Position Description

Deputy Chief of Party: Liberia Food Security, Nutrition, and Resilience
Location Liberia
Department New Business Development
Employment Type Host Country National
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IESC is a leading US nonprofit organization that helps people improve their lives by strengthening economic opportunities in developing countries. We help to create sustainable jobs, improve productivity, grow incomes, and strengthen micro, small and medium sized enterprises. We work with farmers, entrepreneurs, cooperatives, financial service providers, market actors, and governments to share proven skills and tools – human, technological, and financial – that help communities thrive.  


IESC is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID Liberia Food Security, Nutrition, and Resilience Activity. The purpose of FSNR is to enable farmers to shift to a diverse mix of nutritious and high-value crops to enhance food security, dietary diversity, and economic empowerment. FSNR will promote climate-smart agricultural practices to enhance permanent farming, intensification, and sustainable productivity-led agricultural growth. FSNR will have a strong focus on building resilience at the farm, household, community, and system levels. The target beneficiaries will be smallholder farmers, agriculture cooperatives/farmers associations, women, and youth groups in Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Montserrado, Grand Bassa, and Margibi counties.


The DCOP position will be based in Monrovia, and the program is anticipated to begin in November/December 2022. We will consider applications on a rolling basis and encourage early submissions. The position is contingent upon IESC winning the award.


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to the COP in technical and operational oversight across program components to achieve timely results and sustainable impact
  • Interact regularly with a wide range of Liberian agriculture sector stakeholders including government, civil society, communities, private sector actors, and financial service providers to facilitate locally led results
  • Coordinate closely with other USAID Implementing Partners in Liberia, including the Agribusiness Development and Incubator Activity and other complementary donor-led initiatives in country.
  • Ensure the project employs a collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA) approach


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in Agriculture, Nutrition, Business, or related degree; advanced degree preferred;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience managing large, complex donor projects (over $10M); USAID experience preferred;
  • Experience managing agriculture focused programming in Liberia, preferably with a focus on smallholder resilience, household food security, and/or nutrition-sensitive market system development.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the constraints and opportunities for Liberian smallholder farmers, communities, and other agricultural market system actors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience transferring climate smart agriculture solutions to smallholder farmers. 
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve sustainable results through the coordination and cooperation with a diverse range of Liberian stakeholders and market actors, including smallholder farmers, civil society organizations, market actors, financial institutions, and public-sector institutions.  
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills.
  • Liberian national candidates preferred.
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