Director of Programs, Global


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 Director of Programs, Global, working out of our headquarters in Washington, D.C.


NCBA CLUSA works in the areas of Resilience, Creating Economic Opportunities and Cooperative Development. This position strategically oversees and directs NCBA CLUSA’s international programs in Latin America, Asia and global IQCs. This position ensures that projects are implemented with high quality in accordance with NCBA CLUSA’s international program management standards and principles. S/he also ensures that NCBA CLUSA values, methodology and approaches are being uniformly implemented across projects.

The Director of Programs, Global is involved in four primary activities: program quality, staff management at the home office and in-country senior program management, representing NCBA CLUSA to external partners and donors, and new business/program development.


  • Plans and directs program quality for assigned portfolio; provides holistic program quality guidance that includes relational, political, administrative and financial areas.
  • Mentors, supervises, leads, develops and evaluates a team of professional staff at the home office and in-country senior program management.
  • Oversees the planning of short- and long-term program priorities, recommends new business strategies, monitors and tracks new business opportunities and designs conceptual approaches and strategic partnerships to maintain NCBA CLUSA’s competitive edge in gaining new business.
  • Helps create a strategic vision for the expansion of the current portfolio including new investments and partnerships.
  • Directs teams to achieve a living strategic country plan; staffing plans, and resource allocation within teams; holds teams accountable to identify, address, and resolve project issues, and support a learning culture.
  • Manages, monitors, audits, and evaluates deliverables to ensure program quality.
  • Reviews and approves critical project documents including action plans, annual work plans, progress reports, and budgets.
  • Collaborates with the new business team on proposal development including leading the process and/or writing sections of proposals for submissions, gathering intelligence on upcoming opportunities; directing the response to solicitations and ensuring sufficient staff resources.
  • Advocates for improved policies and approaches that will streamline work environment, ensure compliance, and increase organizational effectiveness;
  • Liaises between headquarters and field operations and donors.
  • Establishes, maintains, and improves NCBA CLUSA management standards; advocates for support required to maintain an elevated level of quality.
  • When necessary manages donor requests and lead important HQ-led initiatives.
  • Negotiates technical and strategic aspects of partnerships (prime and sub).
  • Acts as NCBA CLUSA representative by creating strong alliances with partners, donors and governments to ensure strong and transparent relationships.
  • Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Master’s degree in international development or equivalent field experience required;
  • 12, or more, years of field experience in the areas of agriculture, cooperative development, value chain analysis, financial and business development services, or natural resource management;
  • Experience working with USAID and USDA and knowledge of US government rules and regulations;
  • Experience in business development efforts including managing teams, excellent proposal writing skills, and winning new projects;
  • Experience in program management required including proven ability in work plan management including developing systems for project and program design;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others;
  • Strategic thinking and planning capacity to support organizational plans and trends in development initiatives five and ten years out;
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities;
  • Problem analysis and resolution at a functional and strategic level;
  • Excellent oral and written interpersonal communications and negotiation skills;
  • High performance and dedicated team player;
  • Commitment to mission, vision, principles and values;
  • Excellent computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel);
  • Required second language spoken in continent: Spanish preferred;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to developing countries from our Washington, DC office, on an as needed basis.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to write or type, use arms to reach for items and turn head to speak and/or hear others. The employee will frequently walk, reach, stoop, push and pull up to 20 lbs. and lift up to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and should remain low to moderate during normal business hours. The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job within an office setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position



Ability to make formal presentations to the board of directors, the membership and general public, as required.

Strong supervisory, managerial and organizational abilities.




Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where complex tasks are necessary.


The Director of Programs, Global reports to the Vice President, International Operations and works closely with the finance, accounting, human resources, and senior leadership teams. The incumbent is expected to work in a positive, professional manner with all NCBA/CLUSA staff, former staff, members, potential members, vendors and the general public.

To apply, click here. We recommend using either of these browsers when applying: Google Chrome or Firefox. 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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