Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Party, the Program Director designs and oversees the implementation of a national strategy for the USAID Voices for Peace Program in his/her country. In close collaboration with the Regional Team based in Niamey, the Program Director works in coordination with the other program directors to reduce vulnerability to violent extremism in the Sahel (Niger, Burkina, Chad, Mali, Cameroon). He/she is responsible for the development and implementation of strategy aimed at addressing issues linked to governance, youth, socio-economic discrimination and marginalization, and violent extremism. This position will require frequent travel to various parts of the country, specifically to regions of the country most affected by violent extremism. The Program Development Officer will be based in the Voices for Peace office in the country’s capital and report to the Chief of Party in Niamey, Niger.
· Work with the Chief of Party and the Technical Director to formulate program strategy and identify issues and theme to be addressed through program activities;
· Provide regular socio-political analysis and contribute to strategic discussions with the Equal Access program team and USAID;
· Work in close collaboration with the other Program Directors ensure the regional integration of the program strategy;
· Undertake travel to remote and often high-risk areas to reach the most strategically targeted communities for information gathering and assessments;
· Contribute to the program research agenda and oversee its implementation;
· Review and edit the program concept notes to ensure their alignment with the approved strategy;
· Review and edit program activity budgets;
· Continuously provide guidance to the program team on context analysis and research as well as issues linked to violent extremism;
· Review media productions content to ensure their effectiveness with regards to the strategy;
· Build constructive relationships with local partners and act as the main point of contact with USAID at the national level;
· Liaise with project counterparts and stakeholders, including local media organizations, international organizations, agencies and local and national authorities;
· Draft national quarterly reports in coordination with the program team;
· Perform other duties as assigned by the COP.
· Master’s degree in one of the social sciences; or alternatively, an additional 3 years of relevant professional experience;
· At least three (3) years’ experience as team leader;
· At least five (5) years’ experience working on programs related to governance, youth, marginalization, violent extremism, and conflict;
· Solid understanding of the country’s socio-political context, with demonstrated analytical skills;
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and web-based tools;
· Strong leadership and teamwork skills;
· Excellent communication and negotiation skills;
· Experience working in similar roles with international donors;
· Ability to work effectively and harmoniously under pressure with colleagues from different cultural and professional backgrounds;
· Willingness to travel to high-risk areas is essential;
· Spoken and written English and French fluency is essential.
To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your reasons for interest in the position and a resume with "Program Director" in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please apply by December 15, 2017, but note that interviews will begin and a candidate may be chosen prior to this date.
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