Lead Technical Writer

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.

Sustainable Agriculture Advisor – Uganda

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Position Description

The Sustainable Agriculture Advisor will lead the agriculture/livelihoods component of a multi-sectoral development assistance program and will provide technical support to address nutrition challenges in targeted communities in northern Uganda. The Sustainable Agriculture Advisor will design activities and support social and behavior change campaigns to develop the livestock market, increase demand and use of improved inputs, and promote uptake of climate smart agriculture techniques and technologies. He or she will collaborate with the program’s nutrition team to promote the production of nutrition foods. The Sustainable Agriculture Advisor will also support program M&E activities and will coordinate with local public and private sector entities and other ongoing donor interventions.

Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in Agriculture or a related field.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience leading agriculture components on large donor funded projects, preferably in Uganda.
  • Demonstrated capacity to design and lead agriculture activities.
  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming.
  • Proven leadership and communication skills especially working with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • At least five years of managerial experience overseeing technical teams and consultants.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and other local languages, as needed.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor – Uganda

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Position Description

The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor will lead the WASH component of a multi-sectoral development assistance program and will provide technical support to address WASH challenges in targeted communities in northern Uganda. The WASH Advisor will provide technical support to identify opportunities and challenges for WASH interventions and will work with community-based health and agriculture agents to ensure appropriate project interventions reach targeted communities.  He or she will be responsible for providing technical leadership on WASH interventions and technologies and developing social and behavior change communications tools and activities related to WASH. The WASH Advisor will also support program M&E activities and will coordinate with local public and private sector entities and other ongoing donor interventions.

Location: Karamoja sub-region, Uganda

Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in public health, rural development, development sciences, social sciences, or a related field.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience implementing WASH programs and/or WASH components of large food security programs in developing countries, experience in Uganda preferred.
  • Demonstrated capacity to design and lead implementation of WASH activities.
  • Proven leadership and communication skills especially working with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • At least five years of managerial experience overseeing technical teams and consultants.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and other local languages, as needed.

Operations and Finance Manager – Uganda

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Position Description

The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the agricultural sector in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly working in finance and operations for donor-funded food security projects of at least $30 million. He or she will be required to work with various stakeholders, including private sector firms, government officials and other entities.

Location: Karamoja sub-region, Uganda

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 USAID 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 USAID and CNFA policies and procedures
  • Create, maintain, and implement financial reporting and tracking systems and procedures
  • Oversee processing of approvals for procurements, consultant agreements, and vendor invoices
  • Support the development, execution, and management of subcontractor and consultant agreements

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 USAID-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 USAID Acquisition Regulations (FARs and AIDARs)
  • Proven leadership and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and private sector businesses.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and other local language(s), as required.

Nutrition Advisor – Uganda

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Position Description

The Nutrition Advisor will lead the nutrition component of a multi-sectoral development assistance program and will provide technical support to address nutrition challenges in targeted communities in northern Uganda. The Nutrition Advisor will design activities and support social and behavior change campaigns to improve consumption of nutritious foods and use of health services for girls, pregnant and lactating mothers, and children under 2 years. He or she will be responsible for building the capacities of local health workers to provide nutrition and health education and access to nutritious foods and improved health services. The Nutrition Advisor will also support program M&E activities and will coordinate with local public and private sector entities and other ongoing donor  interventions.

Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health, or a related field.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience leading nutrition and health components on large donor funded projects, preferably in Uganda.
  • Demonstrated capacity to design and lead nutrition and health activities.
  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming.
  • Proven leadership and communication skills especially working with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • At least five years of managerial experience overseeing technical teams and consultants.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and other local languages, as needed.

Community Governance Advisor – Uganda

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Position Description

The Community Governance Advisor will lead the governance component of a multi-sectoral development assistance program and will provide technical support to address governance challenges in targeted communities in northern Uganda.  The Community Governance Advisor will provide technical support to improve monitoring and assessment of inter-ethnic conflict, build coordination mechanisms, strengthen existing formal and informal structures, and promote government accountability at the village, parish, sub-county, county, and district levels.  The Community Governance Advisor will also support program M&E activities and will coordinate with local public and private sector entities and other ongoing donor interventions.

Location: Karamoja-sub region, Uganda

Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in development sciences, sociology, social science, or a related field. 
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience working on donor funded programs focused on local governance (formal and informal) and systems strengthening and accountability preferably in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda.
  • Demonstrated capacity to design and implement capacity building and community strengthening activities and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders, including formal and informal governing entities.
  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming.
  • Strong management and leadership experience with relevant experience managing technical staff on large donor-funded development projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and other local languages, as needed.

Deputy Chief of Party – Uganda

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Position Description

The DCOP will be responsible for overall technical quality and implementation of program activities and will manage all technical area staff, and liaise with other program areas to ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations.  The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the agricultural sector in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly managing food security projects of at least $30 million. He or she will be required to work with various stakeholders, including private sector firms, government officials and other entities.

Location: Karamoja sub-region, Uganda

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health or related field.
  • Minimum of eight years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects.
  • Prior experience managing the technical component of multi-sectoral (agriculture, maternal child health and nutrition, and WASH) development assistance projects of a similar size and scope in developing countries;
  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming.
  • Proven leadership and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and other local language(s), as required.

Commodity Manager – Uganda

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Position Description

The Commodity Manager will advise the project on timing and terms of call forwards for distribution commodity, inspect commodity upon arrive and oversee disposal of any commodity that is unfit for use. The Commodity Manager will develop oversight systems for commodity warehousing, inventory management, transport, and dispatch; review and finalize Commodity Tracking System (CTS) reports, Commodity Status Reports (CSRs), Recipient Status Reports (RSRs), Loss Summary Reports (LSRs), and Damaged or Misused Commodity Reports (DMCRs), and advise on the preparation of Quarterly Web-Interfaced Commodity Reporting (QWICR) reports; and develop management information systems to register direct distribution beneficiaries, verify qualified beneficiaries at distribution points, and track commodity and beneficiary data, in coordination with program monitoring and evaluation system.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the agricultural sector in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly working in commodity management for food security projects of at least $30 million. He or she will be required to work with various stakeholders, including private sector firms, government officials and other entities.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in logistics, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in commodity management.
  • Knowledge and experience on guidelines in the implementation of USAID food aid programs.
  • Practical experience on procuring and distributing locally sourced commodities. 
  • Proven leadership and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and private sector businesses.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and other local language(s), as required.

Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor/Specialist – Uganda

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Position Description

The Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor/Specialist will lead data collection, analysis, quality assurance, and reporting for a USDA-funded project in Uganda. He or she must have demonstrated experience leading the M&E component of a project or portfolio of at least $30 million, gender integration, theories of change, output and outcome indicator design, and monitoring and evaluation plan design. The M&E Advisor/Specialist will routinely collaborate with HQ staff and donor counterparts.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition or other relevant subject with strong quantitative background, and at least six years of experience in progressively increasing M&E responsibility in international development projects.
  • Experience in leading the M&E of a large project required.
  • Strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic model, food and nutrition security indicators, M&E plan, data quality assurance, data utilization, and gender integration into M&E.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan and a routine monitoring system designed to track output and outcome indicators.
  • Strong quantitative background and demonstrated expertise in designing annual monitoring surveys including probabilistic sampling strategy and estimating sample size, developing appropriate weights, and analyze quantitative data.
  • Demonstrated expertise in designing qualitative studies, in-depth knowledge about qualitative sampling, and experienced in using interview and interactive tools to generate qualitative information and analysis.
  • Experienced in developing data quality assurance strategies, data management, and data visualization.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in data utilization strategies and can creatively think about active data sharing techniques.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and other language(s), as required.