Team: New Business Development | Commitment: Career | Location: Nigeria

Chief of Party – Nigeria

Background:

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for Chief of Party for an USAID-funded Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services activity in Nigeria. The project is anticipated to build the capacity of private extension service providers, strengthen linkages between agricultural research institutions and agricultural value chain stakeholders, and leverage resources from private sector to enhance the scalability and sustainability of extension and advisory services in Nigeria. 

The COP should possess the intellectual leadership and strong management skills necessary to develop, articulate, and carry out a vision for the activity.  The following characteristics, skills, experience and education are demonstrative of the skills necessary to fulfilling this role:

Duties and Qualifications:

  • Develop strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines and within set timelines to achieve objectives;
  • Oversee program administration, operations, implementation, and fiscal management to ensure technical and financial activity aligns with scope and budget allocations, internal policies, and donor regulations;
  • Lead team to provide effective coordination and guidance among academic institutions, Local Government Areas, smallholder farmers, service providers and other key stakeholders;
  • Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation;
  • Ensure quality control and provide overall technical and management leadership under the award; adjust programs and operations in response to USAID/Nigeria technical direction;
  • Represent CNFA with partners and key stakeholders, at conferences, workshops, meetings, and other industry gatherings,maintain positive relationships with USAID, local authorities, and the country office team;
  • Manage and oversee all contract management and implementation tasks based on established USG regulations, procedures and CNFA guidelines; Identify issues and risks related to activity implementation in a timely manner; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualification:

  • Master’s degree or higher in agriculture, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience of significant international experience and expertise in agricultural development to successfully achieve meaningful and sustainable results;
  • At least seven (7) years of experience in working with counterparts at various levels of government, as well as with non-government organizations (including private sector associations/organizations) in managing international development assistance activities;
  • Experience with Feed the Future Programs is a plus;
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations;
  • Commitment to inclusive programming that encourages full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status;
  • Strong technical expertise, management skills, and English technical writing and communication skills. 

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.