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Kumbo, Garoua and Ngaoundere, Cameroon
Nascent Solutions is seeking qualified Development Specialist responsible for supervising and coordinating all field-related activities in its 3 field offices located in Kumbo, Ngaoundere and Garoua. The Field Coordinator oversees all planning, administrative, management, reporting and representation activities of Nascent Solutions at the field level. S/he will work directly under the supervision of the Country Director.
Locations:Kumbo, Garoua and Ngaoundere, Cameroon Type of Employment:Salaried, full-time Travel:Approximately 15% travel for field work Reporting:Reports to Nascent’s Country Director
Duties and Responsibilities
Ensure that all field staff in the area understand and are able to perform their roles and responsibilities related to their various components and link with the other departments
Promote team building, productivity and staff welfare
Mentor and support the team to build capacities, and improve efficiency and performance
Manage interpersonal conflicts among staff at area level
Facilitate interdepartmental communication and information sharing for a positive working environment
Ensure implementation of Nascent’s coordination mechanism at field level
Oversee planning of activities and assignment of necessary resources for the effective implementation of field activities in an effective and efficient manner.
Supervise technical staff in the field and provide support to project implementation through trouble shooting and eliminating blocking points
Monitor output achievement, cash burn rates and ensure a time completion of projects through review of monthly work plans
Ensure that relevant project information are up-to-date and available for reporting purposes
Ensure coordination and complementarity amongst projects within the area of intervention
Conduct periodic field visits to project sites to assess activities and ensure efficient use of resources
Advise field staff to adapt activities according to monitoring and evaluation findings
Ensure beneficiary feedback mechanisms are in place through regular communication with beneficiaries and meetings with stakeholders
Ensure capitalisation of best practices and lessons learnt for projects in the area of operations.
Identify potential local partners in the area based on an assessment of complementarity and added value
Provide support to partners in project implementation and ensure timely and qualitative implementation of projects by partners in line with Nascent and donor requirements
Take a lead role in implementing Nascent’s country program strategy in the field area, while identifying strategic opportunities for expansion, and in particular
Identify new opportunities and new sectors of intervention
Consolidate and stabilize programming
Ensure activities are relevant and meeting area/beneficiary needs
Identify Nascent added-value
Contribute to identifying new donors, private sector partners, national and international NGOs, think tanks, academia, etc. to work with in the area based on complementarity and added value
Establish, maintain and improve active and regular working relationships with other NGOs, UN agencies, clusters, working groups, consortia, etc. at field level ensuring maximum visibility of Nascent
Establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with local authorities and where necessary non-state actors and obtain required authorizations and buy-in for Nascent’s activities at area level
Lead assessment(s) at field level to ensure proposals are relevant
Support the Country team in proposal conceptualisation within the context of the country, regional and global strategy
Contribute to budget design ensure budget needs at field level have been taken into consideration
Ensure accurate budget forecasting and efficient cash flow management
Ensure timely and accurate reporting as per Nascents’ country work plans
Minimize risk of fraud and corruption by ensuring adherence to Nascent procedures
Analyse the security context at field level and in close collaboration with management and local stakeholders
Engage with relevant key stakeholders at area level to ensure access and support of interventions
Address security and safety risks by implementing standard operating procedures defined for the area
Ensure the offices and houses conform to recommended security, health and safety standards
Ensure all staff in the area adhere to security procedures
Master’s degree in a relevant field such as International Development, Sociology, Education, Management, humanitarian programming, and or a related field
Fluency in English and French (will be tested)
Minimum of 7 years of extensive project management experience (management, planning, staff development and training skills) in emergency and/or development programmes.
Experience in managing food aid programs
Demonstrated ability in staff team building, developing positive working relationships among staff and with external stakeholders.
Proven capabilities in leadership and management required
Ability to work well and punctually under pressure
Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills, and flexibility in cultural and organizational terms
Knowledge of local language and/or regional experience is an asset
Excellent verbal & written communication skills
Exceptional organizational and supervisory skills,
Self-motivated, possessing high standards of ethics,
Personal integrity, honesty, trust worthy and respectful
Ability and willingness to travel
About Nascent Solutions
Nascent Solutions (Nascent) is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit international development organization. Its mission is to enable vulnerable people, especially women and children in rural Africa, to develop skills for self-sufficiency. The organization’s areas of focus are food security and nutrition, health, literacy and skills development, and gender equity.
How to Apply
Please submit a CV and cover letter to: Apply@nascents.org. Closing date for applications is December 8, 2018, but candidates are encouraged to apply early as we are looking to fill the position quickly.
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