Apply: Project Manager, Business Enabling Environment (BEE) at the Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP)

The Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) is a comprehensive effort that will help propel Ogun into a high-income State that is inclusive and sustainable. The program will lift Ogun’s gross national income and raise per capita income, meeting the World Bank's threshold for high income state. The purpose of OGSTEP is to increase the participation of the private sector in the economy of Ogun State with a focus on improving the business-enabling environment, strengthening agri-food value-chains and upgrading skills.

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OGSTEP, along with the Government State Development Program (SDP) serves to achieve economic development in the state. OGSTEP builds upon the policy directions, strategies and programs of the SDP (organized around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal) and aims to accelerate strategic reforms and public investments to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy.

Consequent to the above, it will increase the State revenue and help achieve the Government Transformation Project. Ogun State is also focusing on governance as a cross-cutting area to improve government efficiency in the delivery of key SDP outcomes and to ensure the sustainability of these outcomes through results-driven financing of the cardinal programs. The project proposes to support a subset of the overall expenditure program of the State that are related to the SDP’s cardinal objective of agricultural production and industrialization, alongside skills development and improved public sector performance. With combined use of result-based financing and technical assistance, the World Bank is well-positioned to support Ogun State in implementing the SDP.

The project funding will consist mainly of IDA credit (World Bank Group) and will be disbursed base on the Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) in components/Result areas. The program will last for a period of five (5) years all things being equal.

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Job Title: Project Manager, Business Enabling Environment (BEE)

Location: Ogun
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP)
Reports to: Project Coordinator on the day to day implementation of the project and periodically to the Sector Head (Honourable Commissioner) on strategic issues discussed at the level of the Project Steering Committee or Project Technical Committee.
Duration of employment: 2 Years (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)

Details

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria has applied for a credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA)/World Bank towards the financing of the Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP). The Project Implementation Unit of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services.
  • The consulting services will support the development of strong, constructive and responsive relationships that are important for successful management of OGSTEP to increase the participation of the private sector in the economy of Ogun State with a focus on improving the business- enabling environment and strengthening agri-food value-chains.
  • The Ogun State Government now invites eligible individual consultant to indicate their interests in providing these Services. Interested Individual Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

Nature of Assignment

  • Project Managers are being engaged for the Implementation Phase of this project and as such successful candidate shall work fulltime at the Project Offices, reporting directly to the Project Coordinator on the day to day implementation of the project and to the Sector Head (Hon. Commissioner of the Implementing Agency) on strategic issues discussed at the level of the Project Steering Committee or Project Technical Committee.

Scope of Work

  • The principal task of the Project Manager (Consultant) is to be responsible for the day-to-day management of tasks executed by OGSG public and civil servants, as well as individual and firm consultants hired under OGSTEP in relation to the Implementation of the Business Enabling Environment sub-component of OGSTEP.
  • The Project Manager (Bus. Environment) will report both to the Sector Head (Honourable Commissioner) and the Project Coordinator (OGSTEP).

Specifically, the scope of work of the Project Manager (Bus. Environment) includes:

  • Developing the Annual Workplan and supervising implementation of ALL activities under the BEE subcomponent:
    • Develop the project’s annual workplan within the stipulated timeline. The workplan should be developed based on the Project Implementation Manual and based on consultations with the relevant state ministries and departments
    • Lead the Sector Technical Team (STT) in implementing the annual work plan to deliver the agreed results under the BBE components
    • Supervise and monitor the implementation of the BEE workplan and ensure the timely delivery of key outputs.
    • Supervise and monitor on a day-to-day basis ALL implementation activities that will help to deliver the project objectives in improving the BEE
    • Liaise closely with all relevant state ministries involved in the implementation of BEE activities
    • Produce at a minimum monthly progress reports on the implementation of the BEE workplan
    • Prepare the project semi-annual progress reports (progress against planned activities, update on risks and issues, expenditures), annual review report and final review reports, and submit them as appropriate.
    • Provide at a minimum once every two weeks updates on the implementation of the BEE workplan to the Project Coordinator and the Honorable Commissioner.
    • Participate in all relevant World Bank meetings and missions including supervision missions and update meetings.
    • Lead technical discussions on BEE during World Bank missions and review meetings, including delivering presentations, preparation of minutes and follow-up action plans, etc.
  • Coordinate the recruitment and manage the supervision of all project personnel and consultants hired to support the BEE component:
    • Draft TORs and work specifications for required consultants
    • In conjunction with the implementing MDA, lead the technical reviews and discussions to facilitate the transparent and competitive selection and recruitment of both firm and individual consultants providing support to the BEE component
    • Lead the provision of technical inputs to facilitate the preparation of clear tender bidding evaluation reports.
    • Manage the contracts of all key consultants (both individual and firm contracts) under the BEE component to ensure timely and good quality delivery of outputs. The PM is expected to manage day to day activities of the consultants supporting the component.
    • Provide technical backstopping, guidance and supervision to all consultants under the Sector Technical Team (STT) and staff of relevant MDAs supporting implementation of the BEE components.
  • Provide technical input and guidance to core BEE activities:
    • Support the Ogun State Business Environment Council and the Ogun State Business Environment Secretariat in designing and implementing ease of doing business reforms in an inclusive way; The PM will support the secretariat in the implementation of the reform action plan and provide strategic insight on business environment reform issues.
    • Provide technical input to the deliverables produced by the BEE reform mapping firm consultant and other individual consultants implementing activities under this component.
    • Provide technical input to the sector strategies and the investment promotion strategy for the Ogun Investment Promotion Agency.
    • Provide technical input to the land reform process in Ogun state including the archiving and digitization of land records, the digitization of the property registration process, and the implementation of a systematic land titling regime.
    • Review all deliverables and provide technical input related to the industrial estate including benchmarking studies, feasibility studies, etc.
  • Liaise with the MDAs to facilitate the delivery of the workplan. The PM is expected to:
    • Ensure effective communication and coordination between the PIU and the departments, units and ministries offices on the implementation of the BEE component
    • Where required, build the capacity of the implementing agencies (Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, Bureau of Lands & Survey,
    • Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development, OPIC and Ogun Invest.
    • Ensure that all stakeholders are well informed about the project activities and goals
    • Represent the Project, as required, to build professional relationships with local, state and federal stakeholders in order to ensure the full participation of a broad spectrum of state leadership in the identification, planning and execution of Project activities.
  • Record Keeping and Monitoring and Evaluation:
    • Manage the transfer of Project deliverables, documents, files, equipment and materials as per the international accepted standards and procedures.
    • Ensure the execution of a standard record management system both in electronic and paper filling systems and in line with an agreed central administration procedure in the PIU
    • Ensure timely implementation of the performance assessments of participating implementing agencies.
    • Facilitate the provision of all and any data requested by the Independent Verification Agent for the purpose of verification of DLIs under the BEE component
    • Prepare the project semi-annual progress reports (progress against planned activities, update on risks and issues, expenditures), annual review report and final review reports, and submit them as appropriate
    • In conjunction with the project M&E officer, maintain up to date records of project results and data of all indicators measured under the results framework of the project.
  • External Stakeholder Management:
    • Support the Project Coordinator to execute the stakeholders’ management strategies and other important initiatives such as GBV, SEP/GRM etc
    • Collaborate with PIU to ensure proper professional relationships with relevant local, national and international partner agencies, and relevant development programmes/projects.
  • Internal stakeholder management:
    • Perform other duties as required and requested by the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Industry and the Project Coordinator within the framework of this consultancy.
    • Verify and channel all requests for Project, administrative, logistics and other support and report all incidents related to security and issues of general concern to the Honourable Commissioner for Industry, Trade & Investment, Project Technical Committee and the Project Coordinator.
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Recruitment Qualifications / Competencies

Education:

  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Management, Economics, Public Administration, Public Finance or other relevant fields.

Experience:

  • 10 years’ post-graduate relevant work experience in designing, implementing and supervising development programs for the public sector, five (5) of which must be in a Project Management Office environment (PMO/PIU)
  • Experience in private sector development with core expertise in a technical area- e.g. implementing doing business reforms, investment promotion, etc.
  • Experience of working with the Nigerian federal and state governments, in particular the Ministries of Land, Urban & Physical Planning, Commerce & Industry
  • Experience of working with international organizations, bilateral donors and international financial institutions;
  • Proven ability to draft, edit and produce written proposals and result focused report.
  • Proven experience working with government, civil society, international organizations, and donor Agencies.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer applications such as Microsoft Office packages, Cloud computing, SharePoint etc.

Language Requirement:

  • Effective communication in English Language.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries:

  • The Project Manager (Bus. Environment) will be required to provide reports, documents and deliverables as required by the project coordinator and sector head regarding his/her activities. He/She will be expected to:
    • Produce at a minimum monthly progress reports on the implementation of the BEE workplan
    • Prepare the project semi-annual progress reports (progress against planned activities, update on risks and issues, expenditures), annual review report and final review reports, and submit them as appropriate.
    • Provide at a minimum once every two weeks updates on the implementation of the BEE workplan to the Project Coordinator and the Honorable Commissioner.

Services to be Provided by the Client:

  • The Ogun State government will provide an office for the PM in the Project Implementation Unit, transportation to the municipalities outside of state and related logistical to achieve the project objectives.
  • Ogun state will also make available all relevant records that would facilitate the work of the consultant.
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Payment and Fee For Service

  • Payments shall include the agreed consultancy fees and reimbursable expenses associated with the performance of the consultancy activities.
  • The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off of deliverables by the Project Coordinator.

Deadline: 6th September, 2021. 

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send one copy of their CV and a signed copy of Expressions of Interest Letter to: ogstepprocurement@gmail.com , ogstep.p4r@gmail.com using the Job Title as the subject of the email.
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Applicants should submit their Applications to:
The Project Coordinator (PC),
Project Implementation Unit (PIU),
Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP),
c/o Permanent Secretary’s Office,
Ogun State Ministry of Budget & Planning,
State Secretariat, Oke Mosan,
Abeokuta, Ogun State,
Nigeria.

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