Deputy 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: 

Venture37 seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for 

a USAID-funded agriculture development project in Malawi focused on the central and southern regions. This project will focus on scaling smallholder 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 DCOP will support the Chief of Party (COP) with providing day-to-day guidance on project management and technical activities. S/he will support scaling of producer, aggregator, processor and other market system actors to achieve commercial scale, work with staff, home office and


to adjust programmatic approach, staffing and resources as required based on continuous monitoring of project activities. The position will be based in 

Lilongwe, Malawi.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist the COP in developing and executing project workplans and overseeing and implementing project activities.

  • Provide leadership, management and direction to field-level activities.
  • Lead and oversee technical team and components and ensure activities align with the workplan.

  • Adapt project implementation and activities to achieve objectives and targets as needed.

  • Liaise with governmental agencies and donor offices to ensure visibility and representation of Land O’Lakes program activities.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for technical activities to implementing partners.

  • Ensure gender equality and socially inclusive approaches are integrated into programming and effectively implemented; regularly identify learnings, refining the design as needed to improve social inclusion across project activities.
  • Provide or facilitate capacity building and training to team, beneficiaries, and partners.

  • Assist the COP in monitoring, evaluation and reporting functions.

  • Serve as Acting Chief of Party when required.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree (e.g. BA/BS) in agribusiness, international development, economics, finance, business management, agricultural or rural development, or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of five (5) 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.
  • Experience and/or technical knowledge in designing, managing development projects and activities, particularly related to agricultural development.
  • Experience scaling producers and farmer-based organizations (FBOs) to achieve commercial scale.
  • Experience scaling aggregators and processors to increase domestic and regional trade of agriculture-based products.

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

  • Ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence.

  • Excellent interpersonal and written and oral presentation skills. 
  • English oral and written fluency


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • An advanced degree (e.g. Master’s) in agribusiness, international development, economics, finance, business management, agricultural or rural development or other relevant field.
  • Experience facilitating blended finance models to advance agricultural scaling.

  • Seven (7) years of demonstrated senior management experience managing relevant donor-funded programs.

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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