Programme Advisor (Education) in Abuja, Nigeria

at TY Danjuma Foundation

Minimum Qualification
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

Job Summary

  • Provision of guidance to grantees/organizations ‘through the entire application process” from concept development through presentation of proposals and evaluation results on all education and skills training related projects.
  • Prepare proposal analysis including written summaries and recommendations for review and action.
  • Supervise assigned portfolio of grantees in the education sector
  • Develop reports to aggregate evaluation results and communicate the Foundation’s impact in the community as may be required.
  • Ensure that grant records are complete, accurate and current. Maintain statistical information regarding grant-making activity of the Foundation.
  • Monitor implementation of grant by requesting and reviewing written evaluations and by conducting site visits to a representative number of grant recipients
  • Review letters of inquiry and full proposals to ensure that required information has been provided. And, conduct additional research into the relevant field of interest and/or non-profit organization.
  • Provide assistance to grant seekers and grant recipients organizations, as necessary, to direct them to other resources for organizational development, funding, program ideas, training etc.
  • Respond to inquiries from non-profit organizations regarding the Foundations’ grant-making guidelines and Requests for Proposals
  • Consult with non-profit organizations regarding specific grant proposals to ensure that proposals meet Foundation guidelines and/or initiative requirements.
  • Develop and maintain contact with key stakeholders in the non-profit organizations society.
  • Support initiatives developed/coordinated by Grantees and Communities
  • Keep abreast of emerging issues both locally and nationally in education
  • Other duties as assigned by Management

Other tasks include:

  • Building relationships with stakeholders including government (FG, State, LGA) and partners at national and community levels.
  • Support the State Coordinators in the development, execution and monitoring of TYDF programmes and projects including new and changed projects.
  • Review and track risks in approved educational projects; reporting on risks and mediation plan in a timely manner.
  • Support the Programme Unit in providing professional project management service to grantees and stakeholders and when necessary should take the lead in direct oversight of a sub-set of community-based education projects.
  • Assist in developing appropriate communication strategy for education projects, ensuring that agreed process are adhered to by grantees/organizations in implementation of education projects.
  • Reporting on the impact of programmes; sharing lessons with management and grantees.

Person Specifications

  • Academic and Professional: Degree qualified in Education, Humanities or Sciences, Master degree is essential; Professional membership of relevant bodies in the not-for-profit organisation and management, as well as training in the areas of Education, programme monitoring and evaluation is preferred.
  • 3+ years’ experience, some of which must be in a similar role in a reputable not-for-profit organisation.
  • Grant-making experience would be strongly preferred.
  • Ability to conduct baseline studies without supervision
  • Conversant with modern techniques for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • High level of professionalism, courage, accountability, and personal integrity,
  • Excellent organizational, writing, communication, and presentation skills;
  • Self-motivated, results-oriented, and proactive,
  • Strong critical thinking skills and capable of anticipating organizational needs,
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite including MS Projects.


  • Demonstrable understanding of issues related to Education and Skills Training in Nigeria
  • Field experience outside the NGO world: notably in government at any level, or in an appropriate educational facility. 
  • Ability to communicate in Hausa is a plus. 
  • Commitment to field work
  • Capacity to conceptualize programme interventions
  • Experience working with senior managers and stakeholders
  • Demonstrable  skill in Networking and Partnership.


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