Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.
Chief of Party, Madagascar Feed the Future
ACDI/VOCA is seeking a Chief of Party for an upcoming Feed the Future activity in Madagascar funded by USAID. The anticipated program will improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations through sustainable, climate resilient agricultural and natural resource management practices in a to-be-determined region of Madagascar. These activities will work at the household, community, and institutional levels to address the underlying causes of food insecurity and malnutrition and strengthen sustainable livelihoods and agriculture productivity.
The Chief of Party will lead the overall strategic planning, technical implementation and management oversight of the program. They will guide the entire program with a clear, consistent, and committed vision. They will monitor progress to ensure program goals and reporting requirements are met on time and within budget, complying with USAID and ACDI/VOCA policies and procedures. The program is anticipated to start in 2024 and this position will be based in a to be determined region of Madagascar
- Lead the overall strategic planning, implementation, and management of the program
- Develop an effective integrated technical approach of program components, participants, government actors, private sector partners, and other stakeholders
- Ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables
- Serve as principal liaison with USAID staff, institutions, and client country partners to exchange information and develop professional relationships
- Monitor program indicators, evaluate program results, and guide program implementation to achieve maximum impact
- Lead strategy development and utilize managerial tools and frameworks to improve the ability of the team to achieve project goals successfully and sustainably
- Facilitate the development of the program’s evolving theory of change, overseeing the implementation of the work plan and tracking progress towards core indicators and learning objectives
- Develop systems that support collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) approach, including establishing a culture of adaptive management
- Administer the program’s financial oversight and procedures, ensuring compliance with established ACDI/VOCA’s accounting principles and USAID regulations
- Identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments
- Represent ACDI/VOCA and the program to host-county stakeholders including USAID, both public and private sector entities, government institutions, and to the broader donor community and public
- Bachelor’s degree in food systems, business administration, international development, or related field required; master’s degree preferred.
- Minimum 10 years of experience in food security, agriculture, environmental sciences, nutrition, market systems development, and/or value chain development.
- Knowledge of and experience with USAID rules and regulations is required.
- Previous experience as a Chief of Party for projects with similar magnitude and complexity is highly desired.
- Proven ability to collaborate successfully with host-country government officials, international donors, and private sector stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience in program designs, policy dialogue, strategic planning and implementation of resilience strengthening, and systems improvement.
- Excellent written communication skills required, with a demonstrated ability to write reports in English in a clear, concise manner.
- Experience working in Madagascar required.
- Fluency in English, French and/or Malagasy is required.
Malagasy nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.