Chief of Party - Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA)

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Posted on 7 August 2018

Job Description

Level of Effort: 14 months, including travel days; 5-day work week

Anticipated Period of Performance: o/a November 5, 2018 – December 31, 2019

Project Description

The Feed the Future - Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA), in its 3rd year of implementation, is a five-year, USAID-funded project that aims to improve the agricultural development and food security initiatives at the community and national-level in Liberia. The LADA project aims to strengthen “aggregation clusters” through facilitating business relationships that link, suppliers, producers, processors, buyers, and investors so that all actors along the value chain can benefit from sustainable growth. To achieve this vision, CNFA will improve access to finance, quality inputs, mechanization, agricultural advice, and markets so that Liberian smallholder farmers can increase their production and participation in the market. The goal of the Activity is to expand access and use of agricultural inputs, and post-harvest handling, processing, packaging and marketing services, broadly applicable to raising incomes for Liberian small-holder farmers (SHF).

Position Description

LADA’s COP will act as the key liaison between USAID/Liberia and all other counterparts, implementing partners and Government of Liberia officials involved with the program. The COP will provide overall leadership, management and general technical direction of the entire program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the cooperative agreement. The COP will identify issues and risks related to the program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. The COP will serve as CNFA’s primary representative in Liberia vis-à-vis USAID, the Government of Liberia, and other key stakeholders. This is a one year non-family position with the potential for a one year extension.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the program including management, monitoring, and reporting;
  • Ensure that the program’s technical approach, methodologies and activities are technically sound, feasible and relevant to the success of the program;
  • Provide programmatic guidance to the program staff as well as the implementing partners;
  • Represent LADA as needed at meetings, conferences and other networking events in Liberia and possibly in other countries (with USAID’s approval); and lead key stakeholder meetings;
  • Ensure all activities are carried out in accordance to the LADA work plan; and accelerated when possible;
  • Oversee the performance of international and local sub-implementers and support productive business partnerships with them;
  • Manage the human, equipment and financial resources in the field with strict adherence to CNFA, USAID and the Government of Liberia regulations;
  • Develop and maintain a cohesive, effective and integrated team in main offices and regional offices;
  • Develop the project’s network of partners in Liberia including relevant government institutions, private companies, associations, USAID-funded projects and other donors;
  • Oversee the preparation of LADA progress reports including quarterly, annual and end of Activity reports; and review all contractual deliverables (value chain strategy, cost benefit analysis, work plans, quarterly and annual reports, grant reports etc.) and outreach materials for thoroughness, accuracy, quality and timely completion;
  • Ensure that CNFA maintains the appropriate legal status (through bilateral agreement coverage or other) to effectively operate in Liberia;
  • Communicate regularly with USAID-Liberia and CNFA HQ;
  • Collaborate with CNFA’s LADA Program Management Unit, based in Washington DC, for all issues related to the backstopping of the project;
  • Ensure that appropriate security procedures are followed by the project staff; and
  • Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of his/her supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Required experience: 15+ years of experience in managing donor-funded agricultural development projects; 7 years of experience with promoting agribusiness, private sector led agricultural growth, and value chain development;
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in the formation of market linkages, supply of technical assistance and inputs to smallholder producers, creating producer–market linkages, public-private partnerships and corresponding business/investment plans;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in establishing recognized food quality and safety standards for postharvest practices as well as experience in and working with private sector in agricultural development.
  • Experience managing USAID-funded projects with a value greater than $10 million is required;
  • Experience in West Africa is required, preferably in Liberia;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage complex development projects with policy elements;
  • Experience managing USAID-funded projects strongly preferred;
  • Master’s degree in related field is required;
  • High level of fluency in written and spoken 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.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

About the Organization

About CNFA:

CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to stimulating economic growth in the agricultural sector by nurturing entrepreneurship, private enterprise and market linkages. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, to expand exports, and to develop skills in the rural workforce. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.

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