Program Director


Since 1963 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 to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has 76 projects in 36 countries and revenues of approximately $168 million.

We are currently seeking a Program Director for a prospective multiyear community engagement and livelihoods project that will build the capacity of smallholder farmers in Mozambique to produce high-quality horticultural products and pursue sustainable livelihoods. The project will include a value chain assessment of vegetable markets to identify target horticultural crops; strengthen producer associations and partners; deliver training and technical assistance in horticultural production; improve access to high-quality inputs, technology and finance; improve post-harvest handling; and strengthen market linkages.

The nature of the program demands strong leadership; collaborative program, organizational management and communication skills; and strong interpersonal capabilities. The Program Director has overall responsibility for management of and reporting on program activities; making key decisions and solving problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and program quality and integrity; and serving as ACDI/VOCA’s first point of contact with the private sector donor on routine and strategic matters.

  • Assume responsibility for overall management of the project
  • Provide technical leadership, oversight and support to all aspects of the program
  • Manage all project staff and consultants
  • Draft and finalize reports for the donor, including contractual reports and technical reports, in a timely manner
  • Ensure that activities, expenses and reporting comply with donor rules and regulations as well as ACDI/VOCA internal policies
  • Assure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of work plans and financial, logistical and other program documents
  • Review all financial and logistical information on a periodic basis
  • Serve as principal liaison with donor staff, government and private sector institutions, and country partners to exchange information and develop professional relationships
  • Make verbal or written presentations as requested to various audiences
  • Serve as the direct contact between ACDI/VOCA home office and the program field office
  • Ensure a positive and productive work environment for all staff
  • University degree in related field (international development, agribusiness, economics, etc.) is required; master’s degree is highly desirable
  • Minimum of five years of experience directly managing programs related to community development and livelihoods; experience on similar donor-funded projects in Mozambique or the region preferred
  • Experience managing or implementing a project that involves grants-making and community engagement
  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving program needs
  • Experience with value chain approach and integration of smallholder farmers into market systems required; familiarity with horticulture preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in project management and monitoring and evaluation methods
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills in English and fluency in Portuguese required

Please apply via our online form. No phone calls please. Only finalists will be contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

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  • Published 02.03.2013
  • Expires 31.03.2013
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