Senior Program Development Specialist, FSN-11 in Abuja, Nigeria

at US Department Of State

NGO/Community Services & Dev
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

Basic Function of the Position

  • The incumbent's primary responsibilities include: support for program and project development which comprises strategic planning, project design, and underlying analyses; program administration and monitoring which entails overseeing obligation of funds along with all aspects of budget planning, reporting and notification, supporting communication and planning with the Government of Nigeria; and serves as the Program Office representative to technical teams to provide guidance on various aspects of program implementation, project development, monitoring and evaluation, development outreach, and budget planning.
  • S/he plays a key role on issues related to the implementation of Development Objective (DO) programs, such as the design of new activities, budget/pipeline, or identification of best practices to be shared Mission-wide.
  • S/he assists in the preparation of outreach and briefing materials on the USAID/Nigeria program. The incumbent advises Mission senior management on Nigeria political and/or economic developments that may impact the Mission’s strategic plans and program performance.
  • Additionally, s/he is the Mission site administrator for GLAAS, the webbased procurement management system; occasionally serves as Acting Program Officer during the absence of the senior principals.

Position Requirements
Note: All applicants Must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

  • University degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field is required.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in development program management, accounting, finance, budget analysis, planning or execution; project design, program planning, program/project budgeting and evaluation is required. At least two (2) years of this experience should be in an English-language environment with an international or non-governmental organization.
  • Level IV (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing in English Language is required. Language proficiency will be tested.
  • Thorough Knowledge and understanding of professional accounting principles, theories, practices, and terminology as well as principles and accepted practices of governmental and business financial accounting, budgeting, and reporting is required.
  • Good understanding of political and economic situation in Nigeria and the region; problem areas in general (state of the economy, energy sector, governance, and status of basic social indicators is required. Must have an awareness of key donor organizations, development partners, and other stakeholders working in the country.
  • Ability to recommend solutions in complicated situations, taking into consideration myriad factors and variables such as late budget appropriations, delayed availability of funds, uncertain funding levels and unexpected budget reductions. Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) with the ability to manage complex budget data including ability to use database management applications to manage increasingly complex budgets. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.


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