Team: Programs | Commitment: Career | Location: West Africa

Deputy Chief of Party – Operations

Position Summary

The Deputy Chief of Party/Finance and Operations Director supports the Chief of party (COP) in the overall administration and logistics of the program including management of personnel, reporting, finance, procurement, and compliance. He will oversee the establishment and operations in the main office in Abidjan, as well as the satellite offices in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Bukina Faso. In the absence of the COP, on a temporary basis.  assumes responsibilities for coordinating project management and implementation tasks. 


  • The HR, Finance and Operations Manager will support financial, operational and administrative management to ensure compliant programming;
  • Directly supervise the Finance Manager, Grants and Procurement Managers, Logistics and Security Manager, the Office Manager, IT Officer, and Drivers;
  • Build the capacity of Finance and Operations staff as necessary;
  • Ensure the smooth implementation of all project financial and administrative activities, including: timely and accurate bank reconciliations, invoicing, monitoring of expenditure levels against budget and funding obligations, financial projections, submission of monthly financial reports to CNFA HQ;
  • Oversee the project budget, payroll, and day-to-day operations;
  • Participate in the evaluation and implementation of the PRO-Cashew Grants
  • Develop and implement financial oversight and control mechanisms and procedures to ensure that all program expenses are in accordance with CNFA’s financial policies, procedures, and USAID rules and regulations;
  • Ensure the smooth implementation of all project operational activities, including: procurement, human resources, logistics, and service delivery aspects of the program;
  • Oversee financial, operational and administrative functions of the execution of subcontracts for all local implementing partners;
  • Manages subawards and supports consultant agreements;
  • Ensure that staff contracts and profiles (other than the ones managed directly by CNFA’s Washington, DC Office), are in place and appropriately monitored and updated;
  • Maintain necessary documentation and reporting in accordance with USAID and CNFA guidelines;
  • Serve as the security focal point
  • Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of the Chief of Party


  • 10-15 years of experience managing USAID-funded projects of a similar size and scope is required. Specialization in administration and operations is required;
  • West Africa experience is required, with experience/knowledge of West Africa laws and regulations;
  • Experience in managing regional programs;
  • Experience managing grants;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage complex development projects;
  • Experience managing Cashew value chain and private sector marketing activities strongly preferred;
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field is required;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French

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.