Adam Smith International is an award-winning global company that delivers impact, value and lasting change through economic growth and government reform. Our reputation as a global leader has been built on the positive results our projects have achieved in many of the world’s most challenging environments.Adam Smith International has a strong corporate presence globally, with 146 current projects across 49 countries and over 1,000 staff and associates. Headquartered in London, our regional offices are based in Africa (Nairobi, Abuja and Pretoria), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and South Asia (Delhi), with numerous registered offices across Africa and Asia.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Skills Development Specialist (SDS) Tracking Code: 1184-112Location: KanoPosition Type: Full-Time/RegularProgramme BackgroundMafita is a large-scale, six-year youth employment programme operating in Nigeria’s northern states, funded by Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by Adam Smith International. Through a combination of innovative skills development and job creation interventions, Mafita will support over 30,000 marginalised young people to find employment or become entrepreneurs by 2021. Within the above scope, Mafita is mandated to support the economic empowerment of Northern Nigerian women, whose economic disenfranchisement has direct and adverse impacts on the country’s economic prosperity and development at the national, regional and community levels. Through its work, Mafita seeks to support women to access economic resources both directly by supporting women’s entrepreneurship, employment and access to finance, and indirectly by creating a more enabling environment for women.Safeguarding:Mafita is committed to meet its legal and moral responsibility to ensuring the safety and welfare of its staff and beneficiariesThis includes protecting them from any form of exploitation, abuse, harassment or violence (which includes that of a sexual nature).Areas of ResponsibilityThe Skills Development Specialist manages the Apprenticeship and Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC) skills development interventions in the State with the support of the State Coordinators to ensure access, quality and relevance of training as well as continuous monitoring of activities at state levelMain TasksOversees and facilitates all Mafita Apprenticeship and COSDEC skills development interventions activities in the stateActs as a liaison between Mafita Apprenticeship and COSDEC Units, training institutions, Master Craft Person (MCPs), trade associations, clusters and State Agencies on skills development mattersIn consultation with Intervention Managers and in collaboration with Cluster Development Specialist facilitates identification, selection and strengthening of MCPs and beneficiaries and trade associations on skills delivery including assessmentFacilitates and monitors on regular basis the quality and relevance of training provided in the Mafita skills development interventions (Apprenticeship & COSDEC).In close consultation with Trade Associations, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), COSDECs and MCPs, ensures relevant and quality training delivery, formative and summative assessment and ensure timely reporting in the correct format.Facilitates the collection and validation of Mafita beneficiaries and trainers daily attendance for onward submission to MRM Unit in Kano for updateIn close consultation with COSDECs, Trade Associations (TAs), MCPs, and FSTs ensures compliance of minimum standards through continuous monitoring and evaluation (tracking of training delivery, drop out.In collaboration with the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Units, facilitate assessment and verification of COSDEC and Apprenticeship beneficiaries, building of learner’s portfolios and tracking of achievement of competencies for all apprentices, keeping data of learner’s result)Facilitate database development of COSDECs, TAs, state agencies and medium and large corporations and beneficiariesMonitor attendance of beneficiaries at COSDECs and Apprenticeship sites and report to MRM through the Intervention ManagersSupports the development and implementation of capacity development plans for relevant staff of line ministries, COSDEC Trainers, FSTs staff cluster champions, MCPs and TAs.Supports COSDECs, TAs and MCP cluster locations to prepare for accreditation by NBTE and awarding bodies as training centresFacilitates the selection of foundation skills training centers in the state for the Apprenticeship unitAdvises the COSDEC and Apprenticeship Intervention Managers on support packages needed at the skills development locations for continuous improvementReceive, deal with and report grievances relating to trainees, trainers and other stakeholders at State levelProvides weekly, monthly and quarterly progress report on skills delivery for COSDEC and ApprenticeshipLiaises with the COSDEC, TVET and Apprenticeship Intervention Managers, and state on the implementation of the skills programmes in the interventionsConducts any other tasks as assigned by the Skills Lead and/or Intervention Managers.Reporting – You will also be required to adhere to all reporting requirements (both scheduled and ad hoc) regarding your team as communicated to you by the Project Management Unit (PMU)Meeting deadlines on all assigned tasks.