Agricultural Development Young Professionals Internship Program (ECOWAS) Call for Applications: Entry to Mid /Grants & Contracts Management Associate

Organization: Development Alternatives, Inc.
Closing date: 30 Dec 2016

Agricultural Development Young Professionals Internship Program (ECOWAS)

Call for Applications :

Entry to Mid -Level Grants & Contracts Management Associate

Opening Date: December 19, 2016

Closing Date: December 30, 2016

Africa Lead II—the Feed the Future: Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation Program—supports the advancement of agricultural transformation in Africa as proposed by the African Union Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). Simultaneously, Africa Lead II contributes to the Feed the Future (FTF) goals of reduced hunger and poverty by building the capacity of Champions—defined as men and women leaders in agriculture—to develop, lead, and manage the policies, structures and processes needed for the transformation process.

The scope of Africa Lead II is divided into three components, as follows:

  • Component One: Establishing and Improving Effectiveness of Institutional and Organizational Architecture for African-Led Agricultural Transformation.

  • Component Two: Strengthening Capacity to Manage and Implement the Policy Change and Alignment Process.

  • Component Three: Promoting the Effective Participation of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in the Policy Process and Providing Capacity Strengthening Support when Necessary.

Africa Lead II’s Agriculture Internship Program aims to facilitate more efficient agricultural production, stronger agribusinesses and agricultural development institutions, a more direct link between NARS and farmers, and greater value addition in the agriculture sector across Africa. The broad goal is to support skills transfer and technological know-how that will help African agribusinesses and organizations to innovate, improve their commercial viability and catalyze agricultural transformation, thus contributing to improved food security.

The Africa Lead II Program welcomes applications from candidates interested in pursuing young professionals development opportunities. Placement terms will be for a period of 12 months with anticipated postings in ECOWAS member states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Cape Verde.

Housing, monthly stipend, living allowances, round-trip airfare and related travel expenses to worksite will be covered by the program. The 12-month young professionals development opportunities are not guarantees for full time employment upon successful completion of the placement.

Entry to Mid-Level Grants & Contracts Management Associate

Responsibilities:**

  • Coordinate grant award cycle which includes but is not limited to providing guidance and training internal staff as they coordinate the subaward/subcontract life-cycle such as scope of work and budget development; monitoring and evaluation according to the compliance monitoring plan; reporting requirements: procurement integrity as appropriate; and close-out procedures.
  • Review award terms and conditions; edit documents for completeness, accuracy and compliance with donor requirements prior to submission for donor approval and/or execution.
  • Review and prepare portfolio-based communications to inform executives of identified contractual issues.
  • Review and edit regular reports to assess the quality of subaward and service contract processes and to inform development strategies and business planning.
  • Assist in the development and review of systems organization (e.g. templates, standard operating procedures, approval processes, databases). Create, update and maintain grants and contracts management tools and resources.
  • Assist in the development or management of the Awards Management database as well as other electronic and hard files.
  • Support supervisor with special initiatives and projects as assigned.

Required skills:**

· A minimum of Bachelor’s degree in social science, human resource, administration, or related field. Master’s degree preferred

· Ability to handle multiple tasks and demands, establish priorities and work effectively in a deadline driven environment; accuracy and attention to detail in the performance of duties is of critical importance;

· Strong verbal and written communications skills; with ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff and external stakeholders;

· Ability to participate as a team member and work independently, with limited supervision;

· Willingness to learn and apply new skills and knowledge

· Ability to take on a leadership role as assigned by supervisor.

· Strong analytical skills and attention to detail are required;

· Computer literate with use of Internet, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

· English Native –French written and oral strong proficiency – Bilingual in English/French preferred. Note: candidates selected for an interview will required to demonstrate language proficiency and may be asked to submit writing samples of past work, and a writing and oral assessment may also be administered

Minimum qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • BS/BA degree required, advance degree preferred (with 1-2 years relevant administrative or technical professional experience)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to travel and be based within regional institution in West Africa during the entire duration of the placement (minimum 1 year assignment)
  • Fluency in both French and English required

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in West African regional agricultural development
  • Field related experience in urban and rural African settings

Application requirements:

All candidates must submit the following required documents:

· Curriculum Vitae

· 1-page cover letter highlighting ability to contribute your skills towards enhancing capacity of a regional organization involved in food security. Kindly specify your strengths and weaknesses and ability to adapt to new multi-cultural environment.

· 3 references; 2 professional and 1 personal.

Nationals of ECOWAS countries welcome to apply. Please send applications to: AfricaLEAD_Internships@dai.com by December 30, 2016 at 5:00PM GMT.

How to apply:

Application requirements:

All candidates must submit the following required documents:

· Curriculum Vitae

· 1-page cover letter highlighting ability to contribute your skills towards enhancing capacity of a regional organization involved in food security. Kindly specify your strengths and weaknesses and ability to adapt to new multi-cultural environment.

· 3 references; 2 professional and 1 personal.

Nationals of ECOWAS countries welcome to apply. Please send applications to: AfricaLEAD_Internships@dai.com by December 30, 2016 at 5:00PM GMT.

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