Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

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Program Description

The USAID-support Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program combines volunteer consultancies with highly skilled local staff to deliver technical assistance and business development services to farmer organizations, and agricultural MSMEs. Our volunteer consultants are U.S. citizens (or permanent U.S. residents) and comprise of farmers, agribusiness professionals, cooperatives managers, bankers, agricultural educators, and others with expertise in agriculture.

The primary goal of the F2F program is to generate rapid, sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector; the secondary goals is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs as well as international understanding of the US and US development programs.  

Position Overview

Program Coordinator will provide administrative backstopping support from CNFA Headquarters (HQ) in Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of the Senior Program Officer, the Program Coordinator will work on a dynamic team to support CNFA’s Farmer-to-Farmer portfolio of agricultural development programs based in Southern Africa and Eastern Europe.

General Responsibilities:

  • Support the function of liaising between project countries and CNFA HQ in Washington, DC;
  • Recruit and logistically support volunteers for the Farmer-to-Farmer program;
  • Provide quality control in the preparation of work plans, budgets, regular updates and progress reports, and other major project deliverables;
  • Support the Program Officer/ Senior Program Officer/Director- Programs in overseeing operational and programmatic success;
  • Support the project implementation progress in relation to budgets, including monitoring and advising on project expenditure adjustment plans when necessary;
  • Monitor the project to ensure agreement compliance, programmatically and financially, as well as timely achievement of project deliverables;
  • Assist with preparation of contractual approval requests;
  • Assist communications staff in developing and maintaining promotional content for project and CNFA websites;
  • Assist in the development of quarterly program success stories development and reporting;
  • Facilitate procurement of visas for travelers;
  • Assist CNFA’s recruitment team in the identification and retention of key employees, including local staff;
  • Collaborate with the Program Development Team to identify, attract and secure new business;
  • Some travel for site visits to assist in field office work efforts, complete general evaluations of program progress and potential, and collect program information; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in International Development, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness [SJ1] or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • Preferred experience working with international development projects/programs, focused on enterprise development, agriculture and/or agribusiness;
  • Knowledge of USAID (and/or other donor) program planning cycles, agreement rules and regulations, and reporting;
  • Experience living and working in Southern Africa is highly desirable;
  • 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;
  • Develop and maintain positive relations with organizations that can strengthen recruiting and F2F program activities;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives;
  • Ability to be flexible and have interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Ability to travel as required;
  • Proficiency in a second language is desirable, particularly Portuguese.
  • Previous experience in HR and/or professional recruiting a plus;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
  • Current US work authorization.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals 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.

Farmer-to-Farmer Program Internship

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Summer Term: June 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018

Internships are full-time (40hrs/week) paid at $12.50 per hour with 3 paid vacation days.  Interns are ineligible for any other benefits.

Under the supervision of CNFA’s Internship Coordinator, the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program intern assists in implementing and monitoring the F2F programs in Southern Africa, East Africa, Europe, and the Caucasus and Central Asia, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Shared internship responsibilities:

  • Contribute to research, writing, editing, creation of graphic elements and recruiting efforts for proposal development;
  • Rotate receptionist duty and provide administrative support to staff as needed; and
  • Support the Executive Assistant in keeping the office running smoothly with a variety of office management responsibilities and event planning for CNFA headquarters. 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Attend and participate in CNFA staff meetings related to F2F implementation, program strategy and new project opportunities;
  • Review and edit program documents as necessary, including drafting program reports to USAID and reviewing, editing and providing guidance to field offices on program documents;
  • Assist in recruiting, briefing, and debriefing of high-quality volunteers to fill F2F yearly quotas;
  • Arrange logistics for volunteers undertaking training assignments abroad (e.g. travel arrangements, visits to embassies for visa processing, etc.);
  • Provide research support for proposal development; and
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills with ability to multitask;
  • Administrative background and interest in program management;
  • Strong research skills and experience with both qualitative and quantitative analysis; and
  • Advanced language skills may also be beneficial.

Requirements:

  • Current US work authorization required, as CNFA does not sponsor work visas;
  • A college junior, senior, recent graduate or graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Demonstrated interest in international development; and
  • Prior office experience is desired, travel experience and knowledge of another language is preferred. 

All internship applicants should submit their CV, Cover Letter and 3 Professional References.

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered without the submission of all documents: cover letter, resume and professional references.

Operations & Compliance Internship

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Summer Term: June 1, 2018–  August 31, 2018

 

Internships are full-time (40hrs/week) paid at $12.50 per hour with 3 paid vacation days. Interns are ineligible for any other benefits. 

Under the supervision of CNFA’s Internship Coordinator, the O&C intern assists the Executive Vice President for Operations and Compliance and the entire O&C Team with administrative, compliance and operational support. 

Shared internship responsibilities:

  • Contribute to research, writing, editing, creation of graphic elements and recruiting efforts for proposal development;
  • Provide administrative support to staff as needed; and
  • Support the Receptionist in keeping the office running smoothly with a variety of office management responsibilities and event planning for CNFA headquarters. 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Assist with project management, including compliance monitoring, subcontract development and monitoring, and expense, inventory and grant tracking for projects globally;
  • Assist the Operations and Compliance staff with tasks such as filing, scanning, shredding and other miscellaneous jobs;
  • Manage Headquarters’ office inventory and supply ordering;
  • Undertake occasional trips for office supplies or other errands as necessary;
  • Assist other departments in areas of interest as time allows;
  • Coordinate on-boarding process for new hires; and
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Data entry and office administration background;
  • Extreme attention to detail;
  • Major in Business, Economics, Accounting or related field; and
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.

Requirements:

  • Current US work authorization required, as CNFA does not sponsor work visas;
  • A college junior, senior, recent graduate or graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Demonstrated interest in international development; and
  • Prior office experience is desired, travel experience and knowledge of another language is preferred. 

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered without the submission of all documents: cover letter, resume and professional references.

 

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.

New Business Development Internship

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Summer Term: June 1, 2018–  August 31, 2018

 

Internships are full-time (40hrs/week) paid at $12.50 per hour with 3 paid vacation days. Interns are ineligible for any other benefits. 

Under the supervision of CNFA’s Internship Coordinator, the NBD intern assists the Vice President of Program Development and the entire NBD team with country and sector research, proposal development and consultant recruiting.

Shared internship responsibilities:

  • Contribute to research, writing, editing, creation of graphic elements and recruiting efforts for proposal development;
  • Provide administrative support to staff as needed; and
  • Support the Receptionist in keeping the office running smoothly with a variety of office management responsibilities and event planning for CNFA headquarters. 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Work with senior management in creation of development proposals including country and sector research, technical writing and editing, and administrative, graphics and production support;
  • Track opportunities with key funding agencies including USAID, MCC and USDA;
  • Work with the NBD team on the recruitment of agribusiness experts and local staff for proposals as well as with Human Resources for ongoing program recruitment needs; and
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, especially in formatting, graphs, diagrams and tables; and
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.

Requirements:

  • Current US work authorization required, as CNFA does not sponsor work visas;
  • A college junior, senior, recent graduate or graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Demonstrated interest in international development; and
  • Prior office experience is desired, travel experience and knowledge of another language is preferred. 

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered without the submission of all documents: cover letter, resume and professional references.

 

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.

 

Global Program Support Internship

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Summer Term: Immediate –  August 31, 2018

 

Internships are full-time (40hrs/week) paid at $12.50 per hour with 3 paid vacation days. Interns are ineligible for any other benefits. 

Under the supervision of CNFA’s Internship Coordinator, the GPS intern assists the Vice Presidents for Programs and several Program Officers with backstopping CNFA’s economic and enterprise development projects in Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia, countries throughout Africa and the Caribbean.

Shared internship responsibilities:

  • Contribute to research, writing, editing, creation of graphic elements and recruiting efforts for proposal development;
  • Provide administrative support to staff as needed; and
  • Support the Executive Assistant in keeping the office running smoothly with a variety of office management responsibilities and event planning for CNFA headquarters. 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Backstop all aspects of USAID and AGRA agricultural programs throughout Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe;
  • Facilitate communications between Regional field offices and the DC home office headquarters through conference calls, correspondence, and contact lists;
  • Review, edit and translate program documents, as appropriate, including all types of reports submitted to home office from the field;
  • Research various features of existing programs and new business;
  • Participate in discussions of program strategy and the field of international development;
  • Arrange international travel logistics for program officers and consultants with regard to air, hotel, and embassy visits to obtain visas;
  • Assist in the implementation of internal and donor Monitoring & Evaluation to track key program indicators; and
  • Other tasks as assigned.]

Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills with ability to multitask;
  • Administrative background and interest in program management;
  • Strong research skills and experience with both qualitative and quantitative analysis; and
  • Advanced language skills may also be beneficial.

Requirements:

  • Current US work authorization required, as CNFA does not sponsor work visas;
  • A college junior, senior, recent graduate or graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Demonstrated interest in international development; and
  • Prior office experience is desired, travel experience and knowledge of another language is preferred. 

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered without the submission of all documents: cover letter, resume and professional references.

 

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.

Communications Internship

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Summer Term: June 1, 2018–  August 31, 2018

 

Internships are full-time (40hrs/week) paid at $12.50 per hour with 3 paid vacation days. Interns are ineligible for any other benefits. 

Under the supervision of CNFA’s Internship Coordinator, the Communications intern will provide assistance to the Director of Communications and the Communications Officer with writing, editing, and general communications tasks.

Shared internship responsibilities:

  • Contribute to research, writing, editing, creation of graphic elements and recruiting efforts for proposal development;
  • Provide administrative support to staff as needed; and
  • Support the Receptionist in keeping the office running smoothly with a variety of office management responsibilities and event planning for CNFA headquarters. 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Collecting and editing news and success stories from the field for use in a variety of purposes and for a variety of audiences;
  • Writing press releases for distribution and follow up with relevant local media;
  • Providing website support both technical and editorial, updating content, publishing news stories and maintaining and administrating social networking site information;
  • Maintaining and creating social networking campaigns;
  • Assist in the recruitment of agribusiness experts and local staff for proposals as well as ongoing program needs;
  • Formatting of personnel documents to comply with proposal guidelines; and
  • Other tasks as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and editing skills, newsroom experience a plus;
  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of social media;
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite a plus; and
  • Strong sense of professionalism and good people skills.

Requirements:

  • Current US work authorization required, as CNFA does not sponsor work visas;
  • A college junior, senior, recent graduate or graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Demonstrated interest in international development; and
  • Prior office experience is desired, travel experience and knowledge of another language is preferred. 

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered without the submission of all documents: cover letter, resume and professional references.

 

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 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 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.

Deltek Capture Manager Consultant

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Consultant to modify CNFA’s Deltek Capture Manager software.  The position will be based in Washington, DC.  The Consultant will be responsible for adapting the current Deltek Capture Manager software configuration and ensuring that the system aligns with CNFA’s internal business development system.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review of the existing Deltek Capture Manager configuration;
  • In-depth consultations with CNFA leadership regarding desired features and custom fields;
  • Adaptation of existing configuration to align more closely with the internal business development system;
  • Thorough testing of configuration to ensure that the system is error-free and secure.

Key Qualification:

  • 5+ years of experience programming and modifying Deltek products is required;
  • Experience modifying Deltek Capture Manager software is required;
  • 7+ years in systems architecture and design is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated capability to work and excel in a customer-facing role is required;
  • Knowledge of database programming languages, such as SQL, is required;
  • Experience working in international development, US-government proposal development, and/or in a related field is preferred;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, or a related field, is required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals 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.

RFP: Proposal Development Support Services

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Issue Date:                             March 6, 2018

Due Date for Questions:       March 9, 2018

Closing Date:                         March 21, 2018

RFP No:                                 NBD-2018-02

Place of Performance:          Washington, DC preferred; remote work as mutually agreed

Period of Performance:        March 2018 – December 2018

 

Background:

 

CNFA (Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture) is dedicated to increasing the quality of life of rural households by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs worldwide. CNFA brings more than 30 years of experience promoting private-sector and agriculture development programs in Africa, Europe, and Asia, facilitating productive partnerships between smallholders, agribusinesses, financial institutions, investors, and other private-sector, civil society, and government stakeholders. CNFA is seeking service providers to deliver proposal and, potentially, operational support between March 2018 and December 2018.

 

Statement of Work:

 

CNFA is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from service providers (Offerors) interested in providing CNFA with consultant experts in capture and proposal management, recruitment, proposal writing, business development processes, and other areas to support development of proposals and to strengthen and support program development team operations.

 

 

Instructions and Requirements for Submissions of Expressions of Interest:

 

·         Provide a cover page that includes your organization’s name, address, and telephone number along with the date and RFP number and signature of an authorized representative of the Offeror.

·         Provide a brief overview of your organization.

·         EOIs must be one page and received by the closing date and time indicated. They must be submitted in PDF or Word.

 

Offerors that demonstrate interest and expertise providing business development support services to organizations in response to USAID solicitations will receive an RFP. CNFA will leave this Expression of Interest open through the deadline of the full solicitation, however the deadline of the solicitation will not change and Offerors are requested to comply with the solicitation deadline. It is the responsibility of Offerors to monitor the release of the full solicitation and comply with all requirements including the deadline. Issuance of this request for expressions of interest does not constitute an award commitment on the part of CNFA, nor does it commit CNFA to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Expressions of Interest are submitted at the risk of the applicant; should circumstances prevent award of an agreement, all preparation and submission costs are at the applicant’s expense.