Strategic Coordination & Learning Advisor, USAID Food for Peace DFSA
Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International (HKI) is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States. Renowned for its reliability, efficiency and high level of technical expertise, HKI promotes the development of sustainable, large-scale programs that deliver effective preventative and curative services for nutrition, eye health and neglected tropical diseases. The hallmark of the organization’s work is its proven success in developing, testing and scaling-up health interventions, and integrating them within government and community structures to support and build local capacity and sustainable solutions.
HKI started its programs in Niger in 1987, and Niger has been HKI’s flagship program in vitamin A supplementation, significantly reducing vitamin A deficiency – and child mortality. Currently, HKI implements a large and complex program focusing on nutrition and the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
HKI seeks a Strategic Coordinator and Learning Advisor to be based in Niger to ensure coordination, collaboration and learning across all activities in an anticipated USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) program.
Niger is one of two focus countries, along with Burkina Faso, for USAID’s resilience agenda in the Sahel. USAID builds the resilience of vulnerable rural residents by:
• Strengthening the institutions and governmental bodies meant to serve them;
• Improving their productive opportunities; and
• Helping increase the capacity and accessibility of social services while ensuring access to more nutritious foods; while
• Building on the many practices that Burkinabe have used to weather conflicts and natural shocks.
Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Strategic Coordinator serves as the learning and knowledge sharing lead for the USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) program. The Coordinator will work closely with the Food Security Technical Coordinator and the Monitoring and Evlauation Senior Advisor in-country and work closely with other colleagues at HKI’s Africa regional office and headquarters. The position also requires close cooperation with the government of Niger, partner NGOs and key stakeholders, as well as with the donor.
HKI has a matrixed reporting structure that respects both the line management and authority within country office and regional hierarchies; and the accountability and oversight duties of subject matter experts at the regional and headquarters level. Regular communication and a spirit of team work among colleagues, both hierarchically and laterally are essential to make this structure thrive.
Scope of the Position:
Together with the Technical Coordinator and Senior M&E Advisor, the Strategic Coordination and Learning Advisor will ensure coordination, collaboration and learning across all activities in the assigned implementation area, to include active, intentional, and adaptive learning exercises within and across its multi-sectoral activities. The advisor should ensure robust stakeholder coordination by activity staff with entities including local partners, USG, host country government, international donors, multilateral organizations and private sector investments. Additionally, this role will improve peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and application, activity-based capacity strengthening, evidence and data utilization, and collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA). This position will be based in Maradi (or Zinder) with frequent travel to project areas.