Technical Consultant – Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)

Technical Consultant – Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)

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Position Description:

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Technical Consultant for a long-term consultancy to support the New Business Development department explore new opportunities for agriculture international development programs and partnerships in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

 

The Technical Consultant will be responsible for the overall management of research and business development activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, including (1) monitoring agriculture development activities and new opportunities, (2) conducting extended capture trips, (3) coordinating research and outreach plans with CNFA headquarters staff, and (4) identifying key value chains, sub-sectors and partners in the LAC region.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct a desk study to identify USAID priorities and forthcoming opportunities and develop a potential opportunity list;
  • Develop competitive analysis of programs and potential opportunities for CNFA in LAC and make recommendations for strategies;
  • Provide leadership on technical direction of LAC research, outreach, and other business development activities;
  • Conduct outreach to potential partners and staff;
  • Act as key liaison between CNFA and USAID Missions, national government ministries, implementing partners and all other counterparts;
  • Communicate regularly with the home office CNFA Program Director about progress and findings;
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning unit to integrate findings and promote thought leadership and learning on off-farm agribusiness finance, investment, business development services, policy, and other relevant topics;
  • Conduct potential travel to selected countries;
  • Represent CNFA at meetings and events.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in international development, preferably in agriculture or a related sector;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of management experience of proposals, strategy development, market analysis and/or research of similar complexity;
  • Demonstrated experience in business development, proposal writing or management, and field research in the LAC region;
  • Strong technical expertise in agribusiness, private sector development, development finance, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and funding mechanisms required;
  • Knowledge and understanding of USAID and other donor funding priorities and strategies preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage senior-level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff to identify opportunities and form partnerships
  • Master’s degree or higher in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field
  • Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean is required
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required, knowledge of Spanish is strongly preferred 

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.

Country Director (F2F) – Zambia

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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 Zambia.  

 

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 Chichewa and Nyanja 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.

Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant to support proposal development on multiple US Government proposals. The position will be based in Washington, DC.The Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for writing M&E and logical framework sections on assigned proposals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review assigned solicitations and ensure responsiveness to all solicitation requirements regarding M&E;
  • Write all M&E and logical framework sections on assigned proposals within the schedule established by CNFA, address feedback, and provide inputs for the reviews of each color draft;
  • Work with the technical team to set beneficiary and other targets, including the identification of relevant indicators and the creation of custom indicators, for each assigned proposal and;
  • Coordinate activities with the technical team and writers to ensure M&E is fully integrated throughout each assigned proposal

Key Qualification:

  • Minimum of six (6) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Proven track record in the evaluation and assessment of agricultural development projects and Ease of Doing Business indicators is required;
  • Master’s degree, or higher, in economics, business administration, statistics, social sciences, or a related field, is required, and;
  • Complete technical familiarity with USAID evaluation methods and standards is required.

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.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist – Nigeria

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist on the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity. The position will be based in Nigeria.The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible developing and updating the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan, coordinating M&E efforts with the USAID/Nigeria Learning Project, and reporting M&E results to USAID.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Activity will address the constrains that hinder the overall agricultural business environment in Nigeria and improve the levels of agriculture-related investments.  The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for measuring outcomes, analyzing results, and promoting adaptive management in the following areas: (1) Ease of Doing Agribusiness Improved, (2) Access to Agribusiness Finance Broadened (3) Investment Promotion Facilitated (4) Climate Change Adaptation, and (5) Conflict Mitigation.

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Proven track record in the evaluation and assessment of agricultural development projects and Ease of Doing Business indicators is required;
  • Master’s degree, or higher, in economics, business administration, statistics, social sciences, or a related field, is required,
  • Complete technical familiarity with the Automated Directives System (ADS) 200 Series and USAID evaluation methods and standards is required;
  • Demonstrated experience developing and updating a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan, supervising data collection, and regular and timely reporting to USAID is required;
  • Experience coordinating Monitoring and Evaluation efforts with other USAID projects is a strong advantage; and;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

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.

Deputy Chief of Party – Nigeria

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party on the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity. The position will be based in Nigeria.The Deputy Chief of Party will work closely with the Chief of Party to provide technical oversight and management, including the development and implementation of the project’s vision, strategy, and technical direction.  She/He will ensure that project activities are high-quality, adhere to USAID technical guidance, and align with global best practices. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Activity will address the constrains that hinder the overall agricultural business environment in Nigeria and improve the levels of agriculture-related investments.  The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for supporting the following anticipated objectives: (1) Promotion of smart and efficient policy and regulations within the agricultural finance sector, (2) Mitigation of credit risks of agribusinesses and improvement in the services provided by financial institutions to agribusinesses, and (3) Strengthen the readiness of agribusinesses to access and manage investments. 

Key Qualification:

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant, progressively responsible management experience is required;
  • Master’s degree, or higher, in economics, business administration, public administration, agriculture, or a related field is required,
  • Demonstrated experience and a proven track record of implementing activities focused on agricultural development is required;
  • Technical familiarity in agricultural finance regulations, agricultural finance services, and capacity building for agribusinesses, including technical expertise in at least one of these areas, is required;
  • Experience effectively backstopping and reinforcing long- and short-term specialists, ensuring efficiency in project and grantee activities, maintaining rigorous focus on project indicators, results, and the management of monitoring and reporting is required; and;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

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.

Chief of Party – Nigeria

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Chief of Party on the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity. The position will be based in Nigeria.The Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall management of the activity and should possess leadership, communication, and management skills necessary to develop, articulate, and implement a vision for the Activity. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Activity will address the constrains that hinder the overall agricultural business environment in Nigeria and improve the levels of agriculture-related investments.  The Chief of Party will be responsible for meeting the following objectives: (1) Promotion of smart and efficient policy and regulations within the agricultural finance sector, (2) Mitigation of credit risks of agribusinesses and improvement in the services provided by financial institutions to agribusinesses, and (3) Strengthen the readiness of agribusinesses to access and manage investments.  

Key Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree, or higher, in agriculture, agronomy, economics, business administration, political economy, public administration, public policy, or related fields is required,
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years of significant international experience and expertise in agricultural development, food security, and/or the private sector to successfully achieve meaningful and sustainable results is required;
  • Extensive and substantive experience in working with counterparts at various levels of government, as well as with non-government organizations (including private-sector associations and organizations) in managing international development assistance activities is required;
  • Meaningful experience in Africa is required, demonstrated knowledge of West Africa and Nigeria is strongly preferred;
  • Strong technical expertise in the areas of agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural finance, and/or agribusiness is required;
  • Demonstrated management skills and effective interpersonal skills are required; and;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

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.

Agribusiness Specialist – Nigeria

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking an Agribusiness Specialist on the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity. The position will be based in Nigeria.The Agribusiness Specialist will work closely with technical teams to improve the legal and regulatory environment, investment promotion, and access to finance ecosystem to enhance the business enabling environment and foster private-sector investment in agricultural and agribusiness infrastructure

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Activity will address the constrains that hinder the overall agricultural business environment in Nigeria and improve the levels of agriculture-related investments. The Agribusiness Specialist will support activities in the following areas: (1) Promotion of smart and efficient policy and regulations within the agricultural finance sector, (2) Mitigation of credit risks of agribusinesses and improvement in the services provided by financial institutions to agribusinesses, and (3) Strengthen the readiness of agribusinesses to access and manage investments.  

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Proven track record in the developing, analyzing, and implementing projects focused on agribusinesses, agricultural finance, and agricultural value chains is required;
  • Master’s degree, or higher, in economics, agricultural economics, business administration, or a related field, is required
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating private-sector investments and familiarity with Nigerian and/or West African government legal and regulatory frameworks is required;
  • Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, or Africa as a whole, is an advantage;
  • Experience effectively backstopping and reinforcing long- and short-term specialists, maintaining rigorous focus on project indicators and results, and the management and engagement of stakeholders to capitalize on any shared efficiencies is required; and;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

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.

Country Directors – Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F)

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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 Country Directors for the following regions: Southern Africa, West Africa, East Africa, and ECCA.

 

*Please indicate in their application the specific country/countries and region they are apply for and interested in.

 

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 and the language(s) of the host country;
  • 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.