RTI International’s Food Security and
Agriculture Division (FS & Ag) works to meet the extraordinary challenge of
feeding a growing global population while utilizing fewer resources. As a
cross-institute collaborative effort helping to realize Vision 2025, FS &A
g integrates expertise from across RTI to: strengthen food and agricultural
systems; increase food safety; improve nutrition for both obese and
undernourished populations; and support increased economic opportunities,
especially for women and youth.
The Food Security & Agriculture
Division is currently accepting applications for Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the anticipated
USAID-funded Markets and Nutrition (M&N) Activity in Niger. This is an
anticipated five-year project with a budget of $34 – $37M.
M&N has the following goal and expected
M&N Goal: Strengthen market systems
such that household incomes and nutritional status are sustainably improved.
1: Enhanced performance of commodity market systems
2: Increased utilization of quality inputs and services
3: Increased local consumption of nutritious, safe foods
The DCOP must be adept at managing project
operations, creating security plans and protocol for staff, and implementing
projects of similar scope in Niger.
Serve as the primary point of contact with
USAID/Sahel Regional Office in the Chief of Party’s absence.
Provide operational direction for the
project’s staff, logistics, security, and overall administration.
Guide day-to-day implementation and
management to ensure timely, relevant, high quality services of the contract.
Supervise administrative, logistics,
procurement, and operational staff members.
Create, maintain, and facilitate all
security-related protocol, and train staff members on all required security
Master’s degree in
agriculture, agribusiness, business administration, economics or a similar
field, with at least 9 years of relevant professional experience, or bachelor’s
degree with 12 years of experience.
in managing West African donor-funded projects of similar size and complexity, Niger
experience in value chain development activities of market systems.
Strong knowledge of USG rules and
regulations (especially USAID).
technical expertise in one or more of the following: private sector engagement, economic growth, project operations, or
professional excellence including outstanding strategic planning and management
skills (as evidenced by references and achievements.)
Excellent communications and interpersonal
skills with evidence of ability to establish strong working relationships with
Ability to resolve
sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country
counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff.
Verbal and written fluency in French and
English, along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation
Position is contingent upon
award and funding.