Team: Programs | Commitment: Career | Location: Washington DC

Program Coordinator

Program Description

The USAID-support Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program combines volunteer consultancies with highly skilled local staff to deliver technical assistance and business development services to farmer organizations, and agricultural MSMEs. Our volunteer consultants are U.S. citizens (or permanent U.S. residents) and comprise of farmers, agribusiness professionals, cooperatives managers, bankers, agricultural educators, and others with expertise in agriculture.

The primary goal of the F2F program is to generate rapid, sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector; the secondary goals is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs as well as international understanding of the US and US development programs.  

Position Overview

Program Coordinator will provide administrative backstopping support from CNFA Headquarters (HQ) in Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of the Senior Program Officer, the Program Coordinator will work on a dynamic team to support CNFA’s Farmer-to-Farmer portfolio of agricultural development programs based in Southern Africa and Eastern Europe.

General Responsibilities:

  • Support the function of liaising between project countries and CNFA HQ in Washington, DC;
  • Recruit and logistically support volunteers for the Farmer-to-Farmer program;
  • Provide quality control in the preparation of work plans, budgets, regular updates and progress reports, and other major project deliverables;
  • Support the Program Officer/ Senior Program Officer/Director- Programs in overseeing operational and programmatic success;
  • Support the project implementation progress in relation to budgets, including monitoring and advising on project expenditure adjustment plans when necessary;
  • Monitor the project to ensure agreement compliance, programmatically and financially, as well as timely achievement of project deliverables;
  • Assist with preparation of contractual approval requests;
  • Assist communications staff in developing and maintaining promotional content for project and CNFA websites;
  • Assist in the development of quarterly program success stories development and reporting;
  • Facilitate procurement of visas for travelers;
  • Assist CNFA’s recruitment team in the identification and retention of key employees, including local staff;
  • Collaborate with the Program Development Team to identify, attract and secure new business;
  • Some travel for site visits to assist in field office work efforts, complete general evaluations of program progress and potential, and collect program information; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in International Development, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness [SJ1] or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • Preferred experience working with international development projects/programs, focused on enterprise development, agriculture and/or agribusiness;
  • Knowledge of USAID (and/or other donor) program planning cycles, agreement rules and regulations, and reporting;
  • Experience living and working in Southern Africa is highly desirable;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Develop and maintain positive relations with organizations that can strengthen recruiting and F2F program activities;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives;
  • Ability to be flexible and have interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Ability to travel as required;
  • Proficiency in a second language is desirable, particularly Portuguese.
  • Previous experience in HR and/or professional recruiting a plus;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
  • Current US work authorization.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.