Chief of Party - Timor-Leste

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)
  • Location
    East Timor
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 17

Position description

CNFA is currently seeking qualified Chief of Party (COP) candidates for the upcoming USAID-funded Timor-Leste Nutritious Agriculture Market Systems Activity. This Activity is designed to strengthen Timor-Leste’s market systems for nutritious agricultural products and the ability of enterprises and organizations to expand their businesses eventually operating independently of direct USAID or other development partner assistance.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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;
  • Develop annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines and within set timelines to achieve objectives;
  • Lead team to provide effective coordination and guidance among various stakeholders, including local Government, donor and development community, smallholder farmers, private sector entities, service providers and others;
  • 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/Timor-Leste 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;
  • 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;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree or higher in a field related to agriculture, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of twelve (12) years of international experience and expertise in agricultural development, successfully achieving meaningful and sustainable results;
  • At least seven (7) years of experience in working with counterparts at various levels of government, as well as with non-government organizations (including private sector associations/organizations) in managing international development assistance activities;
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID policies, and regulations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead large teams and work effectively and collaboratively in team environments;
  • Strong technical expertise, management skills, and a strong command of English technical writing and communication skills.

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