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Monday, September 21, 2015

Agronomist Director, Heifer International, Washington DC, USA

Agronomist Director

Job posted by: Heifer International
Posted on: September 18, 2015

Job description

The Agronomist Director plays a central role within Heifer in defining resource mobilization strategies, facilitation of the development of global technical strategies, serving as a thought-leader in Heifer's respective areas of work, strengthening Country Office capacity for resource mobilization and technical expertise in key agriculture areas, and responding to funding opportunities. As a member of the Institutional Business Development (IBD) team, the Agronomist Director works under the supervision of the Vice President of Institutional Building; however, s/he also collaborates with the Foundation Relations and Global Partnerships and Alliances teams to identify and respond to specific foundation and corporate funding opportunities. H/she is primarily responsible for raising resources from institutional donors, as well as representing Heifer with large donors and peer organizations. Annual acquisition targets for this staff will be collaboratively developed, contributing to the overall IBD and Heifer fundraising goal.
  1. Lead Heifer's development of large proposals focusing on staple crops and horticulture
  2. Position Heifer to compete for institutional funding by developing relationships with key funders, including USAID (Feed the Future, Food for Peace, etc.), USDA, European Commission (in collaboration with Heifer Netherlands), United Nations [particularly International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)], among others.
  3. Develop relationships with peer organizations that directly relate to proposal submission to institutional donors.
  4. Develop key working relationships with research institutions working in agriculture value chains, including International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and others.
  5. Work with Heifer's Corporate and Foundation leaders in representing Heifer's technical expertise to key donors.
  6. Serve as Heifer's thought-leader on agriculture among key donors and peers.
  7. In collaboration with Heifer Area Teams and Country Office teams, develop a global Agriculture strategy around selected crops, including coffee, cocoa, spices (e.g. Cardamom), among others.
  8. Identify funding opportunities through on-line research and personal networking.
  9. Contribute to the technical designs of proposals to institutional donors, corporations, and foundations.
  10. May perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned by the Vice-President of Institutional Building.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree plus ten (10) years of related experience
  • Proficiency in English
Preferred Requirements:
  • A master's degree in agriculture.
  • At least eight (8) years' experience in working with farmers in developing countries with regards to staple crops and horticulture.
  • Demonstrated success in proposal submission and approval.
  • At least five years' experience with institutional donors (e.g. European Union, USAID, World Bank, IFAD, FAO, etc.).
  • Proficiency in Spanish or French preferred.
Most Critical Proficiencies:
  • Strong diplomatic skills, experience in working with governmental institutions at various levels.
  • Strong leadership, teamwork, coaching and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.
  • Willingness to travel a minimum of 30% annually.
  • Extensive experience in staple crop agriculture and horticulture.
Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:
  • Demonstrated working experience in project development and project management in Africa, Asia, and/or the Americas.
  • Demonstrated experience in gender issues.
  • Familiarity with nutrition programming.
  • Experience in training and/or group facilitation.
  • Proven communication and leadership skills with the ability to coach and work cooperatively with a diverse staff.
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to adapt to conflicting deadlines and priorities.
  • Ability to work independently or with a team and perform multiple tasks with occasional interruptions.
  • Ability to confidently give presentations and impromptu speeches to a wide range of audiences, including board members, executive members, local to international media.
  • Ability to motivate team members and coordinate work with multidisciplinary teams.
  • May require constant sitting and moving; working at a computer for extended periods of time, as well as occasional bending and lifting.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Willingness and ability to work outside of normal business hours to accommodate customers in different time zones.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to lift from floor to waist and carry up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms).
To apply please visit our website at Thank you.

How to apply

To apply please visit our website at Thank you.


1899 L Street; 3rd Floor, Ste 325, Washington, DC, 220036, US


Start date
November 5, 2015
Application deadline
October 6, 2015
Education requirements
Languages needed
Level of language proficiency
Fluent English - French/Spanish preferred
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Salary details
Salary offered based on experience
Benefits information available at
Job function
Owner's areas of focus

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