Job Vacancy at Creative Associates International

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Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

The purpose of the AgCompete project is to strengthen agriculture productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Nigeria. The project will be composed of three main components: design of the Agriculture Competitiveness Fund for private sector partnerships and funding to catalyze technological innovations; administration of the Agriculture Competitiveness Fund to develop private sector partnerships and provide grants; and technical assistance that directly supports, coordinates, and organizes qualifying recipients to achieve the Missions food security objectives. The project will contribute to the Mission’s overall Feed the Future strategy, which looks to improve agriculture competitiveness of smallholder farmers in Nigeria.

CHIEF OF PARTY

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Chief of Party (COP) is the leader of the entire project team, responsible for overall implementation, results, and management. He/she is the team’s interlocutor with USAID and is responsible for establishing and maintaining constructive relations with counterparts across Nigeria. The COP is the final implementing team authority on management issues including staff, logistics, financial accounting and security.

Expected Outcomes:
Ensure the project is operational and meets its contractual objectives
Ensure key project deliverables are timely and approved

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide overall management and leadership of technical, administrative, operational, and logistical direction of the project;
Serve as primary liaison with USAID on management and technical work;
Foster and maintain collaborative relationships with Nigerian government officials, and senior-level national and county-level government officials;
Lead coordination with USAID, key stakeholders, and other implementing partners;
Manage and supervise the work of project personnel and subcontractors.

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
At least a Masters’ degree in business, economics, or other relevant field (or, alternately, a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 5 additional years of relevant experience);
Minimum 12 years of experience implementing agricultural development, public private partnership facilitation and implementation, investment promotion within the agriculture sector, or SME development in developing countries, of which 7 years was overseas in a senior leadership capacity of a project that involved managing a team;
Experience working collaboratively with host country governments and the local private sector, and coordinating activities with those of other donors;
Experience in design and implementation of large scale projects ($25mln in value or more), including financial management experience, such as budgeting; tracking, reporting and accounting; and procurement;
Experience managing projects and/or an office with culturally diverse teams and working with counterparts from other cultures;
Prior experience in Nigeria or West Africa is highly preferred; and
Excellent oral and written English required.

Local and regional candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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