The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.

Operations Officer, Pacific Islands Food Systems Project


Published on Friday, 21 September 2018.

CTA seeks to recruit an highly motivated professional with operational, financial and administrative skills for the Pacific Islands Food Systems Project.


The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

CTA envisions agriculture in ACP countries as a vibrant, modern and sustainable business that creates value for smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs, youth and women, and produces affordable, nutritious and healthy food for all.


CTA is implementing the project “Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands”, with co-funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). With respect to this project, we now have an opportunity for a highly motivated professional with research, management and analytical skills who can work independently as well as within a team.


Under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator in charge of the Pacific Nutritious Food Systems Project, the Operations Officer is expected to provide operational, financial and administrative oversight in the implementation of project activities, with specific attention to the following:

  • Oversee budget implementation & financial reporting to ensure adherence to and compliance with CTA and IFAD financial and auditing requirements.
  • Oversee the implementation of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Plan to ensure project is on track in keeping with the approved project log frame. Provide timely feedback so that corrective action is taken. Prepare periodic monitoring reports working with CTA Learning and Monitoring Unit and IFAD Pacific Team.
  • Monitor the implementation of activities within the framework of approved contracts. Actively follow-up with partners and consultants and collect, collate and analyse relevant financial and technical data to support the M&E plan.
  • Ensure the timely production of quality technical, financial and audit reports and their submission within the required deadlines. Initiate the drafting, and assist with the review, editing and finalisation of the annual project work plan and budget and technical progress, financial and audit reports in accordance with the required formats. Liaise with relevant CTA and IFAD Finance and Audit units and service providers.
  • Oversee the effective management of the Innovation Grant Awards to Pacific SMEs and participate in activities related to the project’s VCC/AI platform. Liaise with grant awardees and regional consultants/national facilitators coordinating d-group discussions on finance and weather-risk and provide status reports.
  • Assist in planning and conceptualization of project activities, including contributing to the preparation of concept notes, terms of references, reports, articles and in reviewing technical reports.
  • Undertake other administrative and technical support including preparation of contracts and the organisation of project related events and other activities as needed.


  • Education: Masters’ degree in management, business administration or related discipline.
  • Work experience: at least 4 years’ relevant professional experience after having obtained the required degree.

Experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation and working in development; specific experience in support of agriculture and agribusiness/value chain development is an advantage.

Professional knowledge & skills:

  • Familiarity with the rules and regulations governing procurement and financial reporting and ability to apply them.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Good organisational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in an international and multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent IT skills, including advanced level MS Office; experience in managing WordPress systems and d-group platforms is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of French is desirable.
  • Passionate about international development, cooperation, agricultural and rural development, environment and related social justice issues.
  • Knowledge of the Pacific region and experience in working with actors in the Pacific Islands agricultural and value chain sectors is a plus.


The candidate must be a national of one of the ACP or EU States signatory to the Cotonou Agreement - 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific States.

The Operations Officer will be appointed by the Director of the CTA upon recommendation of the Selection Committee.

  • Type of contract: short term, category auxiliary staff, level 3B.
  • Duration of the contract: until end February 2020 (with a 6 months’ probationary period).
  • Gross annual income: € 46.894,- mostly tax-free.
  • Comprehensive benefits package.


Interested candidates having the relevant qualifications and experience stated in section 4, are required to send the documents listed below via email to Christèle Coutureau, Human Resources Officer at

  • A letter of motivation (maximum one page);
  • An up-to-date CV, preferably EUROPASS format;
  • Copies of the highest diploma/degree as well as training certificates related to the position. Original documents are to be presented once a candidate is selected.

Please indicate in the subject of the email the title ‘Operations Officer – Pacific Food Systems project’. Deadline for applications: 21 October 2018.

Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. A written or oral test may be requested in addition to the interview.

CTA is an equal opportunity employer and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Closing date for application:
21 October 2018
Type of contract:
short term, category auxiliary staff, level 3B