Team: Programs | Commitment: Career | Location: Abidjan

Deputy Chief of Party/Cashew Technical Expert – West Africa Region

Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for a Deputy Chief of Party/Cashew Technical Expert position to support a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress (FFPr) program West Africa region (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria). The program aims to improve agricultural production and expand trade of agricultural products in developing countries through the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities.

The Deputy Chief of Party/Cashew Technical Expert will directly supervise the Production and Trade Facilitation Director, the Integrated Data Management Director, the Policy Reforms Director and the MEL Director.

Key Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working in agriculture value chain (i.e. trade, production, market linkages) is required.
  • Experience of working within the food or agricultural private sector, in Public Private Partnerships, is strongly preferred;
  • Experience providing technical oversight and leadership to facilitate expanded trade and competitiveness of agricultural value chains preferred;
  • Experience overseeing value chain development or market systems development approach to improve a sectors market access and development;
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain positive, collaborative, and productive relationships with government and other local partners is required;
  • Supervise monitoring and evaluation framework and data collection and analysis systems to ensure accurate reporting on all project indicators.
  • A Master’s degree in agriculture, management, international development, or a related field of study or equivalent work experience required. 
  • Successful experience managing Food for Progress programs is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience working in cashew nut production and marketing (i.e. trade, production, market linkages) or related sector is required.
  • Experience of working within the food or agricultural private sector, in Public Private Partnerships, is strongly preferred;
  • Experience providing technical oversight and leadership to facilitate expanded trade and competitiveness of agricultural value chains preferred;
  • Experience overseeing value chain development or market systems development approach to improve a sectors market access and development;
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain positive, collaborative, and productive relationships with government and other local partners is required;
  • Demonstrated experience serving as ambassador for home office, establishing and nurturing strong relationships with donor representatives and expanding business required;
  • While the position is for a local expert, experience working in other West Africa countries such as Benin, Ghana and Nigeria is preferred;
  • English fluency required; knowledge of French strongly 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