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In the context of the Justice and Security Dialogues program of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the JSD Project Officer (PO) for Niger, in consultation with the JSD Country Officer and Regional Program Coordinator is responsible for closely monitoring, supporting, and ensuring quality of implementation of the JSD process in Niger. This is a local position based in Niamey, Niger. The role requires supporting implementing partners in direct implementation, continuously developing relationships with institutional and local stakeholders; and implementing, monitoring and reporting on JSD project activities in Niger.
This position reports to the JSD Country Officer who will be responsible for overall strategic direction of JSD activities in-country, ensuring quality of implementation, monitoring and reporting, partnership-building with relevant national stakeholders, and training, mentoring and coaching of the Project Officer, as needed. The position will also work in collaboration with the Regional Program Coordinator and USIP colleagues at HQ.
MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Support when and as needed, in close collaboration with the implementing partner, the implementation of JSD activities in Niamey, Niger.
- Work with implementing partners to ensure activities are implemented on schedule;
- Coordinate the organization of operational meetings, dialogues, in-country trainings and other activities as needed by the JSD team;
- In close consultation with the Country Officer, mentor and coach the dialogue implementing partner through the JSD process in Niger;
- Review all technical and financial reporting from implementing partners, provide guidance as needed, and liaise with the Country Officer, to ensure timely submission of all required materials;
- Observe and support project activities and cultivate relationships across Niger;
- In close consultation with the Country Officer, continuously develop relationships with institutional and national-level stakeholders;
- Provide regular detailed updates on JSD activities to the Country Officer and Regional Program Coordinator and DC team;
- Perform systems mapping, data collection and empirical research that supports the JSD process and can feed into publications and the national-level policy discussion;
- Support the Country Officer and Regional Program Coordinator in the development of reports, policy guidance, or political analysis as needed;
- Coordinate with teammates and support the regional JSD network as needed;
- Be available to travel at the national or regional level, as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- BA in relevant field (international relations, conflict resolution, human rights or development) or equivalent experience. MA an asset.
- 2 years’ professional experience in a similar role, in rule of law, security sector reform, peacebuilding or similar field in Niger.
- Experience of working closely with local communities, community-based organizations and local authorities in Niger.
- Highly developed interpersonal and soft skills, ability to build alliances and represent the project and organization with professionalism.
- Demonstrated experience in project management, event coordination and financial oversight and reporting;
- Strong interest in innovative and adaptive programming;
- Demonstrated project design, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation skills.
- Fluency in French and local Nigerien languages is required. Working knowledge of English and other local languages is an asset.
- Experience in building the capacity of others, and leading from behind is desired.
- Proven ability to work independently and effectively, as well as work well as part of a team.
- Willingness to travel within Niger, and to other project locations in the Sahel-Maghreb region, as required.
- Willingness to work unsociable hours depending on the needs of the project.
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