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Associate Peace Corps Director for Agroforestry

Associate Peace Corps Director for Agroforestry
Salaire / mois
Localisation Dakar / Sénégal
Expiration 28 Fevrier 2018
Offre visitée 3322 fois

Description de l'offre


The United States Peace Corps in Senegal seeks highly qualified Agroforestry Management professionals to fill the position of Associate Peace Corps Director for Agroforestry. The position located in Peace Corps Dakar, Senegal is directly supervised by the Director of Programming and Training. The primary purpose of this position is to lead and implement the Peace Corps’ Agroforestry project in Senegal. The duties include planning, supervision of staff, training, guidance and oversite of approximately 60 Volunteers, developing and implementing programming, and monitoring and evaluating the project. This entails acting in an official capacity representing the US Peace Corps working with the Government of Senegal’s ministries and other partner organizations. The incumbent serves as a member of senior staff. The position supervises the work and progress of 60 American Volunteers and ensures their well-being and safety, and also supervises two local staff.


1. Programming:

  • Overall leadership of Peace Corps Senegal’s Agroforestry project; ensuring long term plans and objectives are consistent with Peace Corps’ mission in Senegal, Agency’s programming principles and resources, and technically sound with data driven adjustments made periodically. Ensure project objectives are responsive to host country development needs.

  • Prepares and manages the budget for the sector.

  • Coordinates Peace Corps efforts nationally and regionally with Government of Senegal partners, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), other U.S. Government and donor programs and other organizations.

  • Identifies and develops networks and resources to respond to ongoing program support needs in areas including project design, monitoring and evaluation.

  • Sets Peace Corps Trainee’s recruitment requirements.

  • Prepares annual reports for PC Headquarters, Government of Senegal partners, and others as required.

2. Volunteer coordination and support
  • Coordinates the work of 60 Volunteers posted in rural areas throughout the country, and the collaboration and support provided by their Counterparts.

  • Develops systems and trainings so that Volunteers and their counterparts can develop sustainable projects that meet the needs of the community.

  • Responsible for the development of volunteer placement sites. Takes appropriate measures in volunteers support to ensure high level of volunteer productivity, health, safety and security.

  • Provides accurate, thorough and prompt technical information to Volunteers through trainings, site/office visits, phone calls, correspondences and other communications.

  • Advises the Country Director and senior staff of the national and regional political and security situations that may affect the Peace Corps program as a whole.

3. Training
  • Designs and implements comprehensive training in Agroforestry. Evaluates and reviews training progress and implements necessary changes as needed. Includes pre-service training and in-service trainings.

  • TServes as Peace Corps technical expert and program specialist on development of training programs and materials in Agroforestry sectors. Leads or organizes technical training sessions as needed.

  • TIdentifies and develops appropriate relations with partner organizations to participate in Volunteer training.

4. Professional staff supervision: Inherently Governmental function of Limited Supervisory Responsibilities
  • This position is designated to supervise two Program & Training Specialists as needed. The IGF may be removed from the SOW by the Contracting Officer.

  • TManage the Agroforestry team including: action planning, time management, supervision, guidance, performance evaluation, and staff professional development.

  • TLead the recruitement, training, and orientation of new team members as needed.

This position demands unusual work patterns:
  • Extensive travel (approximately 40% of time) away from Duty Station (Dakar), usually to Volunteer sites throughout the country or the Thies Training Center.

  • Be accessible 24 hours a-day and 7 days a week to respond to Volunteer emergencies.

  • Emergency trips to the field, usually Volunteer sites.

  • Counseling volunteers on work and personal issues.

TDY: The Contractor is subject to worldwide availability and may be requested by the Peace Corps to be reassigned or transferred permanently to another Peace Corps Post/Headquarters or perform temporary duties (TDY) as required and to travel to other assignments within Peace Corps’ as assigned. Any such reassignment or transfer shall be subject to agreement of the Contractor. The Statement of Work as defined will remain the same; however the duties may be subject to change as determined by the Contracting Officer.

*Occasional Money Handler
The PSC may be requested to courier cash and/or purchase orders to various vendors who furnish supplies and/or services to PST/IST training site, or other locations as directed by the Contracting Officer. The PSC may also be required to courier cash to PC trainees or volunteers. The PSC will not be functioning as a procurement or disbursing official but will only be acting as an intermediary between the Contracting or Disbursing Officer and the recipient. In the case of dealing with vendors, the PSC will not exercise any procurement discretion concerning the supplies or services to be purchased or the cost limits of these purchases; these will be determined by the Contracting Officer.

Safety and Security
  • Maintains current knowledge of the PC Office evacuation Plan, the PC Emergency Action Plan, and how to use fire extinguisher in order to ensure adequate level of safety and support for Peace Corps/Senegal Volunteers.

  • Demonstrates sounds decision making capability and utilizes good judgment while under stress or in emergency situations.

  • Ensure complete confidentiality regarding all information related to Peace Corps staff, volunteers and Peace Corps/Senegal operations.

  • Addresses safety and security proactively by ensuring appropriate assignments for
    Volunteers and adhering to Peace Corps site development policies and procedures.

  • Incorporates appropriate site-specific safety and security-related information into site history files. Ensures designated host country counterparts participate in counterpart orientation/training and are prepared to work with and support Volunteers, including their role in Volunteer safety and security.

  • Maintains communication with each Volunteer and solicits periodic feedback, including information about Volunteer safety and security.

  • Maintains a calendar of Volunteer site visits, and completes appropriate number of site visits to assess Volunteer progress, safety and security, and to provide technical guidance and moral support.

  • SSI110: Addresses Volunteer safety and security by adhering to Peace Corps site development policies and procedures. Identifies and immediately communicates Volunteer safety and security concerns and issues to the Safety and Security Manager (SSM) and the Country Director (CD). Assists Program Managers/APCDs to ensure that prospective sites meet established programmatic and safety/security criteria (e.g., safe housing, a clearly defined assignment with an organization that shows real interest in working with a Volunteer, etc.). Reviews and references site history files when evaluating potential sites, and incorporates appropriate safety and security-related information into site history files. Monitors Volunteer compliance with Peace Corps policies, especially related to safety and security. Participates in the design and implementation of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP). Acts as duty officer, as needed. Knowledgeable and supportive of Peace Corps safety and security policies and procedures, including the timely reporting of suspicious incidents, persons or articles.

Two New Required Statements for All PSCs:
  • − To the extent Contractor is allowed to operate a US government owned, leased, or rented vehicle (GOV) to perform their job duties, the Contractor must operate that vehicle safely at all times and only operate it for official business purposes as defined in 31 USC 1334.

  • − Contractor is encouraged to refrain from texting or from engaging in any behavior that distracts attention from driving safely at any time. Except in an emergency situation, Contractor shall not text message (i) when driving a GOV; (ii) when driving a privately-owned vehicle (POV) while on official government business; or (iii) while using electronic equipment supplied by the government while driving any vehicle (even during off-duty hours).

  1. . Education: Master’s degree in a field related to Agroforestry or project design and management, or a bachelor’s degree with at least ten years of relevant work experience.

  2. . Prior Work Experience:

    • Six or more years of progressively responsible experience in relevant fields (Agroforestry, project design and management, Volunteer programming, etc.)

    • Strong experience working closely with or supporting international students, volunteers, interns or others from a different culture, or significant experience working and living in another culture.

    • Significant experience as a trainer and/or in the development of training programs.

    • Experience in grassroots community development.

    • Sound experience directly supervising professional staff.

  3. . Language Proficiency:

    • Level 5 (translator) written and spoken English and French.

    • Proficiency in one or more of Senegal’s national languages.

  4. . Skills and abilities
  • Ability and/or experience working with local government officials at all levels.

  • Experience with an American organization and/or culture. Must also have a good knowledge of or interest in American culture and issues of cross-cultural differences.

  • In depth knowledge of rural Senegal.

  • Good computer skills.

  • Counseling and networking

  • Good conflict resolution skills in a cross-cultural setting

  • A sound knowledge of community development issues and problems is necessary in order to recommend useful sectoral programming guidelines.

  • Good understanding of NGOs and international development operations.

  • Knowledge in areas of community development, group dynamics, and participatory approaches to development.

  • Understanding of the traditional and modern dynamics of the society.

  • A driver’s license and experience driving.

Interested and qualified applicants for the position should submit the following:

  1. Letter of interest/motivation, in English, addressing your experience and suitability for the position;

  2. A current resume (CV) in English+3 professional references;

  3. Any other documentation (e.g. certified copy of educational certificates, degrees earned, driving license) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position;

  4. Certified copy of identity card or certificate of nationality and “extrait of casier Judiciaire;

  5. Interested applicants must have ability to pass full background/securitychecks

All applications are required electronically and in English to ...... with “APCD AGFO” in the subject line no later than 00:00 by Thursday March 1, 2018. Incomplete and/or late application will not be entertained, nor applications not submitted in English.

Incomplete and/or late application will not be entertained, nor applications not submitted in English.
Only those candidates short-listed for an interview will be contacted. NO TELEPHONE CALLS PLEASE.

The United States Peace Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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