Team: New Business | Commitment: Consultant | Location: Global

Technical Expert for USAID Development Food Aid Program (DFAP) FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

About CNFA:

CNFA is a not-for-profit international agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to increasing rural incomes by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs. 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, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record of implementing agricultural development programs in 45 countries.

CNFA is seeking the services of a technical expert for a short- to medium-term assignment to support our business development team in anticipation of the 2018 Food for Peace funding opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for conducting research and for providing the written inputs, writing, editing, and reviewing application technical sections from pre-solicitation through submission. CNFA anticipates the position to start immediately and continue through February 2018. The selected consultant will be required to travel to West Africa on a mutually agreed timeline for this opportunity.

Tasks & Deliverables

  • Lead the proposal team in the development of the strategic approach, including preliminary objectives, and preliminary activities during the capture phase
  • Interview stakeholders and contribute to design of problem analysis and activities
  • Contribute to the drafting, editing, and review of the application sections, as assigned
  • Conduct desk and other field research, as required
  • Conduct the capture trip as agreed with the team.


  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural value chains, market systems, trade, and exports required, some of which must include West Africa
  • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of 8 years of proposal writing experience and providing technical oversight and leadership on development projects required; experience with Food for Peace and USAID strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of Food for Peace conceptual and results framework and indicators, and experience in developing a milestone plant for results areas required;
  • Experience in leading the early stages of proposal design and provision of the technical “roadmap” required;
  • Strong writing and editing skills required;
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and communication skills required;
  • Knowledge and experience of agricultural and nutrition in West Africa strongly preferred;
  • Experience working with different partners, staff, and experience in developing organizational charts and staffing approaches strongly preferred.
  • English fluency