Country Director (F2F) – Zambia (Chipata)

Country Director (F2F) – Zambia (Chipata)

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Program Description:

 

The USAID-support Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program combines volunteer consultancies with highly skilled local staff to deliver technical assistance and business development services to farmer organizations, and agricultural MSMEs. Our volunteer consultants are U.S. citizens (or permanent U.S. residents) and comprise of farmers, agribusiness professionals, cooperatives managers, bankers, agricultural educators, and others with expertise in agriculture.  The primary goal of the F2F program is to generate rapid, sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector; the secondary goals is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs as well as international understanding of the US and US development programs. 

 

Position Description:

 

CNFA is currently seeking a Country Director for Zambia, to be based in Chipata (Nyanja language skills required)

 

The F2F Country Director is an employee of CNFA and reports to the Washington, DC based F2F Program Director. Working under the direction and supervision of the Program Director and Program Officer, the Country Director supervises F2F host country employees, travels frequently within the country to maintain active liaison with actual and prospective volunteer projects, is responsible for volunteers while in country, and oversees the country budget and deliverables. Additionally, the Country Director is responsible for maintaining a strong working relationship with the local USAID office and other key stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, public and private agricultural development organizations and the NGO community.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Coordination of all F2F program activities within Zambia;
  • Identifying potential partners and hosts, providing pre- and post-assignment technical / business assistance to hosts, and communicating closely with hosts to assess their needs, status changes, and satisfaction with the CNFA program;
  • Developing volunteer scopes of work and facilitating volunteer assignments;
  • Ensuring sound systems for monitoring and assessing impact from program activities;
  • Preparing comprehensive and quality program documents and reports (including but not limited to weekly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports);
  • Developing and maintaining working relations with the USAID Mission, keeping them informed of program progress or issues;
  • Preparing for and facilitating the visits of other CNFA staff or official guests, including evaluation teams
  • Updating or developing a security and health plan for volunteers and staff in country
  • Providing training to personnel on project development principles and methodology;
  • Conducting regular performance evaluations of staff and making recommendations for improvement and growth, providing close supervision of progress;
  • With input from the Program Director and Senior Program Officer, developing annual work plans in line with the overall regional program strategy;
  • Supporting new business development efforts, as appropriate, including program design, proposal development, and donor liaison;
  • Maintaining annual country budgets to support program activities and monitor expenditures based on allowed budget allocations, and working within the parameters of the CNFA F2F budgeting, reporting, and administrative systems.
  • Other responsibilities to be determined by CNFA and/or USAID.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • University degree (preferably in agriculture or a related and relevant field); Master’s degree preferred
  • At least eight (8) years professional experience in assignments relevant to the F2F Country Program;
  • At least five (5) years of experience with proven leadership in managing work teams and executing complex projects; and
  • Fluency in English and Nyanja is required.
  • Experience in agricultural production, marketing and/or development;
  • Ability to network effectively with country agricultural sector stakeholders;

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.

Agriculture and Livelihood Lead – Burkina Faso

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Project Description:

CNFA is currently accepting applications for an Agriculture and Livelihood Lead for an anticipated Food for Peace Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Burkina Faso. The anticipated project will be a five-year project to improve and sustain food and nutrition security in the Centre Nord region of Burkina Faso through addressing the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity. 

Position duties and responsibilities:

  • Consolidate, develop, and strengthen DFSA’s strategic and technical leadership in food security and livelihoods by conducting situational analysis and assessment, identifying priorities and providing support in designing DFSA interventions;
  • Provide technical input for project implementation activities and participate in project management meetings to ensure integrated interventions and implementation;
  • Build team capacity by planning and conducting technical trainings for field staff;
  • Support the field and home office teams in identifying and solving technical difficulties, drafting reports to capture gaps, challenges, and opportunities in project execution;
  • In coordination with the program team, develop, execute, and monitor work plans for agriculture and livelihood activities;
  • Represent CNFA and provide technical inputs for DFSA related national/international events, and stakeholders’ meetings.

Position qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field including agriculture, agriculture economics, international development, food security, or a related field;
  • At least five (5) years of experience working on similar projects focused on food security and livelihoods; experience working on USAID or other donor-funded programs preferred;
  • Experience overseeing activities related to agriculture, non-agricultural employment, and livelihoods;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local government, donors, community-based organizations, and the private sector;
  • Spoken and written proficiency in English and French; knowledge of local language(s) preferred;
  • Experience working in Burkino Faso, 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.

Local and Regional Commodity Procurement Manager.– Burkina Faso

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Project Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the upcoming FY 2018 Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA). This activity will work at the individual, household, and systems levels to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations.  

Position Description:

The Commodity Manager will lead and manage commodity management activities including  planning, importation, warehousing, distribution, and monitoring and reporting of commodity management activities. The Commodity Manager will be responsible for overseeing commodity management and distribution processes, ensuring that US Government commodity management policies, rules, and regulations are followed.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in commodity management programming; experience implementing USAID Title II food distribution programs preferred;
  • Knowledge and familiarity with USAID regulations 22 CFR 226 and 22 CFR 211 preferred;
  • Experience supervision and training staff in commodity management programming
  • International donor experience required, USAID program experience, particularly with Food for Peace funding, preferred;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in logistics management, agriculture, international development, or other relevant area is required; Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Strong French and English ability is required, understanding of local 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.

Director of Finance and Administration – Burkina Faso

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for Finance and Operations Director for an anticipated Food for Peace Development Food Security Activity in Burkina Faso. The anticipated project will be a five-year project to improve and sustain food and nutrition security in the Centre Nord region of Burkina Faso through addressing the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity. 

Position Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide sound financial and administrative oversight to the project
  • Supervise finance and administrative teams, including accounting, procurement, and other admin functions, as assigned
  • Develop, manage, and monitor project budgets
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly financial reports in coordination with senior project staff
  • Ensure that project operations are in compliance with all USAID/Food for Peace and CNFA policies and procedures
  • Create, maintain, and implement financial reporting, tracking systems and controlling procedures
  • Oversee processing of approvals for procurements, consultant agreements, and vendor invoices
  • Support the development, execution, and management of subcontractor and consultant agreements
  • Perform other duties as required

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration or related field required, Master’s degree preferred
  • At least 8 years of working experience including managing financial and contractual aspects of large international development projects, preferably USAID-funded projects required
  • At least 5 years managing and supervising financial, administration and procurement staff required
  • Solid knowledge and familiarity with US Government Cost Accounting Standards, and a good knowledge of Federal and USAID/FFP Regulations required
  • Fluency in English and French 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.

Project Finance Officer (PFO)

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Under the direction of the Field Operations Accounts Manager (FOAM), The Project Finance Officer (PFO) will provide support and guidance to CNFA’s programs by working with the HQ Program Team and in-country management team, particularly, the Finance and Operations staff with tasks related to accounting, banking, budgeting, procurement and financial management to ensure full compliance with rules and regulations of financial processes, financial records and reports and audit follow up, and implementation of the effective internal control framework.

The PFO must develop professional relationships with project personnel to ensure responsiveness to local needs and recognition of USAID’s local standard practices, especially with regard to procurements, travel and local employment standards.

The PFO must read and understand CNFA’s Power of Attorney provided and the CNFA’s Delegation of Authorities issued and follow-on delegations as periodically required.

General Responsibilities:

  • Ensure updated, clear concise written accounting and procurement procedures manuals;
  • Facilitate timely, accurate month-end closing, cash requests and cash reconciliations;
  • Support the month-end closing processes to ensure organized, complete, properly approved packages are delivered to CNFA Home Office in accordance with the month-end closing schedule provided by the FOAM and review for completeness and accuracy all month-end accounting information;
  • Maintain control over the project filing systems to ensure complete and organized accounting files, especially with regard to original procurement documents and personnel salary files;
  • Ensure organized and complete accounting file documentation is maintained by the field office and Headquarters and develop procedures for the systematic transfer of all original documentation to Headquarters;
  • Employ financial oversight and control mechanisms and procedures to ensure that all program expenses are in accordance with CNFA financial policies, procedures and rules and regulations;
  • Review and provide support for the financial aspects of contract execution of local and international sub-implementing partners;
  • Develop and periodically update Project Policies and Procedures guidelines for procurement, accounting and budgeting;
  • Ensure the smooth implementation of project accounting activities, including (but not limited to): timely and accurate bank reconciliations, invoicing, monitoring of expenditure levels against budget and funding obligations, financial projections and submission of monthly financial reports to CNFA HQ;
  • Provide the field finance teams with information and guidance on program financial performance;
  • Regularly prepare and present financial reports, analysis, and recommendations concerning relevant financial issues;
  • Review partner spending in relation to budgets, and develop monthly budget pipelines for CNFA and partner expenditures.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Finance or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred.  May substitute work experience to meet education requirement.
  • Minimum 3 years of project level accounting or finance experience with USAID funded and other donor funded projects.
  • Basic knowledge of French language is preferred;
  • Experience with USAID budgets;
  • Understanding of US Government rules and regulations;
  • Proficiency in Excel software required;
  • A high degree of integrity, accountability, energy and flexibility;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Experience with a computerized accounting system ; Working experience with Costpoint and Quickbooks preferred;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives;
  • Ability to be flexible and interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite;
  • Ability to travel up to 10%; and
  • US Work authorization required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals 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.

This is an immediate opening and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Program Officer

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Position Summary:

CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C.-based Program Officer (PO) to backstop international development programs in the Africa and Middle East portfolio, primarily focused on a USAID-funded program in Egypt. Responsibilities include providing administrative and technical support to the programs to achieve results and ensure compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations. This position reports to the Director of Programs and works closely with Chiefs of Party.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Serve as the main point of contact between field offices and CNFA headquarters with periodic travel to field offices to conduct site visits, support specific activities such as work planning and reporting, conduct general evaluation of program progress, and collection of program information;
  • Support technical program implementation including, but not limited to: input toward program strategy development; work planning; assistance developing technical program materials and deliverables; monitoring and evaluation of program activities; development of strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders; leadership in reviewing project documents such as grant and project proposals; development of scopes of work for short-term assistance and other technical contributions;
  • Backstop programs, including reviewing/editing program documents and reports, monitoring implementation in line with workplans and program descriptions, corresponding with USAID, providing financial management including invoicing, budget realignments, maintaining budget trackers and projections;
  • Monitor projects to ensure compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations in collaboration with the Awards and Compliance Unit;
  • Prepare or review project documentation that requires home office and USAID approval;
  • Coordinate subcontractor management including invoicing, technical direction, coordination, reporting, etc.
  • Support the Communications Department in developing high quality project communication tools;
  • Together with the Program Coordinator, maintain electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables;
  • Together with the Program Coordinator, coordinate field travel for staff and consultants, including visas, flight and accommodation logistics, and security briefings;
  • As requested, support new business development activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelors’ Degree in a relevant field (Business, agricultural economics, international relations) required; a Master’s Degree is strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience backstopping international development programs is required, experience in Egypt or the Middle East desired;
  • Experience managing USAID cooperative agreements and grant activities is strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with agriculture and market-driven development programing preferred;
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and managing project budgets required;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, and clear, concise English written communication skills required;
  • Outstanding organization skills with a high level of attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively and manage multiple competing priorities;
  • MS Office proficiency 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 individuals 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.

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.

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.

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 ten (10) years of progressively responsible management experience in international development projects, including USAID projects, is required;
  • Prior experience managing development assistance projects of a comparable size and scope in developing countries is required;
  • Experience managing projects dealing with market systems, agribusiness, and capacity building
  • Commitment to inclusiveness, including engaging women, youth, poor, and ethnic minorities in project activities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations required, experience managing a USAID funded program highly preferred, experience with other large donor programs an asset
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff
  • Master’s degree in relevant field is required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required; Swahili and other regional languages preffered
  • Experience in Uganda or Central and/or East Africa preferred.

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.

Call for Technical Experts – 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. 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for the following types of experts:

  • Market Systems Specialist
  • Agribusiness Development Specialist
  • Value Chain Specialist
  • Policy Specialist
  • Public-Private Specialist
  • Agriculture Production Specialist
  • Capacity Building Specialist
  • Product Development Specialist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Gender Specialist
  • Youth Specialist
  • Access to Finance Specialist
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Ideal Candidate:

  • 5+ years experience in market systems, agribusiness, agricultural development or similar required.
  • Experience working on USAID funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Uganda is highly preferred;
  • Fluency in English is required; 

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