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Job Description – Chief of Party

USDA Food for Progress Program

March 2022

 For proper consideration, send application materials to

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. As an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. 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. We currently work in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

 Project Summary

NCBA CLUSA is seeking candidates for the multiple positions of Chief of Party for the Food for Progress (FFPr) Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the following countries:

  • El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Malawi
  • Peru

The Program has two principal objectives: to improve agricultural productivity and to expand the trade of agricultural products in developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expanding free enterprise in the agricultural sector.  The expected duration of the Program is 36 to 60 months, beginning in November 2022. This will be a contract position pending award from USDA.

 Essential Areas of Responsibility:

  • 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 and controls with USDA and NCBA CLUSA standards.
  • Ensure sound financial management including programmatic budgeting, spending projections, and monitoring of payments.
  • Work closely with NCBA CLUSA Headquarters to ensure high-quality periodic reporting.
  • Serve as the primary representative of the project to USDA, relevant government entities, partners, and other implementers and stakeholders.
  • Ensure project harmony among project staff, consortium partners and/or sub-contractors.
  • Manage, supervise, and build capacity of all field staff, long‐term staff, short‐term staff, consortium partners, and/or sub‐contractors, as proposed.
  • Develop and manage a team that includes members of diverse backgrounds in order to successfully co-create and implement a sustainable integrated design.
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity, social inclusion and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.

 Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in governance, economics, trade policy, agriculture, food security, climate change, international development, 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, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS); Chief of Party/Country (Regional) Director or Program Manager experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, negotiate and maintain relationships with government counterparts in the cooperating country, USG donors, and other 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 skills, including an engaging style for public presentations, and analytical, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills.
  • Fluency in English is required for English-speaking countries and desired in Latin American countries.

To be considered applicants shall forward to the following documents with the subject line “USDA-COP-country name”:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV in reverse chronological format with most recent work listed first