Chief of party


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Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the anticipated $50-$100 million USAID/Afghanistan Value Chain – High Value Crops project. This project will focus on strengthening two to four selected fruit and/or vegetable value chains. Activities will also focus on introducing high-value crops as an alternative to poppy production, improving these crops’ production and value, and increasing small farmer incomes to reduce poverty. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall project leadership, management, and technical direction
  • Serve as the key liaison between USAID, government counterparts, other implementing partners and contractors, and local partners
  • Oversee project work planning, performance management, financial management, and strategic communications
  • Supervise project technical and administrative staff, ensuring all staff are successfully managing project activities and operations
  • Ensure compliance with USAID regulations and Chemonics’ policies and systems
  • Apply adaptive management strategies and lead learning activities to support staff’s continual assessment of progress and enhancement of programming
  • Represent the project at meetings with stakeholders to report on planned activities and actions, including implementation status


  • Master’s degree or higher in agribusiness, agricultural science, water resources management, international development, business management, or a related field
  • Demonstrated expertise in agriculture and agribusiness development, local capacity building or business-enabling environments, export promotion, and program design and implementation; experience working in the private sector preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years of international development experience and in roles with increasing responsibility designing, managing, and implementing large projects dedicated to agriculture market development, private sector engagement, economic growth, and investment
  • Minimum of five years of successful experience as a director or chief of party of large, donor-funded technical assistance teams for projects of similar magnitude and complexity, particularly in Afghanistan, the region, or in transitional Islamic or post-conflict countries
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other contractors, local implementing partners, and teams implementing U.S. government- and donor-funded programs
  • Willingness to live and work in Afghanistan
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in Dari or Pashto desired

Application Instructions:

Please submit an email with your CV and cover letter as attachments and “Chief of party” in the subject line to [email protected] no later than October 13, 2017. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.​