Program Support Officer – Initiatives and Challenges at Skills Outside School Foundation

Location: Abuja (FCT) | Skills Outside School Foundation
Reporting Relationship: Senior Programs Manager
Employment Type: Part-time | Job Title: Program Support Officer – Initiatives and Challenges

The Skills Outside School Foundation is a not-for-profit organization registered as in IT (70340) in June 2014 at the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria, and a Company Limited by Guarantee (09365183) at the Companies House, UK.

Job Description

  • The Initiatives and Challenges Program Support Officer manages the innovative process of the organization.
  • (S)He will be tasked with identifying innovative potentialities and bringing them to fruition in order to best benefit the overall goals of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Brainstorms with the creative team to discover alternative solutions and approaches to old problems.
  • Plans effective new ideas and innovative strategies for product development, marketing, branding, or business opportunities.
  • Recognizes promising ideas and introduces them into the organization’s plans and discards ideas that are ineffective, costly, or beyond the organization’s mission or abilities to develop.
  • Strategizes with the team to transform general ideas into workable solutions.
  • Analyzes existing practices to isolate areas ripe for improvement or enhancement.
  • Encourages creative thinking in the team and nurtures innovative thinking across all areas of the organization.
  • Follows target audience responses to new ideas, tracks and analyzes the success of new products or services, and responds to the target audience’s questions.
  • Monitors research and development of other organizations to spot trends in innovation and supplement research findings in the organization’s industry.
  • Allocates resources to maintain the organization’s existing agenda while accounting for new projects.
  • Tests the progress of innovation and adjusts the pace or direction of new projects in accordance.
  • Keeps all new projects in line with the company’s mission and maintains consistency with the organization’s message and brand.

Requirements
Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • Background in marketing, research, and development, product development, or strategy is recommended.
  • Proven experience in the industry or working in a leadership role in a similar industry.
  • Portfolio of past work.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must possess an inquisitive and creative mind.
  • Must be independent and self-directed but able to work and lead a team of creative individuals.
  • Superior research and analytical skills to track and predict trends.
  • Must be able to work creatively within a budget and use innovation to find ways of more managing resources.
  • Strong business knowledge, understanding of a variety of business practices, and familiarity with the company’s industry.
  • Must be able to collaborate with executives, creative teams, research and development, and project management teams.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to persuasively sell ideas.
  • Must be willing to take calculated risks and manage expectations.

Application Closing Date
23rd November, 2020

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV, Portfolio and a Letter of Motivation to: [email protected] using the position applied for as the job title.