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Job Description

CARANA Corporation, an International Development consulting firm, designs and directs innovative economic growth strategies to help countries and businesses compete globally, reducing poverty and raising living standards around the world. For over 30 years, we have specialized in market-led solutions to development challenges in more than 100 countries, packaging our expertise with on-the-ground resources for sustainable, cost-effective results.

 

The Nigeria Expanded Trade and Transport Program (NEXTT) seeks to improve trade policy, promote agribusiness investment and remove bottlenecks to the free flow of goods, especially agricultural goods. NEXTT builds on and extends trade and transport activities begun under the USAID MARKETS (Maximizing Agriculture Revenue in Key Enterprise and Target Site) Project and on the export promotion activities of NEEP (the Nigeria Expanded Exports Program).

NEXTT will contribute to food security and poverty reduction in Nigeria and support regional trade and transportation objective by facilitating trade flows. It supports the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) and complements agricultural productivity improvement efforts under the United States’ Government’s food security initiative Feed-the-Future, with three program activities: transport corridor improvements, policy reform and trade facilitation and expanded export support.

Objective:

The objective of launching a LAKAJI Project Development Facility (PDF) is to mobilize private capital for high priority investments along the corridor at a more rapid pace. The Project Development Facility is envisioned as a catalyst for setting in motion many of the private investments required and to capitalize on the corridor’s natural attributes as an investment magnet. The LAKAJI Project Development Facility will play this role vis-à-vis agricultural investment opportunity that aligns with USAID Nigeria’s broader goal of promoting inclusive economic growth and food security.

Responsibilities:

CARANA Corporation is seeking an exceptional candidate to fill an upcoming opening for a financially oriented Project Development Facility Assistant to:

Assist the PDF Manager to prepare applications for presentation to the Evaluation Committee.Process approved PDF projects including accepting, closing, amending, reviewing postings and disbursements, and compiling receipts and travel documents, the goal of which is to ensure a complete financial record of each provider and/or event.Develop Terms of Reference for technical assistance by foreign consultants and local business development providers. Conduct pricing negotiation to execute contractsReview PDF deliverables and assess the degree to which they meet acceptable quality standards and meet their respective Terms of Reference.Liaise with PDF recipients to ensure that the services they’ve received meet with their expectationsAssist Case Managers to track the performance of the PDF recipients post PDF completionMaintain bookkeeping records, tracking in Excel spreadsheets, and reconciling with the PDF Manager and other parties to determine the validity of actual expenses incurred for each event or training.  While the effort supports transactions and events that may take place elsewhere in Nigeria

Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in business or economics is required. Master’s degree preferred.Knowledge of USAID Regulations; experience with grants is highly desirableSound understanding of finance, feasibility studies, business plans, and agribusinessStrong command of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel spreadsheetsAn ability to learn quickly on the job and adapt to evolving requirementsSelf-motivated with a strong work ethicA team player with a great attitudeNigerian Citizen

 

Location: Nigeria

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How to Apply

Apply on the company’s website – HERE

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