Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated project supporting the

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Cote d’Ivoire. The Food for Progress (FFPr) program aims to improve agricultural production and expand trade of agricultural products in developing countries. The FFPr provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expending free enterprise in the agricultural sector. The commodities are generally sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural development activities. 

Responsibilities

  • Design monitoring and evaluation framework and data collection and analysis systems to ensure accurate reporting on all indicators for all value chains
  • Coordinate and lead baseline evaluation for all value chains and support additional evaluations
  • Design and lead the project’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting approach
  • Coordinate with other M&E teams on donor-funded projects to share results, best practices and lessons learned
  • Track and analyze project indicators and capture best practices and lessons learned to incorporate into project activities
  • Perform other duties as needed

Required Qualifications

  • A masters of science degree
  • 5+ years of experience managing the monitoring and evaluation component of a USDA or other donor-funded project
  • Fluency in English and French

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience with projects that used the value chain approach
  • Prior experience managing the monitoring and evaluation system for a USDA Food for Progress activity
  • Familiarity with USDA’s Food Assistance Division’s M&E policy

Women and Ivorian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Finance Director

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated project supporting the

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Cote d’Ivoire. The Food for Progress (FFPr) program aims to improve agricultural production and expand trade of agricultural products in developing countries. The FFPr provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expending free enterprise in the agricultural sector. The commodities are generally sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural development activities. 

Responsibilities

  • Provide sound financial and administrative oversight to the project
  • Oversee finance and administrative team, including human resources, accounting, procurement, and logistics
  • Serve as point of contact to USDA on finance and administrative issues, participating in discussions on contract issues and actions, and following up on client requests
  • Develop, manage, and monitor project budgets
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly financial reports in coordination with senior project staff
  • Ensure that project operations are in compliance with all USDA and CNFA policies and procedures
  • Create, maintain, and implement financial reporting and tracking systems and procedures
  • Oversee processing of approvals for procurement, consultant agreements, and vendor invoices
  • Support the development, execution, and management of subcontractor and consultant agreements

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Masters of Business Administration (preferred), or related degree
  • At least 5 years of experience managing financial and contractual aspects of large international development projects, preferably USDA-funded projects
  • At least 5 years managing and supervising financial, administration and procurement staff
  • Knowledge and familiarity with US Government US Government Cost Accounting Standards, and a good knowledge of Federal and USDA Acquisition Regulations
  • Fluency in English and French.

Women and Ivorian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Director, Partnerships and Innovation Fund

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Project Background: CNFA is preparing a proposal to USAID for the Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (KISAN) II Project. The purpose of the five year, $29-35 million project is to increase the resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability of income growth, focusing on agriculture. The project will have an office in Kathmandu and a regional office in western Nepal. 

 

Position Summary: The Director, Partnerships and Innovation Fund will be responsible for leadership of the Project’s Partnership and Innovation Fund. Under KISAN II, the Fund will use a variety of funding mechanisms to ease agricultural value chain bottlenecks; test, pilot and scale innovative business models and technology solutions; and unlock the transformational potential of selected market systems. The Director will work closely with the Chief of Party and other project leadership, under the guidance of USAID, on the strategic direction of the Fund. 

Qualifications

  • Preferably a Master’s level degree in a field related to agriculture, economics, development or business;
  • Demonstrated leadership in Nepal in at least two of the fields of: development, agriculture, business, and technology, and at least some knowledge of the others; 
  • Experience in the management of grants and contracts to organizations; experience managing sub-awards under USAID funding preferred;
  • Experience developing new partnerships;
  • Demonstrated results around innovation and incubation of new ideas;
  • Experience in private-public partnerships, in agriculture preferred;
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills;
  • Experience in the following areas an advantage: resilience; gender equality and social inclusion; nutrition; climate change adaptation and natural resource management; youth; governance.  
  • Fluency in Nepali and English, including strong English writing skills;
  • Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This is an active recruit, candidates will be interviews on a rolling basis.

Deputy Chief of Party / Agriculture

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Project Background: CNFA is preparing a proposal to USAID for the Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (KISAN) II Project. The purpose of the five year, $29-35 million project is to increase the resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability of income growth, focusing on agriculture. The project will have an office in Kathmandu and a regional office in western Nepal.  

Position Summary: The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) / Agriculture will play a critical leadership role on the KISAN II project, with significant technical and managerial responsibilities. S/he will work in collaboration with the Chief of Party to provide technical oversight and leadership to the project’s approaches to improve the productivity, competitiveness, resilience and enabling environment of selected agricultural market systems.  

Qualifications:

  • Preferably a Master’s level degree or higher in one of the agricultural sciences, i.e. agronomy, agricultural economics or horticulture;
  • A minimum of seven years of experience for Master’s level or ten years of experience for Bachelor’s level in the development and implementation of agriculture value chains; 
  • Experience working for a contractor or international NGO managing program(s) of similar complexity and scale is preferred;
  • Expertise in market system facilitation approaches, including the use of “good practice” principles, behavior change methodologies, tactics to address incentives and disincentives, and skills for developing a local system that will sustain market systems over time is preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience relevant to the following cross-cutting outcomes: resilience; partnerships; gender equality and social inclusion; nutrition; climate change adaptation and natural resource management; youth; governance improvement; information communication technologies; and geographic information systems (GIS). 
  • Demonstrated success managing teams to achieve results; 
  • Fluency in Nepali and English, including strong English writing skills;
  • Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This is an active recruit with candidates being interviewed on a rolling basis.

Chief of Party- West Africa

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Program Background:

The FFPr provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expending free enterprise in the agricultural sector. The commodities are generally sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural development activities. The FFPr has two principal objectives: to improve agricultural productivity and to expand trade of agricultural products.

Position Summary:

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 USAID and all other counterparts, local implementing partners, and Government officials involved with the program.

Qualifications:

  • Successful experience managing Food for Progress programs required, preferably in West Africa;
  • At least three years as 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 supporting the cocoa and coffee value chains preferred;
  • Experience overseeing financial and administrative management including of personnel, reporting, budgeting and procurement for large, complex programs in francophone West Africa 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;
  • Demonstrated experience serving as ambassador for home office, establishing and nurturing strong relationships with donor representatives and expanding business required;
  • Experience working in Francophone Africa preferred;
  • French fluency required.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Vice President – Program Development

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Summary

 

The Vice President – Program Development is a member of our executive team and reports directly to the President & Chief Executive Officer.  The incumbent will work closely with the entire executive team and other senior management staff to chart the course for CNFA over the coming years. The incumbent will lead the business development process, including identification of new opportunities, development of strategic partnerships, technical writing, and management of proposal teams. The incumbent will prepare winning proposals to enable CNFA to grow strategically. The incumbent is responsible for growing our portfolio of USAID, USDA, MCC, and foundation funded programs and for identifying and pursuing additional program opportunities.

1. Provides strategic leadership in business development:

  • Coordinates development of the department’s annual plan;
  • Develops systems for collecting, assessing, and organizing business development intelligence;
  • Leads the development of CNFA’s strategic priorities;
  • Manages CNFA’s corporate communications and marketing strategy;
  • Oversees CNFA’s business development pipeline, including monitoring the release of RFAs and RFPs from key donor agencies including USAID, MCC, USDA, foundations and corporate clients;
  • Monitors emerging trends, programming priorities, such as Feed the Future, best practice guidelines, and promising innovations of major Food Security, Agriculture and Livelihoods donor agencies;
  • Expands CNFA’s network of donors and partners; and
  • Coordinates closely with HQ and field staff to identify new and non-traditional partnerships, including universities, for-profit companies, research institutes and other actors.

2. Manages program development team:

  • Provides management, guidance and leadership to a team of program officers, recruiters, technical writers, senior advisors, and support staff;
  • Oversees and assigns leadership roles for capture and proposal teams;
  • Trains and mentors field and HQ staff to improve their skills in identification of new opportunities, intelligence gathering, proposal development, representation to donor and partner organizations, and promotion of our core capabilities; and
  • Works with field and HQ teams to foster a mission-driven culture and a “winning” culture around program development

3. Leads the development of technical and cost proposals:

  • Makes partnering decisions and manages proposed subcontractors and sub-grantees with a view to developing long-term strategic partnerships;
  • Writes and edits proposals;
  • Conducts country and sector analysis;
  • Oversees recruitment of personnel and consultants;
  • Oversees proposal budgeting;
  • Monitors relevant regulatory revisions, proposal guidelines, and application requirements, together with other relevant departments, and ensures that proposals adhere to them; and
  • Leads or oversees negotiations of consortium arrangements in a fair but strategic manner.

4. Serves as a member of the executive team:

  • Helps lead our visioning and strategic planning;
  • Collaborates with the entire executive team and senior management to represent and promote CNFA – both domestically and internationally – as a leader in international agricultural development;
  • Collaborates closely with the Operations and Compliance senior management to ensure the efficient and optimal use of resources; and
  • Represents the organization at an executive level to clients, partners, and donors in meetings and conferences.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters preferred. Concentration in agriculture, business or a related field highly desirable;
  • Minimum of three to five years working directly in business development and proposal management, with USAID experience essential;
  • At least ten years of international development experience, including at least four years in a developing country;
  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to CNFA’s mission of stimulating economic growth and improving rural livelihoods;
  • Strong leadership skills and outstanding interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Technical skills in at least one of CNFA’s core capability areas: Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; Value Chain Development; Input Supply and Farm Services; Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; and Access to Finance;
  • Excellent analytical abilities;
  • Successful track record in business development, including experience in managing and writing winning proposals;
  • Knowledge of USAID business development guidelines and of other players in the field;
  • Ability to oversee multiple proposal teams at one time and to ensure quality control over both the technical design and proposal production processes;
  • Ability to build teams and unite team members in pursuit of a common goal;
  • Ability to work effectively and to project calm and confidence in the face of deadlines;
  • Articulate, professional, and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner;
  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Ability and willingness to travel overseas as needed, up to 30% of job time; and
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet) required; experience with Access or other database programs a plus.

We are seeking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

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.

Market Systems Development Specialist

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Background Information: CNFA is preparing to bid on a USAID Feed the Future opportunity in Nepal. As CNFA endeavors to enter Nepal as a new implementer, we seek expertise to strengthen particular areas of the design of our proposed project.

 

Objective of the Consultancy:The objective of this assignment is to provide quality technical leadership in the design of CNFA’s proposal, specifically around market systems.  

Assignment Scope:

  • Through an analysis of Nepal’s agricultural market systems relevant to USAID’s Request for Proposals (RFP), identify opportunities to strengthen productivity, competitiveness and inclusion.
  • Propose market systems approaches and activities for CNFA’s proposal to USAID, in collaboration with CNFA’s lead writer and proposal manager. Proposed activities and approaches should be responsive to USAID’s RFP guidance while bringing in new ideas and innovative approaches. In addition to active participation in design meetings, consultant should provide draft narrative text and work plan inputs around proposed market systems activities.
  • Consult with proposal manager and/or pricer to determine proposed activity costs.
  • Contribute to the design of project indicators related to market systems and estimate targets that can be achieved with the project budget.
  • Participate in two review discussions with CNFA’s home office team to receive and respond to feedback.
  • Provide input and support to other aspects of the proposal, as requested.

Deliverables:

  • Several drafts of narrative text describing the proposed market systems rationale, approach and activities, incorporating feedback from the larger CNFA team.
  • Work plan for market systems activities, updated in response to feedback.
  • Indicators and targets for market systems activities, updated in response to feedback. 

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of development economics or related field;
  • Significant experience in analyzing market systems, identifying opportunities, designing and implementing interventions to improve market systems’ productivity, competitiveness and inclusion;
  • Experience using major strategies relevant to market systems, including the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach and DCED standards;
  • Previous experience in / knowledge of market systems or related areas in Nepal an advantage;
  • Experience designing new, winning development projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results as part of a team;
  • Fluency in English required, Nepali language skills an advantage;
  • Current presence in or ability to travel to Nepal.

Estimated Level of Effort (LOE) for the assignment: Approx. 15 days

 

Timing of the Assignment: Contingent on release date of RFP; expected November 2016.

Business Development Manager

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The Business Development Manager (BDM) 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:

  • Lead proposal teams and manage the entire proposal development process including facilitation of proposal design and writing; management of high-level partner and staff identification, recruitment, selection and negotiations; support to pricing; and high-level review and consolidation of proposal inputs with a particular focus on ensuring compliance and competitiveness
  • Contribute to writing of management, personnel, and past performance sections of proposals as well as technical and other sections, as needed
  • Manage the drafting and completion all proposal annexes
  • Contribute to and lead business planning and capture activities including networking, research, and analysis to collect information that contributes to our ability to: make strategic and informed decisions regarding new business ventures; position CNFA given evolving trends in agriculture sector development; and identify upcoming opportunities
  • Assist with the creation of institutional systems related to (1) improving methods of forecasting upcoming business opportunities and developing plans at the country and regional levels; (2) ensuring processes and tools/templates for proposal development increase efficiencies and competitiveness (and contribute to staff training related to these processes and tools); (3) increasing collaboration across the organization in capture and proposal development; and (4) ensuring proper adherence to good proposal management practices
  • Ensure final submission of complete, compliant, and competitive technical and cost proposals and addenda (including owning formatting, stylistics, and other presentation functions associated with production and delivery)
  • Coordinate and facilitate critical meetings throughout the proposal process including kick-off meetings, design sessions, review panel discussions, and post-submission debriefs and after action reviews
  • Represent CNFA at conferences workshops, client meetings, and other relevant industry gatherings
  • Perform a variety of other related duties as required

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in international development, business, economics, agriculture, or similar field; Masters in a related field preferred.  
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in international development
  • Minimum of 3 years of USAID or similar donor proposal management experience
  • Excellent conceptual, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Proven experience new business development and/or fundraising
  • Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight time frames and simultaneously manage several projects
  • Ability to actively participate in and facilitate group meetings with a diversity of participants
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships with internal and external stakeholders, 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
  • Ability to travel as required
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite required
  • US work Authorization Required.

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.

Senior Agronomist/Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)

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Project Background:

The USAID/Rwanda Hinga Weze (formerly: FTF Rwanda Sustainable Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition (SFAN) Activity) activity, will link agriculture productivity with sustainable management of natural resources through integrated soil fertility and water management to improve the nutrition outcome of agriculture investments.

The objective of this activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmer incomes, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food system to the changing climate.

 

Award Info:  Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee Contract ($33.5 million – 35 million)

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in international development, agriculture/agronomy, environment, or related field of study. 
  • 7 years’ professional experience in developing countries, some of which should be in Africa, in food security and agronomy in managing or implementing development programs. Experience with East Africa or Rwanda agriculture sector is an asset;
  • Solid foundation in a broad range of agriculture subjects preferred, including areas such as agriculture economics, agriculture policy, agribusiness, agronomy, agriculture extension, and market development;
  • Familiarity with nutrition sensitive and climate smart agriculture concepts highly desirable preferred;
  • Experience in designing or managing sustainable agricultural production systems is preferred;
  • Familiarity with agriculture research integration in project implementation, and experience working to improve private and public extension systems;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required. Knowledge of French and Kinyarwanda is an asset;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Women and Rwandan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.