Awards and Compliance Officer

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;
  • 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;
  • 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.

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.

Small Business Day at CNFA

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CNFA is a leader in international agriculture development with existing programs in 15 countries, CNFA is committed to working with small businesses to help carry out its mission to stimulate economic growth and improve livelihoods. CNFA is pleased to announce our inaugural “Small Business Day at CNFA”, scheduled to take place on October 3rd, 2018 at our headquarters, located at 1828 L Street NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC.

About the Event:

CNFA is inviting small business services that support our technical programming, our business development needs, and our overall business operations, including IT, Finance, HR, and Compliance functions.  This event is an opportunity for CNFA to connect with the small business community and for small business owners to showcase their organizations, learn more about CNFA’s work, meet our team, and explore how our organizations can work together. We are interested in small businesses that:

·     Are US-based and registered as US small businesses.

·     Have experience implementing international development projects.

·     Are willing to present about your business (in-person is preferred but video conference/Skype format is acceptable).

Technical areas of expertise of interest to CNFA:

·    Social and behavior change

·     Technology solutions

·     Market information systems

·     Cold chains

·     Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

·     Nutrition

·     Natural Resources Management

·     Livestock and small ruminants

·     Irrigation and small-scale infrastructure

·     Access to finance

·     Any other area complementary to agriculture

·     Monitoring and Evaluation

·     Operations (IT, HR, Finance, Compliance/Legal)

How to attend:

CNFA invites interested registered small businesses to submit an application by clicking “Apply” to participate in this event and completing the form by 5pm, EST on August 31st. Please note that applications to attend will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we will provide details to selected participants in advance of the event. 

Please respond before August 31st.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you October 3rd, 2018 at Small Business Day at CNFA!

Farmer-to-Farmer Program Internship

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Fall Term:  September 3, 2018 – December 31, 2018

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 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 Receptionist 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.

Agricultural Market Development Internship

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Fall Term:  August 16, 2018 – December 31, 2018

 

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 Agricultural Market Development team and the Internship Coordinator, the AMD Program intern assists in implementing and monitoring the Agriculture Market Development Program in Pakistan, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Shared internship responsibilities:

  • Rotate receptionist duty and provide administrative support to staff as needed; 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Provide quality control in deliverables and documentation by copyediting and formatting, in collaboration with the PMU.
  • Assist the PMU with arranging consultancy and staff short-term technical assistance (STTA) assignments, specifically through organizing visas, travel and related logistics, and processing payments related to travel and consultancies. Potential opportunity to learn how to create consultancy contracts and travel budgets.
  • Information management, explicitly archiving project documents on CNFA’s internal SharePoint and collaborating with the PMU to improve the current filing system to be audit-ready and user-friendly. Potential opportunity to lead/coordinate an information management project, after an initial assessment.
  • Assist the PMU with grant procurement, purchase orders and other payment facilitation processes as requested. 
  • Participate in weekly field calls and meetings and circulate notes to project leadership.
  • Potential unique project to help the PMU development an intern guidebook, which will primarily be a living document of all processes learned to streamline training.

Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in streamlining work processes, with excellent organizational skills, ability tomultitask and pay attention to detail;
  • The preferred candidate will not only follow tasks, but take ownership and collaborate with the PMU as we improve our processes;
  • Demonstrated experience in administrative and office work, with proficiency in Outlook and Microsoft applications such as Word and Excel.
  • Strong writing and copyediting skills in the English language;
  • Knowledge of basic budgets preferred.

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
  • An interest in agriculture and agribusiness preferred;
  • 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.

Hinga Weze Program Internship

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Fall Term:  Septemeber 3, 2018 – December 31, 2018

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 Hinga Weze Program intern assists in implementing and monitoring the Hinga Weze Program in Rwanda, 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:

  • Backstop all aspects of USAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze Program in Rwanda;
  • Facilitate communications between field offices and the DC home office headquarters through conference calls, correspondence, and contact lists;
  • Review and edit program documents, as appropriate, including all types of reports submitted to home office from the field;
  • Assist in the drafting, editing and finalizing of Action Memo requests to USAID Rwanda and other program correspondence;
  • 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. 

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.

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.

STTA: Cost Proposal (Budget) Preparation Support

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Consultancy Overview

CNFA requires the services of an independent contractor for a period of between five and eight weeks to support proposal budget preparation.

General Responsibilities:

  • Prepare assigned cost proposals (budget and budget notes) with respect to pricing, solicitation compliance, internal CNFA requirements, and the evolving technical proposal; 
  • Create/adapt assigned budget templates to meet solicitation requirements; 
  • Review and provide feedback on subcontractor budget submissions. 

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 three years’ experience with financial and/or programmatic management of USAID-funded programs; 
  • 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; 
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Excel and MS Word; 
  • Authorization to work in the United States required. 

Please include a completed 1420 with your application.

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

Program Development Coordinator

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Position Summary

The Program Development Coordinator is an integral member of CNFA’s New Business Development team contributing to the business development process and the production of winning proposals that enable the organization to grow organically and strategically.

General Responsibilities

  • Closely monitoring the proposal process from capture and release to submission, liaising with staff and partners to ensure adherence to deadlines and quality standards for deliverables;
  • Thoroughly reviewing solicitation documents and supporting the creation of comprehensive outlines, compliance matrices, and calendars to guide proposal preparation;
  • Organizing and helping to facilitate proposal planning meetings with staff and partners, including ensuring all meeting logistics are in place and IT equipment is working in advance;
  • Supporting recruitment for proposals, including preparation of scopes of work and posting ads; screening CVs and tracking candidate comparison worksheets; ensuring collection of personnel documentation; and strengthening content of CVs through desk research and interviewing candidates; and formatting CVs;
  • Supporting the team to collect and compile support documents for proposals;
  • Supporting proposal production, paying close attention to detail for copy editing, formatting, and ensuring consistency of language and presentation in accordance with CNFA quality standards for internal reviews and final submission;
  • Taking ownership of cost proposal completion and production;
  • Assisting writing teams with desk research and drafting proposal sections as agreed;
  • Organizing logistics for and providing support to consultants, and processing their paperwork;
  • Developing relationships with consultants and international and local partners for live proposals and conducting research to identify partners where proposal teams identify gaps;
  • Coordinating with partners on PTAs/TAs for proposal inputs and tracking them as appropriate;
  • Drafting capacity statements and other documents to support marketing and positioning of CNFA for identified opportunities;
  • Supporting country- or regional-portfolio management to identify and track opportunities including participating in regular discussions with field teams to identify upcoming opportunities; conducting competitive analysis and technical research for upcoming opportunities; and identifying potential staff and partners for upcoming opportunities;
  • Representing CNFA at conferences, workshops, meetings, and other industrygatherings; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qulaifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • At least one year of experience in proposal preparation or related professional experience required;
  • Two or more years of relevant international development or other relevant long-term experience highly desirable;
  • Experience working and living in a developing country desired;
  • Ability to travel internationally;
  • 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 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 

STTA: Post-Monetization Study

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Position: Post-Monetization Study Consultant

Project: MOCA Côte d’Ivoire

Place of Performance: Washington, D.C. / Cote D’Ivoire

Period of Performance: 5/15/2019 – 7/15/2019 (dependent upon date the of sale)

Reporting to: Marc Steen, CoP

BACKGROUND 

The Food Assistance Division (FAD) of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) will fund development activities in the countries of Cote d’Ivoire, 2017. The Maximizing Opportunities in Cacao Activity in Cote D’Ivoire project will be implemented by CNFA. These activities will be supported by proceeds realized from the local market sale (monetization) of U.S. agricultural commodities donated to implementing partners that have been awarded Food for Progress (FFPr) grants.  

 

Before monetization occurred, a pre-monetization market analysis was conducted to comply with federal regulations that mandate against the displacement of normal commercial imports and disincentives to domestic production, while also requiring the availability of adequate storage facilities in the recipient country.

 

OBJECTIVE

The primary objective of this study is to complete a post-monetization assessments to document the effects of monetization in Cote D’Ivoire and to determine whether monetization sales caused any adverse market impacts.  Adverse impacts may include: displacing commercial trade and discouraging local food production.  The assessments will be conducted by independent, third-party evaluators. 

 

 

ASESSMENT

The evaluators will conduct in-depth assessments of the impact of monetization on Cote D’Ivoire’s local economy, including both desk-based and in-country studies.  Data should be collected from both primary and secondary sources of information, and the assessment should use a mixed-methods approach that applies qualitative and quantitative techniques and triangulates information from different methods to enhance the reliability of the findings.

Outside of third party evaluation, USDA expects implementing partners to regularly monitor markets as part of their standard practices to understand their operating environment.  Monitoring markets during project implementation could include identifying any unduly negative effects attributable to monetization, as well as tracking and recording local prices at regular intervals and at relevant marketing points (please see price/time series data template below).  This data will be made available to the evaluator.

 

The assessment will answer the following questions:

•To what extent did monetization affect local production and consumption in the short- (few months after monetization), medium-(marketing year1 after monetization), and long-term (subsequent marketing year)?

•To what extent did monetization displace commercial trade in the short- medium-, and long-term?

•Are there any substitute commodities for the selected commodity?  If so, did the monetization of the selected commodity impact production/marketing of substitute commodities? 

•Was the timing and volume of the sale appropriate?

•Did sales occur as intended or was there a lag because of unforeseen conditions in the market?

•What were the initial PVO estimates for price and quantity? What were the actual prices and quantities of the commodities sold?

•To what extent was in-country storage utilization affected?

•Was the transportation infrastructure affected?

•Were buying patterns of local and international actors affected?  If so, what was the magnitude and length of the change? 

•Was there an effect on prices?  If so at what level?

•What happened to local and international prices during this time period? (Sudden change higher or lower that was unusual)?

•Do price fluctuations follow global/regional patterns?

•Were there any other market factors that could have impacted prices during that time?  (For example, adverse weather affecting production, the one corn processor had their mill damaged/prolonged power outage and stopped buying corn (which may cause lower local prices for farmers), etc.) 

•Market information that would be helpful to discuss in the analysis would include the following: 

•Market context – how the commodity is produced, consumed/processed, traded, marketed generally in the context of this particular country/region. This would also include a discussion of relevant country policies and regulations that impact the market dynamics of the commodity. Prices (in country- (ideally farm gate prices if the commodity or substitute commodity is produced locally, prices where the commodity is being used) and international) –if prices are in the local currency, there should be some discussion as to what is happening to the currency vs the U.S. dollar over the time period.

•Commodity supply and demand balance sheet for a few years prior and current year (i.e. similar to USDA’s PSD or Production, Supply, and Distribution) for the commodity and country. Evaluators may use USDA PSD balance sheets for a commodity and country if they are available. USDA PSD estimates should be cross checked with local market analysts and discrepancies should be noted and discussed in the Market Assessment. A supply and demand balance sheet includes estimates for the following and balances (i.e. Supply equals Demand): 

oSupply: 

Beginning Stocks (this is different than storage capacity ) 

Production (including estimates of acreage planted and harvested AND yield) 

Imports

oDemand: 

Consumption (human, for feeding animals (if applicable), residual) 

Exports

Ending stocks 

•An example data collection table will be provided to the evaluator as a starting point.

Deliverables. 

The substance of, findings, and recommendations with respect to the above mentioned tasks shall be delivered by the consultant as the following deliverables: 

•An outline for the study and presentation of the proposed methodology for data collection. 

•Final Report explaining the impact of monetization on local economy including all above points of interest.

•Coordinate any required local data collection with full time MOCA monitoring and evaluation staff. 

Expected Due Dates

The final report will be submitted 1 year after the completion of the monetization. Surveillance of relevant data will be done periodically throughout the monetization process and analyzed collectively 1 year after the completion of the last sale. 

Qualifications

MOCA is looking for a research firm/ consultant lead/ or team of consultants with the following qualifications:

•Experience with market analysis, collection of economic data on internationally traded commodities

•Experience conducting market evaluations

Senior Program Officer

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Position Summary:

CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C.-based Senior Program Officer (SPO) to oversee, manage and backstop a portfolio of international development programs in Francophone West Africa. Responsibilities include providing leadership related to project planning, providing administrative and technical support to field staff, and monitoring and evaluating field project activities and results. This position reports to the Vice President of Programs, works closely with program Chiefs of Party and supervises junior program staff.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assist with program implementation by providing technical support that includes, but is not limited to: input toward program strategy development; assistance developing technical program materials and deliverables; monitoring and evaluation of program activities; development of strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders; leadership in critiquing and reviewing project documents such as grant and project proposals; development of scopes of work for short-term assistance and other technical contributions;
  • Backstop programs, including reviewing/editing program documents and reports, tracking and reports program events;
  • Maintain electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables;
  • Coordinate field travel for long-term and short-term staff – including visa procurement and processing, travel and accommodation logistics, briefings related to security and travel;
  • Prepare or review project documentation that requires home office and USAID approval;
  • Support the Communications Department by ensuring production and updating of high quality project communication tools;
  • Monitor projects 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 site visits, temporary assignments to assist in field office work efforts, general evaluation of program progress and potential, and collection of program information will be required;
  • Manage sub-contractors contractual and technical deliverables;
  • Liaise with USAID to provide timely updates on program activities and impact and engage donors on development and implementation of programs;
  • Supervise one HQ based coordinator and two field based positions; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in a relevant field (Business, agricultural economics, international relations) required; a Master’s Degree is strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience backstopping complex international economic development programs is required; experience in West Africa is desired.
  • Experience managing USAID contracts of $20 million or more in value is strongly preferred;
  • Experience managing USAID compliance issues specific to contracts is required;
  • Experience managing USDA compliance issues is preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience with backstopping grants-under-contract programs and in working with programs to build local partner capacity required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in project budget development and management, including experience conducting operational and financial audits of field offices;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, and clear, concise written communication skills required;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity is expected;
  • Outstanding organization skills with a high level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to maintain composure and flexibility under tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively and manage multiple competing priorities;
  • Ability to engage with organizations and individuals from various cross-cultural contexts;
  • Fluency in French is required;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • MS Office proficiency 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 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.