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Federal Team Leader
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Purpose of Position.
The Federal Team Leader is responsible for managing and overseeing the delivery of the Engaged Citizen’s Pillar of the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) at the Federal level. This includes leading on the delivery of the programme’s interventions at federal level, managing the setting of priorities and workplans and ensuring the maintenance of M&E and KM systems. The Federal Leader shall be responsible for the line management and supervision of Federal Partnership Facilitators, Federal Programme Officer as well as short term advisors. They shall be responsible for managing the performance of these members of staff and building relationships between them to create an effective team, as well as playing a leading role in managing relationships with programme partners, including with DFID, government representatives and other programmes working at the Federal level.
Primary Responsibilities: 
Visioning, strategizing, development of approach
  • Lead on the delivery of the programme’s interventions at the Federal/National level, including co-ordinating the inputs of technical advisors and consortium partners. Reviewing research outputs and supporting the selection and prioritization of issues and partnerships to support at the Federal level, in co-ordination with those issues taken up by state teams. 
  • Leading the development of workplans and budgets based on this and communicate these to staff and partners 
  • Contributing to refinements of programme priorities and approach on an on-going basis through support for processes of reflection, review and re-strategizing within the team 
  • Supervising the completion of operational research into delivery approaches at the federal level, where relevant.
Leadership, teamwork, relationship management
  • Actively contribute to Team-Building within the ECP team – use of shared mission, vision, values, identity/public profile, use of staff meetings, staff welfare, social events, formal and informal opportunities, etc, to reinforce teamwork. Look out for, highlight and support resolution of internal challenges impacting on team performance
  • Provide leadership for the team. Maintain strong working relationships with other members of the ECP and ARC Federal Teams and deliver a shared approach and workplan. Provide support to other members of the team as needs arise and consult each other closely.
  • Maintain close working relationships and ensure co-ordination with members of the ECP Technical, MEL and Operational support teams. Ensure the Federal Team is working within systems and approaches developed by these teams.
  • Work closely together with ECP consortium partners working at the Federal level. Ensure they are included in the development and delivery of programme strategy and approach.
  • Liaise closely with key programme partners at the Federal level, including the Bureau of Public Sector Reform, Open Governance Partnership Secretariat, National Orientation Agency and NASS. 
Operationalisation of approach, delivery of support, results
  • Oversee the implementation of the Federal/National workplan through effective delegation of duties within the team (between Federal Partnership Facilitators, the Federal Programme Officer and short term advisors) and oversight and management of their work 
  • Oversee how programme resources (funds/budget and ST-TA) are being allocated/managed/used in support of partners.  Habitually monitor and promote value for money analysis and diminishing financial dependency of local partners on ECP in line with ECP’s broad empowerment approach
  • Ensure work at the Federal level is fully integrated with ECP’s information management, communication and monitoring and evaluation systems 
  • Review progress in depth on a quarterly basis, ensure results are appropriately captured and reported on.
  • Mobilize and effectively oversee short term advisors inputting to the Federal team. Ensure resources are used strategically in line with the programmes broader approaches and catered towards a diminishing dependency.
Line Management Responsibilities
  • Line managed by the National Team Leader
  • The Federal Team Leader is responsible for working under the direction provided by the National Team Leader, regularly reporting to them and ensuring his/her activities fall within agreed frameworks and operating principles, as well as building an effective working relationship more broadly.   
  • Line manager of Federal Partnership Facilitators and the Federal Programme Officer
  • Provide daily oversight, staff performance management, including mentoring, staff development (in line with ECP’s Mission, Vision, Values & Behaviours and their ToR), signing off timesheets, appraisal, mediation, arbitration, and enforcement of discipline. 
  • Ensure familiarity with all DFID and Palladium policies & procedures and check the ECP SharePoint regularly to ensure that any updates are also being implemented in a timely manner.
  • Adhere to all stipulated PERL-ECP communications protocols regarding use of official email, Box, SharePoint/MIS, Twitter, Facebook, etc. accounts. 
  • Ensure all labour and finances relating to this role is accurately reported (using correct codes, inserting adequate comments) in timesheets, expense claims and cashbooks.  
  • Ensure cost of all activities completed falls within that forecasted to ensure monthly variances of reimbursable income to DFID are kept below 5% in Q1-Q3; 2% in Q4.
  • Work to place the programme’s core values/principles, approach, ethos and priorities above private interests while delivering to this role.
Job Requirements
Minimum education and experience required
  • Educated to university degree level or above, preferably holding a Master’s degree
  • At least 10 years’ experience in supporting civil society and voice and accountability in Nigeria
  • Experience working in a donor (preferably DFID) funded programme
Key competencies and professional expertise required
  • Strong expertise in building relationships with high level stakeholders in government, media and civil society
  • Expertise in the line management and mentoring of programme teams
  • Strong skills in overseeing and managing systems for the delivery of development programmes, including  planning frameworks, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management
  • Good understanding of state and civil society dynamics in Nigeria, particularly at the federal level
Key Values and Behaviours required 
  • Accountability 
  • Sustainability 
  • Respectfulness & Inclusiveness Learning & Sharing
  • Teamwork 
  • Adaptive and Iterative 
22 Jan 2019
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