Project Manager
Abuja, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, NGA
5d ago

We are looking for an Project Manager for a Tomato Processing Study in Northern Nigeria, implemented by TechnoServe.

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 more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

Background and Project Purpose :

Tomatoes account for 20 percent of Nigerians’ daily fruit and vegetable consumption, and the country has the second largest tomato production volume in Africa.

Nigeria produces 1.8 million metric tons (MT) of tomatoes per annum, against the demand of 2.3 million MT per annum. While there is opportunity for local production to meet demand, approximately 45 percent of tomato production is lost before reaching consumers, resulting in supply gaps, wasted nutritious food, and lower incomes for tomato smallholder farmers.

Mechanisms to reduce post-harvest loss, such as increased local processing of fresh tomato and the use of reusable plastic crates (RPCs) for tomato transport and provide a significant opportunity to reduce waste, drive increased incomes for smallholder farmers, and develop SMEs along the value chain.

In particular, expanding cottage and small-scale processing in the north provides an opportunity to significantly reduce post-harvest loss, support stable local demand for fresh tomato, and increase value capture in the region, especially for women.

While in the past TechnoServe has demonstrated that with technical assistance and subsidies for equipment procurement, cottage processors can achieve profitability, additional, detailed financial analysis is needed to create a clear business case for increased investment in cottage tomato processing.

Role :

TechnoServe seeks a Project Manager to oversee a rigorous assessment of the cottage tomato processing industry in Northern Nigeria.

The Project Manager will oversee a consultant and field staff that will gather and analyze primary data to determine whether there is a business case for commercial investment in the sector.

The project will also assess the potential impact of local sourcing and processing of tomatoes on the smallholder farmer.

The Project Manager will support and oversee a team to conduct the following activities :

  • A detailed profit and loss analysis for a typical cottage processor over the span of 5 years
  • A break-even analysis of the costs of establishing a tomato processing business
  • An overview of market demand and competing tomato paste products
  • An assessment of smallholder farmer tomato sales options and processor’s tomato sourcing models
  • An analysis of the investment and assistance (from the public sector or private sector) needed to support cottage tomato processing Northern Nigeria
  • The Project Manager will be the main liaison with TechnoServe field staff in Northern Nigeria as well as the key relationship manager with the donor.

    Contact with donor staff will be critical to align efforts, connect stakeholders, and prioritize investments.


    The Project Manager will oversee a consultant and field staff to complete the following deliverables.


    Detailed work plan and confirmation of deliverables

    Week 2

    Draft Interim Deliverable

    Review critical interim deliverables including overall market data and segmentation, processor, and farmer scenarios, critical challenges in status quo, and filter process to go from longlist to shortlist of investments.

    Meeting should end with alignment on analytical framework and on criteria for business case to be analyzed

    Week 6

    Draft Final Deliverable

    Draft final deliverables to be presented in a validation workshop with donor for feedback. Will include a summary presentation and a detailed presentation on business case, smallholder farmer impact, and investment opportunities

    Final Deliverable

    Final summary presentation and detailed presentation provided to donor based on feedback to draft final deliverable. Final deliverable will include summary and detailed PowerPoint deck, as well as backup excel documents.

    Week 14

    Basic Skills and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree with at least 5 years of experience working in private sector
  • Experience working at a top-tier strategy consulting firm, investment bank or similar preferred
  • Demonstrated project and people manager
  • Demonstrated donor or partner relationship management experience
  • Proven analytical and quantitative skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Ability to adapt to changing working conditions
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines while maintaining high attention to detail
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills with a focus on structured, systems-level thought
  • High level of emotional intelligence and experience in effective cross-cultural communication
  • Travel

  • Potential for travel across Northern Nigeria (Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Jigawa)
  • Time Frame

    This consultancy is for an initial period of Three (3) months to deliver on these tasks as mentioned above with possibilities of an extension.

    Deadline for application : February 15th, 2021 17h00 WAT. Engagement will be for 14 weeks with potential for extension

    TechnoServe encourages diversity in all levels and across all facets of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, HIV / AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.

    We welcome hearing from qualified and interested applicants. Due to a high volume of applicants, please understand that we are able to contact only those who meet the minimum qualifications.

    No phone calls, please.

    TechnoServe is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all facets of employment, including the employment application and selection process.

    If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at TechnoServe please contact Human Resources Department at nigeriajobs

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