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Chief of Party USAID’s Markets and Nutrition (M&N) - Niger

Employment Type:Full Time
Department:International Programs
Description:Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is seeking applications for  Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated USAID Markets & Nutrition project in Niger. M&N will serve as the lead markets development activity for USAID's Resilience in the Sahel II Project (RISE II) and the Sahel Development Partnership. M&N has the following Goal and Expected Results:

M&N Goal: Strengthen market systems such that household incomes and nutritional status are sustainably improved.
Result 1: Enhanced performance of commodity market systems
Result 2: Increased utilization of quality inputs and services
Result 3: Increased local consumption of nutritious, safe foods

The COP will provide technical and programmatic leadership. This position will oversee the program and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) teams, lead project reporting and documentation efforts, while ensuring cost effectiveness and compliance with USAID rules and regulations. S/he will liaise regularly with key stakeholders representing the program, including assigned USAID in-country technical advisors and other staff, Government of Niger, relevant Ministry stakeholders, and civil society networks.

This is an anticipated five-year project with a budget of $34 - $37M. Position is contingent upon award and funding.

Duties:•  Manage the technical components, providing programmatic leadership and overseeing the strategic planning of activities in support of the project goals and objectives, including determining project priorities and appropriate technical initiatives.
• Oversee quality and timely reporting in line with donor requirements according to the contract/award agreement; ensure results-oriented technical components.
• Evaluate program effectiveness and determine corrective action needed to improve achievement of project objectives and targets.
• Oversee implementing partners, including consortium partners and other implementers, and advise on technical issues related to their performance.
• Ensure strong working relationships with implementing and technical partners, the Ministry of Health and USAID.
• Serve as LWR's representative to USAID, the Niger government, other donors and multinationals, technical agencies, and other participating organizations on behalf of the project.
• Support development and monitoring of technical work plans and budget.
• Identify lessons learned and best practices for external dissemination.
• Work closely with HQ staff to ensure effective, timely, and coordinated project implementation
• Supervise the technical lead team to ensure program activities maximize project objectives.
• Ensure visibility of program results, achievements and lessons learned through presentations at conferences and workshops and/or publishing articles through professional journals.
Qualifications:• Master's Degree or higher in economics, business, international development, agricultural economics, agribusiness or a related field;
• Minimum 8 years of increasingly higher levels of responsibility working in international development in market system development, nutrition sensitive agriculture and food security, and fostering resilient households, communities, and systems.
• Experience implementing economic growth, livelihoods, rural agriculture or food security projects is required.
• Experience overseeing sub-awardees/sub-contractors to achieve program results; familiarity and expertise in overseeing the financial and contractual management aspects of program management.
• Experience working with development programming  in Niger.
• Demonstrated experience working with farmer cooperatives in market development, value added processing, and the formation of market linkages to private sector actors;
• Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, and political context governing rural economic development and food security in Sahelian West Africa
• Knowledge of US Government regulations, policies, and procedures, preferably USAID, or those of an equivalently complex international government funding organization
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills (including in making presentations); high degree of political savvy in interacting with senior government and civil society stakeholders.
• Excellent written and spoken English and French.
• Niger nationals are highly encouraged to apply.

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