Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities; sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.
We are recruiting to fill the positions below:
1. Job Title: National Graduate Volunteer
Start date: 17th June, 2019
- The goal of this role is to increase income and income security for the poor and marginalized through more equitable participation in value chains.
- You will be part of the implementation of the integrated livelihoods V4D grants through changes in selected value chains and training in Agriculture Extension Services with focus on value chain crops such as Cowpea, groundnut, millets and maize.
- Provide support to VSO and its implementing partner’s intervention areas: Context Analysis (data collection), Good Agronomic Practices (GAP), Group Strengthening, Value Chain Linkages, Commercial Enterprise Development and Advocacy.
- Actively engage with all key stakeholders who support activities and contribute to the overall success of the programme and assist community level project advocacy and resource mobilization.
- Participate in and provide feedback to VSO and its implementing partners on all capacity building activities in the programme.
- Assist with Project Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Knowledge Management activities.
- Reporting on weekly and monthly (Written Reports) activities of Cooperative groups. Contribute case studies to periodic programme publications.
- Participate in project planning and review meetings
- All other responsibilities and commitments as adjusted to the need of our communities by VSO
Key Performance Indicators
The Key performance indicators of this placement are that:
- Target beneficiaries are able to sustain their livelihoods and the livelihoods of their families. This includes managing their own businesses, supply their produce to the markets and are always able to meet the market demands by having adequate produce for identified markets.
Below includes number indicators:
- Number of beneficiaries who have increased produce for the markets as a result of agriculture extension support and trainings received.
- Number of beneficiaries who have increased their income and have businesses as a result of training and support received.
- Number of beneficiaries able to reach the market demands through supplies of their produce.
- Number of beneficiaries supported/reached.
Professional Qualifications and Experience
- A degree in the field of Agriculture, Business, other related field or equivalent experience
- Experience and knowledge in agri-business sector, agricultural markets and value chains and marketing
- Experience of working with/training low capacity teams
- Ability to take initiatives, team player who is able to work with minimum supervision
- Coaching and mentoring skills
- Effective communications skills (report writing, verbal)
- Practicinggender & cultural diversity –essential
- Able to speak hausa
- Experience in related field
- Monitoring and evaluation; documentation and information sharing skills
- Experience in supporting market-linkages and value addition in agricultural markets
- Building and Sustaining working relationships: The social skills to build and actively maintain working relationships that foster teamwork and collaboration with others for the benefit of a common goal.
- Open Minded and Respectful A non-judgemental approach that values other people and culture.
- Seeking and Sharing Knowledge Recognition that learning is a twoway and continuous process.
- Facilitating Positive Change: The ability to analyse problems and develop lasting solutions in line with VSO approaches.
- Adaptability: A flexible approach and the ability to adapt behaviour to different situations.
- Resilience: The self-confidence to work with a variety of situations, diverse people and ambiguity.
Application Closing Date
20th June, 2019.
2. Job Title: Business Pursuit Manager
Responsible to: Senior Business Pursuit Lead
Contract type: Fixed Term
Full Time: 35 hours per week
Start date: 06/06/2019
Purpose of Role
- Provide business pursuit leadership and secure funding to deliver VSO’s global products in Nigeria and support large, significant impact opportunities in the West African region from time to time. The position will focus on Nigeria, 80-90% and other countries, 10-20%.
No. of direct reports:
- No permanent reports, but manages partner relationships and proposal development processes with 8-10 senior level colleagues operating as bid team members
- The Business Pursuit Manager (BPM) will be a key part of the senior management team and lead on all fundraising activities.
- S/he will provide business pursuit leadership and secure funding to deliver VSO’s global products in Nigeria, delivering £5-10 million in secured funding per year.
- The BPM will also support large, significant impact opportunities in the West African region from time to time. As an expert in your field, you will be responsible for optimising income generation and business development from a range of institutional donors (e.g. EU, UN, DFID, USAID etc) in support of VSO’s programmes.
Funding strategy aligned to programme priorities:
- Understand and act on donor trends in the country/region and identify new opportunities for funding for VSO’s global products;
- Contribute to a global funding strategy as required from time to time and ensure consistency coordination and coherence in funder and partnership engagement across the funding portfolio in the country/region;
- Drive VSO’s business pursuit activities including ensuring a strong opportunities pipeline and healthy portfolio of proposals and ensuring BP data is accurately reflected in our systems.
Pre-positioning, donor and partner engagement:
- Continuously build a strong brand position for VSO and our Volunteering for Development approach among donors and partners in the country and region;
- Deliver strong relationships via frequent meetings/interaction with institutional, foundation and corporate donors and partners including commercial contractors, INGOs, government regional government entities and other development actors, governments in support of joint programming and consortia opportunities;
- Prepare materials needed to facilitate donor engagement and leverage the use of VSO’s microsite for external meetings and communications;
- Provide leadership and support to advance VSO’s visibility and reputation with identified strategic partners globally (among donor communities, private sector and development networks) in support of joint-proposal opportunities at the national and regional levels.
- Work with programmatic and implementing teams to understand our strengths and align proposed solutions with funding opportunities;
- Conduct country level analysis to understand the funding environment / trends and inform the direction of programming to ensure alignment with donor priorities;
- Share analysis on funding opportunities and pipeline health (proposal tracker) with country, regional and global teams to inform planning and pre-positioning;
- Ensure accurate and timely overviews of funding priorities and pipeline analysis are shared;
- Deliver confirmed funding through strategic positioning and submission of high quality, large ticket (£Ms) proposals;
- Lead development of specific proposals, coordinating with donor management, proposal development and programme teams;
- Provide leadership to country teams on bid development processes and ensure laid out procedures are followed for each proposal submitted at country level;
- Lead negotiations with partners to ensure financial and programmatic needs are met;
- Review proposals and provide assurance to ensure quality submissions;
- Write specific proposals and provide content/input when required.
- Liaise with marketing teams so that they support the delivery of a strong brand position for VSO and our Volunteering for Development approach in country and region;
- Ensure visibility of VSO in the region/selected countries by attending/or ensuring attendance of workshops, meetings and networking events that provide an opportunity to showcase its work, provide leadership in the volunteering for development space and build new partnerships.
- Build country office capacity to network, engage and pre-position through own efforts or in collaboration with other business development team members.
- Work proactively with Country Directors and other country/regional leadership in Business Pursuit, Programmes, CPAs/Global Products and Finance to successfully grow VSO’s opportunities and programming in Nigeria and West Africa.
Business development coordination:
- Coordinate the activities and contribution of various business development teams in the region/countries including public fundraising, marketing, and donor teams.
- Educated to post-graduate degree level in International Development, Business or related discipline;
- IT skills including fluency in Microsoft Office suite and database usage;
- Experience of living and working internationally (4+ years required);
- Fluency in English (written and spoken);
- Ability to travel locally and globally.
- More than 6 years managing business pursuit activities within the international development sector for an INGO or development consulting firm;
- Experience developing funding strategies and delivering £5-10 million annually;
- Proven ability to identify new funding opportunities and to make appropriate judgements about their potential to realise significant restricted income;
- Experience of establishing and cultivating strong donor relationships that have delivered substantially increased income;
- Proven track record in writing winning donor proposals for donors including DFID, USAID, EC, SIDA and UN Agencies – including proven ability to develop log frames, monitoring frameworks, and theories of change;
- Familiarity with M&E tools; theories of change, monitoring frameworks, and basic evaluation techniques;
- Strong interpersonal skills, including written, verbal and presentation skills used in international settings – experience of leading and facilitating workshops and training;
- Ability to be self-directed and take initiative within organisational mandates;
- Experience of establishing partnerships between organisations including teaming agreement and consortia bid development;
- Strong analytical and financial and skills;
- Deliver £5-10 million in secured funding per year. Other performance metrics for this position include maintaining a healthy pipeline of opportunities, number and quality of proposals submitted, proposal conversion rates, proposal/award value, donor/partner engagement and events participation among other metrics as agreed from time to time.
Annual Salary N13,101,849.
Application Closing Date
25th June, 2019.
1st – 5th July, 2019
3. Job Title: Lead Technical Adviser – Rural Livelihoods
Location: VSO Office Abuja, Nigeria or Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Based within the Knowledge for Impact Team as well as the Resilient Livelihoods Core Programme Area Team
Contract type: Permanent
Full Time: 35 hours per week
Start date: ASAP
- You will provide technical leadership in resilient livelihoods to a globally dispersed team of staff and volunteers to identify, test, and document new and promising practices across VSO’s Rural Livelihoods programmes, specifically in Nigeria, but also in Cambodia and other countries in Africa and Asia that have Resilient Rural Livelihoods programme activities.
- The overall aim of the position is to support improvement in the quality and impact of VSO’s Resilient Rural Livelihoods programmes globally to enable VSO to document, replicate and expand effective approaches, with the aim of helping more of the world’s poor and marginalized people to achieve their livelihood aspirations.
- Lead the implementation of the resilient livelihoods strategy and theory of action, with its assets and capabilities core, around which VSO is seeking to build a unique identity in its livelihoods programming.
- Review progress made with programme implementation and documentation of promising approaches against the theory of action and identify where additional or modified approaches are required.
- Track areas where the assets and capabilities approach can be developed further in resilient rural livelihoods programming.
Promote good practice:
- Ensure completion of the learning and guidance documentation work around the promising approaches identified in the resilient livelihoods theory of action.
- Support the conduct of vulnerability context analyses in Nigeria and Cambodia, especially with regard to the analysis of social differentiation and power relations.
- Lead work in identifying value chains and the associated market actors that are most suitable for VSO’s primary actors (poorer households, women, youth and Persons with Disabilities).
- Support the development of work around sustainable agricultural practices and the development of more balanced and resilient rural household food security and livelihood strategies.
- Ensure that the implications and lessons learned from analyses are used to influence new project and signature programme designs, including with respect to who VSO targets, where, how, and with which other actors we should be collaborating
Improve Programme Quality:
- Provide support and advice to programmes to improve programme design and the quality of our interventions, through signature package development in particular.
- Explore the perceptions of VSO Nigeria and Cambodia staff, volunteers, partners and key stakeholders about VSO capacity, value adds, niche, strengths and weaknesses in Rural Livelihoods programming and their views about future programming.
- Support all country offices with rural livelihoods activities in the replication and adapting of the promising approaches identified and documented, and in the continuous learning of how to improve these approaches.
Knowledge management and dissemination:
- Promote the generation and or use of quality internal and external evidence, practice and learning within VSO.
- Contribute to the improvement of the Resilient Livelihoods evidence building and impact assessment practices, particularly at outcome and impact level, and in the use of digital technologies.
- Work with the Evaluation and Research Specialists to identify gaps and areas for improvement in monitoring and evaluation and documentation of learning and assess key tools and use of innovative methods for this purpose.
- Identify and recommend key lessons that can inform VSO’s work within Rural Livelihoods Programme.
External communication and influencing:
- Support the building of VSO’s external identity and reputation.
- Represent VSO at conferences, workshops and task forces and or support programme actors to participate as appropriate.
- Contribute to the development of communications for internal and external VSO audiences.
- Play a leading role in supporting Country Offices to raise more programmatic funding, including through donor liaison where appropriate, and in developing high quality project proposals and donor communications.
Team working and sustainable development approaches:
- Work as a member of the Resilient Livelihoods Core Programme Area Team (CPAT) and with other thematic leads and core approach advisors, as well as Country Office programme managers and livelihoods coordinators.
- Work as part of the Resilient Livelihoods CPAT to implement the Resilient Livelihoods “Volunteering for Development” investment strategy and to continue the implementation of the Resilient Livelihoods strategy and improvement of programme quality and funding.
- Support the implementation of an overall Volunteering for Development framework for VSO and the development of a clearer programme identity for the organisation.
- Master’s in Development Studies, Agriculture or other relevant qualification, or equivalent experience.
- Extensive experience and knowledge of innovations in assets and capabilities enhancement in rural livelihoods programming, especially on-farm and off-farm; enterprise development; market-led approaches.
- Proven experience of securing external funding and grants, including proposal development. Evidence of understanding the challenges of donor and contract management and the implications for programme management.
- Proven experience in financial management, including building a budget, monitoring and managing expenditure. Experience of having compiled financial reports.
- Excellent understanding and demonstrated experience of project cycle management, organisational assessment, planning and M&E tools and processes.
- Experience of compiling donor reports.
- Leadership and people management skills; including handling complex situations to an effective conclusion; experience of developing, coaching and managing high performing teams.
- Self-motivated, ability to use own initiative, flexibility.
- Strong representation and negotiation skills; ability to negotiate and maintain relations with external stakeholders.
- Oral and written fluency in English, with ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.
- Able to travel, including work away from the home base for up to 30% of time, both within the country and occasionally internationally with some weekend and evening work.
- Excellent coordination and planning skills with experience of working under pressure. Time management skills.
- Practical experience gained within a volunteering NGO context and of managing a volunteer programme.
- Evidence of ability to provide effective support to international and national volunteers.
- Experience and knowledge of the country and region.
- Experience of working in a matrix organization with multiple reporting lines across different locations.
Application Closing Date
27th June, 2019