Project Overview and Role:
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Reinforcing the UK-Nigeria partnership against modern slavery, The Stamping out Trafficking in Nigeria (SoTiN) is a 4-year DFID Nigeria programme which aims to change or reduce the behaviours, attitudes, and social norms in Edo State.
The SoTiN Programme is looking for consultants to carry out the below work in
over a period of 10 working days.
In order to implement tailored, responsive and effective technical assistance and engagement with Government Institutions & Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) through the SoTiN programme there is need to assess the existing capacities, identify where gaps exists or areas that require strengthening and adopt a continuous quality improvement mechanism for improved service delivery and enhanced state level response.
Broadly, the objectives of the Stakeholders Mapping and Needs Assessment includes but is not limited to the following:
Increase understanding of the specific context of human trafficking and unsafe migration response in Edo State
Identify existing capacity gaps in the current human trafficking and unsafe migration response in Edo State
Determine the technical assistance requirement for potential strengthening of Government Institutions and MDAs in Edo State
Inform evidence-based decision making and contribute to program risk management and operational theory of change
Scope of Work
In delivering this task, successful candidates will undergo training on the methodology and tools for conducting such needs assessment before proceeding for field engagements with the target Government institutions and MDAs in Edo State.
Under the supervision of the SoTiN Government Policy and Technical Lead, the individual consultants will facilitate the conduct of participatory needs assessment/reviews for Government Institutions and MDAs in Edo State. Conduct Key Informant Interviews (KII) with selected Government officials in the state.
The individual consultants will complete and submit the Needs Assessment templates and a summary field process report.
In pursuit of the above, applications are invited from suitably qualified short-term technical assistants (STTA) to support the conduct of needs assessment for Government Institutions, Ministries, Departments & Agencies (MDAs) in Edo State, Nigeria.
The applicants should possess the following:
A minimum of bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Social sciences, Arts, Law or Development Studies, a master’s degree will be an added advantage
Background and relevant experience in research not less that 3 years.
Be conversant with the prevailing context of human trafficking and unsafe migration
Background and relevant experience in data collection and field research of at least 3 years
Have a strong analytical and report writing skills
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Design the Innovation & Grants Facility framework
Manage the end to end grants process for the IGF which will be designed to distribute funds to CSO’s working directly with victims and potential victims of trafficking.
Develop the IGF implementation phase workplan, with support from key staff.
Manage and coordinate all aspects of IGF competitive and non-competitive grants to CSOs/NGOs
Design and execute a transparent competition for selection of fund recipients, drawing on best practise of challenge/grant fund awards and integrating lessons learned.
Work closely with the MEL manager to support coordination of research and outcomes to inform strategy for IGF funding windows and SOSIN learning and evidence platforms.
Implementation of IGF
Review grants applications,
Coordinate and follow up on action points to track, monitor and report progress with the MEL and Safeguarding & GESI Managers;
Oversee the issue of grant award and agreements with support from grant officers;
Contribute to a CSO capability and mapping assessment to be undertaken in the inception phase and support Team leader to establish bootcamps that will help incubate ideas;
Shortlist potential recipient and further build capacity to deliver;
Identify opportunities to highlight specific grantee accomplishments and support the Communications and MEL
Managers to produce compelling content which includes innovations, best practice and lessons that can be disseminated including through SOSIN learning platforms. – supporting to build the evidence of what works to tackle drivers and enablers of TiP;
Analyse and evaluate grant submissions for technical and budget soundness and compliance with DFID regulations, recommending award actions for grant award;
Analyse and evaluate activity applications, proposals, and agreement/award documents to ensure consistency with program goals and objectives; and
Coordinate closely with the Team Leader, MEL manger and other core team members to ensure grants/funding fits within the overall programme goals and objectives.
Monitoring, Reporting and Due Diligence
Work with the MEL manager to design an IGF results framework that feeds into broader SOSIN theory of change and results framework /logframe;
Develop, implement, and manage strategies for measuring and tracking programme outcomes and impacts against goals and grant requirements to contribute to the development of programme progress reports as required by the client;
Together with Finance and Operations Manager ensure a process for robust due diligence of shortlisted applicants and ensure timely and accurate compliance and reporting as required by the client;
Work with the Finance and Operations Manager to: (a) develop IGF financial and technical reports; (b) to establish KPIs for grant recipients; (c) make recommendation to the Team Leader and relevant stakeholders (e.g. selection and advisory board members) for further funding subject to technical and financial performance;
Target technical assistance to build MEL and financial management capabilities of grant and challenge fund recipients to improve their ability to track results and performance against periodic evaluations/reviews to be presented during programme review meetings; and
Develop and maintain relationships with IGF recipients and oversee grant officer to organize, conduct and document ongoing monitoring of grantee performance, capacity building that targets grantee needs, and financial monitoring to ensure proper and efficient use of donor funds.
Work closely with the Safeguarding & GESI Manager to ensure all onboarded grantees pass due diligence requirements and are provided with capacity building trainings;
Monitor ongoing operational and management risks relevant to the grants process; and
Work closely with the Safeguarding & GESI Manager to ensure safeguarding is embedded into award criteria.
Support the Team Leader and wider team to establish an Edo action plan, initially through the convening of an Edo stakeholder conference. To increase impact and build a community of practice, encourage further collaboration between
CSOs through convening other collaborative platforms;
In consultation with the Team Leader, coordinate relevant stakeholders which include a selection committee and advisory panel that will govern the IGF and support the development of an effective governance structure for the facility; and
Provide direct technical support to potential local NGO/CSO partners and grantees.
Lead the development of capacity building framework and plan for CSOs /fund recipients including delivering training guidelines as required, supporting process of continuous improvement to strengthen CSO capacity and capability to take innovation to scale;
Train, supervise and coach team and partners with regards to grants management;
Provide information to grantees on reporting requirements and direct technical support to potential local NGO partners and grantees;
Work closely with the Finance & Operations Manager to ensure continual improvement of the granting process;
Assist short-listed applicants to refine their application working in coordination with technical team colleagues to develop a technically sound approach;
Work closely with the Finance & Operations Manager to ensure accurate forecasting of activities ensuring responsibility for keeping forecast variance within client tolerance limits for component;
Working with the Team Leader to effectively manage risks and ensure that they are reported monitored and mitigated for within delivery area;
Work collaboratively with the entire implementation team and partners to ensure effective delivery to client requirements; and
Other duties as required by Team Leader.
Bachelor’s degree in management or other relevant field;
Extensive experience in grants management, including system design and set-up;
Experience in facilitating grants across a range of stakeholders and in supporting grantees to ensure compliance with grant processes;
Highly organised with an ability to work flexibly, and to report against tight deadlines and deliverable requirements whilst maintaining consistently high standards and attention to detail;
Excellent interpersonal skills and effective at building relationships and trust across a culturally diverse and multidisciplinary team;
Ability to operate in complex situations and willingness to travel to target countries; and,
Excellent English verbal and written communication skills. The ability to communicate in a succinct and clear way is critical.
Currently located, or willing to relocate to Benin City
Experience of working collaboratively with a range of public, private and civic organisations, including, ministries, government agencies, academic institutions, think tanks and the philanthropic and independent sectors;
Experience working in Nigeria;
Experience in the management and co-ordination of multi-stakeholder teams; and
Experience in anti-trafficking programmes.
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Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Civil Society Engagement State Coordinator will be responsible for leading the engagement with key civil society organizations that advocate for proper quality treatment and counseling services for those living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, including â€“ but not limited to â€“ the Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NEPHWAN). (S)he will coordinate and work under the guidance of the larger Abuja-based team engaged on diverse HIV activities at the national level.Â
Engage with civil society organizations (CSOs) in the state to assess patientsâ€TM financial and non-financial constraints on access to HIV care and services.
Engage with State representatives â€“ including from the Ministry of Health, and the National and State Agencies for the Control of AIDS (NACA/SACA) - to assess the scope, execution, monitoring and sustainability of policy directives on user fees on their respective states.
Liaise and support CSOs to advocate for effective reduction or removal of user fees for HIV services across public facilities in the state and provide overall technical assistance.
Support HP+ in the development of a policy monitoring guide to track progress in the execution of user fee removal policies in the State.
Coordinate with HP+ to propose and identify potential LGAs and facilities where monitoring guide can be applied.
Document lessons learned on CSO engagement and user fee removal and make final recommendations so that the monitoring guide can be applied across other states.
Required Qualifications and Experience
At least two (2) years of experience working with civil society organizations and / or on good governance issues. Demonstrated familiarity with the concepts, methods, and tools related to civil society governance.
At least three (3) years of relevant work experience in health or health financing with a focus on HIV/AIDS.
Master's degree in Public Health, Economics, Statistics, Social Sciences, or other related discipline, preferred. Candidates with a bachelorâ€TMs degree and two additional years of relevant experience will also be considered.
Sound understanding of the HIV epidemic and programs in Nigeria.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
Ability to meet tight deadlines and attention to detail.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Strong English writing, oral communication, and reporting skills.
Flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness. Ability to take initiative and respond independently to situations.