Director, Partnerships and Innovation Fund

Director, Partnerships and Innovation Fund

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Project Background: CNFA is preparing a proposal to USAID for the Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (KISAN) II Project. The purpose of the five year, $29-35 million project is to increase the resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability of income growth, focusing on agriculture. The project will have an office in Kathmandu and a regional office in western Nepal. 

 

Position Summary: The Director, Partnerships and Innovation Fund will be responsible for leadership of the Project’s Partnership and Innovation Fund. Under KISAN II, the Fund will use a variety of funding mechanisms to ease agricultural value chain bottlenecks; test, pilot and scale innovative business models and technology solutions; and unlock the transformational potential of selected market systems. The Director will work closely with the Chief of Party and other project leadership, under the guidance of USAID, on the strategic direction of the Fund. 

Qualifications

  • Preferably a Master’s level degree in a field related to agriculture, economics, development or business;
  • Demonstrated leadership in Nepal in at least two of the fields of: development, agriculture, business, and technology, and at least some knowledge of the others; 
  • Experience in the management of grants and contracts to organizations; experience managing sub-awards under USAID funding preferred;
  • Experience developing new partnerships;
  • Demonstrated results around innovation and incubation of new ideas;
  • Experience in private-public partnerships, in agriculture preferred;
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills;
  • Experience in the following areas an advantage: resilience; gender equality and social inclusion; nutrition; climate change adaptation and natural resource management; youth; governance.  
  • Fluency in Nepali and English, including strong English writing skills;
  • Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This is an active recruit, candidates will be interviews on a rolling basis.

Deputy Chief of Party / Agriculture

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Project Background: CNFA is preparing a proposal to USAID for the Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (KISAN) II Project. The purpose of the five year, $29-35 million project is to increase the resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability of income growth, focusing on agriculture. The project will have an office in Kathmandu and a regional office in western Nepal.  

Position Summary: The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) / Agriculture will play a critical leadership role on the KISAN II project, with significant technical and managerial responsibilities. S/he will work in collaboration with the Chief of Party to provide technical oversight and leadership to the project’s approaches to improve the productivity, competitiveness, resilience and enabling environment of selected agricultural market systems.  

Qualifications:

  • Preferably a Master’s level degree or higher in one of the agricultural sciences, i.e. agronomy, agricultural economics or horticulture;
  • A minimum of seven years of experience for Master’s level or ten years of experience for Bachelor’s level in the development and implementation of agriculture value chains; 
  • Experience working for a contractor or international NGO managing program(s) of similar complexity and scale is preferred;
  • Expertise in market system facilitation approaches, including the use of “good practice” principles, behavior change methodologies, tactics to address incentives and disincentives, and skills for developing a local system that will sustain market systems over time is preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience relevant to the following cross-cutting outcomes: resilience; partnerships; gender equality and social inclusion; nutrition; climate change adaptation and natural resource management; youth; governance improvement; information communication technologies; and geographic information systems (GIS). 
  • Demonstrated success managing teams to achieve results; 
  • Fluency in Nepali and English, including strong English writing skills;
  • Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This is an active recruit with candidates being interviewed on a rolling basis.

Market Systems Development Specialist

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Background Information: CNFA is preparing to bid on a USAID Feed the Future opportunity in Nepal. As CNFA endeavors to enter Nepal as a new implementer, we seek expertise to strengthen particular areas of the design of our proposed project.

 

Objective of the Consultancy:The objective of this assignment is to provide quality technical leadership in the design of CNFA’s proposal, specifically around market systems.  

Assignment Scope:

  • Through an analysis of Nepal’s agricultural market systems relevant to USAID’s Request for Proposals (RFP), identify opportunities to strengthen productivity, competitiveness and inclusion.
  • Propose market systems approaches and activities for CNFA’s proposal to USAID, in collaboration with CNFA’s lead writer and proposal manager. Proposed activities and approaches should be responsive to USAID’s RFP guidance while bringing in new ideas and innovative approaches. In addition to active participation in design meetings, consultant should provide draft narrative text and work plan inputs around proposed market systems activities.
  • Consult with proposal manager and/or pricer to determine proposed activity costs.
  • Contribute to the design of project indicators related to market systems and estimate targets that can be achieved with the project budget.
  • Participate in two review discussions with CNFA’s home office team to receive and respond to feedback.
  • Provide input and support to other aspects of the proposal, as requested.

Deliverables:

  • Several drafts of narrative text describing the proposed market systems rationale, approach and activities, incorporating feedback from the larger CNFA team.
  • Work plan for market systems activities, updated in response to feedback.
  • Indicators and targets for market systems activities, updated in response to feedback. 

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of development economics or related field;
  • Significant experience in analyzing market systems, identifying opportunities, designing and implementing interventions to improve market systems’ productivity, competitiveness and inclusion;
  • Experience using major strategies relevant to market systems, including the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach and DCED standards;
  • Previous experience in / knowledge of market systems or related areas in Nepal an advantage;
  • Experience designing new, winning development projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results as part of a team;
  • Fluency in English required, Nepali language skills an advantage;
  • Current presence in or ability to travel to Nepal.

Estimated Level of Effort (LOE) for the assignment: Approx. 15 days

 

Timing of the Assignment: Contingent on release date of RFP; expected November 2016.

Call for Experts – Nepal

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Project background:

CNFA is seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated project supporting the USAID Feed the Future objective of substantially reducing poverty and hunger in Nepal. This project will focus on improving agricultural productivity; strengthening the competitiveness, resilience, and inclusiveness of market systems; strengthening the enabling environment; and increasing resilience of vulnerable communities through business literacy by applying a collaboration, learning, and adaptation approach. The project will focus on zones of influence in Far West, Mid-West, and West regions of the country.

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for the following positions:

-Deputy Chief of Party

-Technical Specialists in the following areas:

      Production including climate-smart agriculture, input supply, agricultural technology, irrigation and water management, post-harvest handling, and quality assurance

     Nutrition

          Market linkages  

          Business development services

          Public-private partnerships

          Financial services

          Governance / policy reform

          Gender equity and social inclusion

          Youth engagement

– Finance and Operations Director

Ideal Candidates

  • 7+ years of relevant, professional experience in roles with increasing levels of responsibility required, 10+ years preferred
  • Experience supporting donor-funded projects is required, USAID experience preferred
  • Experience working in or with relevant pubic and private sector actors strongly preferred
  • Bachelors degree in economic development, agribusiness, agriculture, or a related field required; master’s degree preferred
  • Experience working in target regions is highly preferred
  • Fluency in English and Nepali is required 
  • Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.