Job - Programme Officer of West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP)

 CORAF/WECARD is looking for a Programme Officer, who will provide support to CORAF/WECARD’s Executive Secretariat in the management and coordination of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) and eventually in Central Africa (CAAPP). RolesUnder the authority of the Director of Programmes and in collaboration with relevant Directions/Units of the CORAF/WECARD Executive Secretariat, the Program Officer will assume the following main roles:
  • Lead the implementation of WAAPP activities at the level of the CORAF/WECARD Executive Secretariat;
  • Coordinate the external relationships of CORAF/WECARD with ECOWAS, national units managing the Programme and the different partners including the World Bank;
  • Foster relationships between different stakeholders at the regional level in order to create synergies between programme beneficiaries and stakeholders for an effective knowledge and product sharing.
Key responsibilities
  1. Facilitate communication and liaison
  2. Monitor milestones
  3. Coordinate internal operations
  4. Support the Director of Programmes
  Experience and Skills
  • Holder of a Doctorate Degree in an agriculturally related field;
  • 5+ years experience or interest in international development issues, particularly in rural regions of West and Central Africa;
  • 5+ years experience in coordinating World Bank funded projects;
  • Experience in results-based management;
  • Experience or interest in agricultural research; extension, agricultural and rural advisory services; education; capacity building;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in CORAF/WECARD and its operations, philosophy and approaches; possession of a broad vision of national, regional, international research issues, placing CORAF/WECARD’s Programmes and initiatives into this context;
  • Capacity to hit the ground running, innovative and capable of undertaking and completing initiatives, as well as establishing good partnership networks;
  • Demonstrate strong diplomacy persuasion and negotiation skills;
  • Fluency in both French and English language;
  • Ability to work independently in a range of environments and situations;
  • Propensity for working in multi-disciplinary and multi-country teams;
  • Willingness to travel extensively within the sub-region and internationally;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to get your point across to senior government and development partner officials, succinctly and diplomatically, and to be proactive;
  • Well-organized, with good planning and problem-solving abilities;
  • Flexible, quick-thinking, and ability to remain calm and positive in response to the challenges of work and travel;
  • Skills in writing and editing scientific literature and/or ‘general’ material;
  • Skills in data collection, management and/or analysis;
  • Computer literate and fully familiar with the Microsoft Office Suite of software;
  • Ability to remember people’s names and position.
  Nationality The candidate must be a national of a CORAF/WECARD member state!   Applicaiton procedure If you are interested in applying, please e-mail a covering letter and your detailed CV, which must also include the names and contact details of three of your referees. The application should be addressed toExecutive Director of CORAF/WECARDExecutive SecretariatN° 7 Avenue BourguibaBP 48 Dakar-RP, Senegal... and e-mailed to Applications should be received at the CORAF/WECARD Secretariat no later than midnight on the 31 January, 2012. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. As required by CORAF/WECARD, the selected candidate will undertake and pass a medical clearance prior to acceptance by CORAF/WECARD. More information   To read more about..
  • Specific requirements for the position
  • the WAAPP programme
  • the application procedure
  • CORAF/WECARD as an organisation can download the full vacancy announcement.Note! The vacancy announcement was also published in French! Please contact Sophie Gning to receive the French vacancy. .