Country Director, Madagascar


The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the primary voice for people who use cooperative businesses to build a better world and a more inclusive economy in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For over 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought 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 the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Country Director to support NCBA CLUSA’s International team, based in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The Country Director represents NCBA CLUSA and its interests within the assigned country.  The person in this position serves as the main point of contact for field operations within the country, attending meetings and conferences with donors and partners as necessary and in coordination with NCBA CLUSA home office. S/he works with NCBA CLUSA home office to identify additional funding opportunities and contributes to proposals centered on activities within the country as needed. The Country Director remains in regular contact with designated staff at NCBA CLUSA home office and oversees the submission of all deliverables as required by the program contract and NCBA CLUSA. S/he continuously monitors program operations to ensure compliance with NCBA CLUSA and funder requirements and supports innovations that strengthen management, finance and other systems as well as competitive, results-oriented programming.


Business Development

  • Identifies potential funding opportunities within the country and contributes to proposals as needed;
  • Fosters and cultivates strong networks throughout the country to position NCBA CLUSA to acquire and manage grants effectively;
  • Tracks and monitors competitors and development practices and approaches to strengthen NCBA CLUSA models, innovate programming and position NCBA CLUSA for future funding;
  • In collaboration with NCBA CLUSA headquarters office, strengthens Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems, evidence, learning and technical approaches and models to maintain current and attract new funders; and
  • Develops a strategic plan for outreach and developing thought leadership (e.g. value chain case studies and reports) for dissemination to potential funders and partners.


  • Provides high level national representation to key audiences including the local and national government, partners and donors, as requested;
  • Responsible for establishing constructive relationships and collaborations (i.e. host government, NGOs, private sector, local communities and other key partners);
  • Monitors government policies impacting NCBA CLUSA operations and engages with key partners, as appropriate, to make necessary adjustments in NCBA CLUSA programs; and
  • Participates in donor-working groups, meetings and events focused on NCBA CLUSA to raise the visibility of NCBA CLUSA and gather information to inform operations and program models.

Program Oversight

  • Provides strategic direction and leadership with overall responsibility for meeting the goals and objectives of programs;
  • Provides leadership and mentorship to the local staff to build their own leadership and management capacities;
  • On boards and oversees the local project teams as described in project proposals, making shifts as deemed appropriate;
  • Implements the contracted NCBA CLUSA development program according to the terms of the contract issued by the donor and adhering to the activities set out in the approved project proposal;
  • Creates implementation strategies and work plans to meet all contracted deliverables;
  • Tracks program progress to ensure success in coordination with NCBA CLUSA headquarters;
  • Drafts and submits all necessary reports to the headquarters office for revision prior to submission;
  • Ensures the program is adhering to appropriate compliance standards;
  • Oversees the smooth and effective implementation, alerting NCBA CLUSA headquarters staff to challenges as they arise and providing recommendations on potential solutions to address any issues;
  • Oversees the establishment and maintenance of internal controls and administrative and financial policies in coordination with headquarters office management staff;
  • Continuously monitors “best practices” and proposes innovations to strengthen operational capacity of NCBA CLUSA (e.g. efficient cash management processes, financial and audit reporting systems, M&E and program models); and
  • As appropriate, reports deviations/problems encountered to NCBA CLUSA headquarter office in a timely manner so that corrective action can be taken.


  • Bachelor’s degree required in international development, economics, agriculture/agribusiness, international business, or related degree.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in international development.
  • Strong skills in value chains, food security, and/or association development required.
  • Previous experience in agriculture management in a developing country, US government grant management experience preferred.
  • Excellent team leadership and program management skills.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience managing project communications and compliance with NCBA CLUSA and donor regulations.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
  • Commitment to company mission, vision, principles, and values.
  • Knowledge of geographic region.
  • Excellent computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel).
  • Fluency in English, French, and written, required.

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To apply, click 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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