Program Development Manager

Program Development Manager

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CNFA Europe seeks a Program Development Manager looking for an exciting opportunity to effect change globally and be a key member of an exciting growth-phase of the organization.  We are looking for a motivated professional with strong experience coordinating and writing European donor and institutionally-funded agricultural development proposals for both grants and contracts. The Program Development Manager is an integral member of a small team that is  responsible for developing proposals for agricultural development projects globally funded by a variety of European donors and clients such as GIZ, EC, EIB, World Bank, AFD, DFID, SDC, SIDA, and others. This is a mid to senior level position.  The primary responsibility for this position is to manage proposal development efforts, serve as contributing or lead technical writer; investigate relevant issues and competitive landscapes for new project opportunities (including through in-country fact-finding travel), oversee budget preparation, recruiting, subcontracting, and logistics for proposals; and help identify and nurture new business opportunities. The responsibilities may apply across multiple concurrent business development efforts, depending on the size or complexity of individual bids.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities: Proposal Development

  • Ensures efficient development and submission of clear, readable, and responsive technical and financial proposals, integrating materials written by other proposal team members.
  • Oversees or conducts budgeting of proposed project costs.
  • Oversees, and helps conduct, recruitment of candidates for proposed project positions.
  • Moves from one assignment to another over time according to the ebb and flow of opportunities and the current portfolio of proposals under development.
  • Conducts research and participates in “reconnaissance” trips to countries in the region to gather information for new proposals, recruit project staff, and market CNFA Europe to prospective clients and partner organizations.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities: Proposal Writing

  • Lead technical writing/design of proposals.
  • Drafts proposal sections, independently and/or with other contributors.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities: Representation and Partnership Development

  • Using existing industry contacts, position CNFA as an effective development partner and service provider with a wide variety of traditional development donors, institutions, as well as the private sector.
  • Build new cross-sectoral partnerships that extend development impact and organizational business growth

Specific Roles and Responsibilities: Best Practice Development

  • Lead best practice processes for new program development, including creation of templates, online tools, and team processes that lead to success portfolio growth.
  • Participate in, and/or lead, the development, implementation, and marketing of CNFA’s innovative approaches.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • Minimum of 7 years’ of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural/economic development, international development, business administration or relevant field; 5 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree preferred.
  • Proven writing skills and documented track record of developing successful program and proposals with major European donors, foundations and institutions, and an existing network across these respective organizations.
  • High motivation to incorporate innovations and best practices into new program design.
  • Thorough understanding of M4P/Market Systems and Value Chain Approaches
  • Knowledge of EU Technical Assistance contracts and other European development partner procurement policies and regulations.
  • Experience will all or many of existing clients/donors, such as GIZ, DFID, AFD, World Bank, EU.
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently/remotely with demonstrated ability to multi-task while maintaining rigorous attention to detail.
  • Strong teamwork skills and competitive instincts
  • Ability 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 travel up to 40% of the time
  • Previous experience living/working in a developing country, preferably with some program management experience.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and multi-cultural skills to deal with a wide variety of people at all levels
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrable ability to prioritize among multiple competing requests
  • Sense of humor and desire to work in a fast-paced, passionate environment
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; strong Internet research capabilities
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in at least one other language (French, German, and/or Arabic highly desirable)

Location and Remuneration: This position can be based remotely in Europe or Africa. TBD with each candidate.  Compensation is competitive within the industry.

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.

Finance, Compliance and Administration Support Manager (Consultant)

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Level of Effort: Up to 50% initially, with potential for full-time employment in the future, dependent on organizational growth

General Responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise on EU and other European Donor (preferably GIZ, KfW, NL Agency, DFID, and EIB experience) financial reporting and compliance rules and regulations to field and HQ staff and teams:
  • Work seamlessly and in coordination with CNFA’s US-based Operations & Compliance Team to build CNFA Europe’s finance, compliance and administration systems to be financially sound and competitive amongst peer organisations.
  • Working with program management teams, ensure that project and financial reporting is timely and compliant with CNFA Europe’s various European donor rules and regulations.
  • Initiate the process of developing CNFA Europe’s logistics and procurement systems that ensure compliance with respective EU donors and private sector partners;
  • Ensure the smooth implementation of project accounting activities, including (but not limited to): timely and accurate bank reconciliations, invoicing, monitoring of expenditure levels against budget and funding obligations, financial projections and submission of monthly financial reports to CNFA HQ;
  • Ensure organized and complete accounting file documentation is maintained by the field office and Headquarters and develop procedures for the systematic transfer of all original documentation to Headquarters;
  • Act as point on HR Systems development, primarily developing and operationalizing a CNFA Europe Expert Database and Recruitment Process, in addition to developing our contract terms and conditions for experts on the various EU Contracts we are bidding on. 
  • Project portal: manage the project portal relating to financial issues, including uploading financial reporting and deliverable reports;
  • Provide the field finance teams with information and guidance on program financial performance;
  • Regularly prepare and present financial reports, analysis, and recommendations concerning relevant financial issues;
  • Review partner spending in relation to budgets, and develop monthly budget pipelines for CNFA and partner expenditures;
  • Ensuring contract compliance with EU donors and CNFA policies and procedures by reviewing and approving subcontracts, grants, consultant agreements, and procurement documents for final approval and signature;
  • Facilitate timely, accurate month-end closing, cash requests and cash reconciliations;
  • Researching EU/GIZ regulatory issues and staying up-to-date on revisions to relevant regulations;

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Finance or related field. Master’s Degree preferred. May substitute work experience to meet education requirement.
  • Minimum 5 years of project level accounting or finance experience with EU funded and other donor funded projects, preferably including GIZ, KfW, EIB and others.
  • Experience with European donors in the areas of finance and compliance;
  • Understanding of EU reporting rules and regulations;
  • A high degree of integrity, accountability, energy and flexibility;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • 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; 

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.