We are looking for a Local Market Senior Specialist (Lagos Nigeria)
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries.
We are a non-profit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital, and markets.
Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs, and wealth for their families and communities.
With over 50 years of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
About the Project
Prosper Cashew is a five-year, $26 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Food for Progress Program that aims to catalyze investment for the West African cashew processing sector.
Over the next five years, the project will strengthen and revive existing cashew processing facilities across Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria and support the development of new processing facilities and other value chain enterprises as part of the project’s overall goal to increase the share of raw cashew nut that is processed in the region from about 8% to 50%.
Over five years, Prosper Cashew will improve the capacity of 60 processing units who source cashews from approximately 34,000 farmers, facilitate $497 million of investment in the cashew sector, and generate $1.
5 billion in cashew kernel sales. The project expects to create more than 26,000 new jobs (at least 50% for women) and indirectly benefit more than 133,000 women, men, and children in West Africa.
A key component of the project will be to strengthen and increase commercially viable cashew enterprises through business and technical support.
On the business side, the project will build processor capacity in business management, financial management, investment facilitation, HR and workforce management, marketing, and supply chain development.
Prosper Cashew will support processors to integrate their supply chain to maximize cost competitiveness and capitalize on other value propositions such as single origin, traceability, organic, and certified cashew kernels.
Prosper Cashew will support cashew processors to develop a robust supply chain, from the sourcing of raw nuts to sale of processed kernels.
The project will pilot innovative direct supplier programs to guarantee a sustainable source of quality raw material and will support the marketing of kernels from West Africa by bringing together processors and international buyers.
Primary Purpose and Function
Reporting to the Regional Business Support Manager, the Local Market Senior Specialist will help develop, execute, and monitor marketing programs targeting, mainly the local / domestic market for cashew products .
This includes conducting market (outlet) research, analyzing trends to help define marketing strategy, and providing advice as to how to best reach the target market.
S / he will implement tailored technical assistance plans that focus on building profitability, supporting processing units to increase their sales and market reach.
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Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe's vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.
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