The Director-general is the chief executive officer of the Institute and is responsible, along with the Management Board, for the day-to-day running of the Institute. The DG is assisted by a core of directors, managers and other cadres of staff in the Research, Training and Administration Departments. The holder of the office of the Director-General is at least a permanent secretary in the civil service. In addition to the five main departments, there are Ten (10) units under the Office of the Director-General, namely: DG Unit, Legal Services, Internal Audit, Protocol and Corporate Affairs, ICT, Publication, Procurement, Monitoring and Evaluation and Liaison and Consultancy Services.
The ICT activities of the Institute is organized through a unit under the office of the Director-General with appropriate complement of staff. The unit assist the Institute to maintain the website, intranet or internet systems. It continues with PARP activities in the area of organizing the Assembly's Management Information Systems (MIS
The Internal Audit function is very crucial in any organization as it helps to ensure internal control, and efficient and effective use of resources. Therefore, the unit is located in the office of the Director-General manned with appropriate complements of staff.
Specific Functions of the Audit Unit:
Corporate Affairs And Protocol
This unit is also under the Office of the Director-General. It is headed by a manager supported by appropriate complement of staff. It provides public relations services and media support to the Institute and National Assembly, and advice on matters relating to outreach, networking, advocacy. It also works to enhance the credibility and visibility of PARP and NASS at National and International levels.
This is a unit in the Director-General's office. The head of this unit serves as secretary to the Management Board.
Monitoring & Evaluation Unit
Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) Unit is under the office of the Director General. It has, amongst other tasks, the responsibility of ensuring that the Institute's activities are tracked and reported. The Unit equally tracks the activities of the Information, Management, Research, Library/Documentation and ICT sectors of the Institute as specified by the NILS Work plan. Evaluation results compiled by this Unit ultimately aids in making considerations as to whether the Institute will continue or adjust some of its strategies and activities. Furthermore, reports/information gathered by this Unit helps the Institute to develop a feedback mechanism to stakeholders (Legislators and Management of the National Assembly). The Unit also ascertains the implementation status of programs, the quality and other related details of the Institute’s activities as against the set targets, expected outcomes and strategies adopted by the Work Plan/ Strategic plan.
Headed by a Communications Adviser who reports directly to the Director General, the Information and Communications Unit of the National Institute for Legislative Studies plays a key role in how stakeholders, partners, employees and the general public perceive the Institute. With media relations as the benchmark of its functions, spanning across writing and distributing news releases and responding to media inquiries, the Unit dabbles into the waters of public relations, crisis communications and employee communications. It suggests new initiatives to keep the Institute on the cutting edge of communications with the stakeholders, it oversees planning for news conferences, track news and stories to follow up media mention of the Institute as well as initiate strategies to address misinformation.
The Unit takes its task further by building relationships with stakeholders and partners; in this regard, production of newsletters is carried out for circulation to the general public and content management of the Institute’s Website, Twitter handle, Facebook and Blog are carried out.The Information and Communications Unit of the National Institute for Legislative Studies does not only minister to the external communication need of the Institute but takes it deeper to ensure effective and timely qualitative internal communication, engagement and feedback which includes writing emails to circulate Institute’s activities. Moreover, it interacts and partners with diverse audiences against the backdrop of communicating the ideals and work of the Institute to the world.