Position Type: Consultant
Country: Paraguay
Term: Long
Duration: Project, Long-Term

About ACDI/VOCA:

For 45 years and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 76 projects in 41 countries and revenues of $100 million.

Position Description:

We are currently seeking a long-term project director with experience in banana production and export based in Asuncion, Paraguay, for an anticipated multi-year USAID-funded program. The purpose of the project is increase incomes for small horticulture farmers through the improvement of the banana value chain. This will be accomplished primarily by improving infrastructure and access to information and services. The project director will be responsible for providing leadership and day-to-day quality control for project activities.

Responsibilities:

• Oversee all components of the project, acting as the project representative to farmers, community leaders, and government entities.
• Design and implement annual and quarterly work plans. Report to ACDI/VOCA headquarters and donor on project activities on a monthly, annual and quarterly basis on technical, budgeting, personnel, and contractual issues, as necessary.
• Liaise with appropriate government and non-governmental bodies to achieve program objectives, including banana producers’ associations.
• Assess the programmatic need for technical assistance and write scopes of work for consultants. Consult as needed with headquarters and in-country ACDI/VOCA Country Representative regarding programmatic need for consultants.
• Supervise field staff and short term consultants associated with the project.
• Oversee assessment of results for the program
• Monitor project budget to ensure that expenditures are within approved budget parameters and that all financial reporting requirements are met.

Qualifications:

• Minimum of eight years’ experience managing donor-funded projects
• Experience providing agriculture or agribusiness technical assistance, particularly in the areas of banana production and export
• Strong communication skills required
• Fluency in Spanish and English required
• Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures highly preferred.

Please apply by November 30, 2009. No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.

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