Programme Officer – PLANE Nigeria at Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI)

Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Scroll down to read in details.

Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Programme Officer – PLANE Nigeria

Job Code: 7507
Location: Jigawa
Reports to: State Team Lead
Name of Project: PLANE (Partnership For Learning For All In Nigerian)
Duration: January 2023 – August 2024

Project Background

  • Nigeria PLANE will be a seven-year programme funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and represents one window of intervention in a broader package of investment intended to enable a more inclusive and effective basic education system.
  • It seeks to do this through improvements made in teaching and learning, focusing on foundational skills in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • It aims to unlock governance bottlenecks that support education service delivery improvement, improve the regulation of the non-state sector and embed the use of data and evidence in the programme and within the system.
  • It has four primary outputs: (i) Teaching & Learning: Evidence-based teaching and learning approaches & materials in use in better-managed performance-focused schools and teaching colleges; (ii) Governance of state systems: Improved planning, personnel management and public financial management practices; (iii) Governance of non-state systems: Improved management and performance of the non-state sector; and (iv) Use of Evidence and Communication: Effective generation, communication and use of evidence to inform citizen engagement and improve service delivery. PLANE will work in Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa, the South West, South East, and the federal capital territory.
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Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Programme Officer will provide technical support and assist in the implementation and coordination of program activities, particularly for multi-sectoral partnerships, capacity development to local partners, and M&E activities in the target cities.
  • S/he will assist in the development of work plans, support the team and management to ensure adherence to proposed budgets as well as to build and maintain relationships with local communities.

Other duties and responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the Technical Director, build and maintain partnerships and relationships with program partners, such as non-profits, federal agencies and community organizations, in order to expand resources, raise funding and educate the public about the work of the project.
  • Under the supervision of the Technical Director, provide technical assistance and oversight functions to sub-recipients in the implementation and overall management of the project.
  • Participate in the development of project Implementation Plan, training manual/curricula and other various standard operational procedures (SOP).
  • Assist in developing and monitoring annual work plans, program initiatives and budget development including coordination and operationalization PLANE project result framework.
  • Support effective project management, coordination and provide support to partners on the project implementation procedure, data management and effective financial management.
  • Provide support as needed, the preparation and timely submission of detailed reports by the partners on project activities on a quarterly and annual basis in compliance with project requirements.
  • Support the development of annual, quarterly donor and government report writing including management and updates.
  • Participate  in  project  monitoring  and  supportive  supervision  to  partners,  project  sites  and communities.
  • Provide support to government and key stakeholders to ensure community buy in and sustainability of the PLANE activities
  • Work closely with the Private Sector Partnerships Lead to mobilize private partners’ support and other team members to create an interconnected system that promotes holistic care for our target group.
  • Assist in collection of data to inform and support Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research related activities.
  • In collaboration with DAI Nigeria’s Strategic Communications team, manage and produce program content for program website and activities as required.
  • Provide support to all programme activities for the state office.
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Impact of Results

  • The Programme Officer will provide technical support and assist in the implementation and coordination of program activities, particularly for multi-sectoral partnerships, capacity development to local partners, and M&E activities in the target cities.

Role Specification

  • Candidates should possess minimum of a First Degree in Social Sciences or related field.


  • 3 – 6 years of experience in project management and operations.


  • Previous experience managing programme for large multi-million-pound projects for FCDO and other donors.
  • Build the capacity of the place teams to deliver on programme deliverables, reporting, financial   management.
  • Excellent communication and IT skills, including strong reporting/presentation skills and familiarity with a   wide range of IT applications
  • Experience of contributing to complex programmes with international development agencies, FCDO is desirable;
  • Experience of closely working with government departments at provincial and district level is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated experience of work in politically sensitive and volatile environments.

Language requirements:

  • Essential: Fluency in English, written and spoken.

Application Closing Date
30th December 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: using the Job Title and Location as the subject of the mail.


  • Applications from women, people with disabilities and young people who meet the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.
  • DAI will only contact candidates that are successful at this pre-qualification stage.
  • DAI is a global development company with corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action – action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world.
  • DAI and its employees are committed to confronting racism and holding ourselves accountable for positive change within the company and in the communities, cultures, and countries in which we live and work.  DAI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner.
  • DAI upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment as well as other ethical breaches. All of our positions are therefore subject to stringent vetting and reference checks.
  • DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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