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Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Lead, USAID Markets and Nutrition Activity, Niger

Project Management
International Development Group
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Position Summary

RTI International’s Food Security and Agriculture Division (FS & Ag) works to meet the extraordinary challenge of feeding a growing global population while utilizing fewer resources. As a cross-institute collaborative effort helping to realize Vision 2025, FS &A g integrates expertise from across RTI to: strengthen food and agricultural systems; increase food safety; improve nutrition for both obese and undernourished populations; and support increased economic opportunities, especially for women and youth.


The Food Security & Agriculture Division is currently accepting applications for Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the anticipated USAID-funded Markets and Nutrition (M&N) Activity in Niger. This is an anticipated five-year project with a budget of $34 - $37M.


M&N has the following goal and expected results:


M&N Goal: Strengthen market systems such that household incomes and nutritional status are sustainably improved.

            Result 1: Enhanced performance of commodity market systems

            Result 2: Increased utilization of quality inputs and services

            Result 3: Increased local consumption of nutritious, safe foods


The DCOP has primary responsibility for creating and implementing the project’s technical activities in Niger and supervising all Technical Specialists.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID/Sahel Regional Office in the Chief of Party’s absence.

  • Provide overall technical leadership to achieve the activity results.

  • Supervise the work of all technical personnel assigned tasks under the activity.

  • Ensure timely, accurate, and user-friendly reporting on the progress and status of all services provided under the activity.

Required Skills and Qualifications:
Education and Experience
  • Master's degree in agriculture, agribusiness, business administration, economics or a similar field, with at least 9 years of relevant professional experience, or bachelor’s degree with 12 years of experience.

  • Previous experience in managing West African donor-funded projects of similar size and complexity, Niger experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in value chain development activities of market systems.

  • Strong knowledge of USG rules and regulations (especially USAID).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Extensive technical expertise in three or more of the following:

    • Agricultural commodity market systems and business development

    • improving agricultural and pastoral livelihoods

    • nutrition sensitive agriculture and food safety

    • private sector engagement
    • market system development

    • building resilience of households, communities and systems

    • financial inclusion

    • social inclusion of women and youth.

  • Extensive technical expertise in one or more of the following: private sector engagement, economic growth, project operations, or resilience.

  • Reputation for professional excellence including outstanding strategic planning and management skills (as evidenced by references and achievements.)

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to establish strong working relationships with diverse stakeholders.

  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff.

  • Verbal and written fluency in French and English, along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills, required.

Position is contingent upon award and funding.

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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