Team: New Business | Commitment: Career | Location: Pakistan

Chief of Party- Pakistan

Project background:

CNFA is seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated project supporting the USAID Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA). This project will identify, support, and bring to scale private sector solutions to improve agricultural productivity in Pakistan. PATTA will partner with agricultural technology related companies to commercialize products and services that can increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers. PATTA’s partnerships will give smallholder farmers broader access to affordable technologies to increase productivity, build resilience to climate change, and reduce post-harvest losses. PATTA will collaborate with and build on previous investments by USAID and other development programs to increase access to markets for smallholder farmers, and to increase overall development impact and cost-effectiveness. Besides support to commercialize technologies and introduce them to new markets, PATTA will also build human and organizational capacity of PATTA’s partners to ensure sustainable and effective use of the technologies.


Position Summary:

The Chief of Party (“COP”) assumes responsibility for the submission of all acceptable deliverables. The COP will recruit and manage a team of local and international technical experts to ensure the submission of high quality deliverables and the successful implementation of the Statement of Work. The COP will also provide strategic guidance and leadership related to the planning, management, and contract implementation, including oversight of all aspects of the contract’s performance. The COP will also oversee the performance of the sub awardees/Grantees, ensuring timely progress against schedules, achievement of deliverables, and quality of results. The COP will serve as the contract’s principal contact person for USAID, adjusting operations in response to the COR’s technical direction. The COP will also serve as the main contact for local stakeholders, including civil society, government, private sector, and donor counterparts, when appropriate. The COP will possess strong intellectual, leadership and management skills, with a venture capital mindset and agribusiness background.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree  in Business Administration or other relevant field
  • At least 7 years’ experience in agribusiness development with a focus on technologies, venture capital related to agribusinesses and technology, or other relevant experience 
  • At least 10 years of experience managing projects that support private sector development in emerging markets, preferably in South Asia   

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall strategic management of the contract, ensuring all aspects of the contract are well coordinated and  executed on time, and ensuring that the contract maximizes the resources and talents leveraged, and that anticipated outcomes and impacts are achieved.  
  • Lead development of an overall work plan for the contract, annual work plans, budgets, timelines, and other required deliverables that are essential for successful contract performance.
  • Management of all aspects of implementation in meeting the objectives of the contract, including technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management of contract components and activities.  
  • Supervise contract technical and administrative staff, including staff responsible for diverse technical activities related to implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of the contract to ensure completion of deliverables.
  • Serve as the key liaison between USAID and all other counterparts and local implementing partners involved with the contract to achieve results.
  • Manage subcontractors/sub grantees to ensure sound technical understanding of inclusive agricultural market system development programming in Asia.
  • Women and national professionals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for submission is October 23, 2016.