Nigeria Clash Isn't About Religion, Clarifies Prelate



Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :20-Mar-10
Type of Contract :FTA Local
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(date when the selected canditate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :yearly renewal


Corruption, usually defined as the transgression of formal rules governing the allocation of public resources in response to financial gain or political support has had a corrosive effect on the Nigerian society. It subverts the rule of law, undermines the collective welfare of the citizenry, and slows down development and growth. Among others, administrative delays to attract more bribes and lack of respect for due process in procurement and award of contracts have had deleterious consequences on Nigeria’s development process as captured by the World Bank Country Procurement Assessment Report in 2000 which noted that “about 50% of projects in Nigeria are dead even before they commence. …the projects are designed to fail because the objective is not to implement them, but to use them as vehicles for looting of the public treasury….Instead of adding value, they become economic drain pipes.”

At the heart of the reform of the Nigerian economy since 1999, has been the development of new anti-corruption measures and the strengthening of existing ones so as to reduce the impact of corruption on development and curb the growing culture of impunity. Consequently, support to anti-corruption institutions at the national level and putting procurement legislation in place at both federal and state levels have become key to UNDP’s partnership with the Nigerian government. The primary task of a Programme Analyst in the Capacity for Governance Unit is to provide strategic direction as well as analytical input into the design and implementation of support to government in the area of anti-corruption and public procurement.

Under the directions of the Country Director and the Deputy Country Director Programmes and under the supervision of the Team Leader of the Capacity for Governance Programme, the Programme Analyst is responsible for management of UNDP’s federal and state programmes and projects in the areas of Anti-Corruption and Public Procurement. The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio, provides policy advice services. The Programme Analyst supervises and leads programme support staff, coordinates activities of the projects’ staff. The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions / Key Results Expected

Summary of key functions:

  • effective management of the CO programme;
  • provision of top quality advisory services.
  • creation of strategic partnerships;
  • implementation of  programme strategies;

Ensures effective management of the CO programme within the sectoral areas assigned  focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme achieving the  following results:

  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions.
  • Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.
  • Initiation of a project, presentation of the project to PAC, entering project into Atlas ( in small offices), finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions;
  • Coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review. Programme Analyst can perform functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for POs and vouchers approval, participates in recruitment processes for projects.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Participation in audit of NEX projects.
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.
  • Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports.

Ensures provision of top quality advisory services and  facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals.
  • Support to development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues.

Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with the Planning and Partnerships Unit focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.

Ensures implementation of  programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP and other documents.
  • Assist in the implementation of the UNDP supported Democratic Governance Programme with special focus on anti corruption and public procurement reform.
  • Contribute to the delivery of advisory and technical support services to the governance, development partners and other clients.
  • CO business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management.

Any other duties as requested.

Impact of Results

The key results have impact on the overall success of the Country Offices programme and the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets. In specific terms, it impacts the following results areas:

  • Anti-Corruption and Public Procurement Reform programme articulation and advisory services promoted with potential impact of contributing to the overall fight against corruption.
  • The CO’s overall Democratic Governance Programme implementation enhanced especially in strengthening anti-corruption institutions.
  • Team-building and management strengthened to provide improved focus to anti-corruption issues.
  • Donor intelligence and strategic partnership improved to ensure coherence and coordination in donor support for anti-corruption drive and due process.
  • Resource mobilization and management improved to
  • Policy advocacy promoted.



  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


  • Strong ability to apply various local governance and local area development approaches to the specific context, including translating these into effective policy and programme interventions in the field;
  • Strong analytical, negotiation and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products;
  • Professional and/or academic experience in one or more of the areas of practice/thematic area.


  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of global development experience;
  • Knowledge and expertise in UNDP’s programming processes;
  • Proven ability to contribute to a practice area and drive for results with a strong knowledge of results-based management and budgeting.

Managing Relationships:

  • Demonstrated well developed people management and organizational skills and strong ability to work within teams; creating an enabling environment, mentoring and developing staff;
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills;
  • Strong resource mobilization and partnering skills.

Managing Complexity:

  • Ability to address global development issues;
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of development cooperation with the ability to support the practice architecture of UNDP and inter-disciplinary issues;
  • Demonstrated substantive contributions and ability to integrate global knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives.

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Ability to strongly promote and build knowledge products and a sound global network of institutional and individual contacts;
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP;
  • Provides constructive coaching and feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.


  • Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in anti-corruption or related areas, demonstrating both advisory and project management skills.
  • Evidence of substantive knowledge, including ideally publications (e.g. papers), on anti-corruption or related areas.
  • Experience in working with international development agencies. Familiarity in working with sub-national governments is highly desirable.

Language Requirements: 

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) English.
  • Working knowledge of any of the three Nigerian major languages would be an advantage.