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Food Security Lead, Sahel

  • Contractor
  • Burkina Faso
  • TBD USD / Year
  • ACDI/VOCA profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.


Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.

Food Security Lead, Sahel

ACDI/VOCA is seeking a Food Security Lead for an upcoming Regional Resilience Activity in the Sahel region – Burkina Faso, Chad, The Gambia, and Mauritania – funded by USAID. The anticipated program seeks to expand resilience in the Sahel, improving the ability of individuals, households, and communities to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from perennial shocks and stresses.

The Food Security Lead will support the COP in developing the strategic direction and providing technical advice across all program components in the planning, designing, implementation, and monitoring of activities. The program is anticipated to start in 2024 and this position will be based in Burkina Faso.


  • Oversee and provide technical guidance to the directors for agriculture productivity, enterprise development, finance and investment, and nutrition
  • Establish and manage systems to ensure cohesion across all technical sectors of the activity
  • Ensure technical interventions are integrated, layered and sequenced appropriately at all levels of implementation within the activity, and USAID investments
  • Ensure the achievement of activity goals and objectives are in line with annual workplans by providing technical advice and direction to the activity team
  • Oversee day-to-day planning, design, and operations of project and technical teams to ensure effective project implementation
  • Ensure achievement of learning objectives and use results to adapt program design as needed
  • Prepare and/or assist in the preparation of reports and documents to USAID, national governments, ACDI/VOCA home office, and other partner organizations
  • Supervise and evaluate technical team


  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, business, international development, public health, or other relevant sectors required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 10 years relevant experience required.
  • Extensive experience working on food security issues.
  • Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, mentoring, and managing staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of food security issues in the Sahel region and systems approach to overcome malnutrition and food insecurity, social issues, and cross-cultural context.
  • A record of successful performance on USAID-funded activities.
  • Proven experience with strategic planning, management, and design of resilience focused programs
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with activity stakeholders: donors, partners, local government institutions, local communities and vulnerable groups, etc.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Fluency in English and French required.

Sahel region nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please apply online at www.acdivoca.org/international-jobs. The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. ACDI/VOCA will never request payment or charge a fee to apply for any position.

deadline: 23-Feb-24

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