Seed Systems Support – Lead Technical Consultant

Seed Systems Support – Lead Technical Consultant

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Project Background:

 

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidatesfor the USAID/Bureau of Food Security Seed Systems Support. The Seed Systems Support activity will focus on inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, and strengthened resilience among people and systems.  This activity will achieve these results through the development of innovative and sustainable seed systems that are responsive to the needs of smallholder farmers and adaptive to climate and economic change.

 

Role:

 

The Technical Writer will support the capture effort and technical design for the Seed Systems Support proposal development, including leading and facilitating the development of the overall design approach and concept for the proposal; writing programmatic sections of the document closely with the Lead Technical Writer; leading technical design from capture to the final submission, including research, partnering, and supporting writers of all proposal sections; and collaborating closely with the Budget/Contracts Manager to ensure that the technical program comports with the budgetary and contractual requirements.

Qualifications

  • 15 plus years in the agriculture sector with at least 5 years of experience in seed and seed systems in Africa and other emerging markets. The seed specific expertise will include experience on 1 or more of the following areas: private sector seed production and marketing, seed policy and regulatory environment development, increasing small holder access to seed, varietal development, seed multiplication and/or seed certification.  
  • Experience designing and/or managing agribusiness development projects is preferred;
  • Experience in proposal writing as lead technical writer is preferred.
  • International donor experience required, USAID program experience preferred;
  • Master’s Degree in related field required, PhD preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal English language skills required

Monetization for the FY 2018 Food for Progress Notice of Funding Opportunity

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Request for Expression of Interest

Issue Date: August 11, 2017

Original Closing Date: August 21, 2017

Revised Closing Date: August 25, 2017

RFP No: USDA-FFPr-2018-01

Place of Performance: Washington DC and in selected FFPr country(ies).

Period of Performance: As agreed during proposal development.

Application Submission: Jessica Carroll, Program Development Coordinator, jcarroll@cnfa.org.

Background:

Founded in 1985, CNFA manages an active portfolio of $300 million in programs in 18 countries. CNFA leads and implements programs that support private-sector-led initiatives and increase employment; strengthen agribusinesses, value chains, and markets; increase access to affordable financial services; and increase smallholder incomes and uptake of improved technologies. This portfolio includes the $14.6 million Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA) in Cote d’Ivoire funded by USDA Food for Progress (FFPr). 

Statement of Work:

CNFA is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) for a monetization service provider in anticipation of the FY 2018 FFPr Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The selected monetization agent will develop and implement the commodity management plan in accordance with USDA rules, regulations, and timeline. Country selection will be determined upon release of the USDA FY 2018 NOFO. Interested monetization agents should respond to this application by submitting an expression of interest by the due date above in compliance with the instructions below. CNFA will send a full RFP to interested applicants that address the EOI instructions and requirements.

Instructions and Requirements for Submissions of Expressions of Interest:

  • Provide a cover page that includes your organization’s name, address, and telephone number along with the date and RFP number and signature of an authorized representative of the offeror.
  • Provide a brief overview of your organization and relevant past experience and the personnel who will be involved in the preparation of the proposal in response to the USDA NOFO.
  • EOIs must be up to two pages and received by the closing date and time indicated.

Issuance of this request for expressions of interest does not constitute an award commitment on the part of CNFA, nor does it commit CNFA to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. In addition, final award of any resultant agreement cannot be made until funds have been fully appropriated, allocated, and committed by USDA.  While it is anticipated that these procedures will be successfully completed, potential applicants are hereby notified of these requirements and conditions for award. Applications are submitted at the risk of the applicant; should circumstances prevent award of an agreement, all preparation and submission costs are at the applicant’s expense.

Proposals should be delivered to Jessica Carroll at jcarroll@cnfa.org.

CNFA Monetization for the FY 2018 Food for Progress Notice of Funding (USDA-FFPr-2018-01): Q&A

1)It states that the EOI must be up to two pages, does this include the cover page? 

a.Expressions of Interest should be two pages total, including the cover page. The cover page can include other information.

2)How would you like the EOI formatted, in PDF or WORD? 

a.While either PDF or Word is acceptable, our preference is for a MS Word document.

3)Once we submit the EOI, it is our understanding the next step will be the EOI applicants will receive an RFP. Is this correct? 

a.Yes, EOI applicants will receive an RFP after the submission.

4)At the end of the online posting there is a link for “Apply for this Job”. Is this required by the applicants to complete?   

a.Applicants should apply through the email address indicated in the instructions.

**CNFA would like to clarify that this solicitation is intended to identify potential partners for the 2018 funding opportunity. It is not related to the recent 2017 award.

***Please note that the closing date for this EOI has been extended to Friday, August 25, 2017. This is reflected in the solicitation.

Chief of Party – Food for Progress 2017-2018

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Position Summary:

USDA Food for Progress provides a mechanism through which donated U.S. agricultural commodities are sold at local markets of developing countries and the proceeds support programs that increase agricultural productivity and expand trade of agricultural products.

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for overall management, oversight, and achievement of targeted results, including the technical, financial, and administrative functions of the project, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors. 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 USDA and all other counterparts, local implementing partners, and government officials involved with the program.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Successful experience managing Food for Progress programs is required;
  • At least three years of experience serving as program director or chief of party;
  • Experience providing technical oversight and leadership to facilitate expanded trade and competitiveness of agricultural value chains preferred;
  • Experience overseeing financial and administrative management of programs, including of personnel, reporting, budgeting and procurement for large, complex programs is required;
  • Experience overseeing an M&E team to ensure high quality program reporting, monitoring, evaluation, and learning are required;
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain positive, collaborative, and productive relationships with government is required;
  • Demonstrated experience serving as ambassador for home office, establishing and nurturing strong relationships with donor representatives and expanding business required;
  • English fluency required, knowledge of relevant language strongly preferred.

Chief of Party – Seed Systems Support

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Position Summary:

CNFA is searching for a Chief of Party for the upcoming Seed Systems Support activity based in Washington DC and funded by the USAID Bureau of Food Security.  Channeled through USAID’s Feed the Future countries, this project will encourage the development of innovative, sustainable, and inclusive seed systems that are responsive to the needs of smallholder farmers and adaptive to climate and economic change.

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven leadership records within the seed and seed systems sectors, especially in USAID’s Feed the Future focus countries. The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for overall management, oversight, and achievement of targeted results, including the technical, financial, and administrative functions of the project, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors.  The COP will also be responsible for managing relationships with key stakeholders, USAID, and partners.

Qualification and Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in the management of large and complex (at least $10 million) donor-funded projects is required, USAID experience is strongly preferred;
  • Experience overseeing financial and administrative management of personnel, reporting, M&E, budgeting, and procurement is required;
  • Experience in the inclusion of the private sector into agricultural development initiatives across multiple countries simultaneously is strongly preferred;
  • Experience in the development and adaptation of complex agricultural systems is required, experience in seed market systems is strongly preferred;
  • Experience in the inclusion of youth and women into agricultural systems is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and adapt partnerships among a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies, the private sector, development partners, and research institutions is required;
  • Master’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, agricultural economics, or a related field is required, PhD is preferred;
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Chief of Party- Egypt Value-Added Agriculture Activity

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Brief Project Overview:

CNFA is currently seeking application from qualified candidates for an anticipated project building on USAID’s investments in assisting Egypt’s small farmers to export horticulture produce that meet international standards. The project will improve Egypt’s food security through improved income for farmers and increase access to healthy and nutritious food for Egyptians. This activity will create additional linkages to provide high quality produce to local grocery stores, hotels, restaurants, and food processors in Egypt.

Chief of Party (CoP) Job Description:

Primary responsibilities are aimed at providing overall leadership, management and technical direction of the entire proposed program, and stakeholder engagement at all levels. 

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, rural development economics, or related field of study or equivalent work experience.  
  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience leading multi-sector development programs with demonstrated strong management and coordinating skills. 
  • Seven (7) years of management experience of projects of similar complexity with experience with direct supervision of professional managing teams and support staff and assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs. 
  • Strong technical expertise in agriculture development, horticultural production and marketing, with experience in Egypt and/or the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and demonstrated ability to engage with private sector partners.
  • Demonstrated, excellent writing and oral presentation skills in English is required. High proficiency in Arabic is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations required; experience managing a USAID funded program highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage senior level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff to identify and resolve key barriers to progress.

Social Behavior Change Advisor-Kenya LWA

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Project Overview:

The USAID/Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems project will focus on the development of the livestock market system within Northern Kenya by linking activities to increase production of livestock and build the capacity of the private sector along the livestock value chain.  By the end of this 5-year project, people, households, and communities in the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana will be more resilient in the face of complex risk and reoccurring drought. 

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven track records in East African development and the livestock sector, specifically with experience working in Kenya. 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Social Behavior Change Advisor.

Qualifications:

  • 4+ years of social behavior change experience, including the use of mass media, interpersonal communication, advocacy, and community mobilization is required;
  • Experience designing, implementing, and adapting social behavior change platforms for rural communities is required;
  • Experience supporting staff members from diverse backgrounds adapt social behavior change techniques into their respective technical field is strongly preferred;
  • Experience in reporting to donors, success stories, and publications is strongly preferred;
  • 2+ years of experience working on donor-funded projects is preferred, USAID experience is strongly preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are required;
  • Familiarity with the Northern Kenyan Livestock Sector is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kiswahili are required; knowledge of local languages is strongly preferred. 

Women and Kenyan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Finance and Operations Manager-Kenya LWA

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Project Overview:

The USAID/Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems project will focus on the development of the livestock market system within Northern Kenya by linking activities to increase production of livestock and build the capacity of the private sector along the livestock value chain.  By the end of this 5-year project, people, households, and communities in the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana will be more resilient in the face of complex risk and reoccurring drought. 

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven track records in East African development and the livestock sector, specifically with experience working in Kenya. 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Finance and Operations Manager.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in the day-to-day management of financial and operations processes, including monitoring internal accounting, maintaining personnel records, monitoring and processing payments, and coordinating travel logistics is required;
  • 5+ years of experience working on donor-funded projects is required, USAID experience is strongly preferred;
  • 2+ years of experience in managing the personnel recruitment cycle, employee handbooks, personnel files, and strengthening moral of employees is required;
  • Familiarity with USAID operations rules and regulations is a plus;
  • Experience in the management of office inventories, including vehicle inventories and an assets log, is required;
  • Experience facilitating visa and other related paperwork requirements for long- and short-term staff is required;
  • Familiarity with the Northern Kenyan Livestock Sector is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kiswahili are required; knowledge of local languages is strongly preferred. 

Women and Kenyan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation Officer-Kenya LWA

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Project Overview:

The USAID/Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems project will focus on the development of the livestock market system within Northern Kenya by linking activities to increase production of livestock and build the capacity of the private sector along the livestock value chain.  By the end of this 5-year project, people, households, and communities in the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana will be more resilient in the face of complex risk and reoccurring drought. 

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven track records in East African development and the livestock sector, specifically with experience working in Kenya. 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation Officer.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in knowledge management and/or monitoring and evaluation for large donor-funded projects is required, USAID experience is highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and/or managing projects or activities with an incorporated CLA approach is required;
  • Demonstrated success in developing a culture of informed decision making and adaptive learning within an organization is required;
  • Experience leading staff and partners in the review of program results and subsequent adaptation of methodology to better align program efforts is required;
  • Experience in strengthening institutional management of information, including data management, workshops, surveys, and internal communications, is strongly preferred;
  • Experience working with County Governments in Northern Kenya is strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with the Northern Kenyan Livestock Sector is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kiswahili are required; knowledge of local languages is strongly preferred. 

Women and Kenyan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Livestock Market Systems Expert-Kenya LWA

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Project Overview:

The USAID/Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems project will focus on the development of the livestock market system within Northern Kenya by linking activities to increase production of livestock and build the capacity of the private sector along the livestock value chain.  By the end of this 5-year project, people, households, and communities in the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana will be more resilient in the face of complex risk and reoccurring drought. 

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven track records in East African development and the livestock sector, specifically with experience working in Kenya. 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Livestock Market Systems Expert.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in designing, implementing, monitoring, and adapting livestock and other market systems projects in Northern Kenya is required;
  • Experience in developing county-level systems for improved market operation is required;
  • 2+ years of experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is strongly preferred;
  • Experience in the inclusion of youth and women into value chains is strongly preferred;
  • Experience with the East African livestock import/export market is strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of Kenyan institutions involved in livestock and livestock investment is preferred;
  • Familiarity with livestock insurance mechanisms is preferred;
  • Familiarity with the Northern Kenyan Livestock Sector;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kiswahili are required; knowledge of local languages is strongly preferred. 

Women and Kenyan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.