SNV recruits 01 Programme Manager, Dryland Sahel Programme

SNV recruits 01 Programme Manager, Dryland Sahel Programme – Subject to project award


Bamako, Mali/Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso,

Programme Manager, Dryland Sahel Programme – Subject to project award
Bamako, Mali or Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, OTHERFull-timeContract type: International employment contract
Company DescriptionSNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our unparalleled expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1400 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.
Under its current Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV has more explicitly aimed for systems change during project preparation and implementation, working to strengthen institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects.
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Job Description
Overview of programmeThe anticipated Dryland Sahel Programme (DSP) is a 10-year programme, funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.  It will be implemented in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger over the period of 2021 to 2030, with an expected start in January 2021.  The Ministry’s overarching objective with this grant is : “ecologically sustainable land use in arable farming and nomadic and semi-nomadic livestock raising, resulting in sustainable production and higher incomes for farmers and livestock raisers, including women, in a coherent area within the agro-ecological Sudano-Sahel zone of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.”

The overall DSP programme goal is to contribute to increased resilience, food security and incomes of farmers and pastoralist households in the Sudano-Sahel Zone of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger through effective and decentralised institutions and organisation for improved service provision, natural resource and land management and local economic development.  This will be realised through improved food, farm and herd management; increased business, service and employment opportunities;  sustainable management of land, water and other natural resources;  gender, youth and inclusiveness for resilient food systems; and  strengthening institutions to re-establish a social contract.
The programme will be implemented by a consortium consisting of SNV (programme lead), CARE, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS).
Overview of the PositionThe Programme Manager has responsibility for overall management of the anticipated programme which includes: design and implementation of programme activities in support of local stakeholders; program quality assurance and timeliness of deliverables; adaptive and collaborative monitoring, evaluation and learning; people management and team leadership; efficient management of financial resources and supervision of procurement; coordination with consortium and programme implementing partners. S/he will ensure full compliance with the donor contract and regulations and will oversee the programme reporting process to the donor.

Key ResponsibilitiesExecute overall programme management
Guide the programme set-up, including developing work plans, budgets and competence table with financial responsibilities and mandatesLead and steer the programme implementation team in the three countries, in close collaboration with country teamsBuild, strengthen and manage partnerships with national and local governments, key partners, local institutions and stakeholdersManage sub-contractors and coordinate programme consortium partnersManage donor relation and reporting to the donorEnsure proper control and management of financial resources of the programmeMonitor performance of the programme management team to ensure all milestones set in the work plan are met, develop mitigation plans to reduce risks and take corrective actions to remedy any deviation from the work plansAccount and report to SNV and the donor on programme performanceGuide knowledge development, documentation and communication and branding, in close collaboration with the donor and consortium partnersPresent results and represent the programme in relevant national, regional and international fora
QualificationsA relevant advanced academic qualification.
Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted, multi-country donor-funded development programmes.
Relevant and profound working experience in the Sahel region.Solid experience in programme management, especially of Netherlands Government funded programmes.Able to strategically lead, inspire and energise programme teams.Preferable background in/understanding of food and nutrition security, market development and sustainable management of natural resources.Experience in collaborative and adaptive monitoring, evaluation and learning.Demonstrated experience in managing various programme partners.Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with the private sector, civil society and governments.Highly motivated self-starter, with strong organisational skills, who takes individual accountability seriously.Strong strategic decision-making and excellent communication skills (written and oral), as well as reporting and presentation skills.Fluency in both written and spoken French and English.Willingness to travel to all programme locations.
Additional Information
Terms of AppointmentThis is a full-time international position based in Bamako, Mali or Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  The successful candidate will be contracted for a 2-year contract, with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience and it includes a competitive secondary benefit package.

How to ApplyPlease submit your application via SmartRecruiters on or before 24 July 2020 if you wish to be considered for this position. All information will be in the strictest confidence.  We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

Working at SNV SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of Agriculture experts. For more information, please visit our website:
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