Peru: Deputy Chief of Party – Coffee (Peru)

Organization: TechnoServe
Country: Peru
Closing date: 30 Jan 2017

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With nearly five decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

Currently leading coffee projects in 10 countries, TechnoServe has directly impacted more than 250,000 coffee farmers around the world through a global team of more than 400 coffee professionals. In Peru, TechnoServe is looking to build on its portfolio of coffee work with anticipated funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other partners. The purpose of the five-year project is to sustainably move 10,000 smallholder coffee producers in the Huanuco and southern San Martin areas out of poverty through improving their yields, the quality of their coffee and linking them to profitable existing supply chains. The program will work with partners and actors throughout the coffee value chain in Peru and ensure that smallholder farmers have improved standards of living.

As Deputy Chief of Party you will:

  • Work in collaboration with the Chief of Party (COP) and be responsible for the management of the program's technical activities.
  • Act as a key liaison with a broad range of both public and private sector partners and cooperatives involved in the project.
  • Lead a technical team of more than 80 people and provide technical oversight and leadership on issues related to Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), productivity and quality improvement.
  • Ensure effective pedagogy and implementation of TechnoServe's training approach with staff, farmers and clients (wet mills, hulling stations, cooperatives, etc.).
  • Oversee the formation and development of coffee cooperatives to sustainably aggregate and sell coffee and other products.
  • Support cooperative clients' access to credit facilities, namely short-term working capital and longer-term investment capital.
  • Mentor, coach and work with field managers and other project staff to develop high-caliber technical and managerial skills and assume greater responsibility.
  • Develop annual work plan and review targets, striving to meet or exceed all key performance indicators.
  • Design, review and continuously improve program implementation on the basis of feedback from staff, farmers, clients and partners.
  • In collaboration with the COP, ensure that the program is delivered according to the contractual requirement with USAID and other funders i.e. that all activities and deliverables are completed within the agreed timescale and budget, reports are submitted as per agreed schedules and any other requirements or criteria are fulfilled.
  • Support the preparation and review of the budget and be responsible for approving disbursements to the technical party according to project, donor, partner and TechnoServe specifications.
  • Manage, motivate and develop teams to guarantee successful execution of program activities as well as team members' professional development.
  • Ensure the safety and security of team members.

You will have:

  • A bachelor's degree in agronomy, agricultural economics, or another relevant field and 10 years of experience. A master's degree in a complementary field and 7 years of experience preferred.
  • Proven expertise in the coffee value chain particularly in increasing farm level productivity and quality.
  • A solid understanding of coffee agronomy, varieties and innovations in the sector.
  • Experience in the implementation of CSA and social sustainability practices for smallholder farmers.
  • Demonstrable experience in the managing of technical assistance delivery to large groups of producers.
  • Experience working or collaborating with agriculture private sector companies.
  • Strong knowledge of international trends in the coffee sector.
  • Proven project management skills and the ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks at once.
  • Leadership skills and demonstrated team management experience, preferably in Latin America.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems, build consensus, strengthen partnerships, and coordinate with stakeholders.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English required.

This position is contingent upon donor funding and approval.

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