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Chief Of Party, USDA Benin Caju Program

Publiée le 13.08.2022


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Poste proposé : Chief Of Party, USDA Benin Caju Program

About TechnoServe :

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.

BeninCaju Program Summary :

With financial support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), TechnoServe launched BeninCajù in September 2015 and began activities in 2016. Through the BeninCajù project, TechnoServe is leading a sector-wide value chain approach aimed at strengthening and expanding the cashew sector into a more productive, diversified, value-adding, competitive, sustainable, globally integrated, and inclusive economic growth engine for the people of Benin.

In September 2020, USDA provided TechnoServe a merit-based, costed extension to BeninCajù of around $9M. The funds and extra time are allowing TechnoServe to increase the program’s impact and focus on sustainability and innovation in the Beninese cashew sector. This enhanced project will continue to increase yields and revenues for smallholder cashew farmers, expand domestic processing capacity, create at least 3,400 jobs (70 percent for women), catalyze development of the nascent cashew by-product market, and set the sector on an overall path for continued growth and success.

BeninCajù aims directly to impact virtually all key stakeholders at each stage of the cashew value chain, including 49,000 cashew producers, cashew buyers (including processors, traders, and exporters), industry associations, and business development service providers, and relevant government agencies and other institutional stakeholders.

Seven years (June 2016 - July 2022) into the project, significant milestones have been achieved:

  • Over 90,000 (91,135) farmers trained with yield increases from 30% (295-383 kg/ha)
  • Cashew processing in Benin increased from 4% to 18% of production representing over $100 M ($115 ,462, 366.00) in additional sales
  • Over $16 M ($16, 069, 613.72) working capital loans from partner financial institutions facilitated by the project.

Job Summary :

TechnoServe seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to join a dynamic and experienced team as a member of the senior management. The COP will be responsible for leading the BeninCaju country program – including overseeing efforts to improve productivity, add value and sustainability, and expand trade for the cashew sector in Benin.

The position reports to the Country Director, Benin and will work closely with the Global High Margin Agriculture Technical Lead.

Duties and Responsibilities :

Responsibilities and essential job functions for the COP include but are not limited to the following :

  • Leading, motivating, and coordinating the work of a team of highly qualified technical experts implementing each of the project’s focus areas.
  • Providing overall management and general technical oversight of the entire project, with a strong focus on ensuring sustainability of the results and building local capacities.
  • Overseeing performance management, adjusting in work plans, and coaching staff as needed.
  • Ensure project monitoring and evaluation is carried out to a high standard of excellence, ensuring quality data and timely reporting.
  • Acting as the key liaison with all counterparts, donor representatives, implementing partners, and stakeholders involved with the project. Acting as spokesperson for the project and presenting its work regionally/globally.
  • Oversight and management of the project expenditure in compliance with TechnoServe and donor requirements and operations in keeping with all laws and policies of Benin.
Profil recherché pour le poste : Chief Of Party, USDA Benin Caju Program

Basic Qualifications :

  • Master's degree in Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, or other relevant area with a minimum of eight years' experience or bachelor's degree with a minimum of twelve years' experience in relevant private sector or development programs
  • Prior project or organizational management experience of similar size; demonstrated budget/financial management skills
  • At least three years managing agriculture projects in Francophone Africa
  • Good knowledge of the cashew value chain
  • Strong private sector market orientation, entrepreneurial and innovative thinker
  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated experience in managing complex, multi-disciplinary, and challenging field operations in developing countries, Africa preferred
  • Fluency in spoken and written French and English is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving, consensus building, and coordination of diverse stakeholders
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to anticipate demand, manage multiple tasks/projects and meet strict deadlines
  • Active listening with the ability to act and communicate with diplomacy
  • Team spirit
  • High sense of integrity and objectivity.

This position will be based in either Cotonou or Parakou, Benin.

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.

Critères de l'annonce pour le poste : Chief Of Party, USDA Benin Caju Program
Métier :
R&D, gestion de projets
Secteur d´activité :
Activités associatives
Services autres
Services collectifs et sociaux, services à la personne
Type de contrat :
Région :
Abomey - Abomey-Calavi - Aplahoué - Cotonou - Djougou - Kandi - Lokossa - Natitingou - Parakou - Pobè - Porto-Novo - Savalou
Niveau d'expérience :
Expérience > 10 ans
Niveau d'études :
Bac+5 et plus
Langues exigées :
Nombre de poste(s) : 1

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