Communications Officer (2 Positions)

Communications Officer (2 Positions)

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The Communications Officer will be a part of CNFA’s Communications Team and will work closely supporting the communications team lead in developing and managing our digital media footprint, social media presence, and supporting corporate communications, public relations, and field communications activities. The Communications Officer will work closely with members of the team to help shape CNFA’s digital communications strategy, grow our digital audiences, manage our website, and curate the overall aesthetic of the global CNFA brand(s) online and in marketing collateral. The Communications Officer will work closely with the communications team lead, within the Communications Team, to ensure that all corporate communications activities are integrated to support CNFA’s global initiatives and programs

Requirements:

  • Manage the website(s) for CNFA, CNFA Europe and affiliate entities, create content, and utilize other digital mediums and social tools to promote CNFA and its global impact;
  • Work closely with the communications director, to develop and maintain a digital communications strategy that aligns with the overall Communications Strategy;
  • Responsible for developing content for regularly updated social medical channels including Facebook, Twitter, and others of strategic value working closely with the communications team lead and support the delivery of innovative social media campaigns, within budget, to achieve defined objectives; 
  • Work with the communications team director to support media relations efforts to enhance CNFA’s brand and mission, which includes writing press releases, media pitches, articles, op-eds, and parallel messaging on social channels;
  • As needed, provide support to work and develop materials, graphics, branded proposals, presentations and leverage events and other opportunities to maximize impact with current and potential partners;
  • Responsible for compiling and editing monthly newsletter content including layout and final product;
  • Lead the design of all organizational materials developed for annual meetings including annual reports, brochures, and newsletters;
  • Provide field support including travel to assigned projects including regular monthly updates with the field communications team as well as any additional support needed by the programs in-country
  • Assist communications team lead in execution of advocacy and strategic communications opportunities for CNFA
  • Responsible for developing CNFA collateral items including branded letterheads, proposal cover pages, ppt presentations, other
  • Event support – assist corporate communications and program communications in developing and organizing CNFA-sponsored public events, as well as Board of Director meetings, speaking engagements and the like;
  • Serves on committees as assigned; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a BA/BS from an accredited college or university required;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in communications, public relations, marketing or a related field;
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively use online tools to communicate with and motivate target groups to take actions, including email, social media and online video for comparable programs or organizations;
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills; superior attention to detail;
  • Ability to think strategically, set priorities and manage concurrent projects, handle pressure, manage time effectively, exercise independent judgment and assume responsibility for seeing projects through to timely and successful completion;
  • Self-motivated; willingness to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Knowledge and familiarity with web writing and other content development tools for the Internet;
  • Ability to work across-platforms (Mac and Windows OS) and keep up with technology in quickly changing environment;
  • Experience in a non-profit environment and demonstrated interest in international development;
  • Experience with video editing, graphic design/InDesign, HTML coding, CSS and JavaScript desired;
  • Advanced experience with MS Office Suite, particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Prior media relations experience desired, but not required;
  •  Domestic and international travel is required up to 20%; and
  • US Work Authorization Required.

CNFA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status or military status.

Chief of Party: USAID Development Food Aid Program FY2018

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CNFA

CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to stimulating economic growth in the agricultural sector by nurturing entrepreneurship, private enterprise, and market linkages. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies, and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, to expand exports, and to develop skills in the rural workforce. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record of implementing agricultural development programs in 45 countries, including through USAID Food for Peace funding.

Program Background

USAID Food for Peace Development Food Aid Programs reduce food insecurity among vulnerable populations and help build resilience in communities facing chronic poverty and recurrent crises through a multi-sectoral approach including food-supporting agriculture interventions, income diversification, preventive approaches to malnutrition and disaster risk reduction, among other activities.

Position Description

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the overall management, including the technical, financial and administrative functions of the project. The COP 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 USAID 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 the agricultural sector in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly managing food security projects of at least $20-$30 million. He or she will be required to work with various stakeholders, including private sector firms, government officials, and other entities.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, or related field;
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects, including experience managing development assistance projects with complex, multi-sectoral scopes that include agricultural development and maternal and child health and nutrition;
  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming;
  • Proven leadership skills;
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners;
  • Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required; and other language(s) preferred;
  • Experience in West Africa preferred.

Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager: Amalima

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About CNFA:

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods in the developing world by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.

 

Program Description:

‘Amalima is a five-year, USD $43 million USAID Food for Peace (FFP) funded Development Food Assistance Project.’ The program draws its name from the Ndebele word for the social contract by which families come together to help each other with productive activities such as land cultivation and tending livestock. 

Amalima activities contribute to three strategic objectives:

·         SO 1: Household access to, and availability of food improved

·         SO 2: Community resilience to shocks improved

·         SO 3: Nutrition and health among pregnant and lactating women, boys and girls under 2 improved

Amalima is implemented by a consortium of two national and three international partners, led by CNFA.  The project operates in 66 wards of 4 rural districts, has over 150 staff members, and is managed from a head office in Bulawayo with satellite offices in Tsholotsho, Gwanda, and Plumtree. 

 

Job description:

The Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager is a key member of the Amalima Senior Management Team and responsible for technical and managerial oversight of SO 1: Household access to, and availability of food improved, and SO 2: community resilience to shocks improved.  S/he will manage a team of technical coordinators working to increase agricultural yields, improve livestock production, strengthen community-based early warning and response systems, increase and diversify incomes for poor households, increase access to financial services by poor households and increase community resilience to shocks. The Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager will be based in Bulawayo and report directly to the Chief of Party.

The Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager’s specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Lead development of program strategies and work plans for SO 1 and SO 2;
  • Oversee quarterly and annual activity reporting for SO 1 and SO2 (in coordination with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager);
  • Provide technical training and oversight to district based SO 1 and SO 2 Activity Managers in the four program districts;
  • Coordinate with the SO3 Manager and Deputy Chief of Party to ensure agriculture and livelihoods programming is complementary of the program’s health and nutrition activities;
  • Coordinate with the Gender Specialist and Community Mobilization Specialist to ensure that program messaging and training modules are designed and implemented in ways that are appropriate for women and can be easily adopted by communities;
  • Manage the Water Supply Team Leader to ensure proper implementation of water-related development activities to ensure they conducted in an environmentally sustainable manner and align with agricultural development interventions;
  • Manage the Agriculture Sector Coordinator and encourage collaboration with the Community Mobilization Specialist to develop messaging and mechanisms for the sustainable promotion of conservation agriculture and communal land rehabilitation interventions;
  • Manage the Enterprise Development Sector Coordinator to ensure proper implementation of agrodealer strengthening activities, input fairs, and advance input sales;
  • Manage the Environmental and Resilience Specialist to support development of early warning systems, crisis calendars and other disaster risk reduction (DRR) interventions;
  • Manage the assets coordinator to ensure proper implementation of food for assets (FFA) activities in coordination with communal land rehabilitation efforts;
  • Manage the Agricultural Sector Coordinator to support interventions designed to improve animal husbandry and health and strengthen livestock support services;
  • Manage the Value chain/Marketing Sector Facilitator and VS&L facilitator to ensure proper implementation of financial services activities, including the development of village savings and lending (VS&L) groups and new mobile banking applications;
  • Oversee the targeting and implementation of voucher and matching grant activities for vulnerable households and groups which is primarily managed by the Enterprise Development Sector Coordinator and Grants Manager;
  • Lead coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development (MoAMID) and other agricultural development programs
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Chief of Party, including CNFA representation at national 

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience in agricultural sector in Zimbabwe: research, production, and/or marketing;
  • 5+ years of experience implementing donor-supported NGO agricultural/rural development programs;
  • 5+ years of experience in a senior management role;
  • University degree in Agriculture or a related field with familiarity with both the crop and livestock sector, and an advance degree preferred;
  • Professional and/or personal experience living/working directly with small scale producers in communal areas;
  • Strong management skills, including personnel, project planning and implementation, time management, budgeting;
  • Strong reporting skills, narrative and quantitative;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and demonstrated ability to work within a large and diverse team;
  • Solid IT skills, ability to work quickly and independently on standard office software programs and communication platforms;
  • Technical skills and experience in natural resource management, civil or environmental engineering and/or rural infrastructure preferred;
  • Private sector, entrepreneurial and/or government experience valued;
  • Work experience in Matabeleland or other region 4-5 areas strongly preferred;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication abilities in English is required, with communications abilities in Ndebele preferred;
  • Familiarity with USAID Food for Peace preferred.

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

Senior MEL Expert – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 7+ years of progressively responsible work experience in managing complex projects of similar size;
  • 5 years of monitoring and evaluation work at the supervisory level preferred;
  • Experience designing and overseeing M&E data collection and reporting for finance and/or capacity building projects;
  • Demonstrated research design and analytical skills with 5 years of financial research or monitoring and evaluation experience in Rwanda preferred; USAID or other international donor experience is highly-preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to implement, operationalize, and manage information collection and assessment systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage information data bases using appropriate software applications;
  • Ability to work in team environment and work with and train non-direct reports to implement programs;
  • Strong writing, reporting, and presentation skills.

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

Employment / Workforce Development Specialist – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in SME workforce development is required, private sector work is preferred;
  • Experience with firm-level capacity building preferred;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working with business service providers is an asset;
  • Experience designing and implementing internship and apprenticeship programs is an asset;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred, regional experience is also an asset;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset.

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

Director of Business Development and Investment Services – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience leading business development and/or investment promotion activities is required;
  • Firm-level capacity-building of investment institutions and/or businesses is preferred; 
  • Experience working with private investors, including angel investors, private equity firms, and venture capital firms, is preferred;
  • Experience working with investment promotion or entrepreneurship support agencies in Rwanda is preferred;
  • Demonstrated success improving lenders’ ability to assess risks/returns of new investments is a distinct asset;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred, regional experience also an asset;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset

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

Director of Finance and Operations – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 8+ years of experience in the day-to-day management of financial and operations processes, including accounts payable, payroll, general ledger and financial reporting, as well as general financial administration, grants and cash management, and budgets is required;
  • 5+ years of experience working on donor-funded projects is required, USAID experience is strongly preferred;
  • 2+ years of experience in managing the personnel recruitment cycle, employee handbooks, personnel files, and strengthening moral of employees is required;
  • 2+ years of relevant supervisory experience is required;
  • Familiarity of USAID operations rules and regulations is a plus;
  • Familiarity with Rwanda’s economic sector is preferred;
  • A track record in grants management; a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies, and procedures is required;
  • A track record of working closely and transparently with external partners including third-party vendors and consultants is required;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the CNFA and USAID missions;
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English is required, knowledge of French and/or Kinyarwanda is strongly preferred

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

Director of Financial Institution Strengthening – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10 years of professional experience supporting financial sector inclusion of agriculture participants, 5+ years of experience in private sector work is preferred;
  • Firm-level capacity-building of investment institutions is preferred; 
  • Experience working with private investors, including angel investors, private equity firms, and venture capital firms, is preferred;
  • Experience working with investment promotion agencies in Rwanda is preferred;
  • Demonstrated success improving lenders’ ability to assess risks/returns of new investments is a distinct asset;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred, regional experience also an asset;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset.

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

 

Business Liaison – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience cultivating cross-sector partnerships required, private sector experience preferred;
  • Strong professional network with connections across sectors;
  • Experience in communications, journalism, or similar area an asset; 
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset.

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