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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