Operations Manager
Creative Associates International
Abuja, NGA
5d ago

Background :

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization.

Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 15 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.

S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Position Summary :

Creative Associates seeks an Operations Manager for an upcoming education project in Nigeria, which seeks to improve student access to school and literacy outcomes in a language they use and understand in Grades 1-3 in select areas of Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.

The Operations Manager is responsible for the management of human resources, local procurement, and information technology of the program in a fluid and complex operational environment.

Reporting & Supervision :

This Operations Manager reports to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP).

Primary Responsibilities :

  • Ensure streamlined operations systems in line with Creative and donor rules and regulations;
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the portfolio of programs;
  • Ensure an in-depth awareness of operational issues in the context of Nigeria;
  • Streamline and maintain procurement processes to meet grant deliverables and milestones;
  • Serve as the primary liaison to all vendors and subcontractors;
  • Responsible for day to day management of subcontracts with international vendors;
  • Serve as primary liaison for Creative HQ on international subcontractor issues;
  • Manage and oversee staff responsible for arranging travel and logistics for staff and project equipment and inventory;
  • Provide timely and accurate reports on location of staff and assets and maintain proper hard and soft copy files for each.
  • Reports may be requested by HQ or donor;
  • Responsible for program compliance with Task Order, U.S. Government rules and regulations, and Creative policies and procedures;
  • Support DCOP in all operations tasks and duties;
  • Manage, train, and mentor key team members in the areas of administration, logistics, human resources, procurement, budgeting and finance; and
  • Respond to requests from donor and supervisors as needed.
  • Required Skills & Qualifications :

  • At least five (5) years of relevant work experience, including experience with a Contractor or international NGO managing an office or program;
  • At least four (4) years of experience supervising complex, high-speed, and challenging field operations in developing countries;
  • Familiarity with or have experience in education-type projects;
  • Experience with operations, logistics and subcontracts;
  • Knowledge of basic operating procedures in high-risk environments;
  • Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills in English and local languages;
  • Strong analytical capacity; and
  • Previous experience working with USAID desired.
  • Local nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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