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Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Massive Recruitment 2019

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Collaboration with International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is implementing a Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise in the Niger Delta States (LIFE-ND).
To facilitate implementation of the project, the partners want qualified and competent personnel to fill the underlisted positions:

Job Title: Procurement Coordinator (PRC)
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Procurement Coordinator will be responsible for the management of project activities in accordance with relevant National and IEAD Procurement Guidelines, and building the capacity of State Procurement Officers and other project implementing partners.

Specific Duties

  • Formulate a project procurement strategy.
  • Ensure that procurement is carried out such that transparency, integrity, economy, openness, fairness, competition and accountability remain the cardinal target.
  • Facilitate the preparation as well as update and review of the yearly procurement plan while ensuring that procurement activities are carried out as per the approved procurement plan.
  • Prepare and consolidate Quarterly Tracking Procurement Plan.
  • Maintain and regularly update the contract register and No Objection tracker.
  • Prepare and periodically update the data base of vendors, suppliers and consultants.
  • Facilitate the preparation of technical specifications/terms of reference for procurement of goods, works and services.
  • Handle issues relating to contract negotiation, complaints and debriefing.
  • Prepare bidding documents, tender notices, and invitations for bids.
  • Receive, open and evaluate bids, as well as finalize contracts.
  • Administer contracts to ensure compliance with the contracts conditions, payment terms.
  • Maintain all the records relating to procurement.
  • Prepare procurement implementation reports in accordance with the reporting requirements of IFAD and the Government and consolidated reports for the entire project.
  • Provide guidance and supervision to the states, the beneficiaries and service providers.
  • Ensure that the procurement capacity of the states, beneficiaries and. service providers is developed.
  • Organise and conduct training for procurement staff and participants.
  • Carry out any other duties assigned by the Regional Programme Coordinator.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The PRC will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s or Higher Level University Degree in Engineering, Finance, Management, Purchasing or equivalent qualifications.
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant post qualification experience.
  • Strong background and experience in successfully carrying out procurement using similar procedures, methods, specifications etc.
  • Knowledge (at least 5 years) of internationally accepted ‘best practice’ systems, the Nigerian Procurement Laws and Guidelines and experience in working with Donor Funded Projects.
  • Good writing skills and good computer skills.
  • Demonstrate team spirit, good interpersonal and conflict management skills.
  • Integrity and confidentiality.
  • Interpersonal and time management skills.

 

 

Job Title: Administration and Logistics Officer (ADM)
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Administration and Logistics Officer will be responsible for setting up and streamlining administrative procedures as provided in the Project Administrative Manual. He reports to the Project Coordinator.

Specific Duties

  • Facilitate the development of the Project Administrative Manual.
  • Set up the administrative system as provided in the Project Administrative Manual.
  • Advise the RPC in all areas of administration as well as participate in administrative planning in consultation with management staff to support project activities.
  • Liaise with other project staff, IEAD projects and ICO Nigeria for compliance with respect to communities of practice.
  • Set up employee database and prepare other reports stipulated in the Manual.
  • Initiate recruitment procedures of both local staff and consultants, and raise contracts.
  • Manage performance evaluation, reward, training and leave of staff.
  • Manage travel arrangements, all logistics arrangements for project activities, vehicles maintenance and fuel log, retirement of claims.
  • Manage grounds/offices and timely maintenance of infrastructure and equipment.
  • Ensure compliance with security guidelines.
  • Undertake other related duties as may be required.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The ADM will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree (Bachelor’s) in Business, Public Administration or Human Resources Management.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ working experience in Administration or 3 years’ experience and a Master’s degree in the above fields.
  • Must have experience in human resource management and coordination of trainings.
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and achieve results. i.e. Integrity and confidentiality.
  • Planning, problem solving and decision-making skills are required.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English and knowledge of at least one indigenous language.

 

 

Job Title: State Agricultural Processing/Quality Enhancement Officer (APQEO)
Locations: Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The APQE will work under the direct supervision of the NPMU Market and Enterprise Development Advisor and in close collaboration with the State Business and Market Development Officer, State Government and Local Government authorities. Overall, the APQE will be directly in charge of state and local government-level interventions in the area of promoting the use of improved and more efficient value addition equipment and technologies for agro-processing, handling, storage and packaging.

Specific Duties

  • Coordinate the implementation and monitoring of state and local government-level Programme activities and actions in the provision of agro-processing and related equipment and technologies.
  • Work with VC operators such as agro-processor organizations to arrange for the acquisition and sustained efficient management and use of new agro-processing and related equipment.
  • Supervise the setting up and operation of demonstration of improved technologies and equipment and the provision of equipment for standard measures and weights.
  • Work with the SBMDO to organize commodity fairs and other interactive events for VC operators and the State Government.
  • Supervise the setting up and management of demonstration exercises and activities for the promotion of the use of improved agro-processing equipment and technologies.
  • Supervise and coordinate the technical assistance in the areas of food processing systems (md. GAP, GMP and HACCP principles).
  • Deal and interact with state and local government agencies in consultative and collaborative activities.
  • Supervise the work of service providers in the area of value addition equipment and technologies, providing information about their performance;
  • Source and use information from various sources for the implementation and coordination of activities and measures for the promotion of value addition;
  • Supervise state-level capacity building and technical assistance measures and activities in the areas of acquisition and use of value addition equipment and technologies.
  • Participate in the formulation and implementation of the VCAP and supervision of activities under the value addition segment of the VCAP.

Qualification and Experience

  • A minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or Higher National Diploma in Agricultural/Food Engineering or Food Science and Technology.
  • Strong background in engineering and technological aspects of agroprocessing and agricultural product handling (storage, preservation and packaging).
  • Practical skills and at least 5 years work experience on matters relating to food and agricultural processing, agro-industrial development and MSME promotion.
  • Good negotiation, inter-personal skills and communication abilities.

 

 

Job Title: Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer (PMEO)
Locations: Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The PME Officer will have overall responsibility for coordinating and facilitating the planning, M&E activities at state level.
  • The Officer will ensure that robust systems for PME are established and fully linked to other information and knowledge systems, to enable the Programme to be flexible and responsive to changing circumstances.
  • The Officer will also assess needs and capacity for PME at state and local levels and accordingly design and implement capacity building programmes. T
  • he Specialist will work under the guidance of the PME Advisor of the NPMU and closely with relevant SPMU and LGVC staff to ensure a coherent and collaborative approach to PME.

Specific Duties

  • Develop the Programme M&E System on the basis of the programme’s Logical Framework taking into account Government monitoring frameworks.
  • Organize and supervise focused baseline surveys at the beginning of the programme to be undertaken by a contracted institution.
  • Contribute to preparing an M&E Plan, including the programme’s monitoring formats.
  • Establish indicators for outputs, outcomes and impact, monitor implementation processes and performance, and assess outputs and outcomes.
  • Foster participatory planning and M&E by training and involving stakeholder groups.
  • Oversee design of a field-based system for the programme monitoring that incorporates the logical framework approach.
  • Prepare essential data to be included in quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.
  • Monitor financial and physical progress as well as reporting back to stakeholders to create a better learning environment; undertake programme and thematic evaluations.
  • Integrate the M&E system into the overall programme coordination and organization function and with other information and knowledge systems
  • Organize and oversee annual review and planning workshops and preparation of annual work plans and budgets.
  • Inform and join supervision missions by screening and analysing reports.
  • Undertake any other duties that may be assigned to him/her by the National Programme Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience

  • A higher-level degree in Agricultural Economics, Rural Development or other relevant field. University-level studies in a field related to statistics or a related field would be an advantage.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in M&E and/or project management in areas such as agriculture, marketing, rural finance and policy matters.
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing successful M&E systems.
  • Solid understanding of use of modern information and communication technology (ICT) in development.
  • Proficient in the use of databases and spread-sheets.
  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and data management.
  • Proficient in the use of statistical and other software packages for both quantitative and qualitative analysis, experience in analysing complex programmes or policies.
  • Experience in facilitation, in particular of learning processes
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English.

 

 

 

Job Title: Project Accountant (PA)
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Project Accountant is responsible for supporting the Project Financial Controller (PFC) in the effective discharge of his/her functions. He reports to the Project Coordinator.

Specific Duties

  • Master IFAD key documents such as, the disbursement handbook, procurement guidelines and handbook, IFAD guidelines for project audits, the Financing Agreement (FA) and the Letter to the Borrower (LTB) as well as the Project Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Assist the PFC in the implementation of a sound financial management system as described in the Project Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Prepare transaction vouchers, input all transactions into the RPCO accounting system before submission to the PFC for approval and make sure all necessary supporting documentation is made available and filed in a systematic way.
  • Process all payments, ensuring that project financial procedures are strictly adhered to.
  • Process monthly payroll, payment of salaries to staff and project contributions.
  • Assist the PFC in the preparation of withdrawal applications. e.g Prepare cash flow forecasts as required.
  • Monitor financial returns from implementing partners and State Project Coordination Offices (SPCOs), including periodic visits to their offices.
  • Assist in the preparation and monitoring of annual operational budgets.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual financial reports in agreed format including:
    • Sources and uses of funds statement, including incurred expenditures by component, expenditure category and financier,
    • Variance report (actual vs budgeted expenditures),
    • Designated account reconciliation statement,
    • Withdrawal application-statement of expenditure,
    • Fixed asset register,
    • Contract register for submission to the Technical Support Committee, Lead Project Agency and IFAD.
  • Maintain a well-organized and up-to-date filing system for Accounting and Financial records as well as a fixed asset tagging system.
  • Perform physical inventory of project assets each year.
  • Assist the PFC in the preparation of the accounting manual of the RPCO.
  • Provide assistance to the external auditors as required, and facilitate that the project auditors have access to all necessary files.
  • Make sure all expenditure items:
    • Meet the eligibility criteria as defined in the IFAD financing agreement,
    • Are supported by adequate documentation (invoice, contracts, evidence of payments etc.).
  • Ensure all project records are properly filed in a systematic way and maintain proper back up.
  • Prepare monthly bank account reconciliations are prepared in a timely manner and reconciliation items are promptly followed upon.
  • Liaise with the SPCOs to ensure timely delivery of justification of advances, reporting of expenditures, and financial reports, as well as follow-up on audit process and audit findings.
  • Undertake any other activities assigned by the RPC and the PFC.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The PA will report to the FC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years’ post-professional experience.
  • A professional qualification (FCA, ACA, FCNA, CNA) with at least 15 years of post- qualification experience, at least 8 of which must be in management.
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience in management team of IEAD- assisted or donor funded projects.
  • Good interpersonal relationship, transparently honest, team worker and possess ability to train counterparts; and must be healthy and fit to undertake extensive filed visits.
  • Member of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, with strong working knowledge of both national and international accounting procedures.
  • Strong computer skills, spread-sheets, and other relevant accounting packages.
  • Working knowledge of banking and financial control procedures.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

 

 

Job Title: Financial Inclusion Specialist
Location: Abuja
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: VCDP National Office, Abuja

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the VCDP National Office.

Main Responsibilities

  • The Financial Inclusion specialist will coordinate all efforts to expand financial inclusion across project locations.
  • S/he will provide technical leadership and guidance to project staff and partners on financial services to rural communities, the unbanked and underserved populations, smaliholder farmers and other agricultural value chain actors within the anticipated I FAD-Funded projects.
  • The Financial Inclusion specialist will lead Rural Resilience’s efforts to leverage innovative and technology-led solutions to achieve the programmes goals on financial inclusion.

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Identify best practices and trends, including role of technology, within the programme areas as an innovative financial services business riodeIs serving the poor in various sectors such as saving and lending schemes, Agri-finance and SME finance;
  • Development of a programme financial inclusion strategy and upscaling of affordable low-cost financial solution for services to beneficiaries;
  • Participate in the building of partnerships to facilitate access to finance and collaborate with commercial and non-commercial partners that seek to deliver appropriate and affordable non-financial or financial services to smallholder farmers;
  • Facilitate development of a capacity building plan with financial institutions, to create an efficient platform for the provision of financial services to underserved groups in the project areas;
  • Develop new ideas/concepts that increase uptake of credit by rural communities;
  • Facilitate the linkage of beneficiaries to financial institutions for sustainable access to credit
  • Identify and/or develop required financial tools and methodological approaches, and provide technical assistance and training/capacity building to ensure programme interventions achieve or surpass established objectives;
  • Provide indicators to track financial inclusion activities;
  • Track data monitoring and management systems to ensure quality in implementation and reporting;
  • Report to NPC-VCDP

Qualifications and Skills

  • At least a Master’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Economics or other relevant field.
  • At least 5 years work experience working in the area of financial inclusion in Donor funded projects at managerial and advisory levels in developing country context.
  • Mastering of current standards in the rural financial industry, and practices in developing rural financial markets, particularly in financing agricultural value chain development.
  • Sound understanding of the Nigerian financial sector.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.

 

Job Title: Knowledge Management and Communication Coordinator (KMC)
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator will have overall responsibility for coordinating, supporting and facilitating Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) activities related to project implementation at the regional level.
  • The Coordinator will work closely with the KMC Advisor at the Central Communications Unit to provide leadership, guidance and capacity building in KMC.
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Specific Duties

  • Manage the implementation of the KMC strategy of the project.
  • Develop KMC activities for the annual work plan and budget (AWPB).
  • Prepare an annual KMC plan of actions for enhancing institutional culture of learning and knowledge-sharing.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing events and policy dialogues among project stakeholders.
  • Ensure that innovative experiences, learning and good practices are captured, synthesized, documented and shared continuously within the project, within the relevant stakeholders and, with in-country partners, IFAD and other regional and international partners.
  • Play a leading role in knowledge capitalization and develop evidence based knowledge products and ensure wider dissemination.
  • Develop and update project stakeholders contact list and mailing lists for dissemination of project knowledge products.
  • Guide staff on information collection, processing, and information dissemination methods.
  • Play a leading role in external relations, building relations with media and communications personnel, liaison and public relations.
  • In close collaboration with the M&L Coordinator, ensure results from various studies Including quality management, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation are translated into evidence based knowledge products.
  • Establish information technology requirements for effective implementation of the KMC strategy using social media and internet tools.
  • Plan and coordinate all communication and advocacy campaigns through mass media, newsletters, stakeholder meetings, and other communication channels as appropriate.
  • Assist in developing integrated information systems to enable M&E of project activities.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of the project’s KMC strategy.
  • Contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports.
  • Maintain updated cataloguing of the project’s knowledge assets/online resource materials.
  • Undertake other KMC tasks as required.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The KMC will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Higher Level University Degree or equivalent in a field related to Communications, Journalism, Development or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in information, knowledge management, and/or development communication, preferably in the Agriculture and Rural Development sector. Experience in Media Relations, ICT and Extension will be an advantage.
  • Proven ability in Documentation and Advocacy; demonstrated capacity to develop and oversee implementation of documentation of programme results, presentations, communication and reporting skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; experience of interacting with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • High degree of motivation, initiative, independence, reliability, adaptability, and professional maturity; and places a premium on “getting things done”.
  • Strong project management and coordination skills; able to handle multiple tasks and balance priorities with various stakeholders.

 

 

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator (MEC)
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator will have overall responsibility for operating, coordinating and facilitating the planning of M&E activities related to project implementation.
  • The Coordinator will oversee the design and operationalization of robust systems for PME and ensure its full linkage with other information and knowledge systems, to enable the project to be flexible and responsive to changing circumstances.
  • The Coordinator will also assess the needs and capacity for PME at the regional level and accordingly design and implement capacity building activities.
  • The Coordinator will work closely with relevant State M&E staff to ensure a coherent and collaborative approach to PME.

Specific Duties

  • Develop activities for the annual work plan and budget (AWPB).
  • Develop the project M&E system on the basis of the project’s Logical Framework taking into account government monitoring frameworks and IFAD RIMS methodology.
  • Organize and supervise focused baseline surveys and assessments of beneficiaries at the beginning of the project to be undertaken by consultants.
  • Prepare an M&E Plan, including the project’s monitoring formats.
  • Establish indicators for outputs, outcomes and impact, monitor implementation processes and performance, and assess outputs and outcomes in line with government and IFAD RIMS guidelines.
  • Foster participatory planning and M&E by training and involving stakeholder groups.
  • Oversee the design of a field-based system for project monitoring that incorporates the logical framework approach.
  • Prepare essential data to be included in quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.
  • Monitor financial and physical progress as well as reporting back to stakeholders to create a better learning environment; undertake project and thematic evaluations.
  • Integrate the M&E system into the overall project coordination and organization function and into an MIS.
  • Ensure capture of intended impact as well as successes and failures; prepare reports and guide staff in preparing their progress reports.
  • Design and implement report formats so that all reports from service providers/implementing partners can be regularly and conveniently compiled/aggregated to contribute to the overall project results framework.
  • Organize and oversee annual review and planning workshops and preparation of AWPB.
  • Inform and join supervision missions by screening and analysing reports.
  • Select service providers where necessary and formulate TORs and scope of work for the service providers. Supervise, monitor and certify the work of service providers for the various activities and assignments.
  • Consolidate state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports of the RPCO.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The MEC will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s or Higher Level University Degree in Agricultural Economics, Social sciences, Economics, Statistics or other relevant field.
  • Proficient in the use of databases and spread-sheets, statistical and other software packages for both quantitative and qualitative analysis and demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and data management.
  • Experience in analyzing complex programmes or policies.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ proven experience working in, designing and implementing M&E/Results-based management and/or project management in areas such as agriculture, natural resources, rural finance and policy matters.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Have thorough understanding of analytical tools.
  • Have solid understanding of use of modern information and communication technology (ICT) in development and excellent knowledge of computer-based communications tools, in particular web-and mobile-based technology.
  • Experience in facilitation, in particular of learning processes.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in some of the local languages will be an asset.

 

 

Job Title: Nutrition and Food Security Specialist
Location: Abuja
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: VCDP National Office, Abuja

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the VCDP National Office.

Main Responsibilities

  • The Nutrition and Food Security Specialist will be domiciled in the VCDP national office Abuja and will provide technical support to all IFAD-assisted projects in Nigeria.
  • He/She will be will be responsible for the facilitation of nutrition mainstreaming in project interventions in IFAD project States.

Specific Duties

  • Develop a nutrition strategy to guide nutrition interventions in the programme areas.
  • Facilitate the analysis of nutrition gaps along the supply chain of priority commodities in the project locations.
  • In collaboration with selected relevant institutes and/or private sector, facilitate the promotion of value-added products development and consumption among project beneficiaries.
  • Facilitate periodic nutrition survey and report dissemination on Knowledge,Attitude and Practice (KAP).
  • Organize nutrition publicity on project nutrition activities; facilitate the development and testing of appropriate campaign messages, tools and materials to promote nutrition education, social and behavioural change communication.
  • Facilitate capacity building and training sessions on nutrition-sensitive agriculture for project staff, relevant institution and beneficiaries.
  • In collaboration with other stakeholders and partners, facilitate the activities on Home Grown School Feeding Initiative, vegetable garden dhd integrated homestead food production.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with the line ministries (such as health, gender, education) to build synergy in nutrition- sensitive interventions in project areas.
  • Provide nutrition monitoring indicators, track and document substantive data and information on nutrition-sensitive activities and maintain regular technical reports on nutrition outputs and outcomes. Work collaboratively with the technical specialists on gender and climate in documenting interface on nutrition outcomes. Undertake any other emerging nutrition activity as may be assigned by the NPC-VCDP

Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Minimum of Master degree from an accredited institution in the field of Human Nutrition, Food Science or equivalent in a field related to Food Security. Possession of Higher Degree in relevant fields will be an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in, and demonstrated understanding of food and nutrition initiatives in rural development.
  • Experience in previous implementation of related nutrition and food security programme is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Experience of interacting with a variety of internal and external stakeholders is desirable.
  • Strong project coordination skills on nutrition, food security and gender is desirable.

 

 

Job Title: State Project Internal Auditor (SPIA)
Location: Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Project Internal Auditor shall ascertain and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the financial management and internal control framework; ensure compliance with the IFAD and Federal Government project Financing Agreement, IFAD disbursement procedures, Project Implementation Manual, etc; identify critical weaknesses if any, and areas for improvement; and provide the project coordination team at the regional and state levels with timely information and recommendations on financial management aspects of the project to enable timely corrective actions.

Specific Duties

  • Carry out audit in accordance with international standards of auditing, including such tests and controls as the auditor considers necessary. The audit will cover implementing partners and the beneficial level.
  • Ensure that the accounting and financial management systems remain reliable and effective in design and assess the extent to which they are being followed. Ascertain the reliability of integrity, controls, security and effectiveness of the operations of the computerized accounting system.
  • Identify constraints, if any, in the timely updating of the accounting system and in adhering to the internal control procedures including the Project Implementation Manual and the Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Review the adequacy of the systems established to ensure compliance with policies, plans procedures, laws, and regulations and establishing whether the project at the state level is in fact in compliance. Check and report on compliance with the IFAD Financing Agreement covenants.
  • Review the efficacy, adequacy and application of accounting, financial and operating controls and thereby ensure the accuracy of the books of accounts; Review the accuracy and timeliness of the quarterly Financial Reports produced by the project and confirm whether these are used by the management for decision making.
  • Verify that the system of internal check is effective in design and operation in order to ensure the prevention of and early detection of defalcations, frauds, misappropriations and misapplications.
  • Evaluate the Internal Control System in operation to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and economy.
  • Check the segregation of duties in the project such as: i) authorization and approval, ii) recording, iii) documentation on the following operating costs: maintenance of vehicles/equipment, fueling, motor license/insurance, utilities (water, electricity, telephone), office rent and rates, salaries and allowances of project support staff, Insurance.
  • Check that the Statements of Expenditure (SCE) submitted to IFAD reconcile with the expenditures reported under the quarterly and yearly financial reports. Duly record any ineligible expenditures noted during the review.
  • Ensure reconciliation of bank statements and accounts is regularly carried out on a monthly basis and necessary corrections on accounts of banks/debits and stale transactions accounted for concurrently.
  • Conduct an independent appraisal of all the project’s activities. Consider the adequacy of controls to ensure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of project activities.
  • Confirm that IFAD No-objections given to the RPCO and the SPCO for incurring expenditure under the project are used for purpose intended.
  • Undertake procurement audits to ensure procedures are done transparently as per procedures/thresholds. Verify that all the goods, works and services procured and issues are supported by valid receipt and documents including lEAD no-objection and that a Register of Contracts and contract monitoring forms are maintained and up-to date.
  • Ensure that adequate records are maintained regarding the assets created and assets acquired by the project, including details of cost, identification and location of assets; and that the physical verification of assets is being carried out with due diligence and an annual inventory report is duly issued. Physical verification of assets and other inventories would be taken up as deemed necessary by the auditor in respect of all goods.
  • Ensure reconciliation of disbursement between RPCO and the SPCO are reconciled and accounted for.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the SPCO housed in the State ADP. The SALO will report directly to the SPC.

Qualification and Experience

  • A minimum of First Degree or Higher National Diploma in Accounting with a minimum working experience of 8 years, 4 years in lEAD- assisted project.
  • A Professional Certificate in Accounting or Auditing is an added advantage.
  • Good communication and training skills.
  • Proven track record in internal auditing.
  • Working experience of the Niger Delta area is a plus.
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and achieve results will be an added advantage.

 

 

Job Title: State Administration and Logistics Officer (SALO)
Location: Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Administration and Logistics Officer will be responsible for setting up and streamlining administrative procedures at the state level as provided in the Project Administrative Manual.

Specific Duties

  • Set up the administrative system as provided in the Project Administrative Manual.
  • Advise the SPC in all areas of administration as well as participate in administrative planning in consultation with management staff to support project activities.
  • Liaise with other project staff, IFAD projects and ICC Nigeria for compliance with respect to communities of practice.
  • Set up employee database and prepare other reports stipulated in the Manual.
  • Initiate recruitment procedures of both local staff and consultants, and raise contracts.
  • Manage performance evaluation, reward, training and leave of staff.
  • Manage travel arrangements, all logistics arrangements for project activities, vehicles maintenance and fuel log, retirement of claims
  • Manage grounds/offices and timely maintenance of infrastructure and equipment.
  • Ensure compliance with security guidelines.
  • Undertake other related duties as may be required.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the SPCO housed in the State ADP. The SALO will report directly to the SPC.

Qualification and Experience

  • University Degree (Bachelors) in Business related discipline
  • Minimum of 4 years’ working experience in Administration or 2 years’ experience and a Master’s degree in the above fields.
  • Must have experience in human resource management and coordination of trainings.
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and achieve results.
  • Integrity and confidentiality.
  • Planning, problem solving and decision-making skills are required.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English and knowledge of at least one indigenous language.

 

 

Job Title: Local Government Desk Officer (LGDO)
Location: Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Local Government Desk Officer will facilitate the linkage between the SPCO and community members including the targeted agri-enterprise groups/incubators and the CADAs.
  • He/she will function as the project focal person in the LGA.

Specific Duties

  • Facilitate and participate in the sensitization of the existing CADAs, enterprise groups, traditional rulers, opinion leaders, youth and women leaders and influential community members to foster understanding on the new direction of LIFE project
  • Promote the formation of the new CADAs where they do not exist which will serve as apex associations of enterprise groups formed at the community level.
  • Participate in the monitoring and supervision of the project activities in the LGA.
  • Assist in profiling the existing and new agri-enterprise groups, incubators and CADAs in the LGA.
  • Undertake any other assignment given by SPCO.

Qualification and Experience

  • HND or Bachelor in Agriculture, with at least 5 years’ experience working with farmers and agri-enterprises as an extension agent. Must be staff of the LGC Department of Agriculture.

 

 

Job Title: State Procurement Officer (SPRO)
Location: Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Procurement Officer will be responsible for the management of state level project procurement activities, in accordance with relevant National and IEAD Procurement Guidelines.
  • He/she will report directly to the State Project Coordinator.
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Specific Duties

  • Ensure that procurement is carried out such that transparency, integrity, economy, openness, fairness, competition and accountability remain the cardinal target.
  • Facilitate the preparation as well as update and review of the yearly procurement plan while ensuring that procurement activities are carried out as per the approved procurement plan.
  • Prepare State Quarterly Tracking Procurement plan.
  • Maintain and regularly update the contract register and No-objection tracker.
  • Prepare and periodically update the state data base of vendors, suppliers and consultants.
  • Facilitate the preparation of technical specifications! terms of reference for procurement of goods, works and services.
  • Prepare bidding documents, tender notices, and invitations for bids.
  • Receive, open and evaluate bids, as well as finalize contracts.
  • Administer contracts to ensure compliance with the contracts conditions, payment terms.
  • Maintain all the records relating to procurement.
  • Handle issues relating to contract negotiation, complaints and debriefing.
  • Prepare procurement implementation reports in accordance with the reporting requirements of IFAD and the Government.
  • Provide training, guidance and supervision to the beneficiaries and service providers.
  • Ensure that the procurement capacity of the beneficiaries and service providers is developed.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the SPCO housed in the State ADP. The SPRO will report directly to the SPAC.

Qualification and Experience

  • Minimum university degree in Engineering, Finance, Management, Purchasing or equivalent qualifications.
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant post qualification experience.
  • Strong background and experience in successfully carrying out procurement using similar procedures, methods, specifications etc.
  • Knowledge (at least 2 years) of internationally accepted ‘best practice’ systems, the Nigerian Procurement Laws and Guidelines and experience in working with IFAD or any donor funded projects.
  • Good writing skills and good computer skills.
  • Demonstrate team spirit, good interpersonal and conflict management skills.
  • Integrity and confidentiality.

 

 

Job Title: Financial Controller (FC)
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • Within the framework of the project design report and loan/grant agreements, the Financial Controller is responsible for the financial and administrative management of the project, including accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, internal controls, auditing arrangement, flow of funds and the efficient management of project resources.

Specific Duties

  • Master IFAD key documents such as, the disbursement handbook, procurement guidelines and handbook, IFAD guidelines for project audits, the Financing Agreement (FA) and the Letter to the Borrower (LTB) as well as the Project Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Consolidate and prepare together with the Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO) team and M&E Coordinator, the annual work plan and budget (AWPB) and the budget and financing plan.
  • Develop and maintain an efficient accounting system and reliable internal control procedures (including authorization levels, segregation of duties etc.) and guidelines for financial reporting and record keeping.
  • Prepare, review and monitor the project’s budget, including financing plan, procurement plan (together with the Procurement Officer), and staff development plan (together with the training focal point).
  • Prepare/verify all withdrawal applications for submission to IEAD, and ensure the availability of funds for all planned activities. Manage the project’s bank accounts, approve and co-sign all payments.
  • Ensure payments are authorized, and recorded in the accounting system correctly and in a timely manner.
  • Ensure all expenditure items:
    • Meet the eligibility criteria as defined in the IFAD financing agreement,
    • Are supported by adequate documentation (invoice, contracts, evidence of payments etc.).
  • Ensure all project records are properly filed in a systematic way and that proper back up is maintained.
  • Ensure the timely preparation of quarterly and annual consolidate financial reports in agreed format including:
    • Sources and uses of funds statement, including incurred expenditures by component, expenditure category and financier,
    • Variance report (actual versus budgeted expenditures),
    • Designated account reconciliation statement,
    • Withdrawal application – statement of expenditure,
    • Fixed asset register, vi) contract register etc., for submission to the Regional Technical Committee, Lead Project Agency and IFAD,
  • Ensure monthly bank account reconciliations are prepared in a timely manner and reconciliation items are promptly followed up on.
  • Lead tho process of contracting an external audit firm to conduct an independent audit of the annual project accounts, ensuring that annual audits are carried out within the specified time-frame and ensuring the project auditors have access to all necessary files.
  • Monitor the financial performance of the State Project Coordination Offices (SPCOs) including:
    • Justification of advances, reporting of expenditures, financial reporting, audit process and audit findings.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of staff placed under his/her direct authority.
  • Review and regularly update the Financial Procedures Manual of the project.
  • Develop together with the project accountants the accounting manual of the SPCOs.
  • Organize and supervise RPCO office, assets, including tagging of all assets, maintaining an up to date fixed asset register and conducting an annual inventory exercise.
  • Take active part in the consolidation of progress reports for submission to NDDC, IEAD, FMoF, FMPB and the participating states.
  • Undertake any other activities assigned by the Project Coordinator.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The FC will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years’ post-professional experience, at least 8 of which must be in management.
  • A professional qualification (FCA, ACA, FCNA, CNA) with at least 15 years of post- qualification experience, at least 8 of which must be in management.
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience in management team of IEAD- assisted or donor funded projects.
  • Good interpersonal relationship, transparently honest, team worker and possess ability to train counterparts; and must be healthy and fit to undertake extensive filed visits.
  • Member of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, with strong working knowledge of both national and international accounting procedures.
  • Strong computer skills, spread-sheets, and other relevant accounting packages.
  • Working knowledge of banking and financial control procedures.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

 

Job Title: Internal Auditor (IA)
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Internal Auditor shall ascertain and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the financial management and internal control framework;
  • Ensure compliance with the IEAD and Federal Government project Financing Agreement, IFAD disbursement procedures, Project Implementation Manual, etc;
  • Identify critical weaknesses if any, and areas for improvement; and provide the project coordination team at the regional and state levels with timely information and recommendations on financial management aspects of the project to enable timely corrective actions.
  • He reports to the Project Coordinator.

Specific Duties

  • Carry out audit of the project in accordance with international standards of auditing, and including such tests and controls as the auditor considers necessary. The audit will cover the project regional office, state and beneficial levels.
  • Ensure that the accounting and financial management systems remain reliable and effective in design and assess the extent to which they are being followed. Ascertain the reliability of integrity, controls, security and effectiveness of the operations of the computerized accounting system.
  • Identify constraints, if any, in the timely updating of the accounting system and in adhering to the internal control procedures including the Project Implementation Manual and the Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Review the adequacy of the systems established to ensure compliance with policies, plans procedures, laws, and regulations and establish whether the project is in fact in compliance. Check and report on compliance with the IFAD Financing Agreement covenants.
  • Review the efficacy, adequacy and application of accounting, financial and operating controls and thereby ensure the accuracy of the books of accounts. Review the accuracy and timeliness of the quarterly financial reports produced by the project and confirm whether these are used by the management for decision making.
  • Verify that the system of internal check is effective in design and operation in order to ensure the prevention of and early detection of defalcations, frauds, misappropriations and misapplications.
  • Evaluate the Internal Control System in operation to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and economy.
  • Check the segregation of duties in the project such as:
    • Authorization and approval,
    • Recording,
    • Documentation on the following operating costs: maintenance of vehicles/equipment, fueling, motor license/insurance, utilities (water, electricity, telephone), office rent and rates, salaries and allowances of project support staff, insurance.
  • Check that the Statements of Expenditure (SOE) submitted to IFAD reconcile with the expenditures reported under the quarterly and yearly financial reports. Duly record any ineligible expenditure noted during the review.
  • Ensure reconciliation of bank statements and accounts is regularly carried out on a monthly basis and necessary corrections on accounts of banks/debits and stale transactions accounted for concurrently.
  • Conduct an independent appraisal of all the project’s activities. Consider the adequacy of controls to ensure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of project activities.
  • Confirm that IFAD no-objections given to the RPCO and the state offices for incurring expenditure under the project are used for purpose intended.
  • Undertake procurement audits to ensure procedures are done transparently as per procedures/thresholds.
  • Verify that all the goods, works and services procured and issues are supported by valid receipt and documents including IFAD no-objection and that a register of contracts and contract monitoring forms are maintained and up-to-date.
  • Ensure that adequate records are maintained regarding the assets created and assets acquired by the project, including details of cost, identification and location of assets; and that the physical verification of assets is being carried out with due diligence and an annual inventory report is duly issued. Physical verification of assets and other inventories would be taken up as deemed necessary by the auditor in respect of all goods.
  • Ensure that disbursements between RPCO and SPCOs are reconciled and accounted for.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The IA will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of First Degree or Higher National Diploma in Accounting with a minimum working experience of 10 years, 6 years in IFAD assisted project.
  • A professional certificate in Accounting or Auditing is an added advantage.
  • Good communication and training skills.
  • Proven track record in internal auditing.
  • Working experience of the Niger Delta area is a plus.
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and achieve results will be an added advantage.

 

 

Job Title: State Accountant
Locations: Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Specific Duties

  • Ensuring the Programme’s financial procedures as detailed in the Programme Implementation and Financial Manuals are strictly adhered to by all Programme staff and implementing partners at the state level.
  • Facilitating the timely disbursement of Programme funds to the various accounting units mainly the service providers and farmers’ groups.
  • Compiling SOEs for the PMU and other implementing partners for timely preparation of withdrawal applications.
  • Ensuring adherence to International Financial Reporting System as well as Government of Nigeria financial practices and circulars as issued from time to time.
  • Maintaining sound accounting system, ensuring installation of good and complete chart of accounts and maintaining all relevant books of accounts that ensures complete recording and reporting of all financial and non-financial transactions of the Programme at the state level.
  • Facilitating and ensuring that external auditors are availed all necessary documents and information during the audit as detailed in the Financing Agreement.
  • Preparing financial reports and advising the State Programme Coordinator on the Programme’s financial status and trends.
  • Supporting the Financial Controller in the installation and management of sound Integrated Financial Management Information System (Computerized Accounting)for SPMU.
  • Undertaking any other duties (related to the Programme’s activities) as may be assigned by the State Programme Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience

  • First degree or Higher National Diploma in any Numerate discipline. A higher degree will be an added advantage.
  • Professional qualification (ACA, ANAN, ACCA) with at least 5 years post qualification experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the management team of donor funded projects.
  • Strong working knowledge of both national and international accounting procedures.
  • Strong computer skills, spread-sheets, and other relevant accounting packages.
  • Working knowledge of banking and financial control procedures

 

 

Job Title: Agricultural Production Officer
Locations: Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The Agricultural Production Officer will be responsible for management of Subcomponent 2.2 Support to Smallholder Production at state level and for ensuring performance of the NGOs/service providers hired to implement the activities under the Subcomponent. A key element of the position is ensuring that the Programme targets small scale producers through the implementation of production enhancement activities.

Specific Duties:

  • Responsible forthe coordination and supervision of the Subcomponent 2.2. of the project, Support to small holder production at state level,
  • Work in close collaboration with the Rural Institutions and Gender Mainstreaming officer at state level in periodic meetings held at SPMU and during joint and in periodic field visits,
  • Provide guidance to NGOs/Service providers hired to implement the activities and oversee the overall process of selection of target FOs and beneficiaries in close collaboration with the Rural Institutions and Gender Mainstreaming officer,
  • Liaise with other relevant programmes and technical departments in the Public sector at state level such as ADP, the National Agricultural Seed Council, the National Root and Tuber Crop Research Institute, the National Cereals Research Institute,
  • Liaise with any other stakeholder such seed companies, agro-dealers (distributors and sub distributors), equipment suppliers, at state level and LGA level,
  • Contribute to the design of the overall distribution scheme of certified seeds/improved cassava cuttings, fertilizers and herbicides and equipment at state and LGA level,
  • Supervise and coordinate the distribution of certified seeds/improved cassava cuttings, fertilizers and herbicides and equipment at state and LGA level including the delivery of goods at LGA level,
  • Supervise the service provider in charge of implementing the activity, Promotion and dissemination of sustainable agricultural practices through the FFS approach,
  • Contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports at state level and,
  • Contribute to the state annual work plan and budget for Subcomponent.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be based in the SPMU office. The Agricultural Production/FFS Officer will report directly to the Agricultural Production Advisor based in the NPMU.

Qualification and Experience

  • Masters or higher level University degree in Agronomy, Horticulture and other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience including at least 2 years in implementation of productivity enhancement projects.
  • Knowledge in participatory approaches, gender mainstreaming and Farmers’ Field School approach will be an advantage.
  • Proven record in the field of project implementation of productivity enhancement projects.
  • Good writing skills and computer literacy

 

 

Job Title: State Value Chain Infrastructure Officer (SVCIO)
Locations: Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

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