COOPI is looking for a Regional Coordinator in West Africa

In West Africa, currently COOPI has its regional office in Dakar and operates in Gambia, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Niger . The region is one of the richest in the world in natural resources, poverty and the effects of climate change combine with insecurity, linked throughout the Sahel strip to the presence on the territory of armed terrorist groups. From an environmental perspective, periods of drought combined with other adverse climatic events contribute to eroding valuable natural resources and fueling tensions between different social groups, such as herders and farmers, for control of land. and water sources. The combined effects of all these phenomena contribute to the increase in the number of displaced people and migrants. In this context, COOPI’s work in the field has always been characterized by emergency response interventions and also by the implementation of development programs aimed at strengthening the resilience of communities.

Political instability, the presence of armed groups, poverty and damage caused by climate change make most countries in the central African region very fragile. Despite these difficulties, COOPI has been present in this area for almost fifty years with projects which – in addition to the emergency management component – aim to promote development processes and reduce the high vulnerability of the communities in which it operates. Programs implemented in the region focus on protection, emergency education, nutrition, access to water and food security through close collaboration with institutions and organizations active in the region and the active involvement of beneficiary communities.

Job objective

The Regional Coordinator is responsible for all activities of the Regional Coordination from the point of view of strategic management, economic results and resources deployed in the area, whether human or otherwise . In addition, he represents the Organization in the countries of its area of ​​responsibility vis-à-vis institutions, donors, organizations and partners. It deals with the strategy of the area of ​​competence and future activities of the area and it identifies, with the Country Coordinators, the activities of the project with the respective donors. Finally, he ensures, in coordination with the head of operations and processes, the application and control of the internal procedures and regulations of the Organization and compliance with the procedures indicated by the financiers in his countries of competence.


Institutional relations:

  • Develop and promote relationships with the Country Coordinators of the different institutions and donors present in the geographical area of ​​competence and with international NGOs, in coordination with management.

Strategy and planning:

  • Coordinate and develop the programming and strategic planning document for the reference area.

Administrative and financial management:

  • Responsible, in conjunction with other Coopi employees, for forecast and actual budgetary analyzes and financial and economic trends in the countries for which he is responsible;
  • Ensure that projects comply with Coopi procedures and the rules indicated by donors , in collaboration with the organizational units under its responsibility and national coordinators.

Institutional communication and fundraising:

  • Coordinate, in coordination with the offices under its jurisdiction, the visibility and communication activities of the organization in the geographical area of ​​its jurisdiction;
  • Any other task necessary for the proper and punctual execution of the project, in coordination with Management.

Other tasks:

  • Any other task necessary for the proper and punctual execution of the project, in coordination with Management.

Candidate profile


  • University or post-graduate training in Development Economics, Management, Social Sciences, Political Sciences or other relevant profiles, or mix of training and equivalent experience;
  • 10 years of experience in project management in precarious security or post-conflict contexts ;
  • Excellent knowledge of the Project Cycle;
  • Mastery of the procedures of the main donors ( European Commission, USAID, UNDP, ECHO etc.);
  • Knowledge and experience in project writing and monitoring and evaluation methodology desirable;
  • Excellent knowledge of the French and English language essential;
  • Excellent knowledge of the MS Office package;
  • Great sense of organization, ability to make decisions independently, responsibility;
  • Very good problem-solving attitude and versatility;
  • Strong leadership and diplomacy;
  • Stress management ability;
  • HR management capacity;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment with very different personalities;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.
  • Knowledge of the Italian language .

COOPI reserves the right to close a recruitment before the deadline of the advertisement. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis and the position will be closed as soon as it is filled, thank you for your understanding.

COOPI is an Italian, independent and secular non-governmental organization, founded in Milan in 1965. For more than 50 years, COOPI has been committed to the fight against poverty with long-term support and a constant presence on the ground alongside the populations. affected by war, socio-economic crises and natural disasters. COOPI’s activities aim to encourage development and respond to emergency situations. In Africa, Latin America and the Middle East COOPI promotes access to water, as well as the right to health and education of the poorest communities.

How to apply

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