International NGO is working with private sector partners in a new project located in the Mexican states of Chiapas y Oaxaca aimed at strengthening Farmer Producer Organizations (Poultry), small and medium enterprises (SMEs) supporting their increase in revenue and so enabling smallholder farmers in closing the living income gap. The organization is focused on long term development of inclusive, pro-poor, market systems in Chiapas y Oaxaca.
The Project Manager has a dual role in a multi-phased development.
Initially, the major focus (75%) for the Project Manager is leadership and management with excellence of the currently funded project. In implementing, the Manager will apply experience from his/her own work in the private sector, in rigorous project management, in provision of high-quality technical services, and in developing a strong platform of FPOs, SMEs, farmers, and service, technical and financing partners.
During implementation of current project, the Manager will also work with vision in exploring the opportunity, relationships, and networks to shape further development of an inclusive market system in the region, beyond the life of this initial project (20%). The Manager will maintain some focus on future development towards sustainability that achieves scale, permanent change, and impact through long-term partnerships.
ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS
Drives results, stakeholder focus, manages complexity, balances stakeholders, resourcefulness, directs work, plans and aligns, manages conflict, interpersonal savvy, builds networks, communicates effectively, situational adaptability, enthusiasm, team player, respectful.
RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES
- Program development and leadership (20%)
Develop long term vision for Heifer’s further development of an inclusive market system in the region.
Platform and networks established for continuing market system development beyond initial project.
- Project oversight and collaboration for partnership development and business strengthening among FPOs and SMEs (35%)
Ensure the creation and implementation of actions to strengthen partnerships, build social capital, and networks at all levels to enhance the impact and sustainability of project interventions.
Serve as an advisor in the identification and analysis of economic and business models that will close the Living Income Gap.
- Project Management (40%)
Responsible for providing leadership of overall project and excellent management of project scope, schedule, and budget.
Effectively manage project risk throughout each phase of project implementation to ensure fulfillment of objectives
Ensure monitoring, collaboration, learning, and adaptation processes are designed and used effectively.
Ensure accountability and compliance for donor communication and relationship management, including responding to donor and other stakeholder questions related to project and project reporting.
- May perform other duties as deemed necessary and as assigned (5%)
Master’s degree or equivalent in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, or similar disciplines.
Work experience in the Private Sector is a must.
Minimum of 7-10 years of project leadership, managing large, complex programs on economic growth, livelihoods, or rural development.
Experience working with governments
Experience in FPO/SME development and management or positioning products in the market, and community development.
Fluency in written and spoken Spanish and English is required.