Chief of Party - West Africa Trade and Investment Activity
Creative Associates International
Abuja, NGA
9d ago

Economic Growth Division

Position Location : Abuja, Nigeria

Position Location : Background :

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.

Project Summary :

The objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Activity is to improve private sector competitiveness with a focus on increasing the agricultural productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Nigeria, and promoting West Africa’s regional and international trade.

  • The Activity comprises of three main components : (i) design of a Competitiveness Fund for private sector partnerships; (ii) administration of the Competitiveness Fund to develop private sector partnerships and provide grants;
  • and (iii) technical assistance (TA) that directly supports, coordinates, and organizes qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve USAID’s trade and food security objectives.

    The Trade Hub will contribute to both USAID / Nigeria’s Feed the Future objectives related to increasing the agricultural competitiveness of smallholder farmers in Nigeria as well as USAID / West Africa’s objective to increase broad-

    based growth and resilience.

    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 in Nigeria and across the region, including Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Mali.

    The COP is the final implementing team authority on management issues including staff, logistics, financial accounting and security.

    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; French is strongly preferred.
  • Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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