Chief of Party, USDA Food for Progress Project

Partners of the Americas (Partners) is an international grassroots organization that connects individuals and organizations to serve and change lives through lasting partnerships. The Economic Development & Health (EDH) team manages programs focused on agriculture, economic growth, nutrition, and natural resource management. 

Partners is looking for a Chief of Party to provide overall vision, leadership, technical and administrative leadership and expertise for the program. The COP is responsible for management of all aspects of the program implementation in meeting the objectives of the initiative including, but not limited to, technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management interventions. The COP will take a leadership role in coordination among the program team, consortium members, other implementing partners, public and private sector partners, and government stakeholders, and will liaise with USDA as necessary. Responsible for ensuring that the programmatic implementation meets expected standards of technical quality in compliance with USDA requirements, including monitoring, evaluation and learning. S/he will ensure completion of reports, evaluations, analyses, assessments, and deliverables in compliance with USDA quality standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The COP has leadership, supervisory and management responsibility for all program staff, including consortium member program staff, and will work closely with Partners management and support staff (including finance, administration and program).
  • Ensure that all activities conform to the terms and conditions of the donor agreement and meet the expected technical quality standards, and that the strategic objectives and results of the program are accomplished.
  • Manage all operations related to the project according to the work plan, project documents and implementation strategy.
  • Develop and manage relationships with the public and private sector.
  • Provide overall supervision for the implementation and integration of all program activities and provides overall direction to daily implementation plans to ensure all program goals are met.
  • Manage program funds and other resources for the program.
  • Prepare status reports, budget information and other documentation as needed, and ensure timely reporting to USDA.
  • Oversee the design, monitoring, evaluation and learning of the project in accordance with M&E requirements.
  • Ensure program activities are implemented and monitor the achievement of results, ensuring compliance with project indicators.
  • Ensure the delivery of quality training, technical assistance, and administrative and financial support to all partner agencies and government, including the selection and coordination of sub-grantees and consultants.
  • Provide leadership and oversight to the consortium, ensuring that all members work cooperatively and that sub-grantees targets for their portion of program activities are fully met according to their scopes of work and sub-award terms.
  • Serve as primary contact to USDA, the public and private sector, and the host country government.
  • Ensure staff compliance with all USDA and Partners’ administrative, operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations.
  • Lead and manage Partners’ program team, including staff with administrative related duties, and consortium staff, to ensure that they are able to successfully implement efficiently all program operations and achieve program objectives.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Master’s in economics, business, international development, agricultural economics, agribusiness or a related field; Doctorate level degree is desirable
  • Minimum 10 years of increasingly higher levels of responsibility working in international development, preferably in commercial value chains, food security, and economic growth with an emphasis on development and marketing of agricultural products;
  • Chief of party level experience on USDA-funded economic growth, livelihoods, rural agriculture or food security projects is required.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in managing complex consortium or partnership relationships, institutional capacity building, high level strategic vision and leadership, and experience working effectively with private sector, civil society, local, regional and central-level government authorities and with USDA and other development partners is required
  • Demonstrated experience working with farmer cooperatives in market development, value added processing, and the formation of market linkages to private sector actors;
  • Knowledge of US Government regulations, policies, and procedures, preferably USDA, or those of an equivalently complex international government funding organization
  • High level of leadership, interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders
  • Proficiency in MS Outlook, Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.
  • Native fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish desirable.

The above job description is an overview of the functions and requirements for this position. 

The COP will report to the Senior Director, Economic Development & Health.

To apply, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to the Economic Development and Health Senior Director, Michael Moscarelli, at mmoscarelli@partners.net.  

Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please note that only finalists will be contacted.