CNFA is seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated project supporting Georgia to make its economy more competitive both domestically and internationally. The anticipated project will support USAID/Georgia’s Strategic Development Objective 2 – Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth. The possible approaches that could be taken include: a). prioritizing value chains that demonstrate high potential in domestic and/or international markets; b). assisting firms to identify and realize export opportunities by facilitating market linkages; c). increasing firms’ capacities to meet internationally recognized standards; d). facilitating collaboration between Georgia’s private sector and its technical and vocational training institutions to tailor curricula so that Georgia can tap a highly- and appropriately-skilled workforce; and e). supporting policy reform and related implementation to attract investment in promising sectors.
The Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall management of the project, including the technical, financial, and administrative functions. S/he will provide technical leadership and vision to the project team, ensuring a strong commitment to CNFA’s guiding principles of fostering inclusive development, facilitating connections to the private sector, developing sustainable models, building strong partnerships, incorporating innovation, managing client funds responsibly, and continuously incorporating learning into program interventions. The Chief of Party will ensure the project efficiently and effectively meets or exceeds agreed upon performance targets while maintaining compliance with USAID rules and regulations. S/he will serve as the project’s primary interlocutor with USAID and will liaise closely with a variety of stakeholders, including other donors and implementing partners, private sector firms, government officials, and research and academic institutes.
- 12+ years of technical and/or managerial experience with donor-funded development programs focused on market systems and/or value development, including at least 5 years of experience in senior leadership positions required; USAID experience preferred
- Sound technical understanding of inclusive agricultural market system development programming in Eastern Europe required; experience in Georgia strongly preferred
- Sound technical understanding of the project’s goal of increasing competitiveness on both, domestic and international fronts required
- Strong understanding of wider economic development principles including working with private sector, as well as vocational training development, and policy reform work required
- Excellent management, leadership, interpersonal, and motivational skills, with proven abilities to liaise with high-level stakeholder representatives required
- Strong analytical skills and oral and written communication capabilities required
- Fluency in English is required, Georgian or Russian language skills strongly preferred
- Master’s degree in economic development, agribusiness, agriculture required; more advance degree in similar disciplines preferred
Women and national professionals are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.