Aines International is currently accepting resumes for the position:
Position Title: Team Leader
Project Title: Dry Zone Agro-Inputs and Farm Services Project
Location: Pakokku, Myanmar,with regular field and Yangon travel required
Start Date: This is a funded position --- Team Leader is needed as soon as possible.
Other Information: This post is classified as “unaccompanied” due to lack of suitable education options for expatriate children. Pakokku is a district-level town.
Reports to: Director – Asia Division
Works Closely with: Chief of Party (CoP) – FSI+ to ensure cohesion with IFDC policies and appropriate tactics for the Myanmar context; Project team.
Supervises: Senior Agronomist/ Extension Specialist, Business Development Specialist, Technology Transfer Advisor/ Training Specialist, M&E Specialist, Administration & Logistics Officer, Finance Officer
Since 1974, the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has focused on increasing and sustaining food security and agricultural productivity in over 100 developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise. IFDC began working in Myanmar in 2014 and currently implements the USAID-funded Fertilizer Sector Improvement project (FSI+). The Dry Zone Agro-Input and Farm Services project– IFDC’s second project in country - is a 3-year initiative funded by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) in Myanmar’s Central Dry Zone. The project runs through the end of 2018. The project will contribute to improved farm advisory services in the Dry Zone of Myanmar through strengthened agricultural input and service providers, complemented by farmer and extension worker-level activities.
- Articulate an overall vision for the project, assisting project team members and project stakeholders in understanding the post-project end state and working towards the same.
- The Team Leader (TL) is responsible for overall project planning, implementation and management; project quality; team management; financial and administrative management; and, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. This includes creating and implementing seasonal work-plans and project monitoring, evaluation and learning plans, as well as measuring and reporting on progress and being the primary point of contact for information on project activities.
- The TL will ensure the quality and appropriateness of the technical and business development services provided through the project and the quality of the results generated, ensuring that results have a high likelihood of sustainability and have the highest possible probability of bringing about envisioned impacts. While the TL should have a grounding in agriculture, the project team does contain sound agricultural expertise; therefore, the onus will be upon the TL to provide a vision for, and heavy technical support related to, business development services provided for agricultural input and service providers in a manner that brings about change both at the retailer and farmer levels. The TL is the accountable person for the achievement of project results and impact.
- The TL will have management responsibility for all project personnel and be the IFDC representative to project stakeholders, ensuring a constructive, motivated and cohesive team environment that is conducive to high levels of performance and success. The TL will review the performance of project team members, provide appropriate direction and daily management and capacity building inputs, and take corrective action as required.
- The TL will ensure a smooth and collaborative working relationship with LIFT Fund counterparts, private sector counterparts, the FSI+ project, and the Department of Agriculture.
- The TL will oversee the project’s operations, including but not limited to staffing and team structure, administration, office facilities, activity plans and structures (for example, number and content of trainings per week), transport facilities, etc. The TL will oversee the project Operations Management Policy. The TL will coordinate the activities of short-term inputs and consultancies.
- Prepare weekly and semi-annual project reports.
- Oversee activity planning and M&E event planning, ensuring the quality of the same.
- Lead weekly project team meetings.
- Any other duties as assigned.
- Approximately 10 years of work experience, of which five (5) years are related to field-level international development project management in agribusiness.
- Familiarity with agricultural development and private sector engagement programming in the Southeast Asian context. In particular, familiarity with agro-input business development and business models for farm service provision is important.
- A Master’s degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness, or business administration. Alternatively, an agricultural sciences background with significant work experience in agribusiness is acceptable.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in multi-cultural environments, demonstrating a tolerance for ambiguity, very strong communication skills, an open mind, and high levels of patience.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and execute project activities, deliver project results, and perform project M&E functions.
- Multiple Country work experience is required.
- Familiarity with Myanmar culture and basic Myanmar language skills would be an asset.
Deadline for Application: March 9, 2016, or until filled.