Project Manager

at United Purpose
Published June 2, 2022
Location Abuja, Nigeria
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  




Location: Based in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria. Regular travel to Ogun, Bauchi and Jigawa States is necessary. Travel to other parts of Nigeria and internationally may be required.


Reporting to: Director of Programs (based in Abuja)


Responsible for: Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Coordinator and


State Technical Support Officers.




United Purpose (UP) is an international development organisation that works to sustainably reduce poverty and improve the lives of some of the world's poorest communities. In Nigeria, UP has been working for almost two decades with local partners and rural communities to implement projects funded by international donors. Addressing areas of gender inequalities and rights abuses, improving sanitation and access to water, fostering accountability, preserving vital ecosystems, and developing sustainable development livelihoods.


In Nigeria, we partner with Federal, State and Local Governments, other civil society organisations, and communities to implement development interventions reaching thousands of rural people each year. Several funding partners currently fund the Nigeria Country Programme, including the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF – former WSSCC), the Unicef, the Welsh Government, etc.


United Purpose has been nominated SHF Primary Recipient in Nigeria for a three-year programme focused on the sanitation market in 3 states: Ogun, Bauchi and Jigawa. United Purpose is the consortium's lead, which regroups three other organisations.


The Project Manager will have a pivotal role in motivating the Programme team, inspiring and instilling confidence with government, community, funding and other partners, and managing the Programme's grant funds.


Job Purpose


The project will take a market-based approach to increase access to improved sanitation, hygiene and MHH services, developing product solutions and approaches that are evidence-based and effective, to be demonstrated for scaling. It will work in ODF and OD Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Bauchi, Jigawa and Ogun states, developing and demonstrating context-specific approaches. It will incorporate global expertise on MBS and build the capacity of local NGO. The program will define how MBS can effectively be combined with CLTS to move households directly from OD to durable, at least basic levels of service and test how OD communities can be raised on the sanitation ladder by MBS, reducing common risks of ODF slippage.


More information about the background, aims and objectives of the SHF are found here:


The Project Manager will provide strategic leadership and management to achieve the above aims and objectives. S/he will coordinate the provision of support from & for the different stakeholders (Consortium partners, FMWR, SHF, NTGS, other ministries, States, etc.), manage grant awards to partners and sub-grantees, and manage the procurement of services for specific programme activities from specialised institutions and private sector entities.


Duties and Responsibilities


The Project Manager will have the responsibility to promote a suitable environment for the development of a sanitation market in the selected LGAs to increase access to improved sanitation, hygiene and MHH services


They will have the following duties and responsibilities:


Ensure the successful implementation of the Programme and the achievement of the Programme's aim and objectives.

Coordinate activities and grants of consortium partners and non-state partners (subgrantees).

Award grants to sub-grantees. This includes issuing calls for proposals, supporting proposal development, screening proposals, submitting proposals to the board and to the SHF Management and establishing sub-grant agreements with successful applicants.

Provide technical support to teams and partners to address project preparation and implementation issues.

Provide secretariat support to the NTGS and attend its meetings.

Procure goods and services necessary for sound and efficient management of the grants Programme and the achievement of Programme objectives.

Prepare annual and medium-term plans and budgets and implement internal controls for sound financial management.

Track project costs in collaboration with the finance team to meet the budget.

Guide the establishment of a monitoring system and monitor the work of partners, progress toward objectives and the financial situation of the Programme.

Prepare semi-annual, annual and final progress reports and facilitate the preparation of quarterly, semi-annual, annual and final financial reports for submission to SHF Management.

Report on Programme activities and emerging issues to the NTGS.

Develop and implement a communications plan to inform stakeholders about the MARSHPIN.

Provide leadership and direct line management support to the Project Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Coordinator and State Support Coordinators and others that may be appointed.

Represent UP externally and collaborate/coordinate with state and local authorities, sub-grantee partners, and stakeholders

Analyse and report on the evolving needs and provide clear recommendations for interventions

Periodically participate in the development of new proposals

Undertake any other duties that the Country Director may request.

Person Specification



At least a university master's in public health, project management, rural development or another relevant discipline.

Key skills and competencies

Commitment to the fight against poverty and United Purpose's values and mission.

Commitment to capacity building of local institutions based on mutual respect and partnership.

Positive outlook and stand-alone disposition.

Determined hard worker, capable of a quick turnaround on a high workload and multiple tasks.

Outgoing personality with solid interpersonal, diplomatic and communications skills.

Self-starter, capable of innovatively managing the Programme.

Adaptable and responsive disposition relative to the demands of the Programme.

Attention to detail and a flexible approach to work.

Excellent team-working skills, with the ability to build good relations, both internally and externally.

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability

Treats all people fairly without favouritism

Integrates risk management in all aspects of programmatic work and operations

Functional Competencies


Well-developed skills and demonstrated experience in facilitation, consensus-building, multi-stakeholder processes, and negotiation

Excellent analytical skills. Experience and knowledge in building local government and CSO capacities in good governance

Demonstrable ability to engage with sensitivity and strategic foresight in situations involving multiple actors and stakeholders

Understanding of the UP system and good knowledge of UP rules, regulations, strategy, and programming modalities

Builds strong relationships with communities and traditional leaders, focuses on impact and results for the community, and responds positively to feedback

Proven facilitation, training, networking, coordination, team-building, consensus-building, and organisational skills

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships in a multi-cultural environment

Development and Operational Effectiveness


Ability to lead strategic planning and results-based management and reporting

Ability to advise and oversee formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects

Sound understanding and capability to empower and develop the capacity of project partners



Focuses on impact and result for SHF and responds positively to feedback

Demonstrates conflict resolution skills

Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

Ability to build strong relationships with clients and external actors

Team player, self-motivated, shows initiative, dedicated, creative, resourceful, flexible, energetic, and demonstrates sound judgment

Capacity to work under pressure, manage stress, and adapt to rapidly evolving situations

Sound time management and organisational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks.

Preferred experience

A minimum of five years of relevant experience in successfully managing large scale sanitation and hygiene projects or other rural development projects, preferably in Africa.

Experience in WASH Programming in Nigeria and familiarity with the WASH sector and key stakeholders

Solid understanding of and practical experience in project cycle management.

Experience in budgeting and financial management of large scale development projects.

Experience in managing donor, NGO and government relations is desirable.

Relevant knowledge and experience in market-based approach, hygiene education, Community-Led Total Sanitation programming and other demand-driven approaches is desirable.

Working knowledge of computers: MS Office tools (minimum Word, Excel, Internet browsing/e-mail operations).


Fluent in written and spoken English.

Knowledge of Hausa and another language is a plus

Terms and Conditions


Salary and Benefits: An attractive package dependent on the successful candidate's experience and qualifications.


Duration of contract: One year with a yearly renewal of contract subject to performance and continued availability of funds.


How to apply


Send a CV and a cover letter to the following e-mail address


Email title must be the Name of the role you are applying for


In the cover letter, please ensure to explain the following:


Why you are applying for the position

How do your skills and experience meet the person's specification

When you would be able to take up the position if it were offered to you

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