The 2SCALE program 1 is designed to incubate and accelerate inclusive business development in African agri-food systems. 2SCALE works together with companies (African, Dutch and other small and medium-sized enterprises - SMEs) and producer organizations (POs) to develop business models and partnership models that promote inclusiveness, develop competitive edge, and have potential for scaling.
These partnerships, also referred to as public-private partnerships (PPPs), are the core implementation modality to achieve the objectives of the program.
Specifically, 2SCALE supports partnerships in target agri-food industries with significant potential to :
improve food and nutrition security, both at grassroots level and at the consumer end of the value chain by serving local and regional markets (including Base-of-the-Pyramid BoP - markets) with nutritious food products.
improve the terms of inclusion of smallholder farmers and other micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the value chains
attract and employ the youth
engage and empower women
To strengthen PPPs, 2SCALE also collaborates with companies and organizations that provide a specific expertise to support the target agri-food value chains or act as a major off-taker in the chain.
2SCALE is co-funded by the private sector and by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS).
Building on a first phase (2012-18), the current phase of 2SCALE runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023. It is awarded to a consortium led by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and comprising the Base-of-the-Pyramid Innovation Center (BoPInc) and the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV).
2SCALE’s general objective on Gender Empowerment & Women Economic Empowerment (GE / WEE)is to support agribusiness models where women (as small holder farmers , processors, traders and other Entrepreneurs, and employees);
enjoy full access to capacity building, support services, equipment, inputs and assets delivered by Business Support Services (BSSs), other service providers and suppliers (e.
g. financial institutions, extension units, spray service providers and agro-input dealers, etc.); benefit from this support in the form of increased yields, incomes, jobs, time available, and are able to make / influence decisions at household, agribusiness cluster and value chain levels.
2SCALE Objective communications is to promote the activities of the program in the public domain highlighting achievements, challenges and lessons learnt in the partnerships co-created with target agribusiness champions and their local networks.
The program has set ambitious targets in terms of improving the terms of inclusion of female actors in focus value chain.
Overall, 2SCALE program targets (in relation to gender).
750,000 small holder farmer groups (50% of them women)
250 SMEs (125 female-led SMEs)
20,000 new non-farming jobs (10,000 Jobs for females)
5,000 MSMEs (2,500 female led MSMEs)
125,000 female smallholder farmers, 1,000 female-led MSMEs, and 62 female-led SMEs have access to additional financial services.
To assist the country team in achieving and contributing to these targets, 2SCALE is recruiting an intern / consultant. The Communication and Gender Intern shall contribute to the communication activities of 2SCALE with direct support from the Anglophone Communication and Gender Specialists.
Strengthen the documentation and communication of the impact of 2SCALE activities in agribusinesses in Nigeria
Enhance the visibility of the 2SCALE approach in Nigeria
Support PFs and BSSs in launching and implementing AAP activities related to Gender
Help capitalize on 2SCALE’s gender inclusion related impacts
Contribute to the identification of partners to support PPPs’ women stakeholders
Support the Partnership Facilitators to :
document at least 3 stories from each of the 2SCALE partnerships in Nigeria
properly use of 2SCALE brand assets by 2SCALE staff in Nigeria
Take and archive high-quality action photos and videos of 2SCALE interventions across the partnerships
launch and implement annual action plan (AAP) activities related to Gender
check the quality of gender specific collected data for UIIs
develop at least one case study or impact stories related to gender
Create a database of MSMEs and SMEs led by women and included in the PPPs
Prepare a one pager on the evolution of Gender inclusion per PPP
Support the development of the Nigeria contact database
Contribute to the consistent showcasing of social media content from 2SCALE Nigeria partnerships
Contributes to the organization and preparation of external field / media events.
Prepare 1 blog on the activities undertaken by 2SCALE or the actors to improve women inclusion
Help produce 2 testimonial videos with the communication team on Gender inclusion
Co-organize with the country team the International Women's Day celebration
Co-produce a video for the celebration of a second event related to gender
Make a list of important national and international partners to help the team establish synergies to sustainably support the women impacted in PPPs
Not more than 5 working days after each field activity
The report must include but is not limited to the following elements :
detailed description on activities carried out and their results
an explanation on how gender and youth were considered in carrying out the activities
lessons learned from the activities carried out
Pictures (in JPG format)
First week of the ensuing quarter
A collation of all activities carried out during the quarter including plans for the coming quarter to sustain the interventions.
Publish at least 5 stories per month per 2SCALE communication format
Schedule and Level of Effort
The Intern will work for 3 months, effective from May to July 2022 renewable only once based on performance.
The Intern will be posted at Abuja, Nigeria, in 2SCALE’s office hosted by IFDC and will travel to the field when needed.
Qualifications / Skills
A good degree in agriculture, communications, development studies and social sciences
Excellent oral, written and communication skills in English
Ability to critically examine and review documents
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively in an environment with multiple stakeholders and people from different cultures and backgrounds
Analytical capabilities and attention to detail
Ability to successfully perform multiple tasks
Ability and willingness to travel within Nigeria
High level of initiative and enthusiasm, adaptability, and flexibility
Able to think creatively about the use of digital and visual communication