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Chief of Party – USDA Food for Progress (Togo)

Catégorie:  International Programs and Operations – 000IPO

Lieu: Lomé, TGO

Type:  Regular Full -Time

*Intermediate Verbal/Written proficiency in French is required for this role*

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), part of the Corus International family of organizations, is currently recruiting a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated five-year USDA-funded Food for Progress project in Togo.

Description

The Chief of Party provides overall vision, technical, and administrative leadership and expertise for the program. The COP is responsible for management of all aspects of the program implementation in meeting the objectives of the initiative, including, but not limited to, technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management interventions. The COP will take a leadership role in coordination among the program team, consortium members, other implementing partners, public and private sector partners, and government stakeholders, and will liaise directly with USDA and other USG entities as appropriate. S/he is responsible for ensuring that programmatic implementation meets expected standards of technical quality in compliance with USDA requirements, including monitoring, evaluation, and learning. S/he also will ensure completion of reports, evaluations, analyses, assessments, and deliverables in compliance with USDA quality standards.

Actual hiring is contingent upon USDA approval.

Duties

Leadership, Vision, and Strategy

  • Has leadership, supervisory, and management responsibility for all program staff, including consortium member program staff, and will work closely with LWR management and support staff (including finance, administration, and program)
  • Plans, organizes, and supervises the overall program activities and sub-grantees
  • Ensures that all activities conform to the terms and conditions of the donor agreement and meet the expected technical quality standards, and that the strategic objectives and results of the program are accomplished
  • Ensures appropriate representation of the project to Togolese Government authorities and line ministries, USDA and the U.S. Government, and other private and public stakeholders

Program Management and Administration

  • Manages all operations related to the project according to the approved proposal and project workplan, project documents, and implementation strategy
  • Develops and manages relationships with the public and private sectors
  • Provides overall supervision for the implementation and integration of all program activities, and provides overall direction to daily implementation plans to ensure all program goals are met
  • Manages program funds and other resources for the program
  • Prepares status reports, budget information, and other documentation as needed, and ensures timely reporting to USDA

Program Quality

  • Oversees the design, monitoring, evaluation, and learning for the project in accordance with M&E requirements and technical standards in selected horticulture value chains and related climate-smart agricultural practices
  • Ensures that program activities are implemented, and monitors the achievement of results, ensuring compliance with project plans, activity design and related indicators
  • Ensures that program activities and approaches adopt best practices in climate smart agriculture and gender-responsiveness, protection, governance, and participant accountability
  • Ensures the delivery of quality training, technical assistance, and administrative and financial support to all partner governments and agencies, including the selection and coordination of sub-grantees and consultants

Representation

  • Acts as the primary project representative to local partners, national and local government entities, and consortium members
  • Serves as primary contact to USDA, the public and private sectors, and the local government, taking responsibility for addressing all matters related to the program
  • Strengthens linkages with existing partners and develops linkages with potential partner agencies
  • Oversees communication strategies for the program in compliance with donor’s branding and marking requirements, as well as LWR’s internal procedures

Human Resources Management

  • Manages the recruitment of a team of skilled, competent, qualified, and innovative program staff, in collaboration with LWR regional and country program management
  • Ensures staff compliance with all USDA and LWR administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations and national laws
  • Leads and manages LWR’s program team, including staff with administrative related duties, and consortium staff, to ensure that they are able to successfully implement efficiently all program operations and achieve program objectives
  • Encourages a culture of learning, innovation, and creativity, and contributes to an environment conducive to professional development among program staff

Qualifications:

  • Deep commitment to LWR’s core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, business, international development, agricultural economics, agribusiness, or a related field;
  • Minimum of 10 years of increasingly levels of responsibility working in international development, preferably in value chain strengthening, food security, climate smart agriculture, traceability, and/or economic growth, with an emphasis on the production and marketing of agricultural products
  • Prior Chief of party-level or Project Director experience on US Government-funded economic growth, livelihoods, rural agriculture, or food security projects is required and USDA specific experience is preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in horticulture supply chains and sustainable production and trade in horticulture.
  • Knowledge of, and experience in incorporating climate smart agricultural solutions and approaches; experience implementing climate smart agriculture solutions for increased productivity preferred
  • Demonstrated experience working with farmer cooperatives in market development, value added processing, and the formation of market linkages to private sector actors
  • Familiarity with and commitment to gender integration in programming
  • High level of leadership, interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills, including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time, nationally and internationally as required
  • Proficiency in MS Outlook, Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), and Outlook
  • Ability to conduct official business in the English language (both written and verbal) skills required

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