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Value Chains and Markets Manager - Nyala, Sudan

Job Description

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

World Vision Sudan is negotiating a Euros 10.5M grant to implement a Livelihoods and Agricultural Infrastructure Development Project in South Darfur State of Sudan. This three-year project is expected to contribute to the stability of the Darfur region by improving infrastructure and supporting existing and alternative livelihoods. In this regard, World Vision is seeking a qualified and experienced Value Chains and Markets Manager to manage the delivery of the economic sub-component of this project.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Programme Delivery:

  • Provide technical and operational direction of the economic and markets project sub-component, overseeing value chains and selection; collaborating with the agronomist to support farmers increase productivity of selected value chains and market their produce.

  • Support the project team (Agronomist, Field Officers and Area Managers) to prepare and adhere to scope of work, detailed workplans and work schedules; and work with the Chief of Party and the Finance Director to avail resources required for activity implementation in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Oversee community mobilisation and participation in the project as stipulated in the project proposal.

  • Directly oversee documentation of lessons learnt and iteratively use these lessons to improve programme performance in subsequent years.

  • Pro-actively identify programme delivery issues, challenges and risks a timely manner and – in collaboration with the Chief of Party, implement appropriate mitigation adjustments.

  • Work with the project team to ensure equitable targeting and particularly inclusion of women in all phases of the project.

  • Lead collaboration with private sector partnerships, private enterprises, CBOs and government agents in the marketing of selected value chains.

  • Work with the M&E team to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of the project in line with World Vision and donor guidelines.

  • Deliver / coordinate with relevant stakeholders to deliver trainings as outlined in the project documentation.

Financial Management:

  • Work with the Finance Manager to prepare cash flows, payment requests and budget versus actuals (BVAs) reports for the economic sub-component of the project.

  • Directly oversee project expenditure for the economic sub-component of the project; ensuring compliance with donor and World Vision policies and taking proactive steps to improve financial performance.

  • Foster a culture of accountability and financial responsibility ensuring zero tolerance towards fraud and corruption and ensuring project resources are used only for the intended purposes and in line with World Vision and donor policies.

Procurement, Capacity Development and Programme Development:

  • Develop capacity of project staff / farmers associations / business owners in a demand-driven production approach and commercialisation of their farm produce.

  • Work closely with the procurement department to ensure timely procurement of equipment, assets and materials for the economic sub-component of this project. This will include providing technical specifications and participating in procurement committees.

Representation, External Collaboration and Reporting:

  • Represent this programme and World Vision’s economic development initiatives through attendance and participation in appropriate forums including the UN Cluster System; national and international forums and publications.

  • Oversee coordination and integration of this project with other World Vision Sudan initiatives, other UN and NGOs interventions in South Darfur and other programmes funded by the same donor within Sudan.

  • Directly responsible for timely and quality reporting on economic sub-component of this project.

Other Roles and Responsibilities:

  • As allocated and agreed upon with Chief of Party and / or his representative.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • At least a Bachelor’s in Rural Development; Economics, Social Sciences or a related field from accredited university.

  • At least 5years of hands-on management experience of large (over USD 5M) economic development projects in a fragile environment.

  • Experience managing diverse teams in harsh environments.

  • Negotiation and representation experience at high levels.

  • Knowledge and awareness of Sudan or a similar fragile context.

  • Willingness to live and travel in harsh conditions.

  • Experience in working in a cross-cultural environment.

  • Training value chains and markets is desirable.

  • Training and experience in the protection sector, particularly of children in conflict environments; is highly desirable.

  • Some Arabic language skills.

  • Excellent English Language communication skills (oral and written).

  • In-depth application of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel (note that this will be tested).

  • Outstanding analytical/problem-solving skills.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environments, and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.

  • Ability to exhibit exemplary lifestyle as interpreted in specific local cultural context.

  • Adept in expressing ideas thoughts and concepts clearly and effectively.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Field based (over 90 %).