Current Positions:Program Manager (Ziguinchor, Senegal)
Overview: Development in Gardening (DIG), a successful organization in empowering vulnerable communities through sustainable agriculture, is looking for a multitalented individual to manage a large-scale project in collaboration with Rise Against Hunger (RAH) and Centre de Santé in Ziguinchor, Senegal. The Program Manager will work under DIG’s Deputy Director and East Africa Coordinator and will be responsible for the overall implementation of the Leveraging Agriculture to Unite Communities and Hospitals (LAUNCH) Project.
The project goal is to improve the nutritional and economic well-being as well as the food security within the Hospital’s catchment area. The project specifically aims at working within the contextual dynamics of the Hospital and community to increase production and consumption of produce.
This program will work with the Ministry of Health and the Hospital Staff to implement a nutrition-sensitive gardening project using the FAO’s adopted model of Farmer Field Schools, directly alongside 400 participants and impacting 2000 beneficiaries.
The Opportunity: The Program Manager will oversee the delivery of the program on the ground and to support tailoring of training materials, establishing partnerships, and spearheading administrative, financial, and procurement activities. The Program Manager will be responsible for building an implementation team that can support the delivery of Farmer Field Schools for sixteen farmer groups in Ziguinchor, Senegal.
The Program Manager should demonstrate experience in delivering multi-dimensional programs within vulnerable communities and have an understanding of international development project implementation in relation to monitoring and evaluation frameworks, designing field-based educational tools around agriculture and nutrition, solid technical skills and locally adapted best practices under sustainable agriculture, and effective team management and communication.
Responsibilities:The incumbent will be responsible for the following;
- Building an effective four-person team to develop and deliver a 2-year program in sustainable agriculture and nutrition
- Training field staff to deliver a robust three-phase Farmer Field School to sixteen farmer groups. Trainings include sustainable agriculture technologies, group capacity building, financial and nutrition trainings; Continuing capacity building of Facilitators in areas of technical expertise, facilitation, community relations, and project management
- Spearhead financial administration including monthly, quarterly, and annual budgeting and reconciliations
- Conduct administrative tasks including hiring of staff, coordinating team and program workplans
- Oversee and maintain all records including reports, attendance sheets, images, and monitoring forms from DIG Facilitators according to DIG standard operating procedures
- Liaise with DIG Executive Team and Rise Against Hunger to clearly communicate challenges, successes, and shifts in programming
- Deepen relationships at the local, district, and national level within the Ministry of Health
- Represent the organization at all levels including at stakeholder, government, and other partner organization forums
- Bachelor’s Degree in International Development; Other relevant degrees will be considered
- At least 3 years’ experience managing and coordinating an agriculture focused project
- Demonstration of large budgetary responsibility
- Fluency in written and spoken English and French
- Ability to live and work in rural conditions
- Comfortable with motorbike transportation
- Attention to detail, organized and self-motivated
- Ability to work in a fast paced, cross-cultural environment
- Positive demeanor and ability to motivate others
- Physically able to walk long distances and climb steep hills
Compensation: The position will offer a competitive salary. Work related transportation costs will be covered. The successful candidate will be expected to work Monday through Friday and to stay within a central location for the project. The position will be offered to start on April 1st, 2019 until April 1st, 2020, with the intention of extension. Holidays, sick leave, and time off follow national labor laws.
Application Process: The application process will be conducted in three phases;
Phase 1: Initial Application Package
Phase 2: Continued successful candidates will be invited to a 15-minute phone interview. Estimated date is the 18th and 19th of March.
Phase 3: Final candidates will be invited to a 30-minute phone interview.
Estimated date is the 21st. Final decisions will be made on the 22nd of March.
Due to the expected volume of applicants, only considered applicants will be contacted.