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Organization: African Risk Capacity
Country: South Africa
Closing date: 31 Aug 2018

Job Title: Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa
Type of Contract: Regular Consultancy
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration:11 months, with scope for extension


The African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a Specialized Agency of the African Union (AU) designed to improve current responses by AU Member States to drought-induced food security emergencies. The aim of ARC is to improve the timeliness of responses and build capacity within AU Member States to manage drought risks by directly linking funds to defined contingency plans. ARC is an African, continental index-based weather risk insurance pool and early response mechanism, which offers an African solution to one of the continent's most pressing challenges. By bringing together the concepts of insurance and contingency planning, ARC aims to create a new way of managing weather risk by transferring the burden away from African governments and the vulnerable population relying on government assistance to international markets that can handle the risk much better. ARC also aims to incentivize governments to plan for and implement best-practice response mechanisms for food security emergencies in a timely manner. ARC s mission is to serve African governments and their communities in reducing the financial impact of natural catastrophes by providing immediate liquidity through the provision of insurance issued by the ARC Ltd.


As ARC prepares to scale up its activities and institutionalize the work of ARC Agency, it requires the services of a Lead Country Engagement Consultant to lead, coordinate, and manage country engagement work for East and Southern Africa. This person shall oversee the development and implementation of the strategy for the overall Country Engagement in East and Southern Africa. Specifically, the Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa will make sure that the Country Engagement Managers who report to him/her have ensured successful in-country customisation of Africa RiskView, ARC's weather risk quantification software, and development of ARC contingency plans for countries in support of their applications for Certificates of Good Standing. The Lead Consultant will take the primary responsibility in helping countries understand ARC s risk transfer. In addition to supervising Country Engagement Managers in seamlessly bringing together these three ARC work streams, the Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa will also support governments in integrating ARC and general risk management principles.

Working under the direction of the ARC Programmes Coordinator, the specific duties and responsibilities of the Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa will include:

In-Country Capacity Building

Lead and guide the Country Engagement Managers (CEMs) in the implementation of the ARC in-country capacity building programme, ensuring all milestones and deliverables with respect to risk pool participation requirements for countries are achieved by the ARC SecretariatWork closely with ARC Ltd on the contract finalisation and premium payment issues

External Relations and Political Advocacy

Lead the advocacy and the political ownership component of the capacity building programme for the region, ensuring that there is adequate buy-in for countries to join the poolSupport and guide ARC current and prospective countries in accessing premium financing from relevant financial partnersInterface with partner agencies, governments, NGOs, donor partners, and leading institutions in climate change and disaster risk management at the country and regional level, and guide the Policy and Technical services unit in fostering partnerships with relevant institutionsProvide a strategic view across programme components and make linkages between them and the greater risk management and food security context in which ARC is operatingProvide expert advice to ARC s senior management on strategic advocacy in relevant forumsTravel regularly all over East and Southern Africa to support CEMs in their ARC activities


Coordinate and manage the development of country-level budgets and monitor fund consumptionEnsure that any anticipated financial challenges are reported in a timely mannerLiaise with the Programme Coordinator on implementation of any programming changes that might be necessary.Ensure the development of relevant Country Strategy Notes for all countries in East and Southern AfricaEnsure coordination and continued information flow between management and government services team and that the strategic objectives of the ARC Agency are clearly communicated to all staff members under supervisionGuide and support Country Engagement Managers in managing relationships for the Secretariat with ARC Member StatesLead and coordinate regular work planning and reporting for East and Southern African Country Engagement team


Effective preparation of countries that wish to participate in the insurance pool, including finalised and validated Africa RiskViewCustomisation Reports, Risk Transfer Parameters and ARC Operations PlansAnnual and quarterly work planning and reporting on the in-country capacity building programme for participating and prospective ARC Ltd member countriesAvailability for ongoing support to the Chief Operating Officer and senior ARC staffQualifications & Experience Required


Advanced University degree (or Master s equivalent) from an accredited academic institution in International Development, Development, Economics, Rural Development, Business Administration, or any other related field to international development assistance.


At least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible professional experience, preferably both in the field and Headquarters, in public sector management, financial risk management, development projects, emergency assistance, or in any other related fieldProgressively responsible supervisory / team leader experience is requiredExperience in working with statistical analysis is requiredExtensive international experience in Africa, in particular in the East and Southern Africa, is requiredExperience in dealing with African governments in the East and Southern Africa Region is requiredAvailability to undertake frequent travel

Functional Competencies

Senior expert in country programme engagement with a good understanding of the international humanitarian aid, donor and development communities, with focus on the East and Southern AfricaDemonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective partnershipsStrong analytical skills in order to identify systemic issues, both programmatic and operational, and develop viable solutionsStrong interpersonal, negotiation and diplomatic skills with the ability to establish effective working relations with people at all levels and of different national and cultural backgroundsAbility to prioritize multiple tasks under tight deadlines in a timely manner within a dynamic environmentSome knowledge and experience of food security planning and emergency response in Africa is an assetUnderstanding of and skills in applying best management / supervisory practices, including coaching and mentoring staffAbility to represent ARC as an advocate and reliable partner


Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to write clear and concise briefing papers and external communication, strategic operational documents, etc.Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French and other official African Union languages (Arabic or Portuguese) is an added advantage.
How to apply:

To apply for this vacancy, please send a CV and cover letter to Lucy Nyirenda:

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