• Posted: August 29, 2019
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  • Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture(CNFA) is a not-for-profit international agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to increasing rural incomes by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural p...
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    Director of Finance and Administration (DFA)

    Position Summary:

    CNFA is currently seeking qualified Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) candidates for the upcoming USAID-Funded Ghana Trade and Investment Activity. This Activity will facilitate the growth and development of higher-value commercial crops through investment promotion, trade facilitation, and small and medium enterprise (SME) development. These efforts will support the Government of Ghana’s plan to recapture market share, access new markets as a source of foreign exchange, and support pathways to self-resilience.

    Key Qualifications:

    • Minimum of 8 years of experience in the financial and operations processes of donor funded projects in West Africa, with progressively increasing levels of responsibilities, is required;
    • Demonstrated capacity to implement and enforce USAID rules and regulations is required;
    • Experience in the application of a competitive procurement processes, especially in regard to consultants and service providers, is required;
    • Experience managing grants, or providing administrative oversight of grants, is required;
    • Personal qualities of integrity, collaboration, and work ethic are required;
    • Experience building the capacity of staff in a broad range of areas related to finance and operations is strongly preferred;
    • Bachelor’s degree is required;
    • International donor experience is required, USAID experience is preferred;
    • Professional written and spoken fluency in English is required.

    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.

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    Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager

    Position Summary:

    CNFA is currently seeking qualified Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager candidates for the upcoming USAID-Funded Ghana Trade and Investment Activity. This Activity will facilitate the growth and development of higher-value commercial crops through investment promotion, trade facilitation, and small and medium enterprise (SME) development. These efforts will support the Government of Ghana’s plan to recapture market share, access new markets as a source of foreign exchange, and support pathways to self-resilience.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Responsible for all monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities under the Activity;
    • Develop and manage systems to collect and analyze information on inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impact of the Activity;
    • Support training of M&E personnel in quality assurance methods;
    • Develop and update the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP);
    • Report results to USAID in a timely manner; and
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Key Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree or higher in monitoring and evaluation, agriculture, statistics, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
    • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in monitoring and evaluation methodologies (i.e. both quantitative and qualitative data collection, processing, and analysis);
    • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation, collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) approach;
    • Understanding of agricultural production, market systems, and livelihood programming; and
    • Demonstrated practical experience in using monitoring and evaluation and learning activities to inform activity implementation and results.

    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.

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    Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)

    Position Summary:

    CNFA is currently seeking qualified Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) candidates for the upcoming USAID-Funded Ghana Trade and Investment Activity. This Activity will facilitate the growth and development of higher-value commercial crops through investment promotion, trade facilitation, and small and medium enterprise (SME) development. These efforts will support the Government of Ghana’s plan to recapture market share, access new markets as a source of foreign exchange, and support pathways to self-resilience.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Serve as principal point of contact in Ghana for procedural and substantive matters in the absence of the COP;
    • Support the development of strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and other deliverables in line with USAID guidelines to achieve objectives;
    • Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation;
    • Represent CNFA with partners and key stakeholders, maintain positive relationships with USAID, local authorities, and the country office team;
    • Identify and effectively manage all key risks related to the program, including compliance with donor transparency and due diligence requirements.
    • Ensure that synergies among Activity elements and grantees are capitalized upon;
    • Ensure that the Activity focus remains on achieving results;
    • Manage an effective monitoring and reporting system; and
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Key Qualifications:

    • Minimum of seven (7)+ years of experience in managing agribusiness, market system development, and/or value chain development projects in Africa is required;
    • Demonstrated professional success in the areas of agribusiness, industrial agriculture, and/or building coalitions of agricultural companies is required;
    • Expertise in at least one relevant area, including economics, agricultural economics, agronomy, agricultural investment, and/or a related field, is required;
    • International donor experience is required, USAID experience is preferred;
    • Professional written and spoken fluency in English is required.

    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.

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    Proposal Development Technical Lead

    Position Description:

    The Proposal Development Technical Lead will support the capture effort and technical design for proposal development for the upcoming USAID-Funded Ghana Trade and Investment Activity. This Activity will facilitate the growth and development of higher-value commercial crops through investment promotion, trade facilitation, and small and medium enterprise (SME) development. These efforts will support the Government of Ghana’s plan to recapture market share, access new markets as a source of foreign exchange, and support pathways to self-resilience.  

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Develop a network of key contacts and help organize interviews with Ghanaian development implementers and local partners;
    • Write programmatic sections of  the proposal in close collaboration with the Lead Technical Writer;
    • Lead technical design from through final proposal submission, including research, partnering, and supporting writers of all proposal sections; and
    • Collaborate closely with the Budget/Contracts Manager to ensure that the technical program comports with the budgetary and contractual requirements;
    • Support the collection of budget numbers for inclusion of technical proposal/review.

    Key Qualifications:

    • 8+ years of experience in Ghana agriculture and agribusiness development is required;
    • Master’s Degree in related field required, PhD preferred;
    • Experience in the development and adaption of value chains, including working with private and public sector actors to foster greater inclusiveness and collaboration, is required;
    • Experience designing and/or managing agribusiness development projects is preferred;
    • Experience in proposal writing is preferred;
    • International donor experience required, USAID program experience required;
    • Professional written and spoken fluency in English is required. Understanding of local languages is preferred. 

    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.

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    Chief of Party (COP)

    CNFA is currently seeking qualified Chief of Party (COP) candidates for the upcoming USAID-Funded Ghana Trade and Investment Activity. This Activity will facilitate the growth and development of higher-value commercial crops through investment promotion, trade facilitation, and small and medium enterprise (SME) development. These efforts will support the Government of Ghana’s plan to recapture market share, access new markets as a source of foreign exchange, and support pathways to self-resilience.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Develop strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines and within set timelines to achieve objectives;
    • Oversee program administration, operations, implementation, and fiscal management to ensure technical and financial activity aligns with scope and budget allocations, internal policies, and donor regulations;
    • Lead team to provide effective coordination and guidance among academic institutions, local Government, smallholder farmers, service providers and other key stakeholders;
    • Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation;
    • Ensure quality control and provide overall technical and management leadership under the award; adjust programs and operations in response to USAID/Ghana technical direction;
    • Represent CNFA with partners and key stakeholders, at conferences, workshops, meetings, and other industry gatherings, maintain positive relationships with USAID, local authorities, and the country office team;
    • Manage and oversee all contract management and implementation tasks based on established USG regulations, procedures and CNFA guidelines;
    • Identify issues and risks related to activity implementation in a timely manner; and
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Key Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree or higher in a field related to agriculture, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
    • Minimum of ten (10) years of international experience and expertise in agricultural development, successfully achieving meaningful and sustainable results;
    • At least seven (7) years of experience in working with counterparts at various levels of government, as well as with non-government organizations (including private sector associations/organizations) in managing international development assistance activities;
    • In-depth knowledge of USAID policies, and regulations;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead large teams and work effectively and collaboratively in team environments;
    • Strong technical expertise, management skills, and a strong command of English technical writing and communication skills. 

    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.

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