World Vision Niger has worked with the vulnerable children of Niger, their families and communities, since 1994.
Currently, World Vision Niger has a commitment to bring hope and help to vulnerable children and communities in the country through a range of holistic, integrated projects that promote change and improve well-being.
Thank you for your interest in working with World Vision Niger!
*Position location to be determined; Burundi or Haiti.
World Vision is seeking a highly qualified Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Haiti and Burundi. We are seeking a dynamic and proven leader with technical expertise and experience managing multi-year USAID-funded programs in complex environments. The program will focus on increasing individual, household, and community resilience through strengthened, well-functioning, and inclusive market systems. The primary goals will be to increase market system efficiency, increase private sector investment and engagement, and increase household and community ability to recovery from shocks and stresses.
The COP will be responsible for leading all technical, financial and administrative aspects of USAID program and will coordinate closely with USAID in developing, implementing, and revising the project’s overall field strategy. The COP will be the principal link between USAID, World Vision, and other partners and provide overall strategic and technical guidance to subcontractors. The COP will provide comprehensive expert technical oversight and guidance in all aspects of the program, including monitoring and evaluation, and reporting to USAID. The COP oversee all staff and activities while promoting an adaptive management approach, and champion a collaborative, inclusive learning environment. The position is based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, or Gitega, Burundi and the 5-year program is expected to start in 2021.
Lead overall technical vision, project management, and implementation of the project. Spearhead strategy development and utilize managerial tools and frameworks to improve the ability of the team to achieve project goals successfully and sustainably.
Effectively manage and supervise technical and finance/operations teams, including ensuring coordination between team leads, providing coaching and mentoring, and fostering a collaborative and adaptive work environment.
Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID regarding implementation and management matters relating to the contract. Ensure high-quality, efficient, and effective performance of the project in accordance with USAID rules and regulations.
Manage relationships with subcontractors and evaluate sub-contractor and grantee activities through consultative meetings, site visits, and reporting requirements. Manage and supervise work of all international consultants and local staff.
Lead collaboration, learning, and adaption (CLA) efforts with internal and external collaborators, adapting program as needed to optimize results per learning and contextual changes.
Oversee preparation and supervision of project work planning, budgets and pipeline analyses, performance management, and strategic communications. Facilitate the development of the project’s theory of change, oversee the implementation of the work plan, and track progress towards core indicators and learning objectives.
Ensure compliance with the organizational Security Risk Management Policy and implementation of associated plans, including the Country’s Security Risk Management Plan. Manage the team’s adherence to the Security Risk Management process, including personnel and asset protection, information gathering and sharing, training, reporting and investigations, and incident management.
Oversee technical activities of the project and ensure that impact is achieving sustainability and quality results defined in the contract
Ensure that the activities and results are implemented in a timely manner within the approved budget.
Make verbal or written presentations as requested by the client to varied audiences, both in-country and overseas.
Assure that assistance provided under the award is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed and for adequately managing and supervising the work of all staff in country.
Master’s degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness, agronomy, development, or related field from an accredited university.
Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible management experience working with programs that are of a similar scope and complexity. USAID contract management experience is highly preferred; Chief of Party experience is highly preferred.
Established track record of achieving results in complex environments is required. Experience working in Haiti highly desired.
Demonstrated experience in project designs, strategic planning, and implementation of market systems, agriculture, and resilience activities. Proven leadership in adaptive management and CLA approaches.
Demonstrated commitment to and experience improving inclusion and empowerment of underserved and marginalized groups of market actors including women, youth, rural smallholders, and others.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to lead collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of relevant stakeholders (producers, private sector, NGOs, government, and research institutions).
Knowledge of and experience with USAID rules and regulations is required.
For Burundi, Fluency in English required; For Haiti, fluency in French is required; Language proficiency in a local language highly preferred.
*Please submit your CV in English.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
This position is a critical and key position of the National Office Team to lead the roll out of the National Office Resource Development Strategy in alignment with Our Promise. As such, the core mandate of this position includes:
To lead and manage the National Office Resource Development Unit to drive growth and diversification of grant income (bilateral, multilateral, foundations, GIK non-food items) in accordance with the National Office Resource Development Strategy.
To position WV Niger and ensure productive engagement and retention of grant donors (public and private) through successful grants implementation, effective communication of the impact of grants and strong relationships with partners, institutions, Support Offices and donors
To establish and maintain functional relationships, capacity and collaboration among national, regional, support office and global center teams to effectively grow the grant portfolio, ensure a healthy pipeline to meet programming needs and set targets.
To build the capacity of WVNiger in grant & PNS acquisition and management in coordination with the regional Resource Development Unit (RDU) Director, and in accordance with the global Fragile Context Initiative and GAM strategic priorities for the growth and management on grants in fragile contexts.
The role reports to the National Director or Operations Director, with matrix reporting to the Regional Resource Development (RDU) Director.
Strategy and Leadership:
Lead the revision and roll out of the NO grants acquisition and management strategy/Business Plan (for both public and private) in alignment with NO strategy and targets.
In accordance with Global Fragile Context Strategy, GAM processes for fragile context and the NO Business Planning Cycle, assist the National Director (ND) and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in setting annual grant income projections to be used in the NDs Performance Agreements.
Provide day to day leadership and management to ensure timely and efficient support for prepositioning, proposal development and effective issue resolution in grant performance across National Office/Support Office (NO/SO) as needed.
Donor Identification, Engagement and Prepositioning:
Track the donor landscape (research, analyze, develop, track relationships with new and current donors) to organize prepositioning meetings with donors and key partners.
Actively engage and participate in strategic in country donor and partner meetings.
Identify key relationships to strengthen national office positioning and elevate WV’s profile.
Ensure that the national office RDU team work in collaboration with SOs’ grant teams and regional RDU, to actively maintain strong donor relationships at global, regional and country level, developing engagement strategies for each donor or a group of donors.
In coordination with National Office Communications Director ensure the implementation of the global impact framework, and support the development of capacity statements, marketing and communication materials using the technical branding approach for donor engagement and prepositioning.
Facilitate relationships and build credibility with donors, using previous success and documented best practices in grant management.
Maintain an up-to-date record of the requirements of current potential donors and be proactive in the lookout for local, regional, and global opportunities.
Recruit and manage competent staff.
Establish an efficient grant opportunity tracking system for tracking grant opportunities and manage opportunity pipeline maintaining an overview of country level grant funding opportunities and donor trends.
Cultivate SO relationships, to ensure effective coordination as opportunities emerge for both public and private.
In coordination with SOs and cross functional teams, develop high quality concept notes and proposals.
Support the NOs in the development of consortia.
Ensure the appropriate use of the Grants Risk Assessment Form to facilitate the Go/No Go Decision.
Provide strategic direction to NO to pursue non-traditional funding sources, identifying emerging or untapped high potential donors and new emerging models.
Grant Management and Compliance:
In coordination with Finance, Procurement, and Administration teams, ensure all aspect of grant compliance and management (e.g. reporting, procurement, visibility, transfer of assets, audit, etc) are understood and applied including sub-grantees.
Lead the implementation of the Grant Health Tracker for grant projects program quality.
Ensure up-to-date NO grant portfolio on grants financial and risk monitoring data.
Mobilize cross-NO functional support to NOs for GAM performance (finance, operations, P&C, strategy, and Quality Assurance).
Liaise with SOs and Regional Finance and Audit managers to ensure that grants implementation issues have been resolved.
Ensure significant grant audit / implementation issues are brought to the attention of the NO SLT.
In conjunction with finance ensure compliance in key grant areas (e.g. eligibility, CAL, match, grant decision making powers, etc). Flag critical policy or systems issues needing resolution by GC.
Prepare monthly and quarterly grants performance reports for leadership using GAM and FC standardized metrics and protocols.
Ensure all NO staff involved in grants, including the position holder have completed and are Proposal pro certified.
Lead, manage and provide capacity building support to employees in the NO team, & seconded staff by ensuring clear goals and accountabilities are established and achieved.
Ensure individuals’ performance and development needs are met, and employees are high performing and engaged.
Identify capacity gaps at NOs in grants acquisition and management.
Lead with the SOs and regional RDU, the roll out of the partnership grants acquisition training software (i.e. Proposal Pro) and the use of Horizon for opportunity tracking.
Develop a strong successor to be able to take up increasing grant management responsibility.
Representation at various fora:
To ensure appropriate representation of the NO at strategic fora that could lead to resource acquisition and enhanced programming collaboration.
Represent the NO in the grants community fora (internal and external to WV).
Participate in WV internal grant communities – GAM CoP, Fragile Context CoP, GAM Hubs and Global Grants Compliance Unit.
Carry out additional responsibilities as assigned by the ND/Ops Director.
Attend and participate in devotional meetings.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Bachelor and/or Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations, Rural Development, Social Science or any related field.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in grant acquisition and/or grant management, especially in fragile countries (preferred).
Experienced networker with strong skills in donor relations, negotiations and partnering with up to date knowledge of the donor landscape and trends in the humanitarian sector.
Excellent knowledge and experience of project management with government and multilateral agencies grant funded projects and experience of grant compliance procedures for major bilateral and multilateral donors.
Demonstrated track record in proposal development, funding acquisitions and grant management for major institutional donors (bilateral and/or multilateral).
Proven experience and skills in proposal writing.
Strong inter-personal skills, and proven team-player.
Able to solve complex problems and to exercise independent judgment.
Able to work in a cross-cultural environment with a multi-national staff.
Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.
Strong influencing and networking skills; consortia/network development experience.
Experience in acquiring funding from private donors (foundations and corporations).
Ability to provide support and training to staff and partners and to “translate” donor language related to guidelines and different requirements to ensure that both concept notes/proposals and project implementation are compliant with donor requirements.
Experience with public-private partnerships.
Experience in working in fragile context countries and humanitarian assistance (preferred).
If candidate is a WV staff, completed Proposal pro certification. G2G certified training is a plus.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Knowledge of workings with major donors, such as USAID/OFDA/DoL, UN, AusAID, EC/ECHO/DIPECHO, UN agencies, WFP, ADB/WB. Global Fund.
Work experience in fragile context and complex environments preferred; fluent French speaker.
Office-based with frequent travel within National office and support offices.
Travel: minimum of 15% International travel is required.