Introduction

 

This Scope of Work provides the details for the role of the field-based REGIS-AG Program Coordinator.  This position is a post of up to 2.5 years located at the program office in Niamey, Niger. The position is contingent upon receiving authorization to work in Niger. The Program Coordinator will work closely with the REGIS-AG COP and in-country team as well as the HQ-based REGIS-AG project management unit (PMU).

 

General Program Descriptions

 

The REGIS-AG program is a $34.4 million USAID-funded contract in Niger. REGIS-AG is based in the city of Niamey and operates in Zinder, Maradi and Tillaberi in Niger, and with another home office in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso with field operations in Dori and Kaya. Through the Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG), CNFA offers a robust strategy for strengthening cowpea, small ruminant and poultry value chains (VCs) in agro-pastoralist and marginal agricultural zones of Niger and Burkina Faso. By transforming value chain relationships and dynamics to increase their inclusiveness as well as their competitiveness, REGIS-AG will increase the incomes of vulnerable households and build the resilience of families and communities to shocks such as drought, conflict and economic crises. The CNFA team will develop innovative “pull” strategies linking smallholders to cash markets, in close cooperation with REGIS-Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) production-level “push” strategies to propel vulnerable households from subsistence to food security and surplus. 

The Program Coordinator will provide field-based support to the REGIS AG Program, focusing on communications/reporting, M&E, gender, technical support, and general backstopping. While the Program Coordinator will work closely with the PMU, the Program Coordinator position is intended have a more technical focus on activities that can be carried out more efficiently in-country.

Responsibilities:

  • Communications/Reporting:
  • Work closely with the MEL Manager to ensure timely preparation of the REGIS AG quarterly reports. Edit and provide quality control. Collaborate with relevant technical staff to ensure that activities and achievements are captured and well-represented in the quarterly report. Quarterly reports will be reviewed and finalized at HQ, but the Program Coordinator will play a key role in finalizing the report from the field side.
  • In close collaboration with the MEL Manager, take a leadership role in compiling the project’s annual report. Work with the MEL Manager to create a timeline for producing a high quality and accurate report, coordinate the reporting process ensuring that all pieces of the report are complete, edit and format the report and attachments, provide to HQ with sufficient time to review.
  • Collaborate with district offices to identify, and develop success stories on a quarterly basis.
  • Lead the development of the annual CNFA report to host country government stakeholders.
  • Provide support on other non-donor, non-technical reporting requests.
  • Provide one paragraph monthly program updates for the Board of Directors by the end of each month.
  • Lead the “Tell Your Story” campaign, a long-term qualitative information gathering project intended to follow a few program participants over the LOP and check-in regularly with them to capture information on how they have been impacted by the program. Conduct field visits to gather information, adhere to a schedule for future info gathering, and design reporting tools for follow-up interviews (as necessary) for using the information in a useful and compelling way.
  • Complete the quarterly communications deliverables on a quarterly basis including: byline article/opinion piece suggestions, event calendar updates, program overview updates, and maintaining a media list. 
  • Manage the REGIS AG photo library on dropbox.
  • Lead tracking, coordination and procurement for branding/marking of all assets developed or rehabilitated by the program.
  • Play a key role in organizing events, including USAID and GoN/GoB stakeholder visits, media tours, participation in expos/conferences, annual stakeholder consultation meetings, annual REGIS AG reflection meetings. Draft accompanying Press Releases as appropriate.
  • Technical Activities:
  • Support the technical program team in implementing workplans and remaining on target to achieve deliverables.
  • Support the technical team in developing and finalizing appropriate training materials including training plans, manuals, posters/visual aids, and modules. Edit and provide quality control for materials. Support the procurement process for cartoonists, designers, printing, etc.
  • Support the technical team in understanding and operationalizing the program budget. Work with the team as needed to develop activity specific budgets such as training budgets. 
  • Support the MEL Manager in maintaining and implementing the M&E system, M&E database, and data collection forms and procedures.
  • Identify areas, if any, where additional M&E resources and support may be needed.
  •   Support the Gender Specialist implement the program’s gender strategy. Be mindful of gender integration and empowerment in all program activities and make recommendations accordingly.
  • General Program Backstopping:
  • Help REGIS-AG maintain compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations. Identify any compliance questions or concerns and discuss with COP and PMU.
  • As requested by the COP, attend and participate in meetings with the USAID mission and respond to mission information requests.
  • Serve as a point of contact with CNFA HQ for programmatic requests.
  • Participate in weekly coordination calls.
  • Develop and/or review SOW, consultant agreements, subawards, etc. as requested. Share REGIS-AG Niger SOWs with CNFA HQ for posting on DevEx.
  • Provide general support to the REGIS-AG team related to computer skills, editing and formatting. Support the team with Excel troubleshooting and capacity building to work in Excel.
  • Contribute to new business and other CNFA activities as requested in Niger; and
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred;  
  • Preferred experience working with international development projects/programs focused on enterprise development, agriculture and/or agribusiness;
  • Knowledge of USAID (and/or other donor) program planning cycles, agreement rules and regulations, and reporting;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives;
  • Ability to be flexible and interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required;
  • Fluency in both the English and French languages required;
  • Ability to travel as required;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain work authorization in Niger.

CNFA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status or military status.