Chief of Party USDA Food for Progress Program

  • Location
    Multiple locations, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Mar 10

Position description

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the primary voice for people who use cooperative businesses to build a better world and a more inclusive economy in the United States and globally. In the last 65 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 85 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. Our community-led development approach empowers communities to identify, promote, and manage sustainable, locally generated solution. We currently work in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.


Pending award from USDA, we are seeking candidates for the multiple positions of Chief of Party for the Food for Progress (FFPr) Program(USDA) in the West Africa. (Mauritania, Gambia, Togo).
FFPr Program helps developing countries and emerging democracies modernize and strengthen their agricultural sectors by strengthening food security, applying Climate Smart Agriculture in the horticulture sector. The Program is 36 to 60 months, beginning in November 2023. 

Essential Responsibilities
• Provide overall technical vision, leadership, and oversee the design and implementation of project activities.
• Lead internal and external project planning and reporting, including annual work planning with partners and sub-recipients.
• Facilitate dialogue with all levels of government, including working at the district and community levels.
• Ensure the effective use and coordination of USDA resources and the compliance of the financial systems/controls/reporting with USDA and NCBA CLUSA standards.
• Ensure sound financial management including programmatic budgeting, spending projections, and monitoring of payments.
• Serve as the primary representative of the project to USDA, and key stakeholders.
• Manage, supervise, ensure harmony and build capacity of all field staff, long‐term staff, short‐term staff, consortium partners, and/or sub‐contractors, as proposed.
• Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity, social inclusion and capacity building




• A Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, trade policy, agriculture, food security, agribusiness, climate change, or related field.
• 10+ years of experience in managing and leading projects, preferably in food security, agricultural production, climate change mitigation and adaptation, trade facilitation, and logistics; Chief of Party/Country (Regional) Director or Program Manager experience strongly preferred.  
• Knowledge of, and experience in implementing climate smart agriculture solutions for increased productivity, experience in horticulture, supply chain and sustainable sourcing of commodities preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to build, negotiate and maintain relationships with government counterparts and key stakeholders and partners.
• Ability to successfully recruit, train, build capacity, motivate, and manage staff, consortium partners, and/or sub-contractors.
• Experience designing and implementing gender-sensitive and youth inclusive development programming preferred.
• Ability to negotiate and manage agreements and all required programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
• Demonstrated understanding of USDA rules and regulations.
• Possess a high level of emotional intelligence, tact, and diplomacy; able to model respect in the workplace and for partners. 
• Excellent written and oral communication/presentation skills, analytical, interpersonal/cross-cultural skills.
• Fluency in English and French(Togo/Mauritania) is required

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