Regional Coordinator, Central Africa
INBAR Department: Global Programme
Reports to: Director of Global Programme
Location: Yaounde, Cameroon
Term of Employment: 36 months, with six-month probation period. Salary ranging from US$2,000 – US$4,000 per month, commensurate with skills and experience.
The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) is an inter-governmental development organization committed to reducing poverty and protecting the environment through the use of bamboo and rattan. With headquarters in Beijing, China and offices in India, Ethiopia, Ghana and Ecuador, INBAR works with 43 member countries worldwide.
INBAR is seeking a highly capable regional representative and project leader with a demonstrated track record in implementing large-scale livelihood, rural development or environment development projects. Some of the duties will entail representing INBAR, and leveraging and scaling bamboo and rattan-based interventions to new geographies. Another part of the position will entail the oversight of components of the project “Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme”. Supported by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), the project is being implemented in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Madagascar, with links to China.
The project goal is to enhance incomes, livelihoods and climate change adaptive capacities of African smallholder farmers, women and youth by upscaling and increasing their participation in climate-smart bamboo value chains. There are four objectives:
Upscale and diversify existing target country bamboo value chains and promote industrialisation: Develop investment opportunities based on accurate resource assessments and strengthen institutions to enable wide-scale implementation.
Facilitate restoration of degraded areas: boost market demand for bamboo resources and improve planting material delivery systems and management to reverse land degradation, reduce erosion, and protect watersheds.
Integrate bamboo into country development plans, particularly for climate change: build local and national capacity to assess and identify how to enhance bamboo’s economic and environmental benefits.
Enhance South-South cooperation within Africa and between Africa and China: Enable sharing and transfer of best practices, knowledge, skills and technologies within Africa, via twinning between Ethiopia and Ghana, Madagascar and Cameroon, as well as from China to all target African countries.
The Central Africa Regional Coordinator will have direct oversight of activities in Cameroon and Madagascar, while INBAR’s West Africa Regional Coordinator will be responsible for project activities in Ethiopia and Ghana.
The successful candidate will:
Be responsible for IFAD project activities in Cameroon and Madagascar, including setting and delivering yearly work plans and performance targets.
Lead an office of project staff, supervise short-term consultants, and liaise with project partners at local and national levels to ensure all activities are implemented in accordance with the project’s result framework, work plan and budget.
Be responsible for preparation of donor technical reports, as required by the Project Leader in Ghana.
Provide financial oversight of the project, working closely with INBAR’s Finance Department to prepare all required donor financial reports.
Liaise with INBAR national focal points in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Madagascar and maintain good relations with relevant government institutions in all four countries.
Work closely with the INBAR Communications, Membership Affairs and Programme teams to synthesize and share results and knowledge developed over the project.
Provide policy support and scaling-up strategies to target countries that identify and support best practices on growing bamboo-based livelihood value chains.
Coordinate with other INBAR initiatives globally, including INBAR’s flagship program the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR)
Successfully leverage the project to expand bamboo-based activities to other African countries in the region, where possible.
Coordinate closely Work with target countries to design training materials and extension programmes in English and French.
Provide technical and administrative support to project field staff and local project partners to establish Common Production and Training Centers (CPTCs).
Provide oversight to field staff for the establishment of model demonstration common production and training centers/groups for value-added bamboo product manufacture
Conduct or coordinate action research to develop and adopt proven appropriate planting protocols, tools/techniques for livelihood and enterprise development.
Author/coordinate frequent project updates to be used for public awareness of the project, publication of project results in peer reviewed scientific publications, presentations, & reports.
Work closely with the Project Leader, coordinating regularly on day-to-day administrative and operational issues.
Undertake other related tasks as required by INBAR Director of Global Programme.
A Minimum of five years of demonstrated experience in implementing large-scale livelihood and environment development projects, preferably with experience of working in East and West Africa.
Proven ability to manage time well, prioritize, delegate, and work with a range of stakeholders.
Demonstrated expertise one or more areas of natural resource management, especially in the areas of conducting resource assessments, land restoration, capacity strengthening, and value chain development.
Strong knowledge of community development and participatory-based approaches, with a proven track-record of delivering livelihood impacts in previous projects.
Experience of working on bamboo and, or, other related Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP) value chains would be a strong advantage.
A postgraduate degree in environmental science, sustainable resource management or another related field.
Excellent written and spoken French required, English proficiency would be an advantage.
The successful candidate should be willing to undertake extensive travel in East and West Africa, as well as to other INBAR offices as required.
Applications will be accepted until 28 February 2018 or until a suitable candidate is identified. All applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please send a cover letter demonstrating relevant experience as described in the above job description with your CV (in English) by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “CARC — NAME” as the subject of the e-mail.
To learn more about INBAR, please visit our web site at: www.inbar.int
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