Country Director – Malawi (Farmer-to-Farmer Program)

Job Title
Country Director – Malawi (Farmer-to-Farmer Program)

MW (Primary)


Job Type

Career Level

Bachelor’s Degree

Up to 25%

Job Description

Program Description:

The USAID-funded 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 Description:

The Malawi F2F Country Director is an employee of CNFA based in Lilongwe and reports to the Washington, DC based F2F Program Director.  Working  under  the  direction  and  supervision  of  the  Program  Director and Program Officer, the Country Director supervises F2F host country employees, travels frequently within  the  country  to  maintain  relationships  with  actual  and  prospective  volunteer  projects,  is responsible  for  volunteers  while  in  country,  and  oversees  the  country  budget  and  deliverables. Additionally,  the  Country  Director  is  responsible  for  maintaining  a  strong  working  relationship with the local USAID office and other key stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, public and private agricultural development organizations, and the NGO community.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Coordination of all F2F program activities within Malawi;
  • Identifying potential partners and hosts, providing pre-and post-assignment technical / business assistance to hosts, and communicating closely with hosts to assess their needs, status changes, and satisfaction with the CNFA program;
  • Developing volunteer scopes of work and facilitating volunteer assignments;
  • Ensuring sound systems for monitoring and assessing impact from program activities;
  • Preparing comprehensive and quality program documents and reports (including but not limited to weekly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports);
  • Developing and maintaining working relations with the USAID Mission, keeping them informed of program progress or issues;
  • Preparing for and facilitating the visits of other CNFA staff or official guests, including evaluation teams;
  • Updating or developing a security and health plan for volunteers and staff in country;
  • Providing training to personnel on project development principles and methodology;
  • Conducting regular performance evaluations of staff and making recommendations for improvement and growth, providing close supervision of progress;
  • With input from the Program Director and Senior Program Officer, developing annual work plans in line with the overall regional program strategy;
  • Supporting new business development efforts, as appropriate, including program design, proposal development, and donor liaison;
  • Maintaining annual country budgets to support program activities and monitor expenditures based on allowed budget allocations, and working within the parameters of the CNFA F2F budgeting, reporting, and administrative systems; and
  • Other responsibilities to be determined by CNFA and/or USAID.
Job Requirements

Minimum qualifications include:

  • University degree (preferably in agriculture or a related and relevant field); Master’s degree preferred;
  • At least eight (8) years professional experience in assignments relevant to the F2F Country Program;
  • At least five (5) years of experience with proven leadership in managing work teams and executing complex projects;
  • Fluency in English and Chichewa is required;
  • Experience in agricultural production, marketing and/or development; and
  • Ability to network effectively with country agricultural sector stakeholders.


 It is the policy of CNFA to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, veteran status, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors, except where otherwise provided by law.

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