United States Peace Corps (PC) Careers – Feed the Future Coordinator – Team Leader

Organisation: United States
Peace Corps (PC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Director of Programming and Training
About United States Peace Corps
(PC):
Peace Corps (PC) is an agency of the United States Government, which
brings American volunteer development workers to assist Uganda in capacity
building and technical assistance activities in Health, Education and Community
Economic Development. There are about 160 Volunteers assigned to non-government
organizations, government entities, clinics, colleges and schools. Peace Corps
also aims to build cultural understanding between Americans and Ugandans.  All positions require excellent command of
English, both spoken and written; native ability in spoken and written in at
least one widely spoken Ugandan language.
About Feed The Future:
Feed the Future is the United States Government’s global hunger and
food security initiative. It supports country-driven approaches to address the
root causes of hunger and poverty and forge long-term solutions to chronic food
insecurity and under-nutrition.
Job Summary: The Feed the
Future Coordinator – Team Leader will
provide technical expertise to Peace Corps’ Feed the Future Interagency
Partnership. The Coordinator is to creatively determine the best utilization of
the Volunteer skills and abilities to contribute to the country’s food security
using the FTF Participating Agency Program Agreement (PAPA) between Peace Corps
and USAID as a guide. This includes building partnerships at national, district
and local levels in order to identify optimum Volunteer work placements. The
Coordinator will provide technical guidance and support to current Volunteers.
This may involve helping Volunteers to adjust to their sites, to build
strategic partnerships, to oversee a team of two staff members, and to
contribute to the quality of the Peace Corps’ mission in Uganda. The
Coordinator – Team Leader position is a key senior staff member of the
Community Agribusiness Project and works closely with the two other FTF
Coordinators. The Coordinator is part of a Programming and Training team with
the Director of Programming and Training (DPT), the Training Team, the
Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation Specialist and other Program Managers, and
also collaborates closely with the Administrative, Safety and Security and
Medical Units.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
  • Coordinates with USAID/Uganda and
    implementing partners and the other Peace Corps FTF Coordinators to
    identify optimum work placements for Volunteers.
  • Provides one-to-one support to PCVs,
    identifies areas for technical training and designs and delivers same to
    PCVs and their host organizations regionally, at ISTs and PSTs.
  • The jobholder compiles program reports for
    PC/Uganda, USAID/Uganda and PC/HQ to demonstrate the use and impact of
    PC/Uganda’s contributions to Feed the Future.
  • Provide support and encourages Volunteers
    in monitoring their work and reporting activities in the VRF, and
    documenting their development stories and outcomes.
  • Co-develop and maintain a Project Advisory
    Committee
  • Engages the Peace Corps Volunteer Leader
    (PCVL) for AG in appropriate         activities
    to support and promote FtF activities among AG PCVs.
  • Serves as “Team Leader” among the three
    Peace Corps FtF Coordinators. This “first among equals” position role is
    to lead discussions, monitoring and reporting efforts, initiatives, ensure
    good communications, and coordinates roles for training and other joint
    activities.
Programming and Management (30% of time): Develops and
maintains Peace Corps’ food security activities as part of the Community
Agribusiness project that reflects and serves the needs of Uganda. The duties
include:
  • Identifies host country development issues
    and dynamics through research, study, and dialogue.
  • Carries out or coordinates periodic
    assessments of host country and community assets and needs. In conjunction
    with host country officials, non-governmental organizations, community
    members, Peace Corps staff members, PCVs, and third parties when
    appropriate, identifies and develops projects which reflect and serve the
    needs of the host country.
  • Ensures that projects also meet Peace
    Corps and regional programming criteria and strategies. Determines the
    range of skills and degree of competency needed for project
    implementation.
  • Verifies the probability of recruiting
    PCVs with the required skills and works with training staff to ensure that
    the PCVs will be given training to achieve necessary competency levels.
  • Provides advice and guidance to resolve,
    implement, or manage program or policy issues that involve major areas of
    uncertainty in approach or methodology. After consultation with other
    staff members, PCVs, and host country officials, makes recommendations to
    the CD about the continuation, completion, closure, or reconfiguration of
    existing sites, activities or projects.
  • Researches and writes major programming
    documents including project plans, volunteer assignment descriptions, Job
    Specific Requisitions (JSR), funding requests, periodic report forms, and
    Project Status Reports (PSRs). Reviews and revises project plans annually
    as part of PC/Headquarters’ regular review process.
  • Surveys potential PCV sites and evaluates
    them for appropriateness along multiple lines including opportunities for
    meaningful work, living conditions, and opportunities for community
    involvement, the availability of supporting resources, and safety and
    security.
  • Ascertains safety situation for PCVs,
    including the adequacy of transportation and communications for emergency
    evacuation purposes. Works with the community and organizations at each
    site to prepare them to work with and receive a PCV.
  • Co-develops and maintains a Project Advisory
    Committee and through this and other efforts, establishes working
    relationships with the host country government, communities,
    non-governmental organizations, and other institutions to encourage
    effective participation and support for PCV projects. Briefs on-site host
    country supervisors and counterparts on projects and PCV roles.
  • Maintains liaison with relevant ministries
    and organizations concerning PCV supervision, safety, housing, technical
    support, and project implementation.
  • Works closely with the Director of
    Programming and Training to assure strategic and operational coordination
    with the entire Programming and Training team.
Volunteer Support and Safety (25% of time): Provides and
coordinates the provision of timely, locally appropriate technical, personal,
and administrative and safety and security support to PCVs through site visits,
office visits by PCVs, email and phone communications. The duties include:
  • Develop and manage Volunteer work sites
    with partners throughout Uganda.
  • Provide management support to Volunteers
    and their counterparts. This also includes work and support with Volunteer
    technical Think Tanks.
  • Maintains phone and internet communication
    and checks in on assigned Volunteers with work status and personal
    adaptation updates.
  • Conducts at least 1 site visit per
    assigned Volunteer to monitor PCV’s project work and assists PCVs to
    evaluate their work and plan for the future.
  • Provides guidance and / or problem-solving
    assistance to Volunteers experiencing cultural adjustment, language, job
    assignment, housing problems, and crises at home. Refers cases in need of
    professional counseling to the PCMO as appropriate.
  • Identifies and advises PCVs on the
    advisability of seeking external SPA, VAST or PCPP funding for their
    projects. Reviews and approves/disapproves Volunteer community projects
    involving requests for external support.
  • Conducts visits to potential Volunteer
    sites to determine their suitability of Volunteer placement and the
    availability of suitable housing prior to final site selection.
  • Reviews MS-270 and Site History Files for
    any safety/security issues before Volunteer placement. Updates Site
    History files periodically with relevant information.
  • Conducts meetings with Volunteers’
    supervisors/counterparts and/or Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry
    and Fisheries t officials on Volunteer related work issues.
  • Identifies possible Volunteer safety and
    security issues during interactions with Volunteers and/or their
    supervisors/counterparts and assists the Safety and Security Coordinator
    with MS-270 compliance.
  • Alerts the Country Director through the
    DPT to any problematic job-related, security or health issues that arise
    at Volunteer work sites.
  • Provides clear guidance to Volunteers
    regarding Peace Corps policies and enforces those policies in a fair and
    consistent manner. Institutes disciplinary actions when PCVs violate
    established policies. Informs DPT of problems and recommends solutions.
Volunteer Training (15% of time): Plans and conducts training
activities to ensure that Trainees are given a good start and Volunteers are
prepared to be a valuable member of their Ugandan communities. The duties
include:
  • Provides technical training in line with
    the development of core competencies and learning objectives for FtF/ AG
    activities to meet the objectives of the FtF/AG project plans, safety and
    security, and other priority development technical areas of PCU.
  • Serves as the lead FtF technical
    specialist to collaboratively work with the Training Manager and her/his
    team to plan and implement TOTs, PSTs, ISTs, MSTs, technical workshops and
    COS conferences.
  • Coordinates collection of materials for
    training, and identifies guest speakers to participate in sector-specific
    training activities.
  • Delivers FtF/AG training to PCTs and PCVs.
General Management and Administration (15% of time): As a
senior staff member at post, provides input and works on tasks effecting
overall post management and the success of the Peace Corps program in country
as a whole. The duties include:
  • Support the CD and DPT in establishing an
    overall vision and mission for the country program. Provides input into
    the creation of the Post’s strategic and operational plans.
  • Works with other staff members to create
    uniform and complementary programming, training, and administrative
    systems.
  • Performs long-range planning and
    management of new substantive agency programs where precedents are scarce
    or nonexistent.
  • Fulfills fiscal responsibilities,
    including budget preparation, budget reporting, and maintenance of fiscal
    controls.
  • Assumes oversight responsibility for
    specific Peace Corps activities and ad hoc Volunteer working groups and
    committees.
  • Represents the Peace Corps to the U.S.
    Embassy, USAID, other development agencies, host country government, and
    non-governmental organizations, providing information on Peace Corps’
    purpose, philosophy, goals, program, history, and projects.
  • Actively contributes to PCV welcome books,
    trainee handbooks, PCV handbooks, and other post documentation dealing
    with the recruitment, selection, placement, training, and support of PCVs.
  • Participates in the design and
    implementation of the Emergency Action Plan and coordinates emergency plan
    meetings, resources, and contacts for assigned Volunteers.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) (10% of time): Co-manages
co-coordinates and collects FtF/ AG data and information from PCVs; conducts
evaluative and reflective activities regarding the project and related PC
activities, and writes and contributes reports on FtF/ AG projects. The duties
include:
  • Work closely with the USAID Monitoring and
    Evaluation team to compile the reports and generate data toward the
    indicators and impact data when and where possible.
  • Learns how to use all relevant reporting
    tools and operations and mentors other staff and Volunteers on them,
    particularly the Volunteer Reporting Tool and Forms (VRT/F).
  • Provides timely, technical, relevant and
    supportive feedback on VRFs to the PCV author and uploads them into the
    Volunteer database (VIDA).
  • Writes reports, with input from the post
    coordinator (or person assigned the tasks) for Monitoring, Evaluation and
    Reporting, items relevant for periodic and Annual reports to comply with
    special funding needs and Peace Corps headquarters reporting requirements.
  • Participates in monitoring and evaluation
    meetings and activities and creates draft documents for the Integrated
    Planning and Budget (IPBS), the annual Peace Corps reporting (Project
    Status Reviews (PSRs), Training Status Review (TSR)s, Congressional
    Reports and Peace Corps Uganda Annual Report.
  • Promotes to PCVs and their counterparts to
    monitor and complete reporting documentation to Peace Corps on their
    activities.
  • Conducts site visits to current Volunteer
    sites in order to assess their welfare, job performance, job satisfaction,
    skill transfer activities, housing and resource support. Prepares site
    visit reports indicating any required follow-up.
  • Liaises with Grants Coordinator to
    encourage prompt and accurate reporting by AG PCVs for their SPA, VAST and
    PCPP grants.
  • Oversees the preparation of the AG
    training report that is written principally by the Program Specialist.
Other (5% of time)
  • Periodically serves as post duty officer
    responsible for weekend and after-hour emergencies
  • Contributes articles on FtF/AG to Staff
    Notes and Volunteer Newsletters.
  • Addresses Volunteer safety and security by
    adhering to Peace Corps site development policies and procedures.
    Identifies and immediately communicates Volunteer safety and security
    concerns and issues to the Safety and Security Manager (SSM) and the
    Country Director (CD). Assists Program Managers/APCDs to ensure that
    prospective sites meet established programmatic and safety/security
    criteria (e.g., safe housing, a clearly defined assignment with an
    organization that shows real interest in working with a Volunteer, etc.).
  • Reviews and references site history files
    when evaluating potential sites, and incorporates appropriate safety and
    security-related information into site history files. Monitors Volunteer
    compliance with Peace Corps policies, especially related to safety and
    security.
  • Participates in the design and
    implementation of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP). Acts as duty officer,
    as needed. Knowledgeable and supportive of Peace Corps safety and security
    policies and procedures, including the timely reporting of suspicious
    incidents, persons or articles.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the CD
    or the DPT to assist Peace Corps to successfully carry out its mission in
    Uganda.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:-
  • The ideal candidate for the United States
    Peace Corps (PC) Feed the Future Coordinator – Team Leader should possess
    a Masters in one of these
    fields: Business, Agribusiness, Marketing, Agriculture,
    International Development or related field.
  • At least five years of related experience in the field of marketing and
    agribusiness or finance and business or agro business development.
  • Proven
    management and leadership experience required.
  • Good
    team player is essential; good organizational and time management skills;
  • Willingness
    to take initiative; excellent teamwork; strong service attitude; personal
    integrity; strong cross-cultural skills;
  • Ability
    to work independently with little supervision;
  • Ability and willingness to travel
    extensively;
  • Ability to work on a regular Monday through
    Friday schedule with evening and weekend hours when necessary;
  • Strong interest in Uganda’s development.
  • Computer
    skills: Ability to use computers including Word processing, Spreadsheet
    programs, power point and email.
  • The applicant must be legally able to work
    in Uganda.
  • Language: Excellent skills in writing, reading
    and speaking English and at least one Uganda local language.
How to Apply:
All applications should be sent electronically. Please attach a Word
formatted letter of interest and resume and names and contact information for
three references to: applications@ug.peacecorps.gov. Please clearly indicate
your name and the position applied for on the subject line of the cover email
as well as on all the attachments: For example “Okodia John_FtF Coord.” for the
Feed the Future Coordinator – Team Leader Position. All submitted documents
become the property of the Peace Corps and will not be returned.  You will be contacted ONLY if you are deemed
qualified and invited for an interview. If called for an interview, you will be
expected to bring a reference letter from your area Local Council (LC1).
Deadline: 9th October
2017 by 4:45pm
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