Technical Expert for USAID Development Food Aid Program (DFAP) FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Technical Expert for USAID Development Food Aid Program (DFAP) FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

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About CNFA:

CNFA is a not-for-profit international agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to increasing rural incomes by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record of implementing agricultural development programs in 45 countries.

CNFA is seeking the services of a technical expert for a short- to medium-term assignment to support our business development team in anticipation of the 2018 Food for Peace funding opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for conducting research and for providing the written inputs, writing, editing, and reviewing application technical sections from pre-solicitation through submission. CNFA anticipates the position to start immediately and continue through February 2018. The selected consultant will be required to travel to West Africa on a mutually agreed timeline for this opportunity.

Tasks & Deliverables

  • Lead the proposal team in the development of the strategic approach, including preliminary objectives, and preliminary activities during the capture phase
  • Interview stakeholders and contribute to design of problem analysis and activities
  • Contribute to the drafting, editing, and review of the application sections, as assigned
  • Conduct desk and other field research, as required
  • Conduct the capture trip as agreed with the team.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural value chains, market systems, trade, and exports required, some of which must include West Africa
  • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of 8 years of proposal writing experience and providing technical oversight and leadership on development projects required; experience with Food for Peace and USAID strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of Food for Peace conceptual and results framework and indicators, and experience in developing a milestone plant for results areas required;
  • Experience in leading the early stages of proposal design and provision of the technical “roadmap” required;
  • Strong writing and editing skills required;
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and communication skills required;
  • Knowledge and experience of agricultural and nutrition in West Africa strongly preferred;
  • Experience working with different partners, staff, and experience in developing organizational charts and staffing approaches strongly preferred.
  • English fluency

Lead Writer for Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) and Eastern Europe USDA Food for Progress (FFPr) FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

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About CNFA:

CNFA is a not-for-profit agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, DC and dedicated to increasing rural incomes by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs. CNFA assists smallholders to increase household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record implementing agricultural development programs in 45 countries.

CNFA is seeking the services of a lead writer for a short- to medium-term assignment to support the development of a proposal for the FY 2018 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress (FFPr) funding opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for conducting research and for drafting, editing, and reviewing proposal technical sections from pre-solicitation through submission. CNFA anticipates the position to start immediately and continue through January 2018. The selected consultant will be required to travel to MENA and/or Eastern Europe on a mutually agreed timeline for this opportunity.

Tasks & Deliverables

  • Conduct background review to learn the context and donor priorities in the target technical area.
  • Support the proposal team with the development of the strategic approach, including results framework, preliminary objectives, guiding principles, and preliminary activities.
  • Responsible for writing the technical application including the introduction summary, and strategic analysis.
  • Support the team in writing other sections of the proposal, as required.
  • Conduct the capture trip as agreed with the team. 

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural value chains, market systems, trade, and exports required, some of which must include MENA and Eastern Europe.
  • 8+ years of proposal writing and/or project management experience in the international development field required; USDA experience strongly preferred.
  • A Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, management, international development, or a related field of study or equivalent work experience required.
  • Knowledge of USDA regulations, especially for compliance on the proposal writing required.
  • Strong writing and editing skills required.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills required.
  • Knowledge of the USDA M&E structure and indicators required.
  • Familiarity with CNFA’s technical and geographic program areas preferred.
  • Experience in devising an approach for graphic designs strongly preferred.

Technical Lead for Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) and Eastern Europe USDA Food for Progress (FFPr) FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

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About CNFA:

CNFA is a not-for-profit agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, DC and dedicated to increasing rural incomes by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs. CNFA assists smallholders to increase household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record implementing agricultural development programs in 45 countries.

CNFA is seeking the services of a technical lead for a short- to medium-term assignment to support the development of a proposal for the FY 2018 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress (FFPr) funding opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for conducting research and for providing the written inputs, editing, and reviewing proposal technical sections from pre-solicitation through submission. CNFA anticipates the position to start immediately and continue through January 2018. The selected consultant will be required to travel to MENA and/or Eastern Europe on a mutually agreed timeline for this opportunity.

Tasks & Deliverables

  • Conduct background review to learn the context and donor priorities in the target technical area.
  • Lead the proposal team in the development of the strategic approach, including results framework, preliminary objectives, guiding principles, and preliminary activities.
  • Support the team in writing the technical application including the introduction summary, strategic analysis and other sections.
  • Conduct the capture trip as agreed with the team.  

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural value chains, market systems, trade, and exports required, some of which must include MENA and Eastern Europe.
  • 8+ years of providing technical oversight and leadership on development projects and/or proposal writing experience in the international development field required; USDA experience preferred.
  • A Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, management, international development, or a related field of study or equivalent work experience required.
  • Knowledge of USDA regulations, especially for compliance and M&E required.
  • Strong writing and editing skills required.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills required.
  • Experience working with different partners, staff, and experience in developing organizational charts and staffing approaches strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with CNFA’s technical and geographic program areas preferred.
  • Experience in devising an approach for graphic designs strongly preferred.

Consultant – Food for Peace M&E and Program Design Facilitator

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CNFA is seeking a qualified consultant to facilitate the design of a Food for Peace DFAP program in West Africa. The M&E and Program Design Facilitator will collaborate closely with a broader technical design team to conduct field research; facilitate the technical design of the project, including problem identification; develop of the Theory of Change and Logical Framework; and provide written input. The consultant will contribute to the review process during proposal writing, and work closely with the technical design team to draft the work plan and MEL Plan sections of the proposal. The consultancy will require travel to West Africa and Washington, D.C.  

Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience designing US-government funded projects in the areas of food security, agriculture, livelihoods, combating under-nutrition, disaster impact mitigation, and/or resilience. FFP DFAP/DFAS experience preferred.
  • Experience facilitating problem analysis using tools such as problem & solution trees required.
  • Experience developing Theory of Change & Logical Frameworks required.
  • West Africa experience required
  • International donor experience required, USAID program experience preferred;
  • Master’s degree or higher in related field.
  • Strong written and verbal English required.
  • Experience in proposal writing is preferred. 

Seed Systems Support – Lead Technical Consultant

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Project Background:

 

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidatesfor the USAID/Bureau of Food Security Seed Systems Support. The Seed Systems Support activity will focus on inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, and strengthened resilience among people and systems.  This activity will achieve these results through the development of innovative and sustainable seed systems that are responsive to the needs of smallholder farmers and adaptive to climate and economic change.

 

Role:

 

The Technical Writer will support the capture effort and technical design for the Seed Systems Support proposal development, including leading and facilitating the development of the overall design approach and concept for the proposal; writing programmatic sections of the document closely with the Lead Technical Writer; leading technical design from capture to the final submission, including research, partnering, and supporting writers of all proposal sections; and collaborating closely with the Budget/Contracts Manager to ensure that the technical program comports with the budgetary and contractual requirements.

Qualifications

  • 15 plus years in the agriculture sector with at least 5 years of experience in seed and seed systems in Africa and other emerging markets. The seed specific expertise will include experience on 1 or more of the following areas: private sector seed production and marketing, seed policy and regulatory environment development, increasing small holder access to seed, varietal development, seed multiplication and/or seed certification.  
  • Experience designing and/or managing agribusiness development projects is preferred;
  • Experience in proposal writing as lead technical writer is preferred.
  • International donor experience required, USAID program experience preferred;
  • Master’s Degree in related field required, PhD preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal English language skills required

Chief of Party – Food for Progress 2017-2018

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Position Summary:

USDA Food for Progress provides a mechanism through which donated U.S. agricultural commodities are sold at local markets of developing countries and the proceeds support programs that increase agricultural productivity and expand trade of agricultural products.

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 USDA and all other counterparts, local implementing partners, and government officials involved with the program.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Successful experience managing Food for Progress programs is required;
  • At least three years of 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 overseeing financial and administrative management of programs, including of personnel, reporting, budgeting and procurement for large, complex programs is 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 is required;
  • Demonstrated experience serving as ambassador for home office, establishing and nurturing strong relationships with donor representatives and expanding business required;
  • English fluency required, knowledge of relevant language strongly preferred.

Chief of Party – Seed Systems Support

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Position Summary:

Brief Project Overview:

CNFA is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated Seed Systems Support project based in Washington, D.C. and funded by the USAID Bureau of Food Security. The project will focus on inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, and increased resilience among people and systems in Feed the Future countries. The project will strengthen formal and informal seed systems to be responsive to the needs of smallholder farmers and adaptive to climate and economic change.

 

The COP will provide the strategic vision and overall leadership of the project. S/He will be responsible for overseeing overall project management, coordination and oversight, and achievement of targeted results, including the technical, financial, and administrative functions of the project, ensuring an integrated approach among all project components and actors. The COP will serve as the primary point of contact to USAID, consortium partners, and key project stakeholders.

 

The successful candidate will be a senior leader with knowledge of agricultural input supply chains and with experience managing large, complex programs for USAID.  

 

This position will be based at CNFA headquarters in Washington, DC.

 

Qualification and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, agricultural economics, or a related field is required, PhD is preferred;
  • 10+ years of experience as COP and/or home office manager of large ($10 M+) USAID-funded Agricultural Development or Economic Growth projects is required;
  • Experience managing complex funding mechanisms; such as centrally-funded multi-country USAID projects, IDIQs or LWAs is a plus, but not required;
  • Experience in the development of agricultural input supply chains is strongly preferred, as is experience in executing agricultural policy and regulatory reform projects;
  • Experience in the inclusion of the private sector into agricultural development initiatives is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and strengthen partnerships among a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies, the private sector, development partners, and research institutions is preferred;
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English are required; French and/or Spanish skills are preferred.
  • Note: Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

 

Deadline for submission is December 10, 2017.

Monitoring & Evaluation Intern

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Location: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (two positions)

CNFA is seeking applications for USAID/Zimbabwe’s Food for Peace Amalima Program. The Amalima program has the following strategic objectives:

(1) improve household access to, and availability of, food

(2) improve community resilience to shocks and (3) improve the nutrition and health of pregnant and lactating women, boys and girls under two.

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) intern will report to and work directly with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager. The intern will conduct learning unit research and support routine M&E work. She/he will support and learn all aspects of research, monitoring, evaluation and learning including but not limited to data collection, entry, analysis and report writing. 

Specific Duties

  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data using both formal and informal approaches;
  • Capture research data using appropriate software for analysis;
  • Participate in data analysis and interpretation of results;
  • Maintain a credible filing system that allows for easy retrieval of documents;
  • Capture Amalima activity and outcome data from hard copy registers into an electronic database;
  • Perform other support tasks as required;
  • Other duties assigned by Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager.

Qualifications

  • A student studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Research Methods and Quantitative Skills (including software), Agriculture, Nutrition, Communications/Writing or other relevant field
  • A strong interest and solid foundation in research methods and tools is required
  • Must have a support letter from their learning institution

To Apply

  • Qualified candidates should send their detailed CVs and cover letters to: Amalima.consultancy.services@gmail.com and write title of the position they are applying for in the subject line by 28th July 2017. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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Logistics Intern

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Location: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

CNFA is seeking applications for USAID/Zimbabwe’s Food for Peace Amalima Program. The Amalima program has the following strategic objectives: (1) improve household access to, and availability of, food (2) improve community resilience to shocks and (3) improve the nutrition and health of pregnant and lactating women, boys and girls under two.  The Logistics intern will report to and work directly with the Logistics Officer to support these strategic objectives. The intern will work with and learn all aspects of logistics including but not limited to logistics administration. S/he will assist in updating office records such as, vehicles maintenance schedules, assets register, printers’ maintenance schedules; filing all logistical files; and keep the department clean and organized. 

To Apply

Qualified candidates should send their detailed CVs and cover letters to:

Amalima.consultancy.services@gmail.comand write title of the position they are applying for in the subject line by 7th July 2017.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Specific Duties

  • Create and and/or update logistical records under the guidance of the logistics officer;
  • File and properly label of logistics files: vehicle files, procurement files, insurance files, fuel files among others;
  • Prepare payment requests and checklists for submission to finance;
  • Assist in the procurement of small value items;
  • Other duties assigned by Logistics Officer.

Qualifications

  • A student studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management majoring in Transport Management, Logistics or Procurement or Administration from recognized College/Institutions with support letters from their learning institutions looking for attachment posts. 

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