Seed Systems Support – Lead Technical Consultant

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:

CNFA is searching for a Chief of Party for the upcoming Seed Systems Support activity based in Washington DC and funded by the USAID Bureau of Food Security.  Channeled through USAID’s Feed the Future countries, this project will encourage the development of innovative, sustainable, and inclusive seed systems that are responsive to the needs of smallholder farmers and adaptive to climate and economic change.

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven leadership records within the seed and seed systems sectors, especially in USAID’s Feed the Future focus countries. 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 also be responsible for managing relationships with key stakeholders, USAID, and partners.

Qualification and Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in the management of large and complex (at least $10 million) donor-funded projects is required, USAID experience is strongly preferred;
  • Experience overseeing financial and administrative management of personnel, reporting, M&E, budgeting, and procurement is required;
  • Experience in the inclusion of the private sector into agricultural development initiatives across multiple countries simultaneously is strongly preferred;
  • Experience in the development and adaptation of complex agricultural systems is required, experience in seed market systems is strongly preferred;
  • Experience in the inclusion of youth and women into agricultural systems is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and adapt partnerships among a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies, the private sector, development partners, and research institutions is required;
  • Master’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, agricultural economics, or a related field is required, PhD is preferred;
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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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Finance 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 Finance Intern will report to the Finance Manager to support these strategic objectives. She/ He will work with and learn all aspects of Finance including but not limited to: cashiering, reconciliations, weekly and monthly cash counts, payment requests and disbursement of funds, implementing all finance policies and procedures. 

To Apply:

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

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

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Specific Duties

  • Assist in the implementation of Finance policies, procedures and systems;
  • Ensure compliance with CNFA procedures and guidelines;
  • Assist in reviewing all payment request and disbursement of funds, ensure proper coding and obtain approval/authority signatures and maintain complete files on all vendors and payments;
  • Cashiering, which includes disbursement of payment;
  • Maintain cash and bank spreadsheets for the field office;
  • Liaison with programs team, logistics team and administration team, prepare commitment lists every month for financial obligations already entered into but not captured in financial reports;
  • Assist in preparing cash and bank reconciliation for field office and send it to head office every month;
  • Assist accountant in preparing and coordinating cash forecasts, forwarding the payroll statistics every month, ensuring that advances are liquidated appropriately and filing all outstanding personnel advances and charges related thereof;
  • Participate in weekly and monthly cash counts;
  • Other duties assigned by Finance Manager.

Qualifications

  • A student studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Advance Diploma in Accounting from recognized College/Institutions or Accounting Students with support letters from their learning institutions looking for attachment posts.

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