UKNIAF Deputy Team Lead

Coffey, Abuja, Nigeria

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 15 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th August, 2020

Job Description


Tetra Tech is delivering the DFID-funded United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (UKNIAF) infrastructure improvement works. The programme’s duration is contracted for an initial 48 months running from October 2019 with a 24-month option for the client to extend.

UKNIAF provides technical assistance in the form of infrastructure advice to the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agencies. It aims to transform the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished people through the transformation of the way critical infrastructure in Nigeria is commissioned, funded and managed. Its core focus areas are:

  • Component 1: The power sector
  • Component 2: The Federal Road Network
  • Component 3: Work on Infrastructure Finance in Nigeria

Key Responsibilities

This is a full-time role, as an integral part of the UKNIAF project leadership. Working alongside the Project Director, Team Leader and existing Deputy Team Lead, the co-Deputy Team Lead will shape the programme’s delivery strategy and the management of its component workstreams. Working closely with external partners including the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Department for International Development, multi-lateral development agencies and development finance institutions, the successful candidate will be a capable communicator able comfortable in a diverse set of business contexts.

Specifically, you will:

  • Support and advise the component delivery teams in the achievement of their development goals;
  • Support the Team Lead in delivering his engagement strategy across the Nigerian Government and with external stakeholders;
  • Lead on the development of a work programme for the programme and its components which meets both the technical requirements of the infrastructure challenge and the development needs of Nigeria’s most vulnerable people;
  • Support the Project Director and Team Lead in managing the relationship with DFID by building a thorough understanding of the client needs and ensuring that we anticipate and over-deliver against these through our internal structure;
  • Manage the organizational structure for the technical teams on behalf of the Team Lead and ensure these meet best practice.
  • Deputise for the Team Lead as appropriate, and work on special projects at his direction.


We will work with the successful candidate to develop a detailed set of KPIs which evolve over the life of the programme according to need. At the outset, the KPIs for this position will likely include:

  • UKNIAF is delivering high quality work at the point of need, as assessed through DFID’s annual review function;
  • Programme strategies are well articulated, reflect reality on the ground and are managed adaptively where necessary;
  • The component leaders are effectively supported in strategy formulation and delivery;
  • The quality of work and relationships being delivered by the programme meets the needs and expectations of the client and company;
  • Strong collaborative relationships have been established with the Federal Government and external stakeholders, leveraging the programme’s impact.


This position is based in Abuja, Nigeria and will be provided with an excellent international package benchmarked against the development sector more broadly. This will include accommodation, flights and transfers. At present UKNIAF is operating remotely, and the successful applicant will not be required to travel to Nigeria until such time as regular travel into country is safe. We will provide visa support if necessary.

We are keen to hear from anyone with a senior background in infrastructure delivery who is used to managing technical teams at scale, not necessarily in the development sector (although this would be useful). Alternatively, we would also consider an applicant with extensive background in DFID programming and a deep familiarity with programme delivery, but who required support on infrastructure, provided there was sufficient commitment to building this quickly.

Key qualifications include:

  • Minimum 15 years of relevant professional experience in the infrastructure planning, management, financing or delivery;
  • A deep understanding of delivery into the UK civil service or multi-lateral international development institutions;
  • Strong coaching and team management skills, comfortable across cultural contexts;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to speak to each audience in a manner best suited to getting the message across;
  • Personal drive and a desire for impact;
  • Willingness to boil the kettle on occasion and work with humility in a high-profile and pressurized role.


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