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Creative Associates International provides outstanding, on-the-ground development services and forges partnerships to deliver sustainable solutions to global challenges. Its experts focus on building inclusive educational systems, transitioning communities from conflict to peace, developing sustainable economic growth, engaging youth, promoting transparent elections and more. Creative is recognized for its ability to quickly adapt and excel in conflict and post-conflict environments.

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May 2022. Director of Finance

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Job ID: 2022-2360
Location: Abuja
Category: Accounting / Finance
Reporting & Supervision: Reports to the Chief of Party.

Project Description

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains.
  • LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Position Summary

  • Director of Finance provides overall financial management and administration oversight for the project. They ensure project liquidity and establishes appropriate checks and balances to mitigate financial risks and conflicts of interest.
  • They ensure all records are audit ready, establish cost and fiscal controls, and enforce stringent international financial and auditing standards.
  • They ensure funds expended are compliant with the Creative policies USG regulations as well as local labor and tax laws.
  • They implement fraud mitigation practices and ensures systems and processes are implemented effectively to support the project implementation.
  • They provide operational support on procurement, grants, and human resources and oversight on accounting and finance, and ensure financial compliance and timely reporting.
  • They must fully understand cost allowability, allocability, and reasonableness, USAID and USG procurement regulations, the financial responsibilities associated with grant management, and the design and implementation of financial training activities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the finance team and oversight on the project’s accounting and finance functions, including identification of areas for improvement and strategic guidance for financial management
  • Ensure accurate and timely information is provided, to assist in the day-to-day management of the project and to drive management, strategic and budgetary decisions
  • Establish and maintain financial management and accounting control systems for program expenditures
  • Ensure project liquidity and establish appropriate checks and balances to mitigate financial risks and conflicts of interest
  • Ensure all financial records are audit ready, establish cost and fiscal controls, and enforce stringent international financial and auditing standards that ensure efficiency, accountability, and compliance
  • Lead the development of the annual budget, annual and quarterly forecasts and reforecasts, pipeline analysis, budget realignment, and fund obligation requests
  • Support the development of the project annual workplans
  • Work closely with field-based implementing partners to ensure budgets, projections, and invoices are completed according to the Creative policies and procedures and USG regulations
  • Direct the formation and implementation of financial management and compliance policies and procedures, guiding policy decisions and providing technical expertise
  • Verify all project procurements prior to execution and determine source selection methods for complex procurements to ensure compliance with the Creative policies and USG rules and regulations
  • Manage finance team and provide financial management and systems training for the staff
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of quarterly and annual financial reports on financial status of project expenses and budget information
  • Ensure that the project meets all contractual requirements and complies with the USG regulations.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a Finance‐related field; an additional 2 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s Degree
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience working in senior financial management positions with increasing levels of responsibility for large complex projects, of which at least five years’ experience managing multifaceted development programs, with strong experience with funds control, and the ability to monitor fraud and abuse
  • Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations
  • Experience working in conflict-affected regions; experience specifically in the West Africa region is highly desirable
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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

Note: Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls, please.

Launching State Regional Advisor

Job ID: 2022-2399
Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full Time
Category: Program Management

Program Description

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains. LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost-efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Position Summary

  • The Launching State Regional Advisor provides technical leadership in the implementation of education programming, managing critical program components and service delivery, and coordinating the work of the TA state team.

Reporting and Supervision:

  • The Launching State Regional Advisor will report to the Senior TA Coordination and Learning Advisor.

Responsibilities
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with Senior TA Coordination and Learning Advisor to develop TA state-level plans and TA impact monitoring. Support the development of implementation strategies and work plans.
  • Co-ordinate the day-to-day management of technical staff and program implementation. Provides leadership and oversight of the core program functions (program design, documentation, approvals, and close-out).
  • Ensures that planned program activities are included in work plans, within budget and are properly documented. Ensures that the technical advisors provide information for weekly, quarterly, and annual program updates and reports.
  • Ensures close cooperation and coordination between programs and procurement, HR, finance, and administration units.
  • Promotes a team approach and a learning culture across all operational support services to prioritize and ensure responsive, quality support to delivery of programs.
  • Ensures the consistent implementation of the project with adherence to donor policies and procedures across all operational support services. Provides on-going problem-solving guidance for TA staff on issues related to technical and operational functions.
  • Interacts productively and collegially with program partners and stakeholders. Represents the project in meetings and events.
  • Serves as an active member of the project’s Senior Management Team.

Qualifications
Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in education, preferably with a specialty in early grade literacy.
  • At least eight years of experience in instructional development and support to education programs required.
  • Demonstrated management ability with capacity to think strategically, prioritize and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment.
  • Strong diplomacy skills. ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with partners, donors, and other stakeholders in a sensitive environment.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.
  • Proficiency in Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba fluency preferred

 Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Previous experience in a similar role.
  • Proven experience, directly and indirectly, supervising and managing staff and teams.
  • Experience with a USAID-funded or other international organization implementing a program operating in insecure areas is desired.
  • Strong ability to deploy and use various forms of tracking.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Excellent record keeping, and documentation skills are required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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

Note: Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Agricultural Loan Repayment Consultant

Location: Abuja

Scope of Work

  • Technical Support to Conduct a Study on Repayment of Agricultural Loans by Small Holder Farmers in Nigeria

Background

  • The West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Activity (hereinafter referred to as the Trade Hub) was awarded to Creative Associates, Inc. by USAID to implement an Activity from September 4, 2019–September 3, 2024. The purpose of the Activity aims to catalyze economic growth in the West Africa region by attracting finance and investment, growing business linkages, and strengthening the capacity of the agriculture and trade sectors. This five-year activity will achieve its set objectives through a market-based approach. In Nigeria, its main objectives are: (i) increased productivity and profitability of farmers and firms; (ii) increased market linkages and smallholder farmer participation; and (iii) increased access to finance and investment. By working in partnership with the private sector and fostering co-investment, the Trade Hub will improve companies’ abilities to expand business operations, increase productivity, and create jobs that build on the talents and aspirations of Nigeria’s young and growing population.
  • Agriculture is the major contributor to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP) and smallholder farmers play a dominant role in this contribution (Mbah, 2016). However, their productivity and growth are hindered by limited access to agricultural inputs especially credit thus, leading to the decline in the performance of the nation’s agricultural sector. One of the major inputs identified over the years as hindering the development of the Nigerian agriculture is lack of finance in form of credit to procure inputs needed for massive agricultural production (Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), 2018). As the issue of lack of fund has become a great challenge to investment in the sector, there is need to tackle it through the process of credit lending. Agricultural credit revolves around the act of making available fund to the farmers for the sole purpose of increasing their investment as well as output which will lead to improved standard of living. It is therefore an indispensable tool for achieving socioeconomic transformation of the rural communities which if well applied would stimulate capital formation and diversified agriculture, increase resource productivity and size of farm operations, promote innovations in farming, marketing efficiency and value addition while enhancing net farm incomes (Ohaka, 2013). It also enables the poor farmers to tap the financial resources and take advantage of the potentially profitable investment opportunities in their immediate environments (Mbam, 2017). However, lending has well been identified as a very risky enterprise because repayment of loans cannot be assured on the parts of the borrowers as its acquisition and repayment are fraught with several problems such as loan diversion, excessive bureaucracy, delay in loan disbursement, high interest rate, high cost of loan procurement among other constraints.
  • As part of the learning activities of this Activity, the Trade Hub is seeking the services of a consultant to conduct a study on understanding the modality, timeliness and other issues relating to repayment of agricultural loans by small holder farmers in Nigeria with a focus on the seven states (Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Niger) and on the maize, rice, soybean, and cowpea value chains.
  • Though, there were several empirical reviews of the performance of banks and other financial institutions on credit administration and delivery to farmers, however, it seems that there is little or no in-depth study on repayment of loans/credit by small holder farmers in the study areas. There is therefore a gap in information on the small holders’ capacities to repay loans in the study areas, hence the need for this study.
  • Given the COVID-19 and overall insecurity context, the Trade Hub will work closely to identify how to safely conduct this action research. Where possible, in person interviews and focused group discussions (FGDs)will be held with fewer than 10 participants (including the project staff in charge of facilitating the discussion), to ensure the relevant social distancing measures. Gender and Youths composition will be prioritized among respondents to effectively capture diversity in the repayment of the loans across gender and other social groups,  If it is not possible to go to the field due to security concerns in certain locations, these exercises will be carried out remotely with the support of many local actors (through The Activity’s partners as well as the research firm’s network) via videoconferences where there is an internet connection; or by telephone interviews if there is no internet access. The Activity recognizes that adjustments might have to be made during implementation to accommodate security and health protocols.

Objectives of Technical Support

  • The Trade Hub Activity seeks the services of a consultant to provide technical support in conducting a study on repayment of agricultural loans by small holder farmers in Nigeria.
  • This research will include an in-depth qualitative study among smallholders in Nigeria. The purpose of the study is to help gain an understanding on the small holders’ capacities to repay loans in the study area and how it affects the private sector investments of the Trade Hub grantees. The study will also collect data that will complement existing studies on agricultural loans repayment in West Africa.
  • The study should be able to describe the socioeconomic characteristics of smallholder farmers loan beneficiaries; determine the amount of loan obtained and repaid by the smallholder farmers; determine the effect of socio-economic characteristics of the smallholder loan beneficiaries on loan repayment; and analyze the constraints to the repayment of agricultural loans.

Specific Objectives
The Activity is looking for a consultant to lead the following activities:

  • Designing a methodology to conduct the study, incorporating Trade Hubs recommendations on how to carry out this learning activity. The consultant is expected to work closely with the Trade Hub MEL Team in preparing the research methodology and data collection tools.
  • Creating and validating the data collection tools (i.e., focus group protocols, Key Informant Interviews guides, and other relevant tools).
  • Incorporate innovative research approaches in the methodology on how to collect data, given the local health and social context.
  • Define a sample methodology that is balanced and representative within the focus states, LGAs and communities that the Trade Hub partners are already implementing.
  • Write an analytical report about the qualitative data collected through the information gathering – key informant interviews, and focused group discussions as well as the study findings and or recommendations.

Geographical Scope of Study

  • Through its co-investment partnership, the Trade Hub provided support to 75218 smallholder farmers in the 2021 farming season to increase their productivity and improve their livelihoods across seven targeted states (Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger state) and 4 value chains (Rice, Maize, Cowpea and Soybean). Support provided includes training, input financing, extension services and access to market.

Consultant Profile

  • The selected Consultant should have demonstrated experience of at least 7 years in social research, qualitative research, agricultural loans and selected value chain market assessments.
  • It is requested that the consultant has experience in conducting social research in at least two or more of the targeted states in Nigeria. Demonstrated experience in published research articles is preferred.
  • The consultant should have the capability to speak local languages in implementation areas of the Trade Hub.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The Consultant will report to the Trade Hub MEL Director, the MEL Director will be responsible to review the report, share them with the MEL Team (both field office and HQ), collect feedback, share the feedback with the consultant, and approve all technical documents. The technical team, including Chief of Party (COP) and PPP technical lead, will review the report, and will provide their feedback through the MEL Director. The MEL Director and MEL Specialists will hold, at the minimum, weekly calls with the Consultant to discuss the study progress and needs. Creative’s HQ MEL Director will also participate in these meetings as necessary.

Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • The Trade Hub will be responsible for reviewing the deliverables and providing feedback in a timely manner and will always keep the necessary communication.
  • The consultant will be responsible for defining, designing, and validating the research methodologies, data collection tools, and pilot these tools. The Consultant will be responsible for data collection in the field through the final approved methodology and prepare a report that consolidates the results of the study.

The Consultant is expected to prepare the following deliverables:

  • Work Plan
  • Detailed Methodology, that includes detailed sampling framework, field logistics, staff roles and team composition and draft instruments, questionnaires, and guides.
  • Validated data collection instruments, questionnaires, and guides.
  • Clean data sets and geocoded datasets and transcripts
  • Draft study report
  • Finding’s presentation and review session with the Trade Hub MEL Team
  • Final study report

Once the team receives the draft report, it will be circulated to relevant staff for technical review. Results will be presented to the Trade Hub Team. Comments will be collated and passed on to the consultant team leader. The final report should not exceed 25 pages of content, excluding annexes, and will include at a minimum the following elements:

  • Table of Contents
  • List of Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Executive Summary (not to exceed 3 pages)
  • Background/Brief program description, context, and rationale
  • Purpose and expected use of the study results
  • Objectives of the study
  • Methodology and data collection techniques (including limitations of the study, if any)
  • Study main findings with Key observations
  • Lessons Learned and Recommendations
  • Conclusions
  • Annexes: List of documents and references used; other relevant information

The Consultant shall provide all deliverables in written form by email to the Trade Hub by the indicated due dates in the Contract. The draft and final reports should be written in English

Timeline
The support services are expected to start and should be finalized in April 2022, with the presentation of the main results in a report. We estimate the entire study will take a total of 25 calendar days.

MilestonesDescription of MilestonesDeliverablesDue Date% Payment Amount
Milestone #1Sign agreement; Work plan, methodology, and Field Procedures Plan;  Data collection instruments, preliminary list of grantee organizations, participants, and research implementation strategy 1. Final Work Plan.2. Assessment Methodology3. Validated data collection tools4. Preliminary list of at least 10 grantees organizations that the research firm will reach out to participate in the study5. A 3-5 pager document outlining the research implementation strategy, including timelines, and locations1 week after signing award40%
Milestone #2Progress Report Clean data sets, transcribed fieldwork tool Draft Final Report  6.  Progress Reportcontaining information on the performed activities; confirmation that a specified number of organizations have been contacted (to be determined based on applicant’s workplan), main obstacles and opportunities.7. Data transcribed (Excel file)8. Data Sets3 weeks after signing40%
Milestone #3 Detailed electronic copy of the Final Report. The analysis should follow the sample design and present a comparison of results by target location. Main findings, conclusions and recommendations. A full description of quality control measures and the results of the quality control must be included in the final report.11. Final Study Report4 weeks after award30%

Application Closing Date
21st March, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Cover Letter and CV as one document to: [email protected] using the Job Title and Location as the subject of the mail.

Note

  • Only finalists will be contacted.  
  • Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran.

Human Resources (HR) Manager

Job ID:2021-2277
Location: Abuja
Category: Program Management

Background

  • Creative Associates International is a fast-growing, social impact company that specializes in the areas of education, economic growth, democratic transitions, and stabilization in post-conflict environments.
  • Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland,  this global development organization has a field presence is more than 25 countries and a strong client portfolio of that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department.
  • Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Summary

  • The proposed Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria to Read (LEARN) program is designed to strengthen the systems that underpin the education sector in Nigeria, creating a sustainable learning ecosystem to give all children an opportunity to learn.
  • The program goal is to fortify and scale early grade reading best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven reading reform.
  • The objective is to instill ownership and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase equity, inclusion, and wellbeing to achieve sustained early grade reading gains.

Position Summary

  • The Human Resources (HR) Manager leads HR practices and objectives that will provide a high-performance team culture that emphasizes employee engagement, performance management, and the recruitment and ongoing professional development of project staff.
  • The HR Manager is responsible for the maintenance of processes and metrics that support the achievement of the project’s goals which includes ensuring compliance with Creative and donor / client human resources policies, procedures, and regulations. 

Reporting & Supervision

  • The Human Resources Manager reports directly to the Chief of Party. The HR Manager will also liaise regularly with the Senior Manager of Global HR & Compensation and the Associate Director of International HR on related project and corporate HR matters.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage HR office operations ensuring compliance with Creative and client HR rules and regulations.
  • Lead / coordinate the full-cycle recruitment process including finalization of job descriptions, advertisement of vacancies, review of applicants, scheduling and conducting interviews alongside project senior management, checking candidate references, and collecting new hire documents.
  • Onboarding/orientation of new project hires.
  • Manage employee benefits enrollment and ensure all inquiries and challenges faced by employees regarding their insurances are handled.
  • Coordinate the performance evaluation process.
  • Provide information and advice to project staff regarding HR policies and procedure.
  • Responsible for coordinating staff training and establishing staff development plans based on staff appraisals and evaluations.
  • Receives and logs various grievances or complaints from employees; consults with Regional HR Operations Manager and legal counsel regarding difficult cases and provides recommended solutions prior to forwarding complaints to management for review.
  • Provide oversight related to the updating of personnel files and other related HR documents including employment agreements, amendments, time sheets, calendar holidays and leaves.
  • Provide information as required by Compliance Officers/Auditors during audits.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or a related field.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible HR experience.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent record keeping and documentation skills.
  • Familiarity with donor/client rules and regulations.
  • Familiarity with local employment law.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Verbal and written working proficiency in English.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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

Grants Manager

ID: 2022-2373
Location: Abuja
Category: Grants Management
Reporting & Supervision: Reports to and be supervised by Director of Finance

Program Description

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains.
  • LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Position Summary

  • Creative Associates International seeks a Grants Manager for a USAID-funded project in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • The Grants Manager will provide sound business advice to the project on (as well as oversee the administration of) its grants program.
  • The Grants Manager will serve as the principal point of contact and Manager for Grant Administration.
  • S/he will be responsible to ensure effective and efficient management of grants administration and to ensure flexible, and innovative activities are designed to target key states.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Successful facilitation of project grants programs as outlined in its Grant Manual.
  • Provide sound business advice to the project on the management of its grant program.
  • Award impactful grants that are compliant with client rules and regulations, and Creative policies.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee/facilitate all aspects of the grant lifecycle and supervising grants staff; contribute to market research, preparation of Notice of Funding Opportunities, grant design, facilitating evaluation process, pre-award risk assessment, budget development, kick-off meetings, award monitoring, and closeout processes.
  • Conduct iterative trainings to ensure that technical staff and grantees understand and adhere to grant policies, procedures, practices, roles/responsibilities, and Creative’s grants management system, SMART.
  • Ensure quality control and the integrity of data in Creative’s online grant management system, SMART, and the client’s (if applicable), and ensure that the data in the system is always up to date to provide grants data in a moment’s notice to upper management.
  • Analyze activity budgets for allowability, allocability, reasonableness, and consistency; work with program staff to negotiate budgets.
  • Ensure timely preparation of grant documentation, such as agreements, neg memos, and amendments.
  • Identify issues that may arise during grant implementation in a timely manner, propose and execute appropriate adjustments.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving in addressing and resolving emerging project needs.
  • Accountable for up-to-date and audit-ready grant files.
  • Participate in the development of the projects annual workplan.
  • Contribute on interviews and in the selection process for grant staff.
  • Prepare updates, reports, and analyses regarding the grants program to the Chief of Party, Project Director, and Director of Grants Management.
  • Incorporate lessons learned to improve processes and procedures based on realities of the project.
  • Assist with updating the grants manual and/or templates based on realities of the project; and
  • Preparing scheduled and special reports, studies, and analyses regarding the grants under contract program to the Chief of Party, Project Director, and USAID.
  • Other tasks as assigned by Supervisor, the Chief of Party (CoP) or CoP’s designee.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Must have 6+ years of general work experience, 4+ years of grants experience, and 3+ years of supervisory experience with groups or teams of staff.
  • Bachelors’ Degree or professional qualifications in Accounting, Finance, Business, and/or International Development is required.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English highly desired, advanced knowledge required.
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
  • Ability to think critically through a situation that does not conform to common practice.
  • Ability to interpret client rules and regulations.
  • Competent computer skills is essential (i.e. Microsoft Word and Excel);
  • Experience in using grants management software is desirable.
  • Understanding of budget and cost control management essential.
  • USAID funded program experience desirable.
  • Ability to work under pressure and efficiently handle multiple tasks; and
  • Ability to work under own initiative or as a part of a team.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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

Note: Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Procurement Manager

ID: 2022-2362
Location: Abuja
Category: Procurement
Reporting & Supervision: Reports to the Senior Manager Operations with a dotted line relationship to Creative HQ Procurement.

Project Summary

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains.
  • LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Position Summary

  • The Procurement Manager will be responsible for reviewing overall procurement processes to ensure compliance with Creative policy and procedures, tracking procurement of goods and services through the procurement cycle, ensuring that adequate competition is achieved for procurements, providing regular procurement mentoring to project staff to support project implementation, and coordinating with Creative HQ Procurement.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Establish, lead, and implement procurement processes and logistics to support activity implementation for the project, strictly following all rules and regulations including:
    • Creative Procurement policies and procedures
    • ADS (Automated Directive System)
    • FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations)
    • CFR (U.S. Code of Federal Regulations)
    • AAPD (Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directive)
    • Local Nigerian Law
  • Manage procurement and logistics team
  • Train and mentor staff in procurement policies and process.
  • Work with Project Technical team to prepare the annual Project Procurement Plan is to maximize efficiency and coordination in the procurement of goods and services.
  • Conduct market research for each type of procurement and maintain a data base of vendors and items commonly needed by the project.
  • Determine the most reasonable and expeditious process for procurement in compliance with Creative policies and procedures and USAID regulations.
  • Prepare and issue solicitation documents based on approved requisition received.
  • Responsible to provide clarifications to all vendors when is required. Also, prepare and issue solicitation modification when is applicable.
  • Responsible for ensuring confidentiality throughout procurement and vendor selection process.
  • Facilitate the evaluation process for each solicitation according Creative’s procurement policy.
  • Ensure proper documentation of the selection of vendors using the Creative’s official templates.
  • Lead negotiations with vendors.
  • Responsible for the drafting, negotiating, issuing and management of Purchase Orders, Purchase Order Agreements, Short-term Technical Assistance Consultancy Agreements, Fixed Price Service Agreements, and subcontracts.
  • Verify quality and quantity of products according to the agreement and/or needs of the beneficiary, community, and/or Project ensuring proper documentation of the delivery.
  • Process requisitions for procurement and invoices in ReQlogic.
  • Review all payment requests and make sure that all the required forms are appropriately and consistently filled out and requested before being submitted to finance.
  • Ensure procurement files comply with Creative’s policies and procedures and uploaded into project database.
  • Prepare procurement reports on monthly basis.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Procurement or Logistic; Master’s Degree preferred;
  • At least five years’ management experience with project implementation, managing logistics and procurement, preferably in Nigeria; minimum of three years working in international development;
  • Solid understanding of donor regulations and procedures pertaining to acquisitions;
  • Experience with automated purchasing systems such as ReQlogic;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects;
  • Ability to analyze budget line items for compliance with budget guidelines;
  • Proven records maintenance and database management skills; and
  • Speaking, writing and reading fluency in English required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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

Note: Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Program Security Advisor

ID: 2022-2363
Location: Abuja
Category: Program Management
Reporting & Supervision: Reports to the Chief of Party

Program Description

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains.
  • LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Position Summary

  • The Program Security Advisor’s overall mission is to keep all project personnel and assets safe from harm.
  • S/he has delegated responsibility for the day-to-day management and coordination of operational field security activities, provides continuous security and contextual information to the team, ensures compliance with corporate security policies and maintains liaison with the Regional Security Manager for West Africa (RSM).

Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work with the RSM to develop, manage, and coordinate all Creative security and safety programs, plans and policies relevant to the project including detailed security procedures that comply with Creative security policies. This will include emergency response drills and communication procedures for the project.
  • Provides security, safety and risk mitigation advice and recommendations to the management team and staff.
  • Ensure that project staff comply with project security procedures.
  • Carry out security assessments of offices, compounds, vehicles, and Expatriate/TCN housing and make recommendations for required security upgrades, as required.
  • Monitor and analyze the ongoing threat environment faced by the project and brief the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party and other project staff accordingly. Distribute threat warnings to all staff as appropriate.
  • Ensure that appropriate risk migration measures are taken by the project to respond to the threats or changes in threats faced by the project. This is to include physical protection measures, safe working routines, movement restrictions, protection equipment and security staff provision, as required.
  • Oversee movement control and coordination for the project, including driver and vehicle deployment and staff whereabouts.
  • Oversee the local security provider contracted by the project to ensure contractual compliance and performance of their duties, and act as the focal point of contact with the security provider.
  • Provide training, mentoring, and monitoring of the local security provider’s guards.
  • Conduct regular training and drills for project staff on lock down drills, office evacuation and fire drills.
  • Report security incidents, violations and recommended corrective actions, as appropriate, to the Chief of Party and RSM.
  • Ensure all new employees, consultants, and partners working in Creative offices and traveling in Creative vehicles receive appropriate security orientation and briefings.
  • Verify that all security devices such as locks, alarms, access systems and physical force protection measures are operational or reported for repair.
  • Carry out regular check in calls and communications tests with drivers and field personnel traveling outside of the main cities and or during any critical security incident.
  • Ensure visitor access and vehicle control systems are effective and appropriate for the threat environment.
  • Review travel requests to ensure staff safety.
  • Maintain an “In Country Travel Register” to log and administer all in country and international travel by Expatriate/TCN staff.
  • Work with the RSM to develop and maintain the project Crisis Response Plan in coordination with the Operations Manager and ensure that the contact information contained therein is always up-to-date.
  • Provide, if directed, a weekly security report to the Chief of Party and RSM.
  • Be able to assist with out-of-hours emergency response for the project staff and partners, if needed.
  • Ensure that the Creative Sensitive Information (CSI) as well as Vetting Plans are distributed to and is being followed by project staff.
  • Serves as the liaison with the US Embassy Regional Security Officer and/or equivalent US Government personnel for project security matters, in coordination with the Chief of Party and or Deputy Chief of Party.
  • All of the above includes ensuring security protocols are understood and security drills are periodically conducted with staff in all locations, including regional offices.
  • Ensure field staff receive first aid and fire response training.
  • Additional assignments, as instructed by the Chief of Party and/or Deputy Chief of Party.

The PSA should understand, brief and regularly train all project staff on:

  • The need for all staff to maintain a good level of situational awareness, and to report concerns.
  • Project movement / field trip planning and control procedures.
  • Project communications procedures including emergency phone trees, WhatsApp alert groups, and contact lists.
  • Office emergency response procedures including fire evacuation, direct threat lockdown, etc.
  • The need to avoid all demonstrations, possible demo sites and areas where crowd trouble could start.
  • The location of the nearest medical facilities.
  • Implement and execute actions relating to the Crisis Response Plan.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • University Degree in Management, Business Administration, Law or related field.
  • At least 4 years of general work experience with at least 2 years of logistics experience.
  • Prior USAID or other donor experience is highly desirable.
  • Experience with budgeting and cost analysis.
  • Proven understanding of security management protocols essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve challenging and complicated security issues.
  • Ability to develop in-depth understanding of and willingness to comply with all Creative security policies and procedures.
  • Should have a proven and established network of contacts within the local security establishment in Nigeria
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to develop tracking systems.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to function well in a team setting.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve challenging and complicated administrative issues.
  • Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus.
  • Ability to draw information from a broad range of sources and provide concise and timely analysis and recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage all team members as resources to manage security and contextual awareness in a manner that is proactive.
  • Must have the physical capacity to travel extensively on short notice to remote regions throughout Nigeria.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Previous experience as an officer from the Nigerian military or Department of State Security.
  • Proven experience directly and indirectly supervising and managing staff and teams.
  • Experience with a USAID-funded or other international organization implementing a program operating in insecure areas is desired.
  • Strong ability to deploy and use various forms of tracking.
  • Develop security management and movement tracking systems.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Excellent record keeping, and documentation skills are required.
  • Working knowledge of modern technical security systems, security standards and procedures within the private sector of Nigeria.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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

Note: Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Director of Finance

ID: 2022-2360
Location: Abuja
Category: Accounting / Finance
Reporting & Supervision: Reports to the Chief of Party

Project Description

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains. LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Position Summary

  • Director of Finance provides overall financial management and administration oversight for the project. They ensure project liquidity and establishes appropriate checks and balances to mitigate financial risks and conflicts of interest.
  • They ensure all records are audit ready, establish cost and fiscal controls, and enforce stringent international financial and auditing standards. They ensure funds expended are compliant with the Creative policies USG regulations as well as local labor and tax laws.
  • They implement fraud mitigation practices and ensures systems and processes are implemented effectively to support the project implementation.
  • They provide operational support on procurement, grants, and human resources and oversight on accounting and finance, and ensure financial compliance and timely reporting.
  • They must fully understand cost allowability, allocability, and reasonableness, USAID and USG procurement regulations, the financial responsibilities associated with grant management, and the design and implementation of financial training activities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the finance team and oversight on the project’s accounting and finance functions, including identification of areas for improvement and strategic guidance for financial management
  • Ensure accurate and timely information is provided, to assist in the day-to-day management of the project and to drive management, strategic and budgetary decisions
  • Establish and maintain financial management and accounting control systems for program expenditures
  • Ensure project liquidity and establish appropriate checks and balances to mitigate financial risks and conflicts of interest
  • Ensure all financial records are audit ready, establish cost and fiscal controls, and enforce stringent international financial and auditing standards that ensure efficiency, accountability, and compliance
  • Lead the development of the annual budget, annual and quarterly forecasts and reforecasts, pipeline analysis, budget realignment, and fund obligation requests
  • Support the development of the project annual workplans
  • Work closely with field-based implementing partners to ensure budgets, projections, and invoices are completed according to the Creative policies and procedures and USG regulations
  • Direct the formation and implementation of financial management and compliance policies and procedures, guiding policy decisions and providing technical expertise
  • Verify all project procurements prior to execution and determine source selection methods for complex procurements to ensure compliance with the Creative policies and USG rules and regulations
  • Manage finance team and provide financial management and systems training for the staff
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of quarterly and annual financial reports on financial status of project expenses and budget information
  • Ensure that the project meets all contractual requirements and complies with the USG regulations.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a Finance related field; an additional 2 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s Degree
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience working in senior financial management positions with increasing levels of responsibility for large complex projects, of which at least five years’ experience managing multifaceted development programs, with strong experience with funds control, and the ability to monitor fraud and abuse
  • Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations
  • Experience working in conflict-affected regions; experience specifically in the West Africa region is highly desirable
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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

Note: Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Director of Finance

ID: 2022-2360
Location: Abuja
Category: Accounting / Finance
Reporting & Supervision: Reports to the Chief of Party

Project Description

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains. LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Position Summary

  • Director of Finance provides overall financial management and administration oversight for the project. They ensure project liquidity and establishes appropriate checks and balances to mitigate financial risks and conflicts of interest.
  • They ensure all records are audit ready, establish cost and fiscal controls, and enforce stringent international financial and auditing standards. They ensure funds expended are compliant with the Creative policies USG regulations as well as local labor and tax laws.
  • They implement fraud mitigation practices and ensures systems and processes are implemented effectively to support the project implementation.
  • They provide operational support on procurement, grants, and human resources and oversight on accounting and finance, and ensure financial compliance and timely reporting.
  • They must fully understand cost allowability, allocability, and reasonableness, USAID and USG procurement regulations, the financial responsibilities associated with grant management, and the design and implementation of financial training activities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the finance team and oversight on the project’s accounting and finance functions, including identification of areas for improvement and strategic guidance for financial management
  • Ensure accurate and timely information is provided, to assist in the day-to-day management of the project and to drive management, strategic and budgetary decisions
  • Establish and maintain financial management and accounting control systems for program expenditures
  • Ensure project liquidity and establish appropriate checks and balances to mitigate financial risks and conflicts of interest
  • Ensure all financial records are audit ready, establish cost and fiscal controls, and enforce stringent international financial and auditing standards that ensure efficiency, accountability, and compliance
  • Lead the development of the annual budget, annual and quarterly forecasts and reforecasts, pipeline analysis, budget realignment, and fund obligation requests
  • Support the development of the project annual workplans
  • Work closely with field-based implementing partners to ensure budgets, projections, and invoices are completed according to the Creative policies and procedures and USG regulations
  • Direct the formation and implementation of financial management and compliance policies and procedures, guiding policy decisions and providing technical expertise
  • Verify all project procurements prior to execution and determine source selection methods for complex procurements to ensure compliance with the Creative policies and USG rules and regulations
  • Manage finance team and provide financial management and systems training for the staff
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of quarterly and annual financial reports on financial status of project expenses and budget information
  • Ensure that the project meets all contractual requirements and complies with the USG regulations.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a Finance related field; an additional 2 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s Degree
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience working in senior financial management positions with increasing levels of responsibility for large complex projects, of which at least five years’ experience managing multifaceted development programs, with strong experience with funds control, and the ability to monitor fraud and abuse
  • Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations
  • Experience working in conflict-affected regions; experience specifically in the West Africa region is highly desirable
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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

Note: Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Procurement Manager, Abuja

ID: 2022-2362
Location: Abuja
Category: Procurement
Reporting & Supervision: Reports to the Senior Manager Operations with a dotted line relationship to Creative HQ Procurement.

Project Summary

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains.
  • LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Position Summary

  • The Procurement Manager will be responsible for reviewing overall procurement processes to ensure compliance with Creative policy and procedures, tracking procurement of goods and services through the procurement cycle, ensuring that adequate competition is achieved for procurements, providing regular procurement mentoring to project staff to support project implementation, and coordinating with Creative HQ Procurement.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Establish, lead, and implement procurement processes and logistics to support activity implementation for the project, strictly following all rules and regulations including:
    • Creative Procurement policies and procedures
    • ADS (Automated Directive System)
    • FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations)
    • CFR (U.S. Code of Federal Regulations)
    • AAPD (Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directive)
    • Local Nigerian Law
  • Manage procurement and logistics team
  • Train and mentor staff in procurement policies and process.
  • Work with Project Technical team to prepare the annual Project Procurement Plan is to maximize efficiency and coordination in the procurement of goods and services.
  • Conduct market research for each type of procurement and maintain a data base of vendors and items commonly needed by the project.
  • Determine the most reasonable and expeditious process for procurement in compliance with Creative policies and procedures and USAID regulations.
  • Prepare and issue solicitation documents based on approved requisition received.
  • Responsible to provide clarifications to all vendors when is required. Also, prepare and issue solicitation modification when is applicable.
  • Responsible for ensuring confidentiality throughout procurement and vendor selection process.
  • Facilitate the evaluation process for each solicitation according Creative’s procurement policy.
  • Ensure proper documentation of the selection of vendors using the Creative’s official templates.
  • Lead negotiations with vendors.
  • Responsible for the drafting, negotiating, issuing and management of Purchase Orders, Purchase Order Agreements, Short-term Technical Assistance Consultancy Agreements, Fixed Price Service Agreements, and subcontracts.
  • Verify quality and quantity of products according to the agreement and/or needs of the beneficiary, community, and/or Project ensuring proper documentation of the delivery.
  • Process requisitions for procurement and invoices in ReQlogic.
  • Review all payment requests and make sure that all the required forms are appropriately and consistently filled out and requested before being submitted to finance.
  • Ensure procurement files comply with Creative’s policies and procedures and uploaded into project database.
  • Prepare procurement reports on monthly basis.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Procurement or Logistic; Master’s Degree preferred;
  • At least five years’ management experience with project implementation, managing logistics and procurement, preferably in Nigeria; minimum of three years working in international development;
  • Solid understanding of donor regulations and procedures pertaining to acquisitions;
  • Experience with automated purchasing systems such as ReQlogic;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects;
  • Ability to analyze budget line items for compliance with budget guidelines;
  • Proven records maintenance and database management skills; and
  • Speaking, writing and reading fluency in English required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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

Note: Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

 Grants Manager, Adamawa


Employment Type: Full-time

Program Description

  • The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted Creative Associates International to implement the Northeast Connection activity to strengthen the resilience of communities vulnerable to violent extremist infiltration and conflict.
  • By targeting communities not yet under the control of violent extremist organizations (VEOs), this activity will seize the opportunity to mitigate the grievances that make communities vulnerable to violent extremism, while building social cohesion within and across communities in northeast Nigeria.
  • In addition to helping northeastern Nigerians create a stronger foundation against the violent extremist and conflict threats, the activity is designed to develop local capacity to respond to emerging threats.
  • In order to enable flexible and adaptive management of the activity in a complex environment, the activity includes a focused effort on research and analysis of the threats and coordination around programmatic opportunities and responses.

Position Summary

  • Under the leadership of the Deputy Chief of Party, the Grants Manager advises and assists in the design, development, and oversight of the Contractor’s grants under contract (GUC) management policies, procedures and practices.
  • S/he oversees the grant management process for the full grant cycle, collaborating across teams in all aspects of grant budget planning, management, administration, compliance, and reporting.
  • S/he ensures adherence to NE Connection’s Grants Manual and USAID’s policies and procedures, providing policy guidance and interpretation for staff as well as grantees.  
  • S/he will provide leadership and oversight to the grant pre-award and application process, helping staff analyze and evaluate grant applications, proposals, and awards, ensure proper negotiation of the terms and conditions for grants, and analyze budget estimates for allowability, allocability, reasonableness, and consistency.
  • S/he will train and provide ongoing mentorship to staff and grantees on grant administration, reporting, financial compliance and Creative’s online grants management system.
  • The Grants Manager is also responsible for ensuring that grants development and management processes and approaches are flexible and responsive to the context and challenges of the target states in NE Nigeria. Under the leadership of the DCOP and in coordination with the program staff, will help identify appropriate GUC or rapid response mechanisms through which the project will provide grants to local organizations to conduct project activities and participate in capacity building efforts.
  • S/he will provide regular progress reports on grant implementation to the COP and DCOP to ensure activities are implemented according to the project workplan.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The Grants Manager reports to the Deputy Chief of Party.  The Grants Manager supervises (Sr.) grant officers.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage full award cycle for grants and contracts, including solicitation, review, execution, implementation management, monitoring, communication with awardees, and closeout of grants;
  • With the DCOP, develop and manage grants process workflow and create job aids and tools to support staff understanding and adherence;
  • Lead the implementation of bidder’s conferences and grantee kickoff meetings, ensuring appropriate coordination among grants, finance, procurement, and program staff and timeliness of events;
  • Ensure adherence to the established grant monitoring procedures, conducting regular reviews of grant documentation as well as scheduled and random site visits to ensure that grants are being implemented in accordance with USAID and Creative policies, rules and regulations;
  • Work closely with program and procurement teams to monitor GUC mechanisms overall budget and assist the DCOP and HO Project Manager with budget forecasting for grant activities;
  • Monitor grantee adherence to agreed-upon implementation plans, budgets, and timelines in order to proactively alert the DCOP and COP to the need of grant amendments. These may include scope, cost, and/or time amendments necessitating approvals from USAID.  The GM is responsible for drafting and justifying the request in coordination with the program managers;
  • Develop complete grant packages with the required back-up documentation for each grant (i.e., In-kind Grants, Fixed-Award Amount, etc) for the DCOP and HO Project Manager to obtain USAID Approval;
  • Review and analyze grant budget estimates for allowability, allocability and reasonableness of cost;
  • Prepares and sends official responses to applicants after selection or rejection;
  • Collaborate with the program team to assist in developing and revising mechanisms for making payments, monitoring & reporting financial performance;
  • Establish and maintain proper grant tracker, processes, documentation, and monitor and record budget and payment information and contract deliverables;
  • Monitor grant expenses and work with grants and program officers to provide regular updates on grant status including developing and maintaining grantee activity calendar;
  • Where appropriate, assist the grantees in developing the work plans, budgets, monitoring progress, tracking expenses, preparing reports and following up on grantees complains with the terms of their agreements;
  • Regularly follow up with grants staff and grantees on deliverables and to track implementation of activities;
  • Coordinate with program teams to ensure thorough review of grantee deliverables and reports and ensure timely financial disbursements and compliance with grants financial management policies;
  • Work closely program staff to review state-level strategies and initiate appropriate planning and sequencing of grants and direct implementation activities in the pipeline with grants, procurement and finance staff;
  • Manage grantee database, ensuring accuracy of information and updating regularly;
  • Ensure all grant documentation is properly filed and up to date on SharePoint, in accordance with grants checklist;
  • Ensures grant concept notes and proposals received are summarized and documented in Grants Review Table; and
  • Any other task assigned by the supervisor.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Business Administration, Financial Analysis or related field required, Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Minimum of five (5) years professional experience (including at least two years of supervisory experience) working in complex and challenging field operational contexts; at least two (2) years working in international development strongly preferred.
  • Minimum three (3) years grants administration experience with international donors is required, previous USAID grant experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a team and ability to work under own initiative.
  • Ability to analyze cost applications and prepare reports and recommendations on whether applicants should be funded;
  • Solid understanding of donor regulations and procedures pertaining to grants management.
  • Competent in computers and using Microsoft office (word, excel etc) software for budgeting and tracking purposes essential.
  • Understanding of budget and cost control management and ability to analyze budget line items for compliance required;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and develop strong working relationships with grantees.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, performing complex tasks and prioritizing multiple projects;
  • Proven records maintenance and database management skills; and
  • Excellent written and spoken English essential.

Application Closing Date
28th February, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

Note

  • The physical demands and work environment that have been described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. 
  •  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • This position description is an overview of the functions and requirements for this position.  
  • This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list encompassing every duty and requirement of the position; your supervisor may assign other duties as deemed appropriate and necessary.

Grants Manager, Abuja

Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full-time

Project Summary

  • The USAID-funded West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Project (hereinafter referred to as the Trade Hub) is a five-year, $140 million trade and investment facilitation activity that seeks to improve private sector competitiveness in West Africa through a market-based approach.
  • By working in partnership with the private sector and fostering co-investments, the project will generate new private-sector capital investment into key sectors to create jobs and increase trade between the U.S. and West Africa, including through increased utilization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The project comprises of three main components:
    • Design and administration of a Co-Investment fund for private sector partnerships, including a portion for partnerships in Research and Development (R&D) towards innovating and modernizing practices in Nigeria across five targeted value chains;
    • Technical assistance (TA) that directly supports, coordinates, and engages with qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve USAID’s trade and food security objectives;
    • Urgently respond to the secondary economic impacts of COVID-19, notably to increase the access of working capital with financial actors, prevent job loss, and respond to supply shortages by scaling up local response.
  • Through this Co-Investment fund and technical assistance, the Trade Hub will improve companies’ abilities to expand business operations, increase productivity, and create jobs that build on the talents and aspirations of West Africa’s growing population.
  • The Trade Hub will collaborate on specific commercial opportunities with firms, service providers, research organizations, as well as other business network actors to access private capital that will contribute to large-scale jobs, exports and investment, particularly with strong demonstrated or potential links to the U.S. companies and investors.

Position Summary

  • The Grants Manager will provide administrative and technical guidance and support to the Lead Grants Manager and staff on the design of grant activities, guidelines, and regulations for the small grants’ mechanism. Also, this position supervises the Grants Officer(s) and Assistant(s).

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The Grants Manager will report to the Leads Grants Manager.

Primary Responsibilities
Pre-Award:

  • Coach and mentor Grants Officers/Assistants under her/his direct supervision
  • Review evaluator comments, scores, and co-creation guidance for expressions of interest (EOIs), ensuring they provide sufficient justification for accepting or rejecting each applicant
  • Formally accept or reject EOIs assigned to their portfolio in the Trade Hub’s grants management system, SMART
  • Register applicants with accepted EOIs in SMART and ensure they have access to the correct full application templates
  • Serve as lead point of contact for applicants on due diligence and grants process during pre-award stage
  • Coordinate with monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and public private partnerships (PPP) staff to schedule and facilitate co-creation meetings with shortlisted applicants
  • Conduct final review of applicant budgets with input from Grants Officers/Assistants; support PPP with final budget negotiations
  • Prepare grant negotiation memos with input from Grants Officers/Assistants and submit to Lead Grants Manager for review
  • Validate due diligence reviews conducted by Grants Officers/Assistants in SMART
  • Conduct final review of pre-award assessment prepared by Grants Officer/Assistant
  • Facilitate grant kickoff meetings with support and input from MEL and PPP

Full-Impementation:

  • Closely monitor assigned grants to ensure timely processing of payments, track budget over-/under-spends, and identify any amendment needs
  • Resolve implementation challenges with Lead Grants Manager as needed
  • Coach and mentor Grants Officers/Assistants under her/his direct supervision
  • Draft amendments and submit to Lead Grants Manager for final review

Grant Close-Out:

  • Conduct final review of grant closeout checklist and associated grant documentation prior to submitting grant closeout request to the Grants Director
  • Validate activity completion with PPP and MEL staff before initiating the grant close-out process
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor Grants Officers through grant closeout process

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Financial Analysis or Accounting desirable; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Must have 6+ years of general work experience and 4+ years of specific experience with sub-grants management, preferably in West Africa working in international development.
  • Solid understanding of USAID regulations and procedures pertaining to grants management, and ability to interpret and explain USAID regulations;
  • Strong understanding of 2 CFR 200, ADS 302 and 303;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects;
  • Ability to analyze cost proposals and prepare reports and recommendations on whether or not applicants should be funded;
  • Ability to analyze budget line items for compliance with budget guidelines;
  • Proven records maintenance and database management skills;
  • Understanding of cost-share and/or leveraging preferred; and
  • Fluency in Spoken and Written English highly desired, advanced knowledge required.

Application Closing Date
27th December, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send hard copy of their CV and Cover Letter to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

Note

  • Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
  • Creative Associates International Incorporation is an equal opportunity employer: Disability / Veteran.

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