The Millennium Villages Project, (MVP) is a joint initiative of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the UNDP, Millennium Promise (a private philanthropy) and the governments of African countries, including Ghana. The MVP adopts an integrated approach to help populations in severely deprived villages to break the cycle of extreme poverty and realize the Millennium Development Goals. Secotrs within which the MVP intervenes include agriculture, infrastructure, environments, health, education and business development among others. In Ghana, the MVP operates in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region, and works with a cluster of 30 contiguous villages with an estimated total population of 30,000 people
The project now invites applications from suitably qualified individuals to fill the position of Team Leader/Science Co-ordinator with the following specification.
The role of the Science Co-ordinator/Team Leader is to oversee effective implementation of the new millennium Villages Project; ensure that the Project receives the scientific and technological support and guidance required to achieve the Millennium Development Goals at the community level; to provide oversight of the technical aspects of the project; and to backstop the technical activities.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Team Leader is responsible for:
- Accountable for the operating success of the Millennium village operations;
- Manage all programmatic activities of the cluster teams to ensure the success of the initiative and accelerate and sustain impact;
- Ensure development of the Millennium Village cluster operating budgets and work plans and performance against those plans based on programme goals and objectives;
- Ensure effective functioning of all operations, logistics, and procurement activities of the project including the timely delivery of agricultural, health and education inputs;
- Co-ordinate the recruitment, selection, hiring, orientation and management of a core group of national staff members
- Implement programme policy and procedures concerning personnel, financial management, vehicles and inventory; organise staff development activities
- Develop, maintain and strengthen partnerships with the government, NGOs, research institutions and universities as well as private sector working in the Northern regions and Ghana
- Co-ordinate capacity building activities of the project team;
- Organise site and national events (meetings, workshops) for joint learning and sharing of experiences between the two Millennium village teams in Ghana;
- Represent Millennium Promise externally as needed with government agencies, NGOs, and corporate partners;
- Ensure the effective and efficient operations of all project initiatives, with respect to project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. This work will also involve upholding standards in the areas of financial management in terms of developing budgets and cash-flow projections, record keeping and reporting systems
- Provide ongoing technical support to programme design to ensure adherence to Millennium Villages model. Secure and communicate responses to technical questions that affect intervention design across all sectors
- Work in close co-ordination with the Earth Institute (EI) Columbia University staff and Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Centre staff whose role is to support the scientific and technical dimension of the implementation of the MVs
- Oversee the baseline assessment surveys, measurements and monitoring including the hiring of field teams and co-ordination with the scientists responsible for the various surveys and the leader of the impact assessment team to assure that the training and administration of the surveys is consistent with other villages sites
- Work closely with an independent team commissioned by DFID responsible for the development of a robust evaluation on the impact of the MV model, using a combination of existing MV M&E processes and additional research led by the independent team
- Facilitate the research, outreach and training activities of the African Millennium Villages Initiative, Columbia University and other scientists and students involved in the main components of the project: (i) Agriculture/environment; (ii) Health;; (iii) Energy/transport; (iv) Water/sanitation, (v) Education/gender, (vi) Communications/training. Together with direct supervisor and MV Project Director, assure there are positive synergies and value added between these 5 components, as well as between the partner institutions
- Mentor students from Columbia University, and national & local universities
- Co-ordination. Collaborate closely with the office of DFID based in Accra Ghana
- Any other duties given by the supervisor that pertain to his position
Terms of offer:
MVP offers a competitive salary with an excellent benefits package. The employment contract is for a period of one year with the possibility of renewal. MVP prides itself on its collegial, supportive and gender sensitive working environment and believes that staff diversity promotes excellence. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Required Skills or Experience
- PhD degree in tropical agriculture, nutrition, health, education science or a related field, with at 5 years or an MSc degree with 10 years of postgraduate research and/or development and outreach experience in Ghana village situations
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
- Strong coaching skills
- Demonstrated ability to compile and report results of project activities and to successfully conduct research and manage project activities and to successfully conduct research and manage projects in remote rural location with minimum supervision
- Must have excellent organisational skills, be a team player and detail-oriented
- Must have high quality research and data management experience
- Must have strong analytical skills;
- Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft applications
- Fluency in English is essential
- Must understand Mampuli and/or Buli would be beneficial
- Excellent writing, interpersonal, computer and communication skills
- Must be able to function independently and to exercise discretion and judgment in sensitive and potentially controversial matters
How To Apply
Applicants should apply by email, sending a cover letter summarising their relevance to this position, a full C.V. and names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to: [email protected]with copy to [email protected] “Application for SADA MVP Team Leader/Science Co-ordinator” should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message. Applications will be considered until two weeks from the date of publication.
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Closing date: 07 Oct, 2011