JOB VACANCIES / OPPORTUNITIES IN AN ALLIANCE FOR GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA (AGRA PROJECT FUNDED BY USAID, BILL & MELINDA GATES & ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION IN NIGERIA.
Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation (WEWE) in partnership with European Cooperative for Rural Development (EUCORD) an International NGO based in Brussels and a leading agribusiness company based in Lagos, is soliciting for qualified applicants for a proposal to Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA), an agricultural intervention jointly funded by USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates and Rockefeller Foundation.
WEWE and its partners are proposing to implement the project to develop a market-led maize and soy bean value chain targeting 100,000 farmers in Niger and Kaduna States.
The job vacancies and opportunities are listed below :
STATE VALUE CHAIN ADVISOR
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The State Value Chain Advisor’s role will cover all critical technical maize and or soya bean value chain activities, and focus on systematically on developing and maintaining business relationships between small holder farmers, farmer collectives, private sector and other actors within the value chain to realist the objective to build resilient and sustainable farming
He / she will also provide advice and identify business opportunities for farmers and processors.
The VC Advisor will provide strategic leadership in market systems performance and facilitation
The VC Advisor will provide effective management and oversight of the portfolio of interventions within the selected market sectors
The VC Advisor will manage a team of staff who will identify constrains to growth in the selected sectors and identify leverage points to facilitate change in how these markets can function effectively and serve as one of the drivers for economic and social resilience.
The VC Advisor will work directly with the Deputy Chief of Party and project leads to implement resilience sensitive value chain activities in northern Nigeria
The VC Advisor will provide technical support to clients and partners; plus support project staff in achieving value chain development goals
The VC Advisor will contribute to the overall success of the implementation of value chain grants.
The State Programme Manager will have overall responsibility for the implementation of the project in line with the approved design, and in compliance with the donor requirements.
S / he will be required to liaise with all implementing partners and government agencies in Niger and Kaduna State. The post will be based in the WEWE Abuja office (Project Secretariat) with frequent trips to the project sites, State offices (Niger and Kaduna).
harvesting handling, agriculture enterprise curriculum, managing farmer-agribusiness company relationships, dissemination of improved technologies and new practices relevant to value chain actors such as buyers to improve competitiveness at farm level and the rest of the value chain.
term service providers.
Managing People and Coordination of Activities
Monitoring & Evaluation, Documentation and Reporting
planning and organising; problem analysis; oral and written communication; and organisational learning and capacity development.
a good listener; committed to self-development; and able to make sound judgements under pressure.
cultural, politically sensitive environment.
A minimum of a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline or a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, with an additional 7 years’ experience to the required minimum above.
Fields of discipline and experience will be from area such as Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Business Management, and / or Entrepreneurship Development.
Minimum of 10 years of regional / international experience in implementing large donor- funded agricultural value chain activities, economic growth, trade, value chain competitiveness, resilience, crop / agricultural development, and / or food security programs
Preference will be given to those with considerable working experience in rural agricultural areas in West Africa, notably northern Nigeria and the Sahel.
Demonstrated success in implementing programs aimed at increasing the competitiveness and inclusiveness of value chains using facilitation approaches and incorporating the strengthening of the resilience of small holder farmers and livestock keepers.
Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in advancing good / best practices in value chain development (i.e., USAID’s value chain and facilitation approach) that support farmers and reaches women, youth, and the poor, creativity, willingness to innovate, think systemically and design catalytically.
Track record of project design and project implementation capacity building working with host governments, local private sector, and other related players
Experience coordinating with subcontractors or multiple interests to achieve common goals.
At least five years of progressively responsible and supervisory experience
Ability to interact regularly and professionally with senior host-government and community level counterparts on activity selection, planning, and field implementation.
Demonstrated organizational skills and strong track record in meeting deliverables and deadlines
Required oral and written communication and presentations skills in English.
Demonstrated experience in collaborating across projects
Strong background in gender integration and women empowerment.