Livelihood Advisor

As a Christian Humanitarian Development organization, WV Chad (WV Chad) is trusted to deliver community service through its Programs located in 5 regions (Logone Occidental, Logone Oriental, Tandjile, Mandoul, Mayo Kebi Est) and also humanitarian emergency programs across the country.  Currently, WV Chad envisions a thriving organization where our improved business processes come together to transform and model organizational leadership built on sustainable practices. The Livelihood Advisor will be responsible for ensuring smooth operations of the Livelihood components of WV Chad.

He/She will be responsible to the Senior Program Effectiveness Manager in providing technical advice and support in the planning, designing, implementation, training/guiding, monitoring and evaluation of Livelihood and Economic Development interventions and play an active role in coordination, technical assistance and advocacy with the local government, local communities, partners and other key stakeholders.

Furthermore, he/she will carry-out action research on Livelihood and Economic Development according to World Vision Chad office strategy to strengthen value chain development, saving group, self-help group, micro finance, cooperative unions, VSLA and all WV CHAD livelihood programming interventions.

Major Responsibilities:

Provide technical advice to WV Chad in livelihoods and economic development programming in planning, designing, monitoring and evaluating Livelihood and Economic Development interventions.

Provide inputs into the overall strategic planning, donor proposal development and conduct research studies related to Livel

ihood and Economic Development.

In collaboration with the Clusters and projects staff, facilitate the conceptualization and development of livelihood  promotion and sustainable economic development project interventions at a local level, including sub-project proposals, implementation plans, project budgets, and monitoring a

nd evaluation frameworks.

Work closely with field Livelihood Officers and team leaders to build their capacity on integrating market-driven approaches in projects and support them to identify opportunities for replication and scale-up

within the existing projects.

Support the monitoring of the quality of project delivery within the framework of the overall program strategy. Develop and use innovative approaches to monitor and evaluate performance, effectiveness/impacts of livelihoods and economic development interventions and document

lessons learned.

Support the development of sustainable livelihoods and economic development initiatives including value chain development, saving group, self-help group, micro finance, cooperative union, savings group model at the community and streamline the programmatic approach of model in order to provide effective mechanisms for achieving scale and sustainability in the in

terventions.

Facilitate the development of a number of private sector engagements in the program and guide the field teams on risk management processes to assess and manage the risks of potential alliances with the private

sector.

Produce case studies of market-driven approaches to programming that clearly demonstrate both the social transformation and sustainable development outcomes of the interventions.

Represent WV Chad in economic development and sustainable livelihood fora, meetings, workshops, conferences and contribute to technical interactions and discussions and donor meetings.

Build and strengthen effective relations for networking and cross learning to enrich WV Chad economic development and livelihoods programs/ interventions and have in operation networking structures composed of project partners and beneficiaries for long term results.

Participate in such networking meetings and guide members in obtaining mutually beneficial and optimal ways to enhance livelihood and economic development activities.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Livestock, Agriculture Economics or Agribusiness with B.A in Business Administration similar from an accredited University

  • Minimum 5 years working experience in the area of local economic development /livelihood development, SME development and private sector engagement.

  • Experienced in community mobilization and group formation

  • Prior experience with the World Vision system would be an advantage

  • Outstanding communication, project management and organizational skills

  • Familiarity with the working environment and professional standards of international organizations

  • Working experience with Institutions involved in sustainable development/ community empowerment/ natural resource management

  • Experience in working with NGOs and civil society, and with participatory approaches

  • Strong conceptual and research/analytical skills, with the ability to think strategically and to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources into conclusions and recommendations

  • Substantial knowledge of Socio-Economic Development, and in-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues

  • A self-starter and able to inspire and influence action

  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices inside and outside World Vision

  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

  • Ability to lead effectively, and possesses mentoring and conflict resolution skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills and computer literacy is essential 

  • Excellent writing and conversation ability in English and French.

  • Ability to communicate cross-culturally and sensitive to other cultures

Knowledge of design requirements and regulations for major donors including OFDA, AusAID, ECHO, CIDA, ADH, Global Fund and UN (WFP, UNICEF, WHO)

Project Director, South Sudan

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval. Expected start date: January 2019.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

This is a consortium programme on Food security & Resilience in three States. The Project Director will provide overall leadership to the programme in South Sudan.

The Project Director will be responsible for overall oversight of the programme by all three partners, and lead the Programme Management Unit of the consortium. The candidate will also be overall in charge of partner coordination, logistical and technical support of the teams. The WVSS operations component will be directly managed by the Project Director assisted by a Project Manager. This position has principal responsibility for the representation of the project to the donor, Government of South Sudan representatives, and other key stakeholders. Other key responsibilities include ensuring high quality implementation of project activities, grant management according to donor requirements and international accounting standards, timely donor and other stakeholder reporting, and overall contribution to Child Well Being outcomes. The Project Director will be accountable for delivering all project results. S/he will maintain communication with the two sub-agreement partner agencies and oversee coordination of their technical activities within the project framework, work plan and budget. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

The proposed 44 months project’s overall objective is to contribute to strengthening resilience of communities, improving governance and conflict prevention and reduced forced displacements due to loss of livelihoods. The specific objective is to improve food security of rural smallholders in Greater Bahr el Ghazal and to empower them to cope with environmental volatility and insecurity.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Grant Implementation:

  • Head the implementation of the grant at consortium level, ensuring that the programme’s ultimate, intermediate and immediate Outcomes are achieved.

  • Lead sub-agreement partner agencies and stakeholders (in South Sudan) in participatory planning of project activity implementation, ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines.

  • Provide timely input and contribution to the completion of annual work plans, reports and ensure grant management compliance for the WV project in alignment with donor and WV regulations.

  • Ensure effective liaison with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders, making use of an appropriate accountability framework.

  • Gather and compile output reports from the consortium members, WVSS Project Officers and prepare overall performance progress reports detailing achievements against plan and variance on a regular basis.

  • Provide to the consortium standard documents/tools to ensure standardised approach to the operations.

  • Design strategies, create partnerships and interventions to ensure project activities and implementation strategies are gender, age and ability inclusive and in compliance with EU requirements.

  • Ensure strong communication and coordination with all team members as a means to effectively achieve program objectives.

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

Staff Supervision and Management:

  • Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas.

  • Develop and maintain an adequate human resource plan consistent with WV & donor policies/requirements in tandem with local laws and ensure proper technical and operational capacity of staff to manage and implement project initiatives.

  • Ensure competent and motivated staff are hired in time and retained.

  • Conduct quarterly reviews of staff performance in line with WVs performance management system, ensuring opportunities for staff feedback.

  • Ensure proper technical capacity of staff through training and performance management to WVSS project staff.

Budget Management:

  • Manage grant budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors, WVSS and World Vision Australia.

  • In conjunction with Finance Manager, ensure grant/project compliance whereby project expenditures are reasonable, allocable, and prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure compliance with external audit.

  • Oversee supply and equipment procurement, acquisition, disposition, and management in compliance with WV internal and donor requirements.

Monitoring, Reporting, Documentation & Knowledge Management:

  • Maintain effective project quality assurance mechanisms, including monitoring system for tracking of project progress against indicators, activities and key project milestones, reporting, evaluation, and communication systems.

  • Conduct routine visits to all consortium member project sites for purposes of monitoring and operational support.

  • Submit timely accurate and quality reports that meet donor requirements.

  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures for monitoring, reporting, documentation and knowledge management, including establishment of standard tools and systems for documentation and information sharing of project progress, best practices, lessons learnt and success stories.

Donor Relations:

  • Represent the Project and World Vision in engagement opportunities with the donor, the Government of South Sudan, UN agencies, clusters, implementing and technical partners and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Represent World Vision at relevant meetings with the Government of South Sudan and project counterparts to provide updates on program implementation.

  • Maintain open communication with sub-agreement partner agencies, other INGO’s, UN agencies and other relevant external partners regarding project initiatives for enhanced coordination.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Minimum Master’s degree in rural development, agriculture/food security or another relevant field with experience in grant management.

  • At least five years of experience in program management and administration, financial management, award cooperative agreement compliance, sub award management, and tracking project performance and costs.

  • Proven ability to manage complex partnership relationships/consortiums including effective coordination with host country government.

  • Technical expertise in managing Resilience, Food Security and Livelihood projects a requirement. Experience with gender and/or peacebuilding programming encouraged.

  • At least five years of international experience in emergency relief or development project management in fragile or challenging and complex contexts with responsibility of overseeing comprehensive emergency recovery & resilience projects is a must.

  • Experience in partnership building and coordination with the donors, private sector, NGO and local community organizations.

  • Experience and familiarity with EU grants management.

  • Fluency in English.

  • Demonstrated strong analytical, managerial, leadership, communications and interpersonal skills.

  • Positive collaboration and facilitation skills; Leadership of large and diverse teams; Diplomacy.

  • Willingness to take up a position post and residence in a fragile context.

  • Experience of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct, HAP-I Standard, ECB Good Enough Guide, Sphere Standard (Humanitarian Charter and Participation Standard), donor requirements and WV Humanitarian Accountability Framework.

  • Agreement with WV Core Values and Mission Statement.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • 50% National Office and 50% travel to the field.

  • Domestic / international travel as required.

  • On call as required.

Commodities Officer (Hwange)

Title:Commodities Officer

Location:Hwange.

Purpose of the Position:

To ensure compliance to organizational standards in the management of food commodities from the point of receipt, storage, dispatch, distribution, monitoring, documentation, accounting and reporting. In addition the incumbent will be charged with the responsibility of capacity building and coordinating relevant training for department staff.

Major Accountabilities/ Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the laid down food aid standards are adhered to according to the World Vision Partnership and donor requirements

  • Conducting field visits and working closely with Commodities personnel, District supervisors, staff and Programme Coordinator to ensure compliance to standards.

  • Provide support in terms of warehousing procedures, reporting and accountability as well as other programming issues

  • Develop and revise standard forms and manuals to be used in the implementation of the various food aid initiatives.

  • Identifying any training gaps and coordinating the holding of capacity building workshops to bridge the gap.

  • Provide on-job training to staff based on findings.

  • Prepare the programmes for the internal and external commodities and relief audits.

  • Ensure that the programmes pass all audits with minimum risk as well as making follow-ups on the issues that would have been raised.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies or any related field.

  • A post graduate qualification will be an added advantage

  • Extensive exposure to food aid programs (minimum 2 years)

  • Knowledge of the Sphere standards, Code of Conduct for Red Cross/ Red crescent, Humanitarian Accountability Partnerships (HAPI) and other international humanitarian standards

  • Knowledge of Commodities standards, as defined and set out by FPMG

  • Knowledge of commodities & logistics operations, preferably within WV context, specifically those that relate to food distributions, warehousing, reporting, tracking, monitoring etc.

  • Knowledge of different capacity building initiatives

  • A valid driver’s license is required as 65% of the time is to be spent in the field.

  • Fluency in English and local languages.

 
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