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CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to stimulating economic growth in the agricultural sector by nurturing entrepreneurship, private enterprise and market linkages. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, to expand exports, and to develop skills in the rural workforce.
CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
1. Job Title: Procurement Officer
Location: Nigeria

Position Description
• The Procurement Officer will work closely with and report to the Finance and Operations Director, and is responsible for managing a fast-paced procurement environment supporting the USAID Feed the Future Agribusiness Investment Activity in Nigeria.
• The Procurement Officer plays a pivotal role in ensuring integrity, fairness, and openness in procurement processes as well as adherence to policies, procedures, and controls.
• The main responsibility for this position is to conduct procurement of goods and services. The position requires substantial work experience in the field of procurement and contracting across a variety of industry sectors, contract management, dispute resolution, managing interpersonal relationships and communication, and investigating/following up on vendor issues.
• The position requires knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), USAID Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars.
• The Procurement Officer will be responsible for gathering complete procurement related backup documentation and auditing prior to submission to Finance Team. S/he will develop and release solicitations, and conduct price/cost/reasonability analyses.
• The position will require close coordination with partners, recipients and /or beneficiaries to accomplish project objectives.
Program Description
• The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.
• Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas. As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project 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 across the 5 crops in the following 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River. The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.
• The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components. First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations. Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Prepare Requests for Proposals (RFP) /Request for Quotations (RFQ) independently without supervision and manage the RFP/RFQ process, contract preparation and execution of contracts.
• Review bids for completeness, accuracy and responsiveness.
• Prepare Purchase Orders/Subcontracts and Modifications and ensure proper documentation is collected throughout the procurement process.
• Prepare complete backup documentation for procurement purchases & submit to the Project’s Finance Team
• Conduct daily reviews of procurement related backup documentation to ensure completeness, accuracy, and compliance.
• Confer with vendors and suppliers (local, regional and international sources) to obtain product or service information such as price, availability and delivery schedule. Also, obtain estimate value of goods and services through multiple quotations from reliable and competitive suppliers.
• Conduct price/cost/reasonability analyses.
• Verify detailed tender specifications and performance standards with the Project and the operations teams to facilitate procurement of equipment, goods and services in strict compliance with the approved policy.
• Perform regular spot audits of procurement files using audit tools.
• Ensure that appropriate measures are in place to prevent and/or detect incidence of fraud, collusion, or corruption in procurement practices.
• Draft Source Selection Memos/Request to Subcontract Memos Ensure integrity, compliance, fairness, accuracy, and openness in procurement processes.
• Organize procurement selection meetings to consider tender applications against approved technical specifications and with due regard to market price, cost, quality and speed of delivery as well as economy of operations.
• Ensure adequate competition is achieved, as per USAID and CNFA policies and procedures.
• Ensure CNFA, USAID and FAR/AIDAR/CFR/OMB policies, and procedures are followed and enforced.
• Help other project staff become more familiar, and understand, Project policies and procedures as related to procurement.
• Maintain electronic procurement records & files in various CNFA system platforms as requested.
• Solicit bids and quotes from vendors in adherence with policies & approved requisitions and quarterly procurement plans.
• Monitor, track and expedite all project procurement activities and delivery status of goods/services.
• Gather current pricing information independently.
• Determine source selection methods for complex procurement to ensure compliance.
• Prepare cost evaluation data, and source selection documentation.
• Ensure procurements are approved by the required CNFA/Project authorities, and/or client approvals are received, before awards are made.
• Through market research efforts, identify and qualify potential suppliers (and products/services). Ensure that beneficial, ethical and open supplier relationships are created and maintained according to procurement policies.
Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field.
• 6+ years of relevant experience and progressive responsibility in procurement at the mid-level of an organization.
• Experience leading and managing the procurement & acquisition aspects of USAID funded projects, including a demonstrated understanding of applicable procurement-related USG & Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) regulations. Experience with procurement for USAID-funded programs is required.
• Demonstrated experience in vendor/subcontractor negotiations.
• Detail-oriented.
• Ability to prioritize multiple requests.
• Customer-service oriented.
• Proficiency in Microsoft excel, including the use of formulas.
• Proficiency using Microsoft office suite, and other relevant software.
• Ability to manage and prioritize multiple concurrent bids.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
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2. Job Title: Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Location: Nigeria
Position Description
• The Marketing and Communications Coordinator will contribute to, and manage as directed, all project client reporting and presentation requirements as well as all external communications in country.
• S/he will report directly to the Marketing and Communications Manager and liaise as needed with USAID Nigeria mission representatives, other USG organizations, and bilateral national partners and stakeholders.
• Working closely with CNFA’s Corporate Communications team based in Washington, DC, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator will actively participate in, and materially contribute to, planning, initiating and managing the full breadth of the marketing and outreach activities of the project, with a strong focus on capturing and promoting the reach and impact of the project.
• S/he will provide dayâ€�toâ€�day support to the Communications Manager in implementing the project’s communications, reporting, and outreach activities.
• S/he will additionally support project sponsored events, such as national and international conferences and events, by organizing, branding, and producing informational materials and facilitating business participation.
• This position works with all project components and stakeholders in helping them optimize their marketing strategies, including but not limited to collateral development, client outreach, web and mobile applications, and social media.
Program Description
• The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture.
• To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations.
• In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.
• Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas.
• As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project 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 across the 5 crops in the following 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.
• The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative. The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture.
• Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components.
• First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations.
• Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments.
Duties and Responsibilities
• In coordination with USAID, help develop targeted messaging for the project to convey its impact and success in keeping with USAID guidelines and priorities to internal and external stakeholders.
• Working with the Communications Manager, develop a communications strategy for the project to highlight achievements and effectively communicate progress ensuring that the strategy is aligned with CNFA’s global approach.
• Execute the overall communications strategy (internally and externally).
• Contribute to the process of developing and delivering contractual deliverables including quarterly and annual reports.
• Coordinate with the ICT unit and other project subcontractors in using mobile and internet technologies in their communications and marketing and outreach strategies.
• Advise ICT staff and subcontractors as well as stakeholders on best marketing strategies for internet and mobile applications.
• Support the technical teams where applicable and as directed in developing SOWs for STTA to support the marketing requirements of project intermediary organization beneficiaries.
• Work alongside all project components and cross cutting team members in helping project beneficiaries better understand and market their services to target audiences.
• Provide advice, and implement international best practice models, on how entrepreneurs and
• MSME service providers market and communicate with each other, their stakeholders and clients.
• Provide quality assurance related to informational content and product development including PPTs, fact sheets, case studies, success stories, brochures, profiles, and the preparation of talking points.
• Coordinate high-profile events, delegations, and field visits by U.S. government agencies, international organizations and donors, regional economic communities (RECs), embassies, and local partners and stakeholders.
• Update the project website as needed to ensure information is up to date and progress and events are shared as is appropriate. This may include updating and uploading modules and developing resources for relevant stakeholders to use.
• Develop social media content for platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, with USAID/Nigeria’s Department of Communications (DOC) Office, to provide project updates and engage a network of stakeholders, in close association with CNFA’s home office Corporate Communications team.
• Develop outreach materials including banners, brochures, reports and other forms of internal and external communications, and manage clearance processes.
• Follow communications protocols as agreed upon with USAID, the Chief of Party, and CNFA’s Corporate Communications, including receiving approvals for outreach and deliverables.
• Liaise with relevant stakeholders, as requested, including institutional and private sector partners, to increase visibility and maximize coordination.
• Conduct interviews and capture quotes or stories as needed for reporting.
• Take notes at staff meetings and other internal meetings as requested.
• Support programmatic events, trade shows, exhibitions and initiatives (e.g., conferences and other vents).
• Support communications with the USAID Mission and other USG agencies regarding project implementation, knowledge management, and information dissemination.
• Ensure program materials are branded correctly and consistently in keeping with USAID standards and branding guidelines.
• Maintain an up to date and comprehensive project contact database that can be searched by component, institution, geography, or name.
• Collaborate with technical staff on integrated project plans; provide communications support to technical staff as needed.
• Assist with the building of the capacity of project’s staff to develop reporting and promotional content from project activities; support staff with templates and reporting guidelines as needed.
• Perform other duties as requested by the COP or DCOP as needed.
Qualifications
• Must be legally allowed to work in Nigeria;
• University graduate with a Degree in Marketing, Business, or a related field (Masters preferred);
• 3 years of experience in similar work;
• Previous experience in marketing in the field of development;
• Prior USAID experience strongly preferred;
• Demonstrated ability to unpack and communicate complex concepts simply with a range of
• stakeholders and sectors;
• Demonstrated experience in program and event management;
• Demonstrated experience in designing communications plans, developing and implementing knowledge management tools or systems, and developing content for social media platforms;
• Sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
• Proficiency with Prezi, Visio or other graphic arts and desktop publishing software a plus;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player;
• Ability to travel to support project work;
• Ability to facilitate e-marketing and web-based technologies for professional purposes;
• Experience working collaboratively with institutional and privateâ€�sector partners and stakeholders in Nigeria;
• Ability to work well in diverse teams but also productive working individually with minimum
• supervision;
• Well organized, strong analytical skills, creative thinker, innovative, demonstrated personal
• initiative, stress tolerance, integrity and ethics;
• Excellent written and oral communications skills in English; and
• The ability to produce various informational products under tight deadlines.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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