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

Chief of Party – Seed Systems Support

Position Summary:

Brief Project Overview:

CNFA is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated Seed Systems Support project based in Washington, D.C. and funded by the USAID Bureau of Food Security. The project will focus on inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, and increased resilience among people and systems in Feed the Future countries. The project will strengthen formal and informal seed systems to be responsive to the needs of smallholder farmers and adaptive to climate and economic change.


The COP will provide the strategic vision and overall leadership of the project. S/He will be responsible for overseeing overall project management, coordination and oversight, and achievement of targeted results, including the technical, financial, and administrative functions of the project, ensuring an integrated approach among all project components and actors. The COP will serve as the primary point of contact to USAID, consortium partners, and key project stakeholders.


The successful candidate will be a senior leader with knowledge of agricultural input supply chains and with experience managing large, complex programs for USAID.  


This position will be based at CNFA headquarters in Washington, DC.


Qualification and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, agricultural economics, or a related field is required, PhD is preferred;
  • 10+ years of experience as COP and/or home office manager of large ($10 M+) USAID-funded Agricultural Development or Economic Growth projects is required;
  • Experience managing complex funding mechanisms; such as centrally-funded multi-country USAID projects, IDIQs or LWAs is a plus, but not required;
  • Experience in the development of agricultural input supply chains is strongly preferred, as is experience in executing agricultural policy and regulatory reform projects;
  • Experience in the inclusion of the private sector into agricultural development initiatives is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and strengthen partnerships among a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies, the private sector, development partners, and research institutions is preferred;
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English are required; French and/or Spanish skills are preferred.
  • Note: Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.


Deadline for submission is December 10, 2017.