Technical Consultant – Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)

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.

 

Technical Lead – Farmer-to-Farmer

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Brief Project Overview

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. 

 

**The Technical Lead position will be based in Washington, D.C., but should be prepared to travel up to 20% of the time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

The Technical Lead will provide technical input, desk and capture research management, and support to the Farmer-to-Farmer bids. S/he will provide technical expertise in identifying and designing key interventions in to the key objectives of the worldwide Farmer-to-Farmer program and will support the Business Development team in obtaining relevant information and updated input from field staff while supporting the process of concept note and proposal writing. 

  • Provide overall leadership, management, and technical direction of the Farmer-to-Farmer proposals, ensuring that visions and techniques described in the plans integrate up-to-date and contextually specific information regarding the USAID Country Missions’ agricultural plans, relevant national, international, and subnational agricultural and economic growth frameworks, and methods of integrating cross-cutting themes such as gender and youth rural employment.
  • Guide the core business development team involved in the research and writing process in the processes of research, communications with other relevant departments and offices, and writing the drafts and final concept notes and proposal; oversee and approve final drafts.
  • Work with the Programs and Farmer-to-Farmer teams at the home office in Washington, DC as well as in the field offices to gather all necessary and relevant information to craft a competitive proposal for the upcoming Farmer-to-Farmer worldwide bid. 

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Seven (7) years of experience or more in managing and implementing multi-faceted private investments, job creation, and agribusiness development programs
  • Experience in the agricultural sector is required, including such areas as agribusiness, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), rural employment, rural and agricultural development, agro-processing, inputs, rural access to finance, and market development.
  • Experience in a technical role for a Farmer-to-Farmer program preferred; experience with similar programs may be accepted.
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Master’s degree in agriculture, business, economics, finance, international development or related field is required;
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa is highly preferred, and other global experience is an asset;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English are required; knowledge of French or Swahili is an asset.

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.

Lead Technical Writer – Laos Microenterprise Development

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Brief Project Overview

The Laos Microenterprise Development Activity aims to drive rural economic growth through facilitating the emergence of a dynamic agribusiness sector by alleviating constraints to investment and increasing access to finance and credit for micro- and small enterprises (MSEs), resulting in broad economic opportunities and poverty reduction by providing productive employment for target rural populations. 

 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Lead Technical Writer for a short-term assignment to support new business opportunities in Laos.

Duties and Responsibilities

 

The Technical Writer will work closely with CNFA staff and be responsible for conducting research, drafting, editing, and reviewing proposal technical sections for an upcoming USAID proposals.

Tasks and Deliverables

  • Conduct background reviews to learn the context and donor priorities in target technical areas;
  • Support proposal teams with technical design and lead the drafting of technical narratives involving off-farm agribusiness finance, investment, business development services, policy, and other related themes;
  • Support the team in writing other sections of the proposal, as required;
  • Conduct capture trip(s) as agreed with the team.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in agricultural value chains, market systems, micro- and small agribusinesses, economic growth and development, or microfinance required;
  • 3+ years’ experience working in Laos required; regional experience also an advantage;
  • 5+ years of proposal writing experience in the international development field required;
  •  A Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field of study or equivalent work experience required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID writing and branding highly preferred;
  • Familiarity with CNFA’s technical and geographic program areas preferred;
  • Experience in devising an approach for graphic designs preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; knowledge of Laotian and/or French is an asset.

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 Director – Farmer to Farmer (F2F)

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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.  

**The Program Director position will be based in Washington, D.C.

Key Qualifications

  • A university degree in a subject relevant to international agricultural development such as; agronomy, business administration, international development, economics, agricultural economics, rural sociology;
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in international development with a focus on agriculture or rural development; at least five years’ experience in Africa or ECCA;
  • Previous Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party, or Program Director experience, preferably with a USAID project;
  • Strong skills in program management, budget planning, human resource management, and donor reporting required;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Additional languages skills such French, Portuguese, or Russian is a plus. 
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STTA – Technical Writers

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CNFA is seeking the services of lead technical writers for a short- to medium-term assignments to support global new business opportunities. Selected consultants will work closely with CNFA staff and be responsible for conducting research, drafting, editing, and reviewing proposal technical sections. 

Tasks & Deliverables

  • Conduct background reviews to learn the context and donor priorities in target technical areas and geographies;
  • Support proposal teams with technical design and lead the drafting of technical narratives;
  • Support the team in writing other sections of the proposal, as required.
  • Conduct capture trip(s) as agreed with the team.  

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural value chains, market systems, trade, and exports required;
  • 5+ years of proposal writing and/or project management experience in the international development field required;
  • A Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, management, international development, or a related field of study, or equivalent work experience required;
  • Strong writing and editing skills required;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills required;
  • Familiarity with CNFA’s technical and geographic program areas preferred;
  • Experience in devising an approach for graphic designs strongly preferred.

Communications Officer

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The Communications Officer will be a part of CNFA’s Communications Team and will work closely supporting the communications team lead in developing and managing our digital media footprint, social media presence, and supporting corporate communications, public relations, and field communications activities. The Communications Officer will work closely with members of the team to help shape CNFA’s digital communications strategy, grow our digital audiences, manage our website, and curate the overall aesthetic of the global CNFA brand(s) online and in marketing collateral. The Communications Officer will work closely with the communications team lead, within the Communications Team, to ensure that all corporate communications activities are integrated to support CNFA’s global initiatives and programs

Requirements:

  • Manage the website(s) for CNFA, CNFA Europe and affiliate entities, create content, and utilize other digital mediums and social tools to promote CNFA and its global impact;
  • Work closely with the communications director, to develop and maintain a digital communications strategy that aligns with the overall Communications Strategy;
  • Responsible for developing content for regularly updated social medical channels including Facebook, Twitter, and others of strategic value working closely with the communications team lead and support the delivery of innovative social media campaigns, within budget, to achieve defined objectives; 
  • Work with the communications team director to support media relations efforts to enhance CNFA’s brand and mission, which includes writing press releases, media pitches, articles, op-eds, and parallel messaging on social channels;
  • As needed, provide support to work and develop materials, graphics, branded proposals, presentations and leverage events and other opportunities to maximize impact with current and potential partners;
  • Responsible for compiling and editing monthly newsletter content including layout and final product;
  • Lead the design of all organizational materials developed for annual meetings including annual reports, brochures, and newsletters;
  • Provide field support including travel to assigned projects including regular monthly updates with the field communications team as well as any additional support needed by the programs in-country
  • Assist communications team lead in execution of advocacy and strategic communications opportunities for CNFA
  • Responsible for developing CNFA collateral items including branded letterheads, proposal cover pages, ppt presentations, other
  • Event support – assist corporate communications and program communications in developing and organizing CNFA-sponsored public events, as well as Board of Director meetings, speaking engagements and the like;
  • Serves on committees as assigned; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a BA/BS from an accredited college or university required;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in communications, public relations, marketing or a related field;
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively use online tools to communicate with and motivate target groups to take actions, including email, social media and online video for comparable programs or organizations;
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills; superior attention to detail;
  • Ability to think strategically, set priorities and manage concurrent projects, handle pressure, manage time effectively, exercise independent judgment and assume responsibility for seeing projects through to timely and successful completion;
  • Self-motivated; willingness to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Knowledge and familiarity with web writing and other content development tools for the Internet;
  • Ability to work across-platforms (Mac and Windows OS) and keep up with technology in quickly changing environment;
  • Experience in a non-profit environment and demonstrated interest in international development;
  • Experience with video editing, graphic design/InDesign, HTML coding, CSS and JavaScript desired;
  • Advanced experience with MS Office Suite, particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Prior media relations experience desired, but not required;
  •  Domestic and international travel is required up to 20%; and
  • 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.

Deputy Chief of Party – USAID Seed Systems Support

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Brief Project Overview:

CNFA is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the anticipated Seed Systems Support project to be based in Washington, D.C. and funded by the USAID Bureau of Food Security. The project will focus on inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, and increased resilience among people and systems in Feed the Future countries. The project will strengthen formal and informal seed systems to be responsive to the needs of smallholder farmers and adaptive to climate and economic change.

 

The DCOP will work closely with the Chief of Party in providing technical oversight and management of the program, including the development and implementation of the project’s vision, strategy, and technical direction, ensuring that project activities are of high quality and adhere to Feed the Future technical guidance and global best practices. The DCOP will support coordination and management of country teams, ensuring timely progress against schedules, achievement of deliverables, and quality of results.

 

The successful candidate will be a technical expert in one or more areas related to seed systems in developing countries and will have experience providing technical leadership on large, complex projects.

 

This position will be based at CNFA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, agricultural economics, or a related field is required, PhD is preferred;
  • 8+ years of relevant professional experience working specifically within the seed sector, which can include the private-sector, a public-sector institute focused on seed systems, and/or as a policy and regulatory analyst
  • Experience providing technical leadership on complex funding mechanisms; such as centrally-funded multi-country USAID projects, IDIQs or LWAs is a plus, but not required;
  • Experience in the development of seed systems is strongly preferred, as is experience developing relationships within the seed sector and executing seed policy and regulatory reform projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and strengthen partnerships among a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies, the private sector, development partners, and research institutions is preferred;
  • Experience working in Africa is preferred, experience in Asia and/or Latin America is a plus;
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English and a second language (French or Spanish) are required.

Note: Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

 

Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

 

Deadline for submission is December 10, 2017