Liberia: Program Manager Landscapes

Do you agree that local communities should play a major role in local development interventions? Are you looking for a job that gives you the chance to lead a community development project that integrates sustainable agricultural production, conservation of forest and inclusive economic development in rural Liberia? Do you have capacity and experience in coordinating project implementation in collaboration with multi-stakeholder teams from the private sector, government, and civil society? Then apply for our Program Manager position who will coordinate and support our implementing partners.

IDH is looking for a Program Manager to support the implementation of variety of projects in the West and Northwest of Liberia. The Program Manager will be based in Monrovia with frequent travels to Lofa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties.

IDH Landscape Program
IDH’s landscape approach in Liberia is based on strengthening land governance and securing community land rights, improving food security and diversification of income in rural areas, and developing supply chains and investment opportunities offering communities options to increase agricultural productivity while protecting forests. IDH is working in two landscapes: the West and North West, with target communities in Lofa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties. Key commodities we work on are palm oil, cocoa and rice.
The program aims to bring together the key stakeholders in each landscape, to develop Production Protection Inclusion (PPI) Compacts, which are multi stakeholder agreements to enhance agricultural productivity while protecting and conserving forests. The PPI Compacts are based on Participatory Land Use Planning and Customary Land Formalization, and are developed at the district level. In these compacts, community, commercial and conservation goals are considered and balanced. Based on this long-term vision, IDH facilitates investments to provide solid social and economic development opportunities for rural communities, while ensuring long term conservation of forests.

The role of the Program Manager
The Program Manager will be the face of the program in the west and northwest landscapes. He/ she will coordinate IDH interventions on Land Governance, Food Security and Income Diversification, and Investment in these landscapes. They will be based in Monrovia, with regular field travels. The Program Manager will contribute to the program strategy and coordinate implementation at landscape level – including but not limited to facilitating coordination between contracted project partners and key stakeholders in the landscapes, the design and setting up of additional field projects, and tracking progress and monitoring deliverables on the ground. In these activities, the Program Manager will, in close consultation with the IDH Liberia Finance and Administrative Support Officer, be responsible for budgeting for field projects as well of ensuring appropriate and timely reporting of partners on these field projects.
Another work stream of primary importance is supporting the establishment of landscape level multi-stakeholder platforms, to develop and deliver a joint vision among stakeholders and build a strong implementation strategy for Green Growth. The Program Manager will work closely with the stakeholder platforms established in the landscapes to strengthen them and ensure their active involvement in program delivery. The stakeholder platforms comprise of representatives of key stakeholder groups tasked with the responsibilities of leading implementation of the PPI Compact and follow up actions from multi-stakeholder dialogues.

The Program Manager will report to the Country Manager based in Monrovia.

The key deliverables related to the Program Manager position are as follows:

  • The multi stakeholder platforms established in the landscapes are meeting regularly and acting on Action Points from those meetings;
  • Participatory Land Use Plans for target districts are developed and adopted by the stakeholders;
  • Customary Land Formalization in the target districts in the landscapes are completed;
  • Stakeholders in the target districts have developed and established PPI Compacts and, road maps and action plans for implementing their PPI Compacts;
  • Suitable Implementing Partners are identified and contracted to support implementation of the PPI Compacts;
  • Implementation Partners contracts and budgets are in line with program requirements, and narrative and financial reports on projects are of high quality and submitted on time;
  • Effective coordination of IDH interventions on Land Governance, Food Security and Income Diversification, and Investment in the Landscapes; and
  • Communicating our progress, achievements, successes and challenges to stakeholders using variety of media.

The role of the Program Manager and the key deliverables described above together summarize the terms of reference for this position. Specific activities related to the roles and key deliverables include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Support the Country Manager in overall program development and delivery, including monitoring and reporting;
  • Support the Country Manager to coordinate field offices and consolidate monthly field reports that will form the basis for quarterly country-level reports on overall program implementation;
  • Developing communication materials and raising public awareness about IDH interventions on Land Governance, Food Security and Income Diversification, and Investment amongst stakeholders;
  • Support the planning, implementation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of projects in the landscape, including contracting of suitable implementing partners;
  • Support data collection to support program monitoring and evaluation, in close cooperation with partners, including government agencies, private sector and Implementing Partners;
  • Follow progress made by Implementation Partners and incorporate into the consolidated monthly reports; and
  • Flag issues with project implementation to the Country Manager and the team, suggest possible solutions and provide additional support for resolution where requested.

Who you are
You have demonstrated experience in managing community development projects, with specific experience in project design, facilitating project delivery and, monitoring and evaluation. You enjoy interacting closely with local communities and understand smallholder farming and rural household dynamics. You have worked with the private sector, government agencies, NGOs and farmer groups, and have developed capacity managing multi-stakeholder processes. You are a person of high integrity and perseverance. You can work both independently and in a team, learn fast, all with a good sense of humor.

What you bring

  • A Master Degree in one of the following: Agriculture, Regional Planning, Sociology, Rural Development, Economics, Development Studies, or other relevant study;
  • A Bachelor Degree with extensive relevant experience in project management and multi-stakeholder management;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; and
  • Excellent facilitation skills and report writing capabilities.

Female applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.

Who we are
IDH brings companies, CSOs, governments and others in public-private partnerships together to realize green & inclusive growth at scale in commodity sectors and sourcing areas. Our approaches are designed to drive sustainability from niche to norm in mainstream markets, delivering impact on Sustainable Development Goals. We focus on creating positive impact on deforestation, living incomes and living wages, working conditions and gender. In this we are supported by multiple European governments, including our institutional donors: the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SECO and DANIDA. IDH is a company that works together with over 600 companies, CSOs, financial institutions, producer organizations and governments in 12 sectors and 12 landscapes in over 40 countries worldwide.

What we offer
IDH offers a dynamic international environment and an enthusiastic and passionate team. As an IDH team member you can contribute to positive global change. This is a full-time position for an initial eight (8) months ending December 31, 2021.
IDH is offering a competitive market remuneration. Work related transportation in the field is provided and IDH will cover costs of official travels outside Monrovia.

Candidates should be a Liberian or must have permission to work in Liberia. No Liberian work visas will be provided for non-Liberians as part of the package.
The Program Manager will be based in Monrovia.

Please feel free to contact Nienke Stam via email at (Program Director) and Silas Siakor (Liberia Country Manager) via email at with any question about this position.

Would you like to apply? Just send us your Motivation Letter and resume in English by using the following hyperlink:
We encourage applicants to respond as soon as possible. Deadline for application is April 19, 2021