Tuesday 25 December 2012


Technical Director Vacancy at CNFA


CNFA is an enterprise development firm based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investment as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, expand exports and develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

The anticipated USAID-funded Support to Vulnerable Households Project intends to strengthen the participation of an estimated 42,000 very poor Nigerian households in rural economic growth and to improve their livelihoods, nutrition and health. Interventions carried out under the Support to Vulnerable Households Project will integrate the very poor into the agricultural rural economy by increasing their productivity; by building their income and assets; and by improving their nutritional status, particularly with regard to women and children.The project will also have an explicit focus on strengthening the role of women in agricultural production, income diversification, and nutritional behavior, given the central role of women in rural communities and agricultural production.

CNFA seeks qualified candidates for the Technical Program Director (TPD) position. The TPD is responsible for providing technical oversight of all program activities related to the development and implementation of the project including integrated agricultural production, utilization, nutrition education, and entrepreneurial skills development.

  • Provide technical oversight over all programs;
  • Assist the COP with general supervision and management of all program activities on a day-to-day basis;
  • Assist the COP with regards to establishing and maintaining effective project communication systems and knowledge management, including reporting, assessment, and evaluation; submitting timely and accurate program reports to CNFA HQ and USAID
  • Advanced degree in international development, agriculture, agricultural economics or relevant field;
  • Minimum of 5-7 years progressively responsible experience in providing technical support to the management of  USAID-funded projects required;
  • Experience working with USAID  and knowledge of USAID/USG  programmatic, compliance and reporting procedures;
  • Previous work experience in Nigeria or in the region is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with key stakeholders including community leaders, government officials, and private businesses using both technical and nontechnical language required;
  • Dynamic interpersonal and leadership skills, with ability to manage high-level relationships and motivate staff to be accountable for program outcomes;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, willingness to innovate and ability to think systematically;
  • Oral and written fluency in English
All applicants should submit their CVs to Asamel@cnfa.org and Esedlacek@cnfa.org with the words “Technical Program Director -Nigeria” in the subject line.

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