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PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE

Location :Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :29-Nov-12
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-3
Languages Required :
English

Background

Democratic governance is a concept that emerged from the principles that are based on the understanding that an effective system of democratic governance is one which is based on representative, equitable (across gender and other categories), transparent, accountable and inclusive institutions; a vibrant, responsible and capable media; and a dynamic civil society which is engaged in the political process. Phase 1 of DGD, which commenced in 2010 and ended in May 2011, addressed specific interventions that sought to improve the conduct of the 2011 general elections. During this phase, the project’s specific objectives were pursued through 6 distinct and inter-related programme components: Strengthening of the National Assembly; Strengthening of Political Parties; Improvement of the Electoral Process; Increased Capacity and Performance of Civil Society; Reinforcing the role of the Media; and Empowerment of Women. Based on lessons learnt and recommendations of the Project’s Strategic Review which was conducted between November 2011 and January 2012, the project document has been substantively revised to provide a clear understanding of the scope of the project, redefine the strategy, re-prioritize intervention areas, and provide more targeted assistance in order to ensure that the project produces the intended results within the constraints of time and funds.

Phase II of the project refocuses the DGD project and redefines its goals ‘to strengthen the democratic character of Nigerian political processes and outcomes.’ Similarly, to ensure a more focused and streamlined intervention targeted at specific key results areas where there would be no duplication of efforts, especially with other donors within and outside the Joint Donor Basket Fund (JDBF), the DGD Phase II has 4 major components namely: 1) Promoting Credible, Transparent and Sustainable Electoral Processes; 2) Improving the Democratic Quality of Political Engagement; 3) Enhancing Participation by Women, Youth and other marginalized groups and 4) Strengthening Channels of Civic Engagement. The contributors to the project are the European Commission, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). A Project Management Unit (PMU) runs the project under the leadership of the UNDP.

The Programme Associate applies established systems and assists in organizing programme activities in line with the DGD workplan. He/she is instrumental in facilitating programme/project implementation using and developing appropriate mechanism and systems and ensuring compliance with established procedures. The Programme Associate works in close collaboration with the Programme and Operations staff in the PMU to resolve programme related issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  •     Support the program team in organizing and implementing democratic governance activities;
  •     Closely monitor DGD contracts/grants/LOAs and other partnerships awarded to CSO and other organisations;
  •     Ensure support to the DGD Contract Monitoring Team focusing on achievement of the following results;
  •     Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Director

Function / Expected Results

Support the program team in organizing and implementing democratic governance activities

  • Make preparations for Technical Working Group meetings including sending notifications, taking minutes and making venue arrangements;
  • Prepare DSA and transport schedules for reimbursement to workshop participants and liaise with SCB to ensure payment is made according to the approved schedule;
  • Serve as focal point for DGD workshops to ensure all logistics arrangements are made ahead of the meetings;
  • Prepare and distribute minutes or other communication to members of TWGs;
  •  Maintain DGD partner and stakeholder database in consultation with DGD programme staff;

Closely monitor and support the execution of DGD contracts/grants/LOAs and other partnerships awarded to CSO and other organisations

  • Support orientation process with CSO partners at start of their projects – orientation meetings, ensure all monitoring tools and other start up procedures are followed;
  • Conduct monitoring missions to review partner activities, prepare comprehensive monitoring reports tracking emerging results, challenges and support pillar heads in developing and following up with suitable mitigating strategies to address emerging issues;
  • Support programme team in ensuring partners are on track with financial and narrative reporting

Ensure support to the DGD Contract Monitoring Team focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Liaise with the Service Centre (SC) at the UNDP Country Office in obtaining the copies of new signed contracts
  • Liaise with the CSOs to ensure the vendor form is properly completed and submitted to UNDP
  • Follow up with SC for vendor creation in ATLAS (UNDP accounting system)
  • Maintain and update on a timely basis the contract tracking sheet and filing system of contracts both in hard-copies and electronic files (share-point)

Results/Expected Output:

  •  Program implementation takes place in a timely way
  •  Programme implementation is properly monitored in a transparent and accountable way, in line with UNDP policies and procedures.
  • The key results impact positively on the overall efficiency of the DGD project including improved business results and client services. Accurate representation and linkages provided with the individual in line with the information and a client-oriented approach enhances UNDP’s capability to effectively and efficiently manage programme and projects

 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  •     Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  •     Promotes the shared vision, mission and strategic goals of the partners supporting the initiative;
  •     Displays strong cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  •     Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Comfortable with full range of sub-sectors within the project, although possibly more knowledgeable and experienced in some areas. S/he should have a strong grasp of the strategic, policy and nuts-and-bolts issues involved in project implementation in the area of democratic governance;
  •  Ability to appreciate and respond productively to the challenges faced in leading a high-risk initiative in a politically challenging environment. Ability to maintain calm and poise in high pressure and sometimes provocative situations as well as apply skills in mediation and consensus-building.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Secondary education.  Certification in administration desirable. University Degree Development,  Communications, Gender Studies, Political Science, Law, International Relations or related field in the social sciences desirable, but it is not a requirement.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 6 years working experience with NGOs, UN agencies or donor organizations;
  • Previous experience providing support to programme activities including organizing workshops and seminars;
  • Experience working on democratic governance related projects or programmes will be an added advantage;
  • Proficiency in using MS Word, Excel, and Power Point is required;
  • Fluency in spoken English is required
  • Demonstrable writing skills

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent spoken English is also required.

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Nigeria: List Of Small Scale Businesses You Can Start With N10,000 (Video)

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Having a sustainable income is very essential for you to survive in Nigeria. With unemployment rate on the rise in the country, you might want to look for alternatives to make ends meet. Setting up a business venture might be the next step. With a minimum of N10,000, you can find something worth doing. All you need is the right information from the right source then you are good to go.

I guess you’re wondering what type of small scale business you can start up with such a small budget. This is where Information Nigeria comes in. Stay with us as we bring to you five business ideas you can start with a capital of N10,000.

1. Snacks making business:

This is a lucrative business in the country and it is one of the fastest ways to get returns on your money. A snack is a small service of food which is usually eaten between meals. In Nigeria, we have snacks like puff puff, akara, doughnut, chin-chin, meat pie, fish rolls and so on. I know you might have your reservations but people have shared their testimonies about how they were able to become successful from engaging in this type of small scale business. There are people who were even brought up by hard-working mothers, who fried Akara balls and puff puff by the roadside. You require very little capital to start the business but you need to find a good location to attract more customers. Learning how to make these snacks is also important and you need to be consistent.

2. Starting up an Indomie joint:

Food is a necessity because people need it to survive. Also, keep in mind that you can’t cater to the needs of everyone but you can make your mark. You need to buy a stove, pots, serving plates, spoons and forks, a carton of noodles and so on. Your culinary skills might also come in handy because you need to come up with different recipes.  You also need to set up your business at a populated location and ensure that the place is neat.

3. Okrika or bend down select:

This is a thriving business in the country due to the tough economy, You can set up the business of selling recycled clothes to people. Just like food, clothes are also a basic need because we wear them every day to cover our nakedness and we are always in need of new ones. Some people prefer okrika because they are durable and cheaper. A low-income earner wouldn’t be caught at a boutique as they would rather opt for clothes that are not very expensive. You could make use of social media to advertise your business and you also need to be creative. You don’t need to own a shop before you start selling and it is a business that will last. You could put in additional effort when you get the clothes by washing and ironing them to make them presentable.

4. Selling of recharge cards:

We consider this business idea as one of the best cause it doesn’t require much energy to set up. You can buy a certain amount of card, sell and promote your business online and also in your neighbourhood, place of worship, among others.

5. Running errands for people:

If you love shopping then this is your best option. Running errands for people is a great way to earn cool cash because not many people enjoy doing this and they would rather let someone else run them. Just like the name implies, you run errands for people and you get paid to do them. Some errand runners offer packages to their customers, which come with a fixed rate.

 Offering packages help you get money in advance and it lets you know well ahead of time how much work you can expect. If your errands involve lots of driving then you can consider charging for mileage as well.

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SEO Specialist Vacancy at Techhive Africa

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Techhive Africa is a different kind of digital agency. We specialise in using data analytics to connect brands and SMEs across Africa with their target audience. 

Our platforms have over 5 million cumulative social media followers, over 3 million monthly unique visitors and are some of the most visible in Nigeria.

We are currently looking for a talented and creative individual to fill the position below:

Job Title: Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist

Location: Lagos

Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

The SEO Specialist will have the following responsibilities:

  • Lead the SEO strategy of our platforms.
  • Work with the content team to ensure content is created in the most effective ways
  • Develop effective link building strategies
  • Review website performance with data tools and look for enhancement opportunities
  • Craft strategies to improve user engagement and time spent on the website.

Job Qualifications

  • Graduate with a B.Sc or HND from any Tertiary institution
  • At least two (2) years working experience in SEO or a related role
  • Experience with SEO tools, keyword research, link analysis and data analytics
  • Highly motivated and target driven, with a proven track record in traffic growth

Application Details

  • Send an email with your CV attached to info@techhive.africa
  • The subject of the mail should be: ‘Application for SEO Specialist Position’
  • The body of the mail should detail in the best way possible why you are the best candidate for the job.
  • Application Deadline is: 27th September 2020

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Job Vacancy For Entertainment Writer At Information Nigeria

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Marketing Job Vacancy in Lagos

Information Nigeria, a leading Nigerian news portal with over 5 million social media followers, is looking to employ a content writer with a focus on entertainment.

Job Title: Content Writer (Entertainment)
Location: Lagos

Responsibilities:

The writer will be based around Yaba and its environs and shall report entertainment news, daily.

Requirements:
– A minimum of one-year Journalism experience with hands-on skills in New Media.
– Reportorial skills are essential.
– Good knowledge of global entertainment industry is an added advantage.

– The candidate should:

  • Be a fresh graduate with a good command of English
  • Have a passion for writing.
  • Be able to present information in a creative and user-friendly manner.
  • Be able to work in a team
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have an understanding of writing for the web/internet.

How to Apply:
All applicants should send CV and work samples to editor@informationnigeria.org with the position applied for as the subject of the e-mail.

Application Deadline is: 13th September 2019

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