Programme Manager, Oil Palm at Solidaridad West Africa (SWA)

Solidaridad West Africa (SWA) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the sustainable development of production systems in West Africa. We play a catalytic role by partnering with private sector companies and other stakeholders to foster the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains. Our activities in West Africa are focused on cocoa, gold, oil palm, cotton, soy and other commodities.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Programme Manager, Oil Palm - NigeriaLocation: AbujaDescriptionThe Solidaridad regional office is based in Accra, Ghana and currently has programmes and operations in Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Cote D'lvoire, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria.The Solidaridad Nigeria Country Program, seeks to recruit a highly qualified and motivated Programme Manager for Oil PalmThe position would be based initially in Abuja and later in one of the towns/cities in the oil palm belt in Nigeria.Position SummaryUnder the direction of the Country Representative, the Oil Palm Programme Manager will lead the Oil Palm Programme team to ensure high quality of programming, strong proposal designs that are in line with Solidaridad's objectives and donor prioritiesS/He will directly support the programme’s initiative to promote climate-smart oil palm systems, best management practices, improved technology use of extraction efficiency, service delivery systems, market linkages and policy enabling environmentThe Oil Palm Programme Manager will liaise internally with Solidaridad's partners and with external stakeholders, and ensure all Solidadridad's Oil Palm programmes in the country maintain high standards, in line with international standards.Key ResponsibilitiesSupervise the development and the implementation of project/program plans and activities in close coordination with partners (public and private)Develop strategies, guidelines, manuals,and procedures for programme implementation.Co-operate with and ensure regular contacts, dialogues with the local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental bodies and persons within the programme/project’s environment as well as with other projects in order to enhance and maintain good working relationshipsCommunicate and channel local interest and aspirations and exchanges ideas and information for the benefit of the programmeOversee overall programme management of the Oil Palm programme and ensures timeous, continuous delivery of activitiesLead partnership development and resource mobilizationPrepares appropriate input to the various project/program reports/publications including annual reports; contributes to other reports required by the Regional DirectorMonitor programme progress, review reports and documents concerning the progress of collaborative programs, determine bottlenecks and make recommendations for management action to the Country Representative.Prepare the budget for key events and related financial documentationMonitor the operational budget against the contract and programme agreements componentsResponsible for the management of personnel, finances, and infrastructures of the entrusted area of activity. 

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