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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Project Manager, Landscapes and Leaders Program and Policy Program

Posted By: EcoAgriculture Partners

August 23, 2013

Project Manager, Landscapes and Leaders Program and Policy Program

Posted July 30, 2013
Deadline extended to August 23, 2013

EcoAgriculture Partners is a non-profit organization, founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2005, that works internationally to support and promote the adoption of integrated agricultural landscape management approaches (“ecoagriculture”) that increase synergies between food production, ecosystem conservation, and rural livelihoods. We build capacity and provide technical assistance for landscape initiatives involving agriculture and ecosystem management; conduct research to document impacts of integrated landscape approaches and the market innovations to support them; and support policy-makers to develop and implement effective approaches for sustainable, multi-functional rural landscapes. In addition, EcoAgriculture Partners is a Co-Organizer and facilitator of the international Landscapes for People, Food and Nature (LPFN) Initiative, which aims to support and scale up the adoption of integrated agricultural landscape approaches worldwide to simultaneously meet goals for sustainable agriculture, ecosystem health and human well-being. For more information on the LPFN Initiative please visit http://www.landscapes.ecoagriculture.org/

EcoAgriculture Partners seeks to hire a Project Manager to join our committed team in our Washington, DC headquarters.  The Project Manager will provide support to EcoAgriculture’s Landscapes and Leaders (L&L) program and to its Policy Program.  The L&L program works to strengthen the management of integrated landscapes (ecoagriculture) by improving the capacities of landscape leaders in diverse organizational sectors and levels to plan, implement and evaluate landscape initiatives (programs, projects, activities) and by advancing the development and application of useful knowledge, information and tools.  The Policy program works to increase the adoption of ecoagriculture by influencing key policies, markets, and institutions, improving the conditions for ecoagriculture through direct advocacy and through the dissemination of policy analyses, options, and recommendations.  The Project Manager position will be jointly supervised by EcoAgriculture Partners’ L&L Program Director and Policy Director. 

The Project Manager position will join the Senior team (composed of Program Directors and Senior Program Managers) in the management of a recently initiated project that aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society to scale up integrated landscape management in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania through pursuing the following goals: 1) Strengthen the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder platforms for integrated landscape management in “Learning Landscapes” and the engagement of farmer and community organizations and women, 2) Mobilize policymaker support for integrated landscape management with strong civil society engagement,  3) Enhance knowledge-sharing among leaders of integrated landscape initiatives, and 4) Learn lessons about landscape strengthening and knowledge-sharing and disseminate to partners in Africa and the global Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative. 

The Project Manager will be responsible for the following:
  • Participate in project leadership teams that include Senior Program Managers as well as Program Directors and take responsibility for managing designated project components and deliverables, 
  • Interact extensively with local consultants, donors, clients, and other partners related to the project in East Africa,
  • Support the delivery of technical, training and knowledge services for the partners related to the project in East Africa, 
  • Produce high-quality reports and analyses related to ecoagriculture projects,  
  • Contribute to knowledge products, tool and training module development, and project and donor reporting requirements,
  • Contribute to conceptualizing and executing EcoAgriculture’s strategy for supporting civil society strengthening and effective knowledge sharing for integrated landscape management, including identifying and analyzing opportunities, tracking trends in technical components and funding patterns, and networking with partners and technical experts,
  • Support the preparation of technical proposals and budgets for the L&L program and the Policy program to help expand the program portfolios,  
  • Travel approximately 25-35% of time. 


Required skills and experience:
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as international agriculture and rural development, environmental studies, agricultural development, regional planning, geography, policy analysis, public administration, adult education, rural sociology, conservation and sustainable development or others,
  • At least 4 years of relevant professional work experience,  
  • At least 3 years working in developing country settings including field experience in East Africa,
  • Demonstrated experience in working on civil society issues or engagement, or in the governance and civil society sector and/or the management of civil society strengthening or community development projects or technical experience in one or more of the following areas: democracy and governance, community or producer engagement, institutional capacity strengthening, public sector policy or management,
  • Demonstrated experience in utilizing participatory approaches to adult education, 
  • Proven ability to work effectively with local counterparts and a wide variety of stakeholders,
  • Experience in managing projects and developing and managing partnerships,  
  • Familiarity with international and East African policy issues and organizations related to agriculture, conservation, and livelihood security, and key international policy process such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Committee on World Food Security and UN Sustainable Development Goals,
  • Highly organized, with attention to detail,  
  • Excellent English language writing and communication skills, 
  • Proficiency in French, Arabic, Portuguese or other international language, 
  • Fully proficient with Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and other software packages, 
  • Proactive, flexible and creative.

Desired qualifications: 
  • Experience in contracting and managing short term or project related sub-grantees, staff or consultants,
  • Experience in moderating online knowledge sharing, knowledge events, communities of practice or other thematic or technical forums,
  • Experience or familiarity with any of the following civil society technical or programming areas will be an advantage:
  • Familiarity with legal and regulatory frameworks in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania affecting civil society operation
  • Knowledge of Kenya, Ethiopian, or Tanzanian CSO environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of civil society consultation mechanisms or cross sector partnerships engaging government, civil society, and private sectors
  • Experience in organizing effective knowledge sharing or institutional strengthening activities (financial, operational, management and/or administrative capacities) for civil society actors or coalitions in East Africa
  • Experience strengthening citizen leadership skills or improving citizen advocacy skills in local policy-making processes
  • Experience with needs assessment, analyzing training needs, or organizational or institutional strengthening tools for civil society organizations
  • Experience in strengthening civil society capacities to effectively engage in multi-stakeholder planning and collaborative management processes, policy development, policy research, grassroots consultations and/or policy advocacy to the Government or other stakeholders
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with innovative approaches to engagement of civil society in multi-stakeholder processes or current mechanisms and emerging post-2015 policy platforms for engaging civil society
  • Facilitating cross sectoral cooperation and collaborative dialogue among civil society actors and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated commitment to an organizational learning approach and creating a learning environment,
  • Competency in Kiswahili language or other local languages spoken in East Africa is a plus. 

Salary and Benefits:
The annual salary range for this position is $50,000 to $65,000, depending on experience. Benefits include 29 days of annual and holiday leave, sick leave, health insurance, and retirement contribution. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC and will begin as soon as possible. There is a potential option for relocating to Nairobi, Kenya. 

Application Process:
To apply, please e-mail a cover letter specifically describing your background, experience, and interest in this position; your current resume; two writing samples (maximum of five pages each); and three professional references to Abigail Hart at ahart@ecoagriculture.org
with the subject line "Project Manager - [your name]". We welcome applications for the position through August 23rd, 2013.

To download a PDF version of these terms of reference (please note, this file does not reflect the new deadline), click here.

EcoAgriculture Partners can accept applications only from candidates with the right to work in the United States.

 


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