Costing and Pricing Officer

Costing and Pricing Officer

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Position Summary

The Costing and Pricing Officer will support new business development efforts and on-going programs by preparing proposal budgets/cost-extension budgets and advising on program design, budget monitoring, and compliance issues.

General Responsibilities:

  • Prepare cost proposals (budget and budget notes) with respect to pricing, compliance with relevant regulations, donor guidelines, and linkages to technical activities;
  • Review and provide feedback on subcontractor budget submissions;
  • Review technical proposals and provide feedback on general competitiveness, programmatic viability, and other areas, as appropriate;
  • Assist the new business team with capture, networking, and country specific information.
  • Provide the program teams with guidance/information and on newly won programs, especially on program budgets;
  • Build CNFA’s in-house technical capacity on budget monitoring;
  • Assist in the efforts to harmonize and transition proposal budgets to program budgets – within CostPoint system;
  • Guide field team to update the detailed budget modifications in conjunction with work plan submissions to USAID;
  • Provide assistance with internal or external audit requirements; and
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in international development, agriculture, economics, finance, or other pertinent field; Master’s preferred;
  • Minimum of five years’ experience with financial and/or programmatic management of USAID-funded agriculture programs;
  • At least three years’ experience working abroad on USG-funded contracts or agreements.
  • Ability to conduct analyses on a wide variety of budget issues; synthesize information and present findings in a cohesive and understandable format;
  • Ability to independently read and interpret contractual documents, and grants, operating instructions, policies, and procedure manuals;
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language is preferred;
  • Experience working within the CostPoint system preferred;
  • Ability to travel for short-trips domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

About CNFA:

CNFA is a not-for-profit international development organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to supporting farmers and promoting the uptake of improved technologies and techniques to enhance productivity, increase household-level food security and nutrition introduce new varieties, diversify production, food preservation and storage, and natural resource management. CNFA applies market-system approaches that are grounded in participatory market analyses and engage local stakeholders to strengthen value chains and increase incomes, competitiveness, and employment for smallholders and agribusinesses. CNFA facilitates strong business linkages between smallholders and suppliers of quality inputs, service providers, buyers, and profitable markets. CNFA has a successful track record of implementing agricultural development programs in 45 countries.

Compliance Coordinator

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The Compliance Coordinator will provide critical compliance support to our global program portfolio by ensuring adherence to USG and donor rules and regulations and build the capacity of Headquarters and field based staff in the compliance function. The incumbent will review contractual documents and budgets, provide regulatory guidance and training to program implementers, develop and revise templates to standardize procedures and assist projects with guidance on regulatory issues/challenges from start-up to close-out.  In addition, the incumbent will help contribute to the development of organizational policies and best practices

Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring contract compliance with USAID and other donors, federal regulations, and CNFA policies and procedures by reviewing and editing subcontracts, grants, consultant agreements, and procurement documents for final approval and signature;
  • Serving as a technical resource by responding to compliance related questions and advising on various contractual matters and CNFA policy;
  • Researching regulatory issues and stays up-to-date on revisions to relevant regulations;
  • Developing and/or revising program templates and ancillary business forms;
  • Develop training content for HQ and field office staff in a variety of contract, subcontract, grants, and allowance-related topics;
  • Drafting and reviewing sub-awards and amendments;
  • Supporting the systematic startup and closeout of programs in the portfolio;
  • Reviewing complex proposal budgets and budget narratives; 
  • Reviewing solicitations and other donor budget instructions to ensure accuracy of calculations, internal consistency, and that budgeted costs are allowable and in accordance with donor regulations and CNFA policies;
  • Assisting in responding to a variety of unique contractual project issues as needed;
  • Participating in the development of corporate policies and standards and thinking creatively and critically about ways to streamline operating procedures; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience focused on contracts and grants-related compliance; and
  • At least one year of experience working with USG-funded contracts or agreements; preferably with the USG;
  • Strong knowledge of USG Assistance Regulations (ADS, CFR, etc.) for Cooperative Agreements and Grants. Experience with USAID strongly preferred. Familiarity with Acquisition Regulations is a plus;
  • Ability to conduct analyses on a wide variety of grant management and budget issues; synthesize information and present findings in a cohesive and understandable format;
  • Ability to independently read and interpret contractual documents and grants, operating instructions, policies, and procedure manuals;
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work with large amounts of data;
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and client focused with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team using a solution oriented approach;
  • Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language is a plus;
  • Ability to train others on contractual matters;
  • Ability to travel for short-trips domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

Minorities & Women are encouraged to apply.

Project Finance Officer (PFO)

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Under the direction of the Field Operations Accounts Manager (FOAM), The Project Finance Officer (PFO) will provide support and guidance to CNFA’s programs by working with the HQ Program Team and in-country management team, particularly, the Finance and Operations staff with tasks related to accounting, banking, budgeting, procurement and financial management to ensure full compliance with rules and regulations of financial processes, financial records and reports and audit follow up, and implementation of the effective internal control framework.

The PFO must develop professional relationships with project personnel to ensure responsiveness to local needs and recognition of USAID’s local standard practices, especially with regard to procurements, travel and local employment standards.

The PFO must read and understand CNFA’s Power of Attorney provided and the CNFA’s Delegation of Authorities issued and follow-on delegations as periodically required.

General Responsibilities:

  • Ensure updated, clear concise written accounting and procurement procedures manuals;
  • Facilitate timely, accurate month-end closing, cash requests and cash reconciliations;
  • Support the month-end closing processes to ensure organized, complete, properly approved packages are delivered to CNFA Home Office in accordance with the month-end closing schedule provided by the FOAM and review for completeness and accuracy all month-end accounting information;
  • Maintain control over the project filing systems to ensure complete and organized accounting files, especially with regard to original procurement documents and personnel salary files;
  • Ensure organized and complete accounting file documentation is maintained by the field office and Headquarters and develop procedures for the systematic transfer of all original documentation to Headquarters;
  • Employ financial oversight and control mechanisms and procedures to ensure that all program expenses are in accordance with CNFA financial policies, procedures and rules and regulations;
  • Review and provide support for the financial aspects of contract execution of local and international sub-implementing partners;
  • Develop and periodically update Project Policies and Procedures guidelines for procurement, accounting and budgeting;
  • Ensure the smooth implementation of project accounting activities, including (but not limited to): timely and accurate bank reconciliations, invoicing, monitoring of expenditure levels against budget and funding obligations, financial projections and submission of monthly financial reports to CNFA HQ;
  • Provide the field finance teams with information and guidance on program financial performance;
  • Regularly prepare and present financial reports, analysis, and recommendations concerning relevant financial issues;
  • Review partner spending in relation to budgets, and develop monthly budget pipelines for CNFA and partner expenditures.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Finance or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred.  May substitute work experience to meet education requirement.
  • Minimum 3 years of project level accounting or finance experience with USAID funded and other donor funded projects.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French required;
  • Experience with USAID budgets;
  • Understanding of US Government rules and regulations;
  • Proficiency in Excel software required;
  • A high degree of integrity, accountability, energy and flexibility;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Experience with a computerized accounting system ; Working experience with Costpoint and Quickbooks preferred;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives;
  • Ability to be flexible and interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite;
  • Ability to travel up to 10%; and
  • US Work authorization required.

This is an immediate opening and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Startup and M&E Specialist -Short Term Role

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The Startup and M&E Specialist is a short-term position designed to support and manage the start up phase of an anticipated cocoa value chain development award in Cote d’Ivoire, beginning September 2017 for a duration of approximately 4 months. This position will, in coordination with the Chief of Party, support the technical implementation of the new award both remotely and in Abidjan including but not limited to contributing written and strategic inputs into the year 1 work plan, the life of project work plan, and the baseline study. The Start up and M&E Specialist, together with the COP, will also participate in initial project meetings with GoCI counterparts, cocoa exporters, certification programs, and other stakeholder meetings to launch the project and ensure strong collaboration and integration of the project and its beneficiaries within the existing competitive cocoa value chain.

General Responsibilities:

  • Manage program start up implementation by providing technical support to the Chief of Party that includes, but is not limited to: input toward program strategy development; assistance developing technical program materials and deliverables; supporting the Chief of Party in the development of strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders;; development of scopes of work for short-term assistance and other technical contributions;
  • Manage and supervise performance of the Project Coordinator and Global Program Support Intern on their day to day backstopping support of the program
  • Monitor project spending
  • Monitor project to ensure programmatic compliance and contractual and financial compliance in collaboration with the Operations and Compliance Department, as well as achievement of project deliverables and impact;
  • Field travel for project start up and implementation, temporary assignments to assist in field office work efforts, and to oversee the baseline study for the project;
  • Lead the process for CNFA support in calling forward the first monetization and serve as point of contact for the monetization agent
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, International Development/Relations, or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred.  
  • Minimum 5 years of experience backstopping complex international development projects/programs focused on enterprise development, agriculture and/or agribusiness.
  • Experience supporting and overseeing the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities for international development programs;
  • Experience in West Africa;
  • Experience overseeing and supporting project start up;
  • Experience with and knowledge of USG program planning cycles, agreement rules and regulations, and reporting;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity;
  • Working proficiency in French;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required;
  • Ability to travel for periods of up to two months; and
  • US work authorization required.

We are seeking the fill this position immediately and will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis.

Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Desk Technician

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The Help Desk Technician role is responsible for providing technical assistance and support related to computer systems, hardware, or software. Responds to technical requests, runs diagnostic programs, isolates problem and implements solution.

The candidate must have good technical knowledge and the ability to communicate effectively to understand the problem and explain its solution. They must also be customer-oriented and patient with customers.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the first point of contact for customers seeking technical support in which technical support includes but is not limited to remote support of laptops, desktops, printers, phone, mobile devices, LAN/WAN and email.
  • Identify, research and resolve technical issues.
  • Maintain daily performance of computer systems.
  • Guide customers through the problem-solving process.
  • Record technical problems and their resolution in logs.
  • Follow-up and update customer with both the status and any additional information concerning their technical matter.
  • Pass on any feedback or suggestions by customers to the Senior IT Officer.
  • Document technical processes and procedures.
  • Monitor and maintain IT inventory.
  • Assist with Active Directory and Exchange account creation and auditing.
  • Configure and troubleshoot handheld devices and smartphones.
  • Escalate direct unresolved issues to the Senior IT Officer.
  • Performs other duties as requested.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Proven experience as a help desk technician or other customer support role.
  • Hands-on experience with desktop and server operating systems.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with SharePoint in both the on premise and Office 365 environments.
  • Experience troubleshooting hardware, software and network problems.
  • Good understanding of computer systems, mobile devices and other information technology products.
  • Familiarity with writing and documentation.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Customer-oriented and great interpersonal skills.
  • Microsoft Office Specialist certification or A+ certification desired.

Physical Requirements

  • Position is generally sedentary in nature; involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
  • Ability to occasionally or routinely lift at least 25 lbs. required.
  • Ability to reach, lift, climb, balance and stoop required.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Costing & Pricing Officer

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Position Summary

The Costing and Pricing Officer will provide financial and technical support for new business proposal budgets and existing programs. The CPO will provide- coverage to Operations & Compliance and Programs as detailed below.

General Responsibilities:

  • The Costing & Pricing Officer will be responsible for a wide range of functions, including but not limited to:
  • Prepare cost proposals (budget and budget notes) with respect to pricing, compliance with relevant regulations, donor guidelines, and linkage to technical activities;
  • Review and provide feedback on subcontractor budget submissions;
  • Ensure that CNFA strategic objectives are met with respect to proposal budgets (percentage allocation to CNFA);
  • Review technical proposals and provide feedback to the technical team on issues affecting the budget, general competitiveness, and other areas as appropriate; and
  • Assist the new business team with capture, networking and country specific information.
  • Provide the program teams with guidance/information and on newly won programs, especially on program budgets;
  • Build CNFA’s in-house technical capacity on budget monitoring;
  • Assist in the efforts to harmonize and transition proposal budgets to program budgets – within CostPoint system;
  • Guide field team to update the detailed budget modifications in conjunction with work plan submissions to USAID;
  • Provide assistance with internal or external audit requirements; and
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; Master’s preferred.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience with financial management of USAID-funded agriculture programs; and
  • At least three years’ experience working abroad USG-funded contracts or agreements.
  • Ability to conduct analyses on a wide variety of budget issues; synthesize information and present findings in a cohesive and understandable format;
  • Ability to independently read and interpret contractual documents, and grants, operating instructions, policies, and procedure manuals;
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work with large amounts of data;
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and client focused with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team using a solution oriented approach;
  • Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language is preferred;
  • Experience working within the CostPoint system preferred;
  • Ability to train others on contractual matters;
  • Experience with USAID required; and
  • Ability to travel for short-trips domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

Research & Technical Analyst

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Position Summary

The Research & Technical Analyst is an integral member of CNFA’s New Business Development Team, contributing to the strategic growth and impact of CNFA’s program portfolio across the globe.

Embedded within the New Business Development Team, and working closely with the Lead Technical Program Developer and Lead Writers; the Research & Technical Analyst’s primary role is to support the development of compliant, competitive, winning proposals and strategic partnerships for the advancement CNFA’s mission and vision.

The Research & Technical Analyst will report directly to the Vice President, New Business Development.

Roles & Responsibilities: Technical Writing

  • Contribute to the technical development of proposal sections through desk research, key informant and technical expert interviews, content review, and revision;
  • Draft proposal content as needed, in close collaboration with the technical team and lead writers;
  • Ensure the consistency and accuracy of the proposal narrative, including liaising with relevant program and business development staff;
  • Provide design support (infographics, data visualizations, etc.) to clarify and represent proposal content;
  • Integrate storytelling and communications techniques and assets throughout proposal narratives.

Roles & Responsibilities: Information Gathering and Marketing

  • When necessary, conduct pipeline research and reconnaissance trips to countries to gather information for new proposals, recruit project staff, and market CNFA to prospective partners. May travel 20 – 25 percent of time (this is an illustrative percentage; the position may require less or more travel depending on CNFA’s needs);
  • Draft marketing materials highlighting CNFA’s technical strengths and geographic portfolios, including capacity statements for key thematic areas;
  • Investigate new partnership opportunities for CNFA;
  • Maintain relationships with CNFA’s current partners and organizational affiliations;
  • Represent CNFA at conferences, workshops, client meetings, and other industry-relevant gatherings;

Roles & Responsibilities: Administrative Support

  • Review solicitation documents and create comprehensive outlines and production calendars to guide proposal preparation;
  • Facilitate smooth proposal production timelines by tracking key action items, scheduling regular team status meetings, and providing administrative support;
  • Assist the Vice President, New Business Development with any ad-hoc requests and duties, as needed.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in a field related to agriculture, international development, economic growth or private sector development, a Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 3 years of overseas experience in international development for agriculture/agribusiness development, SME development, or economic growth activities;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills;
  • Excellent writing skills and strong communication skills;
  • Ability to work within teams;
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints;
  • Specific competence on a cross cutting area of development; i.e. climate smart agriculture, gender, nutrition, and/or resilience is desirable.
  • Specific skills in GIS, production of maps, graphics and info-graphics, and/or knowledge management are also desirable.
  • Ability to travel internationally; and
  • Current US Work authorization.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.

 

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Senior Program Development Officer

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The Senior Program Development Officer is an integral member of CNFA’s New Business Development Team contributing to the business development process in the construction of winning proposals enabling the organization to grow strategically.

General Responsibilities:

  • Manage proposal and capture teams in collaboration with technical writers to develop compliant, competitive proposals;
  • Oversee the entire proposal process from capture through development, submission, and after-action reviews in close collaboration with senior BD and Programs staff;
  • Engage in networking, research, and competitive analysis inform strategic decisions regarding new business ventures; position the organization to respond to and drive trends in international agriculture; and identify and respond to specific upcoming proposal development opportunities;
  • Provide coordination, management and development of business planning activities across various countries and sectors. Work with the team in managing all phases of the proposal development process to include:  partner management, proposal conceptualizing and writing, personnel recruitment, budgeting, project management, post proposal assessment, etc.;
  • Assist with the creation of institutional systems that provide:  improved methods of forecasting upcoming business opportunities and develop plans at the country and regional levels; ensure that templates and tools for proposal development are developed, and staff is adequately trained in various aspects of our work; work to smooth collaboration across the organization in the functionality of proposal team methodologies; actively coordinate and participate in planning and/or status meetings to ensure proper adherence to good proposal management practices;
  • Represent CNFA at conferences workshops, client meetings and other relevant industry gatherings; and
  • Perform a variety of other related duties as required.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years of experience in proposal preparation or related profession;
  • Two or more years of relevant international development experience highly desirable;
  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, journalism, or other relevant field required; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Excellent conceptual, verbal, and written communication skills;
  • Proven successful experience managing business development activities in international development;
  • Ability to motivate teams 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 manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives;
  • Ability to be flexible and interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite required;
  • Ability to travel internationally; and
  • Current US work authorization required.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your current permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.

 

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Lead Technical Writer

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Position Summary:

This position is a senior level position within CNFA’s Program Development department. The incumbent will take a leading role in the development of new business opportunities and preparation of technical proposals. Technical qualifications and program experience in agricultural development highly preferred. 

General Job Responsibilities:

  • Developing strategy, technical approach, and proposed results for specific proposals; this will include engaging with other CNFA technical experts as needed to draw on as much relevant knowledge and experience as possible to put together a winning offer;
  • Serving as lead technical writer on CNFA proposals;
  • Participating in the selection of best candidates for key personnel positions as needed, to align with technical requirements of the project;
  • Participating in the identification and selection of partners for specific proposals;
  • Mentoring CNFA staff in best practices for developing proposal strategy, approach, and writing clearly;
  • Traveling to the field as needed to research and prepare proposals 20 – 25 percent of time (this is an illustrative percentage; the position may require less or more travel depending on CNFA’s needs)
  • Representing CNFA at meetings and conferences to raise its profile with clients and partners;
  • Working closely with the VP for Program Development to ensure proposal development practices and procedures are effective and efficient; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a field related to agriculture, or an equivalent combination of experience, education and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in international development;
  • Successful track record leading and authoring proposals;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills;
  • Excellent communication skills; superior writing skills a must;
  • Strong management skills; prior personnel supervisory skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in teams;  
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints.
  • Ability to travel internationally; and
  • Current US Work authorization.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S.

CNFA does not sponsor work visas.