Chief of Party: USAID Development Food Aid Program FY2018

Chief of Party: USAID Development Food Aid Program FY2018

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CNFA

CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to stimulating economic growth in the agricultural sector by nurturing entrepreneurship, private enterprise, and market linkages. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies, and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, to expand exports, and to develop skills in the rural workforce. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record of implementing agricultural development programs in 45 countries, including through USAID Food for Peace funding.

Program Background

USAID Food for Peace Development Food Aid Programs reduce food insecurity among vulnerable populations and help build resilience in communities facing chronic poverty and recurrent crises through a multi-sectoral approach including food-supporting agriculture interventions, income diversification, preventive approaches to malnutrition and disaster risk reduction, among other activities.

Position Description

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the overall management, including the technical, financial and administrative functions of the project. 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. 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 $20-$30 million. He or she will be required to work with various stakeholders, including private sector firms, government officials, and other entities.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, or related field;
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects, including experience managing development assistance projects with complex, multi-sectoral scopes that include agricultural development and maternal and child health and nutrition;
  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming;
  • Proven leadership 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;
  • Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required; and other language(s) preferred;
  • Experience in West Africa preferred.

Call for Experts – Georgia

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About CNFA:

Founded in 1985, CNFA manages a portfolio of nearly $300 million in 18 countries. CNFA applies market-system approaches that engage local stakeholders to strengthen value chains and increase incomes, competitiveness, and employment for smallholder farmers and agribusinesses. CNFA programs strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of agribusinesses, cooperatives, and associations (including women’s and youth groups) to support farmers and promote the uptake of improved technologies and techniques to enhance productivity and natural resource management. We improve business and management practices of farmers and agribusiness and increase their access to affordable financial services. We also facilitate strong business linkages between smallholders and suppliers of quality inputs, service providers, buyers, and profitable markets.

 

Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded economic growth and competitiveness project in Georgia.

 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for the following types of experts:

·         Nutrition Specialist

·         Associations Specialist

·         Supply Chain Specialist

·         Value Chain Specialist

·         Export Marketing Specialist

·         Market Linkages Specialist

·         International Standards and Certifications Specialist

·         Agribusiness Development Specialist

·         Production Agriculture Specialist

·         Irrigation Specialist

·         Workforce Development Specialist

·         Policy Reform Specialist

·         Technical Training Specialist

Ideal Candidate:

  • 5+ years experience in rural agriculture and agribusiness is required, experience in private sector work is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree or higher is preferred;
  • Experience working on USAID or other major international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Experience working in Georgia is highly preferred;
  • Fluency in English is required; fluency in Georgian preferred

Women and Georgian nationals are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Local Technical Consultant: USAID/Nigeria Agri-Business Investment Project

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Project Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the upcoming USAID/Nigeria Agri-Business Investment Project.

Role:

The Local Technical Consultant will support the capture effort, including establishing contact with Nigerian agribusinesses, banks, and government agencies, and coordinating meetings between contacts and the CNFA Capture Team.  The Consultant will also assist in the technical design for proposal development, including leading and facilitating the development of the design concept for the proposal; writing programmatic sections of the document in close collaboration with the Lead Technical Writer; and collaborating closely with the Budget/Contracts Manager to ensure that the technical program comports with the budgetary and contractual requirements.

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience in Nigerian agriculture and agribusiness development is required;
  • Experience in the development and empowerment of Nigerian agribusinesses, including working with private- and public-sector actors to foster greater inclusiveness and collaboration, is required;
  • Experience designing and/or managing agribusiness development projects is preferred;
  • Experience in proposal writing is preferred;
  • International donor experience required;
  • USAID program experience preferred;
  • Master’s Degree in related field required, PhD preferred;
  • Full proficiency in writing and speaking English is required.

Senior MEL Expert – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 7+ years of progressively responsible work experience in managing complex projects of similar size;
  • 5 years of monitoring and evaluation work at the supervisory level preferred;
  • Experience designing and overseeing M&E data collection and reporting for finance and/or capacity building projects;
  • Demonstrated research design and analytical skills with 5 years of financial research or monitoring and evaluation experience in Rwanda preferred; USAID or other international donor experience is highly-preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to implement, operationalize, and manage information collection and assessment systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage information data bases using appropriate software applications;
  • Ability to work in team environment and work with and train non-direct reports to implement programs;
  • Strong writing, reporting, and presentation skills.

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis

Employment / Workforce Development Specialist – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in SME workforce development is required, private sector work is preferred;
  • Experience with firm-level capacity building preferred;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working with business service providers is an asset;
  • Experience designing and implementing internship and apprenticeship programs is an asset;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred, regional experience is also an asset;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset.

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Director of Financial Institution Strengthening – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10 years of professional experience supporting financial sector inclusion of agriculture participants, 5+ years of experience in private sector work is preferred;
  • Firm-level capacity-building of investment institutions is preferred; 
  • Experience working with private investors, including angel investors, private equity firms, and venture capital firms, is preferred;
  • Experience working with investment promotion agencies in Rwanda is preferred;
  • Demonstrated success improving lenders’ ability to assess risks/returns of new investments is a distinct asset;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred, regional experience also an asset;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset.

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Director of Business Development and Investment Services – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience leading business development and/or investment promotion activities is required;
  • Firm-level capacity-building of investment institutions and/or businesses is preferred; 
  • Experience working with private investors, including angel investors, private equity firms, and venture capital firms, is preferred;
  • Experience working with investment promotion or entrepreneurship support agencies in Rwanda is preferred;
  • Demonstrated success improving lenders’ ability to assess risks/returns of new investments is a distinct asset;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred, regional experience also an asset;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Director of Finance and Operations – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 8+ years of experience in the day-to-day management of financial and operations processes, including accounts payable, payroll, general ledger and financial reporting, as well as general financial administration, grants and cash management, and budgets 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;
  • 2+ years of relevant supervisory experience is required;
  • Familiarity of USAID operations rules and regulations is a plus;
  • Familiarity with Rwanda’s economic sector is preferred;
  • A track record in grants management; a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies, and procedures is required;
  • A track record of working closely and transparently with external partners including third-party vendors and consultants is required;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the CNFA and USAID missions;
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English is required, knowledge of French and/or Kinyarwanda is strongly preferred

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Business Liaison – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience cultivating cross-sector partnerships required, private sector experience preferred;
  • Strong professional network with connections across sectors;
  • Experience in communications, journalism, or similar area an asset; 
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset.

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.