Jobs at Adam Smith International

Adam Smith International is an award-winning professional services business that delivers real impact, value and lasting change through projects supporting economic growth and government reform internationally. Our reputation as a global leader has been built on the positive results our projects have achieved in many of the world’s most challenging environments.

 Manager, Private Sector Development Team
Location: Kano
Experience: 0 year(s)
Course of Study: Economics
Required Grade: Not Specified
About the Private Sector Development team
 Private Sector Development is one of our core areas of expertise.  We specialise in the design and implementation of programmes that adopt a market systems approach (often referred to as “Making Markets Work for the Poor”), and work on numerous projects related to agriculture, public-private dialogue, business environment reform, business for development, and trade across the world.

About the project
 The Northern Nigeria Skills (NNS) programme is a 6-year DFID-funded programme whose main objective is to economically empower marginalised youths in the Northern states, with an initial focus on Kano, Kaduna, and Katsina. The programme has 3 main work streams, 2 focused on the supply of skilled workers with the 3rd focused on driving demand for newly-created jobs:

1. Increasing access to relevant & quality skills training for marginalised youth
2. Easing the training-to-work transition for marginalised youth
3. Supporting transformative micro and small enterprises to grow and create jobs

About the role
 Specific responsibilities include:
◦Provide financial oversight of interventions including maintenance of a resource burn-rate, an accurate financial forecast and provision of other management reports;
◦Ensure the project milestones are met and project deliverables completed on time and to a high standard
◦Managing key stakeholders and building and developing client relationships;
◦Support technical and project management teams in the planning and budgeting of interventions;
◦Ensure MS Project plans are maintained effectively and that they feed into a master plan;
◦Maintain a milestones dashboard and an issues and risk register. Effectively elevate concerns;
◦Maintain a resource plan and inform senior management of resource requirements;
◦Contract potential project consultants and negotiate terms;
◦Support implementation of interventions including logistics and administration, financial management, organisational development, reporting, recruitment, and contracting;
◦Support quarterly and annual reporting on interventions.

About you
◦A postgraduate degree in economics, political science, international development, business management, or other relevant field from a top-tier university;
◦Experience in a blue chip consultancy, development, or a relevant field;
◦Demonstrate a track record of successfully delivering complex multi-year projects and business development
◦Be willing to travel;
◦Demonstrated experience of using initiative, client-orientation, risk taking, and working in complex and time-pressured contexts;
◦Outstanding written and spoken English;
◦Hausa language ability a plus;
◦Enthusiasm, flexibility and a strong attention to detail;
◦Excellent communication, inter-personal, and team-working skills;
◦A demonstrated interest in economic development, particularly in developing countries;

What We Offer You
 We offer you a dynamic and friendly team environment and the opportunity to work on a highly successful portfolio of programmes. We have a strong commitment to our people and strive to live by our principles:
◦Take responsibility (Accountability). Individually and collectively accountable for what we do.
◦Always find a way (Resourcefulness). We think innovatively to reach a solution.
◦Promote Quality (Excellence). We maintain and promote professional standards in everything we do.
◦Commit to the Outcome (Achievement). We take pride in delivering our best to achieve results

We’ve built a culture to reflect our principles, full of likeminded professionals who are smart, passionate and great at what they do. We offer a highly competitive compensation package and excellent benefits.

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