Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission Jobs Recruitment 2013 - 7 Positions

Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission Jobs Recruitment 2013 - 7 Positions

The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission is a development coordination and management institution, set up as a strategic and action-oriented response to the desire and determination of the South Western States of Nigeria to create regional competitive advantage. The DAWN Commission is focused on fostering inclusive and aggressive economic growth that leverages the socio-economic potential of the Southwest region comprising Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, and Ondo.

The DAWN Commission is the strategic driver that has been set up to orchestrate and foster regional cooperation and integration as a catalyst for achieving sustainable and accelerated development of Western Nigeria.

In order to successfully design, develop, deploy and execute the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, the Commission is seeking to hire world class talent and professionals with the competence and capacity to make the goals and strategic objective of The DAWN to become a reality through the following vacant roles:

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Head, Data, Planning & Analytics
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Head, Development Communications Unit
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Head, Programmes & Projects
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Head, Systems & Finance
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Advisor, Enterprise Competitiveness & Innovations
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Executive Assistant
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Staff Associates/Analysts
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Head, Data, Planning & Analytics Responsibilities:
Plans, supervises, and coordinates a comprehensive regional development data, research, and statistical capability involving the gathering of data, preparation of reports, and analysis of information useful for planning and decision making
Designs action programs oriented towards defined problem areas; analyzes the results of the implemented programs using systems methods and makes adjustments accordingly
Performs research on and evaluates existing developmental programs; and provide recommendations on the continuation or modification of such programs
Creates and maintains liaisons with others that are important to the conduct of the Planning and Analysis

  • Candidate must have minimum of first degree, with at least 8 years of research, data gathering and planning experience
  • Prior experience in a similar function with an international organization involved with developmental initiatives
  • Working knowledge of statistical analytical techniques & tools
  • Excellent problem solving, quantitative and analytical skills
  • Project management skills
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to details
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
Head, Development Communications Unit Responsibilities:
Develop and implement the Commission’s internal and external communications strategy
Undertake the necessary monitoring and evaluation activities in order to determine the success or otherwise of communications strategies
Contribute expertise in the areas of media and online engagement and public outreach to the Commission’s overall strategic planning
Reach out to stakeholders and raise public awareness to positively influence public opinion around key issues
Ensure that all output, including articles, briefing papers and key correspondence copy is in the Commission's agreed standard
Coordinate and manage public outreach and education events, including lectures, workshops and conferences
Deliver communication services for the Commission; including media coverage, effective public relations and the production and distribution of communication arising from the Commission’s activities

  • You must have minimum of first degree in any discipline
  • At least seven years' experience in corporate communications (preferably in the not-for-profit sector) or journalism
  • Exceptional written communications skills, with ability to adapt style to suit different communications media and audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Demonstrable experience of communicating complex and nuanced issues to the media
  • Versed in the use of social media
Head, Programmes & Projects Responsibilities:
Manage all events, conferences and project activity to ensure effectiveness, adherence to objectives and budgets
Coordinate and prioritize the Commission’s project and activities in line with the Commission’s needs
Effectively work with project sponsor and stakeholders to complete project charter outlining scope, goals, deliverables, required resources, budget and timing

  • The job holder must have minimum of first degree; PMI certification is essential
  • Five years practical experience in project and event management preferably for a developmental organization involved in multi million naira projects
  • Practical experience in the use of project management tools and /or software packages
  • Excellent leadership, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from stakeholders and other departments
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
Head, Systems & Finance Responsibilities:
Develop policies and procedures that facilitate operational efficiency of the Commission in the areas of Information Technology, Human Resources, Office Administration and Finance
Coordinate staff management and general administration – staff discipline, performance management etc
Prepare the Commissions’ operational, financial and other periodic reports, corporate plans and other reporting requirements and submit to the Board for information and/or approval as the case may be
Manage vendors Service Level Agreements and ensure compliance towards delivery excellent service to the Commission.
Ensure the Commissions complies with all statutory and external requirements and regulations
Assist the Commission in developing strategies for fund raising and management of such funds.

  • For role you will have minimum of first degree in Accounting, Economics or any numerate discipline
  • ACCA, CIMA, ACA and any relevant functional professional qualification will be an added advantage.
  • At least five years’ experience in a leadership capacity in a similar position.
  • Management accounting experience including budgeting, forecasting, monthly reporting is an added advantage
  • Proven ability for implementing and monitoring financial controls and creating processes and procedures
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to details
Advisor, Enterprise Competitiveness & Innovations Responsibilities:
Seek and promote best-in-class innovation, initiatives and methodology in different areas of development focus for mainstreaming, applicability and adaptability in the SW Region
Leverage data and information to identify world class initiatives that will promote the development of the Southwest Region
Provide strategic direction in the major functions of the operations and market it to key stakeholders, financiers and target audiences
Midwife entrepreneurship and partnership initiatives and programmes with relevant agents of development within the Country and across the world

  • Candidate for this role is required to have extensive experience in the development community, both at the conceptual and practical levels
  • Access into the world of strategic development innovations and initiatives, including the capacity for creating the methodology for adoption and applicability
  • Demonstrated ability to gather information and data from different sources and creatively come up with transformational initiatives
  • Candidate for this position is required to have minimum of Eight years’ experience in similar role from an organization involved in societal transformational initiatives, managing business innovation and SME development
  • Experience in project management
  • You have must be creative and analytical
  • Excellent communication skills (oral & written)
Executive Assistant Responsibilities:
Fully supporting regular activities such as annual plan, strategy planning, quarterly reviews and monthly reporting through collection and preparation of information in relevant format, organizing agendas, meeting times and locations
Proactive forward planning of diaries to ensure travel plans and meetings are scheduled and updated and that any conflicts are resolved in a timely manner
Dealing with confidential and sensitive information in relation to the operational running of the Commission
Prioritizing and managing multiple projects simultaneously, and follow through on issues in a timely manner
Research and data analysis in projects and/or initiatives

  • The role holder must have minimum of five years previous experience in a similar role
  • First degree in Law
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Extremely detailed oriented and strong planning and organization skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, show initiative and be proactive
  • High standards of ethics and confidentiality to handle sensitive information
Staff Associates/Analysts Responsibilities:
Conduct research, analyse data and prepare reports for decision making
Assist senior executives in the execution of their functions

  • First degree with a minimum of second class upper grade
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to details
  • Excellent communication skills (oral & written)
All application will be closed on 7th May, 2013. To more info, visit at

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