Team: Programs | Commitment: Career | Location: Zimbabwe

Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager: Amalima

About CNFA:

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods in the developing world by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. 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 (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.


Program Description:

‘Amalima is a five-year, USD $43 million USAID Food for Peace (FFP) funded Development Food Assistance Project.’ The program draws its name from the Ndebele word for the social contract by which families come together to help each other with productive activities such as land cultivation and tending livestock. 

Amalima activities contribute to three strategic objectives:

·         SO 1: Household access to, and availability of food improved

·         SO 2: Community resilience to shocks improved

·         SO 3: Nutrition and health among pregnant and lactating women, boys and girls under 2 improved

Amalima is implemented by a consortium of two national and three international partners, led by CNFA.  The project operates in 66 wards of 4 rural districts, has over 150 staff members, and is managed from a head office in Bulawayo with satellite offices in Tsholotsho, Gwanda, and Plumtree. 


Job description:

The Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager is a key member of the Amalima Senior Management Team and responsible for technical and managerial oversight of SO 1: Household access to, and availability of food improved, and SO 2: community resilience to shocks improved.  S/he will manage a team of technical coordinators working to increase agricultural yields, improve livestock production, strengthen community-based early warning and response systems, increase and diversify incomes for poor households, increase access to financial services by poor households and increase community resilience to shocks. The Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager will be based in Bulawayo and report directly to the Chief of Party.

The Agriculture and Livelihoods Manager’s specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Lead development of program strategies and work plans for SO 1 and SO 2;
  • Oversee quarterly and annual activity reporting for SO 1 and SO2 (in coordination with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager);
  • Provide technical training and oversight to district based SO 1 and SO 2 Activity Managers in the four program districts;
  • Coordinate with the SO3 Manager and Deputy Chief of Party to ensure agriculture and livelihoods programming is complementary of the program’s health and nutrition activities;
  • Coordinate with the Gender Specialist and Community Mobilization Specialist to ensure that program messaging and training modules are designed and implemented in ways that are appropriate for women and can be easily adopted by communities;
  • Manage the Water Supply Team Leader to ensure proper implementation of water-related development activities to ensure they conducted in an environmentally sustainable manner and align with agricultural development interventions;
  • Manage the Agriculture Sector Coordinator and encourage collaboration with the Community Mobilization Specialist to develop messaging and mechanisms for the sustainable promotion of conservation agriculture and communal land rehabilitation interventions;
  • Manage the Enterprise Development Sector Coordinator to ensure proper implementation of agrodealer strengthening activities, input fairs, and advance input sales;
  • Manage the Environmental and Resilience Specialist to support development of early warning systems, crisis calendars and other disaster risk reduction (DRR) interventions;
  • Manage the assets coordinator to ensure proper implementation of food for assets (FFA) activities in coordination with communal land rehabilitation efforts;
  • Manage the Agricultural Sector Coordinator to support interventions designed to improve animal husbandry and health and strengthen livestock support services;
  • Manage the Value chain/Marketing Sector Facilitator and VS&L facilitator to ensure proper implementation of financial services activities, including the development of village savings and lending (VS&L) groups and new mobile banking applications;
  • Oversee the targeting and implementation of voucher and matching grant activities for vulnerable households and groups which is primarily managed by the Enterprise Development Sector Coordinator and Grants Manager;
  • Lead coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development (MoAMID) and other agricultural development programs
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Chief of Party, including CNFA representation at national 


  • 10+ years of experience in agricultural sector in Zimbabwe: research, production, and/or marketing;
  • 5+ years of experience implementing donor-supported NGO agricultural/rural development programs;
  • 5+ years of experience in a senior management role;
  • University degree in Agriculture or a related field with familiarity with both the crop and livestock sector, and an advance degree preferred;
  • Professional and/or personal experience living/working directly with small scale producers in communal areas;
  • Strong management skills, including personnel, project planning and implementation, time management, budgeting;
  • Strong reporting skills, narrative and quantitative;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and demonstrated ability to work within a large and diverse team;
  • Solid IT skills, ability to work quickly and independently on standard office software programs and communication platforms;
  • Technical skills and experience in natural resource management, civil or environmental engineering and/or rural infrastructure preferred;
  • Private sector, entrepreneurial and/or government experience valued;
  • Work experience in Matabeleland or other region 4-5 areas strongly preferred;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication abilities in English is required, with communications abilities in Ndebele preferred;
  • Familiarity with USAID Food for Peace preferred.

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