Deputy Chief of Party

International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
  • Location
    Parakou, Benin
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jan 11

Position description

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) will assist the COP to strengthen communication with the program partners and local communities and lead the innovation and smart agriculture result area and private sector development based on partnership building to strengthen agribusiness with young and female entrepreneurs in the target zone of the program. S/he will ensure that proposed activities are aligned with the program’s theory of change, approach and local priorities and policies. S/he will assist the Chief of Party (CoP) in the overall management of the ACMA3 program.

Scope of Work

Duties

Leadership

  • Maintain coherence between technical program interventions and technical recommendations of the program advisory committee, the steering committee and the donor.
  • Coordinate technical contributions from implementing partners.
  • Act as interim CoP when requested.

Programmatic and Technical

  • Coordinate the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of all activities related to result area 1 (innovation and smart agriculture) and result area 2 (partnership and private sector development) with various partners and local communities and ensure their alignment with the ACMA3 program theory of change and approach
  • Ensure there are no duplications of efforts and develop collaboration with other projects and initiatives in the target areas.
  • Assist the CoP to implement the recommendations of the program monitoring committee (Comité de Suivi) and of various technical/evaluation missions.
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming in program activities.
  • Provide supervision, support, and direction to technical staff and consultants.
  • Contribute to the supervision of the monitoring and evaluation activities of the program.
  • Participate in regular field visits to monitor progress based on results’ indicators.
  • Write high-quality technical progress reports.
  • Assist the CoP in setting the strategic and technical direction for the program.
  • Assist the CoP in the design of work plans, in reporting, in monitoring of key outputs, outcomes and deliverables, and in performance evaluation.

Communication and Outreach

  • Establish, maintain, and strengthen relationships with (i) IFDC technical teams involved in other projects relevant to ACMA3, (ii) the Intercommunal consultation frameworks and value chain stakeholders, (iii) actors from the private sector development, and (iv) government and local authorities’ officials.
  • Facilitate the sharing of experiences, learning and capitalization within the technical team and among consortium members.

Financial and Administrative

  • Assist the CoP and the Finance & Administration team in budget planning and monitoring and in the compliance of technical team members with Finance & Administration policies and procedures.

Qualifications

Qualification

  • Postgraduate or master’s in social sciences, agriculture, economy, agribusiness or development studies.
  • At least 7 years of pertinent experiences in agriculture and private sector development.
  • Knowledge in on value chains development in the perspective of systemic change.
  • Practical experiences in using ICT4Ag to support various actors in value chains.
  • Good team builder capable of facilitating dialogue among different stakeholders.
  • Good knowledge and concrete experiences in agricultural sector and agribusiness.
  • Good knowledge in theory of change, project cycle and logical framework and result - oriented management.
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, conflicts management, negotiation and coaching.
  • Experiences in working/collaborating with the public services, private sector and civil society.
  • Good knowledge in gender and development issues.
  • Excellent report writing capacity.
  • Proficiency in French and English languages.

Application instructions

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