Anticipated Start Date: October 2019 (Note: This position is contingent upon award)
Founded in 1961, Project Concern International (PCI) is an international non-profit organization that empowers people to enhance health, end hunger, and overcome hardship. Last year, PCI impacted the lives of nearly 12 million people in 16 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas. During the past 50 years, the organization has served millions more in 14 additional countries. PCI has operated in Malawi since 2007. It currently manages and implements an integrated portfolio of programming in food aid, food security, nutrition, agriculture, health, and disaster risk management including the on-going USAID Food For Peace Title II Njira project.
PCI is recruiting for the Food Security Technical Coordinator (FSTC) of an anticipated five-year, $75 million, USAID-funded project in two districts of Southern Malawi. This Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) will sustainably improve food and nutrition security and resilience among ultra-poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities by supporting the implementation of the Government of Malawi’s (GoM) National Resilience Strategy 2018-2030 (NRS) which aims to break the cycle of food insecurity. It will build upon knowledge gained through USAID’s on-going Njira and UBALE FFP projects. USAID and other key donors have pledged support to the NRS. The strategy’s four pillars are: (i) resilient agricultural growth; (ii) risk reduction, flood control and early warning and response systems; (iii) human capacity, livelihoods and social protection; and (iv) catchment protection and management. Additional details about the anticipated project can be found in the draft Request for Applications (https://www.usaid.gov/documents/1866/food-peace-fiscal-year-2019-draft-request-applications-development-food-security) and the draft Country Specific Information (https://www.usaid.gov/documents/1866/food-peace-fiscal-year-2019-draft-rfa-dfsa-malawi). The FSTC will report to the Chief of Party and will lead integration of project activities linked to food security & resilience.
- With the Chief of Party, provide strategic oversight for the project’s technical work through an integrated vision, continuous improvement of quality, innovation, and establishment of a results-driven management system.
- Lead execution of inter-related activities across the project’s technical pillars and cross-cutting areas.
- Ensure technical interventions are integrated, layered and sequenced appropriately at all levels of implementation within the FFP activity, and USAID investments.
- Ensure that all of the technical sectors work together to create multiplier effects across and between sectors.
- Ensure that overall technical implementation quality remains consistent and of high quality among all of the sub-awardees and implementation locations in the award.
- Establish and manage systems to ensure cohesion across all technical sectors of the project.
- Work closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Lead and the Strategic Learning Lead to ensure that M&E and learning feedback loops are being properly fed into and utilized by the technical field staff.
- Manage technical team human resources through recruitment, mentoring, setting performance objectives, rewarding and training team members.
- Mentor senior technical staff to develop standard operating guidelines, quality assurance and control systems, milestones, successful startup and efficient technical service delivery mechanisms.
- Contribute to management of partners’ and sub-grantees’ performance by establishing accountability mechanisms in program, commodity and data quality management.
- Foster excellent communication protocols and working relationships with Government, donors, partners and other stakeholders.
- Establish a culture of evidence-based decision-making and data driven analytics through a well-developed monitoring and evaluation system.
- Establish a work culture that respects and prioritizes the needs of communities, especially the most vulnerable.
- Actively engage in PCI’s effort to embed innovation and support the project team in doing so as well.
- An advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in an area relevant to food security/resilience, plus a minimum of five years of senior management experience, or a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years of senior management experience in similar/relevant projects.
- Demonstration of directly managing a broad spectrum of food security technical focus areas, including those relevant to the Government of Malawi’s National Resilience Strategy’s four pillars, which are noted above.
- Experience in delivering project activities through facilitative approaches involving government agencies, bodies and community structures.
- Ability to engage, network with, and build consensus among a wide range of stakeholders, including senior government officials, NGOs (local and international), representatives of civil society, the private sector and US Government partners.
- Experience in programming cross-cutting issues, including: community/district level governance and planning, gender and youth equity, social and behavior change, and conflict mitigation.
- Substantive experience with both development and emergency food security activities, preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to integrate and coordinate a complex set of interventions across various technical areas and foster collaboration across teams.
- Strong adaptive management and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Experience working overseas in low-resource environments.
- Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience in directly managing diverse technical teams, developing/mentoring staff and recruiting needed talent.
- Demonstrated experience developing and ensuring quality control.
- Recent, relevant work experience in Malawi is highly desirable, with a preference for qualified Malawian candidates.
- Excellent understanding and familiarity with US Government donor regulations, with a preference for USAID.
- Experience managing complex, multi-million dollar contracts and/or cooperative agreements funded by the US Government, with a preference for USAID.
- Development philosophy in keeping with PCI’s mission, vision, core values and approach to integrated, community-driven programming.
- Excellent analytical and self-motivation skills; excellent advocacy and persuasion skills; able to think critically.