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Field Coordinator

Summary

Nascent Solutions is seeking qualified Development Specialist responsible for supervising and coordinating all field-related activities in its 3 field offices located in Kumbo, Ngaoundere and Garoua. The Field Coordinator oversees all planning, administrative, management, reporting and representation activities of Nascent Solutions at the field level. S/he will work directly under the supervision of the Country Director.

Locations: Kumbo, Garoua and Ngaoundere, Cameroon
Type of Employment: Salaried, full-time
Travel: Approximately 15% travel for field work
Reporting: Reports to Nascent’s Country Director

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all field staff in the area understand and are able to perform their roles and responsibilities related to their various components and link with the other departments
  • Promote team building, productivity and staff welfare
  • Mentor and support the team to build capacities, and improve efficiency and performance
  • Manage interpersonal conflicts among staff at area level
  • Facilitate interdepartmental communication and information sharing for a positive working environment
  • Ensure implementation of Nascent’s coordination mechanism at field level
  • Oversee planning of activities and assignment of necessary resources for the effective implementation of field activities in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Supervise technical staff in the field and provide support to project implementation through trouble shooting and eliminating blocking points
  • Monitor output achievement, cash burn rates and ensure a time completion of projects through review of monthly work plans
  • Ensure that relevant project information are up-to-date and available for reporting purposes
  • Ensure coordination and complementarity amongst projects within the area of intervention
  • Conduct periodic field visits to project sites to assess activities and ensure efficient use of resources
  • Advise field staff to adapt activities according to monitoring and evaluation findings
  • Ensure beneficiary feedback mechanisms are in place through regular communication with beneficiaries and meetings with stakeholders
  • Ensure capitalisation of best practices and lessons learnt for projects in the area of operations.
  • Identify potential local partners in the area based on an assessment of complementarity and added value
  • Provide support to partners in project implementation and ensure timely and qualitative implementation of projects by partners in line with Nascent and donor requirements
  • Take a lead role in implementing Nascent’s country program strategy in the field area, while identifying strategic opportunities for expansion, and in particular
  • Identify new opportunities and new sectors of intervention
  • Consolidate and stabilize programming
  • Ensure activities are relevant and meeting area/beneficiary needs
  • Identify Nascent added-value
  • Contribute to identifying new donors, private sector partners, national and international NGOs, think tanks, academia, etc. to work with in the area based on complementarity and added value
  • Establish, maintain and improve active and regular working relationships with other NGOs, UN agencies, clusters, working groups, consortia, etc. at field level ensuring maximum visibility of Nascent
  • Establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with local authorities and where necessary non-state actors and obtain required authorizations and buy-in for Nascent’s activities at area level
  • Lead assessment(s) at field level to ensure proposals are relevant
  • Support the Country team in proposal conceptualisation within the context of the country, regional and global strategy
  • Contribute to budget design ensure budget needs at field level have been taken into consideration
  • Ensure accurate budget forecasting and efficient cash flow management
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting as per Nascents’ country work plans
  • Minimize risk of fraud and corruption by ensuring adherence to Nascent procedures
  • Analyse the security context at field level and in close collaboration with management and local stakeholders
  • Engage with relevant key stakeholders at area level to ensure access and support of interventions
  • Address security and safety risks by implementing standard operating procedures defined for the area
  • Ensure the offices and houses conform to recommended security, health and safety standards
  • Ensure all staff in the area adhere to security procedures

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as International Development, Sociology, Education, Management, humanitarian programming, and or a related field
  • Fluency in English and French (will be tested)
  • Minimum of 7 years of extensive project management experience (management, planning, staff development and training skills) in emergency and/or development programmes.
  • Experience in managing food aid programs
  • Demonstrated ability in staff team building, developing positive working relationships among staff and with external stakeholders.
  • Proven capabilities in leadership and management required
  • Ability to work well and punctually under pressure
  • Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills, and flexibility in cultural and organizational terms
  • Knowledge of local language and/or regional experience is an asset
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational and supervisory skills,
  • Self-motivated, possessing high standards of ethics,
  • Personal integrity, honesty, trust worthy and respectful
  • Ability and willingness to travel

About Nascent Solutions

Nascent Solutions (Nascent) is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit international development organization. Its mission is to enable vulnerable people, especially women and children in rural Africa, to develop skills for self-sufficiency. The organization’s areas of focus are food security and nutrition, health, literacy and skills development, and gender equity.

How to Apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter to: Apply@nascents.org. Closing date for applications is December 8, 2018, but candidates are encouraged to apply early as we are looking to fill the position quickly.