Website SAPPROS Nepal
Job Title: Project Coordinator
Project: Pilot project on Home Grown School Meal (HGSM) Program
Location: Darchula Headquarters with extensive field visits to all nine Palikas in the district
Project Partner: Mercy Corps Nepal
Immediate Supervisor: Program Manager
Background of SAPPROS Nepal
SAPPROS Nepal is a national, non-governmental and non-profit making organization established in 1991 and dedicated to reducing poverty in Nepal. To this end, it works on five holistic components: (a) Organizational development and capacity building; (b) Infrastructure and WASH; (c) Food security and livelihood; (d) DRR, and Resilience and Climate Justice; and (e) Health and Nutrition. The organization follows the principles of integrating institutions, infrastructure, resource generation and local capacity development in order to achieve sustainable development and increase resilience of women, poor, marginalized and vulnerable groups. Through various developmental and livelihood projects, SAPPROS’ outreach increased to 52 districts in the past 30 years, serving over 574,000 households.
World Food Program (WFP) Nepal as a lead/prime organization in partnership with Mercy Corps and other partners is going to implement a four-year School Meal Program funded by USDA/Food for Education. In the consortium, Mercy Corps provides strategic leadership for the program’s two of the sub-activities ‘Local Purchase of Food: Hybrid Food Basket’ and ‘Home Grown School Feeding: Technical Assistance Post-Hand Over’. The aim of the Mercy Corps’ interventions is to facilitate the development of a fully sustainable and locally managed food system for schools. This includes designing and implementing the strategy and detailed roadmap for schools to self-manage a cash-based program where they locally procure and manage relationships and contracts with local producers, cooperatives, and suppliers to supply the appropriate and necessary school meal food items during relevant timeframes. The program activities will link school feeding programs to smallholder farmers, farmer’s cooperatives, school management, community groups and local government to enhance the program’s long-term sustainability. The target area of the program covers five districts in the Sudurpaschim Province (Darchula, Bajhang, Doti, Achham, and Bajura) and one district in the Karnali Province (Jajarkot), working with 791 schools.
Scope of Work
The District Coordinator is responsible for the planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring of all project activities in the districts. H/she will follow the program approach of HGSM program and donor requirements and accordingly develop the necessary activities that lead to the desired outcomes sustainability. H/she will use coordination, networking and facilitation skills as well as technical expertise to strengthen capacities of the target groups to link school feeding programs to smallholder farmers, farmer’s cooperatives, school management, community groups. H/She will engage with all sector stakeholders especially, government, private sector, community schools, civil society, potentially disadvantaged groups (e.g. people with disabilities), as required.
Key Responsibilities and Tasks:
- Lead the district team on planning processes and ensures implementation of plan including realistic budget segregation outlining major activities and timeline in the templates provided by the program/organization.
- Ensure the program activities are substantially completed as per the timeline, budget and activities in the project work plan, unless causes of force major.
- Ensures appropriate fund allocation and expenditure on a monthly basis and take corrective measures by revisiting plans and communicating timely to SAPPROS Centre Office and Mercy Corps.
- Reviews the project’s budget verses achievements and report on any glitches identified in comparison to the Mercy Corps monthly basis/as per requirement.
- Coordinates with district district/Centre teams including thematic focal person to design a robust field visit plan, self-assessments and monitoring systems including follow up on recommendations with relevant department and impact areas.
- Coordinates with concern staffs of Mercy Corps for technical assistance as required to the project.
- Ensures M&E plans log-frame of the project and themes are well understood by all project staff and partners and exclusively used and reported.
- Lead the coordination/communication with local stakeholder, planning, monitoring the field activities and staff mobilization.
- Ensures and collects information on project progress from field staff, analyze the expenses vs. activity delivery and submit the reports accordingly to SAPPROS central office and Mercy Corps on a monthly basis.
- Ensures the attainment of quality of project minimum standards in key programmatic interventions including Gender and Social Inclusion principles.
- Identifies best practices, problems and issues around program implementation and works toward finding solutions for improvements, documenting, disseminating in consultation with relevant departments and themes.
- Engages with government line agencies for advocacy to review of the policy and plan for Home ground School Feeding and procedures at local level/provincial level.
- Responsible for timely and quality reports preparation and submission to SAPPROS Nepal central office and Mercy Corps.
- Comply with SAPPROS Nepal policies and practice with respect to code of conduct and other relevant policies and procedures.
- Any other tasks assigned by the organization and immediate supervisor.
TECHNICAL SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE:
Education and Experience:
- Bachelors/ Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Natural Resource Management or any other related field.
- At least 5 years of professional experience on managerial role including grants management, strategic work planning processes, team building and financial management.
- Extensive knowledge on social mobilization and community based inclusive development.
- Working experience in livelihoods resilience and Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) would be an advantage.
- Good understanding of federal structure and system, humanitarian context, empowerment and advocacy issues in Nepal/ District/Local level.
- Good understanding of marketing linkages and value chain.
- Team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong analytic and experience in writing high quality reports.
- Fluency in both spoken and written English and good report writing skills.
- Familiarity with Project Cycle Management, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation.
- Organized and able to manage own time guidance and direction from immediate supervisor.
- Commitment to overall organization’s aims and beliefs, including strong commitment to Gender, Child Right, Disables, Diversity issues, equal opportunities and capacity building.
- Strong interpersonal and self-awareness skills.
- Ability and willingness to undertake extensive travel in the project area.
- Ability to take initiatives, drive to achieve results, ability to develop effective organizations understanding and experience of gender equality issues, right based issues and their relevance to humanitarian response work.
Means of application:
Interested candidates, who meet the set criteria, are encouraged to submit their Motivation Letter, updated CV along with 3 references through email to Human Resource Manager at email@example.com, SAPPROS Nepal, Babarmahal, Kathmandu no later than 5:00 pm on 23 June 2022, Thursday.
Only the short-listed candidates will be notified for the further assessment.
SAPPROS Nepal reserves the right to cancel the vacancy partly or wholly without any reasons whatsoever.
Women, Dalits, Marginalized, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for the position.
No telephone calls will be entertained.
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