Market Access Lead – Malawi

Market Access Lead – Malawi

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Market Access Lead to support its Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi. The Market Access Lead will provide strategic and technical leadership in activities to increase market access, information, and orientation of smallholder farmers and vulnerable populations. CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has 15 years of experience in Malawi agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Consolidate, develop, and strengthen DFSA’s strategic and technical leadership in market access by conducting situational analysis and assessment, identifying priorities and providing support in designing DFSA interventions;
  • Provide technical input for project implementation activities and participate in project management meetings to ensure integrated interventions and implementation;
  • Build team capacity by planning and conducting technical trainings for field staff;
  • Support the field and home office teams in identifying and solving technical difficulties, drafting reports to capture gaps, challenges, and opportunities in project execution;
  • In coordination with the program team, develop, execute, and monitor work plans for market access interventions;
  • Represent CNFA and provide technical inputs for project-related national/international events, and stakeholders’ meetings.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Consolidate, develop, and strengthen DFSA’s strategic and technical leadership in market access by conducting situational analysis and assessment, identifying priorities and providing support in designing DFSA interventions;
  • Provide technical input for project implementation activities and participate in project management meetings to ensure integrated interventions and implementation;
  • Build team capacity by planning and conducting technical trainings for field staff;
  • Support the field and home office teams in identifying and solving technical difficulties, drafting reports to capture gaps, challenges, and opportunities in project execution;
  • In coordination with the program team, develop, execute, and monitor work plans for market access interventions;
  • Represent CNFA and provide technical inputs for project-related national/international events, and stakeholders’ meetings

Key Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field including agricultural economics, business, economics, international development, or a related field;
  • At least five (5) years of experience working on similar projects focused on market access; experience working on Food for Peace or other USAID-funded programs preferred;
  • Experience overseeing activities to improve access to finance and credit for smallholder farmers and agricultural small and medium enterprises; experience with village-based, informal savings groups preferred.
  • Experience overseeing activities to promote economic opportunities for women and youth, including on and off-farm income-generating activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local government, donors, community-based organizations, and the private sector;
  • Spoken and written proficiency in English; knowledge of local language(s) preferred;
  • Experience working in Malawi 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.

Governance and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Lead – Malawi

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Governance and DRR Lead to support its Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi. The Governance and DRR Lead will provide strategic and technical leadership in project interventions focused on improving leadership and accountability in the public and private sectors at the sub-national level to enhance disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, and resilience to shocks. CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has 15 years of experience in Malawi agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support, oversight, and monitoring of strategies to strengthen leadership and accountability in the public and private sector;
  • Build citizen participation in planning, management, and monitoring of disaster risk reductions plans and policies and development plans;
  • Oversee, coordinate, and implement capacity building programs in leadership, management, policy, strategic planning, advocacy, coordination, and partnerships;
  • Provide technical input for project implementation activities and participate in project management meetings to ensure integrated interventions and implementation;
  • Build team capacity by planning and conducting technical trainings for field staff;
  • Support the field and home office teams in identifying and solving technical difficulties, drafting reports to capture gaps, challenges, and opportunities in project execution;
  • In coordination with the program team, develop, execute, and monitor work plans for market access interventions;
  • Represent CNFA and provide technical inputs for project-related national/international events, and stakeholders’ meetings.

Key Qualification:

  • At least five (5) years of experience working on similar projects focused on governance, resiliency, and emergency and humanitarian response; experience working on Food for Peace or other USAID-funded programs preferred;
  • Experience overseeing activities to strengthen leadership and accountability in the public and private sector;
  • Experience overseeing activities to build the capacity of communities to develop and maintain disaster risk reduction plans and policies;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local government, donors, community-based organizations, and the private sector;
  • Spoken and written proficiency in English; knowledge of local language(s) preferred;
  • Experience working in Malawi 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.

Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (NRM) Lead – Malawi

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking an Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Lead to support its Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi. The Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Lead will provide strategic and technical leadership in interventions to improve agricultural productivity and quality, and promote the use of climate-smart agricultural technologies and practices.  CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has 15 years of experience in Malawi agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Consolidate, develop, and strengthen DFSA’s strategic and technical leadership in agriculture and natural resource management by conducting situational analysis and assessment, identifying priorities and providing support in designing DFSA interventions;
  • Provide technical input for project implementation activities and participate in project management meetings to ensure integrated interventions and implementation;
  • Build team capacity by planning and conducting technical trainings for field staff;
  • Support the field and home office teams in identifying and solving technical difficulties, drafting reports to capture gaps, challenges, and opportunities in project execution;
  • In coordination with the program team, develop, execute, and monitor work plans for agriculture and livelihood activities;
  • Represent CNFA and provide technical inputs for project-related national/international events, and stakeholders’ meetings.

Key Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field including agriculture, agriculture economics, international development, food security, environmental science, or a related field;
  • At least five (5) years of experience working on similar projects focused on agriculture and natural resource management; experience working on Food for Peace or other USAID-funded programs preferred;
  • Experience overseeing activities to improve agricultural productivity and smallholder farmers’ farm management skills;
  • Experience overseeing activities related to natural resource management and climate smart agricultural technologies, such as soil and water conserving practices appropriate to the ecosystem and promoting diversified cropping systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local government, donors, community-based organizations, and the private sector;
  • Spoken and written proficiency in English; knowledge of local language(s) preferred;
  • Experience working in Malawi, 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.

Gender Lead – Malawi

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Gender Lead to support its Development Food Security Activity in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi.  The Gender Lead will lead gender integration through the entire five-year award program across all program activities, and will be responsible for coordination of best practices across all levels of the program. CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has more than 15 years of experience in Malawian agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership to baseline gender audit and gender-transformative programming;
  • Facilitation of national and regional workshops;
  • Capacity building for program staff and partners to increase the integration of gender-sensitive activities;
  • Review of key program materials for gender sensitivity and equity factors;
  • Continuous analysis of contextual and socio-cultural factors in gender equity in program activities

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant technical areas, such as gender, women’s studies, agricultural economics, or international development, is required, a Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Five (5) years of experience in gender-sensitive and gender-transformative field programming at the community level is required, experience conducting such programming in Southern Africa is strongly preferred;
  • Two (2) years of experience in the field-level management of development projects is required;
  • Strong understanding of socio-cultural factors within the food security context is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in participatory data collection and gender-focused monitoring and evaluations;
  • Experience building the capacity of stakeholders and program staff to facilitate gender-sensitive programming is required;
  • Knowledge of agricultural, livelihood, and/or food security programming is preferred;
  • International donor experience required, USAID, particularly Food for Peace funding, preferred;
  • Strong oral and written English skills required, knowledge of local languages 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.

Commodity Manager – Malawi

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Commodity Manager to support its Development Food Security Activity in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi.   The Commodity Manager will lead and manage commodity management activities including planning, importation, warehousing, distribution, and monitoring and reporting of commodity management activities. The Commodity Manager will also oversee distribution processes, ensuring compliance with US Government commodity management policies, rules, and regulations. CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has more than 15 years of experience in Malawian agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead planning and importation of Title II or locally procured commodities for program distribution activities;
  • Calculates monthly food requirements and prepares distribution plans and food delivery plans, and manages commodity pipeline;
  • Leads implementation of commodity distribution activities, including managing and organizing registration of and verification of beneficiaries, and managing distribution teams and vehicles;
  • Maintain organized and accurate records of commodities and ensure timely and efficient reporting;
  • Develops and leads any capacity building or training for local and regional procurement needs;
  • Ensures compliance with US Government commodity management policies, rules, and regulations.

Key Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in logistics management, agriculture, international development, or other relevant area is required, Master’s degree preferred;
  • At least five (5) years of experience in commodity management programming, experience implementing USAID Title II food distribution programs preferred;
  • Knowledge and familiarity with USAID regulations 22 CFR 226 and 22 CFR 211 preferred;
  • Experience supervising and training staff in commodity management programming;
  • International donor experience required, USAID programming, particularly Food for Peace funding preferred;
  • Experience with local and regional procurement of food commodities for distribution preferred;
  • Strong English ability is required, understanding of local languages 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.

Finance and Operations Director – Malawi

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Finance and Operations Director to support its Development Food Security Activity in Malawi proposal. The position will be based in Malawi.   The Finance and Operations Director will support financial and administrative oversight to the anticipated five-year Food for Peace project to improve and sustain food and nutrition security in Malawi.  CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has more than 15 years of experience in Malawi agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide sound financial and administrative oversight to the project;
  • Supervise finance and administrative teams, including accounting, procurement, and other administrative functions, as assigned;
  • Develop, manage, and monitor project budgets;
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly financial reports in coordination with senior project staff;
  • Ensure that project operations are in compliance with all USAID/Food for Peace and CNFA policies and procedures;
  • Create, maintain, and implement financial reporting, tracking systems, and controlling procedures;
  • Oversee processing of approvals for procurements, consultant agreements, and vendor invoices;
  • Support the development, execution, and management of subcontractor and consultant agreements;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Key Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration or related field required, Master’s degree preferred;
  • At least eight (8) years of working experience including managing financial and contractual aspects of large international development projects, preferably USAID-funded projects required;
  • At least five (5) years managing and supervising financial, administration and procurement staff required;
  • Solid knowledge and familiarity with US Government Cost Accounting Standards, and a good knowledge of Federal and USAID/FFP Regulations required;
  • Fluency in English 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 Writer – USAID Development Food Aid Program (DFAP) Malawi

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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:

  • 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 response
  • Conduct capture trip, as decided upon with the proposal team
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.

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.

Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist – Malawi

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Project Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the upcoming FY 2018 Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA). This activity will work at the individual, household, and systems levels to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations.  

Position Description:

CNFA considers monitoring and evaluation to be an essential management support function that facilitates evidence-based program management through rigorous identification, testing, and scaling-up of interventions that maximize impact and cost-effectiveness. The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will provide technical expertise and strategic leadership for all monitoring, evaluation and learning activities, with the objective of providing project managers and stakeholders with timely and relevant data and analysis to understand and adapt project performance.  The Senior M&E Specialist will supervise staff to collect and analyze data and generate quality evidence for assessment and evaluations.  Responsibilities will include: strategic leadership of monitoring and evaluation efforts; management of the data quality strategy, including ensuring that quality and reliable data are collected, managed and shared in a timely  manner; and coordination with key external stakeholders.

Qualifications:

  • At least eight plus (8+) years of experience in the integration of M&E into field programming is required, experience conducting such programming in Malawi or regionally in East and Southern Africa is strongly preferred;
  • Master’s Degree in economics, statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, or a related field is required, a PhD is preferred;
  • International donor experience required, USAID program experience, particularly with Food for Peace funding, preferred;
  • Knowledge of agricultural, livelihood, and/or food security programming is preferred;
  • Demonstrated expertise in leading M&E of a large award is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive M&E plan and routine monitoring systems is required, experience with Food for Peace projects is preferred;
  • Expertise in designing annual surveys, including development of a probabilistic sampling strategy, estimation of sample size, development of appropriate weights, and analysis of quantitative data, is required;
  • Outstanding ability to generate accurate qualitative information and analysis is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing data quality assurance strategies, data management, innovative data sharing, and data visualization is required;
  • Strong English ability is required, understanding of local languages is highly desirable.

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.

Chief of Party – Malawi

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Program Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the upcoming FY 2019 Food for Peace Development Food Security Activity (DFSA). This activity will work at the individual, household, and systems levels to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations.  This program will reduce food insecurity among vulnerable populations and help build resilience in communities facing chronic poverty and recurrent crises through a multi-sectoral approach including food-supporting agriculture interventions, income diversification, preventive approaches to malnutrition and disaster risk reduction, among other activities.

Position Description:

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the overall management, including the technical, financial and administrative functions of the project. 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 USAID and all other counterparts, local implementing partners, and government officials involved with the program. The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the agricultural sector in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly managing food security projects of at least $20-$30 million. He or she will be required to work with various stakeholders, including private sector firms, government officials, and other entities.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of ten years plus (10+) of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects, including USAID projects, is required;
  • Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health or a related field is required;
  • Experience in Malawi or Southern Africa is preferred;
  • Prior experience managing development assistance projects of a comparable size and scope in developing countries is required, experience managing Food for Peace projects is preferred;
  • Experience managing multi-sectoral projects including agricultural development, WASH, and maternal/child health and nutrition is required;
  • Commitment to gender and youth integration in food security programming is required;
  • Proven and demonstrable leadership skills are required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners is required;
  • Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements is required;
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and manage staff;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required; knowledge of local language(s) highly desirable.

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.