The Federal Government of Nigeria has secured a credit from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the implementation of “Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP) within the Savannah Belt of Nigeria. This programme is a reflection of the IFAD’s continued commitment in the fight against poverty worldwide aimed at reducing farmers’ vulnerability arising from climate change.
For effective programme take-off, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMA&RD) is constituting a programme management unit in the Programme Support Office (PSO) in Katsina State. Consequently, part of proceeds from the credit will be applied to engage the services of the position Officers at the PSO:
Position: National Agribusiness Promotion Specialist (Competitive recruitment)
Complementing the interventions in productivity enhancement and climate resilience, CASP will support individual or group private sector enterprise development specifically of women and youth. The Agribusiness Promotion Specialist would support the creation of jobs and job opportunities through Agrienterprises around value chains of a number of specific commodities. Support would be focused on enterprises and activities that are directly linked to adding value to production or addressing constraints along the chains of one of the selected commodities to the market. More specifically, CASP will support from among a variety of (a) village-based input supply enterprises; (b) post-harvest handling enterprises; and (c) produce marketing enterprises Activities would be focused on identification and selection, training and retraining of Agripreneurs by other more experienced entrepreneurs called Agripreneur Field Schools, linking youth to financial services and networking.
The Agribusiness Promotion Specialist would support market access to build strong agribusiness and value chain orientation to farmers and the farming communities. Also, the Agribusiness Promotion Specialist would explore capacity development of Agriculture Value Chain Financing models along the selected value chains. Trader credit, contract farming and inventory credit are three mechanisms for expanding credit to rural area that have grown out of value chain relationships that could be explored and piloted under CASP.
Qualifications and Experience
Note: Preference would be given to a candidate with previous working experience in developing Agrienterprises/Agribusiness and experience in Northern Nigeria.
Duration: The assignment will be on a 2 year renewal basis following a successful completion of 1 year of probationary period.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should forward their Cover letter and CVs (less than 5 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org and specify proposed position as subject of email.
Deadline: 27th February 2016