Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) invites applications for the senior post of Field Project Manager (FPM) for a large scale, long term economic development project (“the Project”) in Nigeria. More information on the Project follows this job posting. MEDA is an association of compassionate women and men who invest in people living in poverty around the world so they can unleash their potential to earn a livelihood to provide for their families and enrich their communities. To learn more about MEDA and our work, please visit www.meda.org.
Leading a team of field staff, the FPM ensures effective implementation of project strategies, adjusting course as needed based on interim performance, to achieve life-of-project performance targets. This project is approved for funding and the position will become available upon the signature of the project contract. The anticipated start date is spring 2017. The duty station for this position is Abuja, Nigeria and involves frequent travel to project locations around the country, particularly in Bauchi State. The FPM will report to and work closely with MEDA’s North America-based Senior Project Manager tasked to supervise this Project.
The Project will advance equitable economic growth in Nigeria’s agricultural sector by sustainably raising the business performance of small, growing businesses (SGBs) and small entrepreneurs (SEs), particularly those run by women and youth, and the value chains in which they participate. The proposed project will target interventions on age- and gender-specific barriers to promote greater involvement and success of women and youth in agricultural SEs and SGBs. Early marriage, which affects almost 2 in 5 Nigerian women, disrupts young women’s lives and increases their vulnerability. This project will reduce the risk of early marriage by strengthening the economic resiliency in families and increasing community support for married girls and girls at risk of early marriage.
Project Quick Facts
Budget $16 million CAD. Duration: 2017 to 2022
Sectors: agriculture and agribusiness
Geographic Scope: Nigeria, focusing on agricultural commodities that originate in Bauchi State
Goal: increased contribution by small entrepreneurs (SEs) and small, growing businesses (SGBs), particularly those run by women and youth, to Nigeria’s economic growth
Objectives: (1) improved business performance of SEs and SGBs in targeted agricultural value chains (2) improved business environment fostering growth of SEs and SGBs in selected agricultural value chains (3) enhanced provision of community and family support to address issues of early marriage, promoting economic engagement as one tool to address the issue
Core activities: Capacity building for clients; supporting youth- and women-run businesses; enhancing availability of productive technologies; fostering business trading alliances; business strengthening through business plan matching grants and wrap-around consulting services; strengthening essential supply chain capabilities and enterprise finance; and assisting community partners to raise awareness of dangers of early marriage.
Interested and qualified? Go to Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) career website on meda.bamboohr.com to apply