Chief of Party - Guatemala

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)
  • Location
    Remote, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 31

Position description

The Chief of Party (COP) supports the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress (FFPr) program to support priority value chains in Guatemala.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the overall management of the program in line with USDA 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 the project team to provide effective coordination and guidance among academic institutions, local governments, 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 USDA technical direction;
  • Represent CNFA with partners and key stakeholders, at conferences, workshops, meetings, and other industry gatherings,
  • Maintain positive relationships with USDA, 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.


  • Master’s degree in agriculture, management, international development, or a related field of study or equivalent work experience required.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience serving as program director or chief of party; successful experience managing USDA Food for Progress programs is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated expertise in one of the sub-sectors of agriculture is required, including horticulture, coffee, cacao, livestock, SME development, market development, mechanization and input supply, international food safety standards, regulations and policy harmonization;
  • Experience of working in Central America, in particular in agriculture value chain development or related sector, is required, with experience in Guatemala strongly preferred;
  • Experience of working within the food or agricultural private sector, in Public Private Partnerships, is strongly preferred;
  • Experience providing technical oversight and leadership to facilitate expanded trade and competitiveness of agricultural value chains preferred;
  • Experience overseeing financial and administrative management of programs, including of personnel, reporting, budgeting and procurement for large, complex programs is required;
  • Experience overseeing an M&E team to ensure high quality program reporting, monitoring, evaluation, and learning are required;
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain positive, collaborative, and productive relationships with government and other local partners is required;
  • Demonstrated experience serving as ambassador for home office, establishing and nurturing strong relationships with donor representatives and expanding business required;
  • English and Spanish fluency required.

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