The following content displays a map of the jobs location - Abuja

Project Lead Consultant

Job Reference tbigc/TP/9595/548

This job has been closed.

Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Contract Details:
Remuneration Negotiable
Working Hours:
6+ month consultancy contract
Closing Date:
Seniority level:
Company Industry:
Advisory - Africa
Job Function:

Focus of the Role

TBI is scoping for a Project Lead to support our project in the Office of the Vice President to work alongside the Government Counterpart, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture in leading Secretariat. This is a short-term independent consultancy contract for 6 months. This individual will also create and manage key stakeholder relationships necessary to facilitate implementation of the flagships across the federal and state governments, private and international development sector.

Job Introduction

Overview of services (deliverables):

The Project for Agriculture Coordination and Execution (PACE) in the Office of the Vice-President has been set up with responsibility for the coordination of the implementation of two flagship programmes: the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) and the Green Imperative Project (GIP) - a partnership with Brazil to improve access to mechanization and technology in Nigerian agriculture. PACE also supports the Agric for Food and Jobs Plan (AFJP) through overseeing the smallholder farmer enumeration exercise.

Key Responsibilities

Key components of this role include grant, project and office management. The role will ensure that the delivery advisors supporting implementation of the priority projects have the necessary support to ensure delivery of the flagships. The Lead will also be expected to supervise the various experts to ensure all components of the project are delivered, flag and escalate any challenges that will hinder success of the project. Reporting to TBI as well as the Gates Foundation are requirements of this role.  

You’ll provide the following services, which may include, but won’t be limited to:

  • Support the management of the Project for Agriculture Coordination and Execution (PACE) Secretariat, advise on structures and systems needed for delivery
  • Support coordination, mutual accountability, and delivery capability, improving coordination, prioritisation and delivery by the Secretariat
  • Review existing systems and frameworks to track and measure outputs, outcomes and impact of the Secretariat in-line with the Gates Results Framework
  • Support counterparts in mapping, engaging and managing key stakeholders, including foreign and domestic investors, development partners and various Government institutions
  • Facilitate capacity building workshops to support transfer of skills and knowledge to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) to ensure sustainability of the delivery function
  • Facilitate joint reviews and problem-solving sessions with relevant stakeholders to identify barriers to delivery, support in resolving and escalating vital issues as appropriate to the concerned
  • Ensure reporting of activities to TBI and the Gates Foundation

Person Specification

  • The role must be filled by a Nigerian citizen
  • Significant experience in roles that require strong management skills, political smartness strong relationship management, business acumen pro-activeness, going the extra mile and strong teamwork
  • Strong leadership skills with demonstrated success in building institutional capacity; a proven ability to mentor, coach, and build capacity of national counterparts
  • Excellent in building and managing effective relationships, including the ability to navigate complex political environments
  • Strong analytical and management skills, including sound knowledge of strategic planning and project management tools
  • Ability to work under pressure and to lead and coordinate with multi-disciplinary advisors
  • Ability to present information in a concise, insightful and structured manner, both in written and oral form
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of Nigeria’s political and government system, ideally both at Federal and State levels
  • Nigerian language skills will be an added advantage
  • A University degree, a relevant Masters’ degree would be an added advantage


Please note that we may be closing this role earlier due to the high volume of applications received.

About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies. We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people  

We do this within two connected divisions: 

 Government Advisory 

Our Government Advisory teams work directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It works with a variety of partners and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia.

 Policy Futures 

Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas: 

  • Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics; 
  • Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and 
  • Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world. 

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\'re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.