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View Vacancy - CSSF Nigeria Defence Programme Manager(17/18 ABJ)

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CSSF (Conflict Stability and Security Fund)

Main purpose of job:

Deliver UK objectives in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin by managing the defence-delivered elements of the North East Nigeria Security and Stabilisation Programme (£7.9M in FY18-19)  and the Maritime Security element of the Niger Delta and Maritime Security Programme (£0.6M), working directly to the Head of British Defence Staff West Africa (BDS WA) in their capacity as Senior Responsible Officer (SRO).

Roles and responsibilities:

  • The Head of Programmes will have responsibility and accountability for ensuring quality programme management and compliance with CSSF processes and cross-government commercial and financial policies.
  • Effectively manage the activities and resources relevant to the programme. Advise the SRO on all ongoing programme management milestones/requirements, including follow-up of annual reviews, and be responsible for keeping this up to date and tracking progress through the delivery plan and work plan. Effective financial management of programme resources including monitoring, forecasting and monthly reporting to achieve VFM, transparency, accountability, ODA and FY targets, throughout the project cycle.
  • The Defence Engagement, Operational Advice, Training and Capacity Building component of the North East Programme provides UK military capacity building of the Nigerian Armed Forces to enable more effective counter-insurgency operations and encourage long term planning and reform. It is delivered by the UK MOD and military teams working in Nigeria to facilitating a comprehensive programme of wider engagement by Short Term Training Teams, Regional Subject Matter Experts, and Defence Training in the UK.
  • You will work with British military personnel and the Defence Section to deliver visible results, while ensuring best practice in financial and risk management, gender and conflict sensitivity, and human rights.  As Programme Manager, you will run the cross-Government processes needed for assurance on strategy and spend.  By understanding and influencing military reform in Nigeria, you will also help promote coherence across governement and the international community.
  • You will be tested across the key competences and will likely build Practitioner Level programme delivery skills and security sector experience whilst enhancing leadership and stakeholder skills.  Directly responsible to the SRO, your decision making, political sense, strategic thinking, attention to detail and focus on value for money will let you see the real-world impact of your programmes on Nigeria’s security.
    • Programme delivery and reporting experience; engaging and managing multiple stakeholders; security sector
    • Experienced and resilient working in fragile contexts, with an understanding of wider conflict, peace and security issues in Africa.
    • Experience of successfully working X-HMG overseas.
    • Internationally recognised programme and financial management qualifications
    Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
    24 October 2018
    C4 (L)
    Fixed Term
    12 months
    Africa
    Nigeria
    Abuja
    British High Commission
    N812,470
    1 December 2018

    There are a wealth of L&D opportunities available both pre-departure and during this posting, including:

    • Programme and financial management e.g. PRINCE II.
    • Additional conflict, security, CSSF and stabilisation training from SU.
    • Additional formal development opportunities, including the Diplomatic Academy, as well as attending CSSF/DFID professional development conferences

    All applicants should hold a UK passport and citizenship and have an accountable work and/or personal record for the past 5 years. All candidates should be aware that this appointment is subject to security checks and clearance prior to appointment

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    • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
    • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
    • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;

    Obtain the relevant permit

    Pay fees for the permit

    Make arrangements to relocate

    Meet the costs to relocation

    • The British High Commission does not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
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