Technical specialists

West Africa
Apply by 27 April 2018
Posted on 9 April 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks technical specialists for the USAID Trade Hub Activity in West Africa. The project aims to improve private sector competitiveness and food security, with a focus on increasing the agricultural productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Nigeria and promoting West Africa’s regional and international trade. It will design a competitiveness fund for private sector partnerships; administer the fund and provide grants; and deliver technical assistance to directly support, coordinate, and organize qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees). The Trade Hub will contribute to both USAID/Nigeria’s Feed the Future objectives to increase the agricultural competitiveness of smallholder farmers in Nigeria and USAID/West Africa’s objective to increase broad-based growth and resilience. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

We are currently accepting applications for specialists in the following sectors:

  • International trade
  • Export promotion
  • Agricultural value chain development
  • Private sector development
  • Capacity building for producer organizations and agribusinesses
  • Agribusiness development services
  • Cross-border trade
  • Enabling environment analysis and reform
  • Agricultural market information systems
  • Agricultural finance
  • Public-private partnerships

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement activities within respective technical areas and in collaboration with local partners, beneficiaries, and project staff, as well as other pertinent USAID and donor-funded implementing partners
  • Provide technical leadership, management, and supervision within respective technical areas, ensuring that activities are properly targeted, technically sound, and compliant with USAID and other regulations
  • Participate in internal grant review committees and grants management and monitoring
  • Support project monitoring, evaluation, and reporting and financial planning and budgeting
  • Engage in discussions related to respective technical areas with stakeholders, including USAID and local government officials

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agribusiness, agricultural economics, business administration, business management, economics, or international development; or relevant field experience and seven years of experience of progressive responsibility; or bachelor’s degree with 10 years of progressive responsibility
  • Demonstrated technical experience in one or more of the technical areas listed above
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. government or USAID regulations, policies and compliance requirements related to international assistance programs
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire a multidisciplinary team to achieve results
  • Experience managing the financial and administrative aspects of large USAID projects; experience serving in a similar role in the field strongly desired
  • Experience or familiarity with administrating large grant funds
  • Proven success working in team environment with program and technical staff
  • Proven ability to supervise, mentor, and support local and expatriate staff
  • Experience working in West Africa preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in English; French proficiency preferred

Application Instructions:

Please send electronic submissions including your CV and a brief cover letter with the position title in the subject line to wathspecialists@chemonics.com by April 27, 2018. Please include the name of the position in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

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