Monday, 14 March 2016

Program Planning Associates at DAI Nigeria

DAI works at the cutting edge of international development, combining technical excellence, professional project management, and exceptional customer service to solve our clients’ most complex problems. Since 1970, DAI has worked in 150 developing and transition countries, providing comprehensive development solutions in areas including crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS, avian influenza control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change. Clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and host-country governments.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Program Planning Associate

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Job Descritpion 
Africa Lead II-the Feed the Future: Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation Program-supports the advancement of agricultural transformation in Africa as proposed by the African Union Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). Simultaneously, Africa Lead II contributes to the Feed the Future (FTF) goals of reduced hunger and poverty by building the capacity of Champions-defined as men and women leaders in agriculture-to develop, lead, and manage the policies, structures and processes needed for the transformation process.

The scope of Africa Lead II is divided into three components, as follows:
  • Component One: Establishing and Improving Effectiveness of Institutional and Organizational Architecture for African-Led Agricultural Transformation.
  • Component Two: Strengthening Capacity to Manage and Implement the Policy Change and Alignment Process.
  • Component Three: Promoting the Effective Participation of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in the Policy Process and Providing Capacity Strengthening Support when Necessary.
Africa Lead II’s Agriculture Internship Program aims to facilitate more efficient agricultural production, stronger agribusinesses and agricultural development institutions, a more direct link between NARS and farmers, and greater value addition in the agriculture sector across Africa. The broad goal is to support skills transfer and technological know-how that will help African agribusinesses and organizations to innovate, improve their commercial viability and catalyze agricultural transformation, thus contributing to improved food security.

The Africa Lead II Program welcomes applications from candidates interested in pursuing these young professionals development opportunities. Placement terms will be for a period of 12 months with anticipated postings in ECOWAS member states :Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Cape Verde.

Housing, monthly stipend, living allowances, round-trip airfare and related travel expenses to worksite will be covered by the program. These 12 month young professionals development opportunities are not guarantees for full time employment upon successful completion of the placement. Preference will be given to ECOWAS Nationals.


  • Serve as a primary liaison for general administration and back-stopping for department program portfolio.
  • Help develop scopes of work and budgets and participates in meetings and conference calls with partners and stakeholder.
  • Assist with the development and dissemination of request for proposals for service providers to provide capacity development services.
  • Communicate and coordinate with department staff their service requirement needs.
  • Assist with the development of the projects scopes of works, identifies service providers, and coordinates with the technical and logistics teams regarding the execution, implementation and monitoring of activities.
  • Review reports and deliverables received from service providers and partners, including training organizations, trainers and consultants.
  • Help coordinate the implementation and delivery of capacity development services on and off –site with respective partners.
  • Contribute to writing and preparation of Quarterly and Annual reports.
  • Provide regular updates and reports on status and progress of technical activities to directors and partners
  • Perform other tasks as needed
Required skills
  • A minimum of Bachelor's degree in social science, agricultural science or related field
  • Technical experience and demonstrate research and writing skills agriculture development and institution capacity building preferred.
  • Solid communication, organizational and writing skills
  • Demonstrated coordination and facilitation experience required
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities
  • Fluency in French and English is required.
Application Closing Date
18th March, 2016 5:00PM GMT

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send applications letter and CV's

All candidates must submit the following required documents:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1-Page Cover letter highlighting your ability to contribute your skills towards enhancing capacity of a regional organization involved in Food security. Kindly specify your strengths and weaknesses and ability to adapt to new mutli-cultural environment.
  • 3 References: kindly provide 2 professional references and 1 personal reference
Note: Nationals of ECOWAS countries welcome to apply.