Head of Program at Partners West Africa – Nigeria (PWA-Nigeria)

Job Title: Head of Program | Location: Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria | Partners West Africa – Nigeria (PWA-Nigeria)

Partners West Africa – Nigeria (PWA-Nigeria): Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to enhancing citizens’ participation and improving security governance in Nigeria and West Africa broadly. The organization is located in Abuja, with a national and regional reach. PWA Nigeria is the newest addition to the Partners Global network. PWA-Nigeria joins a vibrant international community of 19 like-minded national organizations around the world, united by common approaches including participatory decision making, collaborative advocacy, consensus building and social entrepreneurship for democratic governance.

Job Descriptions

  • This will be a challenging and highly rewarding leadership and management role. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Head of Programmes will operationalise PWAN’s 5-year strategy.
  • This will involve both strategic planning, programme design to establish an innovative portfolio that will likely include partnerships with both governments and global corporations.
  • As a growing organisation, this role will require both a hands-on approach to ensure proper implementation of projects across the country while also maintaining a focus on our overall strategy.
  • The Head of Programmes will provide programme leadership and responsible for the design and management of PWAN’s programme portfolio.
  • The role will directly manage the Senior Program Managers, Rule of Law, Citizens Security, Head of Kano and Borno Offices as they come on board over the next 3 years.
  • The role will also support the fundraising effort of organization, particularly in conceptualizing and writing project proposals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead innovative programme development efforts and support the resource mobilisation effort of the organization. As a growing organization, PWAN is committed to innovative projects that are fundable.  
  • Overall responsibility for programme development, implementation, reporting and risk management.
  • Integrating and ongoing management of effective monitoring and evaluation frameworks into programme design.
  • Line Management of Senior Program Managers Rule of Law, Citizens Security, Head of Kano and Borno Offices and others as the organisation’s portfolio grows
  • Exploring innovative solutions and thinking creatively to identify solutions that will maximise our impact on the ground.
  • Working with the Head of Office, Kano and Borno to develop a State-based strategy and programme plan.
  • Ensure programme coordination and coherence across PWAN’s growing programme portfolio.
  • Publicly representing PWAN to support the Executive Director in strategic programme activities that advance the vision of the organization.  
  • Serve as a Member of the Management Team and support the ED at Board meetings.
  • Contribute to PWAN’s strategic planning and organisational development plans.

Qualifications and Technical Skills

  • University Degree (BA, BSc) Computer literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Desirable: Masters level degree in Law, Sociology, Gender Studies or related disciplines..

Experience Essential:

  • At least 8 years’ experience of programme management
  • Experience in leading and building teams.
  • Setting up new projects and ensuring programme coherence
  • Working with senior officials in both the public and private sector.
  • Understanding of programme research, monitoring and evaluation framework.


  • Private and public sector experience.


  • Strong strategic thinking capacity and ability to transform problems into solution-driven actions.
  • Delivering and impact-driven.  Strong commitment to result and capacity to work with little or supervision.
  • Strong and dynamic leadership capacity – value-based and capacity to inspire the growing professional team.
  • Collaborative: Able to work closely within a small team across the organisation
  • Communicating and Influencing: Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Cultural Sensitivity and inclusivity: Adaptable and sensitive to work in different cultural contexts.
  • Time Management: Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
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