2021 UK-Nigeria Tech Hub Director, International Tech Hub Network Recruitment
Deadline: June 7, 2021.
The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.
The jobholder will have direct line management responsibilities for the Deputy Director. (S)he will report to the Economic Counsellor in Lagos, while taking strategic direction from the International Tech Hub Network Team in London. The jobholder will be required to work closely with staff from other government departments, including FCDO, DIT, and the other Tech Hubs.
- Overall leadership of the Tech Hub, including recruiting and leading a team of two other locally-engaged staff, managing the Hub budget and ensuring that Hub operations run smoothly.
- Contributing to the design, development and delivery of the Tech Hub, Digital Access Programme and Nigeria country strategies.
- Overseeing the implementation of the DCMS-designed Hub monitoring and evaluation framework and providing management, performance and financial updates to senior stakeholders within UK Government.
- Developing strategic partnership opportunities for the Hub, identifying and cultivating new leads, understanding business and innovation needs across all sectors and convincingly present the opportunities for collaboration.
- Contributing to the Hub’s future sustainability by actively seeking new opportunities for execution of the Hub’s mission, and developing revenue streams that will help the Hub to become financially sustainable in the long term.
- Working closely with DCMS central Tech Hub team, Digital Access Programme Adviser and other UK government departments, including the Department for International Trade (DIT), and FCDO to ensure that strategic priorities and delivery are aligned.
- Acting as the lead point of contact for the Hub for stakeholders in government, (both Nigerian and UK) corporates and startups.
- Work closely and collaboratively with Tech Hub Directors across the International Tech Hub Network to deliver impactful cross-network projects, ensure network-wide learning and evaluation as well as deliver on long-term strategy.
- At least five years’ experience in, and knowledge of, the tech sector and start-up scene within Nigeria.
- Significant leadership experience in the technology/digital sector or business development more widely (or a passion for innovation and technology).
- Experience of developing strategies in partnership with multiple stakeholders.
- Well networked within the tech sector (private sector firms and start-ups).
- Knowledge of, and experience with, the Nigerian business landscape
- Track record of leading successful delivery in either industry or government;
- Good judgement and political understanding.
- Resilience and adaptability.
- Ability to engage credibly with senior government and senior industry stakeholders
- Proven track record of leading teams to develop and run programs and partnerships from the ground up – core funding will constitute Official Development Assistance, with legal constraints around how it is spent so an existing understanding of this will be helpful.
- Willingness to travel frequently within Nigeria, and to occasionally travel to the UK and other locations
- Language: Excellent spoken and written English. Knowledge of a Nigerian language, such as Yoruba or Hausa, would be welcome too.
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