USAID Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Land Governance (ALG) Activity
SCOPE OF WORK
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The Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Land Governance (ALG) Activity is a USAID funded 5-year activity that will assist the Government of Tajikistan (GOT) to sustainably reduce hunger, undernutrition, and poverty of smallholder farmers by developing more productive and efficient agriculture systems, building the resilience of smallholder farmers and improving the enabling environment to facilitate sustainable and long-term agriculture-led growth. It contributes to the USAID Global Food Security Strategy’s (GFSS) top-line goals of accelerated agriculture-led growth, better nutritional outcomes, improved food security, land tenure security, greater resilience, and better water security.
ALG will implement an inclusive market systems approach to strengthen Tajikistan’s agricultural systems, engaging with local and regional private sector actors to develop and expand market opportunities and work with government and civil society to drive systemic reforms in the enabling environment for agriculture that allows smallholders and private sector firms to invest and upgrade land through improved registration and administration. Of equal importance, ALG will ensure that women, youth, and vulnerable groups in remote areas in Khatlon are not left behind in the climb, integrating them into market-led opportunities in processing, value addition, and livelihood diversification while deepening their resilience through nutrition-sensitive crop adoption and behavior change. Combined, these efforts will enable Tajikistan to strengthen its journey to self-reliance and reduce its overreliance on remittances.
The activity purpose will be achieved through the following components.
Component 1: Enhance productive agriculture systems
Component 2: Strengthen the resilience of vulnerable smallholders
Component 3: Improve the enabling environment
Summary of Primary Duties
The COP will provide overall leadership, management and technical direction of the entire program to ensure an integrated vision and successful achievement of ALG objectives. S/he will be responsible for overall technical direction and project implementation, including field team mobilization and leadership; development and implementation of work plans, operational budgets, and performance monitoring plans; coordination with the USAID mission, government officials, other donors and partner organizations, and ensuring achievement of project results and objectives. The COP will supervise key project staff and ensure team cohesion.
- Identify issues and risks related to program implementation and guide appropriate program adjustments
- Serve as principal liaison with USAID, Government of Tajikistan counterparts and community stakeholders on program communications and technical implementation activities.
- Lead annual work-planning development process, implementation of workplan activities, and delivery of annual targets;
- Ensure effective coordination and collaboration with other USAID Central Asia projects;
- Oversee multiple activities simultaneously, including hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising local personnel;
- Build the capacity of local staff in both technical and managerial skills; and ensure project compliance with local laws, USAID policies, and DAI policies and procedures.
- Graduate degree in related field;
- Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience in agriculture and/or market systems development preferably in Tajikistan, but significant experiences in other Central Asian regions will be considered;
- Minimum of 5 years of management experience working as Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party or other management role on projects of similar complexity;
- Demonstrated management and supervisory experience on complex, donor funded projects;
- Demonstrated track record of working in teams and fostering collaborative partnerships;
- Strong communications and technical skills, fluent in English, with a preference for additional proficiency in the Russian language;
- Understanding and knowledge of USAID and USG regulations, administration, management, reporting procedures and systems is preferred.