Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

Gender and Youth Inclusion Specialists

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Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is recruiting for Full time Gender and Youth Inclusion Specialists

Job Description

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is a non-profit international development organization based in Washington, DC. CNFA's mission is to increase and sustain rural incomes in less developed areas of the world by assisting farmers and rural entrepreneurs.


Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to strengthen the enabling environment for agribusiness finance and investment. To achieve this goal, the Activity focuses on four interrelated components: (i) improving the enabling environment for agricultural sector growth; (ii) broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; (iii) promoting and facilitating investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations; and (iv) sustainably enhancing the performance of agribusiness micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs). In line with the U.S. and Nigerian governments’ commitment to growing the non-oil-based economy, these efforts will increase the depth, breadth, dynamism, and competitiveness of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.


Position Description

The Agribusiness Investment Activity (the Activity) is seeking a Gender and Youth Specialist to provide periodic and ongoing support to gender and youth mainstreaming and monitoring interventions over the course of the Activity’s implementation. Reporting to the COP, the Consultant will support the Activity’s programmatic efforts by implementing, refining, monitoring and generating lessons learned from an existing gender and youth integration methodology and action plan that aims to effectively engage women, youth and other vulnerable groups. The purpose of this call for experts is to develop a roster of qualified gender and youth specialists to support the Activity as and when needed. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Refining, updating and supporting implementation of the approved “Integration Plan for Gender and Youth.”
  • Developing programmatic materials and conducting trainings as outlined in the Plan.
  • Identifying policy, legal or regulatory constraints that present challenges to or opportunities for gender, youth, and other vulnerable groups. 
  • Identifying opportunities for the Activity’s Policy Reform Unit to address these areas in collaboration with the public and/or private sector.
  • Related to the above, soliciting ideas for gender- and youth-related Public Private Dialogues (PPDs), called for by the public sector, focused on achieving tangible policy recommendations.
  • Developing recommendations on how constraints affecting gender, youth, and other vulnerable groups can be addressed within the Activity’s three components; improving the ease of doing agribusiness; broadening access to financing; and facilitating investment promotion.
  • Supporting monitoring, evaluation and learning activities as related to the Integration Plan for Gender and Youth.
  • Performing other duties related to this assignment as requested by the COP or his designate as needed.
Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience


Other Requirements


  • University graduate with a degree in in gender studies, agribusiness, economics, sociology or a related field (Masters preferred);
  • 5+ years of relevant agribusiness and gender experience in Nigeria;
  • Experience conducting research for USAID- and/or other donor-funded programs is strongly preferred;
  • Experience working collaboratively with institutional and private‐sector partners and stakeholders in Nigeria;
  • Ability to work well in diverse teams but also productive working individually with minimum supervision;
  • Well organized, strong analytical skills, creative thinker, innovative, demonstrated personal initiative, stress tolerance, integrity and ethics;
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English; and
  • The ability to produce various informational products under tight deadlines.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. Position is not eligible for U.S. work sponsorship.


Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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About Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture is an international agricultural development organization that specializes in the design and implementation of sustainable, enterprise-based agricultural initiatives. We work with businesses, foundations, governments, and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food. Since our inception in 1985, we have designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilita...
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March 26, 2020
Offer Type
Full time
Minimum of 5years
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