Manji Wilson currently serves as Deputy Project Coordinator at ECES within the EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) project. In concert with the Project Coordinator, he supports to maintain cordial and productive relationships with relevant international, national stakeholders including the EU Delegation in Abuja, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), EU-SDGN partners and other project stakeholders. He supports the management, supervision and coordination of technical, administrative and financial staff of the project including experts, consultants and local staff and also participates in the Programme Steering Committee and Technical Committee meetings. He functions as a National electoral advisor vested with the responsibility to follow up the implementation of the project activities while ensuring effective cooperation and coordination between the project and electoral stakeholders. He supports the design and implementation of the project’s action plan and capacity building training to INEC and other electoral stakeholders, report drafting: Analytical, technical, sport report and project activity report.

He is part of the ECES Global Coordination Cell and management, where he’s involved in several aspects of building the organisation’s core vision and was a part of the ECES team deployed to formulate the EU election support programme to the Government of Ethiopia (The EURECs and PEV-Ethiopia projects. He has also been part of the EU Election Observation missions and has understanding of EU development cooperation instruments.

His professional background includes experience working with European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM), Nigeria, the Project based staff/ Media Monitor/Analyst/Logistics Assistant familiarizing Himself with the experience of working in a Diplomatic environment using quantitative and qualitative methodology provided by the Media Expert to measure time, Plan and Tone of electoral activities. KRP Communications as a Development Consultant and Program Officer, INEC as a Distribution Officer, and National Population Commission as a field enumerator. He has also worked in different capacities with other local NGOs as the BIHA Project where he supervised and supported the design and implementation of strategies with respect to women, youth, IDPs and People with Disabilities inclusion in democratic processes as Project Volunteer/ Coordinator among others.

He is technically minded with expertise in the analysis, project conception, project cycle management, planning, operations, EU procurement/financial procedures, monitoring techniques, including the design and application of the logical framework and appraisal of interventions in the area of democratic governance especially through supporting effective electoral assistance delivery via policy dialogues with relevant government ministries, agencies, development partners and other key stakeholders in the sector to lead and support the design and implementation of action plans.

He has keen interest and facilitates actions in holistic electoral reforms, international development cooperation and building strategic institutional communication frameworks. He is a passionate development worker who possesses years of experience working to address multi-problem developmental issues such as electoral systems, social inclusion, leadership and governance, political party and parliamentary strengthening, policy advocacy, consensus building and social movements organising. He also possesses competence in addressing issues bothering on Human rights, rule of law, Gender based violence and other societal norms while also championing the causes of marginalised demographics through promotion of inclusion in developmental processes. He is an expert at carrying out needs assessments and identifying solutions to these needs. He has supported various programs and initiatives that have shaped participation in democratic processes, accountability and transparency in Governance.

Wilson.manji@eces.eu