Jobs at VSO

VSO is the world's leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries by delivering innovative development programmes in over 40 countries around the world.
VSO has been operating across Nigeria since 1958 and has accompanied the country through complex social change and growth. As part of its current country strategy 2012 15, VSO Nigeria works with poor and marginalized young men and women in an Integrated way.
Position Overview
VSO Nigeria is seeking a dynamic experienced, and competent Head of Programmes to guide the overall Country Programme strategy and implementation of related activities within the country Programme. The position manages the development, implementation and successful delivery of VSO's programmes within the agreed Country Strategy: manages program me teams and partnersnips to maximize vas's impact in reducing poverty. This position also is responsible for fund raising to support the growth of the Nigeria programme. S/he will report to the Country Director and will be located in Abuja, Nigeria (With frequent travels to project locations): it also will have line management responsibility for at least 7 programmes staff.

To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter to  not later than May
27",2013. CV should include three names of your nominated referees. We respect all candidates but we can only respond to shortlisted candidates.

 Head of Programmes
•         Program me Development and Management
Develop and design overall program me delivery activities and proactively monitor overall program me progress by
developing and overseeing the implementation of the program me Monitoring & Evaluation Framework for the country Programme.
•         Fund Raising:
Develop a funding plan that maximizes and increases VSO's external funding base and ensures compliance with funding and
Donor requirements. Proactively identify funding opportunities, and lead in the development of concepts and proposals.
Responsible for donor relationship management to ensure high standard of performance in all aspects of resource
•         Strategic Leadership
As a member of Senior Management Team, support the development of an organizational culture that reflects our values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation and
empowers staff, volunteers, partners and communities maximize their potential to achieve significant impact in our programmes.
•         People Management
Effectively lead and develop a high performing programme team within the performance management framework; act as a mentor and contribute to development of shared vision among key stakeholders.
•         Financial Management
Budgeting and Forecasting: Develop and manage overall programme budget, providing accurate and timely reports on
expenditure, monitoring expenditures and costs against benefits realized as programmes progress
Applicants are expected to have the following skills, qualification and experience.
•         Degree in social science or any related field, preferably at postgraduate level.
•         At least ten years relevant senior level work experience in Programme Management, Resource
•         Mobilization and management; Team Leadership and Partnership.
•         Must have demonstrated capacity for fund raising especially in proposal writing, analyzing
and report writing skills
•         Experience and knowledge in Youth Focused programming in the context of developing countries.
•         Excellent understanding of project cycle management tools to ensure effective planning,
resourcing, implementation and review of Programmes
•         Experience in successfully developing and managing large and complex program me budgets.
•         Strong leadership and people management skills; managing within large complex global teams
•         Ability to work as an effective team member in a multi cultural environment
•         Excellent networking, facilitation and interpersonal skills
•         Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to vary communication content and
style to suit audience.
•         Experience of the financial management of budgets, including building a budget, monitoring and
Managing expenditure
•         Confidence and experience in external representation

Location: Not Specified
Experience: 10 year(s)
Course of Study: Social Science
Required Grade:  Not specified