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Project Management Advisor needed at VSO

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Job Title: Project Management Advisor

Location 
Kaduna

Job Field
Administration, Secretarial

Role Overview
This position will build the capacity of national volunteers and local partners on project management skills such as project design, planning, monitoring and evaluation, learning and impact assessment.
He or she will support a group of volunteer team leaders/ project officers in acquiring project management skills through coaching, mentoring and facilitating experiential learning.
This position will also play a support role in stakeholder partnerships and development of new partners.
Responsibilities

Partnership Support
Provide high level support to stakeholders across sectors, so that partners maximise the resources available in their area to ensure projects represent good value for money:
Education Partners: Ministry of Education, College of Education, NYSC and NGO partners.
Secure Livelihoods Partners: Ministry of Agriculture, Private Sector, processors and trading companies.
Public institutions, and institutions working on accountability and governance.
Provide advice and guidance directly to local partners on program and project management, governance and strategy development, consultation and partner engagement.
Support the organisation of quarterly cluster meetings.

Support in development of new Partnerships & Relationship management
Identify the needs and the expectations of the VSO Nigeria program
Build relationships with NGOs, forums, companies, local experts and relevant institutions
Identify new donors and (fund raising) support in concept and proposal development.
Represent VSO as/when required at events, meetings, training workshops etc.
Note: Due to the nature of our volunteer placements, it is possible that the responsibilities of this role may differ in reality and therefore the post holder will need to be prepared to be flexible and adapt to their environment as necessary.

Key Performance Indicators
Preparation and execution of training modules
Training reports
Number of trainings
Execution of mentoring and coaching programs
Number of National volunteers and Project staff mentored
Change in the quality of the performance of partners, volunteers and staff
Management reports
Yearly management review reports
Note: Objectives will be confirmed in a three way discussion between the volunteer, employer and VSO in the first three months of the placement.

Competencies
Building and Sustaining working relationships – The social skills to build and actively maintain working relationships that foster teamwork and collaboration with others for the benefit of a common goal.
Open Minded and Respectful -A non-judgemental approach that values other people and culture.
Seeking and Sharing Knowledge – Recognition that learning is a two-way and continuous process.
Facilitating Positive Change – The ability to analyse problems and develop lasting solutions in line with VSO approaches.
Adaptability – A flexible approach and the ability to adapt behaviour to different situations.
Resilience – The self-confidence to work with a variety of situations, diverse people and ambiguity.

Skills and Knowledge
Masters’ degree in Business Administration, Development Management or equivalent.
At least 5 years specific work experience in training and capacity-building.
Proactive and entrepreneurial.
Good organizational skills.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, good representation with public and private partners.
Teamwork and interest for knowledge transfer.
Strong interest in Technical/ Vocational Training, and supporting teams.
Fluency in English.

Desirable
Previous experience in Africa is recommended, in particular in Nigeria/West Africa.
Knowledge of Hausa language
Willingness to work in a difficult environment where basic amenities (electricity, internet etc) is a challenge .
Experience in working with people from diverse background
Personal considerations
In addition to the job description, the following information should be used when considering whether a placement is suitable for you.

Personal Health Considerations
If you have a significant current or past medical condition and/or you have general concerns about staying healthy as a volunteer, please use this information to assess whether this placement will be suitable for you. All volunteers require medical clearance from a VSO medical adviser before they are able to take up a placement with VSO. Occasionally, VSO may consider that this placement is too great a risk for you in terms of your personal health and you would be advised to consider a different placement. For further guidance about medical assessment and volunteering with a medical condition please see the frequently asked questions on VSO website.

Access to Medical Care and Support
The standard and quality of local medical care and support available at this placement will depend on its location within the country. Health facilities are likely to be more poorly resourced in rural areas in terms of medical expertise, equipment, infrastructure and regular supplies of medication. However, this may not be the case in the capital city or in a larger town, where in some countries there may be a reasonable standard of medical care.
The following gives you an indication of where the placement is in relation to the country office and how easy it would be to make the journey if you were ill.
One volunteer position will be based in Lagos, and the other Kano.
Lagos, located in the South-West region, is the economic nerve centre of Nigeria and there will be easy access to the medical facilities available in the Capital – this includes private clinics and State hospitals. The VSO Programme Office in Abuja is between 9 to 10 hours from Lagos by road and about an hour by air. There are daily flights to Lagos from Abuja.
Kano, located in the North-West region, is the largest city in Northern Nigeria and there will be easy access to the medical facilities available in the Capital – this includes private clinics and State hospitals. The VSO Programme Office in Abuja is about 5 hours from Kano by road and about an hour by air. There are daily flights to Kano from Abuja.
Mosquito nets are given to volunteers during the In-country orientation (ICO). Programme staff will also check the accommodation before volunteer’s arrival to ensure that it meets VSO Nigeria’s minimum standard to prevent susceptibility to malaria. Aside Malaria, Typhoid is another common ailment that can be contacted, in other to prevent this disease, volunteers are advised to boil and filter their drinking water, wash fruits and vegetables before eating and cooking.
There is also a health/medical session on healthy living during the ICO which is facilitated by a medical doctor invited from one of VSO Nigeria’s recommended hospital. Volunteers are also given a comprehensive health manual that provides necessary information on health issues.

Qualified Persons should send CVs to http://vso.force.com/jobopportunities/job_listpage

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