CNFA

CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to stimulating economic growth in the agricultural sector by nurturing entrepreneurship, private enterprise, and market linkages. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies, and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, to expand exports, and to develop skills in the rural workforce. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record of implementing agricultural development programs in 45 countries, including through USAID Food for Peace funding.

Program Background

USAID Food for Peace Development Food Aid Programs reduce food insecurity among vulnerable populations and help build resilience in communities facing chronic poverty and recurrent crises through a multi-sectoral approach including food-supporting agriculture interventions, income diversification, preventive approaches to malnutrition and disaster risk reduction, among other activities.

Position Description

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the overall management, including the technical, financial and administrative functions of the project. The COP will identify issues and risks related to the program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. S/he acts as the key liaison between USAID and all other counterparts, local implementing partners, and government officials involved with the program. The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the agricultural sector in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly managing food security projects of at least $20-$30 million. He or she will be required to work with various stakeholders, including private sector firms, government officials, and other entities.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, or related field;
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects, including experience managing development assistance projects with complex, multi-sectoral scopes that include agricultural development and maternal and child health and nutrition;
  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming;
  • Proven leadership skills;
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners;
  • Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required; and other language(s) preferred;
  • Experience in West Africa preferred.