Small Livestock Production and Processing Advisor

Small Livestock Production and Processing Advisor

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The USAID/Rwanda Feed the Future Orora Wihaze- Increased Protein for Dietary Diversity Activity will sustainably increase the availability of, access to, and consumption of animal-source foods (ASF) to improve the dietary diversity scores of women of reproductive age (15-49 years), especially pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children between the age of 6-23 months (CU2) in poor rural households. The target value chains for the activity are poultry, egg, pig, goat and fish.

 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants fora Small Livestock Production/Processing Advisor. Women and Rwandan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required; advanced degree preferred;
  • At least 5 years of experience leading activities that increase small animal production and improve quality of processing required;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred;
  • Strong English and Kinyarwandan skills required; knowledge of French preferred.

Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Officer

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Brief Project Overview

The USAID/Rwanda Feed the Future Orora Wihaze- Increased Protein for Dietary Diversity Activity will sustainably increase the availability of, access to, and consumption of animal-source foods (ASF) to improve the dietary diversity scores of women of reproductive age (15-49 years), especially pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children between the age of 6-23 months (CU2) in poor rural households. The target value chains for the activity are poultry, egg, pig, goat and fish.

CNFA is currently seeking applicants fora Social and Behavior Change Officer. Women and Rwandan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Degree in public health, communications, or related field; advanced degree is preferred;
  • At least 2 years of experience leading social and behavior change activities to improve nutrition outcomes for women and young children in poor and rural areas.
  • At least 5 years of experience implementing behavior change and community mobilization campaigns.
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kinyarwanda; French is an asset.

Gender Advisor

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Brief Project Overview

The USAID/Rwanda Feed the Future Orora Wihaze- Increased Protein for Dietary Diversity Activity will sustainably increase the availability of, access to, and consumption of animal-source foods (ASF) to improve the dietary diversity scores of women of reproductive age (15-49 years), especially pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children between the age of 6-23 months (CU2) in poor rural households. The target value chains for the activity are poultry, egg, pig, goat and fish.

CNFA is currently seeking applicants fora Gender Officer.  Women and Rwandan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of gender issues in Rwanda and extensive experience in gender mainstreaming in agriculture and / or rural development.
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • BS/BA in related field, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and French are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda is an asset.

Business Development and Marketing Advisor

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Brief Project Overview

The USAID/Rwanda Feed the Future Orora Wihaze- Increased Protein for Dietary Diversity Activity will sustainably increase the availability of, access to, and consumption of animal-source foods (ASF) to improve the dietary diversity scores of women of reproductive age (15-49 years), especially pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children between the age of 6-23 months (CU2) in poor rural households. The target value chains for the activity are poultry, egg, pig, goat and fish.

 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants fora Business Development and Marketing Advisor. Women and Rwandan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Degree in related field is required, advanced degree preferred;
  • At least 7 years of experience leading private-sector driven livestock marketing activities required;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred;
  • Strong English and Kinyarwandan skills required; knowledge of French preferred.

Animal Health Advisor

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Brief Project Overview

The USAID/Rwanda Feed the Future Orora Wihaze- Increased Protein for Dietary Diversity Activity will sustainably increase the availability of, access to, and consumption of animal-source foods (ASF) to improve the dietary diversity scores of women of reproductive age (15-49 years), especially pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children between the age of 6-23 months (CU2) in poor rural households. The target value chains for the activity are poultry, egg, pig, goat and fish.

 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants foran Animal Health Advisor. Women and Rwandan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Degree in veterinary science required; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years working on animal health for a donor-funded project.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement extension and other training programs.
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred;
  • Strong English and Kinyarwandan skills required; knowledge of French preferred.

Chief of Party – Georgia

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Project background:

CNFA is seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated project supporting Georgia to make its economy more competitive both domestically and internationally. The anticipated project will support USAID/Georgia’s Strategic Development Objective 2 – Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth. The possible approaches that could be taken include: a). prioritizing value chains that demonstrate high potential in domestic and/or international markets; b). assisting firms to identify and realize export opportunities by facilitating market linkages; c). increasing firms’ capacities to meet internationally recognized standards; d). facilitating collaboration between Georgia’s private sector and its technical and vocational training institutions to tailor curricula so that Georgia can tap a highly- and appropriately-skilled workforce; and e). supporting policy reform and related implementation to attract investment in promising sectors.

 

Position Summary:

The Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall management of the project, including the technical, financial, and administrative functions. S/he will provide technical leadership and vision to the project team, ensuring a strong commitment to CNFA’s guiding principles of fostering inclusive development, facilitating connections to the private sector, developing sustainable models, building strong partnerships, incorporating innovation, managing client funds responsibly, and continuously incorporating learning into program interventions.  The Chief of Party will ensure the project efficiently and effectively meets or exceeds agreed upon performance targets while maintaining compliance with USAID rules and regulations. S/he will serve as the project’s primary interlocutor with USAID and will liaise closely with a variety of stakeholders, including other donors and implementing partners, private sector firms, government officials, and research and academic institutes.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 12+ years of technical and/or managerial experience with donor-funded development programs focused on market systems and/or value development, including at least 5 years of experience in senior leadership positions required; USAID experience preferred
  • Sound technical understanding of inclusive agricultural market system development programming in Eastern Europe required; experience in Georgia strongly preferred
  • Sound technical understanding of the project’s goal of increasing competitiveness on both, domestic and international fronts required
  • Strong understanding of wider economic development principles including working with private sector, as well as vocational training development, and policy reform work required
  • Excellent management, leadership, interpersonal, and motivational skills, with proven abilities to liaise with high-level stakeholder representatives required
  • Strong analytical skills and oral and written communication capabilities required
  • Fluency in English is required, Georgian or Russian language skills strongly preferred
  • Master’s degree in economic development, agribusiness, agriculture required; more advance degree in similar disciplines preferred

Women and national professionals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2017.

Senior Program Development Officer

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The Senior Program Development Officer (SPDO) 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead proposal teams and manage the entire proposal development process including facilitation of proposal design and writing; management of 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
  • 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 formatting and other functions associated with production and delivery)
  • Coordinate and facilitate critical meetings throughout the proposal process including kick-off meetings, design sessions, review discussions, 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; Master’s 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 in new business development
  • Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight timeframes 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 to gain support and achieve results
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities
  • Demonstrated flexibility and interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all levels
  • Ability to travel as required
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite
  • US Work Authorization Required.

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.

Program Lead

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidatesfor the USAID/Nigeria and Nestlé funded VEGA LWA program. This project will support Nestlé’s cereals plan for maize and soybean in Nigeria’s Kaduna State, as well as broad-based, economic growth in Nigeria by improving the on-farm practices of smallholder farmer suppliers to arrest the growth of mycotoxin both pre- and post-harvest, and design viable drying practices that will reduce detected aflatoxin. The approach will support smallholder farmer suppliers to meet the increasing demands of Nestlé cereal factories in the region by reducing the high levels of aflatoxin and other contaminates.

Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience implementing development programming in agronomy/agriculture production in Nigeria;
  • Experience engaging private sector institutions to improve smallholder agriculture production and post-harvest handling techniques;
  • Experience in designing/managing sustainable agriculture production systems;
  • Familiarity with nutrition sensitive and climate smart agriculture concepts; familiarity with mycotoxin and aflatoxin issues preferred;
  • USAID or USG program experience preferred;
  • Master’s Degree in related field;
  • Strong written and verbal English language skills required.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Lead Technical Writer

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Position Summary:

This position is a senior level position within CNFA’s Program Development department. The incumbent will take a leading role in the development of new business opportunities and preparation of technical proposals. Technical qualifications and program experience in agricultural development highly preferred. 

General Job Responsibilities:

  • Developing strategy, technical approach, and proposed results for specific proposals; this will include engaging with other CNFA technical experts as needed to draw on as much relevant knowledge and experience as possible to put together a winning offer;
  • Serving as lead technical writer on CNFA proposals;
  • Participating in the selection of best candidates for key personnel positions as needed, to align with technical requirements of the project;
  • Participating in the identification and selection of partners for specific proposals;
  • Mentoring CNFA staff in best practices for developing proposal strategy, approach, and writing clearly;
  • Traveling to the field as needed to research and prepare proposals 20 – 25 percent of time (this is an illustrative percentage; the position may require less or more travel depending on CNFA’s needs)
  • Representing CNFA at meetings and conferences to raise its profile with clients and partners;
  • Working closely with the VP for Program Development to ensure proposal development practices and procedures are effective and efficient; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a field related to agriculture, or an equivalent combination of experience, education and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in international development;
  • Successful track record leading and authoring proposals;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills;
  • Excellent communication skills; superior writing skills a must;
  • Strong management skills; prior personnel supervisory skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in teams;  
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints.
  • Ability to travel internationally; and
  • Current US Work authorization.

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.