marginalized groups to ensure their inclusion.


Hw to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

 

Job Title: Director of Adaptive Management, Analysis, and Evaluation
Requisition Number: 16-0425
Locations: Bauchi and Sokoto
Position Duration: 5 years
Position Start Date: Anticipated Fall 2017.
Project Description

  • The upcoming Nigeria State2State project, funded by USAID, aims to increase the effectiveness, accountability, and transparency of selected state and local governments in Nigeria.
  • The program will operate in Bauchi, Sokoto, and at least one other state in the north of Nigeria, and focus on strengthening public financial management and service delivery systems in key sectors such as education, health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Position Summary

  • Creative Associates seeks a Director of Adaptive Management, Analysis, and Evaluation for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Nigeria. The Director will oversee a series of assessments which will be conducted in Bauchi, Sokoto, and a third state, synthesize the results of those assessments within a unified framework, contribute to the development and adaptation of the program implementation.

Reporting and Supervision:

  • The Director of Adaptive Management, Analysis and Evaluation reports to the Chief of Party. Director will supervise 3-5 managers related to monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, performance reviews and communications.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage the assessments of the governance systems in Sokoto, Bauchi, and a third state, developing parameters for research in coordination with Creative’s management team, and overseeing partners and contractors;
  • Synthesize the results of assessments and develop an adaptive management monitoring and evaluation framework;
  • Conduct ongoing analysis of program impact with special attention to identifying possible adaptions necessary to take advantage of windows of opportunity and / or to meet ‘do no harm’ concerns;
  • Assist in the identification of subject matter experts;
  • Contribute to program implementation and monitoring and evaluation strategies;

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree – MA or PhD preferred – in Political Science, Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Administration, Business Administration, Public Policy, Law, or a related field;
  • Minimum eight (8) years of related development experience in adaptive management, monitoring and evaluation, research and analysis, good governance, or a related field;
  • Expertise in political economy and conflict assessment and mapping, managing complex partnerships and cross-cutting projects, and local, state, and national institutional building;
  • Strong experience with coalition building and collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including civil society, and government;
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, strategic thinking, analysis, and research experience;
  • Able to work effectively and professionally with high-level government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs), donor, project staff, and other beneficiaries;
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated track record of working effectively in a teamwork environment;
  • Fluency in English.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience working in West Africa and/or Nigeria;
  • Proficiency in Hausa; and
  • Experience engaging women and marginalized groups to ensure their inclusion.

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

 

Application Deadline: 31st October, 2017.

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