National Project Coordinator- School Feeding

Location:
Bahamas
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

National Project Coordinator- School Feeding

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National Project Coordinator- School Feeding

Technical Focus

Provide overall coordination for the attainment of all activities of the project, including support for:

  • Farmers/ farmer groups (including fisher folks) capacity for the production and supply of  specific products relevant for the school feeding
  • Extension services to provide improved and efficient technical services to farmers and their associations
  • Procurement modalities for smallholder farmers/ farmer organizations to supply fresh produce to the School  Feeding Program (SFP)
  • School gardens as a pedagogical tool for food and nutrition education
  • The development of tools and guidelines for nutritional quality and food safety
  • Small infrastructure/equipment  improvement to facilitate food quality and safety
  • Evidence-based policy framework, including socio- economic analysis, improvement  and/or development of national school feeding policy instruments, and inter-sectorial coordination mechanisms

Tasks and responsibilities

The National Project Coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Provide methodological support, training, continuous follow-up and guidance to the national team involved in the implementation of the project via a National School Feeding Committee.
  • Organize, in coordination with the National Focal Point designated by the Government, the initiation of the sub-project in the participating country. This includes:
    • Stakeholders engagement/matrix and inception (baselines report and launch)
    • Preparation of project coordination tools such as detailed work plan, procurement plan, gender plan,  communication plan and  risk management plan discussed with and validated by all stakeholders involved
  • Provide appropriate technical and operational guidance for the implementation of all the project coordination tools. This includes:
    • Continuous hands-on training and periodical meetings with all stakeholders;
    • Lead the process of developing and applying selection criteria for beneficiaries (including territories, schools, small farmers and farmers organizations, etc) ;
    • Provide technical leadership for some specific activities of the project, including procurement guidelines, and design, training and maintenance of school gardens;
    • Undertake baseline assessments, and systematization of good practices as required;
    • Provide logistical support and  and coordinate all steps required to carry out South-South cooperation exchanges with Mexican experts in line with the project’s work plan;
    • Lead the operational and administrative management of all activities of the project, in coordination with the rest of the sub-project team. This includes request for procurement, preparation of specifications for procurement, preparation of agreements with service providers and partners, hiring of consultants, monitoring and evaluation, etc ;
    • Preparation of periodical reports and communication materials;
  • Support the coordination of other activities related to the CARICOM-FAO-Mexico Initiative and all FAO assistance to school feeding in theBahamas.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Rural development, Economic development, social sciences, nutrition or related fields
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in project and/or program coordination
  • Knowledge on school feeding program development and implementation
  • Previous experience in the coordination of food and nutrition security related project and/or program in the Bahamas or elsewhere in the Caribbean
  • Working knowledge of English
  • National of the Bahamas

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