Development Alternatives Incorporated DAI Jobs Recruitment [2 new positions]

Latest DAI Jobs Vacancies and Recruitment in Nigeria – Lagos, Abuja  December, 2021

Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries.

Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

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Jobs at Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI)

Human Resources Specialist

Location: Bauchi
Report to: The Director of Finance & Administration
Supervise: The Human Resources Assistant

Background

  • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).
  • State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of subnational governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally-derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

Position Objectives

  • The Human Resources Specialist will assist the Director of Finance & Administration in the day to day operations of State2State Human Resource Management and act as key liaison for all national HR and Contracting matters.

Responsibilities
The Human Resources Specialist will;

  • Develop and monitor overall HR strategies, systems, tactics and procedures across the project.
  • Nurture a positive working environment.
  • Liaise with DAIN on payroll and benefits management, including collating of monthly timesheets and updating labor trackers, and report any complications to the DFA for resolution.
  • Assess employees’ training needs and lead the actualization of the agreed training protocol.
  • Ensure that DAI-S2S comply with local laws in the organization’s HRM (e.g. statutory deductions, remittances, gender issues, holidays, insurances, etc.).
  • Act as first point of reference on queries from the state offices regarding Human Resources Management hence proactively shaping its response to its staff and workplace challenges.
  • Undertake regular visits and field queries from the States to develop capacity and ensure implementation of the DAI/S2S Field Operations Manual across the States.
  • Oversee all HR related issues such as contracts of locally Engaged Staff (LES), interviews, job descriptions, recruitment, staff confirmations, processing staff leave including leave travel allowance (LTA) and confirmation for monthly salaries.
  • Manage leave records and leave requests for the State2State Activity.
  • Lead workforce planning and recruitment operations and managing internal and external talent suppliers in consultation with S2S management.
  • Advise S2S management on organizational HR policy matters such as equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, disputes resolution, employee’s disengagement, and administering disciplinary procedures and recommend needed changes.
  • Oversee the maintenance of staff files/records and compile statistical reports concerning personnel-related issues.
  • Oversee induction for new hire and other relevant contractual arrangement with DAIN Business Resources.
  • Conduct exit interviews to identify reasons for employee resignation.
  • Collate required data, update information and documentation for the health insurance scheme and group life insurance scheme.
  • Develop position descriptions and maintaining all position descriptions of staff.
  • Supervise the process leading to the conduct of annual staff performance appraisals across all states and support the line managers to see to its logical conclusion.
  • Any other task required.

Key Performance Indicator:

  • Staffing efficiency, including hiring managers’ satisfaction
  • Turn-around time for resolving personnel issues
  • Rate of recruitment
  • Consistency in the regularity of salaries and other remunerations
  • Employee retention rate

Minimum Requirements

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  • University Degree or an HND in HRM, Economics, Administration, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Public Policy/Administration or other similar discipline.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ working experience in Human Resources.
  • A people orientated and results driven attitude.
  • Experience with HR metrics.
  • Excellent communication skills, including active listening, negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Competence to build and effectively manage interpersonal relationships at all levels of the company.
  • In-depth knowledge of labor law and HR best practices in Nigeria.
  • Excellent English language skills.
  • Functional independence with the initiative to manage high-volume workflow.
  • Skills to interact with diplomacy and tact, and follow up on requests in time and efficient manner.
  • Very good knowledge of Microsoft Suite (especially Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Word).
  • Willingness and ability to travel, and to work long hours when necessary.
  • Membership of an HR professional body or an in-view status of membership will be an advantage.

Application Closing Date
Monday, 13th December 2021.

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

Note

  • Women and persons with disabilities who meet the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.
  • DAI will only contact shortlisted candidates.

Team Leader – Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria (PLANE)

  • | Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) | Job Code: 6554 | Location: Abuja

Programme Overview

  • Nigeria faces a learning crisis, with low literacy rates and children who are failing to learn the basics.
  • Many teachers lack the competencies needed to teach, schools are over-crowded and learning materials are not routinely available. Government capacity to manage the education system effectively is weak and investment in the sector is considered insufficient.
  • Nigeria PLANE will be a 7 year, £95m programme funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and represents one window of intervention in a broader package of investment intended to enable a more inclusive and effective basic education system.
  • It seeks to do this through improvements made in teaching and learning with a focus on foundational skills in reading, writing and mathematics. It seeks to unlock governance bottlenecks that support education service delivery improvements; improve the regulation of the non-state sector and embed the use of data and evidence in the programme and within the system.
  • It has four primary outputs:
    • Teaching & Learning: Evidence-based teaching and learning approaches & materials in use, in better managed performance focused schools and teaching colleges;
    • Governance of state systems: Improved planning, personnel management and public financial management practices;
    • Governance of non-state systems: Improved management and performance of the non-state sector; and
    • Use of Evidence and Communication: Effective generation, communication and use of evidence to inform citizen engagement and improve service delivery. PLANE will work in Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa, the South West, South East, and the federal capital territory.

Duties and Responsibilities
Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide overall leadership of the programme, ensuring that all activities are properly co-ordinated and coherent, aligned with the expectations of the FCDO.
  • Responsible for overseeing operational aspects of the mobilisation and inception period, in which we establish key systems, processes and infrastructure
  • Act as the face of the programme, both to the client, to the team and to external stakeholders, including media and the public.
  • Ensure the programme develops and retains networks and relationships with key organisations and individuals. Specifically, this should extend to politicians, representatives of the media and Nigerian civil society. The Team Leader is expected to ensure that these relationships are incorporated into the work of the team and where appropriate, the programme partners.
  • Work closely with the Programme Technical Directors and seek their guidance on general best practice in relation to outputs and activities.
  • Ensure that key deliverables are achieved on time and on budget. This includes ensuring that technical activities are carried out to the appropriate standard and that reports are developed and delivered on time.
  • Ensuring that programme monitoring is taking place in an appropriate and effective manner. 
  • Ensuring that staff are appropriately supported and deployed to perform key responsibilities, identifying key needs and opportunities; and that new long term and short-term staff are identified to fill specific programme roles.
  • Taking responsibility for the general safety and welfare of the programme team within the working environment.  This includes ensuring that the Programme Office is a safe and productive space and that the programme appropriately administers its duty of care to all staff.
  • Overall responsibility for the safety and security of the programme team and assets and to work with the DAI Project Director/Manager to mitigate security risks.  At the direction of the Project Director this may include:
  • Ensuring project staff follow project security guidelines.
  • Developing and implementing a journey management plan with the DAI Project Manager and ensuring that is properly implemented by project staff.
  • Regular security monitoring and reporting of security risks to the DAI Project Manager.
  • Developing an evacuation plan with the DAI Project Manager for use in an emergency.

Reporting:

  • The Team Leader will report to the Home Office Project Director and will supervise the Head of Programmes, Senior Strategic Adviser, Governance Reform Lead and other output leads.
  • The Team Leader will be responsible for the day-to-day client reporting and liaison and client relationship. Formal contractual communications will be signed off by Head Office (reports; contractual communications etc).
  • The Team Leader should also ensure that all client communication from the project office is managed and adheres to project policies and no unauthorised communication from the project team be undertaken without the approval and sign-off from the TL.

Requirements

  • A Master’s Degree, preferably in Education, Public Policy and/or Economics.
  • At least 10 years of experience in the development sector, preferably with DFID-funded programmes.
  • Experience of working with the non-state sector in education, including low-cost private schools and public-private partnerships in education.
  • Experience in managing, designing and leading education-related research studies, learning assessments and evaluations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Nigeria’s education sector, especially the non-state sector.
  • Extensive professional experience in Africa, particularly Nigeria.
  • Experience of working with government and donor counterparts.
  • Knowledge of management of change and organisation development in the public sector;
  • Meeting facilitation and on-the-job training experience;
  • Experience of managing large multi-component long term development programmes with budgets in excess of £10 million;
  • Ability to develop well written, cohesive analyses and reports;
  • Proven experience with relationship building and team building skills;
  • Demonstrated experience of work in politically sensitive and volatile environments.
  • Ability to develop well written, cohesive analyses and reports;
  • Proven experience with relationship building and team building skills.

Place of Work:

  • The Team Leader will be based in Nigeria with possible national / regional travel.

Application Closing Date
6th December, 2021 (UK time).

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

Collaboration Specialist, Lagos and Abuja

Development Alternatives Incorporated (DA | Code: 6166 | Locations: Abuja and Lagos


Department: IT Administration, Security, & Project Management
Reports to: Associate Manager, Knowledge Management Systems

Function of the Position

  • The Collaboration Specialist provides support to business users of DAI’s collaboration tools including SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, OneDrive and other applications so that employees can have a productive digital workplace experience.
  • Primary responsibilities include user training and outreach, business requirements gathering and analysis, content management, SharePoint site design & creation, and user support and troubleshooting.
  • The Collaboration Specialist focuses primarily on supporting users and business needs based in the UK and Europe.

Roles and Responsibilities
User Training and Outreach:

  • Provide training to users about how to effectively use DAI’s collaboration tools.
  • Conduct outreach to raise awareness about features and capabilities in DAI’s collaboration tools.
  • Engage with users to understand how they are using DAI’s collaboration tools. Publicize successes and help resolve challenges.
  • Support the change management process and adoption when new tools and processes are introduced.
  • Develop and share user guides and training material.

Business Analysis:

  • Engage with business users to understand their needs, challenges and related business processes when a digital solution is proposed or requested.
  • Prepare requirements documents that clearly describe the issue, context, and needs for collaboration tool requests.

Solutions Development and Management:

  • Create and customize intuitive and engaging SharePoint sites in adherence to users’ requirements.
  • In collaboration with developers, system administrators and other digital staff design and implement solutions that address business needs using DAI’s collaboration tools.
  • Plan for the migration of files from file server to cloud storage.
  • Provide strategic direction for and ensure the smooth functioning of DAI’s Microsoft 365 platform, DAIconnect, to ensure relevance and usefulness to DAI staff.

User Support and System Documentation:

  • Work with users to resolve support tickets related to Microsoft 365 collaboration tools in a timely and customer service-oriented manner.
  • Create and maintain documentation about configurations and processes managed through DAI’s collaboration tools for reference by IT staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Grade 7: 4 years of professional work experience and a Bachelor’s Degree or 2 years of professional work experience and a Master’s degree.
  • Grade 8: 5 years of professional work experience and a Bachelor’s degree or 3 years of professional work experience and a Master’s degree.
  • Grade 9: 7 years of professional work experience and a Bachelor’s degree or 5 years of professional work experience and a Master’s degree.
  • Proven experience using digital collaboration tools, such as SharePoint, Teams, Confluence, Slack, Asana or similar software, for workplace productivity.
  • Demonstrated ability to train users and take a lead role in facilitating behavior change.
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken).
  • Customer service oriented.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels within the business.
  • Team player with can-do attitude.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and remain calm under pressure.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using the Microsoft 365 suite of tools, particularly with SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, OneDrive, Stream and Forms.
  • Experience providing end user support.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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

Finance & Administrative Specialist, Gombe

Development Alternatives Incorporated DAI | Location: Gombe

Background

  • The purpose of the five-year (2020-2025) “State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness” (“State2State” or “S2S”) Activity is to increase the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
  • This will be achieved by: strengthening governance systems (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation) related to the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]); increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict (through work on prevention, mitigation and reconciliation with the same sectoral partners, not stand-alone assistance to the police or judiciary).
  • State2State will achieve this purpose by facilitating the strengthening of sub-national governance systems in a sustainable manner, supporting the efforts of local reformers and building on locally derived solutions including, to the extent possible, reforms already working in other parts of Nigeria.

Position Objectives:

  • The Finance & Administrative Specialist position will manage the state finance/accounting and administrative activities in Gombe.

Responsibilities

  • The Finance & Administrative Officer/Specialist will prepare relevant reports; ensures that all states transactions follow DAI/USAID standards, regulations and policies;
  • Manage the states administration processes; collates financial and technical reports; ensures timely and accurate financial reporting, aligned with technical outcomes.
  • S/he will be responsible for providing the Senior Accounting Manager and the Accountant with the appropriate financial and operating information as necessary; allocate project funds among the states various program activities; work closely with other departments in the state on problems involving accounting systems and financial planning.
  • The incumbent will help establish and maintain adequate system controls to protect against financial misstatement, in accordance with applicable government accounting and administrative regulations;
  • The incumbent will support the Federal level in coordinating the state annual and other financial audits-including preparation of supporting schedules and information-respond to auditor questions and consolidate report formats;
  • Manage all banking activities including withdrawals, deposits, and preparation of all bank payments and checks.
  • S/he will record all financial transactions in Field Accounting System (FAS) on daily bases; ensures accurate and timely processing of invoices, advances and reimbursements, checks, and wire transfer payments; upload the expenses into Oracle based on DAI’s schedule;
  • Performs monthly bank reconciliations and routinely monitors bank account balances.
  • This role will work with the Accountant to approve and distribute travel advance amounts based on S2S’s travel advance policy; audits travel requests and expense reports for accuracy and compliance;
  • Follows procedures to ensure accurate and timely payment and reconciliation of travel advances, reimbursements for staff and partner travel;
  • Reviews and monitors outstanding advances report by paying close attention to advances that have not been settled after 30 days of issuance.

Reporting:

  • The Finance & Administrative Specialist will report to the State Team Lead, and coordinate closely with the finance and administrative team in the main office (Bauchi).

Line Management:

  • The Finance & Administrative Specialist will supervise the Administrative Assistant and Drivers in Gombe.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, or another relevant field is required.
  • An advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least 8 years of experience in finance and accounting.
  • Previous experience working on US Government funded projects highly preferred.
  • Strong training, communications, and personnel management skills.
  • Previous supervisory experience is highly preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Application Closing Date
Wednesday, 27th October, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: [email protected]i.com using the Job Title and preferred location e.g “Finance & Administrative Specialist, Gombe” as the subject of the mail.

Note

  • Women and persons with disabilities who meet the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.
  • DAI will only contact shortlisted candidates.
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