Monday, 20 August 2012


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SPARC works with State Governments to support changes in the way strategies and policies are prepared in Nigeria so that public policies and organisations respond to the needs of citizens and uphold their rights. SPARC works to support changes in the way financial resources are managed.

SPARC works to strengthen the Federal Government’s support, and incentives, for better performance in state governments. In other words, to help state government staff boost their knowledge and skills so that they can do what they are supposed to do, but better.
We are looking for a Deputy State Programme Manager to join the SPARC team in Lagos. The DSPM will be based in Lagos State SPARC Office.
The DSPM will work closely with the State Programme Manager (SPM), Consultants and Administrative teams at the Programme Management Unit, Abuja and other SPARC state offices. The DSPM will be responsible for the following duties:
Deputising for the State Programme Manager in their absence (this requires close involvement in all SPM activities)
Supporting the State Programme Manager in delivering state programme outputs and outcomes – including responsibility for the development of work plans
Supporting the State Programme Manager in the facilitation and coordination of activities including ensuring that required meetings and workshops are arranged and that appropriate state partners are notified in advance of any inputs
Having detailed knowledge of, and directly supporting the SPM in, the management of at least one technical work area, including reading and commenting on consultancy reports.
Supporting the SPM to respond to demands made by Project Management Unit, Abuja. copied from:
Managing Technical CoordinationManagers and Technical Officers
Any other state-specific roles identified by the SPM
Masters degree from social sciences or another relevant field
Technical expertise and at least 6 years experience in policy and strategy development, public financtal management or public sector reforms. A general awareness of the interdependencies between all three would be preferable.
Knowledge of various key development sectors and competence in collating, analysing and disseminating a broad range of technical information
Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to relate to high-level politicians and technocrats.
Ability to speak the predominant local language (Yoruba), and familiarity with the environment of the state position applied for, will be a distinct advantage.
DUE DATE: 29th August, 2012
We particularly encourage applications from qualified women as they are currently under-represented an the SPARC management team.
If you have the required skills and experience, please email your CV along with a 2-page brief on how you match each of the requirements, your experience of delivering the key tasks above. Applications must reach the Human Resources Manager at: before noon on Wednesday 29th August, 2012. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held shortly afterwards.

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