Local Technical Consultant - Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso
Apply by 6 January 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 7 December 2017

Job Description

Project Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the upcoming FY 2018 Food for Peace Development Food Security Activity (DFSA). These activities work at the individual, household, and systems level to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations.

Position Summary:

The Local Technical Consultant will support the capture effort and technical design of the upcoming proposal by providing broad, short-term support to the proposal team. In collaboration with the International Consultants, this position will develop a network of Burkina Faso contacts and organize logistics for proposal team members. The consultant will participate in group meetings and may also conduct independent meetings on behalf of the team. Responsibilities will include organizing interviews with Burkinabe development implementers and local partners; creating meetings with regional- and commune-level government officials, the private sector, and national-level government ministries; summarizing meetings into clear and concise notes; identifying the cost of various items (including vehicles, salaries, and office space) identified by the Costing Director, organization of field trips, participation in Focus Group discussions, and generally advising the proposal team. The individual will also participate in design workshops and strategy sessions.


  • 5+ years of experience working in Burkina Faso within a development context
  • Experience working with Burkinabe government agencies, including the Ministries of Agriculture & Water Resources, Animal Resources, Promotion of Women, Employment and Youth, Health, Environment, and/or Trade
  • Knowledge of livelihood and/or food security programming in-country;
  • Experience designing and/or managing development projects is preferred;
  • Experience in proposal writing is preferred;
  • International donor experience required, USAID program experience, particularly with Food for Peace funding, preferred;
  • Bachelor’s Degree is required, a Master’s Degree is preferred;
  • Strong French and English ability is required, understanding of local languages preferred.

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.


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