Team: New Business | Commitment: Career | Location: Washington DC

Deputy Chief of Party – USAID Seed Systems Support

Brief Project Overview:

CNFA is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the anticipated Seed Systems Support project to be 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 DCOP will work closely with the Chief of Party in providing technical oversight and management of the program, including the development and implementation of the project’s vision, strategy, and technical direction, ensuring that project activities are of high quality and adhere to Feed the Future technical guidance and global best practices. The DCOP will support coordination and management of country teams, ensuring timely progress against schedules, achievement of deliverables, and quality of results.


The successful candidate will be a technical expert in one or more areas related to seed systems in developing countries and will have experience providing technical leadership on large, complex projects.


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

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, agricultural economics, or a related field is required, PhD is preferred;
  • 8+ years of relevant professional experience working specifically within the seed sector, which can include the private-sector, a public-sector institute focused on seed systems, and/or as a policy and regulatory analyst
  • Experience providing technical leadership on 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 seed systems is strongly preferred, as is experience developing relationships within the seed sector and executing seed policy and regulatory reform projects;
  • 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;
  • Experience working in Africa is preferred, experience in Asia and/or Latin America is a plus;
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English and a second language (French or Spanish) are required.

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