Project Coordinator, Agriculture Programs

TechnoServe
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Commercial
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 09

Position description

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Small Commercial Farmer (SCF) approach was developed by TechnoServe Mozambique in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (the “Dutch”) in 2012 in the context of increasing calls for models that catalyze positive changes for smallholder farmers by changing their capabilities to engage with private sector interests in ways that align the incentives of all actors. The TechnoServe model enables small commercial farmers to educate neighbouring smallholders on improved techniques in order to sell them improved seeds, inputs and services in profitable ways, while providing valued linkages to markets.

The initial SCF network was established specifically as a seed multiplication operation designed to increase the availability of affordable, high quality seeds in Mozambique. That three year project (2012-15) strategically focused on soy seed to link the new small farmer network to the rapidly growing demand for poultry feed. The network of individual SCFs has been commercially strengthened through the formation of a producer’s cooperative (‘COPAZA’) that conducts buy/ sell operations with private sector parties and has attained a 20% shareholding in a new purpose-built seed processing plant and the related distribution network.
A field-level third party evaluation of the SCF model was conducted in June 2016 to document its successes as well as the key learnings and assess its prospects for expansion and replication. That evaluation is detailed in a report entitled Evaluation of TechnoServe Small Commercial Farmer Model. Since 2016, TechnoServe has continued to work with these SCFs with Dutch funds, incorporating the findings from this evaluation in order to improve the model. 

Linked to the work funded by the Dutch Government, TechnoServe was awarded a program with AGRA to test threshing technology as a way to decrease post-harvest losses. This program entails working with 20 women owned threshing businesses, providing access to equipment and know-how; in addition, it foresees working with women associations to improve production and sales of soy derivative products.
Lastly, a third program financed by Fintrac through the USAID funded Partnering for Innovation, is working with the seed company SBS to help them develop a seed production and marketing strategy.

Under the direction of the Program Director, the Program Coordinator will oversee the implementation of activities in three projects (Dutch II, AGRA, SDAP), be responsible for donor reporting (technical and financial), plan and coordinate program close-out activities, which includes Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities. The Project Coordinator will support the management and implementation of new project activities in all three above mentioned programs. He/she will coordinate the logistics and onboarding for consultancies that need to be carried out across all programs during 2018. The Project Coordinator will also be responsible to ensure timely and accurate donor reporting (both technical and financial).The Project Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Program Director and will oversee activities carried out by the field team in accordance with the detailed work plans. Please note that this is a full time, eight month long position.

Activities:

Work Planning

  • Work with Program Director to review detailed work plans that strategically align with projects’ targets, deliverables, and objectives.
  • Support Program Director in updating and refining the work plans on a monthly basis.
  • Program Management / Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Support Program Director and MEL Lead in creating quarterly Project Status Reports that summarize activities, results, and challenges from the previous quarter.
  • Ensure accurate and timely submission of corporate measurement reports.
  • Support recruitment and contracting of consultants, fellows, and interns, as needed.

Financial Management

  • Support Program Directors and Project Managers to develop annual bottom-up budgets that align strategically with work plans, targets and deliverables.
  • Convene review meetings with Program teams to ensure expenditures are maintained on-budget and corrective action or budget revisions occur when variances exceed the donor's line item flexibility.
  • Support Program teams to update and review their projections on a monthly basis and revise as necessary.
  • Ensure financial systems are set up or updated to ensure full financial compliance with donor reporting requirements.  
  • Provide guidance to programs on their team’s time and expenses charging structure in alignment with the donor budget and the allocation of costs by reporting categories.

Donor Reporting (Technical & Financial)

  • Ensure 100% contractual and agreement compliance for donor projects. 
  • Support budget or contract modification processes, as needed.
  • Assist in drafting all donor reports, including annual and semi-annual progress reports, annual plans. Liaise with the Southern Africa Regional Finance Analyst to develop all financial reports.
  • Develop reports and presentation decks for donors.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, economics, business administration or other relevant subject and at least 2 years of related professional experience required.
  • Strong budget management and financial analysis skills including proficiency in Excel. 
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational, analytical, research and quantitative skills.
  • Outstanding written communication skills including prior experience editing and proofreading documents. 
  • Proven team player with strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to anticipate demand and manage multiple tasks and projects while meeting tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of rural development preferred.
  • Proficiency in English and Portuguese required. 
  • All applicants must have indefinite U.S. work eligibility at the time of application.

Application instructions

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