Project Coordinator (Sahel Water Exploration)

Heifer International

Thies, , SN

Job Description

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


The Sahel Water Exploration Project (SWEP) Coordinator will oversee and manage all aspects of project implementation: field-level activities, budgets, staff, outcomes, and learning. The goal of the Sahel Water Exploration Project is to test a new approach to program design and implementation through water-focused interventions and to help in understanding the most effective ways to design income-generating activities in communities across the Sahel.


Self-starter, innovative and entrepreneurial with strong self-management skills.


Coordinate and build the capacity of local drillers and metalworkers to provide new rural water points, and reservoirs, organize and train communities to manage water points and reservoirs (40%).


  • Review the water needs of project communities using water accounting methodologies and facilitate communities to finalize plans on how to meet them by May 2017
  • Coordinate and document all the economic analysis and water value chain activities for the projects communities and for all new and proposed projects by June 2017.
  • Develop an appropriate training package for the Country Program staff and various actors in project communities structured as necessary in modules accompanied by the necessary tools for measuring progress by April 2017.
  • Undertake, with the support of the Training Specialist, a biannual review of the training materials and delivery processes to ensure the effectiveness of Heifer Senegal’s intervention on water-related issues by June 2017.
  • Develop and build partnerships, together with the Regional Resource Mobilization Manager, as necessary to leverage resources and make sustainable Heifer’s investment on water resources by December 2017
  • Facilitate the construction of a pond and well in project communities by June 2017

Coordinate horticulture and livestock activities with women and youths for their empowerment (30%)


  • Integrate and develop Heifers processes for building social capital in project communities through a coherent process for engaging with self- help groups, clusters and pre-cooperative associations to develop strong farmer producer organizations by December 2017.
  • Promote technologies for efficient water harvesting, reduction of post-harvest loss and processing of farm products by June 2018.
  • Develop an institutional framework for integrating income generating activities with water, ensuring all actors deliver on their promised contributions by December 2018.
  • Facilitate access to loans, farm inputs and markets by stimulating the hub model through local partnerships by December 2017.
  • Monitor and provide a semi-annual tracking report of Heifer’s intervention that works for the reporting needs of multiple stakeholders involved regularly until December 2018

Promote hygiene and carryout water sector advocacy to nurture the right partnerships necessary to scale up water related activities (20%).


  • Facilitate the capacity building of groups on hygiene and sanitation, and conservation through collaboration with partners working on these activates in the Matam region (Peace Corps, CRS, and Ados) by June 2018.
  • Coordinate with Heifer Senegal staff to build partnerships with Community Based Organizations, local authorities, government authorities, Non-Governmental Organizations and private sector companies to leverage community resources to meet project objectives by December 2018.
  • Support and guide all the groups in the projects to conduct quarterly Project Self Review and planning (PSRPs) reinforcing values and tracking overall growth and development.

Documentation of the process for scaling out of water activities in Heifer’s work at large( 10%)


  • Build protocols for community water activities in relation to Heifer’s work by December 2018.
  • Capture best practices and lessons learned by December 2018.
  • Produce articles for sharing in the Heifer community on quarterly basis.
  • Develop increased knowledge and understanding of Heifer International programs through participation in cross learning and co-mentoring activities to exchange experiences with other countries and programs on the use of water as a means/resource to fight hunger and poverty and care for the earth by December 2018.

Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor 

Most Critical Proficiencies:

  • Proficiency in French, Pulaar/Fulani, Wolof, and working knowledge of English
  • Experience building capacity of local and regional organizations.
  • Strong management, organizational, conceptual, strategic and analytical skills.
  • Experience with hygiene and sanitation programs (health), conservation (environment), and agricultural income generation (business) projects involving livestock and/or vegetable production.
  • Experience with low-cost technology supply chain approaches.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management in donor projects including budget management, proposal development, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated project reporting and donor reporting experience.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to individuals diplomatically and tactfully.
  • Ability to integrate financial services within a value chain with the view to foster trust and build strong relationship between chain actors and financial service providers.
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills with ability to relate to individuals and groups
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
  • Motivated to work responsibly with little supervision
  • Ability to meet and deal with others in a courteous and tactful manner, especially in high-pressure situations.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of honesty and integrity
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public
  • Constant sitting, standing and walking, with occasional bending and lifting; may work at a computer for extended periods of time
  • Ability and willingness to work with a flexible schedule
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively, both locally and internationally
  • Ability to foster and maintain a spirit of unity, teamwork and cooperation
  • Sensitivity in working with multiple cultures and beliefs, and to gender equity
Required Experience

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Hydrology, or Engineering with at least (5) years proven experience in setting up and running a community-based project.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in rural water supply or related field.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in the fields of Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Development, Hydrology, Engineering, or other related field, plus five (5) years’ work experience in economic growth/trade, value chain competitiveness, investment promotion, or agriculture development
  • Experience managing donor-funded projects in West Africa, preferably Senegal.
  • Experience developing community-managed multi-use water sources (water points, boreholes, wells, ponds, lakes, and reservoirs).
  • Experience in building and effectively supervising a diverse team of employees, and volunteers.
Job Location
Thies, , Senegal
Position Type
Job Level
Non U.S. Based Locations
Closing Date