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

Project Director / Chief of Party – 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 a Project Director/Chief of Party to support an upcoming USAID-funded Seed Systems Support Activity.  The position will be based in Washington, DC with significant travel to Feed the Future focus countries.  The Project Director/Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall management and oversight of the implementation of this activity and should reflect expertise in seed systems, seed business, food security; emergency specialists, gender integration, as well as program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.   The position will report directly to the Vice President of Programs at CNFA.   

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall project leadership, management, quality control, and technical direction, while ensuring compliance with donor requirements and regulations and CNFA policies and procedures.
  • Manage and supervise the work of project personnel, subcontractors, and grantees, with a focus on achieving work plan targets and core results in a timely manner.
  • Build an integrated vision among diverse project components and stakeholders, with a focus on achieving results.
  • Identify obstacles and risks related to implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments to the home office and donor.
  • Liaise with the USAID mission (and other donors as applicable) on behalf of the program.

Key Qualification:

  • Master’s degree in management, agriculture, international development or a related field.
  • Minimum of Fifteen (15) years’ experience demonstrating broad understanding of agriculture and food security as they relate to seed systems and should be knowledgeable about the relevant socioeconomic, institutional and policy issues that are related to seed systems;
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years’ experience leading, managing and implementing large international projects, specifically with experience in two or more of the following areas: management, agriculture, natural resource management, ecology or food security, including at least 5 years of experience on seed-systems specific programming;
  • Professional experience interacting with U.S. Government agencies, host country governments, and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience working in partnership with international donors and agencies;
  • Professional experience working in nutrition programs in low or middle-income countries.
  • 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.