UNDP searches for Senior Advisor for Buhari’s Chief of Staff

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Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, has secured the backing of international donor and development organisations to strengthen ongoing reform of the Presidency to facilitate critical project delivery.

A confirmation of this emerged few days ago as the United Nations Development Programme is sourcing for a Senior policy advisor who will be responsible for the provision of technical advice and support in respect of strategy, planning and research required to support and deliver on key Presidential economic and social development priorities.

According to the notice from UNDP, the Advisor is to perform any other functions of a technical advisory role in line with advancing the Government’s post-COVID-19 recovery plans as well as in the ongoing efforts to leapfrog national development within the overall context of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The overall objective of the Consultant is to support the Government of Nigeria through the provision of high-quality technical and policy advice and support to the Office of the Chief of Staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Policy Advisory Service:

Provide technical advice and support in respect of strategy, planning and research required to support and deliver on key Presidential economic and social development priorities.

Initiate periodic policy reviews in close consultation with relevant Ministries, agencies, and parastatals to provide advice on the effectiveness and efficacy of policies.

Establish critical linkages with relevant Government agencies, Ministries and parastatals and participate in policy making processes and to advise accordingly to achieve progress in the identified Presidential initiatives.

Facilitate the translation of policy intent and Presidential decisions in the identified areas into viable tasks, and projects to ensure their effective and timely implementation.

Provide substantive back-up in key policy decision making processes.

Ensure that advice and information on cross-cutting issues is coordinated with all relevant Ministries, Agencies and parastatals prior to submission to submission of strategic advice.

Ensure the proper conduct of processes critical to the delivery of mandate implementation, particularly strategic planning, policy coordination and the provision of strategic advice for high-level decision-making.

Liaison and Government Relations

Liaise with international partners and multi-lateral financial institutions, including the United Nations Country Team for support on key Presidential economic and social development priorities in close coordination and consultation with other relevant actors in Government to advance objectives of these priorities.

Liaise with other arms of government, Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals in close coordination with other principal leads at the Presidency to ensure seamless coordination of work-flow processes between the different government entities and provide advice to fast- track the achievement of the goals of the key Presidential economic and social development priorities.

Provide substantive backstopping to the Chief of Staff in all meetings on the key Presidential economic and social development priorities.

Participate in meetings as directed and provide feedback to facilitate progress in the implementation of the critical development projects and initiatives forming the key Presidential economic and social development priorities.

Representational Duties

Represent the Chief of Staff in high-level meetings, discussions and negotiations on the implementation of the critical development projects and initiatives forming the key Presidential economic and social development priorities. Draft memos, reports, assessments and analysis as may be required.
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