Chief of Party

CNFA - Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture


Job Description

CNFA is currently seeking Chief of Party (COP) candidates for the upcoming USAID-funded Value Chain Activity based in Nigeria. The Activity will improve agricultural and food systems productivity and commercialization. The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the overall management, including the technical, financial and administrative functions of the project. The COP will identify issues and risks related to the program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. S/he acts as the key liaison between USAID and all other counterparts, local implementing partners, as well as public, private, and NGO stakeholders involved with the program. The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the agricultural sector in West Africa, particularly managing value chain projects valued between $25-$50 million. He or she will be required to work with various stakeholders, including private sector firms, government officials, and other entities. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines and within set timelines to achieve objectives; 
  • Oversee program administration, operations, implementation, and fiscal management to ensure technical and financial activity aligns with scope and budget allocations, internal policies, and donor regulations; 
  • Lead team to provide effective coordination and guidance among academic institutions, local Government, smallholder farmers, service providers and other key stakeholders; 
  • Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation;
  • Ensure quality control and provide overall technical and management leadership under the award; adjust programs and operations in response to USAID/Nigeria technical direction; 
  • Represent CNFA with partners and key stakeholders, at conferences, workshops, meetings, and other industry gatherings, maintain positive relationships with USAID, local authorities, and the country office team; 
  • Manage and oversee all contract management and implementation tasks based on established USG regulations, procedures and CNFA guidelines; 
  • Identify issues and risks related to activity implementation in a timely manner; and 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements

  • Fifteen years of international experience and expertise in agricultural development, food security, and/or the private sector to successfully achieve meaningful and sustainable results; 
  • Master’s degree or higher in agriculture, agronomy, economics, business administration, political economy, public administration, public policy, or related fields;  
  • Meaningful experience in Africa with knowledge of West Africa and Nigeria is preferred;  
  • Commitment to gender and youth integration in food security programming is required;  
  • Extensive and substantive experience in working with counterparts at various levels of government, as well as with non-government organizations (including private sector associations and organizations) in managing international development programs is required;  
  • Strong technical expertise, superb management skills, effective interpersonal skills, and exceptional English writing and communication skills are essential for this position. 

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