Okapi is looking for an outstanding individual to be our Project Manager for us in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The role, which is suitable for experienced project managers from the NGO, private, or media production sectors, will assume overall responsibility for managing Nigerian operations. This includes oversight of personnel, media production and output, financial monitoring and reporting, as well as liaison with partners, particularly Mercy Corps the lead organisation in our DFID-funded consortium, and other members of the consortium (CIVIC, and Humanitarian Dialogue), and other potential funders and partners. Building and maintaining strong relationships with relevant stakeholders in NE Nigeria, particularly in Maiduguri, is crucial. The Project Manager also has a role to play in securing funding to ensure long-term sustainability.
Our Project Managers are the key link between our in-country teams and our head office (OKAPI Consulting, South Africa). To be successful, you will need to effectively manage the priorities and demands of both. Ultimately, you will be responsible for ensuring that high quality outputs and outcomes are delivered in line with the requirements of the project, the funder(s) and OKAPI. Management of internal and external stakeholders, and collaboration with funders, government and (where applicable) consortium partners, will be a key part of the role.
This position is suited to someone with experience in programme management, team coordination, and with competence in financial monitoring and reporting. It should be clear that the demands of radio production may often demand flexibility and working outside normal office hours in order to meet deadlines or to deal with evolving situations. In return, Okapi supports its staff members with a competitive benefits package for the sector, including base salary, and housing allowance.
More specifically, the Project Manager’s role includes the following responsibilities:
- Maintaining oversight and coordination of all Okapi activities in Nigeria to ensure that policies and procedures are followed, staff and freelancers are employed and paid on time, effective new staff engaged as necessary, radio programmes are delivered and broadcast on time, on budget, to a high standard and meet the requirements of funders and other relevant stakeholders, reporting to donors is achieved on time and to a high standard etc.
- Providing dynamic and inspirational leadership to all Okapi staff in Nigeria.
- Developing and maintaining relationships with funders, government departments, other radio stations and key stakeholders, including the Shehu of Borno, to ensure that they are supportive of RNI and its mission.
- Ensuring that all financial, administrative and HR tasks are carried out in line with OKAPI policies, donor requirements, and as local and national regulations require.
- Day to day decision-making in relation to Okapi activities in Nigeria and communicating clearly and effectively with OKAPI directors to resolve issues with significant operational or strategic implications.
- Engaging with the Monitoring and Evaluation aspects of the programme, and ensuring on at least a monthly basis that the relevant indicators are being pursued at every stage of the project, and for each radio programme.
- Liaising on a day-to-day basis with RNI Chad, and working with OKAPI Consulting to identify, mitigate and avoid risks to our reputation, financial resilience and/or ability to deliver the project in Nigeria through the use of foresight, strategic judgement and risk analysis.
- Taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of all staff, freelancers, consultants and others, and immediately reporting to Okapi directors, and acting on any and all threats to the safety of those linked in any way with Okapi, with RNI, or in related projects
- Conducting fundraising, networking and business development activities for Okapi in Nigeria.
- Other tasks as required.
Required knowledge, skills and experience
- Fluent English (written and spoken). Able to convey complex technical and non-technical material in an engaging manner appropriate to the audience.
- Knowledge and experience working within media production, global health and/or mass media environments.
- Strong intellectual ability, as evidenced by a good degree or similar qualifications in a relevant field and performance at interview.
- Previous experience of managing and inspiring a media team.
- Experience delivering complex projects or programmes, including delivering a range of outputs on time and on budget, ideally with direct experience in conflict environments.
- Previous experience of project/programme level financial/budget management.
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with partners and other stakeholders (internal and external), including those with differing agendas.
- Self-motivated with the confidence to take the initiative. Resilient and good-humoured under pressure.
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