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LAHIA-Development Food Assistance Program Manager

Job Description

Position: LAHIA -Development Food Assistance Program Manager

Reports to: Resources Acquisition & Management Director

Provides supervision to: LAHIA Field Officers

Location: Niamey (Niger)

Purpose of the position:

The position will manage and direct all World Vision activities for a MYAP sub-award.

The Manager will have ultimate responsibility for staff spread across the area of implementation. S/he will have direct supervision over project key personnel and be responsible for all technical and administrative aspects of the WV portion of the project, including financial management.

Major Responsibilities

Direct and oversee the MYAP, (WV portion) ensuring that all program goals are met through proper design, staffing, and implementation

Responsible for ensuring that the program is implemented per design, quality standards, and schedule

Evaluate program effectiveness and determine corrective action needed to improve goal achievement by participating and conducting agricultural assistance surveys and rapid appraisal design

Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely, accurate, and professional program reports that meet donor requirements to appropriate World Vision Partnership staff.

Establish leadership and personal credibility and implement and maintain clearly understood chain of authority and accountability

Develop and maintain an adequate human resource plan consistent with WV policies, donor requirements (such as A-110, A-122, A-133, 22 CFR 211, etc.) and local laws

Coordinate and oversee hiring process for program staff

Organize and direct the work of MYAP staff and short-term advisors. Provide supervision, training and performance appraisals

Manage MYAP budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and WVUS IPG headquarters staff

Ensure program expenses are reasonable, allocable, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure clean A-133 audits

Responsible for overall commodity management of the program

Oversee property and equipment acquisition, disposition, and management in compliance with WV internal and donor requirements

Research new funding opportunities and develop and write funding proposals for assigned program. Represent the MYAP to USAID, GoN, UN and other appropriate bodies

Coordinate with other WV and/or USAID-funded programs and partners to ensure enhanced integration and synergies

Carry out additional responsibilities and projects as assigned, including administrative and planning functions

Minimum education, training, and experience requirements to qualify for this position:

  • A Master's degree in related field or equivalent qualifications in grant management and a technical field in developing countries

  • 8+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects

  • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, preferably USAID-FFP and/or other funding agencies; their policies and regulations

  • Keen understanding of the unique political dynamics of the country and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to maintain productive relationships with the various government entities in Niger

  • Proven ability in the management of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries

  • Familiarity with USAID-FFP programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs

  • Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals

  • Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills


  • Prior experience as a DCoP or Senior Expert Advisor managing development assistance projects of a similar size and scope in developing countries; experience managing multi-sectoral projects including agricultural development and maternal child health and nutrition

  • Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals

  • Leadership of large and diverse teams

  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming

  • Fluency in speaking and writing in English and French

Other Competencies/Attributes:

  • Technical training qualifications are required

Opened and comprehensive with others

  • Good relationship with all staff

  • Perform other duties as required

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Work environment: Office-Based

  • Travel: 5% Domestic/International Travels is required

  • On call: 20%