Job No. : 367
Location : Nigeria (Primary)
Job Type : Full-time
Category : International
Career Level : Senior Manager
The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will work closely with and report to the Chief of Party (COP) to provide technical oversight for the Activity.
The DCOP will directly oversee the four technical components of the Activity.
Direct reports include the directors for each component as follows : Component 1 (Improving the Enabling Environment), Component 2 (Access to Finance), Component 3 (Facilitating Agribusiness Investment), and Component 4 (Agribusiness Performance Improvement).
The DCOP will also lead the development of the Activity’s annual work plans, annual and quarterly reports, and other requests that may come from either USAID or CNFA.
The DCOP is responsible for managing short- and long-term technical assistance (STTA), including the development of their scopes of work (SOWs) and ensuring the final reports are accurate, well-written, and meet expectations.
The DCOP, as requested by the COP, will also represent the Activity before a range of audiences and in a variety of platforms, at the national and state levels.
The DCOP will ensure all actions and interventions adhere to USAID and CNFA technical guidance and align with global best practices, including the training of staff as required.
Finally, the DCOP will also keep the COP regularly informed on all Activity matters, and assist the COP in meeting various technical, governmental, company, and USAID deliverables as requested.
The Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to strengthen the enabling environment for agribusiness finance and investment with a focus focusing on the following five key value chains : rice, cowpea, soy, maize and aquaculture.
namely, Benue, Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.
The overall objective of the Activity is to measurably improve the agribusiness investment climate, which plays a pivotal role in attracting foreign direct and domestic investment, leading to food security and improved nutrition for all Nigerians.
and (iv) sustainably enhancing the performance of agribusiness micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs). In line with the U.
S. and Nigerian governments’ commitment to growing the non-oil-based economy, these efforts will increase the depth, breadth, dynamism, and competitiveness of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.
Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to upgrade and facilitate thousands of linkages between small and medium enterprises (SMEs), including producer organizations, and high-performing commercial actors in the target value chains.
As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the Activity will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises.
Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new lending and $100 million in new investment.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main duties of the DCOP are :
Working closely with the Chief of Party to provide technical and managerial oversight for the Activity, including the development and implementation of the Activity’s annual work plans, quarterly and annual reports, and other requests that may come in from USAID and CNFA.
Managing the development, design, and implementation of all Component-led interventions, taking place in and outside of Abuja, including the seven focal states.
Other duties as assigned on an ad hoc basis by the COP.
Master’s Degree, or higher, in Economics, Business Administration, Public Administration, Agriculture, or a related field.
Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant, progressively responsible management experience; Demonstrated experience and a proven track record of implementing and / or managing activities focused on agricultural development
A combination of technical familiarity and management skills that span the subject areas covered by the Activity; and in-depth experience in at least one of the major areas of project involvement (agricultural finance regulations, agricultural finance services, capacity building for agribusinesses)
An in depth understanding of the public sector organizational and functional structure at the Federal and State levels
A current professional network in the most relevant ministries and offices of Government at the Federal and State levels is an advantage
Demonstrated experience in the following areas :
Ensuring efficiency across a wide variety of project activities involving economic growth, private sector development, women and youth empowerment, upskilling, business linkages, and job creation; and
Maintaining rigorous focus on project indicators, results, and more generally supporting the M&E and communications functions.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.