Team: Programs | Commitment: Career | Location: Washington DC

Senior Program Officer

Position Summary:

CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C.-based Senior Program Officer to oversee, manage and backstop a portfolio of international development programs. Responsibilities include providing leadership related to project planning, providing administrative and technical support to field staff, and monitoring and evaluating field project activities and results. This position reports to the Vice President of Programs, works closely with program Chiefs of Party, partners and donor and supervises junior program staff.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assist with program implementation by providing technical support that includes, but is not limited to: input toward program strategy development; assistance developing technical program materials and deliverables; monitoring and evaluation of program activities; fostering and maintaining strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders; leadership in critiquing and reviewing project documents such as grant, procurement and project proposals; development of scopes of work for short-term assistance and other technical contributions;
  • Backstop programs, including reviewing/editing program documents and reports, tracking and reports program events;
  • Maintain electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables;
  • Prepare or review project documentation that requires home office and USDA approval;
  • Support the Communications Department by ensuring production and updating of high quality project communication tools;
  • Monitor projects to ensure programmatic compliance and contractual and financial compliance in collaboration with the Operations and Compliance Department, as well as achievement of project deliverables and impact;
  • Field travel for site visits, temporary assignments to assist in field office work efforts, start-up, general evaluation of program progress and potential, and collection of program information will be required;
  • Manage sub-contractors contractual and technical deliverables;
  • Liaising with USDA to provide timely updates on program activities and impact and engage donors on development and implementation of programs; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in a relevant field (Business, agricultural economics, international relations) required; a Master’s Degree is strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience backstopping complex international economic development programs is required;
  • Experience working on USDA funded program required;
  • Demonstrated experience with backstopping in working with programs to build local partner capacity required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in project budget development and management, including experience conducting operational and financial audits of field offices;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, and clear, concise written communication skills required;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity is expected;
  • Outstanding organization skills with a high level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to maintain composure and flexibility under tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively and manage multiple competing priorities;
  • Ability to engage with organizations and individuals from various cross-cultural contexts;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • High proficiency in English and French required;
  • MS Office proficiency required;
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals 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.