Technical Lead for USAID Orora Wihaze – Rwanda

Technical Lead for USAID Orora Wihaze – Rwanda

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CNFA is seeking the services of a Technical Lead for a short- to medium-term assignment to support the development of a proposal in response to the RFP for the USAID Rwanda Orora Wihaze opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for providing technical input to CNFA’s proposal. 

Tasks & Deliverables:

  • Read the RFP for the Orora Wihaze Activity and review existing capture research on this opportunity.
  • Support the proposal team in the development of the strategic approach, including win themes, results framework, objectives, and activities.
  • Provide written technical input into the development of the proposal, including conducting research and working collaboratively with the Lead Writer and CNFA staff to develop the technical sections of the proposal.
  • Conduct a capture trip, as decided upon with the proposal team.
  • Identify and recommend potential local partners, organizations, and personnel that the proposal team should meet for gathering contextual information, discussing opportunities for collaboration, and obtaining buy-in to the CNFA proposal and bidding strategy.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field or equivalent work experience required.
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural development, livestock productivity, market systems development, and nutrition required.
  • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of 5 years providing technical oversight and leadership on development projects required, experience with USAID projects preferred.
  • Experience working in Rwanda preferred.
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and communication skills required.
  • Familiarity with CNFA’s technical and geographic program areas 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.

Lead Writer for USAID Orora Wihaze – Rwanda

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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 proposal in response to the RFP for the upcoming USAID Rwanda Orora Wihaze opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for conducting research and for drafting, editing, and reviewing the full proposal. The consultant should reflect the tone and writing style of the CNFA team and should work within CNFA formatting and templates. 

Tasks & Deliverables:

  • Read the RFP for the Orora Wihaze Activity and review existing capture research on this opportunity.
  • Conduct research as required to develop the proposal and provide evidence; identify research needs to be completed by CNFA staff; and work collaboratively with the Technical Lead and CNFA staff to develop the responses.
  • Conduct a capture trip to Rwanda, as decided upon with the proposal team.
  • Responsible for writing the technical sections of the proposal and support the proposal team in the writing of other sections, as needed.
  • Review and edit field inputs for the proposal, as needed in collaboration with the field team and under the leadership of HQ.
  • Collaboratively incorporate inputs and address comments from color draft reviews.
  • Support the team in the development of a strategy for developing the design of the full proposal.
  • Maintain the formatting of the original document and work within CNFA’s formatting.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field or equivalent work experience required.
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural development, livestock productivity, market development, and nutrition required.
  • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of 5 years of proposal writing experience and providing technical oversight and leadership on development projects required.
  • Experience leading the early stages of proposal design and provision of the technical “roadmap” required.
  • 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.

 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.

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.