CRS is seeking a three-year U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local and Regional Purchase (LRP) grant. The project will support the Burkina Faso Ministry of Education (MoE) to improve school canteen procurement systems. Based in Ouagadougou, the LRP targets the supply of locally produced and procured nutritious foods for public primary schools in the Center North region.
The Project Director will be responsible for the overall management of the program. This includes all aspects of food supply chain management, similar to a "Farm to Fork" approach, involving producers, and transporters, as well as institutional capacity building with the School Feeding program of the Ministry of Education, Literacy, and Promotion of National Languages (MENAPLN) to strengthen and implement local procurement mechanisms to ensure sufficient nutritious foods for grade school children attending government schools in the Centre Nord Region. The position requires significant coordination with partners including the Ministry of Agriculture, mayors, School Management Committees (COGES), and others at the national and local levels as well as project management skills for timely start-up, implementation and close-out involving close financial and commodity management; office management; and staff supervision.
The Project Director will focus equally on program quality and on management quality. The ideal candidate will have prior experience managing LRP and institutional capacity strengthening programs, or similar.