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 Deputy Chief of Party Stakeholder Engagement to support NCBA CLUSA’s PROGANA Program, based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
PROGANA, implemented by NCBA CLUSA from 9/30/2015 to 11/29/2020, targets improvements in the beef and dairy value chains in the Dominican Republic, focusing on eleven provinces with high concentrations of small and medium livestock producers that need to elevate their levels of beef and dairy management to reach U.S. export equivalency standards. The project is structured around six components: Capacity Building, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Inputs, Market Access, and Training. The program works to do the following:
- Expand trade of beef through opening of US markets (Puerto Rico) to beef export through achievement of equivalency with the US Food Safety System in compliance with WTO and CAFTA trade requirements. This involves restructuring of Ministry of Public Health inspections of the slaughterhouse facility and establishment of laboratory testing by the Ministry of Agriculture of inspection samples.
- Development of the dairy value chain by adding value to post-production; increasing the adoption of established standards; increasing access to markets; building linkages between buyers and sellers; improving post-harvest infrastructure; increasing the use and efficiency of post-production processes; improving the policy and regulatory framework; and strengthening the capacity of key organizations in the trade sector.
- Improve agricultural productivity in the livestock (beef and dairy) value chain by increasing the use of improved techniques and technologies; improving farm management; increasing the availability of improved inputs and use of financial services; strengthening the capacity of government institutions and key groups; and increasing the leverage of private sector resources.
With the Junta Agroempresarial Dominicana (JAD) as the primary sub-recipients, Texas A&M University’s Borlaug Institute and Cooperative Resources International providing technical assistance, the project is working to strengthen the capacity of individual farmers; producer organizations and cooperatives; government agencies and the private sector in eleven provinces: Dajabón, Duarte, El Seibo, Hato Mayor, Independencia, La Altagracia, Monte Plata, Puerto Plata, San Juan, Santiago Rodriguez, and MaríaTrinidad Sanchez.
ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
- Leads project efforts to strengthen the current strategy and the implementation of a national plan for the stakeholder engagement and lead implementation of this plan in coordination with the Chief of Party (COP) and the project team and partners. Leads outreach to the Dominican cooperative movement to support strengthening of coops and producer groups, support national law reform efforts and organize national leadership event and other activities with national stakeholders.
- Stays current on the identified obstacles to achieving equivalency, and work to remove barriers to achieving the goals. These have been identified in reports provided by Texas A&M. Evaluation reports conducted by FSIS on the Dominican system should also be reviewed as they provide valuable insight into the issues with the Dominican systems and the problems FSIS identified previously.
- Develops scopes of work for engagement of technical assistance by Texas A&M University in support of achieving equivalency as needed. Work closely with the Texas A&M consultants while they are conducting their work in the Dominican Republic.
- Represents PROGANA on the Equivalency Group and on the Consultative Technical Council (CTC). This will be done primarily through facilitation of discussion by involved stakeholders, identification of all areas where changes are required, tracking progress in those areas, encouraging urgency and rapid advancement, pointing out when delays are happening, and engaging them in identifying ways to expedite change in the involved government systems.
- Supports the Head Quarters new business team in identifying and preparing opportunities for new projects in collaboration with key partners.
- The position is responsible for updating JAD, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and NCBA CLUSA leadership of equivalency progress in consultation with the COP. This includes consulting with and requesting support from JAD’s President when identified areas for change are experiencing delays. Equivalency work is divided between two key areas: Slaughter house inspection by the Ministry of Public Health and Laboratory testing of slaughter house meat samples.
SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:
- Master’s degree preferred in a relevant area.
- A minimum of 10 years of experience in the international development sector working with stakeholders including government agencies and the private sector; at least five of those 10 years working with international donor-funded programs, preferred.
- Proven experience building successful relationships with stakeholders. Demonstrated experience working with government agencies to bring about change and achieve tangible results.
- Experience facilitating group consensus and achieving group goals.
- Experience organizing stakeholders in support of large national or international events.
- Experience managing short and long-term technical experts in the field
- Comprehensive knowledge of USAID & USDA rules and regulations, preferred.
- Ability to write technical and donor reports in a highly effective and collegial manner.
- Fluency in English and Spanish required.
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.