Country Directors – Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F)

Country Directors – Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F)

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Program Description:

The USAID-support Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program combines volunteer consultancies with highly skilled local staff to deliver technical assistance and business development services to farmer organizations, and agricultural MSMEs. Our volunteer consultants are U.S. citizens (or permanent U.S. residents) and comprise of farmers, agribusiness professionals, cooperatives managers, bankers, agricultural educators, and others with expertise in agriculture.  The primary goal of the F2F program is to generate rapid, sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector; the secondary goals is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs as well as international understanding of the US and US development programs. 

 

Position Description:

CNFA is currently seeking Country Directors for the following regions: Southern Africa, West Africa, East Africa, and ECCA.

 

*Please indicate in their application the specific country/countries and region they are apply for and interested in.

 

The F2F Country Director is an employee of CNFA and reports to the Washington, DC based F2F Program Director. Working under the direction and supervision of the Program Director and Program Officer, the Country Director supervises F2F host country employees, travels frequently within the country to maintain active liaison with actual and prospective volunteer projects, is responsible for volunteers while in country, and oversees the country budget and deliverables. Additionally, the Country Director is responsible for maintaining a strong working relationship with the local USAID office and other key stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, public and private agricultural development organizations and the NGO community.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Coordination of all F2F program activities within a country, including:
  • Identifying, designing, and implementing the Country F2F Project to ensure volunteer targets are met, reports are prepared, and resources are allocated effectively;
  • Coordinating any flexible assignments;
  • Identifying potential partners and hosts, providing pre- and post-assignment technical / business assistance to hosts, and communicating closely with hosts to assess their needs, status changes, and satisfaction with the CNFA program;
  • Developing volunteer scopes of work and facilitating volunteer assignments;
  • updating sector and sub-sector analyses;
  • Ensuring sound systems for monitoring and assessing impact from program activities;
  • Coordinating work with other stakeholders;
  • Preparing comprehensive and quality program documents and reports (including but not limited to weekly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports);
  • Developing and maintaining working relations with the USAID Mission, keeping them informed of program progress or issues;
  • Preparing for and facilitating the visits of other CNFA staff or official guests, including evaluation teams
  • Updating or developing a security and health plan for volunteers and staff in country
  • Providing training to personnel on project development principles and methodology;
  • Conducting regular performance evaluations of staff and making recommendations for improvement and growth, providing close supervision of progress;
  • With input from the Program Director and Program Officer, developing annual work plans in line with the overall regional program strategy;
  • Supporting new business development efforts, as appropriate, including program design, proposal development, and donor liaison; and
  • Maintaining annual country budgets to support program activities and monitor expenditures based on allowed budget allocations, and working within the parameters of the CNFA F2F budgeting, reporting, and administrative systems.
  • Other responsibilities to be determined by CNFA and/or USAID.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • University degree (preferably in agriculture or a related and relevant field); Master’s degree preferred
  • At least eight (8) years professional experience in assignments relevant to the F2F Country Program;
  • Fluency in English and the language(s) of the host country;
  • Experience in agricultural production, marketing and/or development;
  • Ability to network effectively with country agricultural sector stakeholders;
  • At least five (5) years of experience with proven leadership in managing work teams and executing complex projects; and
  • Demonstrated competence in managing administrative responsibilities.

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.

 

Lead Writer for USAID Development Food Aid Program (DFAP) FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – West Africa

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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 Food for Peace 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 May 2018. The selected consultant will be required to travel to West Africa on a mutually agreed timeline for this opportunity.

Tasks & Deliverables

  • 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, strategic analysis, and reviewing or ensuring integration of other sections.
  • Conduct a capture trip. 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field or equivalent work experience required
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural development, maternal and child health and nutrition, and resiliency required
  • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of 5 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 developing a milestone plan required;
  • Experience leading the early stages of proposal design and provision of the technical “roadmap” required; experience leading or participating in theory of change workshops preferred;
  • Strong proposal writing and editing skills required;
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and communication skills required;
  • Familiarity with CNFA’s technical and geographic program areas preferred.
  • Experience in devising an approach for graphic designs strongly preferred.

Program Development Manager

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CNFA Europe seeks a Program Development Manager looking for an exciting opportunity to effect change globally and be a key member of an exciting growth-phase of the organization.  We are looking for a motivated professional with strong experience coordinating and writing European donor and institutionally-funded agricultural development proposals for both grants and contracts. The Program Development Manager is an integral member of a small team that is  responsible for developing proposals for agricultural development projects globally funded by a variety of European donors and clients such as GIZ, EC, EIB, World Bank, AFD, DFID, SDC, SIDA, and others. This is a mid to senior level position.  The primary responsibility for this position is to manage proposal development efforts, serve as contributing or lead technical writer; investigate relevant issues and competitive landscapes for new project opportunities (including through in-country fact-finding travel), oversee budget preparation, recruiting, subcontracting, and logistics for proposals; and help identify and nurture new business opportunities. The responsibilities may apply across multiple concurrent business development efforts, depending on the size or complexity of individual bids.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities: Proposal Development

  • Ensures efficient development and submission of clear, readable, and responsive technical and financial proposals, integrating materials written by other proposal team members.
  • Oversees or conducts budgeting of proposed project costs.
  • Oversees, and helps conduct, recruitment of candidates for proposed project positions.
  • Moves from one assignment to another over time according to the ebb and flow of opportunities and the current portfolio of proposals under development.
  • Conducts research and participates in “reconnaissance” trips to countries in the region to gather information for new proposals, recruit project staff, and market CNFA Europe to prospective clients and partner organizations.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities: Proposal Writing

  • Lead technical writing/design of proposals.
  • Drafts proposal sections, independently and/or with other contributors.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities: Representation and Partnership Development

  • Using existing industry contacts, position CNFA as an effective development partner and service provider with a wide variety of traditional development donors, institutions, as well as the private sector.
  • Build new cross-sectoral partnerships that extend development impact and organizational business growth

Specific Roles and Responsibilities: Best Practice Development

  • Lead best practice processes for new program development, including creation of templates, online tools, and team processes that lead to success portfolio growth.
  • Participate in, and/or lead, the development, implementation, and marketing of CNFA’s innovative approaches.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • Minimum of 7 years’ of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural/economic development, international development, business administration or relevant field; 5 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree preferred.
  • Proven writing skills and documented track record of developing successful program and proposals with major European donors, foundations and institutions, and an existing network across these respective organizations.
  • High motivation to incorporate innovations and best practices into new program design.
  • Thorough understanding of M4P/Market Systems and Value Chain Approaches
  • Knowledge of EU Technical Assistance contracts and other European development partner procurement policies and regulations.
  • Experience will all or many of existing clients/donors, such as GIZ, DFID, AFD, World Bank, EU.
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently/remotely with demonstrated ability to multi-task while maintaining rigorous attention to detail.
  • Strong teamwork skills and competitive instincts
  • Ability to produce quality materials within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several projects
  • Ability to participate in and facilitate group meetings
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time
  • Previous experience living/working in a developing country, preferably with some program management experience.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and multi-cultural skills to deal with a wide variety of people at all levels
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrable ability to prioritize among multiple competing requests
  • Sense of humor and desire to work in a fast-paced, passionate environment
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; strong Internet research capabilities
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in at least one other language (French, German, and/or Arabic highly desirable)

Location and Remuneration: This position can be based remotely in Europe or Africa. TBD with each candidate.  Compensation is competitive within the industry.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.