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Lead Project Administrator/Director

To be considered applicants shall forward to the following documents with the subject line “USDA-LPA-CSC”:

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 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 in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Project Summary

NCBA CLUSA is seeking candidates for the position of Lead Project Administrator for the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Through this program the USDA aims to build markets and invest in America’s climate-smart farmers, ranchers, and forest owners to strengthen U.S. rural and agricultural communities. The expected duration of pilot projects is 12 to 60 months, beginning in Summer 2022. This will be a contract position pending award from USDA.

Position Summary

The Lead Project Administrator (LPA) will provide overall technical vision and leadership, overseeing the design and implementation of the USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program. The LPA will manage project staff, consortium partners and/or sub-partners to ensure oversee project deliverables are on-time and within budget. The LPA will be responsible for program compliance ensuring all program activities are in accordance with USDA rules and regulations.


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 state 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 other units at NCBA CLUSA to ensure high-quality periodic reporting.
  • Serve as the primary representative of the project to USDA, partners, and other implementers and stakeholders.
  • Ensure project harmony among project staff, consortium partners and/or sub-contractors.

Manage, supervise, and build capacity of staff, consortium partners, and/or sub‐contractors, as proposed.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in agriculture, ag. extension, agribusiness, economics or related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in managing and leading large projects in agriculture, agriculture extension, rural development, cooperative development, agribusiness, marketing, and preferably in climate smart agriculture.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, negotiate and maintain relationships with multiple partners, cooperatives, associations, technical service providers, buyers, USDA, local governments and other key stakeholders and partners.
  • Ability to successfully recruit, train, build capacity, motivate, and manage staff, consortium partners, and/or sub-recipients.
  • Experience working with social underrepresented groups.
  • 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.


To be considered applicants shall forward to the following documents with the subject line “USDA-LPA-CSC”:

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