Senior Program Officer

Senior Program Officer

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Position Summary:

CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C.-based Senior Program Officer (SPO) to oversee, manage and backstop a portfolio of international development programs in Francophone West Africa. Responsibilities include providing leadership related to project planning, providing administrative and technical support to field staff, and monitoring and evaluating field project activities and results. This position reports to the Vice President of Programs, works closely with program Chiefs of Party and supervises junior program staff.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assist with program implementation by providing technical support that includes, but is not limited to: input toward program strategy development; 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 critiquing and 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, tracking and reports program events;
  • Maintain electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables;
  • Coordinate field travel for long-term and short-term staff – including visa procurement and processing, travel and accommodation logistics, briefings related to security and travel;
  • Prepare or review project documentation that requires home office and USAID approval;
  • Support the Communications Department by ensuring production and updating of high quality project communication tools;
  • Monitor projects to ensure programmatic compliance and contractual and financial compliance in collaboration with the Operations and Compliance Department, as well as achievement of project deliverables and impact;
  • Field travel for site visits, temporary assignments to assist in field office work efforts, general evaluation of program progress and potential, and collection of program information will be required;
  • Manage sub-contractors contractual and technical deliverables;
  • Liaise with USAID to provide timely updates on program activities and impact and engage donors on development and implementation of programs;
  • Supervise one HQ based coordinator and two field based positions; and
  • 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 5 years of experience backstopping complex international economic development programs is required; experience in West Africa is desired.
  • Experience managing USAID contracts of $20 million or more in value is strongly preferred;
  • Experience managing USAID compliance issues specific to contracts is required;
  • Experience managing USDA compliance issues is preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience with backstopping grants-under-contract programs and in working with programs to build local partner capacity required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in project budget development and management, including experience conducting operational and financial audits of field offices;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, and clear, concise written communication skills required;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity is expected;
  • Outstanding organization skills with a high level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to maintain composure and flexibility under tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively and manage multiple competing priorities;
  • Ability to engage with organizations and individuals from various cross-cultural contexts;
  • Fluency in French is required;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • 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.

 

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;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language is a plus;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Government Engagement Advisor – Uganda

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Government Engagement Advisor for an anticipated USAID-funded Inclusive Agricultural Market Activity in Uganda.  The Government Engagement Advisor will lead project interventions focused on improving leadership and accountability in the public and private sectors at the sub-national level to enhance agricultural market activity.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support, oversight, and monitoring of strategies to strengthen leadership and accountability in the public and private sector;
  • Oversee, coordinate, and implement capacity building programs in leadership, management, policy, strategic planning, advocacy, coordination, and partnerships;
  • Foster and maintain effective, professional relationships with a broad range of public and private sector stakeholders;
  • Ensure the timely and quality completion of all relevant program deliverables and reporting; and
  • Actively participate in the development of annual work planning, design, implementation, and reporting related to project technical activities.
  • Liaising with the Government of Uganda and key stakeholders to make sure key entry points are easily accessible
  • Work closely with government officials to support the overall strategy and program objectives
  •  Close collaboration with the COP to directly engage with ministries and government intuitions for GoU buyin.

Key Qualification:

  • Master’s degree in public policy and administration, community development, international development, or related field required;
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience working on US Government-funded projects, particularly in Uganda or East Africa;
  • Strong written and verbal English skills required;

Grants Manager – Uganda

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Grants Manager to support an anticipated USAID-funded Inclusive Access to Markets Activity in Uganda. In collaboration with other program staff. The Grants Manager will provide overall management and compliance of grant award and implementation process. He/ She will monitor all grant implementation activities in accordance with USAID guidelines, ensure that program staff and grantees understand and adhere to relevant USAID and CNFA grant policies, create training tools to help build capacity of grantees and assist in preparation of grants reports.

Key Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Seven (7) years of experience in grants management;
  • Previous experience working in Uganda is preferred.
  • Experience working on USAID funded grants program is required;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Fluency in English is required;

Local Ugandan nationals are encouraged to apply.

Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Officer/Manager – Uganda

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Officer/Manager to support an anticipated USAID-funded Inclusive Access to Markets Activity in Uganda. In collaboration with the program MEL component and a Technical Working Group comprised of technical leads, the CLA Officer will engage project stakeholders in collecting and analyzing results and lessons emerging from program implementation. The CLA Officer measures program results and utilizes knowledge to develop a comprehensive learning agenda and dynamic results chain to further inform program adaptation,  sequencing, and cost effective of  USAID’s and the government of Uganda’s investments in Agriculture Market Systems.

Key Qualification:

  • Master’s Degree in M&E, statistics, research methods or related field;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in progressively more senior roles in monitoring and evaluation, adaptive management, learning and knowledge management;
  • Experience using collaboration, learning, and adaptation techniques is required; experience with CLA to scale up and build sustainability is a strong advantage;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain partnerships and productive working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders;
  • Experience working on a USAID-funded program or other large, bi-lateral donor agency projects;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required;
  • Previous experience in Uganda is preferred.

Local Ugandan national are encourage to apply.

Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Lead – Malawi

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Lead to support its Development Food Security Activity in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi.  The SBC Lead will provide strategic leadership over the design and implementation of SBC activities across the activity. CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has more than fifteen years of experience in Malawian agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership to design, plan, and implement SBC activities across the activity;
  • Lead formative research and the development of a SBC strategy and implementation plan;
  • Lead the development of SBC tools;
  • Oversee the monitoring of activity progress related to SBC to ensure a consistency and coherency across interventions;
  • Work with external stakeholders including host country government, international donors, multilateral organizations, and the private sector.

Key Qualification:

  • Seven (7) years of experience designing and implementing SBC interventions required, experience conducting such programming in Southern Africa is strongly preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant technical areas, such as international development, communications, public health, or a related field is required, a Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Demonstrated understanding of a range of SBC approaches, including approaches that address change in social norms, structures, and individual behaviors;
  • Strong understanding of local cultural practices, social networks, and gender and age dynamics strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of agricultural, livelihood, and/or food security programming is preferred;
  • Experience with international donor projects required, experience with USAID and Food for Peace preferred;
  • Strong oral and written English skills required, knowledge of local languages 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.

Government Resilience Coordinator – Malawi

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Government Resilience Coordinator to support its Development Food Security Activity in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi.   The Government Resilience Coordinator will support policy implementation and government and donor coordination of resilience activities. CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has fifteen years of experience in Malawi agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement donor coordination strategy for resilience activities;
  • Transfer learning from the Development Food Security Activity to the Government of Malawi and donor community; and
  • Support policy implementation, particularly the National Resilience Strategy, at the national level.

Key Qualification:

  • At least five (5) years of experience working with government strategy formulation and coordination;
  • Master’s degree in economics, natural resource management, community development, public or business administration, international relations, political science or relevant field required;
  • Knowledge of and experience working with the Government of Malawi, including strong knowledge of government processes;
  • Experience working with different government ministries on climate variability and disasters risk management, community land rights, management, conservation, and development;
  • Knowledge of policies on food security, disaster mitigation, agriculture development, and poverty reduction preferred; and
  • English ability required, knowledge of local languages 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.

Strategic Learning Lead – Malawi

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Strategic Learning Lead to support its Development Food Security Activity in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi.   The Strategic Learning Lead will support strengthening stakeholder collaboration and coordinate learning activities across all sectors and activities of the program.  CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has 15 years of experience in Malawi agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with monitoring, evaluation, and learning and technical teams to ensure collaboration and learning across all projects in the implementation area;
  • Work with external stakeholders including host country government, international donors, multilateral organizations, and the private sector;
  • Ensure that adaptive learning is use within and across all the project’s multi-sectoral interventions;
  • Implementation of diverse and adaptive knowledge sharing activities within and outside of the project;
  • Improve knowledge sharing and applications and strengthen activity-based capacity;
  • Strategic leadership of collaborating, learning, and adaptation efforts.

Key Qualification:

  • At least five (5) years of experience in the integration of CLA into field programming is required, experience conducting such programming in Malawi is strongly preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, nutrition, international development, or related field required, Master’s degree preferred;
  • Experience collaborating with a variety of external stakeholders including the host country government, international donors, and private sector;
  • Experience developing and applying resources to create, capture, organize, and share knowledge across technical sectors;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of agricultural, livelihoods, and/or food security programming preferred;
  • Experience with international donor projects, especially USAID and Food for Peace preferred;
  • Strong English ability required, knowledge of local languages 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.

Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics (GYSD) Lead – Malawi

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics (GYSD) Lead to support its Development Food Security Activity in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi.  The GYSD Lead will lead gender and youth integration through the entire five-year award program across all program activities and will be responsible for coordination of best practices across all levels of the program. The GYSD Lead will ensure that the social dimensions of food security and community resilience are effectively addressed across all activity components, at all levels. CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has more than fifteen years of experience in Malawian agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership to baseline gender audit and gender-transformative programming;
  • Provide strategic leadership to ensure gender and youth integration and empowerment is implemented across all activity components;
  • Facilitation of national and regional workshops;
  • Capacity building for program staff and partners to increase the integration of gender-sensitive activities;
  • Review of key program materials for gender sensitivity and equity factors;
  • Continuous analysis of contextual and socio-cultural factors in gender equity in program activities

Key Qualification:

  • Seven (7) years of experience implementing gender and youth-sensitive programming at the community level is required, experience conducting such programming in Southern Africa is strongly preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant technical areas, such as gender, women’s studies, agricultural economics, or international development, is required, a Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Two (2) years of experience in the field-level management of development projects is required;
  • Strong understanding of socio-cultural factors within the food security context is required, including gender and youth;
  • Demonstrated experience leading participatory data collection and monitoring and evaluation focused on gender, youth, and other socio-cultural factors;
  • Experience building the capacity of stakeholders and program staff to facilitate gender and youth integration and empowerment is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in participatory learning and action and facilitating collaborative problem solving;
  • Knowledge of agricultural, livelihood, and/or food security programming is preferred;
  • International donor experience required, USAID, particularly Food for Peace funding, preferred;
  • Strong oral and written English skills required, knowledge of local languages 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.