The USAID-support Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program combines volunteer consultancies with highly skilled local staff to deliver technical assistance and business development services to farmer organizations, and agricultural MSMEs. Our volunteer consultants are U.S. citizens (or permanent U.S. residents) and comprise of farmers, agribusiness professionals, cooperatives managers, bankers, agricultural educators, and others with expertise in agriculture. The primary goal of the F2F program is to generate rapid, sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector; the secondary goals is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs as well as international understanding of the US and US development programs.
CNFA is currently seeking a Country Director for Zambia, to be based in Chipata (Nyanja language skills required)
The F2F Country Director is an employee of CNFA and reports to the Washington, DC based F2F Program Director. Working under the direction and supervision of the Program Director and Program Officer, the Country Director supervises F2F host country employees, travels frequently within the country to maintain active liaison with actual and prospective volunteer projects, is responsible for volunteers while in country, and oversees the country budget and deliverables. Additionally, the Country Director is responsible for maintaining a strong working relationship with the local USAID office and other key stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, public and private agricultural development organizations and the NGO community.
Position responsibilities include:
- Coordination of all F2F program activities within Zambia;
- Identifying potential partners and hosts, providing pre- and post-assignment technical / business assistance to hosts, and communicating closely with hosts to assess their needs, status changes, and satisfaction with the CNFA program;
- Developing volunteer scopes of work and facilitating volunteer assignments;
- Ensuring sound systems for monitoring and assessing impact from program activities;
- Preparing comprehensive and quality program documents and reports (including but not limited to weekly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports);
- Developing and maintaining working relations with the USAID Mission, keeping them informed of program progress or issues;
- Preparing for and facilitating the visits of other CNFA staff or official guests, including evaluation teams
- Updating or developing a security and health plan for volunteers and staff in country
- Providing training to personnel on project development principles and methodology;
- Conducting regular performance evaluations of staff and making recommendations for improvement and growth, providing close supervision of progress;
- With input from the Program Director and Senior Program Officer, developing annual work plans in line with the overall regional program strategy;
- Supporting new business development efforts, as appropriate, including program design, proposal development, and donor liaison;
- Maintaining annual country budgets to support program activities and monitor expenditures based on allowed budget allocations, and working within the parameters of the CNFA F2F budgeting, reporting, and administrative systems.
- Other responsibilities to be determined by CNFA and/or USAID.
Minimum qualifications include:
- University degree (preferably in agriculture or a related and relevant field); Master’s degree preferred
- At least eight (8) years professional experience in assignments relevant to the F2F Country Program;
- At least five (5) years of experience with proven leadership in managing work teams and executing complex projects; and
- Fluency in English and Nyanja is required.
- Experience in agricultural production, marketing and/or development;
- Ability to network effectively with country agricultural sector stakeholders;
About the Organization
Founded in 1985, CNFA manages a portfolio of nearly $300 million in 18 countries. CNFA applies market-system approaches that engage local stakeholders to strengthen value chains and increase incomes, competitiveness, and employment for smallholder farmers and agribusinesses. CNFA programs strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of agribusinesses, cooperatives, and associations (including women’s and youth groups) to support farmers and promote the uptake of improved technologies and techniques to enhance productivity and natural resource management. We improve business and management practices of farmers and agribusiness and increase their access to affordable financial services. We also facilitate strong business linkages between smallholders and suppliers of quality inputs, service providers, buyers, and profitable markets.