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Chief of Party, Support for Commercializing Non-timber Forest Products - TechnoServe

Location: Harare
Alert: Application Deadline Expired

Job Summary

Deadline: Rolling basis


Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of TechnoServe’s work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of business and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.

The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting. Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are amazing...when incomes increase and living conditions for families get better, they are able to access health care and education previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are better off.

Program Overview

  • The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) anticipates funding the five-year Support for Commercializing Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) activity in Zimbabwe.
  • The NTFP activity aims to commercialize non-timber forest products in Zimbabwe in order to improve the resilience of vulnerable and marginalized communities (particularly women and youth) through increased incomes and strengthened environmental stewardship.

Objectives of the activity include:

  • Increased production and supply of non-timber forest products to meet domestic and international market demands;
  • Increased investments by local, regional and international marketers in the communities and on infrastructure that will ensure supply of quality products that meet international standards; and Improved natural resource management and sustainable forest management practices that promote biodiversity and reduce human-wildlife conflict.

Duties And Responsibilities

Primary functions & responsibilities

  • Lead overall implementation and management of the anticipated program, from inception to close-out, ensuring that the program achieves established goals, objectives and targets
  • Provide strategic guidance, leadership, management and general technical oversight of the program
  • Continuously develop operational efficiencies and drive innovations in delivery
  • Oversee development and submission of project deliverables on time and within budget
  • Recruit, lead, manage, and supervise delivery teams comprising long- and short-term team members and consortium partners
  • Serve as the primary liaison with USAID / Zimbabwe, the Government of Zimbabwe, and all counterparts, implementing partners, and stakeholders involved with the program
  • Act as a spokesperson for the program and present its work regionally / globally.

Qualifications And Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in agricultural economics, international development, business, economics, public policy or other relevant areas, and at least eight years of experience in relevant private sector or development programs
  • Or bachelor’s degree with at least twelve years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated prior technical and management expertise leading and supervising integrated NTFP, small enterprise development, private sector programs along with community-based natural resource management, and community development programs
  • Prior Chief of Party / Program Lead experience, with a minimum of three years of experience managing large international donor programs
  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs and knowledge of USAID regulations and procedures
  • Prior work experience or collaboration with private sector companies and businesses.

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