Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Job Opportunity at Heifer International, Country Manager


Job Description

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) Country Project Manager, under the guidance of the EAYIP Project Director with dotted line reporting to the Heifer Tanzania Country Director, will provide overall leadership to staff and other EAYIP partners in the implementation of all components of EAYIP in Tanzania, leading to the transformation and empowerment of youth participating in the market through employment and/or value chain activities. This will include overseeing all project activities; producing related reports on project progress; supervising and appraising the performance of EAYIP country office staff; monitoring project budgets, administrative, logistics and material resources and coordinating EAYIP country learning events and ensuring timely project implementation and delivery of outcomes. The Manager will also be responsible for preparing and maintaining long-range annual plans and budgets, as well as developing the appropriate monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure that all outcomes are achieved.

Essential Character Traits:
Energetic, Posititve, Collaborative, Values-Oriented, Enthusiastic

(including approximate percentage effort)

1. Program Effectiveness (50%)

• Accountable for planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating the project within the country in an effective, efficient and timely manner

i. Prepare annual operational plan and budget in collaboration with the project team
ii. In partnership with implementing partner organizations, design a monitoring and evaluation framework and ensure that key indicators are monitored
iii. Organize country stakeholder workshops and conferences to share experiences and lessons learned
iv. Coordinate and support the implementation of youth-focused training programs aimed at improving social, life and vocational skills in the identified value chains
v. Implement an exit strategy that will provide sustainability of the impact created through EAYIP
vi. Oversee the progress of all project objectives within the country and provide direction and guidance to ensure that planned targets are achieved
vii. Ensure that social capital and values-based holistic community development (VBHCD) are mainstreamed in the project at all levels

2. Management and Compliance (30%)

• Accountable for ensuring that the project’s administrative, human resource and finance functions are timely, efficient and in compliance with Heifer’s global, area and country-level policies and procedures within the framework of local law

i. Ensure that project staff work closely with the Heifer country program and EAYIP regional office teams to ensure that contracts, other legal documents and financial statements are processed appropriately
ii. Submit timely reports to country program and EAYIP regional offices as required
iii. Carry out annual staff appraisals for staff under his/her supervision
iv. Ensure that periodic project reviews are conducted, with learnings documented and shared
v. Supervise expenditure control within the budgets
vi. Ensure compliance with contractual obligations and procedures of donors
vii. Ensure proper maintenance and use of assets
viii. Inspire, mentor and manage staff to achieve project goals

3. Partnership and Engagement (20%)

• Accountable for networking and representing EAYIP with the host country government, national and regional research organizations, private sector and international organizations
i. Develop and implement plans for multi-stakeholders’ engagement and learning
ii. Monitor the work of Heifer’s local partners and ensure that they are compliant with the activities agreed upon in the teaming agreements
iii. Work with local governments to identify and address social and economic barriers to increasing youth participation, especially young women, in the agricultural sector
iv. Develop relationships with financial institutions and the private sector to facilitate access to finance and market linkages
v. Produce various technical reports in collaboration with implementing partners for sharing with stakeholders in the country
vi. Represent EAYIP in various stakeholder meetings, workshops, conferences and shared learning events.
4. May perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Most Critical Proficiencies:

a) Knowledge of income and expense budget preparation and monitoring
b) Knowledge of youth workforce development issues especially in rural communities of the East Africa region
c) Good understanding of gender dynamics in development, particularly among young people
d) Good understanding of the different value chains within the agricultural sector
e) Strong leadership, teamwork, mentoring and coaching skills
f) Ability to communicate effectively with Heifer’s HQ, donors, partners and local governments
g) Fluency in English (knowledge of other languages spoken in Tanzania is a plus)
h) Exceptional writing skills
i) Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout Tanzania and other EAYIP project sites
j) Proficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail (Microsoft Office preferred) and Internet

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:

a) Ability to prepare and present documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail
b) Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions
c) Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work cooperatively, tactfully and diplomatically with culturally diverse groups of people
d) Willingness and ability to assign and review the work of direct reports and to use participatory management skills with junior and senior staff
e) Proven team leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff
f) Willingness and ability to travel domestically, regionally and internationally as required
g) Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public
h) May require constant sitting; working at a computer and focusing for extended periods of time and performing office environment activities while on the road and/or in remote conditions
i) Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality
j) Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting sometimes inflexible deadlines
Required Experience

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree plus seven (7) years of relevant experience in development work in Tanzania.

Preferred Requirements:

Master’s Degree or equivalent in the fields of Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Enterprise Development or a related field


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