PCI is currently seeking a Program Manager, Local & Regional Procurement for a USDA-funded Local and Regional Procurement Program (LRP) in Jinotega, Nicaragua. Pending the availability of funds, this position would have an expected start date of October 2019. The project aims to address food insecurity in rural areas of Nicaragua by supporting consumption of locally and regionally produced food, which includes strengthening local value chains and all associated procurement activities with the aim of support the current school feeding program.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting directly to the PCI/Nicaragua Country Director, the Program Manager will effectively oversee the implementation of all project activities under the LRP and will coordinate closely with PCI/Nicaragua’s Program Director, Food for Education. The Program Manager will be responsible for ensuring quality programming, overseeing cost-effective implementation, and managing conflict resolution. S/he will manage project staff, oversee budgets, write reports, and establish appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems. Specifically, s/he will:
- Develop and lead a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the ability of local and regional farmers, community farmer groups, farmer cooperatives and associations, processors, agribusinesses and governments to supply food to school meals programs and/or during crises and disasters.
- Design approaches and tools for timely and cost-effective procurement of commodities based on market analysis and value chain approaches.
- Identify early warnings and constantly monitor to identify and overcome bottlenecks in demand & supply; and in meeting required commodity standards.
- Identify, incorporate and promote climate-smart and environmentally sustainable agriculture production strategies.
- Support activities related to increased and improved market availability of nutrient dense foods.
- Contribute to the development of a niche for PCI in value chain management and linkages with private sector.
- Train project team in agribusiness, marketing and procurement strategies.
- Provide strategic leadership through visioning and direction setting, including motivation of staff and partners to achieve the program’s vision.
- Ensure continuous improvement of quality, including the establishment and routine utilization of a results-driven-management system.
- In collaboration with the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation staff, develop and facilitate a learning agenda; publish and present results.
- Manage the day-to-day aspects of LRP activities, including direct supervision of the LRP team.
- Coordinate and work closely with the Director, Food for Education to facilitate strong linkages to the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program.
- Develop and facilitate supportive partnerships with government and non-government stakeholders, including the private sector, at community levels in the program areas to coordinate efforts, leverage resources and maximize results.
- Ensure fluid communication and close working relationships with partner organizations, including donors and government entities, as well as PCI Headquarters staff.
- Ensure sustainability of program outcomes and that LRP activities will not have any negative environmental impact in the program areas.
- Prepare, manage and monitor budgets and other program resources.
- Document best practices and prepare communications for different audiences, including the public, the Nicaraguan government, stakeholders, donors and at national/international conferences and other venues.
- Ensure innovation and responsiveness for optimal impact.
- Bachelor’s Degree required. Graduate degree in Development Studies, Natural Resource Management, Business Administration, Agri-Business, Agriculture or related fields, preferred.
- Minimum of 6-8 years of professional experience with 5 years of practical and managerial experience, in the private sector (preferable in agriculture) or working on food security or livelihoods within an international development organization, preferred.
- Experience in Nicaragua or Latin America, preferred.
- Experience collaborating and doing business with market actors, preferably including negotiation and fulfillment of contracts, from large businesses and traders to small holder farmers.
- Experience carrying out market assessments and analysis, including but not limited to price monitoring, market integration, competitiveness analysis, and trader surveys.
- Demonstrated skills in value chain analysis and market linkages.
- Experience linking famers to markets through approaches such as collective marketing; producing for market demand; and maintaining market standards and grades by farmers.
- Experience linking farmers to input providers.
- Experience managing USAID/USG funding and familiarity with federal regulations and procedures.
- Considerable work experience and capacity to collaborate with partners at multiple levels, including Ministry officials, NGOs (local and international), representatives of civil society, private sector, and USAID partners.
- Proven capacity to effectively manage and mentor staff with various levels of skills and experience; strong negotiation and facilitation skills.
- Excellent inter-personal and inter-cultural skills.
- Excellent Spanish language oral and written communication skills required. English preferred.