U.S. Embassy Abuja USAID Project Management Specialist Jobs in Nigeria
U.S. Embassy Abuja USAID Project Management Specialist Jobs in Nigeria
Program/Project Development, Management, and Oversight – 70% The WRM/WASH Specialist participates with EGE Team members, USAID/Washington experts, and others in the design of appropriate programs/projects and other interventions in Nigeria, with consideration of in-country political, legal, regulatory, and economic environmental factors. The Specialist prepares and justifies program/project recommendations, Scopes of Work, GLASS requisitions, and other required documentation, and shepherds recommendations through to approval.
In addition to supporting the development of WRM/WASH projects, the Specialist serves as Contracting or Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR or AOR) for three major WRM/WASH programs/activities (through contracts or assistance), managing an annual combined program budget of over $15 million per year. The WRM/WASH Specialist develops and maintains an extensive range of high-level contacts, influential GoN officials, international donors, cooperating agencies, contractors, IPs and their local partners, and other key program stakeholders. This includes regular consultation with World Bank officials, representatives from other donor agencies, significant contact with the Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Health and Population, and with private sector companies and foundations involved in programs to promote sustainable and long-term management of polluted, scarce, or variable freshwater supplies to increase access to safe water. The Specialist also oversees the existing USAID Water Resource Management Portfolio for the WASH sector value at $45 million and manages the private sector and civil society organization relationship
The WRM/WASH Specialist leads the development of a performance-monitoring plan for all Mission activities contributing towards the objectives of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act and its associated earmarks and contributes to data collection and synthesis.
The WRM/WASH Specialist provides guidance to USAID implementing partners (IPs). Reviews and approves contractor work plans and approves hiring of key personnel. Provides technical direction to IPs concerning complex issues and provides administrative approval for payments and advances. Works with IPs to establish benchmarks, goals, and objectives, and receives and reviews periodic and ad hoc reports to ensure that benchmarks, goals, and objectives are being met. Conducts scheduled and non-scheduled IP site visits to monitor activities, identify and assist in resolving problems, provide guidance on USAID policies and procedures, and to maintain open lines of communication. Prepares trip reports on site visits, listing findings and recommendations, and supplementing written reports with oral briefings to the Office Director and senior Specialist, and to the Mission Director, as required. Maintains program/project oversight through to final closeout and IP evaluation.
The WRM/WASH Specialist coordinates with other EGE programs within USAID and the USG, and with other donors on matters where WRM/WASH programming complements these activities, serves as a member of USAID Strategic Objective Teams and, as appropriate, participates in or leads Technical Evaluation Committees.
Reporting, Evaluation, and Communications & Outreach – 30%
The Specialist works under the general supervision of the WASH Team Lead and in a collegial manner with the remainder of the EGE Team. The Specialist also coordinates activities with other technical teams in the mission, as appropriate, with particular emphasis on ensuring program coherence with the Feed the Future technical team.
The work involves the full range of consultative, advisory, monitoring, management, data collection and analysis, and evaluative aspects within the urban WASH and water resources management sectors. The Specialist collaborates and coordinates with USAID/Nigeria colleagues; with colleagues from the local donor community; national governmental and non-governmental organizations; and the public and private sectors.
With guidance from the WASH Team Leader, the WRM/WASH Specialist assists in program management and evaluation; liaising with donors, partners, NGOs, GoN officials; and identification and resolution of issues affecting overall EGE program performance.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Physical Demands: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
Master’s Degree in Water Resources Management or water related area (Natural Resource Management/Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Environmental Science/Engineering, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Health) is required.
Prior Work Experience: Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in successfully implementing WRM/WASH or related development activities including
Watershed and River Basin Management policy reform, and implementation of effective watershed programs to promote sustainable and long-term management of polluted, scarce, or variable freshwater supplies leading to increase access to safe water is required.
S/He must also have demonstrated experience with designing and managing urban WASH service delivery projects.
The Specialist will need to have in-depth knowledge of project design and management, contracting, and monitoring and evaluation procedures to perform their duties at a high level as it relates to Watershed and Water Resources Management and urban WASH service delivery activities.
The Specialist must have a strong grasp of Office, Mission and Agency level policies, procedures, and regulations, including good working knowledge of USAID ADS 200 regulations over the course of their employment.
The Specialist will need to have a detailed understanding of the USG’s goals, objectives, and strategies, how to implement the Agency’s Water Country Plan, and how their work connects to Mission strategic initiatives like the Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), and the Mission’s Operational Plan (OP).
The Specialist will be required to have an expert knowledge of the local and national culture, as they will be responsible for helping the USAID/Nigeria WASH Team bridge the cultural gaps between the U.S. and Nigerian as it relates to natural resources management.
They will need to have a particularly strong understanding of watershed management and sustainable development in Nigeria as anthropogenic activities such as urbanization, increased agricultural activities, deforestation, bush burning, civil construction works, over-grazing and poor water resource management among others disrupt the natural water ecosystems.
A detailed understanding of the concepts, principles, techniques, and practices of Watershed and Water Resources Management is required.
The Specialist must have detailed knowledge of the economic status of, and current events in Nigeria and in the region, and of political and development realities, prospects, and priorities for Watershed and Water Resources Management in Nigeria.
Skills and Abilities:
Must possess an advanced ability to foster communication and partnerships with counterparts from within the USG, implementing partners, the Government of Nigeria, international donor community, civil society, and local and international private sector investors.
Demonstrated advanced capacity for perceptive analysis and the ability to develop solutions is required.
A high degree of professionalism, discretion, teamwork, and excellent interpersonal skills in a diverse work environment is essential, in addition to sound judgment.
The advanced ability to communicate logically and effectively in English, both orally and in writing, is essential.
A writing sample may be requested.
A standard ability as it relates to computer literacy in MS Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and web-based applications such as Google Docs; as well as general competency in working with internet and web-based research is also required.
The level of skill required for the position is highly complex information within a specialist discipline and requires managing multiple activities and representing USG private sector development initiatives to multiple external stakeholders.
Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) English oral and writing ability is required.
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; U.S. Embassy Abuja USAID Project Management Specialist Jobs in Nigeria
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