Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) Latest Recruitment

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium with offices in 16 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

We work with businesses, foundations, governments and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food. Since our inception in 1985, we have designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity and improve access to inputs and credit across 45 countries worldwide.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Location: Nigeria

Position Description

  • Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Finance and Operations, the Administrative Assistant will provide administrative support to the Operations Unit.

Program Description

  • The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.
  • The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components. First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations. Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide day to day administrative support to HR/Administrative Officer
  • Assist with filing, organizing, reception, and other administrative duties as requested.
  • Prepare Purchase Request and Purchase Order for Office Supplies
  • Assist in arranging project meetings.
  • Arrangements of meetings and trainings
  • Stationery items updating
  • Assist Admin Officer in IT
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • At least 7 years of relevant, professional experience
  • Experience supporting donor-funded projects is required, USAID experience preferred;
  • Experience working in or with relevant public and private sector actors strongly preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, or a related field required; master’s degree preferred;
  • Additional skills in IT will be plus
  • Fluency in English is required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Accountant

Location: Nigeria

Position Description

  • Under the supervision of the Director of Finance and Operations, the Accountant will lead preparation of the program’s expenditures and reporting system. She/he will be responsible for monitoring the overall financial reporting system.
  • The Accountant will also prepare and present financial reports, analysis, and recommendations concerning relevant financial issues. Additionally, the Accountant will maintain the Accounts Payable Ledger and Check Register.
  • The Accountant is responsible for maintaining accurate and complete record in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and CNFA Accounting and Financial Policies and Procedures.
  • She/he also verifies all source documents for proper approval and documentation.

Program Description

  • The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.
  • The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components. First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations. Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct day-to-day accounting activities in compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and with Nigerian laws, including but not limited to:
  • Maintaining the general ledger and all related accounts with proper documentation and records of all transactions; review of entries to the general ledger to assure accuracy and compliance with the company’s and established accounting principles;
  • Prepare mandatory reports as required and respond to inquiries as necessary;
  • Process monthly staff payroll, tax calculations and remittances;
  • Maintain tax accounting and ensure due reporting to tax authorities;
  • Undertake monthly and year-end closing of the general ledger including the preparation of journal entries;
  • Supervise monthly bank reconciliations for all accounts; verify accuracy of bank statements and maintain integrity of cash balances and cash flow systems;
  • Maintain fixed asset records and determine depreciation terms/rates to apply to items;
  • Maintain a computerized accounting system;
  • Preparation of payment vouchers for signature and bank transfers, review of payment requests for format and accuracy;
  • Draw-up service and employment contracts;
  • Manage all personnel issues, including timesheets, leave reports and local benefits, and ensuring their confidentiality, maintain file of personnel records;
  • Keep log of vehicle request forms, alongside with driver schedule and manage usage of office vehicle, request and maintain fuel inventory;
  • Manage daily petty cash payments and cash reconciliation, including verifying support documentation; prepare petty cash replenishment/request documents;
  • Prepare monthly funds request;
  • Make and/or reconfirm all hotel, flight and travel arrangements, handle visa arrangements and car pick up;
  • Process local travel expenses/reimbursements;
  • Provide logistics for seminars, workshops and other special events; and

Other duties related with position and assigned by supervisor:

  • Maintain Accounts Payable Ledger and Check Register;
  • Monitor bank account balances (money market & operating accounts);
  • Verify accuracy of expenses and expense reporting from sub-contractors;
  • Verify vendor invoices for accuracy and run checks twice a week;
  • Verify cash balance on a monthly basis;
  • Review work on collections and advance repayments;
  • Verify petty cash register;
  • Review invoices for rent and other expenses;
  • Maintenance of all equipment contracts and insurance policies;
  • Prepare payroll processing;
  • Develop, enhance, and maintain automated financial reporting systems to track financial performance of CNFA and its affiliates;
  • Prepare the accounting functions in closing the books and reports;
  • Work directly with external auditors on a variety of technical accounting issues
  • Providing assistance with internal or external audit requirements.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelors’ degree required in accounting or a relevant field;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in accounting with at least 3 years within the International Non-Governmental Organization’s (NGO) sector;
  • Proficiency in Excel and other relevant accounting software;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Experience working on USAID or other donor-funded programs a plus;
  • Strong attention to details and high degree of integrity, accountability, energy and flexibility;
  • Fluency in English is required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Officer

Location: Nigeria

Position Description

  • Working under the supervision of the Director of Finance and Operations, the ICT Officer will be responsible for managing, maintaining and troubleshooting all network and computer related systems for the project.
  • S/he will integrate security, physical control solutions for all confidential data and systems, and advise the Director of Finance and Operations on technical specifications for procurement of IT equipment and software.

Program Description

  • The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.  The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components. First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations.
  • Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintaining and troubleshooting all network and computer related issues;
  • Integrating security, physical control solutions for all confidential data and systems;
  • Monitoring performance and managing parameters to provide fast responses to front-end users;
  • Integrating and configuring computer networking for best performance;
  • Troubleshooting and repair of hardware, operating systems and applications;
  • Monitoring and maintaining computer systems and networks;
  • Identifying security gaps and providing relevant solutions in consultation with the Operations manager;
  • Testing and evaluating all new technology including Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems e.g. database systems, websites etc.
  • In collaboration with M&E Specialist, develop participatory strategies and tools for monitoring and evaluating the project;
  • Conducting electrical safety checks on computer equipment;
  • Working closely with project managers on technology issues e.g. graphic designing, Geographic Information Systems development, database programmers and multimedia programmers;
  • Talking staff or clients through a series of actions, either face to face or over the telephone to help set up systems or resolve issues;
  • Enhance office IT system through appropriate upgrades and advise to Operations Manager on changes or improvements required;
  • Facilitation of procurement process to installation and support of all ICT hardware and software;
  • Policy implementation for asset management, maintenance of component inventory;
  • Provision of IT technical backup support and services required at CNFA and Amalima at large;
  • Network administration e.g email domain management and maintenance;
  • Interactive training and capacity strengthening on all IT related issues.

Qualifications

  • At least five years of relevant, professional experience in roles with increasing levels of responsibility, seven years preferred;
  • Bachelor’s in Information Technology or a relevant field required;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Experience working on USAID or another international donor-funded programs a plus;
  • Fluency in English required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Safety and Security Officer

Location: Nigeria

Position Description

  • Working under the direct supervision of the program’s Deputy Chief of Party, the Safety and Security Officer will be responsible for managing the safety and security policies and procedures for the project.
  • The Safety and Security Manager will provide support and advice to the Chief of Party and project staff on managing risk in Nigeria. He/she will have a dotted line relationship with the CNFA Director of Global Security and will incorporate CNFA safety and security guidance and policy into his/her planning and procedures.
  • He/she also will assist program teams in incorporating security planning and awareness into program planning.
  • Lastly, He/She will assist the team with operational planning of travel management in Nigeria and international travel as required.

Program Description

  • The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.  The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components. First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations.
  • Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor and provide analysis on the environment in Nigeria and it pertains to managing the risks that may impact CNFA staff or resources and report findings to Deputy Chief of Party, Chief of Party and Director, Global Security;
  • Report all Serious Incidents to COP, DCOP and Director of Global Security;
  • Be readily available always to the Chief of Party and field staff to advise on security and safety developments;
  • Develop, review and ensure effective implementation of the CNFA Nigeria Security Management Plan incorporating guidance from the CNFA Security Management Plan;
  • Ensure adequate supply of necessary safety and security-related equipment at project offices and international staff residences;
  • Ensure that relevant staff members understand and can use equipment, including satellite phones, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, etc.
  • Provide and/or coordinate training on first aid, security, disasters, fire safety and defensive driving for staff as required;
  • Conduct comprehensive security/risk assessments in potential new program/field sites, as necessary;
  • Work with the HR/Administrative Officer (HRO) to develop and implement security orientation for new staff (international and national) and visitors;
  • Develop and update the Safety and Security Incident Management Plans
  • Oversee monitoring of Project’s vehicle Global Positioning Systems;
  • Conduct monthly vehicle log analysis and provide updates to the project management team;
  • Provide   all   in-country   logistic   support   for   international   visitors   includingconsultants;
  • Adhere to all CNFA and USAID standard operating procedures; and
  • Any other task assigned by the Deputy Chief of Party or Chief of Party.
  • Develop security networks and attend meetings with USAID security office, OSAC Country Council, and any other governmental or non-governmental organizations.
  • Develop procurements for safety and security related support to assist with state level assessments, security details and other risk management initiatives to support project personnel and resources.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • At least seven years of relevant, professional experience (military, police or NGO security) in roles with increasing levels of responsibility, 10+ years preferred;
  • Experience supporting donor-funded projects is preferred, USAID experience preferred;
  • Extensive experience in setting up and managing safety and security systems and protocols and provide training to staff and partners;
  • Demonstrated understanding of complex emergencies, related security concerns, and appropriate responses to such emergencies. Good context analysis skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in relevant field; alternatively, senior military, police or non-governmental security experience with more than 15 years of experience.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist

Location: Nigeria

Program Description

  • The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.  The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components. First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations.
  • Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • 5+ years’ experience in agribusiness, agricultural development or similar required.
  • Experience working on USAID funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Nigeria is required;
  • Fluency in English is required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online