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

Chief of Party: USAID Egypt Value Added Solutions (EVAS)

Project Overview:

The purpose of the USAID Feed the Future Egypt Value Added Solutions (EVAS) project is to employ a market-driven systems-strengthening approach to improve the competitiveness of horticulture producers and related down-stream businesses and food processors by building their capacities to respond to demand from domestic and international buyers and fully meet their market requirements.  Meeting the demands of the market will necessitate adoption of international food quality and safety standards for horticulture crops destined for both international and domestic markets, including food processors, supermarkets, and restaurant chains.

 

This contract will build off of the work that USAID, other donor projects, and the Government of Egypt have undertaken and must address the following inter-related goals: 1) Strengthen sustainable domestic and international market linkages; 2) Improve post-harvest handling and storage; 3) Increase productivity of small farmers and food processors; and 4) Improve nutritional status of women and children.

Position Description: 

Primary responsibilities of the COP are to 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 be expected to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate program adjustments. This individual shall act as the key liaison between USAID/Egypt and all other counterparts, implementing partners and Government of Egypt officials involved with the program. The position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, experience in developing countries and skills to ensure coherence and consistency in spite of urgent deadlines.

 

S/he must be qualified with substantial regional experience in alliance building and donor-funded or private sector agricultural projects working with producers, rural enterprises and agricultural associations and organizations.  The COP must serve as the primary point of contact with USAID with regard to day-to-day implementation and management matters relating to the contract.  It is expected that the COP will be based in Cairo, Egypt with demonstrated visits to field offices. The COP must ensure that the activities and results are implemented in a timely manner within the approved budget.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as agribusiness, finance, economics, or other relevant or equivalent field.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience managing complex private sector agricultural development programs in a developing country, preferably in the Middle East or North Africa.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a supervisory role with projects of similar size and complexity.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required; oral and written fluency in Arabic is desirable 
  • Strong technical expertise in agriculture development, horticultural production and marketing, with experience n and demonstrated ability to engage with private sector partners.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required; oral and written fluency in Arabic is desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to engage senior level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff to identify and resolve key barriers to progress.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations required; experience managing a USAID funded program highly preferred.

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.