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Job title : Technical Lead for Promoting Cashew Production and Access to High Yielding Planting Material in Nigeria jobs in Not specified

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Deadline : November 29, 2021

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Job ID: 477
Solicitation Number: #03-001/2021
Category: Internships, Procurement
For: West Africa PRO-Cashew Project
Funded By: USDA FCC-641-2019/006-00
Implemented By: CNFA

Position Description

  • Reporting to the Agribusiness Director, the Delta State Agribusiness Manager will work with agricultural enterprises of all sizes along the rice, maize, soy, fish and cowpea value chains.
  • Based at the Delta State level, the Agribusiness Manager will become familiar with the agribusiness sector; develop an effective and participatory network of agribusiness stakeholders, including public and private sector value chain participants; conduct needs assessments; report on policy constraints; and identify opportunities for the project to facilitate agribusiness finance and investment transactions.
  • The Agribusiness Manager will work directly at the State level with established agribusinesses (‰Û÷Lead Firms‰Û) in the target value chains, in addition to their key suppliers, distributors, service providers, MSMEs, smallholder farmers, and other service providers within their value chains. Serving as the Project‰Ûªs main lead generation engine, the Agribusiness Manager will help identify (i) the most critical legal and/or regulatory burdens constraining the partner firms‰Ûª growth and competitiveness, (ii) valid and justified access to finance requirements of the Lead Firms and their value chain partners (e.g. smallholder farmers, farmer associations, inputs dealers, aggregators, transport and storage firms), and (iii) potential agribusiness investment opportunities.
  • The Agribusiness Manager will also communicate and coordinate with the other State based Agribusiness Managers as well as with the 3 Component Leaders, M&E Director, and Strategic Communications team.

Program Description

  • The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government‰Ûªs Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on four interrelated components:
    • Improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector;
    • Broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses;
    • Promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations, and Sustainably enhancing the performance of agribusiness micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs).
  • In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government‰Ûªs commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria‰Ûªs agribusiness sector.
  • Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas.
  • As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises.
  • Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new investment and $200 million in finance across the 5 crops in 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.

 Duties and Responsibilities
The main duties of the Delta State Agribusiness Manager are:

  • Represent the project at the Delta State level.
  • Advise the Agribusiness Director and Component Leads on state-specific challenges related to the challenges and opportunities for improvements in the business enabling environment, access to agribusiness finance, and opportunities for agribusiness investment.
  • Serve as the primary lead generator for investment and financial transactions in the respective  Delta State.
  • Organize forums and meetings, including but not limited to project launches, policy reform focus groups, and agribusiness lending stakeholder roundtables, with Nigerian government officials, business associations, business development service providers, investors, financial institutions, and SME‰Ûªs at the State level.
  • Ensure stakeholders and beneficiaries are aware of and interested in collaborating with the project, resulting in the project‰Ûªs ability to capitalize on any shared efficiencies.
  • Meet with agribusinesses to develop a strong understanding of the legal, regulatory, and other barriers constraining agribusiness finance and investment in each value chain, and in association with the Enabling Environment Unit, actively contribute to the development of a clear and coherent vision for the reduction of these barriers.
  • Closely coordinate with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team to collect and utilize data to adaptively manage the effort and report on project achievements.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor‰Ûªs Degree or Higher in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, Finance, or another related field.
  • At least (5) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required.
  • Experience in agricultural finance and in working with MSMEs, financial institutions, and investors.
  • Proven track record in developing, analyzing, and implementing projects focused on agribusinesses, agricultural finance, and agricultural value chains.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating private-sector investments and familiarity with the workings of government legal and regulatory frameworks at the State level.
  • Experience in overseeing and working with short-term domestic and international specialists.
  • Able to maintain a rigorous focus on project deliverables, indicators and results, including being able to engage stakeholders to capitalize on any shared efficiencies.
  • Experience with Monitoring and Evaluation or MEL processes; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (knowledge of local languages is an advantage).

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Proposal to: [email protected] using “Production and access to high yielding planting material in Nigeria” as the subject of the mail.

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  • Applications received after the specified time and date will be considered late.
  • The cover page of this solicitation summarizes the important dates of the solicitation process.
  • Offers must strictly follow the provided deadlines to be considered for award.

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  • CNFA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer: It is the policy of CNFA to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, veteran status, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors, except where otherwise provided by law.
  • Reasonable Accomodation & Contact Information: CNFA provides a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact the CNFA Home Office Human Resources Department via email at: [email protected] or via phone at: 202-296-3920 if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job with us.

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