Grants Monitoring Officer

Grants Monitoring Officer

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 Background and Purpose

 

The Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) program is a five year, $23 million USAID funded program implemented by CNFA in Egypt. The goal of FAS is to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt. The program will achieve this goal by implementing a market-driven approach that facilitates sustainable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. The market-driven approach will be supported by four interrelated components: 1) improved on-farm production, 2) more efficient post-harvest processes, 3) improved marketing of agriculture crops and products, and 4) improved nutritional status, especially for women and children. 

 

Position Summary:

 

The Grants Monitoring Officer is responsible for monitoring grantees under the Project, which include private businesses and cooperatives/associations. The Grants Officer tracks grantee performance in compliance with USAID and CNFA guidelines by collecting both programmatic and grant specific data to measure grantees’ progress towards agreed upon business and social achievements. The grantee monitoring will be conducted via visiting the grantees to observe and report on technical, as well as programmatic implementation of grants. The Grants Monitoring Officer will collect data like the number of beneficiaries served during the month, types of services/training grantee provided, number of jobs created, etc. This position reports directly to the Business Development Services Team Leader and is based in Luxor. This position requires extensive travel in Upper Egypt and applicant should be able to travel up to 70% of the time. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Business Development Services Team leader in monitoring and tracking grantee business and social performance and implementation of activities according to USAID and CNFA policies
  • Collect grantee data for monitoring and oversight of the Project grants implementation;
  • Assist in development and implementation of processes and methodologies to ensure consistent data collection with grantees
  • Provide feedback and coaching to grantees to effectively submit quality data to Project
  • Assist in inputting grantee data to online database
  • Contribute to regular project reports, work plans, success stories and other deliverables including grant reports
  • Develop a project grantee tracking system;
  • Maintain necessary grant documentation and reporting in accordance with USAID and CNFA guidelines;
  • Identify issues and risks related to grant program implementation;
  • Other duties as assigned;

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of agriculture economics, business management and/or food security is a must – Either a Masters’ degree or a Bachelors’ degree with 5+ years of experience is required – International donor experience is required, USAID experience is preferred
  • 2+ years of experience in M&E for international development programs
  • Demonstrated understanding of tracking and monitoring business performance for agricultural businesses and cooperatives/associations
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive M&E plan is required and relevant experience with USAID projects is preferred
  • Expertise in innovative data collection, management, sharing, and visualization is required
  • Fluency in Arabic and very good English is a must

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.

Private Sector Specialist – Nigeria

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Background:

 

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for Private Sector Specialist for an USAID-funded Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity in Nigeria. The project is anticipated to build the capacity of private extension service providers, strengthen linkages between agricultural research institutions and agricultural value chain stakeholders, and leverage resources from private sector to enhance the scalability and sustainability of extension and advisory services in Nigeria. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute the overall private sector strategy for the Activity to track the achievement of activity results on private sector engagement;
  • Develop strategic alliances with federal and FtF focus state ministries, departments, and agencies, the private sector, and other stakeholders towards leveraging resources from private sector to enhance the scalability and sustainability of extension and advisory services in Nigeria;
  • Maintain close working relationships and ensure co-ordination and integration of approach and plans with Activity interventions; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in agriculture, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience in private sector engagement;
  • Demonstrated experience in using collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA) approach to improve on private sector engagement;
  • Must demonstrate capacity to form innovative win-win partnerships; and
  • Have strong technical expertise, management skills, and English technical writing and communication skills.

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 and Evaluation (M&E) Manager – Nigeria

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Background:

 

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager for an USAID-funded Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity in Nigeria. The project is anticipated to build the capacity of private extension service providers, strengthen linkages between agricultural research institutions and agricultural value chain stakeholders, and leverage resources from private sector to enhance the scalability and sustainability of extension and advisory services in Nigeria. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities under the award;
  • Develop and manage systems to collect and analyze information on inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impact of the Activity;
  • Support training of M&E personnel in quality assurance methods;
  • Develop and update the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP);
  • Coordinate Activity M&E with the USAID/Nigeria Learning Project;
  • Report results to USAID in a timely manner; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in monitoring and evaluation, agriculture, statistics, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in monitoring and evaluation methodologies (i.e. both quantitative and qualitative data collection, processing, and analysis);
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation, collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) approach;
  • Understanding of agricultural production, market systems, and livelihood programming; and
  • Demonstrated practical experience in using monitoring and evaluation and learning activities to inform activity implementation and results.

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 – Nigeria

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Background:

 

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for Deputy Chief of Party for an USAID-funded Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity in Nigeria. The project is anticipated to build the capacity of private extension service providers, strengthen linkages between agricultural research institutions and agricultural value chain stakeholders, and leverage resources from private sector to enhance the scalability and sustainability of extension and advisory services in Nigeria. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as principal point of contact in Nigeria for procedural and substantive matters in the absence of the COP;
  • Support the development of strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and other deliverables in line with USAID guidelines to achieve objectives;
  • Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation;
  • Represent CNFA with partners and key stakeholders, maintain positive relationships with USAID, local authorities, and the country office team;
  • Identify and effectively manage all key risks related to the program, including compliance with donor transparency and due diligence requirements.
  • Ensure that synergies among Activity elements and grantees are capitalized upon;
  • Ensure that the Activity focus remains on achieving results;
  • Manage an effective monitoring and reporting system; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualification:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience of relevant, progressively responsible management experience, and a proven track record of implementing and/or managing agricultural development activities, with a focus on agricultural extension;
  • Possess a combination of technical familiarity and management skills that spans the subject areas covered by the Activity; and
  • Effectively backstop and reinforce the other long-and short-term specialists.

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.

Program Development Officer/Senior Program Development Officer

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The Program Development Officer/Senior Program Development Officer is an integral member of CNFA’s New Business Development Team contributing to the business development process in the construction of winning proposals enabling the organization to grow strategically.

General Responsibilities:

  • Engage in networking, research and analysis to collect information that contributes to our ability to: make strategic and informed decisions regarding new business ventures; position the organization given evolving trends in the agriculture arena of international development; and, identify and respond to specific upcoming proposal development opportunities;
  • Provide coordination, management and development of business planning activities across various countries and sectors. Work with the team in managing all phases of the proposal development process to include:  partner management, proposal conceptualizing and writing, personnel recruitment, budgeting, project management, post proposal assessment, etc.;
  • Assist with the creation of institutional systems that provide:  improved methods of forecasting upcoming business opportunities and develop plans at the country and regional levels; ensure that templates and tools for proposal development are developed, and staff is adequately trained in various aspects of our work; work to smooth collaboration across the organization in the functionality of proposal team methodologies; actively coordinate and participate in planning and/or status meetings to ensure proper adherence to good proposal management practices;
  • Lead and support in recruitment efforts on capture and live proposals in collaboration with the Proposal Manager and Proposal Recruiter.
  • Acts as Proposal Manager to lead the development of proposals to ensure full and final submission of complete proposal and addenda; and convene and facilitate post-submission debriefs;
  • Represent CNFA at conferences workshops, client meetings and other relevant industry gatherings; and
  • Perform a variety of other related duties as required.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; Master’s degree in a related field preferred;
  • Minimum two years of experience required in proposal preparation or related profession, five to seven years of experience preferred;
  • Two or more years of relevant international development experience highly desirable;
  • Excellent conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proven experience new business development and/or fundraising;
  • Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight time frames and simultaneously manage several projects;
  • Ability to participate in and facilitate group meetings;
  • 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 to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite required;
  • Ability to travel internationally; and
  • Current US work authorization 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.

Procurement Officer

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bout the Project:

PATTA is a 4-year USAID funded project that will bring to scale private sector solutions to improve agricultural productivity in Pakistan. PATTA is partnering with agricultural technology companies to commercialize products and services with the potential to increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers while mobilizing private sector investment in agricultural technology. PATTA partnerships will provide smallholder farmers with broader access to affordable technologies to increase productivity, build resilience to climate change and reduce postharvest losses.

 

Position Description:

 

The Procurement Officer will support the project team with implementation efforts by executing day-to-day procurement and contact administration activities of the project as per the project’s set procedures, manuals, templates, and guidelines. The Procurement Officer will assist the Deputy Chief of Partyin implementing tasks related to procurement of large value goods, works and services.

 

Job Location: Islamabad 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage, execute and coordinate tasks related to the procurement of goods and services for the implementation of the project;
  • Assist in preparation of bidding documents, procurement implementation plans and procurement performance reports/tracker;
  • Execute day-to-day procurement functions such as: analyze market conditions, verify technical specifications or terms of reference, prepare and launch tender documents.
  • Arrange and facilitate site visits or bidders and conferences, respond to written queries or requests for clarifications, facilitate evaluation panels, prepare evaluation reports, carry out price reasonableness analyses, facilitate contract negotiations;
  • Assist the project team with management of USAID contract and monitor for compliance against specified terms and conditions, addressing delays, troubleshooting problems, assisting in contract amendments, and ensuring completion of work and delivering of goods and services;
  • Ensure safety, security and maintain confidentiality of the whole procurement process;
  • Act as an observer to evaluation committees, ensuring that the evaluation of bids/ proposals received is done based on criteria stipulated in the bidding documentation and performed in accordance with the procurement procedures set forth in the procurement manual;
  • Assure that all procurement activities are performed in a fully professional, transparent, and ethical manner, and that they are in line with procurement regulations and conditions of the implementation agreement.
  • Assist with management and resolution of bid challenges;
  • Protect the procurement activity from fraud, waste and abuse;
  • Show a willingness to perform other duties as assigned and designated by the Deputy Chief of Party or Chief of Party.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, project management or related field. (advanced degree preferred);
  • 7-12 years of procurement experience with a large organization;
  • Experience designing end-to-end procurement strategies, preparing RFP documents, evaluation and analysis of bids/proposals, and demonstrated aptitude for analysis;
  • 2-3 years of experience of working with USAID funded projects is mandatory;
  • Proven record of leadership in a work setting and aptitude for training/capacity building within an organization;
  • Ability to work effectively with people at all levels in an organization;
  • Excellent computer skills (word processing, Excel spreadsheet and Power Point);
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Apply By:   

Interested candidates should submit CVs to recruitment@pakistan-patta.org by June 16, 2019. Kindly clearly mention position title “Procurement Officer” in email subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

Driver

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About the Project:

 

PATTA is a 4-year USAID funded project that will bring to scale private sector solutions to improve agricultural productivity in Pakistan. PATTA is partnering with agricultural technology companies to commercialize products and services with the potential to increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers while mobilizing private sector investment in agricultural technology. PATTA partnerships will provide smallholder farmers with broader access to affordable technologies to increase productivity, build resilience to climate change and reduce postharvest losses.

 

Position Description:

 

Working under the direct supervision of the program’s Safety, Security and Logistics Manager, the Driver is responsible for providing logistical and transportation support to the project; providing safe transportation for PATTA staff and ensure proper vehicles use and maintenance. Drivers work with the logistical and administrative staff to ensure transportation is available, suitable for desired uses, clean and safe.

 

Job locations:

 

Karachi & Peshawar, Pakistan with frequent travels to various project locations.

 

No. of Positions: 02

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Transport PATTA program staff and/or complete project related tasks using project vehicles in compliance with local laws and regulations pertaining to vehicle use in country of operation;
  • Liaise with the logistics point of contact for PATTA to coordinate vehicle scheduling;
  • Drive project vehicle carefully at all times and ensure safety of passengers, other road users, and assigned vehicle;
  • Ensure all project staff follows PATTA rules on vehicle use while in charge of vehicle (wearing seatbelt, not transporting non-PATTA related persons, etc.);
  • Maintain an accurate vehicle logbook by recording all trips, and indicating whether official or personal according to trip schedule given by the Safety, Security and Logistics Manager;
  • Manage day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle, check oil, water, battery, brakes, tires, performs minor repairs, ensure that the vehicle is clean and the handling of periodic services according to mileage;
  • To ensure cleanliness of assigned vehicle at all times when in use or otherwise and ensure that project vehicle is in good condition before use;
  • To carry out periodic checks on the assigned vehicle to determine maintenance and report maintenance need timely;
  • Logs daily mileage, gas consumption, oil consumption, greasing, etc;
  • Ensure that necessary steps required by rules and regulations in case of incidents;
  • Ensure all vehicle reports are completed on a monthly basis and submit regularly; and
  • Other task assigned by Safety, Security and Logistics Manager, the Deputy Chief of Party of Chief of Party

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Minimum of Secondary school education is preferred;
  • Must have 3rd grade driving license and Certificate from Pakistan competitive authority;
  • Should have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in driving 4WD vehicles;
  • NGO experience specially USAID projects experience will be an added advantage;
  • Good inter-personal, communication (English and Urdu-written and spoken) preferred. Understanding of the local dialect will be an added advantage;
  • Basic motor vehicle mechanics a must; and possession of certificate in Motor Vehicle Mechanics will be an added advantage;
  • Basic knowledge and skill in minor vehicle repair; and
  • Good verbal communication in the English language.

Apply By:   

Interested candidates should submit CVs to recruitment@pakistan-patta.org by June 16, 2019. Kindly clearly mention position title with preferred location “Driver” in email subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

Provincial Coordinator

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About the Project:

PATTA is a 4-year USAID funded project that will bring to scale private sector solutions to improve agricultural productivity in Pakistan. PATTA is partnering with agricultural technology companies to commercialize products and services with the potential to increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers while mobilizing private sector investment in agricultural technology. PATTA partnerships will provide smallholder farmers with broader access to affordable technologies to increase productivity, build resilience to climate change and reduce postharvest losses.

Position Description:

 

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Agricultural Technologies, the Provincial Coordinator will maintain strong links with private and public sector organizations, associations and government departments for the promotion and commercialization of horticulture and livestock related technologies. The Provincial Coordinator will also be responsible for extending support to the Business Development and Marketing Services (BDMS) and Monitoring and Evaluation (MEL) units of the project.

 

Job Location: Karachi, Sindh

  • Coordinate with private sector stakeholders in the region in promoting agricultural technologies;
  • Assist with agricultural technology demonstration and exposition in the region and in collaboration with Supply Side Partners (SSPs);
  • Coordinate with SSPs and Demand Side Partners (DSPs) in promotion of agricultural technologies;
  • Represent PATTA to relevant forums and organizations;
  • Assist in the planning and organization various demonstrations in designated regions;
  • Effectively liaise with PATTA senior management on all aspects of work plan implementation;
  • Ensure the technical work of all local and expatriate consultants is appropriately conducted and completed, including ensuring the execution of all end-of-assignment deliverables and that other consultant and subcontractor performance results are a) consistent with and compliant with the consultant’s scope of work, b) of high technical quality and good overall readability, and c) acceptable to USAID and other component counterparts and beneficiaries;
  • Liaise with the Government of Sindh, Departments of Agriculture, Plant Protection and Pest Warning, research institutes, Extension Department and other government agencies, to introduce PATTA and mobilize support and resources to implement project activities;
  • Develop links between SSPs, DSPs and facilitating partners in Sindh for timely completion of Ag. Tech and Business development activities.
  • Review and develop technical literature, reports, brochures and other project dissemination materials;
  • Supervise and monitor the implementation of PATTA activities in Sindh province and provide timely reports to the Director of Agricultural Technologies (AgTech);
  • Coordinate with international consultants to develop project strategies implemented in Sindh province related to the following areas: AgTech, business service providers, behavior changes, and access to finance activities;
  • Integrate measures related to gender equity into all aspects of project activities;
  • Coordinate with the project ME unit regarding the results framework, performance management plan, questionnaires, and other instruments used for monitoring and evaluation;
  • Liaise with the project’s operations component to track activities and material distribution at the sites of the signatory partners/stakeholders;
  • Coordinate and facilitate communications for public awareness initiatives;
  • Coordinate with STTAs in Sindh province to facilitate and integrate environmental compliance measures
  • Any other technical support related to the assignment as given by the Director of Agricultural Technology, Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, Agriculture Engineering and Technology, Business Management (MBA) or related field;
  • Requisite 5- 7 years prior experience engaging in similar tasks in various geographical zones in USAID-funded projects or for donor-funded agricultural projects;
  • Experience in assisting with the development of horticulture and livestock technology demonstrations;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented report writing skills in English;
  • Oral fluency in English.

 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.

Apply By:   

Interested candidates should submit CVs to recruitment@pakistan-patta.org by June 16, 2019. Kindly clearly mention position title “Provincial Coordinator – Sindh” in email subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager– Ukraine

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Background:

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager for an anticipated USAID-funded Agriculture Growth Rural Opportunities (AGRO) in Ukraine. The project is anticipated to support rural community productivity, processing, land market and reform, and access to finance in the country’s agriculture sector. 

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible management experience in international development projects, including USAID projects, is required;
  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in project level impact monitoring and evaluation including developing M&E systems including baselines, indicator targets, data collection, impact assessments, and PMP reporting for donor-funded international development projects is required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing a project communication strategy; writing compelling success stories, press releases, event memos and other PR materials; solid knowledge of social media, organization of public events is required;
  • Experience in training project staff in the use of M&E tools and techniques is desirable;
  • Working experience in agriculture development projects is highly desirable;
  • Working experience in projects engaging women, youth, poor, ethnic minorities and other vulnerable groups is highly desirable;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required. In addition, Ukrainian and/or Russian language 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.