Heifer Nepal Agricultural Private Sector Technical Director

Job ID 685

Program / Project Management Kathmandu, Nepal


About Us

Heifer has worked in Nepal since 1957 and has had a permanent corporate office in the country for the past 25 years. Heifer’s economic growth work in Nepal has been funded by its own funding from private donations and work with all donors from USAID, European donors, multi-lateral banks, foundations, private sector partners and the Nepali national and local governments.  Our technical assistance projects cover everything from small holder farmers, cooperatives, to women empowerment, local government development, environment, youth employment, entrepreneurship, SME development and value addition for livestock and agriculture products (everything from post- harvest handling, packaging to market linkages).

In addition to our Nepal work, Heifer is currently implementing similar projects throughout 20 offices around the world. Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with some form of disability.

Agricultural Private Sector Technical Director - Proposal

Heifer International is currently seeking an Agricultural Private Sector Technical Director for the upcoming 5-year USAID-funded Nepal Agricultural Transformation activity. The position is contingent upon award, with an anticipated total value of $25-50 million.

The fulltime Nepal-based Technical Director will lead one of the four project components focused on increasing agricultural productivity, competitiveness, and diversification. Under his/her leadership, the Director will assist in advancing the commercial interests of firms through improved business operations trade that pulls smallholder farmers into sustainable supplier relationships. The Director will further assist Nepalese firms’ adoption of technological innovations and best practices to achieve overall agricultural productivity and enhancing their competitiveness.

Overall areas of technical responsibility will include:

  • Enhancing commercial linkages between farm production and agro-based industries;
  • Expanding agro-enterprise opportunities;
  • Strengthening access to markets and trade; and
  • Expanding trade in domestic and regional markets.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Leading and managing the project component’s intervention strategy, work planning, and activity design.
  • Providing support to project beneficiaries and stakeholders that include private sector umbrella groups, farmer groups, lead firms, local government representatives.
  • Overseeing a project delivery team that will consist of both long-term technical assistance and short-term technical assistance staff.
  • Coaching regional field-based advisors, local partners, and other local stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least ten (10) years of experience in international development work managing all integrated aspects of complex programs of similar scale, with a particular emphasis on agriculture programming
  • Undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics, International Development or other related field is required
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in addressing agriculture productivity, competitiveness and trade challenges
  • At least five (5) years of supervisory experience in building and effectively supervising a diverse team
  • Prior experience working in Nepal, Asia or developing country context
  • Demonstrated management, leadership, decision making and interpersonal skills with host country government staff, local and donor counterparts, and other implementing partners
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Full professional proficiency in English is required

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. CVs submitted for this opportunity may be retained in our database for other/future opportunities, unless we are directed otherwise.