TechnoServe

Chief of Party, Support for Commercializing Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs)

TechnoServe is seeking a dynamic and motivated Chief of Party (COP) to lead an anticipated USAID funded five-year Support for Commercializing Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) activity in Zimbabwe. The NTFP activity aims to commercialize non-timber forest products in Zimbabwe in order to improve the resilience of vulnerable and marginalized communities (particularly women and youth) through increased incomes and strengthened environmental stewardship.

Program Overview:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) anticipates funding the five-year Support for Commercializing Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) activity in Zimbabwe. The NTFP activity aims to commercialize non-timber forest products in Zimbabwe in order to improve the resilience of vulnerable and marginalized communities (particularly women and youth) through increased incomes and strengthened environmental stewardship.

Objectives of the activity include:

  • Increased production and supply of non-timber forest products to meet domestic and international market demands;
  • Increased investments by local, regional and international marketers in the communities and on infrastructure that will ensure supply of quality products that meet international standards; and
  • Improved natural resource management and sustainable forest management practices that promote biodiversity and reduce human-wildlife conflict.

TechnoServe is seeking a dynamic and motivated Chief of Party (COP) to lead this implementation.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Lead overall implementation and management of the anticipated program, from inception to close-out, ensuring that the program achieves established goals, objectives and targets.
  • Provide strategic guidance, leadership, management and general technical oversight of the program.
  • Continuously develop operational efficiencies and drive innovations in delivery.
  • Oversee development and submission of project deliverables on time and within budget.
  • Recruit, lead, manage, and supervise delivery teams comprising long- and short-term team members and consortium partners.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with USAID/Zimbabwe, the Government of Zimbabwe, and all counterparts, implementing partners, and stakeholders involved with the program.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the program and present its work regionally/globally.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in agricultural economics, international development, business, economics, public policy or other relevant areas, and at least eight years of experience in relevant private sector or development programs. Or bachelor’s degree with at least twelve years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated prior technical and management expertise leading and supervising integrated NTFP, small enterprise development, private sector programs along with community-based natural resource management, and community development programs
  • Prior Chief of Party/Program Lead experience, with a minimum of three years of experience managing large international donor programs.
  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs and knowledge of USAID regulations and procedures.
  • Prior work experience or collaboration with private sector companies and businesses.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in Zimbabwe and/or Sub-Saharan Africa strongly preferred.
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams desired.
  • Build win-win partnerships between multiple agriculture sector stakeholders, including agribusinesses, public sector, financial institutions, technology providers, and others.
  • Experience successfully implementing gender-integrated and youth-integrated programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate a high-level strategy to internal and external stakeholders, while driving execution of a work plan and achievement of short-term milestones.
  • Demonstrated ability to use adaptive management principles to make strategic, data-driven decisions in the face of uncertainty and complexity.
  • Results-oriented, with demonstrated experience achieving project targets.

Required Languages

  • Fluency in English with excellent oral and written communication skills required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated experience in managing complex, multi-disciplinary and challenging field operations in developing countries, in Zimbabwe or Southern Africa preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and ability to effectively motivate and manage teams in a multicultural environment.
  • Strong private sector market orientation, entrepreneurial and innovative thinker.
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving, consensus building and coordination of diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines while managing multiple tasks and activities.
  • Ability to develop well written, cohesive analyses and reports.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • An estimated 4-7 senior level staff including Deputy Chief of Party, technical specialists, finance and operations director, and M&E staff.

Please note that this opportunity is contingent upon donor award.

We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe's vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

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