Agriculture and food security practice director, west and central Africa and Haiti

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



1717 H Street NW
United States


Chemonics is conducting an internal and external recruit for an Agriculture and Food Security Practice Director in West and Central Africa and Haiti (WCAFH) region!


The Agriculture & Food Security Practice aims to facilitate inclusive market system development while improving nutrition outcomes and climate-smart agriculture practices. The practice works with smallholder farmers and non-farm market system actors to reduce risks, improve production practices, and increase trade by assessing the market system, identifying constraints, facilitating market-based solutions to improve agriculture productivity, and using social behavior change communications to effect change.


Our regional portfolio includes fourteen projects spanning a wide range of technical sectors. West and Central Africa and Haiti’s robust new business market is equally diverse, and promises plenty of opportunities to those willing to take on new and exciting opportunities. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.


Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Agriculture and Food Security practice and new business team to track, analyze, and share development trends and priorities within the technical sectors (indicating their relative importance to USAID and/or other clients when appropriate)
  • Disseminate client initiatives, strategies, and approaches for consideration and integration into proposals and projects
  • Advance body of knowledge and quality standards in primary technical disciplines. Formulate approaches to guide Chemonics’ work, new business efforts, and technical assignments. Advises clients and the company on technical trends and programming priorities
  • Contribute to the capture, packaging, and dissemination of successful approaches from Chemonics’ projects and industry programs and activities
  • Contribute to industry forums, such as technical working groups, conferences, learning events, and blogs
  • Lead development of technical abstracts, articles, primers, tools, and summaries of Chemonics’ approaches in assigned technical sector
  • Develop effective and collaborative working relationships with key clients, including USAID technical staff, strategic partners, and stakeholders, and continually promotes outstanding client service and technical leadership, including the introduction and sharing of new and innovative interventions
  • Contribute to the formulation of strategies, new directions, and techniques to grow the company, and utilizes networks with clients, consultants, and counterparts to advance successful new business opportunities
  • Support regional business units to pursue country-based programs. Provides input for proposal strategies and content. Share knowledge of competition, potential partners, consultants, and external technical resources. As needed, undertakes leadership roles in proposal development, providing vision and contributing to program design
  • Support identification and recruitment of individuals with technical expertise who may be available for short- and long-term assignments
  • Contribute to assigned indefinite quantity contracts and Washington-based projects
  • Provide and facilitate provision of technical support to Chemonics’ projects by providing input on technical deliverables, undertaking technical assignments, reviewing scopes of work, and helping overseas staff apply good technical practices
  • Periodically survey users of practice guidance to ensure information provided has helped regional business units, proposal teams, and project teams make decisions that have furthered Chemonics’ development impact
  • Promote staff development through coaching, mentoring, and facilitating professional growth opportunities
  • Delegate, supervise, and evaluate performance of assigned staff. Communicates clear performance goals and standards and ensures staff receives regular constructive performance feedback, prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in key competence areas
  • Foster and demonstrate a workplace inclusive of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, innovation and exceeding expectations
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required



  • Minimum 15 of years of technically relevant work, including at least 5 in the field of international development required
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in relevant technical competency area preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in technical discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in relevant areas, donor initiatives and programs, most notably USAID initiatives and programs, and a breadth of industry organizations (large and small businesses)
  • Demonstrated experience performing recognized technical work with USAID
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. This includes public presentations and contribution to publications
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage working relationships with clients, partners, and technical experts
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of 4-8 weeks per year; experience working on technical programs in developing countries preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise department staff, multiple project teams, remote staff and other initiatives
  • Ability to solve complex technical, managerial, or operational problems and evaluation options based on relevant information, resources, well-rounded experience, and knowledge
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • French language proficiency preferred

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree