Overview

Responsibilities:


- Provide expertise and lead formation and development of the Local Action Groups (LAGs) in line with the LEADER/ CLLD methodology
- Coordinate the activities of the project staff, experts and consultants
- Ensure effective coordination between the similar projects implemented by UNDP/ FAO and ICMPD as well as with the other relevant projects operating in the region (including EU-GAIA)
- Supervise, coach and coordinate activities of the field advisors
- Develop terms of reference for the external consultancy services, participate in the selection of the service providers, provide overall coordination and monitoring of the experts’ performance
- Support development of the project monitoring system, monitor the project environment and implementation progress
- Recommend necessary adjustments in project implementation in line with EU and ADA regulations
- Effectively liaise with government counterparts, as well as with the project stakeholders, beneficiaries, other donors and the public
- Ensure compliance with ADA’s Environmental, Gender and Social Impact Management (EGSIM) Manual
- Regularly monitor the risks as well as develop and implement risk mitigation measures
- Draft regular project reports and coordinate the reporting
- Carry out any other duties as required by the supervisor

Required Qualifications:


- University degree in Rural Development, Economics, Business, Public Administration, Development Studies or other related field; post-graduate degree (master level or higher) is an asset
- At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in development programmes and projects of similar scope and nature; at least 4 years work experience should be in the rural development sector; successful experience with EU or ADC funded projects is considered as an asset
- Good understanding of LEADER/ CLLD methodology and local development combined with proven ability of applying these principles
- Good understanding of project/ programme management cycle (including monitoring and evaluation)
- Sound understanding of donor procedures and rules applicable to funding received from large institutional donors, in particular with European Union external actions
- Understanding of international development cooperation principles and quality standards, including cross-cutting issues is highly desirable
- Proven management and leadership skills
- Excellent written and oral communication/ reporting, representation skills in English and Armenian languages; knowledge of German language would be an asset
- Demonstrated gender, diversity and environmental competence, ability to integrate the gender perspective into tasks and activity
- Good knowledge of the issue of climate change in relation to rural development is considered an advantage
- Full proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, especially Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Ability and willingness to travel within Armenia and work flexible hours
- Excellent interpersonal/ social and communication skills
- Adherence to 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