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Deputy Director (International Programs) Job in Nigeria

Position:  Deputy Director – International Programs
Reports to: The Director – Nigeria Office
Location: Nigeria – Africa
Grade Level:International
Overall Role Purpose:
As the second in command for the Nigeria Office, this position has three distinctive roles as an administrative manager, program officer and as the representative of the Office in the absence of the Director. 

Working closely with the Director, oversees the administration of the Nigeria Office, including personnel and budget management, legal and banking issues, matters pertaining to the Nigeria office premises, and leases and grants administration and reporting.  

Collaborates with relevant grant makers and government agencies. Serves as a representative of the Foundation and other constituents in situations that require tact and diplomacy.  

Works with the Director and Chicago staff with the governmental bodies, academic and policy making communities in the region.  
The Deputy Director will also manage a portfolio of grants by agreement with the Director and serve as the area expert in the area(s) of Population and Reproductive Health; Girls’ Secondary Education; and/or Human Rights and International Justice.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Second in command for the Country Office
  • Represent the Office in the absence of the Director.
  • Stay up-to-date on major Country Office activities to remain ready to step in when needed.
  • With the Director, co-manage communication flow to and from the office. 
  • Manage public relations: serve as spokesperson for the program areas in Nigeria and as point person with Public Affairs office in Chicago
  • Manage the general administration for the Nigeria Office including personnel management. 
  • May supervise staff.
  • Prepares and coordinates travel of Nigeria staff and of visitors from Chicago office.
  • Manage grant application forms, lists and other publicly distributed materials.
  • Draft annual administrative budget for the Nigeria office.
  • Manage contracts for outside consultants; oversee monthly reporting of expenditures; ensure budgetary compliance; approve expenditure of funds.
  • Oversee the updating of country office related information for the website.
Program work
  • Manage a portfolio of grants and serve as area expert by agreement with the Director in the field(s) of Population and Reproductive Health; Girls’ Secondary Education; and/or Human Rights and International Justice.
  • Collaborate with other grant makers and relevant government agencies.
  • Research and evaluate ongoing work in the fields where grant making is active or where the Foundation has future grant making interests.
  • Manage or assist in the design and implementation of new strategies and initiatives
  • Perform other duties and support Director in program work as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree or university diploma required advanced degree in social sciences, public policy, law, finance or related field.
  • Significant experience in public interest or nongovernmental organizations, or in government policy making.
  • High level of fluency (spoken and written) in both English and another language of Nigeria.
  • Five or more years of administrative experience, including budgetary and supervisory experience.
  • Experience in or strong familiarity with U.S. office practices and procedures.
  • Experience in a non-profit or grant making organization preferred.
  • Expertise in at least one of the Program areas of work (International Human Rights, Population and Reproductive Health, Conservation and Sustainable Development, Peace and Security, and Migration.)
  • Proven analytic skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, presentational and written).
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues in a transnational institution where cross-program and interdisciplinary cooperation is encouraged.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the beliefs and goals of the Foundation; well-organized and efficient at managing multiple tasks and meeting tight deadlines.
  • Able to organize and convey problem/issues in written and oral format within assigned areas.
  • Able to manage priorities and own time, staff and to execute work activities.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making ability.
  • Some computer skills a must.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
The work environment is an office setting.  

Intermittent physical activities will include bending, reaching, sitting, and walking during working hours.  

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a person with physical disabilities to perform the job.

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