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Director for Maximizing Opportunities in Coffee & Cocoa in the Americas (MOCCA)

Location:TBD, All States
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:International Programs
Description:The Cocoa Director for MOCCA (Maximizing Opportunities in Coffee & Cocoa in the Americas) is directly responsible for the management of a $10.5 million USDA-FFP budget and implementation of the cacao strategy for the 6 countries in Latin America (Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru & Ecuador). The MOCCA Cocoa Director will liaise closely with high-level research, NGO, and cocoa industry partners stakeholders to meet the goals and targets of the MOCCA project. S/he will also coordinate closely with LWR country staff and with Technoserve\'s senior project staff such as the Chief of Party and Coffee Director to guarantee alignment of project strategy and guarantees the quality of implementation of cross-cutting activities such as youth and gender inclusion, access to finance, and climate resiliency
Duties:Ensures Program Strategy & Quality

• Directs and coordinates activities of $10.5 million cocoa program, implemented in 6 countries with 7 major activities ranging from research to training and market access.
• Responsible for developing and implementing the annual workplan and operational strategy
• Conducts regular analysis of project goals and implementation in coordination with senior project staff.
• Oversees synergy between various technical sectors in contributing to achieving program targets.
• Ensures, in coordination with program staff, that the delivery of quality training, technical assistance and administrative and financial support to all partner agencies, including the selection and coordination of consultants.
• Submit regular progress reports to Technoserve and to Regional team based in headquarters.

Ensures Financial & Administrative Management of MOCCA project

• Accountable for annual budget development, including distribution and allocation of funds across 6 countries in the project.
• Budget Holder and management of $10.5 million budget, including project budget expenditure approvals and budget monitoring.
• Ensures accurate and timely reporting of program finances and progress status, review actual financial performance against the budget, and explain variances on a regular basis.
• Approves and manages financial transactions within the approved limit.

Oversees management of MOCCA team

• Directly supervises 5 senior project staff members and indirectly 15 (approx #).
• Leads, coaches, mentors and manage a team of project staff to meet program objectives.
• Conducts periodic reviews of staff performance in-line with LWR's performance management system; mentors staff to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork.
• Oversees the recruitment of project staff to ensure competent and qualified staff.
• Conduct activities that promote commitment and increase skills and knowledge of the team.
• Partners with internal and external key stakeholders to develop project or program scope, objectives and priorities.
• Acts as primary liaison with the Technoserve Chief of Party and other consortium partners.

Leads representation of LWR in the MOCCA consortium

• Acts as primary program contact to Technoserve and and implementing partners regarding MOCCA issues
• Establishes and strengthens linkages with private and public sector entities in the cocoa sector
• Oversee communication strategies, including compliance with USDA and Technoserve's branding and marketing requirements.
• Facilitates high quality marketing of LWR's leadership of cocoa in the consortium with various stakeholders and in appropriate forums.

Qualifications:• Required Master's degree in area related to International Development, Agriculture, and/or Management
• Minimum of 10-years of progressively increasing management responsibility NGO setting.
• Successful management of large, complex teams.
• Successful track record in the implementation of a large-scale programming under USG funding.
• At least 5 years' experience working in cocoa sector in Latin America & strong familiarity and relationships with global cocoa market.
• Proven experience in managing complex partnership relationships required.
• Strategic vision and capacity to oversee a vast and complex program required.
• Ability to plan, organize, and direct work, evaluate results and adjust strategies to reach project goals and targets
• Recognized for ability to negotiate and influence key decision makers.
• Ability to travel regionally and internationally up to 50% of the time.
• Excellent English and Spanish oral and written communication skills required.
• Experience working in a variety of developing environments required.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook required
• Commitment to LWR's core values of Gratitude, Calling, Accompaniment, Stewardship and Innovation.
• Experience with and commitment to working in a very diverse workforce.
• Familiarity with Lutheranism, church structures, and church member motivations and sensitivities preferred.


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