Grants Implementation / Field Program Officer

Grants Implementation / Field Program Officer

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Introduction

This Scope of Work provides the details for the role of the field-based Hinga Weze Grants Implementation / Program Officer.  This position is an 18-month post located at the program office in Kigali, Rwanda. The position is contingent upon receiving USAID approval and authorization to work in Rwanda. The Program Manager will work closely with the Hinga Weze COP and in-country team as well as the HQ-based Hinga Weze project management unit (PMU) to achieve the program goals.

 

Program Description

The Hinga Weze activity is a five-year (June 22, 2017 – June 21, 2022) USAID-funded $32.6M initiative to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.

·         Component 1: Agriculture Productivity Sustainably Increased

·         Component 2: Farmers’ Market Access Improved

·         Component 3: Nutrition Outcome of Agricultural Interventions Improved

 

General Responsibilities

The Grants Implementation / Program Officer will provide field-based support to the Hinga Weze activity, focusing on grants management, technical support, and general backstopping. While the Officer will work closely with the PMU, the Program Manager position is intended have a focus on grants activities that must be carried out in-country and to support the local team to identify, process, analyze and process grant applications to be sent to USAID for approval.

Technical Activities:

  • Ensure rapid on-track implementation of the $5 million grants program
  • Guide team in operationalization of grants that translate into target achievement
  • Provide guidance on compliance elements of grants implementation
  • Advise the team on streamlining the grants-making process
  • Ensure an efficient grant-making process
  • Engage the technical team in relevant tasks related to grant making and grant monitoring
  • Facilitate collaboration between grants management, technical, M&E and procurement team members to ensure clear roles and responsibilities in grant making and implementation
  • Support the team to refine and implement processes that will facilitate transparency, compliance, and tracking/reporting mechanisms in the grants program.
  • In concert with the Grants Manager, develop detailed and compliant negotiation memos for grants for approval by CNFA home office.
  • Support the technical team in understanding and operationalizing the program budget. Work with the team as needed to develop activity specific budgets, such as grant budgets. 
  • Support the Gender Advisor to implement the program’s gender strategy. Be mindful of gender integration and empowerment in all program activities and make recommendations accordingly. 

Program Backstopping:

  • Help Hinga Weze maintain compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations. Identify any compliance questions or concerns and discuss with COP and PMU.
  • When requested by the COP, attend and participate in meetings with the USAID mission and respond to mission information requests.
  • Serve as a point of contact with CNFA HQ for grants-related programmatic requests.
  • Participate in weekly coordination calls.
  • Support the Grants Manager and PMU in subawards management as requested.
  • Along with the senior management team, take a leadership role in the annual work planning process.
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Required Experience:

  • At least three years of prior experience working with USAID-funded contracts
  • At least two years of experience implementing USAID-funded grants under contract programs
  • In-depth knowledge of AIDAR, FAR and USAID contract rules & regulations
  • Prior experience working in Africa preferred.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Chief of Party – Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA)

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Level of Effort: 14 months, including travel days; 5-day work week

Anticipated Period of Performance: o/a November 5, 2018 – December 31, 2019

Project Description

Low agricultural productivity in Liberia is due to poor production techniques used by smallholder farmers, limited availability and usage of certified seeds and fertilizers, poor road infrastructure, and lack of electricity for processing of agricultural products. The sector is also characterized by underdeveloped value chains, limited market opportunities for staples, and poor linkage between producers and markets.

In response to these challenges, USAID/Liberia funded the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA). LADA is a five-year, $19.3 million United States Dollar (USD) Feed the Future (FtF) flagship program, currently in its third year of implementation. The project is slated to end in December 2020.

The LADA Theory of Change emphasizes private sector investment in inputs, processing, and marketing. It also stresses the importance of youth and gender. It states that, “If the private sector increases investments in the provision of inputs, as well as processing and marketing services, then Liberian Smallholder Farmers will experience greater productivity and increased incomes. This will make agriculture a more inclusive, attractive vocation, particularly to youth and women.”

The goal of LADA is to increase agricultural incomes of smallholder farmers by increasing private sector investment in the Liberian agribusiness sector. This contributes to the overall USAID/Liberia Development Objective (DO) 2 for Economic Growth: sustained, market-driven economic growth to reduce poverty. Specifically, LADA contributes to two of the Intermediate Results (IR) under DO 2: IR 2.1 Food Security Enhanced and IR 2.3 Enabling Environment Supports Private Enterprise Growth.

CNFA plans to improve access to finance, quality inputs, mechanization, agricultural advice, and markets so that Liberian smallholder farmers can increase their production and participation in the market.

Implementation focuses on three results:

1.   Increased private sector investment in agricultural input systems.

2.   Increased private sector investment in post-harvest handling support, storage, packaging, transporting, marketing, and auxiliary services.

3.   Strengthened facilitation, market information, advocacy, and support.

The activity is implemented in Bong, Lofa, Nimba, and rural Montserrado counties, and target audiences include smallholder farmers, cooperatives, aggregators, processors, agro dealers (input suppliers), and other stakeholders engaged in rice, cassava, vegetables, aquaculture, and cocoa value chains with emphasis on reaching out to youth and women.

Position Description

LADA’s COP will act as the key liaison between USAID/Liberia and all other counterparts, implementing partners and Government of Liberia officials involved with the program. The COP will provide overall leadership, management and general technical direction of the entire program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract. The COP will identify issues and risks related to the program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. The COP will serve as CNFA’s primary representative in Liberia vis-à-vis USAID, the Government of Liberia, and other key stakeholders.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall leadership management and technical direction of the entire program to ensure an integrated vision among the LADA objectives; identify issues and risks related to program implementation and suggest appropriate program adjustments;
  • Ensure that the program’s technical approach, methodologies and activities are technically sound, feasible and relevant to the success of the program;
  • Establish and monitor systems and oversee program expansion and close-out within set time frames;
  • Serve as primary liaison between USAID/Liberia and all other counterparts, implementing partners, program stakeholders, private sector entities, local authorities, and CNFA home office management on all program-related matters;
  • Oversee the performance of international and local sub-implementers and support productive business partnerships with them;
  • Provide timely reporting of goals and milestones to USAID;
  • Oversee the preparation of LADA progress reports including quarterly, annual and end of Activity reports;
  • Offer technical assistance as appropriate to achieve LADA program targets.
  • Ensure all activities are carried out in accordance to the LADA work plans;
  • Ensure that CNFA maintains the appropriate legal status (through bilateral agreement coverage or other) to effectively operate in Liberia;
  • Represent LADA as needed at meetings, conferences and other networking events in Liberia and possibly in other countries (with USAID’s approval);
  • Ensure that appropriate security procedures are followed by the project staff; and
  • Make sure the regional and main offices are maintained and functioning properly;

Qualifications

  • Required experience:  7+ years of experience in managing donor-funded agricultural development projects; 5 years of experience with promoting agribusiness, private sector led agricultural growth, and value chain development;
  • Successful record of managing the relations with the donor, host government and beneficiaries
  • Experience managing USAID-funded projects with a value greater than $10 million is required;
  • Experience in West Africa is required, preferably in Liberia;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage complex development projects with policy elements;
  • Experience managing USAID-funded projects strongly preferred;
  • Master’s degree in related field is required;
  • High level of fluency in written and spoken English is required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Livestock Lead – Kenya

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Program Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for Livestock Lead for the USAID Strengthening Agriculture and Regional Resilience (STARR) program that spans across all East African Community (EAC) countries, (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda) and additional countries in East Africa (Zambia, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, and Ethiopia). This activity will promote increased agricultural production, investment, trade and resilience to shocks and stresses in the East Africa region by addressing agricultural issues that can mainly be solved on a regional basis. STARR’s interventions will be directed through four interrelated project component areas: 1) strengthening cross-border agriculture trade and value chains, 2) improved regional agricultural inputs, 3) strengthening resilience, and 4) strengthening the regional policy environment.

Position Description:

The Livestock Lead will lead the livestock interventions of this project. In this capacity, s/he is responsible for the overall design, implementation, oversight, and reporting of the activity’s objectives around livestock, including related cross-border trade, inputs, resilience, and policy activities.  S/he will work with local partners and conducts regular site visits to ensure effective implementation while coordinating closely with other technical team leaders to increase impact of program interventions.

This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will include travel throughout the East Africa region.

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects is required;
  • Experience managing donor-funded development projects of a comparable size and scope in developing countries is required;
  • Experience in value chain analysis in livestock and meat production systems for quality livestock and meat marketing;
  • Proven and demonstrable leadership skills are required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and private-sector partners is required;
  • Experience in Kenya or Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred;
  • Master’s degree in economic development, business administration, agribusiness, agriculture, or a related field preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required; oral and written fluency in regional languages is preferred.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Input Supply Lead – Kenya

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Program Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for Input Supply Lead for the USAID Strengthening Agriculture and Regional Resilience (STARR) program that spans across all East African Community (EAC) countries, (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda) and additional countries in East Africa (Zambia, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, and Ethiopia). This activity will promote increased agricultural production, investment, trade and resilience to shocks and stresses in the East Africa region by addressing agricultural issues that can mainly be solved on a regional basis. STARR’s interventions will be directed through four interrelated project component areas: 1) strengthening cross-border agriculture trade and value chains, 2) improved regional agricultural inputs, 3) strengthening resilience, and 4) strengthening the regional policy environment.

Position Description:

The Input Supply Lead will lead the input supply interventions of this project. In this capacity, s/he is responsible for the overall design, implementation, oversight, and reporting of the activity’s objectives around input supply, including related cross-border trade, inputs, resilience, and policy activities.  S/he will work with local partners and conducts regular site visits to ensure effective implementation while coordinating closely with other technical team leaders to increase impact of program interventions.

This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will include travel throughout the East Africa region.

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects is required;
  • Experience managing donor-funded development projects of a comparable size and scope in developing countries is required;
  • Experience in the agro-input private sector, preferably within the East African Region;
  • Knowledge of agrochemicals, veterinary drugs, and seed;
  • Understanding of regional input trade regulations;
  • Proven and demonstrable leadership skills are required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and private-sector partners is required;
  • Experience in Kenya or Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred;
  • Master’s degree in economic development, business administration, agribusiness, agriculture, or a related field preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required; oral and written fluency in regional languages is preferred.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Lead (MEL) – FtF Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Lead for the upcoming USAID-funded Uganda FtF Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity. The position will be based in Uganda.  The MEL Lead will provide technical expertise and strategic leadership for all monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities, with the objective of providing project managers and stakeholders with timely data collection and analysis. CNFA considers monitoring and evaluation to be an essential management support function that facilitates evidence-based program management through rigorous identification, testing, and scaling-up of interventions that maximize impact and cost-effectiveness.  Ugandan nationals are encouraged to apply.

Key Qualification:

  • Either a Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree in related subject
  • 6+ years of experience in the integration of M&E into field-level programming is required, experience managing M&E from a country office is strongly preferred;
  • International donor experience is required, USAID experience is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive M&E plan and systems is required; experience doing these activities for USAID projects is preferred;
  • Outstanding ability to generate accurate qualitative information and analysis is required and must be demonstrated during the hiring process;
  • Expertise in innovative data collection, management, sharing, and visualization is required;
  • Familiarity with gender and youth development issues in Uganda;
  • Knowledge of agriculture, market systems, resilience, livelihoods, and/or food security is preferred;
  • Fluency in English is required, fluency in local languages is a plus.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Awards and Compliance Officer

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The Awards and Compliance Officer will provide critical compliance support to our global program portfolio by ensuring adherence to USG and donor rules and regulations and build the capacity of Headquarters and field based staff in the compliance function. The incumbent will review contractual documents and budgets, provide regulatory guidance and training to program implementers, develop and revise templates to standardize procedures and assist projects with guidance on regulatory issues/challenges from start-up to close-out.  In addition, the incumbent will help contribute to the development of organizational policies and best practices. 

General Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring contract compliance with USAID and other donors, federal regulations, and CNFA policies and procedures by reviewing and editing subcontracts, grants, consultant agreements, and procurement documents for final approval and signature;
  • Serving as a technical resource by responding to compliance related questions and advising on various contractual matters and CNFA policy;
  • Researching regulatory issues and stays up-to-date on revisions to relevant regulations;
  • Developing and/or revising program templates and ancillary business forms;
  • Develop training content for HQ and field office staff in a variety of contract, subcontract, grant, procurement, allowance, and other related topics;
  • Drafting and reviewing sub-awards and amendments;
  • Supporting the systematic startup and closeout of programs in the portfolio;
  • Reviewing teaming agreements, complex proposal budgets and budget narratives; 
  • Reviewing solicitations and other donor budget instructions to ensure accuracy of calculations, internal consistency, and that budgeted costs are allowable and in accordance with donor regulations and CNFA policies;
  • Assisting in responding to a variety of unique contractual project issues as needed;
  • Participating in the development of corporate policies and standards and thinking creatively and critically about ways to streamline operating procedures;
  • Assisting in compliance with corporate reporting requirements;
  • Supporting assembly and issuance of Delegations of Authority, Powers of Attorney, country registration documents, and other operational tasks; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience focused on contracts and grants-related compliance;
  • At least one year of experience working with USG-funded contracts or agreements; preferably with USAID;
  • Strong knowledge of USG Assistance Regulations (ADS, CFR, etc.) for Cooperative Agreements and Grants. Experience with USAID strongly preferred. Familiarity with Acquisition Regulations (FAR, AIDAR, etc.) is strongly preferred;
  • Ability to conduct analysis on a wide variety of grant management and budget issues, synthesize information and present findings in a cohesive and understandable format;
  • Ability to independently read and interpret contractual documents and grants, operating instructions, policies, and procedure manuals;
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work with large amounts of data;
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and client-focused with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team using a solution-oriented approach;
  • Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language is a plus;
  • Ability to train others on contractual matters;
  • Ability to travel for short-trips domestically and internationally as needed;
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required;
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Team Leader – Malawi

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Program Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for Team Leader for the Foundation for a Smoke Free World-funded Center for Agricultural Transformation in Malawi. This five-year activity will promote smallholder farmers’ transition away from tobacco production by systematically creating, piloting, and scaling appropriate science, technology, and business models that will transform smallholders’ lives and Malawi’s agriculture sector.

Position Description:

The Team Leader will be responsible for the overall management, including the technical, financial, and administrative functions of the activity. The Team Leader will identify issues and risks related to the program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. S/he acts as the key liaison between the donor and all other counterparts, local implementing partners, and government officials involved with the program. The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in medium and small enterprise developing, particularly in the agricultural sector, and engaging with various stakeholders including the private sector.

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects is required, experience serving as a Chief of Party or Team Leader preferred;
  • Experience managing donor-funded development projects of a comparable size and scope in developing countries is required;
  • Experience promoting and commercializing modern agriculture technologies and agribusiness innovations preferred;
  • Proven and demonstrable leadership skills are required;
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and manage staff;
  • Demonstrated expertise in building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and private-sector partners is required;
  • Experience in Malawi or Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred;
  • Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements is required;
  • Master’s degree in economic development, business administration, agribusiness, agriculture, or a related field preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and other local language(s), is required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Chief of Party – Orora Wihaze Activity Rwanda

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Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID-funded Orora Wihaze Activity in Rwanda. The purpose of this Activity is to sustainably increase the availability, access, and consumption of animal source foods (ASF) through the development of a profitable market. The Activity will strengthen and develop a private-sector led animal source food value chain and increase demand for animal source foods through nutrition and behavior change communications.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible management experience in international development projects, including USAID project, is required;
  • Prior experience managing development projects of a comparable size and scope in developing countries required;
  • Experience managing projects with nutrition, livestock, and market systems development;
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge of, and commitment to inclusiveness, including engaging women and youth in project activities;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations required, experience managing a USAID-funded program highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff;
  • Master’s degrees in a relevant field, such as international development, nutrition, and agriculture, required;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required; knowledge of other local languages preferred;
  • Experience in Rwanda or Central and/or East Africa preferred

Women and Rwandan national are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Deputy Chief of Party – FtF Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded Feed the Future (FtF) Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity in Uganda. The purpose of this Activity is to increase incomes and improve livelihoods of households through agricultural-led inclusive economic growth. The Activity will increase the institutional capacity of Government institutions, the private sector, and civil society organizations, and will create incentives for agribusinesses to invest in the market system and be more responsive to changes in it. 

Ideal Candidate:

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible management experience in international development projects, including USAID projects, is required;
  • Demonstrated professional success in the areas of market systems, agribusiness, or capacity building
  • 5+ years of experience working on development projects is required;
  • Master’s degree in relevant field required;
  • International donor experience is required, USAID experience is preferred;
  • Fluency in English is required, fluency in Swahili or other regional languages is strongly preffered;
  • Experience in Uganda is required.

Women and Ugandan nationals are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.