Monday, July 17, 2017

CNFA,Senior Agronomist/Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)Jobs in Rwanda

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilienc
e and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. 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 (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.
Program Description Feed the Future Rwanda HingaWeze
The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda HingaWeze activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.
Position Description
The Senior Agronomist/Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) will manage implementation of the agricultural productivity component of the activity. S/he will also provide technical expertise in identifying and designing key interventions around climate-smart agriculture, nutrition-sensitive agricultural approaches and their integration into the production, access to finance and market development interventions. The Senior Agronomist/DCoP will also serve as the key liaison with the Rwanda Agriculture Board and will work closely with local government officials to ensure smooth implementation of HingaWeze at the district level. As the DCoP, the Senior Agronomist will work closely with the Chief of Party (COP) to manage the day-to-day operations of the activity. In the absence of the COP, the DCOP will assume full responsibility for the activity.  
The following characteristics, skills, experience and education set the standard for determining if the Senior Agronomist/Deputy Chief of Party candidate meets the requirements of the position.
Education Requirements: The expected qualifications for the DCOP candidate will include a bachelor’s degree in agriculture/agronomy, or other related field of study such as environment, natural resource management, or international development is required; a master’s degree in agricultural sciences is preferred.
Experience Requirements:
  • 7 years’ professional experience in developing countries, some of which should be in Africa, in food security and agronomy in managing or implementing development programs. Experience with East Africa or Rwanda agriculture sector is an asset;
  • Solid foundation in a broad range of agriculture subjects preferred, including areas such as agriculture economics, agriculture policy, agribusiness, agronomy, agriculture extension, and market development;
  • Familiarity with nutrition sensitive and climate smart agriculture concepts highly desirable preferred;
  • Experience in designing or managing sustainable agricultural production systems is preferred;
  • Familiarity with agriculture research integration in project implementation, and experience working to improve private and public extension systems;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required. Knowledge of French and Kinyarwanda is an asset;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
Women and Rwandan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must apply through the following link with “Rwanda FTF HingaWeze- Senior Agronomist/DCOP” in the subject line.
 Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for submission is August 17, 2017

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