Chief of Party



Land O’Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening local agriculture, helping agribusinesses create jobs and linking farmers to markets. Since 1981, it has implemented over 315 integrated dairy, livestock and crops development programs in nearly 80 countries — creating lasting impact by linking farmers, businesses, and the public and private sector in local and global contexts. Land O’Lakes Venture37’s long-standing affiliation with Land O’Lakes, Inc. sets it apart. Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives. It supports Land O’Lakes Venture37 project implementation with nearly 100 years of expertise in dairy, animal nutrition, crop inputs and agricultural insights and technologies. This gives Land O’Lakes Venture37 development projects a unique global view of agriculture, food and the power of well-functioning market systems. Land O’Lakes, Inc. supports these efforts as part of its enterprise purpose of Feeding Human Progress at home and around the world.

Proposal Summary: 

Land O’Lakes anticipates release of a USAID-funded agriculture development project in Malawi focused on the central and southern regions. This project will focus on scaling small holder farms to commercially oriented operations; while also aligning with the Government of Malawi’s goals of diversifying away from tobacco and promoting resilience.  

Position Summary: 

The COP will provide strategic vision, overall leadership and technical direction to the project. The COP will ensure the project is planned and executed with quality, accountability and measurable impact. The COP will be the primary liaison with USAID and will manage project staff and implementing partners to ensure proper reporting, financial management and compliance. The COP is expected to provide a vision and technical leadership for project interventions and must be skilled in market system evaluation and approaches.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for overall management to achieve project results.

  • Provide dynamic and strategic vision, overall coordination, leadership and technical direction to project.

  • Oversee project finances, planning, administration and compliance.

  • Oversee program monitoring, reporting, evaluation and overall learning.

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with donor representatives, government counterparts, partners, and other stakeholders.

  • Promote and coordinate strong relationships with all stakeholders via effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and organizations in the public and private sectors.

  • Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations.

  • Ensure successful project implementation and achievement of results, milestones and deliverables are on time and within budget.

  • Ensure effective and efficient performance for all aspects of award requirements.

  • Ensure successful project implementation and achievement of results on time and within budget and that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with Venture37 standard operating procedures, donor policies and regulations, and national policies and laws.

  • Ensure gender equality and socially-inclusive approaches are integrated into programming and effectively implemented; identify learnings on a regular basis, refining the design as needed to improve social inclusion across project activities.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree (e.g. BA/BS) in agribusiness, international development, economics, business management, agricultural or rural development, agronomy or other relevant field.

  • At least six (6) years of demonstrated senior management experience in managing agricultural development programs.

  • Proven leadership skills building and managing cooperative, high-level relationships and motivating diverse teams.

  • Extensive experience and/or technical knowledge in designing, managing and evaluating development projects and activities, including experience in portfolio management and implementation, particularly related to agricultural development.

  • Demonstrated experience adapting project implementation and activities to achieve objectives and targets as needed.

  • Demonstrated experience managing agricultural training and extension programs.

  • Experience in modern extension methods for the commercialization of smallholder farmers for increased profits through value chain development. 

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across projects, be flexible, and creative and successfully lead an intercultural team in development and post-conflict contexts.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in financial planning and management, human resources, procurement and other management support areas/functions.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence.

  • Excellent interpersonal and written and oral presentation skills. 
  • Fluency in 

    oral and written English.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • An advanced degree (e.g. MA/MS, PhD) in agribusiness, international development, economics, business management, agricultural or rural development, agronomy or other relevant field.

  • At least 10 years of demonstrated senior management experience managing agricultural development programs.

  • Previous experience serving as Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party on a USAID-funded project.

  • Experience managing donor funded programs preferably in Africa.

  • Experience managing projects under various contracting mechanisms (e.g. contracts, grants, cooperative agreements)

The position described above is contingent upon activity award.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.

Land O’Lakes never requests money or payment from candidates for any position type. Please report any such requests to Land O’Lakes.

Land O’Lakes Venture37 is an equal opportunity employer and an organization striving to help global communities thrive through agriculture. We consider all 

qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors. Our culture values a diversity of voices. So bring us your unique experiences, your workstyle, and your dreams — they’ll only make us stronger.

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