Program Officer

  • Posted on 28 November 2018

Job Description

Program Overview:

The objective of the FTF Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. Hinga Weze will increase food security and incomes by improving adoption of climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive agriculture practices (Component 1); linking farmers to markets, and strengthening business and management practices of agribusinesses (Component 2); and promoting the consumption of locally-available, nutrient rich diets, while supporting equitable household decision-making (Component 3). Hinga Weze is currently in its first year of implementation, and has successfully started project activities within its 10 target districts: Kayonza, Ngoma, Bugesera, Gatsibo, Nyamagabe, Nyamasheke, Karongi, Rutsiro, Nyabihu and Ngororero.

Position Summary:

CNFA is seeking a Washington, DC based Program Officer (PO) to backstop a portfolio of international development programs in the East Africa program portfolio. Under the supervision of the Program Direction, the PO will work with a dynamic teal to support CNFA’s Hinga Weze project in Rwanda. Responsibilities include providing administrative and technical support to field staff, and monitoring and evaluating field project activities and results.

General Responsibilities:

The PO will be responsible for a wide range of functions, including but not limited to:

  • Assist with program implementation by providing technical support that includes, but is not limited to: input toward program strategy development; assistance developing technical program materials and deliverables; monitoring and evaluation of program activities; development of strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders; leadership in critiquing and reviewing project documents such as grant and project proposals; development of scopes of work for short-term assistance and other technical contributions;
  • Backstop programs, including reviewing/editing program documents and reports, tracking and reports program events;
  • Maintain electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables;
  • Coordinate field travel for long-term and short-term staff – including visa procurement and processing, travel and accommodation logistics, briefings related to security and travel;
  • Prepare or review project documentation that requires home office and USAID approval;
  • Support the Communications Department by ensuring production and updating of high quality project communication tools;
  • Monitor projects to ensure programmatic compliance and contractual and financial compliance in collaboration with the Operations and Compliance Department, as well as achievement of project deliverables and impact;
  • Temporary international assignments will be required to conduct program site visits, to assist in field office work efforts, conduct general evaluation of program progress and collection of program information;
  • Manage sub-contractors contractual and technical deliverables;
  • As required, liaise with USAID to provide timely updates on program activities and impact and engage donors on development and implementation of programs; and
  • Perform a variety of other related duties as required.


  • Bachelors’ Degree in a relevant field (Business, agricultural economics, international relations) required; a Master’s Degree is strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience backstopping complex international economic development programs is required.
  • Experience managing USAID contracts of sizeable value is strongly preferred;Experience managing USAID compliance issues specific to contracts is required;
  • Demonstrated experience with backstopping grants-under-contract programs and in working with programs to build local partner capacity required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in project budget development and management, including experience conducting operational and financial audits of field offices;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, and clear, concise written communication skills required;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity is expected;
  • Outstanding organization skills with a high level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to maintain composure and flexibility under tight deadlines;
  • Experience in Africa is preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively and manage multiple competing priorities;
  • Ability to engage with organizations and individuals from various cross-cultural contexts; and
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management.
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite 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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