Senior Technical Advisor (Climate Smart Agriculture)


Washington, DC, US

Job Description

The Senior Technical Advisor for Climate Smart Agriculture leads technical support to program staff at the International Office (IO) in San Diego, Washington, DC and in field programs in all countries where PCI has operations in improved agricultural and livestock production practices with a focus on those that are responsive to changing climate conditions and appropriate in the context of limited natural resources. Under the supervision of the Director for the Food, Nutrition and Livelihood Security (FNLS) and in coordination with the Director for Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience (HAR) Unit and other technical staff at the IO and in the field, the Sr. TA will provide technical and programmatic leadership and strategic direction-setting for the organization in climate smart agriculture, livestock management and natural resource conservation.  The Sr. TA will bolster PCI’s efforts to build the capacity of partner communities and households to enhance the diversity and climate appropriateness of agricultural and livestock production and smallholder engagement in agricultural value chains.  In addition to building the capacity of and providing technical assistance to IO and field staff, other responsibilities include strategic programmatic development through building and strengthening partnerships, raising PCI’s profile, donor cultivation, program design and proposal development.  The Sr. TA will provide strategic guidance and oversight for all agriculture and livestock efforts of the organization and will work to ensure the fiscal viability, growth and development of PCI’s efforts in this critical technical area.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Programmatic and Technical Leadership

  • In coordination with technical staff at the IO and field levels, lead the development of programmatic priorities and strategies for promotion of climate-smart agricultural practices, including crop diversification, conservation agriculture, agroforestry, traditional and non-traditional livestock production, and farmer managed regeneration of soil and water resources.
  • Identify, access and facilitate utilization of state-of-the-art practices for climate-smart agriculture and livestock production through application of technical guidelines, participation in capacity strengthening/training opportunities, development of formative research activities.
  • Ensure the quality of PCI’s agricultural interventions by building the technical capacity of relevant field staff for climate-smart agriculture and livestock practices and managing response to technical assistance requests from IO and field counterparts.
  • Work closely with IO and field counterparts to generate regular updates and communication related to project milestones and successes.
  • Lead development and continual refinement of technical design standards, assessment tools and implementation guides supporting effective and sustainable climate-smart agriculture and livestock production activities.
  • Work directly with the Strategic Information for Impact (SII) Unit to develop performance indicators, targets, and research agenda for strengthening the effectiveness and sustainability of PCI’s climate-smart agriculture and livestock interventions.

New Business Development

  • Lead the development of proposal preparation and submission in the areas of climate-smart agriculture and livestock production.
  • Directly facilitate and/or contribute to development of strategic partnership agreements in the areas of climate-smart agriculture, livestock production and natural resource conservation.
  • Work directly with PCI’s New Business Development Unit (NBDU), Country Programs and the Technical Services Unit (TSU) to effectively preposition PCI as part of resource mobilization strategies.

External Engagement

  • Represent PCI and the organization’s climate-smart agriculture and livestock portfolio to donor representatives, international NGO counterparts, and private sector actors to build strategic networks for collaboration.
  • Identify strategic opportunities to share PCI achievements, innovations and lessons learned in the area of climate-smart agriculture by leading development of relevant publications, participating in conferences and actively engaging in the community of practice.
  • Actively engage in relevant networks in Washington DC and elsewhere, ensuring that PCI’s work in climate-smart agriculture is widely recognized and that the organization is effectively represented in relevant policy dialogues, and that PCI’s own practices are informed by state-of-the-art thinking and practices in climate-smart agriculture.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agronomy; crop and soil sciences; horticulture; or international development or other social science field, with a focus and/or proven interest in agriculture, rural development, and food security.
  • 9 years or more relevant professional experience, including experience in agricultural development programs with at least five years in developing countries with demonstrated expertise in providing technical assistance and training to programs.
  • Ability to assess and respond to barriers, gaps and needs for the adoption and implementation of climate smart agriculture approaches at all levels, (policy, governance, research, technology development, information, capacity building, etc.).
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation of agricultural programs with experience in presenting findings, results and lessons learned to international audiences.
  • Knowledge of issues affecting gender equitable participation in agriculture and agriculture-nutrition linkages a plus.
  • Familiarity with USAID and other USG priorities for agricultural development, experience liaising with senior host government and international officials and donor organizations.
  • Well motivated, team member able to work alone and/or without supervision, able to make sound decisions independently.
  • Experience with contributing to, and preferably leading, the development of large multi-million dollar proposals in the area of climate-smart agriculture, in particular with USAID.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal, including documentation of program results, donor reports and effective cross-cultural communication.
  • Well motivated, able to work effectively on multi-sectoral teams and/or alone without direct supervision, able to make sound decisions independently.
  • Position based in Washington, DC
  • Must be able to travel 35-40% to Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • English proficiency required, Spanish and/or French proficiency a plus.
    • Position based in Washington, DC
    • Must be able to travel 35-40% to Africa, Asia and Latin America
    • English proficiency required, Spanish and/or French proficiency a plus.

Position Parameters/Special Responsibilities Required:

Job Location
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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