Country Coordinator, Scaling Up Soil Improvement Technologies and Practices , Niger

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Country Coordinator, Scaling Up Soil Improvement Technologies and Practices Position Title: Country Coordinator Reports to: US-based Project Director Location: Niamey, Niger Background Winrock International is planning a two-year project (2023-2024) in Niger and Northern Ghana to support the rapid and widespread dissemination of soil fertility and soil health improvement technologies and practices through local public and private sector extension and advisory organizations and other actors in the agricultural innovation system. Working through on-going activities and projects implemented by local organizations, Winrock will support the scaling out of soil improvement technologies and practices that have already been disseminated through multiple advisory and communication approaches and channels, including demonstrations, radio, and last-mile entrepreneurs. Winrock will also leverage U.S. volunteers to carry out short-term assignments in support of the project. Position Summary Winrock International is recruiting applications for the position of country coordinator (two positions) in Niger and Ghana. The position will be based in Niamey, Niger and Tamale, Ghana. In each country, the Country Coordinator will be responsible for designing, co-creating and coordinating activities implemented by local organizations to scale out soil fertility and soil health improvement technologies and practices. Additionally, the country coordinator will support and coordinate the development of advisory and communication content, coordinate and facilitate training and capacity development activities, ensure that project activities are gender-responsive and work with the project’s regional monitoring and learning specialist to monitor project outcomes and document learning. This is a local/national position and is not eligible for international allowances. Essential responsibilities Provide leadership in all aspects of project implementation Develop strategic partnerships to leverage other public and private sector resources Engage with stakeholders to identify agricultural innovations, plan and implement project activities. Serve as project/Winrock representative in country and liaise, as necessary, with local and national government and private institutions, enterprises, farmer groups, and donor funded projects. Gather information about existing actors, activities and approaches used in disseminating soil fertility and soil health practices and technologies to identify opportunities for collaboration. Ensure that the specific needs, interests and demands of women producers are identified and taken into account in all project activities including in the design and content of technology dissemination activities, monitoring and capacity development activities. Supervise scoping assessments carried out by consultants or volunteers. Prepare country project work plans, and budgets as required by the donor and Winrock for timely implementation of the program. Supervise selection of host organizations and develop scopes of work for volunteers Provide oversight for volunteer logistics and movement in the project areas, ensuring volunteer and staff safety and health. Accompany US volunteers during their assignments, as needed, to provide technical, logistical, and translation support to achieve assignment objectives. Develop scopes of work, hire and supervise consultants. Work with the Regional MEL Specialist to ensure that partner organizations have the tools and resources to collect accurate and timely monitoring and impact data. Contribute to project M&E and analysis of impact data. Report on MEL data collected by partner organizations. Prepare annual work plans, budgets and technical reports as required by the donor and Winrock. Perform other duties as necessary. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in a field related to rural or agricultural development required (agronomy, agricultural extension, agriculture etc); Master’s degree preferred At least 8 years’ experience with agricultural technology dissemination programs, at least two of which were in a management role Experience with developing agricultural extension and communications materials Experience with designing and implementing gender responsive agricultural programs Demonstrated experience managing stakeholder relationships Experience implementing donor-funded programs (USAID experience preferred). Experience managing project budgets Experience recruiting and managing consultants Experience cooperating and collaborating closely with U.S volunteers preferred. Fluent French and English required for Niger Willingness to travel and work in remote regions as needed Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law. At Winrock we have a clear mission: Empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through unwavering dedication to accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation. Winrock knows that its success comes from the hard work and steadfast dedication of its diverse workforce. Winrock remains committed to maintaining diversity, inclusion and equity across the entire organization