Program Officer

  • Posted on 6 November 2018

Job Description

Program Description:

The USAID-supported Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program combines volunteer consultancies with highly skilled target country-based staff to deliver technical assistance and business development services to farmer organizations, and agricultural Small and Medium Enterprises. 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.

Position Summary:

CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C.-based Program Officer (PO) to backstop international development programs in the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) portfolio, primarily focused on Southern Africa. Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Program Officer will work on a dynamic team to support CNFA’s F2F portfolio of agricultural development programs based in Southern Africa and Eastern Europe. Responsibilities include providing administrative and technical support to the Country Teams to achieve results and ensure compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations and participating in the volunteer recruitment, assignment and travel preparation, as well as post-travel arrangements. This position works closely with Country Directors and other staff in six countries as well as with the headquarters-based F2F Program Coordinator, F2F interns, and other CNFA staff.


  • Support the Program Director in technical implementation including, but not limited to: work planning; assistance developing technical program materials and deliverables; monitoring and evaluation of program activities in a learning framework; development of strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders; and revision of scopes of work for short-term assistance.
  • Provide administrative and financial leadership to program functions in the headquarters, including in contracting, funds requests, invoicing, maintaining budget trackers and projections, and travel logistics for volunteers and program staff. Monitor projects to ensure compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations in collaboration with the Awards and Compliance Unit.
  • Participate in the recruitment of new volunteers.
  • Represent, as requested, the F2F program in diverse fora, including at USAID meetings and in various events to promote the program and recruit volunteers for it.
  • Participate in the development of communications products and ensure maintenance of an electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables.
  • Participate actively in the F2F Community of Practice.
  • As requested, support new business development activities.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director.


  • Bachelors’ Degree in a relevant field (business, agriculture, agricultural economics, international relations) required; a master’s Degree is strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience backstopping international development programs is required, experience in Africa and with F2F desired;
  • Experience managing USAID activities is strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with agriculture and market-driven development programing preferred;
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and managing project budgets required;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, team work, and oral presentation skills, and clear, concise English written communication skills required;
  • Outstanding organization skills with a high level of attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively and manage multiple competing priorities;
  • MS Office proficiency required;
  • International travel is required up to 25%; and
  • Authorization to work in the United States 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.

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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