Social Development Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 February 2017

Job Description

Position Summary:

WCF seeks a technical leader and expert for its global Social Development practice, who will be responsible for broad knowledge and expertise in the areas of community development, women’s empowerment, education and combatting child labor. The individual will also be responsible for providing oversight and support to CocoaAction’s strategy on community development. In addition to providing thematic expertise, the position will also serve as manager for the Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (TRECC) Phase II program in the cocoa sector of West Africa. The TRECC Grant Matching Mechanism (GMM) is supported by WCF and run by the Jacobs Foundation. TRECC is a community development program being implemented in Côte d’Ivoire that aligns with the cocoa industry’s new CocoaAction strategy. The TRECC GMM is focused on incentivizing industry partners to make additional investments in the areas of community development. The second phase of the TRECC program began in fall 2016 and will build on the successful work of the first phase. The program seeks to create an ecosystem for sustainable social transformation to promote education, gender empowerment and child protection with the mid-term goal of improving the livelihoods of 200,000 members of smallholder cocoa farmer communities.

The Social Development Director will be based in West Africa and will report to the Senior Director of Programs, West Africa (based in Washington, D.C.). Candidates must possess proven leadership, regional program management experience, experience working with both the public and private sector levels, and fluent oral and written language skill levels in English and the ability to conduct WCF business in French. The ideal candidate would also have demonstrated knowledge and experience in community development in cocoa communities and a proven track record in developing collaborative partnerships with both public and private sector stakeholders.

Position Details:

This position is based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and reports to the Senior Director of West Africa Programs, based in Washington, DC.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the achievement of TRECC Phase II program objectives including accountability for making strategic choices, managing quality and risks, coordinating with origin governments and participating companies, and delivering high quality and timely results;
  • Provide effective management of TRECC Phase II program activities, including preparation of matching grant calls for proposals, annual work plans, program reports, budgets, financial updates, progress reports, and knowledge management reports as required in the project plan;
  • Provide technical leadership in the area of social development across WCF to identify and promote best practices, innovation, and scalability in the areas of: capacity building, women’s empowerment, child labor, education and public policy, and policy as it relates to social development; support Director of Strategy, Policy & Learning on moving social development policy issues forward in-country;
  • Facilitate and coordinate collaborative external partnerships related to TRECC Phase II and social development issues (including with industry, government, technical, donor, and civil society stakeholders) to deepen results and impact;
  • Work closely with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), a WCF-sister organization, and other community development partners to foster learning and knowledge sharing to widely disseminate lessons learned and good practices from the field of social development, and ensure that clients and stakeholders receive the highest quality support and knowledge they need, through multiple venues and channels, including academic writing, media, professional conferences, and public speaking engagements; work with the Director of Policy, Strategy & Learning to foster capture and dissemination of emerging good practice both internally and externally;
  • Oversee and closely manage the relationship with other partner organizations with expertise in the area of social development (such as ICI) including the development of joint work plans and workshops, monitoring of project inputs, outputs, and outcomes, and continuous feedback loops and mid-course adjustments in implementation as needed;
  • Conduct social development analysis to identify key constraints to improved social development in cocoa communities, including policy considerations, and capacity building;
  • Model exemplary leadership behaviors in managing staff mapped to the TRECC Phase II and social development teams, including appropriate strategies for staffing, performance management, and talent development;
  • Contribute to WCF leadership team and strategic directions, including effective collaboration with other Thematic Directors and Country Directors, and ensuring integration of TRECC Phase II and social development issues into broader strategic directions of WCF and other programs in the West Africa cocoa sector, recognizing opportunities for synergy in program implementation and addressing challenges; and
  • Ensure cost-effective use of resources (human and budget) within the agreed work program, and in full compliance with WCF policies and procedures, and sound internal controls.
  • Manage the technical relationship with ICI as a center of excellence on child labor and related issues.

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in agriculture, rural or international development, or other related field, with ten or more years’ experience managing and implementing social development strategy, projects or programs;
  • Deep technical knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: public policy, rural and agricultural development, social or community development, children or child protection, education and women’s empowerment / gender;
  • Substantive experience working in developing countries, with work experience in West Africa preferred;
  • Significant experience developing effective collaboration and partnerships with private sector, government, civil society organizations, research and/or extension agencies, and donor stakeholders;
  • Track record of coordinating and managing private foundation or government funded, regional-level projects and programs, from start-up through final implementation;
  • Demonstrated track record of managing, leading, and coaching individual staff, and in creating an enabling and inclusive work environment;
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills, with demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams; with a high degree of discretion, tact and sensitivity in dealing with stakeholders; and with the ability to influence and develop consensus on difficult and controversial issues and balance multiple stakeholder expectations and objectives;
  • Strong ability to quickly learn, adapt, and be innovative as new challenges arise; demonstrated high initiative and drive for results; high degree of energy, creativity, and flexibility;
  • Self-starter, ability to work in fast-paced, international work environment with minimal support; and
  • Exceptional writing, speaking and presentation skills in English and French.

How to Apply:

Interested and eligible bilingual candidates are requested to upload their cover letter describing their interest in this role and WCF and résumé to:

Please address the letter to “Human Resources” and name your files using the following convention: ‘J.Doe Cover and ‘J.Doe Resume’.

About the Organization

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership organization that promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector. WCF provides cocoa farmers with the support they need to grow more quality cocoa and socially and economically strengthen their communities. WCF’s members include cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of the global cocoa market. WCF’s programs benefit farmers and their communities in cocoa-growing regions of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Americas.

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