Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture Current Job Recruitment

Posted on :

15 Jan, 2018

Category :

Vacancies in Nigeria

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium with offices in 16 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

We work with businesses, foundations, governments and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food. Since our inception in 1985, we have designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity and improve access to inputs and credit across 45 countries worldwide.

Job Title:  Deputy Chief of Party
Position Summary
CNFA is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party on the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity.

  • The position will be based in Nigeria.
  • The Deputy Chief of Party will work closely with the Chief of Party to provide technical oversight and management, including the development and implementation of the project’s vision, strategy, and technical direction.
  • She/He will ensure that project activities are high-quality, adhere to USAID technical guidance, and align with global best practices.

Duties And Responsibilities
The Activity will address the constrains that hinder the overall agricultural business environment in Nigeria and improve the levels of agriculture-related investments. The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for supporting the following anticipated objectives:

  • (1) Promotion of smart and efficient policy and regulations within the agricultural finance sector,
  • (2) Mitigation of credit risks of agribusinesses and improvement in the services provided by financial institutions to agribusinesses, and
  • (3) Strengthen the readiness of agribusinesses to access and manage investments.

Key Qualification

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant, progressively responsible management experience is required;
  • Master’s degree, or higher, in economics, business administration, public administration, agriculture, or a related field is required,
  • Demonstrated experience and a proven track record of implementing activities focused on agricultural development is required;
  • Technical familiarity in agricultural finance regulations, agricultural finance services, and capacity building for agribusinesses, including technical expertise in at least one of these areas, is required;
  • Experience effectively backstopping and reinforcing long- and short-term specialists, ensuring efficiency in project and grantee activities, maintaining rigorous focus on project indicators, results, and the management of monitoring and reporting is required; and;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here to Apply

 

Job Title:  Agribusiness Specialist
Position Summary
CNFA is currently seeking an Agribusiness Specialist on the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity.

  • The position will be based in Nigeria.
  • The Agribusiness Specialist will work closely with technical teams to improve the legal and regulatory environment, investment promotion, and access to finance ecosystem to enhance the business enabling environment and foster private-sector investment in agricultural and agribusiness infrastructure

Duties And Responsibilities
The Activity will address the constrains that hinder the overall agricultural business environment in Nigeria and improve the levels of agriculture-related investments. The Agribusiness Specialist will support activities in the following areas:

  • (1) Promotion of smart and efficient policy and regulations within the agricultural finance sector,
  • (2) Mitigation of credit risks of agribusinesses and improvement in the services provided by financial institutions to agribusinesses, and
  • (3) Strengthen the readiness of agribusinesses to access and manage investments.

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Proven track record in the developing, analyzing, and implementing projects focused on agribusinesses, agricultural finance, and agricultural value chains is required;
  • Master’s degree, or higher, in economics, agricultural economics, business administration, or a related field, is required
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating private-sector investments and familiarity with Nigerian and/or West African government legal and regulatory frameworks is required;
  • Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, or Africa as a whole, is an advantage;
  • Experience effectively backstopping and reinforcing long- and short-term specialists, maintaining rigorous focus on project indicators and results, and the management and engagement of stakeholders to capitalize on any shared efficiencies is required; and;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here to Apply

 

Job Title:  Chief of Party
Position Summary
CNFA is currently seeking a Chief of Party on the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity.

  • The position will be based in Nigeria.
  • The Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall management of the activity and should possess leadership, communication, and management skills necessary to develop, articulate, and implement a vision for the Activity.

Duties And Responsibilities
The Activity will address the constrains that hinder the overall agricultural business environment in Nigeria and improve the levels of agriculture-related investments. The Chief of Party will be responsible for meeting the following objectives:

  • (1) Promotion of smart and efficient policy and regulations within the agricultural finance sector,
  • (2) Mitigation of credit risks of agribusinesses and improvement in the services provided by financial institutions to agribusinesses, and
  • (3) Strengthen the readiness of agribusinesses to access and manage investments.

Key Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, or higher, in agriculture, agronomy, economics, business administration, political economy, public administration, public policy, or related fields is required,
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years of significant international experience and expertise in agricultural development, food security, and/or the private sector to successfully achieve meaningful and sustainable results 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 assistance activities is required;
  • Meaningful experience in Africa is required, demonstrated knowledge of West Africa and Nigeria is strongly preferred;
  • Strong technical expertise in the areas of agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural finance, and/or agribusiness is required;
  • Demonstrated management skills and effective interpersonal skills are required; and;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here to Apply

 

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Position Summary
CNFA is currently seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist on the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity.

  • The position will be based in Nigeria.
  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible developing and updating the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan, coordinating M&E efforts with the USAID/Nigeria Learning Project, and reporting M&E results to USAID.

Duties And Responsibilities
The Activity will address the constrains that hinder the overall agricultural business environment in Nigeria and improve the levels of agriculture-related investments. The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for measuring outcomes, analyzing results, and promoting adaptive management in the following areas:

  • (1) Ease of Doing Agribusiness Improved,
  • (2) Access to Agribusiness Finance Broadened
  • (3) Investment Promotion Facilitated
  • (4) Climate Change Adaptation, and
  • (5) Conflict Mitigation.

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Proven track record in the evaluation and assessment of agricultural development projects and Ease of Doing Business indicators is required;
  • Master’s degree, or higher, in economics, business administration, statistics, social sciences, or a related field, is required,
  • Complete technical familiarity with the Automated Directives System (ADS) 200 Series and USAID evaluation methods and standards is required;
  • Demonstrated experience developing and updating a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan, supervising data collection, and regular and timely reporting to USAID is required;
  • Experience coordinating Monitoring and Evaluation efforts with other USAID projects is a strong advantage; and;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here to Apply

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.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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