Chief of Party, Feed the Future (FTF) Nigeria Resilience Activity at Diamond Development Initiatives (DDI)

Diamond Development Initiatives (DDI) is preparing for an anticipated multi-million-dollar, multi-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Resilience Activity, which will support poverty reduction for vulnerable households in the Northwest of Nigeria with focus on Sokoto and Zamfara states. This effort will contribute to DDI’s’ agriculture and livelihoods program areas and ongoing efforts to promote resilience, recovery, and development within Nigeria.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Chief of Party, Feed the Future (FTF) Nigeria Resilience Activity

Location: Abuja or Sokoto
Position Type: Full-Time

Job Summary

  • The Chief of Party (COP) will have overall responsibility for the Nigeria Resilience Activity.
  • Responsibilities include meeting Activity objectives and deliverables while providing overall leadership in technical, administrative, operational, and management aspects.
  • The COP will act as the primary relationship manager for the project with USAID/Nigeria, Government of Nigeria, partners and external stakeholders.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide overall strategic guidance, leadership, management and general technical oversight of the entire Activity, with a strong focus on achieving defined results.
  • Act as the key liaison with USAID, Government of Nigeria, all implementing partners and stakeholders involved with the program.
  • Provide technical leadership and specific directions to design and implement streamlined interventions that enable households to break out of recurrent stress and crises and achieve results in accordance with FGN and donor standards.
  • Represent the Activity and present its work nationally and globally to DDI leadership, the donor, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Lead, manage, supervise and mentor Activity staff and consortium partners.
  • Ensure high-quality monitoring and evaluation of Activity impact and timely submission of donor reports and deliverables.
  • Ensure compliance with DDI and USAID policies and requirements

Key Qualifications and Requirements

  • A Master’s Degree or higher in Agriculture, Economics, or Business Administration;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of significant in-country experience and of being a Chief of Party in managing large (preferably $5 million and above) livelihood, agricultural development activities, with knowledge of resilience programming and preferrably the Nigerian context;
  • At least five years of field-based work in a conflict-prone and/or active insurgency and banditry environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to be collaborative across activities while utilizing strong communication and interpersonal skills, with evidence of the ability to productively interact with a wide range and levels of organizations (government, private sector, other activities, NGOs);
  • Demonstrated capacity to advance collaborative learning and adaptive management, including but not limited to collaboration and coordination with other FTF and donor-funded activities.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage complex teams, including problem solving skills, and capacity to meet deadlines and deliver quality deliverables to meet objectives; and
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills (proficiency in English).
  • Ability to communicate in Hausa language is a plus.

Application Closing Date
31st May, 2024; 5:00 PM WAT

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Cover Letter and Resumes to: using “Chief of Party” as the subject of the email

Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and notified of the next steps

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