VSO Nigeria Jobs for Head of Programmes

VSO Nigeria Jobs for Head of Programmes

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries by delivering innovative development programmes in over forty countries around the world. VSO has been operating across Nigeria since nineteen fifty eight and has accompanied the country through complex social change and growth. As part of its current country strategy 2012 15, VSO Nigeria works with poor and marginalized young men and women in an integrated way.

VSO Nigeria is currently looking a dynamic, experienced, and competent Head of Programmes for its Abuja office. The job holder will guide the overall Country Programme strategy and implementation of related activities within the country Programme. This position manages the development, implementation and successful delivery of VSO’s programmes within the agreed Country Strategy: manages programme teams and partnerships to maximise VOS’s impact in reducing poverty, The successful candidate also is responsible for fund raising to support the growth of the Nigeria programme. Candidate will report to the Country Director and will be located in Abuja, Nigeria (With frequent travels to project locations); it also will have line management responsibility for at least seven programmes staff.

Key responsibilities of Head of Programmes:
  • Programme Development and Management
  • Develop and design overall programme delivery activities and proactively monitor overall programme progress by developing and overseeing the implementation of the programme Monitoring & Evaluati6n Framework for the country programme.
Fund Raising:
  • Develop a funding plan that maximises and increases VSO’s external funding base and ensures compliance with funding and donor requirements. Proactively identify funding opportunities, and lead in the development of concepts and proposals. Candidate responsible is for donor relationship management to ensure high standard of performance in all aspects of resource management.
Strategic Leadership
  • As a member of Senior Management Team, support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation and empowers staff, volunteers, partners and communities maximize their potential to achieve significant impact in our programmes.
People Management
  • Effectively lead and develop a high performing programme team within the performance management framework: act as a mentor and contribute to development of shared vision among key stakeholders.
Financial Management
  • Budgeting and Forecasting: Develop and manage overall programme budget, providing accurate and timely reports on expenditure, monitoring expenditures and costs against benefits realised as programmes progress.
Required qualification and experience
  1. Applicants are expected to have the following skills, qualification and experience.
  2. Degree in social science or any related field, preferably at post graduate level.
  3. At least ten years relevant senior level work experience in Programme Management, Resource Mobilization and management: Team Leadership and Partnership.
  4. Must have demonstrated capacity for fund raising especially in proposal writing, analyzing and report writing skills
  5. Experience and knowledge in Youth Focused programming in the context of developing countries.
  6. Excellent understanding of project cycle management tools to ensure effective planning, resourcing, implementation and review of Programmes
  7. Experience in successfully developing and managing large and complex programme budgets.
  8. Strong leadership and people management skills: managing within large complex global teams
  9. Ability to work as an effective team member in a multi cultural environment
  10. Excellent networking, facilitation and interpersonal skills
  11. Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to vary communication content and Style to suit audience.
  12. Experience of the financial management of budgets, including building a budget, monitoring and Managing expenditure
  13. Confidence and experience in external representation.
The application is close on 27th May, 2013.

How to apply?
To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter to vsonigeria@vsoint.org. CV should include three names of your nominated referees. VSO respect all candidates but we can only respond to shortlisted candidates.

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