Chief of Party – USDA FFPr

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

Position description

The Chief of Party (COP) will support the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress (FFPr) program. The five-year program aims to improve agricultural production and expand the trade of agricultural products in developing countries by introducing and adopting climate-smart agricultural practices.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the overall management of the program in line with USDA guidelines and within set timelines to achieve objectives;
  • Provide strategic guidance, leadership, management, and general technical oversight of the program;
  • Ensure quality control and provide overall technical and management leadership under the award; adjust programs and operations in response to USDA technical direction;
  • Oversee program administration, operations, implementation, and fiscal management to ensure technical and financial activity aligns with scope and budget allocations, internal policies, and donor regulations; and
  • Serve as the primary liaison with USDA, government entities, and all other relevant counterparts, acting as a spokesperson for the program and presenting the work regionally/globally.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in agriculture, management, international development, or a related field of study or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • At least eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in international development.
  • Experience leading and managing large teams with a high level of leadership, interpersonal, technical, and analytical experience, as Team Leader, Chief of Party, or other Program Director level role.
  • Experience leading USDA, USAID, or other bilateral-funded programs is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience working within the food or agricultural private sector in Public Private Partnerships is strongly preferred.
  • Experience providing technical oversight and leadership to facilitate expanded trade and competitiveness of agricultural value chains preferred.
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain positive, collaborative, and productive relationships with government and other local partners is required.
  • Experience successfully implementing inclusive programs is a plus.
  • English fluency is required; additionally, fluency in a secondary language, such as French, is highly preferred.


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