Agriculture and Food Security Practice and Project Management Associate

Washington, D.C., United States
Apply by 27 February 2018
Entry-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 16 February 2018

Job Description

The East Africa Regional Business Unit is conducting an internal & external recruit for a split portfolio Agriculture and Food Security Practice and Project Management Associate. The Agriculture & Food Security Practice aims to facilitate inclusive market system development while improving nutrition outcomes and climate-smart agriculture practices. We work with smallholder farmers and non-farm market system actors to reduce risks, improve production practices, and increase trade by assessing the market system, identifying constraints, facilitating market-based solutions to improve agriculture productivity, and using social behavior change communications to effect change. Our regional portfolio includes eleven projects spanning a wide range of technical sectors. East and Southern Africa’s robust new business market is equally diverse and promises plenty of opportunities to those willing to take on new and exciting opportunities. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. Due to ever-shifting resourcing needs, the specific project assignment within East and Southern Africa will be determined based on the needs of the region and the qualifications of the selected candidate. Responsibilities include:
  • Support field-office administration, including travel coordination, visa processing, vendor payment requests, invoicing, approvals, and updating of project-related trackers
  • Process field reports, including time and expense reports and other client-related reports
  • Draft and manage project-related employment and subcontract agreements
  • Coordinate with project team to compile agendas for weekly teleconference and other project-related meetings
  • Assist with procurement and grant-related project activities
  • Assists and supports communication to field teams and client
  • Support communication to field teams and client
  • Address field staff’s inquiries and needs promptly
  • Communicate scopes of work, policies, and allowances/benefits for team member and consultants
  • Assist with recruiting and identifying candidates for a variety of field positions
  • Assist with budget monitoring, level-of-effort utilization, invoices, subcontractors’ costs, expense reports, deliverables, etc., to monitor compliance with contract and Chemonics’ regulations
  • Maintain knowledge in own discipline and begin to expand versatility in international development work by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies and Chemonics’ practice networks
  • Participate on proposal teams and support overall new business efforts
  • Foster and demonstrate a workplace inclusive of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, innovation, and exceeding expectations
  • Receive constructive feedback and use feedback to improve performance and grow professionally
  • Support projects and proposals in the AFS sector by gathering and maintaining information and knowledge related to the AFS sector
  • Support planning and organization of technical events for AFS practice; participate in external events as a Chemonics representative
  • Maintain knowledge in technical discipline and expand versatility in international development work by attending workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies
  • Draft and manage project-related employment and subcontract agreements
  • Support donor programming and other intelligence, including the work of our partners and competitors, relevant to new business development
  • Assist in the development of practice communications materials including brochures, info-graphics, blog posts, and website material for internal and external distribution
  • Engage home office staff, field office staff, and consultants in the development of knowledge products to contribute to Chemonics and client learning agendas in the technical sector
  • Advocate for and support opportunities for projects to communicate successes and innovations through conferences, internal and external events, newsletters, websites, and social media
  • Track and annually collect company development achievement indicators related to technical sector
  • Develop and maintain Chemonics’ roster of current and potential consultants and partners to share with project and proposal teams, and other tools and resources as directed
  • Design and facilitate opportunities for capacity development of home office staff, including technical trainings, external learning opportunities, webinars, and information-sharing
  • Encourage the distribution of best practices, technical innovations, and support improved knowledge sharing
  • Support management of assigned indefinite quantity contracts, including drafting and managing subcontract agreements and maintaining consortium partner relationships
  • Address inquiries from project and proposal teams, and interested staff promptly
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required
  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, agriculture, food security, or related field required; master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 2 years’ relevant project or contract management experience with ability to solve administrative and operational issues
  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of 4 to 8 weeks per year
  • Ability to make significant contributions to end products and direct others to achieve results
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task in a fast-moving team
  • Successful work experience in a developing country; experience living or working in Africa preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in agriculture and food security preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • French proficiency preferred

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should apply via the Career Center by Monday, February 26th. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.
Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

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