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Adam Smith International – Programme Management Unit Leader – Abuja


The Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF) is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) to support public ministries, departments and agencies in Nigeria to reduce infrastructure constraints to growth and prosperity.  NIAF is managed by Adam Smith International (ASI).

From late 2015 both DfID and the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) adopted a renewed focus on service delivery, and in particular unlocking stalled investment in the power sector.  NIAF has subsequently defined a Programme Management Unit in agreement with the Transmission Company for Nigeria (TCN) to lead efforts to resolve delivery constraints across 50+ transmission projects.

The role of PMU Leader is to head this new programme management team, reporting directly to the Managing Director – Transmission Service Provider within TCN.  The successful candidate will manage a programme team of at least six individuals, and be responsible for a project engineering team of at least 10 individuals that will be embedded in the existing TCN project delivery environment.

The PMU is expected to start work in support of TCN imminently.

Benefits and requirements:

It is a requirement of this role that the successful candidate be able and willing to re-locate to Abuja (Nigeria) on a full time basis for a minimum term of nine months.

The successful candidate will be responsible for confirming that they are medically able to travel and work in Nigeria, and will be responsible for following all local tax and customs regulations.

ASI will facilitate accommodation for the term of the contract.

There is an allowance of four pairs of flights to/from the home country of the successful candidate.

Full ASI terms and conditions will be advised when an offer is made to preferred candidate/s.

Desired Skills and Experience


The PMU Team Leader is responsible for the performance of the PMU Team.  He/She will be accountable for building a consolidated programme that coordinates multiple individuals/teams to achieve successful completion of pre-identified projects in a safe and efficient manner.  More specifically he/she shall be accountable for:

  • The performance and behaviour of the PMU Team
  • The PMU Team delivering and maintaining a programme baseline (cost, schedule, risk, key issues) with supporting systems and processes
  • Leading existing project teams and leveraging programme management support effectively to manage issues and overcome constraints (technical, commercial, contractor, and stakeholder)
  • Reporting on programme progress and issues periodically to senior TCN management, ASI and other senior stakeholders (including Federal Ministries)
  • The effective escalation of programme issues within TCN and with other MDAs
  • Identifying opportunities to enhance the prevailing TCN project delivery environment to enable sustained improvements to existing processes, practices and procedures

Qualifications & experience:

The successful candidate will need a minimum of 10-20 years project management and programme management experience in an infrastructure/construction environment.  This should include a proven record of delivering investment successfully and managing projects across the project/programme life-cycle (design, procurement, implementation, handover & commissioning) within relevant national regulatory codes and consenting processes.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate:

  • Advanced Leadership skills, including the ability to lead a team of individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Proven problem solving skills in overcoming project delivery issues in a controlled and timely manner
  • Strong people management skills, and the ability to manage difficult delivery issues with tact and professionalism
  • Advanced stakeholder management and communications skills to build effective relationships with a diverse range of project, donor, client and political stakeholders
  • Commercial acumen with an ability to engage, negotiate and escalate disputes with third party Contractors

Experience of, or an engineering background in power sector development is essential.  A background in power transmission is desirable.

Experience of implementing projects across a diverse range of countries and thereby a proven record of adapting to new project/programme environments is essential.

Heard Enough? Ready to Apply?

We would love to hear from you. Please submit a CV (no more than 3 pages) and a short cover letter to Mo.Uddin@adamsmithinternational.com  detailing your International Experience.

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