Global Communities

Chief of Party, Madagascar Food for Progress

Posted Date 2 months ago(3/27/2024 3:01 PM)
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Field - Chief of Party/ Program Director


Location: Madagascar (Antananarivo or alternate location depending on targeted project area) 

Reports to: Senior Regional Director, Africa 

Please Note: This position is contingent upon award and USDA approval with an anticipated start date of October 2024. 


**French fluency is required for this position** 



Global Communities works at the intersection of humanitarian assistance, sustainable development, and financial inclusion to save lives, advance equity and secure strong futures. We support communities at the forefront of their own development in more than 35 countries, partnering with local leaders, governments, civil society and the private sector to achieve a shared vision of a more just, prosperous and equitable global community. We work with government, non-government, private sector, and community stakeholders to promote transparency, foster accountability, and access the channels they need to make their voices heard, promote change, and realize their full potential.  


Global Communities is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for a five-year, $32.3M USDA Food for Progress project in Madagascar. The Food for Progress Program helps developing countries and emerging democracies modernize and strengthen their agricultural sectors. U.S. agricultural commodities donated to recipient countries are sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural, economic, or infrastructure development programs. Food for Progress has two principal objectives: to improve agricultural productivity and to expand trade in agricultural products. Past Food for Progress projects have trained farmers in animal and plant health, helped improve farming methods, developed road and utility systems, established producer cooperatives, provided microcredit, and developed agricultural value chains. Program participants have included private voluntary organizations, foreign governments, universities, and intergovernmental organizations.  


The COP will lead and oversee the overall implementation of the program, including technical strategy, attaining targeted project deliverables, financial and operational leadership, and human resources.  The COP is responsible for overall program implementation, strategic vision, and outcome achievement.  The COP provides an integrated vision for the program and will manage a team of senior staff to ensure the quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the project. The COP will be responsible for communications with USDA, for publicly representing the project, and for liaising with Government entities and other institutions/stakeholders.  


  • Provide program leadership, direction, and supervision, including oversight of staff, consultants, and partners, monitoring and evaluation, and program implementation. 
  • Ensure implementation of technical interventions, resulting in concrete and on-time and on-target outcomes. 
  • Lead regular work plan, budget, and implementation reviews to facilitate the cost-effective and timely achievement of contract deliverables.  
  • Manage team members, including highly specialized technical staff, to deliver against the annual workplan. 
  • Ensure project activities maximize impact and are completed in compliance with Global Communities, USDA rules and regulations, local laws, and donor agreement requirements.  
  • Lead in adaptive management, achieving peak performance and facilitate innovation.  
  • Wherever possible, identify opportunities to engage partners and create growth, and connect actors to find mutual opportunity and benefit.  
  • Oversee the production and submission of timely activity and financial reports to USDA, effectively and accurately communicating project progress, achievements, challenges, and utilization of funds.   
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of systems for project operations. 
  • Act as primary point of contact for the project with USDA, government counterparts, and other critical in-country stakeholders. 
  • Represent Global Communities and overall program interests as necessary and appropriate. 
  • Build and maintain strong working relations with key internal and external stakeholders, beneficiaries, prime and subcontractors, suppliers, and partners. Provide effective and timely responses to inquiries and concerns. 
  • Foster good working relationships with other agencies working on similar or complimentary projects, maximizing visibility and learning. 
  • Be the principal point of contact with other agencies and individuals working on related projects and activities. 
  • Ensure that lessons learned are disseminated and applied. 
  • Liaise with Global Communities colleagues to coordinate the inputs of gender and inclusion, monitoring and evaluation and other advisory inputs to provide cross-cutting support. 
  • Collaborate with Global Communities colleagues and projects in Madagascar to ensure effective coordination of Global Communities Madagascar country operations. 
  • Undertake all other duties and projects as may be assigned from time to time. 
  • Frequent travel to project locations required 


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a discipline related to international development with a minimum of 10 years of experience managing multi-sectoral projects with increasing responsibilities and duties; or, 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to international development with a minimum of 12 years of experience managing multi-sectoral projects with increasing responsibilities and duties. 
  • At least 5 years’ experience as Chief of Party, senior management position, or equivalent, leading implementation of large international donor programs. 
  • Technical expertise in food security, nutrition, market systems development, value chain development, and/or climate adapted agricultural production.  
  • Experience in East and/or Southern Africa, with preference for recent work in Madagascar.  
  • High level of interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills, including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaborate with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of USAID Feed the Future and/or USDA Food for Progress strategies.  
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with government officials, civil society organizations, private sector actors, implementing partners, international donors, and other stakeholders. 
  • Knowledge/experience with USDA Food for Progress programs preferred. 
  • Proven ability to communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams is desired.  
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, both oral and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the agreement is desired. 
  • Languages: Full Professional Proficiency in spoken and written English and French are required. Must be able to use both languages fluently and accurately and be able to read all styles and forms on all levels pertinent to professional needs. Proficiency in Malagasy is preferred.  
  • A passion for the mission and values of Global Communities. 
  • Malagasy nationals are strongly encouraged to apply 



Global Communities positively welcomes and seeks applications from all sections of societyWe are committed to a work environment that respects the dignity and worth of everyone and offers equal opportunityAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. 

Global Communities holds strict safeguarding principles and has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment. In the process of recruitment, selection, and appointment, Global Communities will conduct robust reference and background screening checks, including international vetting as a signature of the Global Misconduct Disclosure Scheme to ensure children and vulnerable adults are safeguarded, and abuse is prevented.  The incumbent is required to carry out their duties in accordance with Global Communities Safeguarding policy and the Standards of Conduct. 


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