Programme Manager – SoTiN Programme at the Palladium Group

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Stamping out Slavery in Nigeria (SoSiN) is a 4-year DFID Nigeria programme which aims to change or reduce the behaviours, attitudes, and social norms in Edo State that drive or enable human trafficking.

The project seeks to achieve the impact that more effective Government and non-Government institutions reduce the drivers and enablers of unsafe migration and trafficking through three components:

  • Strengthened Edo State Government response to preventing unsafe migration and human trafficking: more effective and innovative use of resources – human, financial, physical, political and network assets – supports a ‘whole of government’ approach to preventing unsafe migration and human trafficking through social and attitudinal change;
  • Improved coordination, innovation and quality of NGO response to preventing unsafe migration and human trafficking: better coordinated and more effective civil society tackling the drivers and enablers of human trafficking;
  • A stronger evidence base for action in anti-slavery prevention, with learning platforms operating and informing policy and interventions: the use of evidence and sharing of best practices becomes embedded in ways of working, to deliver improved performance not only in Nigeria, but globally.

We’re looking for a programme manager to join our team, based out of Benin City

Core Responsibilities

Design the Innovation & Grants Facility framework

  • Manage the end to end grants process for the IGF which will be designed to distribute funds to CSO’s working directly with victims and potential victims of trafficking.
  • Develop the IGF implementation phase workplan, with support from key staff.
  • Manage and coordinate all aspects of IGF competitive and non-competitive grants to CSOs/NGOs
  • Design and execute a transparent competition for selection of fund recipients, drawing on best practise of challenge/grant fund awards and integrating lessons learned.
  • Work closely with the MEL manager to support coordination of research and outcomes to inform strategy for IGF funding windows and SOSIN learning and evidence platforms.

Implementation of IGF


  • Review grants applications,
  • Coordinate and follow up on action points to track, monitor and report progress with the MEL and Safeguarding & GESI Managers;
  • Oversee the issue of grant award and agreements with support from grant officers;
  • Contribute to a CSO capability and mapping assessment to be undertaken in the inception phase and support Team leader to establish bootcamps that will help incubate ideas;
  • Shortlist potential recipient and further build capacity to deliver;
    Identify opportunities to highlight specific grantee accomplishments and support the Communications and MEL
  • Managers to produce compelling content which includes innovations, best practice and lessons that can be disseminated including through SOSIN learning platforms. – supporting to build the evidence of what works to tackle drivers and enablers of TiP;
  • Analyse and evaluate grant submissions for technical and budget soundness and compliance with DFID regulations, recommending award actions for grant award;
  • Analyse and evaluate activity applications, proposals, and agreement/award documents to ensure consistency with program goals and objectives; and
  • Coordinate closely with the Team Leader, MEL manger and other core team members to ensure grants/funding fits within the overall programme goals and objectives.

Monitoring, Reporting and Due Diligence

  • Work with the MEL manager to design an IGF results framework that feeds into broader SOSIN theory of change and results framework /logframe;
  • Develop, implement, and manage strategies for measuring and tracking programme outcomes and impacts against goals and grant requirements to contribute to the development of programme progress reports as required by the client;
  • Together with Finance and Operations Manager ensure a process for robust due diligence of shortlisted applicants and ensure timely and accurate compliance and reporting as required by the client;
  • Work with the Finance and Operations Manager to: (a) develop IGF financial and technical reports; (b) to establish KPIs for grant recipients; (c) make recommendation to the Team Leader and relevant stakeholders (e.g. selection and advisory board members) for further funding subject to technical and financial performance;
  • Target technical assistance to build MEL and financial management capabilities of grant and challenge fund recipients to improve their ability to track results and performance against periodic evaluations/reviews to be presented during programme review meetings; and
  • Develop and maintain relationships with IGF recipients and oversee grant officer to organize, conduct and document ongoing monitoring of grantee performance, capacity building that targets grantee needs, and financial monitoring to ensure proper and efficient use of donor funds.

Safeguarding

  • Work closely with the Safeguarding & GESI Manager to ensure all onboarded grantees pass due diligence requirements and are provided with capacity building trainings;
  • Monitor ongoing operational and management risks relevant to the grants process; and
  • Work closely with the Safeguarding & GESI Manager to ensure safeguarding is embedded into award criteria.

Relationship Management

  • Support the Team Leader and wider team to establish an Edo action plan, initially through the convening of an Edo stakeholder conference. To increase impact and build a community of practice, encourage further collaboration between
  • CSOs through convening other collaborative platforms;
  • In consultation with the Team Leader, coordinate relevant stakeholders which include a selection committee and advisory panel that will govern the IGF and support the development of an effective governance structure for the facility; and
  • Provide direct technical support to potential local NGO/CSO partners and grantees.

Capacity Building

  • Lead the development of capacity building framework and plan for CSOs /fund recipients including delivering training guidelines as required, supporting process of continuous improvement to strengthen CSO capacity and capability to take innovation to scale;
  • Train, supervise and coach team and partners with regards to grants management;
    Provide information to grantees on reporting requirements and direct technical support to potential local NGO partners and grantees;
  • Work closely with the Finance & Operations Manager to ensure continual improvement of the granting process;
    Assist short-listed applicants to refine their application working in coordination with technical team colleagues to develop a technically sound approach;
  • Work closely with the Finance & Operations Manager to ensure accurate forecasting of activities ensuring responsibility for keeping forecast variance within client tolerance limits for component;
  • Working with the Team Leader to effectively manage risks and ensure that they are reported monitored and mitigated for within delivery area;
  • Work collaboratively with the entire implementation team and partners to ensure effective delivery to client requirements; and
  • Other duties as required by Team Leader.

  • Bachelor’s degree in management or other relevant field;
  • Extensive experience in grants management, including system design and set-up;
  • Experience in facilitating grants across a range of stakeholders and in supporting grantees to ensure compliance with grant processes;
  • Highly organised with an ability to work flexibly, and to report against tight deadlines and deliverable requirements whilst maintaining consistently high standards and attention to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective at building relationships and trust across a culturally diverse and multidisciplinary team;
  • Ability to operate in complex situations and willingness to travel to target countries; and,
    Excellent English verbal and written communication skills. The ability to communicate in a succinct and clear way is critical.
  • Currently located, or willing to relocate to Benin City

Desirable Attributes

  • Experience of working collaboratively with a range of public, private and civic organisations, including, ministries, government agencies, academic institutions, think tanks and the philanthropic and independent sectors;
  • Experience working in Nigeria;
  • Experience in the management and co-ordination of multi-stakeholder teams; and
  • Experience in anti-trafficking programmes.

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