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National Agribusiness Promotion Specialist at Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMA&RD)

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)

Main Responsibilities

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.

Specific Duties

  • Develop activities for the Annual Work Plans and Budgets (AWPBs);
  • Oversee the selection process of Agripreneurs;
  • Coordinate the development of a training curriculum Agripreneurs on how to develop and implement business plan development, managing raw materials and other inputs, developing marketing strategies, promotions and advertising, and linking to service providers and markets;
  • Lead and supervise the State level implementation of empowerment of 5 enterprises per LGA with the objective of demonstrating and proving the viability of the respective enterprises;
  • Give leadership to the 6 monthly youth forums inviting the Agripreneurs at the state and interstate level would be organised to share challenges and identify solutions;
  • Identify and partner with private sector operators (like ESOKO) to avail farmers the opportunity to sustainably access information on market demand;
  • Give technical direction and management leadership in identifying actions and mechanisms for the implementation of the measures and activities in the promoting the use of value addition technologies including post-harvest handling, processing, storage and packaging;
  • Promote volume of produce for large markets, sustainability of identified farmers markets, reduction of cost of services, and develop cluster/out-growers arrangements and contract arrangements between buyers and smallholder producers;
  • Develop MoU with financial service providers (FSPs) on possible areas of engagement and the value of credit line that the FSPs can commit to the programme.;
  • Design capacity building and technical assistance measures and activities in the areas of value addition, market access, business management, quality control and standardization;
  • Select service providers where necessary and formulation of TORs and scope of work for the service providers. Supervise, monitor and certify the work of service providers for the various activities and assignments; and
  • Consolidate state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports of the PSO.

Qualifications and Experience

  • First Degree in any of the Management or Social Sciences including Agricultural Economics, Economics, Marketing or related fields.
  • Strong background in business and marketing blended with practical skills and at least 5 years work experience on issues and programmes relating to agricultural commodity marketing, agro-processing and agro-industrial development and MSME promotion.
  • Good negotiation, inter-personal and relational skills.
  • Previous experience in working with government and private sector will be a great advantage.

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 casp.recruitment@gmail.com and specify proposed position as subject of email.

Deadline: 27th February 2016

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