Lead Technical Writer – MCC Niger

Lead Technical Writer – MCC Niger

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This position will serve as the lead technical writer to provide major proposal development support on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Niger Livestock project.  The successful candidate will take a lead role in the preparation of the technical proposal and should demonstrate mastery of both English and French.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead proposal teams in the development of strategic technical approaches and activities, and write the technical proposal by incorporating oral and written inputs from technical experts and responding to comments provided from reviewers;
  • Draft original content as needed, ensuring all drafts are complete and within page limits in advance of reviews;
  • Support proposal teams in writing other sections of the proposal, developing graphics and text boxes, and reviewing all proposal sections for consistency and compliance;
  • Align with CNFA best practices for developing proposal outlines, strategies, and approaches, and adhere to CNFA outline and other templates and tools;
  • Participate in the selection of best candidates for key personnel positions, and;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • At least six years of proposal writing experience, including for MCC, USAID, and other donor institutions solicitations, is required; expertise in agricultural development or other relevant technical areas is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics, journalism, or a related field is required;
  • Familiarity with MCC/MCA and/or other donor regulations for proposal compliance is required;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills is required;
  • Experience devising concepts for graphic designs and text boxes is strongly preferred;
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and a demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints is required;
  • Excellent written and oral abilities in French is required;
  • Ability to travel to both Washington, DC and Senegal is required.

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 Technical Writer – Senegal

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This position will serve as the technical writer to provide major proposal development support on the upcoming USAID/Senegal Agricultural Value Chain Services project.  The successful candidate will take a lead role in the preparation of the technical proposal and should demonstrate mastery of both English and French.

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead proposal teams in the development of strategic technical approaches and activities, and write the technical proposal by incorporating oral and written inputs from technical experts and responding to comments provided from reviewers;
  • Draft original content as needed, ensuring all drafts are complete and within page limits in advance of reviews;
  • Support proposal teams in writing other sections of the proposal, developing graphics and text boxes, and reviewing all proposal sections for consistency and compliance;
  • Align with CNFA best practices for developing proposal outlines, strategies, and approaches, and adhere to CNFA outline and other templates and tools;
  • Participate in the selection of best candidates for key personnel positions, and;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • At least six (6) years of proposal writing experience, including for USAID solicitations, is required; expertise in agricultural value chains or other relevant technical areas is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics, journalism, or a related field is required;
  • Familiarity with USAID regulations for proposal compliance is required;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills is required;
  • Experience devising concepts for graphic designs and text boxes is strongly preferred;
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and a demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints is required;
  • Excellent written and oral abilities in French is required;
  • Ability to travel to both Washington, DC and Senegal is required.

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.

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.