Assets Coordinator (Engineer)

Assets Coordinator (Engineer)

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Program Description:

Amalima is a five-year, USD $43 million USAID Food for Peace (FFP) funded Development Food Security Activity in Matabeleland.

Amalima activities contribute to three strategic objectives:

·         SO 1: Household access to, and availability of food improved

·         SO 2: Community resilience to shocks improved

·         SO 3: Nutrition and health among pregnant and lactating women, boys and girls under 2 improved

Amalima is implemented by a consortium of two national and three international partners, led by CNFA.  The project is managed from a head office in Bulawayo with satellite offices in Tsholotsho, Gwanda, and Plumtree. 

 

Job description:

Community Assets are a central component of Strategic Objective 2: Community resilience to shocks improved.  Assets, implemented by communities through cash for assets or food for assets modalities, include small dams, irrigation schemes, dip tanks, erosion control measures, grazing land clearance, etc. The Assets Coordinator provides technical oversight for implementation of community asset production, from design to completion, and collaborates with district teams to manage day to day site works.  The Assets Coordinator will be based in Bulawayo and report to the Amalima Agriculture and Livelihoods manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee implementation of all Amalima community asset activities;
  • Identify and supervise consultant engineers as required;
  • Ensure production of sound technical designs and bills of quantities for all assets;
  • Conduct environmental assessments in coordination with Environment and Resilience Specialist;
  • Liaise with relevant technical authorities to acquire requisite construction approvals;
  • Coordinate reporting and track progress with district team leaders, field officers, and consultant engineers;
  • Monitor field sites regularly, ensuring adherence to plans, safety practices, etc.;
  • Maintain project files and updated records of work progress and labor tracking;
  • Coordinate with procurement team to ensure materials are procured and delivered to sites;
  • Coordinate with finance department to ensure cash payments (or with commodities department to for food distributions) are made accurately in a timely manner;
  • Contribute to quarterly and annual narrative reports;
  • Provide engineering support to other Amalima activities as required; and
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Chief of Party

Skills and Qualifications:

  • University degree in Engineering;
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience designing and overseeing rural construction projects in Zimbabwe;
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team and produce high quality outputs;
  • Specific experience with dams, irrigation schemes and dip tanks strongly preferred;
  • Experience implementing NGO cash for work or food for work projects with community labour strongly preferred;
  • Experience with USAID programs preferred;
  • Ndebele language skills and experience in Matabeleland strongly preferred; and
  • Private sector and/or government experience valued.

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.

Country Director (F2F) – Zimbabwe

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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 Description:

 

CNFA is currently seeking a Country Director for Zimbabwe.  

 

The F2F Country Director is an employee of CNFA and reports to the Washington, DC based F2F Program Director. Working under the direction and supervision of the Program Director and Program Officer, the Country Director supervises F2F host country employees, travels frequently within the country to maintain active liaison with actual and prospective volunteer projects, is responsible for volunteers while in country, and oversees the country budget and deliverables. Additionally, the Country Director is responsible for maintaining a strong working relationship with the local USAID office and other key stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, public and private agricultural development organizations and the NGO community.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Coordination of all F2F program activities within a country, including:
  • Identifying, designing, and implementing the Country F2F Project to ensure volunteer targets are met, reports are prepared, and resources are allocated effectively;
  • Coordinating any flexible assignments;
  • Identifying potential partners and hosts, providing pre- and post-assignment technical / business assistance to hosts, and communicating closely with hosts to assess their needs, status changes, and satisfaction with the CNFA program;
  • Developing volunteer scopes of work and facilitating volunteer assignments;
  • updating sector and sub-sector analyses;
  • Ensuring sound systems for monitoring and assessing impact from program activities;
  • Coordinating work with other stakeholders;
  • Preparing comprehensive and quality program documents and reports (including but not limited to weekly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports);
  • Developing and maintaining working relations with the USAID Mission, keeping them informed of program progress or issues;
  • Preparing for and facilitating the visits of other CNFA staff or official guests, including evaluation teams
  • Updating or developing a security and health plan for volunteers and staff in country
  • Providing training to personnel on project development principles and methodology;
  • Conducting regular performance evaluations of staff and making recommendations for improvement and growth, providing close supervision of progress;
  • With input from the Program Director and Program Officer, developing annual work plans in line with the overall regional program strategy;
  • Supporting new business development efforts, as appropriate, including program design, proposal development, and donor liaison; and
  • Maintaining annual country budgets to support program activities and monitor expenditures based on allowed budget allocations, and working within the parameters of the CNFA F2F budgeting, reporting, and administrative systems.
  • Other responsibilities to be determined by CNFA and/or USAID.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • University degree (preferably in agriculture or a related and relevant field); Master’s degree preferred
  • At least eight (8) years professional experience in assignments relevant to the F2F Country Program;
  • Fluency in English required and Shona is desired.
  • Experience in agricultural production, marketing and/or development;
  • Ability to network effectively with country agricultural sector stakeholders;
  • At least five (5) years of experience with proven leadership in managing work teams and executing complex projects; and
  • Demonstrated competence in managing administrative responsibilities.

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.

Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager: Amalima

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About CNFA:

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods in the developing world by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. 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 (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.

 

Program Description:

‘Amalima is a five-year, USD $43 million USAID Food for Peace (FFP) funded Development Food Assistance Project.’ The program draws its name from the Ndebele word for the social contract by which families come together to help each other with productive activities such as land cultivation and tending livestock. 

Amalima activities contribute to three strategic objectives:

·         SO 1: Household access to, and availability of food improved

·         SO 2: Community resilience to shocks improved

·         SO 3: Nutrition and health among pregnant and lactating women, boys and girls under 2 improved

Amalima is implemented by a consortium of two national and three international partners, led by CNFA.  The project operates in 66 wards of 4 rural districts, has over 150 staff members, and is managed from a head office in Bulawayo with satellite offices in Tsholotsho, Gwanda, and Plumtree. 

 

Job description:

The Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager is a key member of the Amalima Senior Management Team and responsible for technical and managerial oversight of SO 1: Household access to, and availability of food improved, and SO 2: community resilience to shocks improved.  S/he will manage a team of technical coordinators working to increase agricultural yields, improve livestock production, strengthen community-based early warning and response systems, increase and diversify incomes for poor households, increase access to financial services by poor households and increase community resilience to shocks. The Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager will be based in Bulawayo and report directly to the Chief of Party.

The Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager’s specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Lead development of program strategies and work plans for SO 1 and SO 2;
  • Oversee quarterly and annual activity reporting for SO 1 and SO2 (in coordination with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager);
  • Provide technical training and oversight to district based SO 1 and SO 2 Activity Managers in the four program districts;
  • Coordinate with the SO3 Manager and Deputy Chief of Party to ensure agriculture and livelihoods programming is complementary of the program’s health and nutrition activities;
  • Coordinate with the Gender Specialist and Community Mobilization Specialist to ensure that program messaging and training modules are designed and implemented in ways that are appropriate for women and can be easily adopted by communities;
  • Manage the Water Supply Team Leader to ensure proper implementation of water-related development activities to ensure they conducted in an environmentally sustainable manner and align with agricultural development interventions;
  • Manage the Agriculture Sector Coordinator and encourage collaboration with the Community Mobilization Specialist to develop messaging and mechanisms for the sustainable promotion of conservation agriculture and communal land rehabilitation interventions;
  • Manage the Enterprise Development Sector Coordinator to ensure proper implementation of agrodealer strengthening activities, input fairs, and advance input sales;
  • Manage the Environmental and Resilience Specialist to support development of early warning systems, crisis calendars and other disaster risk reduction (DRR) interventions;
  • Manage the assets coordinator to ensure proper implementation of food for assets (FFA) activities in coordination with communal land rehabilitation efforts;
  • Manage the Agricultural Sector Coordinator to support interventions designed to improve animal husbandry and health and strengthen livestock support services;
  • Manage the Value chain/Marketing Sector Facilitator and VS&L facilitator to ensure proper implementation of financial services activities, including the development of village savings and lending (VS&L) groups and new mobile banking applications;
  • Oversee the targeting and implementation of voucher and matching grant activities for vulnerable households and groups which is primarily managed by the Enterprise Development Sector Coordinator and Grants Manager;
  • Lead coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development (MoAMID) and other agricultural development programs
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Chief of Party, including CNFA representation at national 

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience in agricultural sector in Zimbabwe: research, production, and/or marketing;
  • 5+ years of experience implementing donor-supported NGO agricultural/rural development programs;
  • 5+ years of experience in a senior management role;
  • University degree in Agriculture or a related field with familiarity with both the crop and livestock sector, and an advance degree preferred;
  • Professional and/or personal experience living/working directly with small scale producers in communal areas;
  • Strong management skills, including personnel, project planning and implementation, time management, budgeting;
  • Strong reporting skills, narrative and quantitative;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and demonstrated ability to work within a large and diverse team;
  • Solid IT skills, ability to work quickly and independently on standard office software programs and communication platforms;
  • Technical skills and experience in natural resource management, civil or environmental engineering and/or rural infrastructure preferred;
  • Private sector, entrepreneurial and/or government experience valued;
  • Work experience in Matabeleland or other region 4-5 areas strongly preferred;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication abilities in English is required, with communications abilities in Ndebele preferred;
  • Familiarity with USAID Food for Peace preferred.

Women and Zimbabwean nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.