Director, Monitoring and Evaluation

Director, Monitoring and Evaluation

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Position Summary:

The Director of Monitoring and Evaluation will provide technical direction for all M&E related systems, processes, analysis, and reporting across CNFA’s program portfolio and will contribute to new business development initiatives as necessary. The Director will be responsible for developing in-house tools and data management systems to track M&E indicators across the organization.  Additionally, the Director will provide technical support and contribute to staff training and mentoring in areas of evaluation, data collection and analysis, learning agenda development and other project-level M&E-related deliverables. The Director of Monitoring and Evaluation will represent CNFA to external audiences to showcase project impacts and achievements. The Director will work will be carried out in close collaboration with CNFA’s program division and will require regular travel to the field in support of CNFA’s global project portfolio. This is a position based out of our DC head office. 

Responsibilities

  • Provides technical leadership in monitoring and evaluation systems and processes across the organization;
  • Synthesizes historical project successes and finalizes and aggregates organizational M&E indicators across a range of past and ongoing projects;  
  • Provides technical guidance and direction for, and review of, CNFA’s M&E activities and resulting deliverables including reports;
  • Serves on STTA assignments as a technical expert to support field-based projects in the design, implementation, and management of M&E systems to include the development of PMPs, design and implementation of special surveys and studies, and help develop other indicator tracking tools as required;
  • Informs and develops M&E approaches and strategies as required in support of new business development;
  • Develops and/or revises M&E templates as a part of organization-wide effort to improve project reporting capabilities;
  • Represents CNFA and serves as a thought-leader for M&E to external audiences, as well as internally to CNFA staff;
  • Delivers trainings, as necessary, for HQ and field office staff in a variety of monitoring and evaluation, data collection and analysis topics;
  • Supports the systematic reporting of M&E data across CNFA’s programs portfolio; and
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Evaluation, Social Sciences, Economics or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in designing monitoring and evaluation activities in support of USAID and/or other donor funded projects.
  • Experience supporting business development efforts, including the development of responsive M&E Plans, draft Performance Monitoring Plans (PMP), learning agendas, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with U.S. Government (USAID, USDA) monitoring and evaluation requirements.
  • Strong knowledge of, and first hand familiarity with network of donors and implementers in international development.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Overseas work experience desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work with large amounts of data;
  • Strong skills related to M&E tools such as SPSS and data management systems (e.g. MS Access)
  • Ability to train others on M&E, data collection and analysis, developing Learning Agendas, etc.;
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and client focused with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team using a solution oriented approach;
  • Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language is preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a fast-moving team, willingness to contribute at different levels required to achieve success, self-motivated and ability to work independently;
  • Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.

This is an immediate and active recruitment with interviews of qualified candidates conducted 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.

Call for Experts (Long-Term)– Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA)

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Project background:

CNFA is seeking applications from qualified candidates for the newly awarded Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA) project. The project has a particular focus on agricultural technologies and practices that can increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers.  The project will be located in Islamabad, Pakistan.

 

CNFA is currently seeking senior level applicants for positions in the following areas of expertise:

 

·         BDS/Marketing Officer

·         Crops Technology Officer

·         Finance & Compliance Manager

·         Access to Finance Officer

·         HR/Administrative Officer

·         Safety, Security & Logisitics Manager

·         Accountant

·         Driver

Ideal Candidates:

  • At least seven years of relevant, professional experience in roles with increasing levels of responsibility required, 10+ years preferred
  • Experience supporting donor-funded projects is required, USAID experience preferred
  • Experience working in or with relevant pubic and private sector actors strongly preferred
  • Bachelors degree in economic development, agribusiness, agriculture, or a related field required; master’s degree preferred
  • Fluency in English is required

NOTE: This position will be located in Islamabd, Pakistan.  Local candidates preferred. 

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Applications will be accepted, reviewed and filled on a rolling basis. 

Private Sector Horticultural Marketing Expert

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Scope of Work:

1.       Position: Private Sector Horticultural Marketing Expert

2.       Project: Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) Program

3.       Place of Performance: Egypt

4.       Level of Effort: 3 – 6 months

5.       Period of Performance:  August 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018

6.       Reporting to: Chief of Party

 

Background and Purpose

 

The Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) program is a five year, $23 million USAID funded program implemented by CNFA in Egypt. The goal of FAS is to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt. The program will achieve this goal by implementing a market-driven approach that facilitates sustainable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. The market-driven approach will be supported by four interrelated components: 1) improved on-farm production, 2) more efficient post-harvest processes, 3) improved marketing of agriculture crops and products, and 4) improved nutritional status, especially for women and children. 

 

CNFA seeks an international or Egyptian Private Sector Horticultural Marketing Expert to engage as a consultant for a period of 3-6 months to provide senior level expertise to the FAS Marketing Team as well as strengthen and supervise marketing component activities. The expert will oversee and manage the Marketing Team staff and ensure all relevant targets are met.

 

Project marketing interventions aim to fill critical gaps that impede access to EU, Gulf, and high value Egyptian markets. Fresh-packed horticulture will be exported through existing exporter-importer business relationships as well as new relationships formulated through trade show participation. Striving for EU quality (i.e., GlobalGAP) will help ensure that FAS-supported production can also access high-value domestic markets, including hypermarkets, hotels, and restaurants.

 

This position reports directly to the Chief of Party and is based in Luxor. Specific duties include:

Tasks

  • Identify buyers and markets for smallholder horticultural exports to EU and Gulf regions as well as high value markets within Egypt
  • Facilitate forward contracting technical assistance and contracts between Upper Egyptian producers and buyers (domestic and export), including market identification and overseeing the implementation of buyer contracts
  • Facilitate and develop connections and relationships with processors and exporters that can be linked with Upper Egyptian smallholder farmers
  • Develop and monitor the quality of marketing related trainings for buyers, processors, and exporters
  • Advise on marketing related aspects of the program strategy and plan for meeting targets
  • Support the Chief of Party with timely and accurate reporting to USAID
  • Ensure high-quality performance of all relevant activities
  • Perform other tasks as assigned;

Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in marketing or at least 20 years’ experience in private sector horticultural value chain marketing
  • Experience in designing and supervising agriculture marketing activities;
  • Experience working with export/end markets, particularly in Western Europe and the Gulf markets;
  • Previous experience in Egypt preferred;
  • Strong communication, analytical, writing, and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent team management skills;
  • Professional proficiency in written and spoken English required

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Chief of Party – Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA)

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Project Description

The Feed the Future Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity is designed to provide broad support to agricultural development and food security initiatives at the community and national levels in Liberia. The Activity supports forging innovative partnerships with the private sector to leverage new resources and maximize impact in support of its development efforts. The goal of the Activity is to expand access and use of agricultural inputs, and post-harvest handling, processing, packaging and marketing services,broadly applicable to raising incomes for Liberian small-holder farmers (SHF).

Position Description

LADA’s COP will act as the key liaison between USAID/Liberia and all other counterparts, implementing partners and Government of Liberia officials involved with the program. The COP will provide overall leadership, management and general technical direction of the entire program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract. The COP will identify issues and risks related to the program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. The COP will serve as CNFA’s primary representative in Liberia vis-à-vis USAID, the Government of Liberia, and other key stakeholders.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the program including the completion of start-up, management, monitoring and reporting;
  • Ensure that CNFA maintains the appropriate legal status (through bilateral agreement coverage or other) to effectively operate in Liberia;
  • Lead key stakeholder meetings;
  • Ensure all activities are carried out in accordance to the LADA work plan;
  • Communicate regularly with USAID-Liberia;   
  • Provide programmatic guidance to the program staff as well as the implementing partners;
  • Develop and maintain a cohesive, effective and integrated team;
  • Ensure that the program’s technical approach, methodologies and activities are technically sound, feasible and relevant to the success of the program;
  • Oversee the performance of international and local sub-implementers and support productive business partnerships with them;
  • Supervise field operations and oversee the implementation of activities;
  • Manage the human, equipment and financial resources in the field with strict adherence to CNFA, USAID and the Government of Liberia regulations;
  • Develop the project’s network of partners in Liberia including relevant government institutions, private companies, associations, USAID-funded projects and other donors;
  • Oversee the preparation of LADA progress reports including quarterly, annual and end of project reports;
  • Review all contractual deliverables (value chain strategy, cost benefit analysis, work plans, quarterly and annual reports, grants reports etc.) and outreach materials for thoroughness, accuracy, quality and timely completion;
  • Collaborate with CNFA’s LADA Program Management Unit, based in Washington DC, for all issues related to the backstopping of the project;
  • Represent LADA as needed at meetings, conferences and other networking events in Liberia and possibly in other countries (with USAID’s approval);
  • Ensure that appropriate security procedures are followed by the project staff;
  • Make sure the regional and main offices are maintained and functioning properly; and
  • Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of his/her supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • Required experience:  15+ years of experience in managing donor-funded agricultural development projects; 7 years of experience with promoting agribusiness, private sector led agricultural growth, and value chain development; Experience managing USAID-funded projects with a value greater than $10 million is required.;
  • Experience in West Africa is required, preferably in Liberia;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage complex development projects with policy elements;
  • Experience managing USAID-funded projects strongly preferred;
  • Master’s degree in related field is required;
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of local languages is preferred. 

ISTTA: On-farm Water Management (HEIS-Drip Irrigation) & Fertigation for HVOSV Sector

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Project Name: CNFA-AMD/ Project Number AID-391-C-15-00003

Consultancy Assignment: ISTTA Consultant  – High Value/Off Season Vegetable Program

Consultant Title: ISTTA for  On farm water management (HEIS-Drip Irrigation) &  fertigation for HVOSV sector. .

Reports to: Chief Technical Advisor& Senior Value Chain Specialist – AMD

Place of Performance: Punjab

LOE: 21 Days

Est. Period of Performance: July 17 to August 12,2017

Project Description

 

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture. This is envisioned to be achieved through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demands and requirements in AMD’s four targeted product lines: Citrus, Mango, High Value/Off Season Vegetables and Livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector-led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrades, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, and an increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.

Background Information

 

The horticulture sector contributes about 12% of GDP and provides employment and incomes to several actors along the value chains. An estimated 13.67 MMT of horticultural products are grown annually with post-harvest losses averaging about 25%.  Only 4% of the annual production is exported, garnering less than 50% of average world prices due to poor quality of produce and to sales in low-value markets.

Most fruits and vegetables are sold in fresh form.  Little value is added in the way of sorting, grading, or packaging and post-harvest losses are unsustainably high. A very low percentage of fruits and vegetables are processed.  Farmers face numerous challenges maintaining product value from harvest to market.  The limited availability of cold chain facilities is a major constraint, resulting in products with a short shelf life that quickly loses its freshness.

 

 

Over 35 kinds of vegetables are grown in various ecological zones in Pakistan. At the moment Pakistan is exporting very limited number and quantity of vegetables mainly to GCC, some European countries and neighboring Afghanistan.  Vegetable production in Pakistan, especially HV/OSV, faces marketing constraints due to a lack of post-harvest handling facilities for grading, sorting, packaging, pre-cooling and cold storage. According to estimates, up-to 40% of fresh produce is lost at post-harvest stage. Amongst other reasons, the prime reason for these losses is the absence of field heat removal and cold chain management at all levels. AMD aims to strengthen the HV/OSV value chain by partnering with private-sector investors to upgrade or establish centralized grading, packing and refrigerated cold storage hubs.

As part of an integrated strategy to formalize a consistent and improved supply of produce, where appropriate, AMD intends to support competitively selected businesses to establish/upgrade cold chain facilities at processor level, which will reduce post-harvest losses and increase marketing time for the fresh vegetables.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

AMD intends to hire an international Horticulture (specialized in vegetable production under controlled production systems with HEIS to support the fertigation).

LOE, Period and Place of Performance

The level of effort (LOE) and the periods for this consultancy include 21 days around July 15 onward.

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment::21 Days 

Assignment Scope

  • Demonstrate hands on training and TA for use of High efficiency irrigation systems particularly drip irrigation for the best use of water and water conservation as a resource. Also demonstrate the use of controlled fertilizer application through fertigation systems. 
  • Scoping for Greenhouse and semi controlled HVOSV for water management and HEIS systems at selected program sites
  • Detailed GAP analysis for technology use for precision irrigation and water management to enhance the water use efficiency  and precision in input use for fertilizers and nutrients.
  • High efficiency irrigation system- in the controlled and semi controlled green houses, vegetable tunnels
  • HEIS for open field and low tunnels of vegetable production systems at AMD selected sites.
  • Onsite trainings for irrigation requirements according to the environment and phonological stages of summer and winter vegetables.
  • Application dose and time of fertilizers and micro nutrients with safe use of water to enhance the quality and production of vegetables under controlled environment.
  • Develop appropriate strategies to assist program beneficiaries for better water harvest under HEIS systems for high value vegetable to enhance the quality and meet the food safety standards for high end export markets.

Deliverables

  • Develop a detailed plan and a brief suggested methodology during the period of assignment and get it approved by AMD COP or his designee.  This should be finalized prior to travel to Pakistan;   
  • Evaluate present issues of the vegetable sector and make commendations to stakeholders in Pakistan;
  • Assist the HV/OSV grantees to link with value added businesses for the marketing of B & C grade natural produce for value addition;
  • Provide 1-page biweekly updates to the COP, or his designee;
  • Submit the draft of the final report along with power point presentation to CNFA within 10 business days after the Design and Recommendations of the Horticulture Value Chain activity    
  • Submit Final Report along with power point presentation to CNFA, using AMD template, within 5 business days upon completion of the assignment.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to design and development of vegetable production, processing, and handling practices interventions.

Qualifications

  • Graduate or doctorate degree in Agriculture, horticulture, Agribusiness or other related field;
  • Over 10 year’s practical industry experience in use of Drip Irrigation and controlled environment plant production systems including greenhouses, shade-houses.
  • Work experience with international donors, preferably with USAID-sponsored programs or other similar development projects;
  • Demonstrated understanding of Pakistan and/or the region, a plus.
  • Hands on experience in sourcing of raw material, nutrients, growth regulators, packaging material, washing, grading, transportation and marketing both local as well as international markets.
  • Hands on experience in Good Agricultural practices and Global GAP certification for individual growers and groups.
  • Understanding of phyto sanitary practices and regulations for compliance.
  • Experience in training and development of workers in greenhouse production

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ISTTA: Controlled Atmosphere Vegetable Production

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Project Name: CNFA-AMD

Consultancy Assignment: ISTTA Consultant  –  High Value/Off Season Vegetable Program

Consultant Title: ISTTA for Controlled Atmosphere Vegetable production for quality improvement, and food safety standards to high end export markets..

Reports to: Chief Technical Advisor & Senior Value Chain Specialist – AMD

Place of Performance: Lahore  and adjoining production areas -Punjab

LOE: 21 Days

Est. Period of Performance: July 17 to August 12,2017

Project Description

 

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture. This is envisioned to be achieved through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demands and requirements in AMD’s four targeted product lines: Citrus, Mango, High Value/Off Season Vegetables and Livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector-led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrades, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, and an increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.

Background Information

 

The horticulture sector contributes about 12% of GDP and provides employment and incomes to several actors along the value chains. An estimated 13.67 MMT of horticultural products are grown annually with post-harvest losses averaging about 25%.  Only 4% of the annual production is exported, garnering less than 50% of average world prices due to poor quality of produce and to sales in low-value markets.

Most fruits and vegetables are sold in fresh form.  Little value is added in the way of sorting, grading, or packaging and post-harvest losses are unsustainably high. A very low percentage of fruits and vegetables are processed.  Farmers face numerous challenges maintaining product value from harvest to market.  The limited availability of cold chain facilities is a major constraint, resulting in products with a short shelf life that quickly loses its freshness.

The challenges faced by the horticulture sector include low quality inputs and lack of knowledge of modern farming practices; limited value addition; poor post-harvest handling; inadequate storage and transport facilities; weak market linkages and lack of market information; limited access to finance by agribusinesses; lack of compliance in grading, sorting and quality assurance standards; and limited farmer organization/associations.

The Pakistani horticulture sector is currently unable to meet the stringent phyto-sanitary requirements of the major markets of Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, the European Union and the US, which limits its exports to regional and global markets. 

Over 35 kinds of vegetables are grown in various ecological zones in Pakistan. At the moment Pakistan is exporting very limited number and quantity of vegetables mainly to GCC, some European countries and neighboring Afghanistan.  Vegetable production in Pakistan, especially HV/OSV, faces marketing constraints due to a lack of post-harvest handling facilities for grading, sorting, packaging, pre-cooling and cold storage. According to estimates, up-to 40% of fresh produce is lost at post-harvest stage. Amongst other reasons, the prime reason for these losses is the absence of field heat removal and cold chain management at all levels. AMD aims to strengthen the HV/OSV value chain by partnering with private-sector investors to upgrade or establish centralized grading, packing and refrigerated cold storage hubs.

As part of an integrated strategy to formalize a consistent and improved supply of produce, where appropriate, AMD intends to support competitively selected businesses to establish/upgrade cold chain facilities at processor level, which will reduce post-harvest losses and increase marketing time for the fresh vegetables.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

AMD intends to hire an international Horticulture (specialized in vegetable production, harvest and Post-harvest handling of vegetables under controlled and semi controlled systems.)

LOE, Period and Place of Performance

The level of effort (LOE) and the periods for this consultancy include 21 days around July 15 onward.

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment: :21 Days 

Assignment Scope

  • Demonstrate hands on training and TA in controlled vegetable production for summer and winter vegetables, harvest, processing, post-harvest handling and market linkage development in local and export market.. Also demonstrate the use of computer for data recording and cost benefit analysis.
  • Scoping for Greenhouse and semi controlled HVOV production at selected program sites
  • Detailed GAP analysis for technology use and efficiency, input supplies, post-harvest practices, cold chains, local and international markets.
  • Best High value and off season vegetable farming and production at AMD identified farms (s)
  • Integrated farm management  and establishment of green house
  • Onsite trainings for production practices, nutrients and input applications under SPS regime and  according to the environment and phonological stages of summer and winter vegetables.
  • Onsite handling and grading of vegetables on the basis of size and appearance as A, B & C grades for high end local market and export markets.
  • Post- harvest best practices (Packing, labelling and branding)
  • Develop appropriate strategies to assist program beneficiaries in improved and best management practices in vegetable field operations, moreover, link them to the packinghouses to get a better price for their product

Deliverables

  • Develop a detailed plan and a brief suggested methodology during the period of assignment and get it approved by AMD COP or his designee.  This should be finalized prior to travel to Pakistan;   
  • Evaluate present issues of the vegetable sector and make commendations to stakeholders in Pakistan;
  • Assist the HV/OSV stakeholders  to link with value added businesses for the marketing of B & C grade natural produce for value addition;
  • Provide 1-page biweekly updates to the COP, or his designee;
  • Submit the draft of the final report along with power point presentation to CNFA within 10 business days after the Design and Recommendations of the Horticulture Value Chain activity    
  • Submit Final Report along with power point presentation to CNFA, using AMD template, within 5 business days upon completion of the assignment.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to design and development of vegetable production, processing, and handling practices interventions.

Qualifications

  • Graduate or doctorate degree in Agriculture, horticulture, Agribusiness or other related field;
  • Over 10 year’s practical industry experience in use of Drip Irrigation and controlled environment plant production systems including greenhouses, shade-houses.
  • Work experience with international donors, preferably with USAID-sponsored programs or other similar development projects;
  • Demonstrated understanding of Pakistan and/or the region, a plus.
  • Hands on experience in sourcing of raw material, nutrients, growth regulators, packaging material, washing, grading, transportation and marketing both local as well as international markets.
  • Hands on experience in Good Agricultural practices and Global GAP certification for individual growers and groups.
  • Understanding of phyto sanitary practices and regulations for compliance.
  • Experience in training and development of workers in greenhouse production

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Program Coordinator

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Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator will provide administrative backstopping support from CNFA Headquarters (HQ) in Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of the Senior Program Officer, the Program Coordinator will work on a dynamic team to support CNFA’s portfolio of agricultural development programs based in Africa and South Asia. 

General Responsibilities:

  • Support the function of liaising between projects and CNFA HQ in Washington, DC;
  • Provide quality control in the preparation of work plans, budgets, regular updates and progress reports, and other major project deliverables;
  • Support the Program Officer/ Senior Program Officer/Director- Programs in overseeing operational and programmatic success;
  • Support the project implementation progress in relation to budgets, including monitoring and advising on project expenditure adjustment plans when necessary;
  • Monitor the project to ensure agreement compliance, programmatically and financially, as well as timely achievement of project deliverables;
  • Assist with preparation of contractual approval requests;
  • Assist communications staff in developing and maintaining promotional content for project and CNFA websites;
  • Draft scopes of work for consultants and timetables for the design and implementation of specific consultancy mandates; participate in recruitment of highly qualified consultants;
  • Assist CNFA’s recruitment team in the identification and retention of key employees, including local staff;
  • Collaborate with the Program Development Team to identify, attract and secure new business;
  • Travel for site visits to assist in field office work efforts, complete general evaluations of program progress and potential, and collect program information; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • Preferred experience working with international development projects/programs, focused on enterprise development, agriculture and/or agribusiness;
  • Knowledge of USAID (and/or other donor) program planning cycles, agreement rules and regulations, and reporting;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships 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; and
  • Ability to travel as required;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.

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 Program Officer

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The Senior Program Officer (SPO) is an integral member of CNFA’s Program Management Team and will work on a dynamic team to support CNFA’s portfolio of agricultural development programs in Pakistan by providing administrative backstopping support from CNFA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

General Responsibilities:

  • Manage program implementation by providing technical support that includes, but is not limited to: input toward program strategy development; assistance developing technical program materials and deliverables; monitoring and evaluation of program activities; development of strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders; leadership in critiquing and reviewing project documents such as grant and project proposals; development of scopes of work for short-term assistance and other technical contributions;
  • Manage and supervise performance of the Project Coordinator and Global Program Support Intern on their day to day backstopping support of the program
  • Work closely with the Safety and Security Manager regarding security-related concerns and in developing an effective strategy for the project in terms of its safety and security needs.
  • Monitor project spending
  • Support programs, including reviewing/editing program documents and reports, tracking and reports program events;
  • Maintain electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables;
  • Coordinate field travel for long-term and short-term staff – including visa procurement and processing, travel and accommodation logistics, briefings related to security and travel;
  • Prepare or review project documentation that requires home office and USAID approval;
  • Support the Communications Department by ensuring production and updating of high quality project communication tools;
  • Monitor projects to ensure programmatic compliance and contractual and financial compliance in collaboration with the Operations and Compliance Department, as well as achievement of project deliverables and impact;
  • Field travel for site visits, temporary assignments to assist in field office work efforts, general evaluation of program progress and potential, and collection of program information will be required;
  • Manage sub-contractors contractual and technical deliverables;
  • When approved, liaising with USAID to provide timely updates on program activities and impact and engage donors on development and implementation of programs; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience backstopping complex international development projects/programs focused on enterprise development, agriculture and/or agribusiness;
  • Experience with and knowledge of USAID (and/or other donor) program planning cycles, agreement rules and regulations, and reporting;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships 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;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required;
  • Proficiency in the Urdu language preferred; and
  • Ability to travel internationally 10 – 25% is required.

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.

STTA: Maize and Soy Value Chain Consultant

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Project background:

 

CNFA is seeking local or international candidates for a short-term consultancy to support a public-private program in northern Nigeria. The recently awarded USAID Feed-the-Future program will improve the supply chain of maize and soy, reducing aflatoxin and other contaminants by working with farmers, supply chain intermediaries, and input providers.

 

Consultancy Summary:

 

The goal of this assignment is to provide support and leadership to immediately begin developing technical program activities upon program award. The consultant will work jointly with Nigerian and international technical specialists and the CNFA start-up team to meet early program deliverables as detailed below. This consultancy has an estimated level of effort of 40 days and will require travel to Kaduna State, Nigeria. The anticipated timing of the assignment is mid-June to mid-August 2017

Specific tasks include:

  • Participate in program workplanning sessions, providing technical expertise for working with smallholder farmers and other value chain players to reduce aflatoxin contamination in maize. 
  • Identify and review existing aflatoxin training materials from USAID, the program’s private sector partner, and other sources.
  • Support the development of aflatoxin training curriculum for lead farmers and develop plan for conducting lead farmer training of trainers. 
  • Conduct outreach and rapid training of maize aggregators and input suppliers using existing training materials through a stakeholder workshop.
  • Identify actionable recommended next steps.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience planning and implementing aflatoxin-related programming for maize and/or soy with smallholder farmers required.
  • Experience developing training materials for use by smallholder farmers required.
  • Previous experience in Nigeria preferred.
  • English proficiency and excellent written communications skills.