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State Programme Manager At The State Partnership For Accountability, Responsiveness And Capability (SPARC)

Date Posted: 10/Jan/2014
Deadline: 22/Jan/2014

The State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) is the main governance programme of the Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria. SPARC commenced in 2008 and runs through until 2015. Its overall purpose is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of selected state level governments' use of public resources, and it focuses on public financial management, public service management, policy and strategy and monitoring and evaluation. For more information about SPARC, please visit 

we are looking for an experienced programme manager to lead our programme in Lagos state. Nigeria. The State Proqramme Manager's main function is to design and manage the implementation of SPARC activities in the state to ensure the achievement of state-level outputs.

State Programme Manager


Specifically, the functions include: 
•     Effective programme management: 
?    Delivery of state programme outputs and outcomes. Including overall responsibility for the delivery of log frame output milestones and the implementation of the activity logs, and the delivery of the agreed budget. 
?    Collation of information needed for measuring performance against the state log frame (e.g., state annual budgets, accounts and Measures of Political Commitment'). 
?    Managing the resident state team and technical assistance provided to the state, including conducting regular state team meetings and Technical Stream Lead (TSL) meetings. 
?    Facilitation and coordination of activities - including ensuring that required 
meetings and workshops are arranged and that appropriate state partners are prepared in advance of any inputs (including scheduling consultancy visits). 
?    Reporting. Monitoring and evaluation at state level. 

•     Effective Relationship Management, including: 
?    State Government (including preparation for and facilitation of State Annual Review). State Level Programme (SLPs). DFID State Representatives. Other DFID programmes in the state and other donors. 

•     Effective office operations and management, including: 
?    Ensuring that SPARC technical and finance! Admin staff provide timely, effective and efficient support to TSLs and other consultants. 
?    Security management, including the conduct of regular security meetings, and reporting this to the National Finance and Administration Manager (NFAM). 
?    Managing programme resources (including cash and office equipment) and the filing of appropriate financial returns and inventories. 
?    Management and development of SPARC staff, including appraisals and performance evaluations.

•    Effective Reporting, including: 
?    Budget and expenditure reporting, including timesheets. 
?    Communications/reporting/information flows, including direct oversight of the Management Information System (MIS) and the SPARC Fountain. 

Experience and Qualifications Required 
1.    Master's degree in Public Administration, social sciences or another relevant field 
2.    Technical expertise and at least 8 years’ experience in public financial management, public sector reform or policy and strategy development. A general awareness of the interdependencies between all three would be preferable. 
3.    Knowledge of various key development sectors and competence in collating, analyzing and disseminating a broad range of technical information 
4.    Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to relate to high-level politicians and technocrats

Method of Application

We particularly encourage applications from qualified women as they are currently under-represented in the SPARC management team. 

If you have the required skills and experience, please email your CV along with a 2-page brief on how you match each of the requirements, your experience of delivering the key tasks above. Applications must reach the Human Resources Manager at: [email protected] before noon on Wednesday 22nd January, 2014.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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