Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) invites applications for a Field Project Manager position for a large scale, long term agriculture development project in Senegal. MEDA is an association of compassionate women and men who invest in people living in poverty around the world so they can unleash their potential to earn a sustainable livelihood to provide for their families and enrich their communities. MEDA provides management, technical and consulting expertise to MEDA projects and to a wide range of clients, helping as many of the poor as possible by creating business solutions to poverty. To find out more about MEDA, please visit our website at www.meda.org.
Position Summary Leading a team of field staff, the Field Project Manager (FPM) ensures effective implementation of project strategies, adjusting course as needed based on interim performance, to achieve life-of-project performance targets. This position involves frequent travel to project locations within Senegal. The FPM will report to and work closely with MEDA’s North America-based Sr. Project Manager tasked to supervise this Project. This is a full-time indefinite term contract for the duration of the project, subject to continued donor funding. Start date is TBD.
MEDA has been awarded a new five-year project from Government Affairs Canada that will improve the economic resilience of women and youth farmers in Senegal.
The project, valued at close to $18 million, will encourage farmers in the Sedhiou and Tambacounda regions of Senegal to adopt innovative technologies and best practices to ensure that their agricultural and irrigation practices are climate friendly. This will directly benefit 15,000 women and youth and improve the economic resilience of over 150,000 people in the region.
Acting as MEDA's representative in Senegal
Ensuring daily management of the project and assuming full accountability of project results
Ensuring project performance tracking
Implementing security protocols
Project Financial Management
Maintaining strict budgetary adherence and monitoring
Ensuring review and timely submission of regular financial reports
Ensuring effective and efficient management of project's compliance with planning, monitoring, evaluation, performance and reporting
Ensuring adherence to local legal requirements
Management of Field Staff
Overseeing the management of all field staff, including recruitment, selection, supervision and ongoing performance evaluations
Managing successful relationships with the Government of Senegal, donor agencies, the business community and other stakeholders
Managing successful relationships with Key Facilitating Partners; ensuring positive relationships are maintained and project targets are achieved.
New Business Development
Supporting, as time allows, the Sr. Director's new business development efforts in-country and regionally
Follow all Organizational Policies and Procedures
Demonstration of MEDA Core Performance Values: Respect, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship and Accountability
Keep up to date on all required training
Support effective Staff Management and supportive work environment
A minimum of ten years of senior level experience leading and managing complex, large scale, multi-million dollar economic and enterprise development initiatives (or similar private sector experience)
University degree (ideally Master's) in international development, business administration or related field
Appreciation and support of MEDA’s faith, values and goals
Fluency (written and verbal) in English and French is required
Strong understanding of: business/financial decision making in competitive market environments; inclusive subsector development and value chain development facilitation methods
Proven leadership abilities with a multiple field office environment and relationships with North American-based HQ specialists and management
Functional experience in marketing, business planning, business growth advisory service or related areas
Direct private sector experience is desirable
Demonstrated ability to mobilize stakeholders into partnerships and alliances, lead and facilitate collaborative processes
Experience in using commercial business development services (BDS) providers to upgrade farmer, entrepreneur and enterprise competencies
Prior work experience in Senegal or comparable country context is preferred
Understanding and appreciation of business principles, international development and MEDA’s approach of creating business solutions to poverty
MEDA is an equal opportunity employer and accommodations are available during all phases of the recruitment process. We ask that any applicants requiring accommodation make their needs known in advance.