Deputy Chief of Party

Deputy Chief of Party

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Project Description:

Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA) is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project designed to increase smallholder farmers’ access to markets, alongside their overall development impact and cost-effectiveness. Smallholders farmers in Pakistan use outdated and less effective technologies, leading to stagnant or dwindling productivity and returns, particularly in the horticulture and livestock sub-sectors. Because improved technologies that are affordable, impactful, and safe have not yet penetrated the vast smallholder market.

Position Description:

Working under direct supervision of the Chief of Party, the Deputy Chief of Party will perform his assignments in order smooth functioning of program and operation and compliance. The DCOP will be responsible to support all program and financial and operational support and oversight. DCOP will be responsible for the implementation of project activities relating to program, administration, accounting, procurement, international STTAs visits, security and support to MEL and directly managing PATTA HR and programmatic activities. 

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities: PATTA requires a frequent coordination with USAID, Supply Side Partners, Demand Side partners, facilitating partners and government and semi government organizations and fulfill host country compliance requirements. The DCOP would be guiding the program and operation staff in day to day activities and shall be able to perform following specific tasks:

Management role:

  • Supervise and manage the Agricultural Technology Unit: Ag. Tech. Director, Crops and Livestock Tech. Officers and STTA time to time;
  • Supervise and manage the Finance and Compliance Unit: Finance and Compliance Manager, Accountant, HR and Admin Officer, Safety Security and Logistics Manager and Drivers and STTA time to time;
  • Supervise and manage the MEL Unit: the MEL Director, the M&E Officer and other STTA time to time;
  • Supervise and manage Cross Cutting Activities: Gender Integration Officer, Social and Behavior Change Communication Officer and Project Communication Officer;
  • Identify issues in program implementation and actively coordinate with Chief of Party to address and mitigate programmatic challenges as they arise.
  • Conduct field trips related to project monitoring and special assignments advised from time to time by the COP. 

Coordination Role:

  • Serve as a liaison between Technical teams in implementation of program activities
  • Serve as head of Program coordination and operation team in for finance and compliance management
  • Provide assistance to COP in cyclical cycle management
  • Ensure program and operational support to PATTA teams maximizing their ability to produce results and achieve sustainable impact
  • Provide support to the MEL, BDMS unit and Technology Development unit
  • Lead the implementation of all activities relating to accounting, procurement, personnel files, and facilitate international consultants visit and schedules
  • Review all reports including marketing/communication material transmitted to USAID
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID, CNFA, and federal and local Government reporting requirements.

Representative Role:

  • Serve as Chief of Party when delegated in the absence of COP
  • Serve as the direct liaison with USAID for smooth implementation of the project in the absence of COP
  • Other duties as required or assigned by Chief of Party.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree or MBA in the relevant disciplines from any recognized university (Business Administration, Project Management, Agriculture Economics, and Financial Management).
  • At least 10-year or more experience working on similar positions with donors funded project, preferably with at least 5 years’ experience working with USAID funded projects and managing multiple contracts and agreements. 
  • Proven track record of implementing program and operational activities in the field.
  • This position will require countrywide frequent travel.

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Interested candidates should submit CVs to recruitment@pakistan-patta.org by May 05, 2019. Kindly clearly mention position title “Deputy Chief of Party” in email subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Agribusiness Investment Officer

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Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas. As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises. Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new investment and $75 million in finance across the 5 crops in 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.   

Position Description

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Investment, the Agribusiness Investment Officer focuses on identifying and linking investors and grant programs to investment ready or nearly ready, large and SME agribusinesses in the Activity’s select value chains and geographies.  The Agribusiness Investment Officer also works very closely with the Agribusiness and Agribusiness Finance and Investment Teams

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify foreign and domestic investment funds, networks, and groups who have an expressed interest in investing in the agriculture/agribusiness sector.  These may include diaspora, angel investors, impact investors, venture capital, private equity to mention a few.
  • Identify grant and other programs aimed to support the growth and expansion of the agribusiness sector, with an emphasis on youth and women-owned enterprises.
  • Working with the Agribusiness Finance Specialist and the Agribusiness Team, identify small, medium, and large enterprises seeking equity capital, grants, and other forms of non-repayable capital to elevate their businesses to the next level.
  • Responsible for all investment deal pipeline sourcing and collation, regulatory liaison, strategic partners and potential investors scouting.
  • Responsible for investment and credit analysis on agribusiness opportunities/transactions.
  • Provide support to the agribusinesses in negotiating with the investors on deal structure and terms.  Facilitate commercially viable linkages and provide training, technical assistance and other advisory services to these players, resulting in the closing of investment, grant, and other transactions.
  • Assist in the development and management of a fund mobilization platform to increase private commercial investment for off-farm agribusinesses, with an emphasis on SMEs.
  • Ensuring that stakeholders, other donor funded projects, Government of Nigeria programs and beneficiaries are aware of and interested in collaborating with the Activity, resulting in achieving as much leverage as possible.
  • Meeting with agribusinesses to develop a strong understanding of the legal, regulatory, and other barriers constraining agribusiness investment in each crop/location, and in association with the Enabling Environment Policy Unit, actively contribute to the development of a clear and coherent vision for the reduction of these barriers. 
  • Backstopping and supporting other long- and short-term finance and investment specialists;
  • Contribute to the development of finance, investment and policy components to increase the reach and capacity of agribusiness entrepreneurship and business development support organizations through a series of collaborative stakeholder workshops.
  • Perform other duties related to the above as requested by the Director of Finance and Investment or her designate.

Qualifications

  • At least 7 years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Master’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, business administration, finance or another related field is strongly preferred;
  • Proven track record in developing, analyzing, and implementing projects focused on agribusinesses, agricultural finance, and agricultural value chains;
  • Experience in Nigeria required; experience in other West African countries a plus;
  • Experience with other donor funded projects, especially USAID, is preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating private-sector investments and familiarity with the workings of Government of Nigeria legal and regulatory frameworks at the National and State levels;
  • Able to maintain a rigorous focus on project deliverables, indicators and results, including being able to engage stakeholders to capitalize on any shared efficiencies;
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic and a focus on results; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

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 – Bangladesh

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Project Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year US$19 million USAID-funded Feed the Future Agricultural Growth Activity in Bangladesh. The project is anticipated to improve the country’s agriculture sector through collaboration with the private sector and local organizations using an inclusive market systems approach.

Position Qualifications:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible management experience in international development projects, including USAID projects, is required;
  • Experience managing development assistance projects of a comparable size and scope in developing countries is required;
  • Experience managing projects in the agriculture sector;
  • Experience in engaging women, youth, poor, ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable groups in project activities is desirable;
  • Experience in engaging with private sector and local organizations focused on agriculture is desirable;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is required, experience with other large donor funded programs in agriculture sector is desired;
  • Demonstrated experience in financial and operations management, monitoring and evaluation is required; demonstrated experience managing, supervising, developing, and recruiting staff is required;
  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field is required;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required; Bengali and/or knowledge of another local dialect is preferred;
  • Experience in Bangladesh or in South Asia is strongly 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.

Deputy Chief of Party – Bangladesh

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Project Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year US$19 million USAID-funded Feed the Future Agricultural Growth Activity in Bangladesh. The project is anticipated to improve the country’s agriculture sector through collaboration with the private sector and local organizations using an inclusive market systems approach.

Position Qualifications:

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible management experience in international development projects, including USAID projects, is required;
  • Demonstrated professional success in managing development assistance projects of a comparable size and scope in developing countries is required;
  • Working experience in agriculture development projects is required;
  • Working experience in projects engaging women, youth, poor, ethnic minorities and other vulnerable groups is highly desirable;
  • Experience in engaging with private sector and local organizations focused on agriculture is desirable;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is required, experience with other large donor programs is desirable;
  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field is required;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required; Bengali and/or knowledge of another local dialect is preferred;
  • Experience in Bangladesh or in South Asia is strongly preferred.

Women and Bangladeshi 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 Experts – Bangladesh

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Project Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Feed the Future Agricultural Growth Activity in Bangladesh. The project is anticipated to improve the country’s agriculture sector through collaboration with the private sector and local organizations using an inclusive market systems approach.

CNFA is currently seeking applications for the following types of experts. Please indicate the area(s) of expertise for which you would like to apply in your application.

·         Agribusiness Development Specialist

·         Agriculture Value Chain Development Specialist

·         Policy Specialist

·         Public-Private Partnerships Specialist

·         Agriculture Production Specialist

·         Capacity Building Specialist

·         Access to Finance Specialist

·         Product Development Specialist

·         Communications & Marketing Specialist

·         Gender & Youth Specialist

·         Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist

·         Nutrition Specialist

·         Grants Specialist

·         Finance and Operations Specialist

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five (5) plus years of experience in agricultural development including working with agribusinesses or similar is 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 Bangladesh is highly preferred; experience working in the region is desirable;
  • Fluency in English is required; Fluency in Bengali or another local dialect is preferred.

Women and Bangladeshi 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.

Deputy Chief of Party – Ukraine

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Background

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for Deputy Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded agriculture activity in Ukraine. The project is anticipated to support rural community productivity, processing, profitability, export 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;
  • Deep understanding of the operating context and stakeholder relationships in the agriculture sector in Ukraine or other Eastern European countries is required.
  • Demonstrated professional success in managing USG funded projects of a comparable size and scope in developing countries is required; Strong understanding of USAID rules and regulations is required.
  • Working experience in agriculture development projects is required;
  • Working experience in projects engaging women, youth, poor, ethnic minorities and other vulnerable groups is highly desirable;
  • Experience in overseeing grants programs and monitoring and evaluations efforts in accordance with USAID rules and regulations is required.
  • 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.

 

Chief of Party – Ukraine

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Background:

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded agriculture activity in Ukraine. The project is anticipated to support rural community productivity, processing, profitability, export and access to finance in the country’s agriculture sector.

 

Key Qualification:

  • Minimum of ten (10) 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;
  • Experience managing development USG projects of a comparable size and scope in developing countries is required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is required, experience with other large donor programs is required;
  • Experience managing projects in the agriculture sector, preferable in Ukraine and/or other Eastern European countries and/or countries of similar contexts.
  • Experience in engaging women, youth, poor, ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable groups in project activities is desirable;
  • Demonstrated experience in financial resource and operations management, grants management, and monitoring and evaluation is required; demonstrated experience managing, supervising, developing, and recruiting staff is required;
  • 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.

Call for Experts – Ukraine

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Background

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates in the following areas for an anticipated USAID-funded agriculture activity in Ukraine. The project is anticipated to support rural community productivity, processing, profitability, export and access to finance in the country’s agriculture sector.

 

CNFA is currently seeking applications for the following types of professionals to support this project. Please indicate the area(s) of expertise for which you would like to apply in your application:

 

·         Agribusiness Development Specialist

·         Agriculture Value Chain Development Specialist

·         Access to Finance Specialist

·         Policy Specialist

·         Public-Private Partnerships Specialist

·         Agriculture Production Specialist

·         Capacity Building Specialist

·         Governance Specialist

·         Access to Finance Specialist

·         Product Development Specialist

·         Communications Specialist

·         Gender Specialist

·         Youth Specialist

·         Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

·         Grants Specialist

·         Finance and Operations Specialist

Key Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in agricultural development including working with agribusinesses or similar is required;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred;
  • Experience working in Ukraine is highly preferred; experience working in the region is desirable;
  • Fluency in English is required; Fluency in Ukrainian and/or Russian is required.

Women and Ukrainian 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. 

Director of Finance & Administration – West Africa Region

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for Director of Finance & Administration supporting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress (FFPr) program in West Africa region (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria). The FFPr program aims to improve agricultural production and expand trade of agricultural products in developing countries through the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities. The anticipated project will be a five-year project which aims to build the competitiveness of the West African cashew industry resulting in increased direct trade with the region. 

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 USDA 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

Key Qualifications:

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