Agricultural Development Young Professionals Internship Program (ECOWAS) Call for Applications : Entry to Mid/Proposal Writing & Resource Mobilization

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

Agricultural Development Young Professionals Internship Program (ECOWAS)

Call for Applications :

Entry to Mid -Level Proposal Writing & Resource Mobilization 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 Proposal Writing & Resource Mobilization Associate

Responsibilities:**

  • Assist in strengthening fundraising initiatives through by analyzing donor funding requirements and strategies and facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and resource development.
  • Support preparation of high quality grant applications and assist with writing proposals, reports, letters of intent, briefs, acknowledgments, presentations, and other communications for submission to donors and other potential funding sources in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate strategic meetings and engagement with key colleagues, includes staff briefings, donor calls, and private donor engagements.
  • Follow up on and help coordinate the full process cycle of developing briefing memos, handling logistics, and following up on funding opportunities and proposal development.
  • Support the management of the grant cycle for major donors, and corporate partners, including proposal development, tracking progress and donor reporting.
  • Develop partnership, donor, and program strategies matching with priorities of private donors, corporate partners and foundations.
  • Participate in strategic fundraising meetings and calls to provide programmatic information and funding priorities advising colleagues on funding priorities, and possible synergies.
  • Conduct research, collect, analyze, and interpret the organization’s data and information needed for proposals, reports, budgets, etc., utilizing the organization’s and other resources to develop fundraising materials.
  • Prepare presentations and participate in internal and external meetings about the organization’s programs and priorities.
  • Assist with special projects for the division, as needed.

Required skills:**

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

· Knowledge of international development issues essential

· Demonstrate superior writing skills. Note: candidates selected for an interview may be asked to submit writing samples of past work, and a writing assessment may also be administered

· Experience organizing and facilitating strategic meetings and events.

· Strong research capacity (mainly internet); interpreting, analyzing, complex international development issues and representing such information in a clear and concise written manner for internal senior management audiences.

· Ability to adhere to tight deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously with independence; ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality required.

· Excellent interpersonal communication skills , ability to work in team and under pressure

· Computer literate with strong command of Internet (research), Word, Excel, 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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