Communications Manager

Communications Manager

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Position Summary: CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C. based Communications Manager to drive the communications strategy and public image that bring CNFA’s vision, programs and mission to life. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Communications Manager will be responsible for developing key messages and brand strategy, and will play a leadership role in ensuring their consistent use throughout the organization.  The position requires strategic thinking, innovative ideas, exceptional writing and editing skills, and the ability to convey complex ideas clearly using consistent messaging and storytelling tactics.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the organization’s leadership team to develop an annual communications plan that will highlight CNFA’s programs while advancing organizational goals;
  • Strategize for and manage the creation of all organizational materials developed for annual meetings including annual reports, brochures newsletters and video content;
  • Develop message-driven communications content for media and digital platforms including press releases, blog posts, speeches, opinion pieces, one-pagers, executive scripts and supporting media relations activities;
  • Develop key messages and ensure consistent use of brand strategy and style guides throughout the organization;
  • Collaborate with the leadership team to design and implement organization-wide expectations and procedures for gathering stories, photos, and other content required to support communications efforts;
  • Establish and implement production timelines and envision and execute new types of creative content to bring CNFA’s work and history to life through video and print;
  • Strategically utilize website/blog and social media to increase levels of engagement with the organization, grow its base of supporters, and provide public education CNFA’s mission;
  • Identify and direct the organization’s participation in opportunities or events that will promote the importance of CNFA’s mission and attract new supporters;
  • Monitor news items and current events, and make recommendations for response, commentary, or involvement by CNFA;
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with the donor’s communications-related requirements for CNFA’s various initiatives; and
  • Manage field communications and public relations activities with CNFA’s program staff overseas.

Experience and Education

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, International Relations/Public Affairs, Journalism, Marketing, Political Science or other relevant field, with a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in outreach and communications work, especially with media relations;
  • Thorough knowledge of and practical experience in full range of communications strategy, execution and measurement;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of agriculture-related international development, including the issues, stakeholders, clients and communications landscape is preferred, but not required;
  • Proven planning and organizational skills, strong conceptual and research/analytical skills, ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources into conclusions and recommendations;
  • Excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills;
  • Spoken and written fluency required in English with fluency in French preferred, but not required;
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines, juggle multiple tasks and flexibility to work effectively under stress;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with internal and external partners in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent computer skills and ability to use standard technology packages
  • Strong track record of developing innovative solutions and delivering results for clients;
  • Ability to travel internationally as needed up to approximately 20%; and
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

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.

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated project supporting the

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Cote d’Ivoire. The Food for Progress (FFPr) program aims to improve agricultural production and expand trade of agricultural products in developing countries. The FFPr provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expending free enterprise in the agricultural sector. The commodities are generally sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural development activities. 

Responsibilities

  • Design monitoring and evaluation framework and data collection and analysis systems to ensure accurate reporting on all indicators for all value chains
  • Coordinate and lead baseline evaluation for all value chains and support additional evaluations
  • Design and lead the project’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting approach
  • Coordinate with other M&E teams on donor-funded projects to share results, best practices and lessons learned
  • Track and analyze project indicators and capture best practices and lessons learned to incorporate into project activities
  • Perform other duties as needed

Required Qualifications

  • A masters of science degree
  • 5+ years of experience managing the monitoring and evaluation component of a USDA or other donor-funded project
  • Fluency in English and French

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience with projects that used the value chain approach
  • Prior experience managing the monitoring and evaluation system for a USDA Food for Progress activity
  • Familiarity with USDA’s Food Assistance Division’s M&E policy

Women and Ivorian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Finance Director

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated project supporting the

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Cote d’Ivoire. The Food for Progress (FFPr) program aims to improve agricultural production and expand trade of agricultural products in developing countries. The FFPr provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expending free enterprise in the agricultural sector. The commodities are generally sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural development activities. 

Responsibilities

  • Provide sound financial and administrative oversight to the project
  • Oversee finance and administrative team, including human resources, accounting, procurement, and logistics
  • Serve as point of contact to USDA on finance and administrative issues, participating in discussions on contract issues and actions, and following up on client requests
  • 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 and tracking systems and procedures
  • Oversee processing of approvals for procurement, consultant agreements, and vendor invoices
  • Support the development, execution, and management of subcontractor and consultant agreements

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Masters of Business Administration (preferred), or related degree
  • At least 5 years of experience managing financial and contractual aspects of large international development projects, preferably USDA-funded projects
  • At least 5 years managing and supervising financial, administration and procurement staff
  • Knowledge and familiarity with US Government US Government Cost Accounting Standards, and a good knowledge of Federal and USDA Acquisition Regulations
  • Fluency in English and French.

Women and Ivorian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Program Officer

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Program Overview

LADA is a four-year project that aims to improve the agricultural development and food security initiatives at the community- and national-level in Liberia. The LADA project aims to strengthen “aggregation clusters” through facilitating business relationships that link, suppliers, producers, processors, buyers, and investors so that all actors along the value chain can benefit from sustainable growth. To achieve this vision, CNFA will provide its Co-Investment Fund (CIF) to finance quality inputs, mechanization, agricultural equipment, and markets so that Liberian smallholder farmers can increase their participation in the market. CNFA will also deliver its celebrated Business Management Training (BMT) so as to certify agro-dealers with the Ministry of Agriculture starting in early 2017.

Position Description

Working under direct supervision of the Value Chain Advisor, the Program Officer is responsible for overseeing all project grant activities in their respective regions. The Program Officer will also backstop component 2 as needed.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance, as needed, to grant applicants on the grant application process.
  • Disseminate CIF RFAs to insure that potential applicants are informed.
  • Assist applicants by indicating potential local consultants that can help them to develop both concept notes and business plans
  • Maintain regular contact with grantees to facilitate grant implementation, identify potential problems and solutions, and to oversee the timely achievement of milestones.
  • Provide support to national and international STTAs, and Monrovia-based Account Managers who are providing technical assistance to the grantee.
  • Provide monthly grant updates to the, Co-Investment Fund Manager and Private-Sector Advisor on the status of grant applications and grantees.
  • Work with LADA monitoring and evaluation team to assess and measure the achievements of grantees and identify challenges.
  • Work with the County Coordinators to help implement other LADA program activities as required.  Supply administrative, proposal writing, and other services.
  • Assist the communications and M&E team in writing and proofing communications and reporting materials such as success stories, periodic reports, and other materials as requested. 

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field. Master’s preferred, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a relevant competency area, including agricultural/livestock development, business management or other.
  • Minimum of 3 years implementing and/or managing programs, grants or business development activities for donor funded projects.
  • Proven knowledge of USAID’s rules and regulations governing grant processes. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Complete fluency in English is required, written and verbal

Salary and Terms: One-year term, salary based on salary history (USAID biodata form)

Conditions of Employment:  Subject to completion of a probationary period. 

 

Supervisor: The Position will be supervised by the Private Sector Advisor

Program Officer/Senior Program Officer

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CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C.-based Program Officer/Senior Program Officer to oversee, manage and backstop a portfolio of international development programs in 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, partners and donor 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; fostering and maintaining strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders; leadership in critiquing and reviewing project documents such as grant, procurement 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;
  • When approved, liaising with USAID to provide timely updates on program activities and impact and engage donors on development and implementation of programs; 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 francophone west Africa 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;
  • Demonstrated experience with backstopping 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;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • French language proficiency required
  • MS Office proficiency required;
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

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.

Director, Partnerships and Innovation Fund

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Project Background: CNFA is preparing a proposal to USAID for the Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (KISAN) II Project. The purpose of the five year, $29-35 million project is to increase the resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability of income growth, focusing on agriculture. The project will have an office in Kathmandu and a regional office in western Nepal. 

 

Position Summary: The Director, Partnerships and Innovation Fund will be responsible for leadership of the Project’s Partnership and Innovation Fund. Under KISAN II, the Fund will use a variety of funding mechanisms to ease agricultural value chain bottlenecks; test, pilot and scale innovative business models and technology solutions; and unlock the transformational potential of selected market systems. The Director will work closely with the Chief of Party and other project leadership, under the guidance of USAID, on the strategic direction of the Fund. 

Qualifications

  • Preferably a Master’s level degree in a field related to agriculture, economics, development or business;
  • Demonstrated leadership in Nepal in at least two of the fields of: development, agriculture, business, and technology, and at least some knowledge of the others; 
  • Experience in the management of grants and contracts to organizations; experience managing sub-awards under USAID funding preferred;
  • Experience developing new partnerships;
  • Demonstrated results around innovation and incubation of new ideas;
  • Experience in private-public partnerships, in agriculture preferred;
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills;
  • Experience in the following areas an advantage: resilience; gender equality and social inclusion; nutrition; climate change adaptation and natural resource management; youth; governance.  
  • Fluency in Nepali and English, including strong English writing skills;
  • Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This is an active recruit, candidates will be interviews on a rolling basis.

Deputy Chief of Party / Agriculture

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Project Background: CNFA is preparing a proposal to USAID for the Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (KISAN) II Project. The purpose of the five year, $29-35 million project is to increase the resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability of income growth, focusing on agriculture. The project will have an office in Kathmandu and a regional office in western Nepal.  

Position Summary: The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) / Agriculture will play a critical leadership role on the KISAN II project, with significant technical and managerial responsibilities. S/he will work in collaboration with the Chief of Party to provide technical oversight and leadership to the project’s approaches to improve the productivity, competitiveness, resilience and enabling environment of selected agricultural market systems.  

Qualifications:

  • Preferably a Master’s level degree or higher in one of the agricultural sciences, i.e. agronomy, agricultural economics or horticulture;
  • A minimum of seven years of experience for Master’s level or ten years of experience for Bachelor’s level in the development and implementation of agriculture value chains; 
  • Experience working for a contractor or international NGO managing program(s) of similar complexity and scale is preferred;
  • Expertise in market system facilitation approaches, including the use of “good practice” principles, behavior change methodologies, tactics to address incentives and disincentives, and skills for developing a local system that will sustain market systems over time is preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience relevant to the following cross-cutting outcomes: resilience; partnerships; gender equality and social inclusion; nutrition; climate change adaptation and natural resource management; youth; governance improvement; information communication technologies; and geographic information systems (GIS). 
  • Demonstrated success managing teams to achieve results; 
  • Fluency in Nepali and English, including strong English writing skills;
  • Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This is an active recruit with candidates being interviewed on a rolling basis.

Staff Accountant – Payroll

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Position Summary

The Staff Accountant – Payroll will be based out of the DC Home Office and will be responsible for all payroll related activities. This position works closely under the direction and supervision of the Corporate Controller in order to carry out all necessary financial management and fiscal control policies and activities for administration. Performs all activities necessary to process payroll, including maintain related records, filing tax reports and voluntary deduction reports, processing involuntary deductions such as levies and garnishments, preparing accounting transactions and documents, documenting and updating procedures, and preparing special reports for management.

Position Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Responsible for the preparation and processing of semi-monthly payroll;
  • review and ensure accuracy of approved timesheets; track and deduct all garnishments and other special payroll deductions;
  • Responsible for the coordination efforts between payroll, human resources, budget and other departments to ensure proper flow and maintenance of employee data (including preparation/distribution of detailed reports, e.g. labor” home” work, overtime, leave balances, head count, and retirement contribution reports);
  • Handle the administration of the electronic timekeeping system. Setup each employee, valid programs for each employee’s charges, and adherence to FLSA; monitor submissions of approved timesheets, ensure valid data transfers to/from payroll service;
  • Setting up new hires and processing terminations;
  • Establish/maintain employee records; ensure that employee changes are entered correctly and made on a timely basis; review changes for proper authorization and adherence to APA policy including compliance with federal/state/local regulations;
  • Keeps abreast with all US Government requirements and relevant changes associated to Post Deferential, Danger Pay, COLA and other allowances;
  • Keeps abreast of current payroll tax requirements and relevant laws associated with the processing of employee wage data, including payroll taxes, employee federal and state income and social security taxes, and other required reporting (SUI, worker’s compensation, deferred benefits, etc);
  • Conducts regular payroll reporting as required and assists with financial audits related to pay records and associated general ledger;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Corporate Controller.

Qualification:

  • Associate Degree in Business Administration/Finance required, Accounting Degree preferred;
  • Three plus years in a Payroll Office performing all payroll functions;
  • Excellent skills using MS Word, Excel, Access,
  • Experience working in Deltek/Cost point preferred;
  • Strong skills using and understanding the flow of transactions in an integrated and automated payroll accounting system;
  • Excellent problem solving/judgment skills, and high level of attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet all deadlines;
  • Knowledge of payroll and payroll tax laws;
  • Possess a thorough understanding of the importance of confidentiality and non-disclosure according to the general standards set forth by HIPAA 6;
  • Must have the ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy and tact; excellent customer services and interpersonal communication skills; Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse people groups;
  • US Work Authorization Required.

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.

Chief of Party- West Africa

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Program Background:

The FFPr provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expending free enterprise in the agricultural sector. The commodities are generally sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural development activities. The FFPr has two principal objectives: to improve agricultural productivity and to expand trade of agricultural products.

Position Summary:

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for overall management, oversight, and achievement of targeted results, including the technical, financial, and administrative functions of the project, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors. The COP will identify issues and risks related to the program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. S/he acts as the key liaison between USAID and all other counterparts, local implementing partners, and Government officials involved with the program.

Qualifications:

  • Successful experience managing Food for Progress programs required, preferably in West Africa;
  • At least three years as experience serving as program director or chief of party;
  • Experience providing technical oversight and leadership to facilitate expanded trade and competitiveness of agricultural value chains preferred;
  • Experience supporting the cocoa and coffee value chains preferred;
  • Experience overseeing financial and administrative management including of personnel, reporting, budgeting and procurement for large, complex programs in francophone West Africa required;
  • Experience overseeing an M&E team to ensure high quality program reporting, monitoring, evaluation, and learning are required;
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain positive, collaborative and productive relationships with government;
  • Demonstrated experience serving as ambassador for home office, establishing and nurturing strong relationships with donor representatives and expanding business required;
  • Experience working in Francophone Africa preferred;
  • French fluency required.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.