Deputy Chief of Party (Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau)
Shelter For Life International (SFL) is an international faith-based relief and development organization with over 30 years’ experience in providing sustainable development and humanitarian assistance to post conflict countries around the world. We are currently operational in Afghanistan, Liberia, and Senegal, with Headquarters located in Minnetonka, MN. Our team provides support and assistance in the following areas:
- Population Movement and Settlement
- Public Infrastructure Reconstruction
- Economic and Social Development
Our mission is to Demonstrate God’s love by enabling people affected by conflict and disaster to restore their lives and rebuild their communities. To learn more about us, please head to www.shelter.org & www.lifftproject.com
Under USDA/FAS Food For Progress (FFPr), SFL is implementing a six year program in Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea- Bissau with a goal to develop and upgrade value chain linkages necessary to support an integrated regional trade network for the cashew value chain. The “Linking Infrastructure, Finance, and Farms To Cashew” (LIFFT-Cashew) program is working to create durable trade infrastructure, increase access to financial services, organize and train smallholder farmers to increase production and bargaining power, and build the capacity of local processors to add value to kernels in the cashew production zone of West Africa. As a result, the program will benefit smallholder farmers, a range of processors, and a variety of other businesses associated with the cashew value chain.
We are currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to help lead the LIFFT-Cashew project in Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea- Bissau. The DCOP based in the main project office in Ziguinchor (Senegal) will provide leadership and guidance in three main areas outlined below:
Duties and Responsabilities
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
- Oversee the conduct of the MEL Department.
- In collaboration with Headquarters MEL lead, make sure field MEL team follows up on their responsibilities.
- Contribute to the SFL research and learning agenda, by ensuring a collaborative work between SFL HQ and field teams.
- Support the creation of an evidence-based learning culture through consistent analysis of lessons learned and best practices to encourage adaptive management
- Work with each Sector Manager to collect and mobilize their regular performance report.
- Coordinate with MEL field lead to assure proper monitoring and authentication of operation teams’ reports.
- Work with HQ Program Team to assure proper reporting to each of the (field-level) governments and to program donors are prepared in a timely fashion.
- Work with the governments of Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and The Gambia to develop a coherent, multilateral cashew policy to promote regional cashew production, processing, and trade
- Communicate the objectives and successes of the cashew policy regionally and internationally
- Meet with and help organize cashew actors (producers, processors, traders) to understand and promote cashew policy in the three countries
- Represent SFL and the project in meetings with government officials of Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and the Gambia, and to representatives of the US Government
- Represent SFL to stakeholders to help facilitate cashew production and trade
Information Gathering and Reporting
- Compose and submit monthly and biannual reports to the COP and SFL’s Director of International Operations within the required timeframe
- Develop a communication strategy and public relations materials that highlight activities and achievements of the project
- Follow the dissemination of public relations information for social media, SFL’s website, and other media outlets
- Maintain the relationship with other NGOs active in the cashew value chain in the three countries and assist with collaboration.
- Monitor the steering committees at the level of each country and work on the interrelationship
Education and Experience Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in international development, lawyer, public relations, or related field, or professional experience in the same areas; a master’s degree is preferred
- A minimum of five years’ successful experience in marketing, public relations and experience promoting economic growth
- Industry knowledge and experience in the food production and/ processing industry or other agri-business enterprise is a plus is preferred.
- Ability to interact diplomatically with a range of stakeholders (national, provincial, private sector, NGOs, and government officials)
- Experience in reporting project progress in accordance with specified guidelines
- Strong leadership and administrative skills, demonstrated management ability in a cross-cultural environment
- Excellent communication skills, including good writing ability in English
- Prior development experience in West Africa and/or agri-business is a plus
Personal Skills & Abilities
- Solid leadership skills with ability to maintain a positive work environment with professionalism
- Strong interpersonal, teamwork and listening skills combined cross-cultural sensitivity
- Ability to research, analyze, coordinate, and plan, both strategically and innovatively
- Ability to assess complex programs and situations and form accurate opinions
- Ability to respond practically and operate successfully in difficult field conditions
- Ability to work under pressure with increasing mobility in all three countries
- Flexibility, persistence, and ability to communicate diplomatically to gain respect among staff, local community leaders and other stakeholders, as well as government ministries and donor organizations
- A minimum of 12+ months commitment to live and work in Ziguinchor, Senegal is required
- The applicant must be able to travel frequently, particularly within the SeGaBi region
- SFL offers competitive pay, leave, health insurance and allowances for communication
SFL is interested in applicants whose professional ethics, values and determination to achieve impact are aligned with organizational priorities.
Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com with the subject line: “DCOP – SeGaBi”. Applications must be in English. Please include your name in the title of all attached documents. In your resume, work experience should be presented chronologically and should include sufficient detail to enable the review team to evaluate the qualifications and experience. The CV/resume should include the name, telephone number, and email of at least two references who do not work for the applicant’s current employer.