New Business Development Internship

New Business Development Internship

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Spring Term: Immeadiatly –  May 31, 2019

 

Internships are full-time (40hrs/week) paid at $13.25 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.

 

Program Coordinator

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 Position Summary:

The Program Coordinator will provide administrative backstopping support from CNFA Headquarters (HQ) in Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of the Director of Programs, the Program Coordinator will work on a dynamic team to support CNFA’s portfolio of agricultural development programs globally.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the function of liaising between projects and CNFA HQ in Washington, DC;
  • Provide quality control in the preparation of work plans, budgets, regular updates and progress reports, and other major project deliverables;
  • Support the Program Management Unit 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 and CNFA compliance, programmatically and financially, as well as timely achievement of project deliverables;
  • Support project monitoring and evaluation programming, including data management and reporting
  • Assist with preparation of contractual approval requests;
  • Support grants programming, including drafting grants-related documentation and ensuring compliance with donor, CNFA, and project grants policies
  • Support home office and field-office procurement efforts and ensuring compliance with donor, CNFA, and project procurement policies
  • Assist communications staff in developing and maintaining promotional content for project and CNFA websites;
  • Assist in the development of monthly programs success story development and reporting; Facilitate procurement of visas for travelers;
  • Draft scopes of work for consultants and timetables for the design and implementation of specific consultancy mandates; assist in recruitment of highly qualified consultants;
  • 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;
  • 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

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • Preferred experience working with international development projects/programs, focused on enterprise development, agriculture and/or agribusiness;
  • Experience working on EU donor-funded projects strongly preferred, including but not limited to European Union and GIZ-funded projects;
  • Knowledge of USAID (and/or other donor) program planning cycles, agreement rules and regulations, and reporting;
  • 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 to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Ability to travel as required;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required; and
  • US Work Authorization required.

Employment is contingent on your 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 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.

Program Development Officer/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:

  • Engage in networking, research and analysis to collect information that contributes to our ability to: make strategic and informed decisions regarding new business ventures; position the organization given evolving trends in the agriculture arena of international development; 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;
  • Lead and support in recruitment efforts on capture and live proposals in collaboration with the Proposal Manager and Proposal Recruiter.
  • Acts as Proposal Manager to lead the development of proposals to ensure full and final submission of complete proposal and addenda; and convene and facilitate post-submission debriefs;
  • 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 Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; Master’s degree in a related field preferred;
  • Minimum two years of experience required in proposal preparation or related profession, five to seven years of experience preferred;
  • Two or more years of relevant international development experience highly desirable;
  • Excellent conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proven experience new business development and/or fundraising;
  • Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight time frames 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.

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.

Awards and Compliance Officer

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The Awards and Compliance Officer 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. 

General 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, grant, procurement, allowance, and other related topics;
  • Drafting and reviewing sub-awards and amendments;
  • Supporting the systematic startup and closeout of programs in the portfolio;
  • Reviewing teaming agreements, 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;
  • Assisting in compliance with corporate reporting requirements;
  • Supporting assembly and issuance of Delegations of Authority, Powers of Attorney, country registration documents, and other operational tasks; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

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;
  • At least one year of experience working with USG-funded contracts or agreements; preferably with USAID;
  • Strong knowledge of USG Assistance Regulations (ADS, CFR, etc.) for Cooperative Agreements and Grants. Experience with USAID strongly preferred. Familiarity with Acquisition Regulations (FAR, AIDAR, etc.) is strongly preferred;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language is a plus;
  • Ability to conduct analysis 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;
  • 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.

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.

Request for Expression of Interest: Monetization for the FY 2019 Food for Progress Notice of Funding Opportunity

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Issue Date: November 21, 2018

Closing Date:November 29, 2018

RFP No: USDA-FFPr-2019-01

Place of Performance: Washington DC and in selected FFPr country(ies)

Period of performance:  As agreed during proposal development

Submission email: Michelle Small, Program Development Coordinator, msmall@cnfa.org

Background:

Founded in 1985, CNFA manages an active portfolio of $300 million in programs in 18 countries. CNFA leads and implements programs that support private-sector-led initiatives and increase employment; strengthen agribusinesses, value chains, and markets; increase access to affordable financial services; and increase smallholder incomes and uptake of improved technologies. CNFA anticipates submitting one or more applications in response to the FY 2019 US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress (FFPr) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Through this solicitation, CNFA is seeking proposals for a monetization service provider to be included in our applications. 

Statement of Work:

CNFA is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) for a monetization service provider in anticipation of the FY 2019 FFPr Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The selected monetization agent will develop and implement the commodity management plan in accordance with USDA rules, regulations, and timeline. Country selection will be determined upon release of the USDA FY 2019 NOFO. Interested monetization agents should respond to this application by submitting an expression of interest by the due date above in compliance with the instructions below. 

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 and a list of monetization projects and dates of performance in two pages, inclusive of the cover page, with TNR font, size 12 and one-inch margins.

•Submit the EOI in Word or PDF format to the email address indicated above.

CNFA will send a full RFP to interested applicants that address the EOI instructions and demonstrate significant expertise designing and implementing monetization for USDA FFPr programs. 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. In addition, final award of any resultant agreement cannot be made until funds have been fully appropriated, allocated, and committed by USDA. While it is anticipated that these procedures will be successfully completed, potential applicants are hereby notified of these requirements and conditions for award. Applications 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.

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:

  • Lead proposal teams in the development of strategic technical approaches and activites, and write the technical proposal, incorporating oral and written inputs from technical experts and responding to comments provided from reviewers;
  • Draft original content as needed, ensuring all drafts are complete and within page limits in advance of reviews;
  • Support proposal teams in writing other sections of the proposal, developing graphics and text boxes, and reviewing all proposal sections for consistency and compliance;
  • Align with CNFA best practices for developing proposal outlines, strategies, and approaches, and adhere to CNFA outline and other templates and tools;
  • Participate in the selection of best candidates for key personnel positions;
  • Participate in the identification and selection of partners for assigned proposals;
  • Travel to the field 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)
  • Represent CNFA at meetings and conferences to raise its profile with clients and partners; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • At least eight years of proposal writing experience, including for USAID solicitations, required; expertise in agricultural value chains or other relevant technical areas preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics, journalism, or a related field required; 
  • Familiarity with USAID regulations for proposal compliance required;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills required; 
  • Experience devising concepts for graphic designs and text boxes strongly preferred.
  • 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.

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.

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:

  • Lead proposal teams in the development of strategic technical approaches and activites, and write the technical proposal, incorporating oral and written inputs from technical experts and responding to comments provided from reviewers;
  • Draft original content as needed, ensuring all drafts are complete and within page limits in advance of reviews;
  • Support proposal teams in writing other sections of the proposal, developing graphics and text boxes, and reviewing all proposal sections for consistency and compliance;
  • Align with CNFA best practices for developing proposal outlines, strategies, and approaches, and adhere to CNFA outline and other templates and tools;
  • Participate in the selection of best candidates for key personnel positions;
  • Participate in the identification and selection of partners for assigned proposals;
  • Travel to the field 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)
  • Represent CNFA at meetings and conferences to raise its profile with clients and partners; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • At least eight years of proposal writing experience, including for USAID solicitations, required; expertise in agricultural value chains or other relevant technical areas preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics, journalism, or a related field required; 
  • Familiarity with USAID regulations for proposal compliance required;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills required; 
  • Experience devising concepts for graphic designs and text boxes strongly preferred.
  • 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.

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.

Technical Consultant – Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)

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Position Description:

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Technical Consultant for a long-term consultancy to support the New Business Development department explore new opportunities for agriculture international development programs and partnerships in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

 

The Technical Consultant will be responsible for the overall management of research and business development activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, including (1) monitoring agriculture development activities and new opportunities, (2) conducting extended capture trips, (3) coordinating research and outreach plans with CNFA headquarters staff, and (4) identifying key value chains, sub-sectors and partners in the LAC region.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct a desk study to identify USAID priorities and forthcoming opportunities and develop a potential opportunity list;
  • Develop competitive analysis of programs and potential opportunities for CNFA in LAC and make recommendations for strategies;
  • Provide leadership on technical direction of LAC research, outreach, and other business development activities;
  • Conduct outreach to potential partners and staff;
  • Act as key liaison between CNFA and USAID Missions, national government ministries, implementing partners and all other counterparts;
  • Communicate regularly with the home office CNFA Program Director about progress and findings;
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning unit to integrate findings and promote thought leadership and learning on off-farm agribusiness finance, investment, business development services, policy, and other relevant topics;
  • Conduct potential travel to selected countries;
  • Represent CNFA at meetings and events.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in international development, preferably in agriculture or a related sector;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of management experience of proposals, strategy development, market analysis and/or research of similar complexity;
  • Demonstrated experience in business development, proposal writing or management, and field research in the LAC region;
  • Strong technical expertise in agribusiness, private sector development, development finance, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and funding mechanisms required;
  • Knowledge and understanding of USAID and other donor funding priorities and strategies preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage senior-level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff to identify opportunities and form partnerships
  • Master’s degree or higher in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field
  • Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean is required
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required, knowledge of Spanish is strongly preferred 

Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant to support proposal development on multiple US Government proposals. The position will be based in Washington, DC.The Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for writing M&E and logical framework sections on assigned proposals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review assigned solicitations and ensure responsiveness to all solicitation requirements regarding M&E;
  • Write all M&E and logical framework sections on assigned proposals within the schedule established by CNFA, address feedback, and provide inputs for the reviews of each color draft;
  • Work with the technical team to set beneficiary and other targets, including the identification of relevant indicators and the creation of custom indicators, for each assigned proposal and;
  • Coordinate activities with the technical team and writers to ensure M&E is fully integrated throughout each assigned proposal

Key Qualification:

  • Minimum of six (6) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Proven track record in the evaluation and assessment of agricultural development projects and Ease of Doing Business indicators is required;
  • Master’s degree, or higher, in economics, business administration, statistics, social sciences, or a related field, is required, and;
  • Complete technical familiarity with USAID evaluation methods and standards is required.

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.