Project Coordinator

Job Summary:

HarvestPlus seeks a highly-motivated Project Coordinator to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for overall coordination of the Bangladesh Initiative to Enhance Nutrition Security and Governance (BIeNGS) project. This position is a one-year, fixed-term appointment and is renewable contingent upon continued satisfactory performance and program funding. The position is based at the BIeNGS project office in Jamalpur under the HarvestPlus Bangladesh Country Office. Interested applicants must have work authorization to work in Bangladesh.

Background:

HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health by developing and promoting biofortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals, and providing global leadership on biofortification evidence and technology. HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future . Its science is carried out by its 15 research centers in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. HarvestPlus is based at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and collaborates with multiple CGIAR centers and partner organizations.

Essential Duties:

The Project Coordinator’s responsibilities include working closely with the BIeNGS Project Manager (at World Vision Bangladesh) to prepare comprehensive action plans including resources, timeframes, and budgets for the project. S/he will perform various coordinating tasks, like scheduling and risk management, along with administrative duties, like maintaining project documentation and handling financial queries. To succeed in this role, s/he should have excellent time management and communication skills. Collaboration with clients and internal teams is required to deliver results on deadlines. Ultimately, the Project Coordinator’s duties are to ensure that all project deliverables are completed on time, within budget, and meet high quality standards.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate project management activities, resources, equipment and information, and supervise project staff.
  • Prepare annual project implementation plan; monitor project progress and manage potential challenges as necessary.
  • Liaise with stakeholders to identify and define requirements, scope, and objectives.
  • Assign tasks to internal teams and assist with schedule management.
  • Track project evolution and suggest changes to accommodate stakeholders’ needs.
  • Oversee and monitor project budget and expenditure.
  • Oversee project monitoring, communication, marketing, and procurement activities.
  • Analyze risks and opportunities; work with the Project Manager to eliminate blockers/bottlenecks/shortfalls.
  • Act as the point of contact and communicate project status to all stakeholders.
  • Prepare/maintain and issue all appropriate legal paperwork (e.g. contracts and terms of agreement).
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, plans, and reports.
  • Ensure standards and requirements are met through conducting quality assurance tests.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture or a related field, plus a minimum of three years of professional experience as a Project Coordinator or a similar role.
  • Experience in project management, from conception to delivery.
  • Demonstrated success and experience managing and developing a project team.
  • An ability to prepare and interpret flowcharts, schedules, and step-by-step action plans.
  • Organizational, planning, implementing, and controlling skills, including multitasking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Familiarity with risk management and quality assurance control.
  • Exceptional oral, written, and presentation skills.
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Knowledge in file management, transcription, and other administrative procedures.
  • Ability to work under pressure on tight deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in European Commission-funded project management.
  • Hands-on experience with project management tools.

Application closing date: open until filled

Project Officer

Job Summary:

HarvestPlus seeks a highly-motivated Project Officer to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for supervision of all activities at the sub-district level of the Bangladesh Initiative to Enhance Nutrition Security and Governance (BIeNGS) project. This position is a one-year, fixed-term appointment and is renewable contingent upon continued satisfactory performance and program funding. The position is based at BIeNGS project offices in the Jamalpur and Sherpur districts under the HarvestPlus Bangladesh Country Office. Interested applicants must have work authutorization to work in Bangladesh.

Background:

HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health by developing and promoting biofortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals, and providing global leadership on biofortification evidence and technology. HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by its 15 research centers in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. HarvestPlus is based at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and collaborates with multiple CGIAR centers and partner organizations.

Essential Duties:

Project Officer’s responsibilities include working closely with the BIeNGS Project Coordinator to prepare comprehensive action plans, including resource requirements, timeframes and budgets for projects activities at sub-district (Upazila) level. S/he will perform various supervision tasks, like scheduling and risk management, along with administrative duties, like maintaining project documentation and handling financial queries at activity level. S/he should have excellent time management and communication skills. Collaboration with clients and internal teams is required to deliver results on deadlines. S/he will directly supervise community facilitators. Ultimately, the Project Officer’s duties are to ensure that all project activities in his/her working area are completed on time, within budget and meet quality standards.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in partnership building with a wide range clientele including: farmers, NGOs, private and public sector organizations.
  • Conduct practical demonstrations/field days, trainings, and other events for popularizing biofortified crops.
  • Provide technical inputs and knowledge to partners, farmers, and other beneficiaries.
  • Conduct focus group discussions and meetings with organized farmers groups on biofortified crop production.
  • Assist in the identification of training needs for clients viz. farmers, technicians, seed producer, miller, and other stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of training manuals.
  • Assist with farmer meetings to ensure biofortified crop production.
  • Liaise with value chain actors for marketing Biofortified products.
  • Assign tasks to Community Extension Facilitator (CEF) and assist with schedule management.
  • Maintain and monitor activity budgets according to compliance policy.
  • Monitor day-to-day project progress and provide updates to Project Coordinator.
  • Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of project activities through collection of project data in a regular basis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or a related field.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work effectively under pressure during peak seasonal periods.
  • Ability to work independently, be self-motivated, show initiative, and work productively as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills.
  • Demonstrated affinity for working with farmers.
  • Good oral and written communication, organization, and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literate in MS Office and experience in report writing.
  • Experience with monitoring and documentation of fields activities.
  • Experienced in motorcycle driving with a valid driving license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post Graduate degree in Agriculture.

Application closing date: Open until filled

Volunteer role: Horticulture Research and Development advisor

Application Closing Date – 21 July 2019

Role overview – Horticulture Research and Development Advisor

You will be working with horticulture research centre in Kabala under Sierra Leone Agriculture Research Institute (SLARI) to strengthen the capacity of the research centre in conducting research on plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving plant growth, yields, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases, and environmental stresses; development and use of appropriate technologies and value chain adaptable in local context by farmers

Skills, qualifications and experience

To be successful in the role you will need; A Masters or Bachelor’s degree in horticulture and landscape management with at least 3-4 years of experience in horticulture research and programming, working with research institute and farmers; development and use of appropriate technology in horticulture, knowledge of low-cost greenhouse technology etc. – Experience in horticulture research project management, M&E and reporting systems – Experience in mentoring, coaching and training of staff on technical skills – Demonstrated experience of developing effective working relationships with senior stakeholders from government agencies, international organisations, donors, NGO, academics and opinion-leaders, including successful advocacy and influencing. – Demonstrated effectiveness in project management, reporting and donor compliance – Excellent communication and facilitation skills, including fluency in written and spoken English and strong inter-personal and advisory skills.

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open-minded and respectful • Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations • Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships • Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Allowance

As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full-time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in the country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.

Accommodation

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which mean accommodation varies and will be basic.

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