Economic Security (HES) Analyst and Learning Specialist
About the role
To contribute to the development of a conceptual framework that will broaden the role of Plan WARO (West Africa Regional Office) countries in the area of Household Economic Security programming; to ensure the quality of information produced by country HES programs; to promote the use of good information to improve program effectiveness; and to and to promote a strong learning culture in Plan regionally and globally around HES program issues
The HES Analyst and Learning Specialist works under the supervision of the Regional Advisor for Microfinance and Sustainable Livelihood and in collaboration with members of the WARO Program Team and Regional Microfinance Network to broaden Plan’s HES program work while at the same time insuring relevance, focus and program quality. The position will support and work with the 12 program countries in Plan West Africa. The position has no direct reports and no direct budget management responsibilities.
The Role is a one year role aimed to support the regional office in a critical stage of strategy making and efforts to scale up successful program initiatives.
The job role deals mainly with validating and analyzing information: researching and using information to help develop program strategies; ensuring that quality information is produced by program countries; ensuring that good information is used to inform programming decisions; working to ensure overall program effectiveness in the HES domain; and contributing to a learning environment/agenda.
This is a busy and challenging role for a well-organized and motivated staff member with broad knowledge and experience in the HES area (microfinance, food security, value chain and market development, business development, youth economic empowerment, etc.) with a sound understanding of (child) rights based approaches to development. The role requires good analytical and English-writing skills and the ability to embrace change and help bring it about.
Dealing with Problems:
HES is a broad area with many difficult components, and apart from microfinance, Plan has not traditionally performed well in this area. Therefore, working to define a role and strategic direction for WARO countries will require good analytical skills, a realistic sense of “what is possible” and good negotiation skills for dealing with staff who may feel the need to be active in certain areas, but who underestimate the degree of difficulty for Plan. In addition, food security and nutrition is a cross cutting issue that transgresses boundaries of household economic security, child health, Disaster Risk Management and Protection (social protection). The job owner will therefore be required to have a broad understanding of Plan’s other programmatic priorities in the region and the ability to discuss with colleagues leading these other domains to determine where Plan’s food security work is best anchored.
Program documentation, including MIS reports, often suffers from poor writing, shallow analysis and errors. Improving documentation standards and report quality will require a great deal of patience, tact and persistence.
A real culture of learning does not exist in WARO at the moment. Creating one will require the ability to structure learning so as to engage staff and make sure it happens.
Communications and Working Relationships:
Members of WARO’s Microfinance Network (HES, livelihood, microfinance advisors) to receive program/project information and provide feedback
Regional Head of Strategy to consult on HES capacity statement and thematic framework
Regional Head of MER to consult on monitoring, evaluation and research issues
Regional Gender Specialist to plan and implement gender equality mainstreaming in HES programs
Regional DRM Specialist to explore the link between Food Security and DRM
Regional Head of Communications to collaborate on technical documents for an external audience
What are the primary linkages for this post?
Liaises with members of the WARO Program Team and members of the Regional MF Network at country level
Essential Skills and competencies
Degree in Finance, Business, Management, Economic/Rural Development, Agriculture or a related field
Hands-on experience in microfinance with a strong preference for savings-led community-managed models
Hands-on experience in the areas of food security and/or market/business development
Sound writing, editing and reviewing skills
Fluent in English and good English writing ability
Desirable skills and competencies
Extensive working experience in rural economic development
Some hands-on experience with youth economic empowerment
Knowledge and appreciation for the use of ‘value chain analysis’
A solid understanding of child rights based approaches to programming
Research experience in component areas of HES
Able to make judgments and execute work autonomously
Ability to deliver to tight deadlines and budgets
Working knowledge of French
Location and Travel
The post is based in the WARO regional office in Senegal and will include occasional travel
How to Apply
Please submit a full CV and a comprehensive cover letter setting out your reasons for applying for the post and outlining the qualifications experience knowledge and skills that you feel you can bring to the role.
Please quote reference number WA021
Reference and background checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.
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