Winrock International recruits 01 Policy and Political Economy Program Officer

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Winrock International recruits 01 Policy and Political Economy Program Officer

  • Location: Dakar, Senegal
  • Status: full time with periodic travel to project sites
  • Reports to: Chief of Party

Project summary

The Feed the Future Senegal Dekkal Geej project is a 5 year program funded by USAID. Feed the Future is an initiative of the United States Government. The Dekkal Geej project aims to contribute to the development of a sustainable fishing system that is inclusive equitable and efficient. The program has 6 strategic approaches including stakeholder engagement, information for decision-making, co-management, incentives for behavior change, livelihoods and value chain and policy development. The project is at its mid-point and aims to accelerate transformation change in the fishing sector.

Position summary

Provide overall policy, engagement and political economy activity implementation, technical support, advice, and input into the Dekkal Geej program including:

  • Day to day management and implementation of strategic approaches on stakeholder engagement and policy;
  • Provide supervision and support to strategic approaches on behavior change and livelihoods, and cross cutting issues;
  • Lead specific political economy analyses (PEA) principally of industrial activities in the fishing sector (industrial fishing, oil and gas, and fish meal and fish oil factories);
  • Assist with the management of sub-awardees involved in behavior change, political economy, and livelihoods;
  • Enhance the capacity of the DG team and partners in policy analysis, advocacy, and political economy analysis;
  • Assure that the political economy approach and “thinking and working politically” (TWP) are integrated, where appropriate across the entire DG portfolio.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Help plan and ensure the implementation of the DG program on citizen engagement and advocacy;
  • Help plan and ensure the implementation of the DG program in fisheries policy including but not limited to the FAF, subsidies, climate change, oil and gas, etc.;
  • In collaboration with other team members supervise the behavior change program including incentives and disincentives, and communications;
  • In collaboration with other team members supervise and implement the DG program on incentives and communication for behavior change;
  • In collaboration with team members, lead and carry out the PEA of industrial activities in the fishing sector (industrial fishing, oil and gas, and fish meal and fish oil factories);
  • Carry out specific PEA related activities related to DG’s advocacy, policy and co-management components such as the financing of CLPAs and relations with the oil sector;
  • Assist in the assessment of the political economy of technology transfer in the small-scale fisheries sector (drying, smoking, fermenting, etc.);
  • Provide technical review of documents related to PEA and TWP (local consultant reports, quarterly and yearly progress reports, annual workplans, technical reports related to the consultant’s area of expertise, etc.);
  • Lead development of draft quarterly and annual reports, workplans and any related materials for external distribution;
  • Design and implement short term training programs for DG staff and partners;
  • Supervise and provide guidance to local entities/consultant that provide support for PEA & TWP;
  • Perform other tasks as may be requested.


  • At least 7 years of previous experience with policy development and dialogue, communication for development, and PEA and TWP in the natural resources sector
  • At least 4 years’ experience working in large donor projects especially USAID;
  • Master’s degree in political science, political economy, development studies, sociology or a relevant field;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in management and supervision (1 – 3 professionals);
  • Language: Fluent French and Wolof (other local languages an advantage), intermediate English highly desirable;
  • Experience and knowledge of the fisheries sector an advantage;
  • Proven analytical skills and critical thinking and expertise;
  • Demonstrated exceptional writing skills in French and English if possible;
  • Capacity to take the initiative and innovate;
  • Good facilitation, training and teaching skills and experience.

Work location

The primary work location will be at Dekkal Geej Project office in Dakar. However, visits to project sites located outside of Dakar is anticipated throughout the life of the project.

Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law.

At Winrock we have a clear mission: Empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through unwavering dedication to accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation.

Winrock knows that its success comes from the hard work and steadfast dedication of its diverse workforce. Winrock remains committed to maintaining diversity, inclusion and equity across the entire organization.

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