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DFID – SPARC Job: Vacancy for Experienced State Technical Officers



DFID – SPARC Job: Vacancy for Experienced State Technical Officers

STATE TECHNICAL OFFICER

DFID-SPARC PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT

The State Partnership for Accountability Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) is a major programme funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development and managed by HT5PE Ltd assisting the Nigerian Government to build on governance reforms already under way in five states (Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kana and Lagos) and at Federal level. The programme ’started in September 2008 and will run for six years.
We are now looking for a State Technical Officer (5TO) to join the SPARC Team. The STO will be based at the SPARC Lagos office. The STO will work closely with SPARC Public Finance Management consultants and administrative teams at the PMU and other SPARC state offices.

STATE TECHNICAL OFFICER DFID-SPARC PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT AND STATE TECHNICAL OFFICER DFID-SPARC POLICY & STRATEGY TEAM.

Responsibilities
• Support the TCM in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with the State MDAs associated with activities prioritized under the SPARC Public Finance Management work plans.
• Work closely with and facilitate Government officers, SPARC consultants and staff, and other key stakeholders to implement the PFM work plans;
• Support activities of PFM consultants, acting as a link with Government and ensure that the consultants fulfil their ToRs and collaborate appropriately with Government officers;
• Support PFM related meetings and workshops, including aspects of: identification and recruitment of participants, preparation of workshop and training materials, note taking, minute writing, reporting and aspects of their administration;
• Follow up and support timely implementation of activities arising from meetings, workshops, training events, etc;
• Assist in preparing TORs for consultancy inputs, writing and checking consultancy reports, and following up timely implementation of their recommendations as appropriate;
• Liaise closely with SPARC staff assigned to other v10rkstreams ensuring mutual familiarity with workplans and deputising for others as may be required from time to time;
• Comply at all times With SPARC guidelines, policies and procedures for Programme Management
• Assist in preparing and updating periodic PFf’.1 related cash flow forecasts for the Lagos Office.
• Contribute to the strengthening of selected State organisations that can support and incentivize government for improved state-level performance.
• Responsible for the management of SPARC Technical inputs to FIR/STO
• Periodically contribute to the review of the performance of the FIR/STO
•Report on progress of Consultancy and other inputs in the FIR/STO
• Supports the TCM in coordinating consultancy inputs for State work in PFM
• Work with the relevant State MDAs to schedule consultancy inputs and facilitating the work of the consultants during inputs.
• Supports the QA of Consultant’s input into the State work programme
• In collaboration with the TCM, ensure that all SPARC staff and consultants are briefed on the correct SPARC G and 51 procedures.
• Working with central GSI team to support implementation of the internal and external SPARC GSI PFM processes
• Develop capacity and train technical and administrative staff on the practical application of GSI issues.
• Any other duties of a related nature which might reasonably be required and allocated by the line Manager or STL.

Requirements
• Minimum undergraduate social science degree, masters desirable
• Relevant work experience in programme support, project management or office administration essential
• Requisite knowledge of governance and development issues in Nigeria and international development issues generally would be an advantage
• Skills in utilising project management tools and software desirable
• Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications essential
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills essential
• Requisite knowledge of public finance management development tools, approaches, methodologies and challenges in Nigeria desirable but not essential
• Familiarity with DFID or other donor assisted programmes in Nigeria would be an advantage

Application
If you believe you have both the skills and experience required to enhance our current offering please email/send your CV along with a brief outline of key points for our consideration to [email protected]



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