Team: Programs | Commitment: Career | Location: Liberia

Chief of Party – Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA)

Level of Effort: 14 months, including travel days; 5-day work week

Anticipated Period of Performance: o/a November 5, 2018 – December 31, 2019

Project Description

Low agricultural productivity in Liberia is due to poor production techniques used by smallholder farmers, limited availability and usage of certified seeds and fertilizers, poor road infrastructure, and lack of electricity for processing of agricultural products. The sector is also characterized by underdeveloped value chains, limited market opportunities for staples, and poor linkage between producers and markets.

In response to these challenges, USAID/Liberia funded the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA). LADA is a five-year, $19.3 million United States Dollar (USD) Feed the Future (FtF) flagship program, currently in its third year of implementation. The project is slated to end in December 2020.

The LADA Theory of Change emphasizes private sector investment in inputs, processing, and marketing. It also stresses the importance of youth and gender. It states that, “If the private sector increases investments in the provision of inputs, as well as processing and marketing services, then Liberian Smallholder Farmers will experience greater productivity and increased incomes. This will make agriculture a more inclusive, attractive vocation, particularly to youth and women.”

The goal of LADA is to increase agricultural incomes of smallholder farmers by increasing private sector investment in the Liberian agribusiness sector. This contributes to the overall USAID/Liberia Development Objective (DO) 2 for Economic Growth: sustained, market-driven economic growth to reduce poverty. Specifically, LADA contributes to two of the Intermediate Results (IR) under DO 2: IR 2.1 Food Security Enhanced and IR 2.3 Enabling Environment Supports Private Enterprise Growth.

CNFA plans to improve access to finance, quality inputs, mechanization, agricultural advice, and markets so that Liberian smallholder farmers can increase their production and participation in the market.

Implementation focuses on three results:

1.   Increased private sector investment in agricultural input systems.

2.   Increased private sector investment in post-harvest handling support, storage, packaging, transporting, marketing, and auxiliary services.

3.   Strengthened facilitation, market information, advocacy, and support.

The activity is implemented in Bong, Lofa, Nimba, and rural Montserrado counties, and target audiences include smallholder farmers, cooperatives, aggregators, processors, agro dealers (input suppliers), and other stakeholders engaged in rice, cassava, vegetables, aquaculture, and cocoa value chains with emphasis on reaching out to youth and women.

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:

  • Provide overall leadership management and technical direction of the entire program to ensure an integrated vision among the LADA objectives; identify issues and risks related to program implementation and suggest appropriate program adjustments;
  • Ensure that the program’s technical approach, methodologies and activities are technically sound, feasible and relevant to the success of the program;
  • Establish and monitor systems and oversee program expansion and close-out within set time frames;
  • Serve as primary liaison between USAID/Liberia and all other counterparts, implementing partners, program stakeholders, private sector entities, local authorities, and CNFA home office management on all program-related matters;
  • Oversee the performance of international and local sub-implementers and support productive business partnerships with them;
  • Provide timely reporting of goals and milestones to USAID;
  • Oversee the preparation of LADA progress reports including quarterly, annual and end of Activity reports;
  • Offer technical assistance as appropriate to achieve LADA program targets.
  • Ensure all activities are carried out in accordance to the LADA work plans;
  • Ensure that CNFA maintains the appropriate legal status (through bilateral agreement coverage or other) to effectively operate in Liberia;
  • 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; and
  • Make sure the regional and main offices are maintained and functioning properly;

Qualifications

  • Required experience:  7+ years of experience in managing donor-funded agricultural development projects; 5 years of experience with promoting agribusiness, private sector led agricultural growth, and value chain development;
  • Successful record of managing the relations with the donor, host government and beneficiaries
  • 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;
  • High level of fluency in written and spoken English is required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.