Overview

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), is looking for a Field Advisor (locally contracted, full time, f/m) for the project “Local Empowerment of Actors for Development in Shirak province of Armenia (LEAD4Shirak)”.

Responsibilities:

- Identify the potential LAGs in close contact with local administrations, residents, non-profits, businesses and other local stakeholders;
- Establish contact and work liaison with local actors, potential beneficiaries, marz administration, extension service providers and other local stakeholders;
- Assess the capacity needs for potential LAG members and support provision of the capacity development measures;
- Set up and ensure effective cooperation within the LAGs between local administrations, residents, non-profits, businesses, and other local stakeholders;
- Support in arranging study visits, organizing capacity development and other events for the potential LAG members and serve as resource persons in interacting with the beneficiaries;
- Monitor grant implementation in their respective areas and recommend corrective measures as needed;
- Support elaboration of the Local Development Strategies (LDS) for the LAGs in their respective areas and their further implementation;
- Monitor the project local environment and implementation progress and recommend adjustment measures as necessary; ensure compliance with ADA’s Environmental, Gender and Social Impact Management (EGSIM) Manual;
- Regularly monitor the risks and implement identified risk mitigation measures;
- Draft regular activity and monitoring reports supporting the Rural Development Expert in his reporting duties;
- Carry out any other job-related duties as required by the Supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

- University degree in Rural Development, Economics, Business, Finance or Public Administration, Development Studies, or other related field; post-graduate degree (master level or higher) is an asset;
- At least 3 years of progressively responsible experience in development programmes and projects, preferably in rural development sector or in private business or non-profit sector; successful experience with EU or ADC funded projects is considered an asset;
- Demonstrated understanding of LEADER/ CLLD methodology and local development;
- Understanding of project/ programme management cycle (including monitoring and evaluation);
- Understanding of international development cooperation principles and quality standards, including cross-cutting issues is highly desirable;
- Good leadership skills;
- Excellent interpersonal/ social and communication skills;
- Good written and oral communication/ reporting skills in English language is required; knowledge of German language would be an advantage;
- Understanding of gender, diversity and environmental dimensions, ability to integrate the gender perspective into tasks and activity;
- Full proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, especially Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications;
- Ability and willingness to travel within Shirak and work flexible hours;
- Adherence to the highest standards of ethics;
- Valid driving license (category B) is an asset;
- Self-motivation, decisiveness and hands-on mentality;
- Ability to meet tight deadlines;
- Ability to work in multinational and multicultural environment.