Chief of Party, USDA Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Security Program

Chief of Party, USDA Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Security Program

Chief of Party, USDA Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Security Program

Chief of Party, USDA Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Security Program

March 18, 2024
Position type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Not specified
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of TechnoServe’s work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of business and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.

The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting. Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are amazing...when incomes increase and living conditions for families get better, they are able to access health care and education previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are better off.

TechnoServe works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and a range of other public and private donors that share our mission to alleviate poverty in the developing world. A trusted partner under Food for Progress (FFPr), TechnoServe has implemented 11 agreements with the USDA, impacting more than one million beneficiaries. We currently manage a portfolio of USDA-funded projects in 10 countries stretching from Latin America and the Caribbean to sub-Saharan Africa, including Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.

Job Summary:

We are seeking to hire a dynamic and motivated Chief of Party to lead an anticipated five-year USDA Food for Progress Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Security program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead overall implementation and management of the 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 USDA, the Government entities and all counterparts, implementing partners, and stakeholders involved with the program.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the program and present its work regionally/globally.


  • A master’s degree or equivalent in business, international development, economics, public policy, education, agricultural economics, or other relevant field (or a bachelor’s degree with 12+ years of experience).
  • At least eight years of relevant professional experience in international development.
  • Experience leading and managing large teams with a high level of leadership, interpersonal, technical, and analytical experience, as Team Leader, Chief of Party, or other Program Director level role.
  • Experience leading USDA, USAID, or other bilateral-funded projects is highly desirable.
  • Prior work experience or collaboration with private sector companies and businesses.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders.
  • Experience successfully implementing gender-integrated programs is a plus.
  • Fluency in English required

This position is contingent upon the activity award and approval by the donor.

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

With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.

We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

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