Job vacancies

National Program Officer

Duty station:                                Tbilisi, Georgia

Supervisor:                                    Senior National Program Officer

Beginning of employment:     October 2017

Closing deadline:                        September 10, 2017    

Institutional context

The Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO) is responsible for coordinating and implementing the Swiss development cooperation in the South Caucasus, in particular of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Whereas the main office is located in Tbilisi, it maintains program offices in Baku and Yerevan.

The SCO oversees programs in the domains (1) Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Development, as well as (2) Effective Democratic Institutions, Human Safety and Security. Switzerland’s development cooperation in Georgia focuses on agriculture-based economic growth, improvement of local governance, as well as conflict transformation.

The SCO in Tbilisi is now looking for a National Program Officer starting in October, 2017. Employment is in the form of an annual contract, renewable and is subject to good performance during a three months’ probation period.

Tasks of the National Program Officer

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Senior National Program Officer (SNPO) in Domain 1, the incumbent will primarily steer and supervise projects supporting the development of vocational education and training in agriculture, as well as the introduction of a national animal identification and traceability systems in Georgia. S/he will have the following main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of the Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Development portfolio of the SCO in Georgia, including assistance in the identification, structuring and planning of new projects in the agriculture sector;

  • Contribute to the strategic discussion of the Swiss regional development program in the South Caucasus, particularly in the domain Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Development;

  • Source relevant data for the context monitoring of and reporting on  economic development in Georgia;

  • Supervise, monitor and report on the implementation of the assigned projects;

  • Enforce quality standards in the drafting of project documents, logframes and budget;

  • Foster exchange of information and experience, as well as consultation among projects’ stakeholders;

  • Assist SNPO in sourcing and aggregating monitoring data from SDC funded projects;

Undertake other related tasks supporting achievement of strategic and operational objectives of the SCO, increasing competency action in sectors of SCO engagement.

The assignment implies close team work within the Swiss Cooperation Office South Caucasus, regular field trips within Georgia, occasional duty travel to Armenia and Azerbaijan, and coordination with SDC headquarters.

Requested Profile and Competencies

Training

The incumbent holds an advanced university degree in economics, business management, agriculture, or related fields.

Work experience

The candidate has a minimum of 5 years working experience, including relevant experience at the national or international level with development projects, related to agriculture, rural or economic development.

Professional competencies

The incumbent has a proven expertise in the field of agriculture, rural or economic development, project cycle management, reporting, as well as a solid understanding of the development context in Georgia. Prior experience in vocational education, livestock sector development and value chains are an advantage, as well as experience with multilateral organizations and government agencies.

S/he is fully proficient in the use of computers and standard office and internet software applications.

Corporate competencies

The successful candidate is a strong team player and shows an enhanced degree of reliability, initiative and sound judgment, ability to complete multiple tasks timely and efficiently, ability to prioritize different assignments.

The incumbent shows a keen interest in international development issues and the development of the South Caucasus in particular.

S/he demonstrates integrity with regard to SDC’s values and ethical standards such as anti-corruption; gender equality; nationality; cultural and religious sensitivity and adaptability; and promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of SDC.

Languages

The incumbent is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian. S/he has strong analytical skills and can express him/herself in a synthetic, concise and convincing manner. 

If interested, please send your letter of motivation and up-to-date CV in English via e-mail to Ekaterine Chigogidze, Deputy Head of Finance, Personnel and Administration at eka.chigogidze@eda.admin.ch. Please write "NPO agriculture" in the e-mail subject line. Kindly indicate at least two references that we may contact, as well as your availability in terms of the start date. Please note that only candidates short-listed for interviews will be notified. The closing deadline is September 10, 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Please do not contact the Swiss Cooperation Office by telephone. 

This job description is preliminary. It may be adapted in the course of the first three months of the assignment. 

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