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UNDP has been in Nigeria since the country became independent in 1960 providing capacity building and policy development support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development.

UNDP works in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria, development partners, UN agencies, civil society and local communities to help identify local solutions to meet national development challenges through a range of interventions that combine UNDP’s expertise and comparative advantage in the areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development.

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Job Identification: 2029
Grade: NB4
Practice Area: Crisis Management / Country Management Support
Bureau: Regional Bureau for Africa
Vacancy Type: National Personnel Service Agreement
Contract Duration: 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Job Description:
  • UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
  • UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  • Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country with an estimated population of 206 Million1 and an annual population growth rate of 2.6%2 . By 2050, the country’s population is expected to have doubled, reaching more than 400 million and thereby becoming the third largest country in the world3 . More than half of its population will be under the age of 30 years.
  • At the same time, unemployment and under-employment are one of the key development challenges facing young people in Nigeria and undermining the prospects of the country to achieve its development aspirations and fulfil its potential as the continent’s largest economy.
  • According to the National Bureau for Statistics’ report of 2018, over 13.9 million youth are unemployed. The highest unemployment rate was recorded for youths between 15 – 24 years standing at 40.8%, followed by those aged between 25 – 34 years at 30.7%4 . Investing in Nigeria’s youth is therefore becoming more urgent than ever.
  • In response to this complex development challenge, the Federal Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other partners, seeks to invest in the next generation of leaders through the establishment of the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (JFP) – a platform for empowering young Nigerian graduates with practical on-the-job skills and leadership competencies through a twelve-month paid placement opportunity.
  • Under this programme, highly qualified recent graduates of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme will be provided with work opportunities within private sector organizations, the public sector, UN agencies and development organizations.
  • The goal of the NJPF is to enhance these Fellows with professional and leadership capacities thereby enabling them to positively contribute to the social and economic development prospects of Nigeria. The enrolment of an initial 20,000 Fellows is envisaged followed by a scaling up of the programme in the coming years.
  • The Jubilee Fellows Programme will expand opportunities for learning to work transitions for fresh graduates in Nigeria through placement opportunities, job market information, skills transfer and facilitated learning.
  • It is designed as a partnership platform that brings together private and public sector actors – including learning institutions to co-create and deploy to scale a viable solution that enhances youth employability, entrepreneurship and retention of national talent.
  • To this end, UNDP Nigeria is seeking a qualified Research and Development Analyst, to provide research and analytical support in the implementation of the Jubilee Fellowship program framework.
  • The Research and Development Analyst will do this by providing data-analytic support to the team’s knowledge products, including building and maintaining large development data sets for analytical and responsive agility. The Research and Development Analyst will develop innovative approaches to determine the impact of the Jubilee Fellowship on youth participation in the economic sector and will contribute to the analytical base for thought leadership around youth employment policy issues.
  • The Research and Development Analyst will also support the development and dissemination of quarterly reports and lessons learned.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision of Jubilee Fellows Team Lead (Crisis Prevention and Recovery Advisor), and matrix reporting to the Knowledge hub Team Lead (Data Management Specialist), the Research and Development Analyst will be responsible for the following functions and tasks:

Summary of Key Functions
The Research and Development Analyst, under the supervision and guidance of the Fellows Team Lead (Crisis Prevention and Recovery Advisor) and in close cooperation with the Impact Learning & Monitoring Analyst, will be responsible for:

  • Managing the successful implementation of knowledge management and research activities of the project;
  •  Strengthen knowledge production and analysis in the Jubilee Fellowship project; ensure internal and external knowledge sharing; streamline knowledge management activities in annual work plans and significantly participate in the project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and data collection;
  • Document and develop knowledge products, innovative practices and lessons-learnt documents of the implementation of Jubilee Fellowship project and contribute to the exchange within UNDP and with partners.

Specific Functions / Results Expected
Knowledge Building and Research:

  • Identify key knowledge gaps in the program area and determine knowledge products that might help to address them for the project staff and project target groups/beneficiaries;
  • Design the annual work plan on knowledge products for the Jubilee Fellowship project and contribute to the realization of the plan according to the guidance note on developing knowledge products;
  • Contribute to conducting Fellows’ attitudes and/or perception surveys, designing performance review surveys, monitoring attendance reports, establishing feedback mechanisms and monitoring mentor/mentee interactions during the fellowship period;
  • Conduct baseline, midline and end of project surveys;
  • Document results achieved, lessons-learnt to reflect process issues, recommendations for similar future projects/ activities after each of the project activities conducted by the project team;
  • Support documentation and sharing of success stories and failure, promising practices (good practices if formally evaluated) through concrete and in-depth analytical case studies, video and other mediums that supports the advancement of youth employment in Nigeria;
  • Ensure that data is disaggregated by Age, Sex and Disability status and contributing to the development of youth employment policies;
  • Work proactively with CO and project teams to identify opportunities for capturing and sharing knowledge and disseminating information about major progress and results.

Knowledge Management and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Oversee the development of knowledge products in the Jubilee Fellowship project with respect to UNDP Quality Assurance Standards;
  •  Ensure validation of all the knowledge products developed in the framework of the Jubilee Fellowship project in line with the Guidance Note for Developing Knowledge products;
  • Contribute to the maintenance of Communities of practices (CoPs) for the project and identify knowledge-sharing methodologies to respond to UNDP and stakeholders needs;
  • Capture lessons learnt in the project implementation for the preservation and use of institutional memory and help inform the development of other knowledge products;
  • Provide guidance to the team and partners on how to collect practical and action-oriented information grounded in quantitative and qualitative evidence;
  • Engage with policy-oriented research networks that provide data, analysis, advice, and peer review support which will help UNDP to influence youth employment policies in Nigeria as a means of contributing towards the achievement of the SDGs;
  • Disseminate best practices through stakeholder workshops, online platforms and listserv.

Data Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Support the Impact Learning and Monitoring Analyst in conducting project monitoring, site visits and reporting;
  • Maintain updated and comprehensive evidence of all project activities and project result framework with performance indicators;
  • Construct relevant data analytics to demonstrate project results;
  • Conduct strategic analysis using large economic and development datasets, to demonstrate project impact;
  • Perform a variety of data-related duties to improve and normalize data including data cleaning, documentation, quality control, data aggregation and integration;
  • Provide data, programming, analytical support, and supervision to staff in accessing and utilizing the data for specific projects;
  • Design and produce related infographics to illustrate and analyze results and recommendations from empirical research;
  • Document the overall experience of project work, including the research on knowledge, expertise and networks in identified areas; engagement with the partners; the support to resource mobilization, etc.; and provide documentation reports to the Fellows Team Lead (Crisis Prevention and Recovery Advisor), upon request;
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Institutional Arrangement:

  • The Research and Development Analyst will report to the Fellows Team Lead (Crisis Prevention and Recovery Advisor), and may require to also have a matrix reporting to the Data Management Specialist while working in cooperation with the Impact Learning and Monitoring Analyst in ensuring the smooth run of the programme.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Advanced Degree in Social Policy, Public Policy, Politics, Development Studies, Statistics, Political Science, International Relations or related field.
  • A first-level University Degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of zero (0) year for MA and two (2) years for BA of progressively responsible experience in development research, data analytics;
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills and ability for strong visualizations and representation of data;
  • Excellent knowledge of information technology, including expert knowledge of Excel;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Prior experience with data analysis is an important asset;
  • Knowledge of and previous experience with data visualization and data visualization software is an asset;
  • Experience with programming languages, such as SQL, Oracle, and Python is desired;
  • Knowledge of development studies is desired;
  • Knowledge of the UN system and coordination is desired.

Required Language:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English.


Core Competencies:
Innovation: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully:

  • Contributes to prototyping, piloting, and evaluating lessons / feedback.

Leadership: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others:

  • Actively shares knowledge.

Communication and relationship management: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis:

  • Communicates ideas and positions with command and confidence;
  • Finds common ground to solve problems.

People Management: Models independent thinking and action:

  • Demonstrates behaviors of teamwork, collaboration, knowledge sharing, maintaining relationships.

Delivery: Meets Goals and Quality Criteria for Delivery of Products or Services:

  • Embraces complex challenges and opportunities for getting work done;
  • Ability to embrace challenges with minimal supervision;
  • Works to develop organizational awareness of UNDP’s approach to client service delivery and integrity and accountability.

Technical / Functional Competencies:

Strategic Planning:

  • Ability to make decision that aligns with strategy, vision and mission; to set goals and indicators, and to synthesize recommendations into usable information to inform policy, strategy and/or action.

Data Analysis / Measurement:

  • Ability to evaluate, transform and model data to derive relevant findings.


Monitoring and Evaluation:
Knowledge of methodologies, tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations:

  • Implement & Manage: Exercise’s skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Result-based Management:
Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results:

  • Implement & Manage: Exercise’s skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Report Writing:

  • Ability to prepare quality reports
  • Technical Assistance: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work.

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Finance & Administrative Associate - SB3 / 4

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Job Identification: 40878
Location: Abuja (Other duty stations in Nigeria)
Grade: SB3
Practice Area – Job Family: Management – Administration
Bureau: Africa
Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
Contract Duration: 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Job Description:
  • This position is located in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office in Abuja, Nigeria (CONIG) and other duty stations in Nigeria.
  • Working together in a team with other project support staff in CONIG, the incumbent will be responsible for leading and providing operational, organizational, logistical and administrative support to the project.
  • This will involve planning and executing the various logistical and administrative requirements for the project activities; organizing travel of project personnel, experts and participants; preparing cost estimates and maintaining expenditure estimates; producing and disseminating documents in a timely manner; supporting on-site conduct of activities; preparing and providing general secretarial support, etc.
  • S/he will also provide support and back-up for the procurement and the budgetary and financial management support for the project. 
  • The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator and the overall guidance of the Representative.

Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will carry out the following tasks:

Lead and Provide Operational, Organizational, Logistical And Administrative Support to the Project:

  • Provides guidance, training and daily supervision to other project administrative staff
  • Provides expert assistance to the Project Coordinator and other project officers to ensure that arrangements are in place for meeting the required administrative and organizational support for the various, often simultaneous, project activities. 
  • Assist the Project Coordinator to carry out project management and coordination tasks by carrying out a variety of assigned tasks, such as soliciting, coordinating and compiling work plans, project activities overviews, progress reports, etc.
  • Identity and carry out required organizational, logistical and administrative arrangements for assigned clusters of project activities, such as seminars, workshops and meetings. This will entail: determining service requirements and arranging for their procurement, organizing travel and accommodation of project personnel, experts and participants; preparing and timely dissemination of documents; supporting on-site conduct of activities, etc.
  • Prepare cost estimates and maintain expenditure estimates and overviews for project activities.
  • Assist in formal and informal communications and following up contact with Government institutions and authorities, local representatives of other United Nations organizations, NGOs, civil society organizations, resource persons and the media regarding UNODC mandates and project matters.
  • Coordinate and maintain regular liaison within CONIG and with the Terrorism Prevention Branch and the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle-East; liaise with UNDP and other UN-related organizations on administrative matters linked to project implementation.
  • Collect, compile and maintain files on information related to project activities, produce inputs for project reports and relevant information networks and maintain rosters of institutions and experts; maintain detailed records on project activities, including agendas, list of participants, experts’ contact details and reports.
  • Assist in proper assets management, monitoring, recording and disposal, in preparing Receipt and Inspection (R & I) reports for submission to relevant procurement units and auditing missions 
  • Assist in and prepare programmes and coordinate logistics for visiting experts, missions, delegations and donor representatives.
  • Provide support to the UNODC Security Focal Point on UNODC’s personnel security.
  • Advise and make arrangements for shipment and receipt of office and project supplies and equipment and household effects; including customs clearance.
  • Provide advice and assist staff members and their dependants by processing requests for visas, identity cards, driving licenses and other necessary personnel-related documents in accordance with the requirements of the United Nations and the country of the duty station location.
  • Perform other duties as required, such as general correspondence, attend meetings and prepare minutes of meetings, etc.

Provide Support and Back-Up for the Procurement and the Budgetary and Financial Management Support for the Project:

  • Work closely with the Budget and Finance Assistant of the project, support work in this area and serve as back-up as needed.
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Secondary Education with a recognized professional certificate in Office Management, Personnel Administration, Account / Finance or related fields may be considered.
  • University Degree in Business or Public Administration, Personnel Administration, Social Sciences or related field is desirable with 04 years’ cognate experience.


  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in administrative assistance of project implementation and management preferably in a civil service, NGO, or international organisation environment.
  • Computer literacy, specifically advanced skills in MS Office Suite.
  • Work experience in the United Nations System or European Union funded projects and knowledge of UNODC System would be an asset.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


  • Expertise in project administration and organization including sound knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to budgetary and financial management;
  • Knowledge of the financial rules and regulations of the United Nations as well as familiarity with UN policies and procedures as they relate to programme budgeting and financial administration;
  • Demonstrated professional competence and mastery of administrative processes; ability to perform a range of administrative functions, including event planning and organizing and human resources administration; ability to map out potential risks and make contingencies, as required.
  • Shows pride in work and achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and demonstrable commitment to the values of the United Nations, particularly integrity in daily activities and behaviors.


  • Takes ownership of responsibilities and honours commitments;
  • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost, and quality standards;
  • Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
  • Takes responsibility for delegated assignments;
  • Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Client Orientation:

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.


  • Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues within and outside of UNODC to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning & Organizing:

  • Able to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work while prioritizing competing demands;
  • Able to work on tight deadlines;
  • Knowledge on how to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • Monitors and adjusts plans and projects as necessary;
  • Uses time efficiently. 
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Public Outreach & Communications Analyst

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Job Identification: 2030
Grade: NB4
Job Schedule: Full time
Practice Area: Management
Bureau: Regional Bureau for Africa
Vacancy Type: National Personnel Service Agreement
Contract Duration: 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Education: Master’s Degree
  • A First-level University Degree in combination with 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced University Degree.

Required Language:

  • English Language.

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