Manager, Governance
Location(s): • Abuja, North Central — Nigeria
Specialization: • Executive / Management
Industry: • NGO / International Agencies
Application Deadline: April 09, 2018
Job Type Full-time


ActionAid is an anti-poverty agency that prioritizes works with the poor and excluded; promoting values and commitment in civil society, institutions and Governments with the aim of achieving structural changes in order to eradicate injustices and poverty in the world. ActionAid Nigeria is an affiliate of ActionAid International, an International Non-Governmental organisation registered in The Netherlands with its headquarters in Johannesburg South Africa. ActionAid International works in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

ActionAid Nigeria is inviting applications from qualified candidate to fill the position within the organisation below:

Job Title: Manager, Governance

Location: Abuja

Reporting to: Head of Programmes

Line Management: SMILE Project Manager, SCEEP Project Advisor, F4D, PATS-F (Promoting Accountability and Transparency in School Feeding) & Breaking barriers project

Grade: 8

Job Purpose

The post holder will be responsible for leading and motivating the Governance Team to plan and manage activities aimed at achieving the goals and objectives of its strategy focus.
He/she will report to the Head of Programmes and be a member of the Country Management Team; be responsible for providing oversight functions for the respective projects under this strategic focus.
Key Duties

Provide input to strategic plans especially with regards to quantitative performance measures and indicators
To ensure collaboration between the staff of the Governance unit and other Programme staff
Coordinate federal government annual budget review by different units to inform advocacy on AAN strategic focus.
To ensure that plans are consistent with guidelines and procedures agreed with respective donors and in accordance with specific needs of ActionAid Nigeria.
Lead the unit to develop monthly and quarterly work plans in accordance with ongoing activities and plans for the year.
Monitor progress and ensure timely implementation of planned activities, especially those that feed into the work of other staff and partners.
To provide technical support to the impact assessment and shared learning team of AAN.
Responsible for overall policy and advocacy issues on governance
Link closely with other staff, partner organisations and networks, both national and international, in Governance for effective advocacy work at the state and national levels, especially in partner communities.
To support in recruitment, assessment and on the job training of governance issues as it affects gender, health, elections in partner offices and projects.
Promote the adoption of participatory approaches by partners and other actors
Strengthen AAN staff capacity in Human Rights Based Approach and Accountability Learning and Performance Systems (ALPS)
Lead the team in project steering committee meetings
Human Resource Management:

Participate in the recruitment and induction of all team members
Coordinate the objective setting and appraisals for team members according to organisational policies. Also, develop annual staff development plans with the Team, balancing staff personal development needs with organisational skills requirement.
Provide support and motivate staff to meet targets.
Ensure that staff are equipped with skills in participatory methodologies for use in our work in Governance and that partners are trained in the use of these methodologies for the work at the community level.
Make recommendations of policies, procedures and arrangements that adequately support and motivate staff and partners of the Governance team
Provide line management support to appropriate staff of the governance unit.
Financial Management:

Lead the Team to develop annual budgets in accordance with AA financial guidelines taking into consideration existing commitments of AAN.
Approve all advances, procurement plans and sign off on retirements of floats and funds taken.
Monitor the monthly management accounts and take up issues relating to Governance for action.
Ensure judicious use of resources raised by AAN for Governance’s activities, ensure  expenditure is within agreed plans and in accordance with AAN financial policies or project framework.
Collaboration with Partners:

Lead the participation of AAN in other Governance networks, alliances and campaigns in Nigeria.
Lead AAN’s engagement with other Governance units in the region
Lead the team to build the capacity of networks and alliances in Governance.
Collaborate with networks and AAN partners to conduct research on issues of common interest.
Collaborate and exchange information with networks and other organisations in areas of common interest.
Reporting and Accountability:

Ensure the provision of periodic reports and special reports on activities carried out (such as training reports) by the team.
Contribute to AAI annual plans and reports
Provide technical support in the development of strategic documents such as country and programme strategy papers, which chart out the way forward for policy and advocacy work in AAN.
Ensure timely, informative reports to donors in accordance with donor reporting requirements.

Represent AAN and ensure the maintenance of optimum relations at all levels with Government agencies, Private Organisations, as well as Non-Governmental Organisation in the country.
Represent AAN in the civic participation working group of International Platform (IP2)

Provide support on proposal writing as well as identify new fundraising opportunities for the unit.
Actively take part in the overall policy, programme, procedure and strategy development of AAN in general.
Assume any other responsibilities relevant to the position as assigned by the Head of Programmes.
Internal Relationships:

Entire AAN staff
External Relationships:

Partners, Relevant Government Agencies, Donor Community, INGO
Community and other stakeholders.


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