Chief of Party, East Timor

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Celebrating 100 years of supporting cooperatives that build a better world, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the apex association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector support, advocacy and international development that helps co-ops thrive. NCBA CLUSA continues to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 85 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the positon of Chief of Party (COP) for the remaining years of the $9.2 million USDA-funded Timor Leste Agribusiness Development Project based in East Timor and possible commitment to follow on funding.

In partnership with the Cooperative Café Timor (CCT), the primary objective of the project is to link smallholder farmers in lowland areas of East Timor with international markets, contributing to increased trade and rural income. The target crops - Robusta coffee, cocoa, cassava, black pepper, cloves and vanilla - have been selected because they are in high demand globally and have the potential to perform well in the targeted areas.

With the support of other management staff, the TLADP Chief of Party (COP) will have primary responsibility for the implementation and management of respective project/award. This position ensures that project is implemented with high quality in accordance with NCBA CLUSA’s international program management standards and with its technical approach and principles. The incumbent will ensure that NCBA CLUSA’s values, methodology and approaches are being uniformly implemented throughout the project. As the head administrator for the project, the COP will direct all in-country TLADP activities and will be the primary point of in-country contact for the project/award donor. The COP will ensure optimal strategic direction and achievement of program objectives for NCBA CLUSA as well as compliance with NCBA CLUSA program quality standards and US government administrative and financial requirements


  • The CoP will serve as NCBA CLUSA’s top representative and executive in respective country by establishing and/or maintaining excellent working relationships with donors, government officials at all levels, the private sector, the customers of the project, suppliers, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies, and other rural and financial development practitioners;
  • Serve as the project’s in country main contact point with USDA;
  • Maintain constant communications with the home office and the Southeast Asian Regional Director’s office for reporting on implementation progress and challenges encountered;
  • Ensure the TLADP team implements quality programming in a cost-effective manner and oversee the timely expenditure of approved budgets, avoiding both under spending and overspending on budgets;
  • Recruit, train and motivate top professional talent within respective area for the TLADP;
  • Design, negotiate, and execute annual project work plans for the TLADP;
  • Oversee project monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
  • Coordinate with the NZAID project COP and the Southeast Asia Regional Director’s Office so that internal controls, policies and procedures that are in-line with US Government and NCBA CLUSA compliance regulations as well as local laws;
  • Supervise the management of TLADP sub-grants;
  • Provide leadership, advice, and mentoring of TLADP support staff and project partners;
  • Per the project design, market test, and ramp up the delivery of new and innovative farming systems, input production and distribution, farmer extension and training, marketing strategies, and the accompanying tools;
  • Provide leadership, advice, and mentoring of TLADP staff and project coordination with Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT) in their functions under the TLADP;
  • Prepare TLADP project implementation and impact reports and other programming/project documents as needed for the effective oversight by head office and the Southeast Asia Regional office for the marketing of NCBA CLUSA achievements and capabilities;
  • Assist where requested in drafting and refining the technical proposals on key bids;
  • Lead TLADP innovation and help to find new solutions according to articulated needs on behalf of the Timor Leste Government, beneficiaries, and the donor;
  • Represent NCBA CLUSA at national, international, and regional conferences and donor meetings, at request of the NCBA CLUSA supervisor;
  • Ensure all TLADP staff is aware of and understands NCBA CLUSA policies and procedures;
  • Promote TLADP staff capacity building and work with senior managers to identify gaps, anticipate problems and innovate and implement solutions.


  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree required in Agribusiness, Economics or Business (or related field); a Master’s Degree is preferred;
  • Requires a minimum of twelve years of experience implementing US Government and/or other donor projects, preferably in the areas related to NCBA CLUSA’s core focus sectors: food security and agriculture, democracy and governance, natural resource management, cooperative development, and community-development;
  • Previous Chief of Party experience managing a large USG-funded project, or similar positions of senior leadership over complex projects with other organizations;
  • A minimum of six years of experience in International development;
  • Strong knowledge of local political institutions and culture;
  • Direct relevant experience managing a large, multi-year program, which is USG funded;
  • Proven ability to develop systems for project and program design;
  • Expert ability in Organizational Development, Institutional Capacity Building and Agribusiness Management and Marketing;
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience managing project communications and compliance with NCBA CLUSA and donor regulations;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others;
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities;
  • Skills in problem analysis and problem resolution at a functional and strategic level;
  • High performance and strong team player;
  • Commitment to company mission, vision, principles, and values;
  • Proven strong negotiation skills;
  • Excellent computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel);
  • Ability to travel to project sites, throughout East Timor and internationally;
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of Tetum or Portuguese is a plus.

If interested in this position APPLY HERE. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity.  All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.

NCBA CLUSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all facets of employment, including the employment application and selection process. If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at NCBA CLUSA, please send an email to 
Misti French or call 202.638.6222.


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