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

Emergency & Resilience Informal Seed Systems Advisor – Seed Systems Support Activity

Project Summary:

The Seed Systems Support Activity (S3A) project based in Washington, D.C. and funded by the USAID Bureau of Food Security will focus to enhance farmer’ access to a full range of seed choices and options to maximize their responsive decisions making and planning for production. S34 aims to improve national seed sector in Feed the Future countries and in countries with resilience and emergency seed security programs. By identifying and removing constraints and bottlenecks within the seed systems, the goal is to increase the

number of smallholder farmers utilizing quality seeds, including high yielding and stress tolerant commercial and staple crop varieties, in countries.


Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking an Emergency and Resilience Informal Seed Systems Advisor to support an upcoming USAID-funded Seed Systems Support Activity.  The position will be based in Washington, DC with possible travel to Feed the Future focus countries.  The Emergency and Resilience Informal Seed Systems Advisor is part of the management team and will work closely on implementation and technical direction alongside the Project Director/Chief of Party.  The position will report directly to the Project Director/Chief of Party. S/he should have the following experience and qualifications.

Key Qualification:

  • Master’s or PhD. degree in agriculture, socio-ecology, food security, agricultural economics or a related field;
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in food security and seed programming and can include value chain
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in programs in informal seed systems
  • Professional experience interacting with U.S. Government agencies in relation to the duties of this position.
  • Professional experience with humanitarian response and the seed system security assessment framework
  • This position may require up to 20-30% overseas travel.
  • Strong written and oral English language skills required, additional language skills a plus.

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.