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Chief of Party – for USAID Seed Systems Support



Title: Chief of Party – USAID Seed Systems Support

Location: CNFA headquarters in Washington, DC (with <30% travel to target countries.)

Start Date: As soon as Possible

About CNFA:

CNFA is a not-for-profit international agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to increasing rural incomes by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record of implementing agricultural development programs in 43 countries.

Brief Project Overview: CNFA is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated Seed Systems Support project based in Washington, D.C. and funded by the USAID Bureau of Food Security. The project will focus on inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, and increased resilience among people and systems in Feed the Future countries. The project will strengthen formal and informal seed systems to be responsive to the needs of smallholder farmers and adaptive to climate and economic change.

The COP will provide the strategic vision and overall leadership of the project. S/He will be responsible for overseeing overall project management, coordination and oversight, and achievement of targeted results, including the technical, financial, and administrative functions of the project, ensuring an integrated approach among all project components and actors. The COP will serve as the primary point of contact to USAID, consortium partners, and key project stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be a senior leader with knowledge of agricultural input supply chains and with experience managing large, complex programs for USAID.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, agricultural economics, or a related field is required, PhD is preferred;
  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience as manager of donor funded projects in the International Development Sector.
  • Minimum of 3 years as COP and/or home office manager of large ($10 M+) USAID-funded Agricultural Development or Economic Growth projects is required;
  • Experience managing complex funding mechanisms; such as centrally-funded multi-country USAID projects, IDIQs or LWAs is a plus, but not required;
  • Experience in the development of agricultural input supply chains is strongly preferred, as is experience in executing agricultural policy and regulatory reform projects;
  • Experience in the inclusion of the private sector into agricultural development initiatives is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and strengthen partnerships among a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies, the private sector, development partners, and research institutions is preferred;
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English are required; French and/or Spanish skills are preferred.


          Note: Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

          Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions: Please email application documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “COP-Seed Systems Project” in the subject line. Documents needed: 1) CV in chronological format, that clearly show you match requirements and experience of the job; and 2) a list of at least three professional referees; list will include name, contact information, and work relationship to the referee.

Deadline for submission is postponed  as RFA has been supended until  April 2018