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Food Security Technical Coordinator, Niger

9302-17N09119
Maradi
14-Feb-18

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

World Vision seeks a Food Security Technical Coordinator for the proposed USAID/Food for Peace -funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Niger.

The Food Security Technical Coordinator will have the responsibility for establishing and managing systems to ensure cohesion across all technical sectors in the application. The technical coordinator should also ensure technical interventions are integrated, layered and sequenced appropriately at all levels of implementation within the Food for Peace (FFP) activity, and other USAID investments including RISE 2 .

S/he will also provide technical guidance and supervision of sub-grantees and/or sub-contractors on a broad spectrum of food security technical focus areas. S/he will supervise technical specialists in the relevant sectoral areas.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide technical support and guidance for food security related activities, in accordance with World Vision strategies and USAID/FFP guidelines.

  • Under the leadership of the Deputy Chief of Party, work with other technical units to support the development of guidance and resource materials that aim to improve food security and agricultural outcomes.

  • Identify training needs and develop tools and guidelines to improve efficiency in program implementation.

  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor implementation, deliver technical support to field staff, conduct trainings, provide resources, and make clear recommendations on ways to strengthen the program and share learning across programs.

  • Ensure that cross-cutting themes such as gender and youth, social cohesion, and social accountability are fully included within the Food Security interventions and strategy.

  • Work with the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to identify evaluation and program-led research opportunities, and ensure effective monitoring, feedback and adjustment of food security related program activities.

  • Work with the Strategic Coordination and Learning Adviser to ensure high quality, coordinated, and demand driven learning, knowledge management and capacity strengthening activities.

  • In collaboration with the Strategic Coordination and Learning Adviser, carry out the CLA approach through the Purpose Coordinators (Agriculture / Livelihoods / Natural Resource Management / Market System Development; Maternal and Child

  • Health and Nutrition-MCHN; Disaster Risk Reduction-DRR; Water Sanitation and Hygiene-WASH) and the Technical Working Groups. Lead the development of Operational Guides for all above mentioned sector technical areas and develop learning products together with the M&E Lead.

  • Liaise with different stakeholders at HQ level - and at the field level to ensure up-to-date knowledge of the global food security policies, including USAID policies and strategies, for improving food security and nutrition for the most vulnerable.

  • Supervise technical specialists that report directly to this position. Conduct regular coaching and implement the Performance Development Management system. Ensure the Technical Working Groups are implementing the technical design and the learning agenda.

  • Act on behalf of the Deputy Chief of Party when requested and carry out additional responsibilities as assigned.

  • Perform other duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • An advanced degree (PhD or Master’s) plus a minimum of five years relevant experience is required.

  • Demonstrated experience developing - and ensuring quality control for - technically rigorous, food security integration and collaboration.

  • Knowledge of nutrition, agriculture and food security programming in both humanitarian and development settings.

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program preferably USAID Office or Food for Peace (FFP) policies.

  • Experience working/living in French speaking countries in Africa. Familiarity with the Niger context.

  • Previous experience managing local staff.

  • Previous experience with managing sub-contractors is highly desirable.

  • Ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.

  • Ability to achieve results through partners.

  • Experience as a Livelihoods Specialist required.

  • Experience working with sub grantees and contracts under grants for complex projects.

  • The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English and French.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strong management and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French.

  • Mentoring and facilitation skills.

  • Ability to network and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Experience working overseas in low-resource environments.

  • Previous experience with Development Food Assistance Programs (DFAP)s, Multi Year Assistance Programs (MYAP)s, and/or Development Assistance Programs (DAP)s is preferred.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Mandatory travels to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.