Program Overview

LADA is a four-year project that aims to improve the agricultural development and food security initiatives at the community- and national-level in Liberia. The LADA project aims to strengthen “aggregation clusters” through facilitating business relationships that link, suppliers, producers, processors, buyers, and investors so that all actors along the value chain can benefit from sustainable growth. To achieve this vision, CNFA will provide its Co-Investment Fund (CIF) to finance quality inputs, mechanization, agricultural equipment, and markets so that Liberian smallholder farmers can increase their participation in the market. CNFA will also deliver its celebrated Business Management Training (BMT) so as to certify agro-dealers with the Ministry of Agriculture starting in early 2017.

Position Description

Working under direct supervision of the Value Chain Advisor, the Program Officer is responsible for overseeing all project grant activities in their respective regions. The Program Officer will also backstop component 2 as needed.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance, as needed, to grant applicants on the grant application process.
  • Disseminate CIF RFAs to insure that potential applicants are informed.
  • Assist applicants by indicating potential local consultants that can help them to develop both concept notes and business plans
  • Maintain regular contact with grantees to facilitate grant implementation, identify potential problems and solutions, and to oversee the timely achievement of milestones.
  • Provide support to national and international STTAs, and Monrovia-based Account Managers who are providing technical assistance to the grantee.
  • Provide monthly grant updates to the, Co-Investment Fund Manager and Private-Sector Advisor on the status of grant applications and grantees.
  • Work with LADA monitoring and evaluation team to assess and measure the achievements of grantees and identify challenges.
  • Work with the County Coordinators to help implement other LADA program activities as required.  Supply administrative, proposal writing, and other services.
  • Assist the communications and M&E team in writing and proofing communications and reporting materials such as success stories, periodic reports, and other materials as requested. 

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field. Master’s preferred, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a relevant competency area, including agricultural/livestock development, business management or other.
  • Minimum of 3 years implementing and/or managing programs, grants or business development activities for donor funded projects.
  • Proven knowledge of USAID’s rules and regulations governing grant processes. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Complete fluency in English is required, written and verbal

Salary and Terms: One-year term, salary based on salary history (USAID biodata form)

Conditions of Employment:  Subject to completion of a probationary period. 

 

Supervisor: The Position will be supervised by the Private Sector Advisor