Senior Technical Advisor at Winrock International

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Position: Senior Technical Advisor

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for a Senior Technical Advisor for the anticipated Nigeria Farmers and Families Forward project. Responsibilities, duties and qualifications are described in the attached position description.

General:

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs, of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource manage­ment to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

Salary:

The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply:

Applicants may send a current resume and cover fetter to RecruitingWINigeria@gmail.com with “Nigeria Sr. Technical Advisor” in the subject line, by 31st March, 2017. EEO/AA

Winrock International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Position Title: Senior Technical Advisor

Location:             Kaduna State, Nigeria

Department:        Agriculture & Enterprise

Reports to:                    Project Director

Position Summary:

Winrock International is currently recruiting Senior Technical Advisor candidates for the anticipated Nigeria Farmers and Families Forward activity. This will be a three-year, $1.6 million project, co-funded by USAID/Nigeria and Nestle to support Nestle’s cereals plan for maize and soybean in Nigeria’s Kaduna State. The project will support broad-based, economic growth in Nigeria by improving the on-farm practices of smallholder farmer suppliers to arrest the growth of mycotoxin both pre- and post-harvest, and design viable drying practices that will reduce detected aflatoxin. The approach will support smallholder farmer suppliers to meet the increasing demands of Nestle cereal factories in the region by reducing the high levels of aflatoxin and other contaminates. The Senior Technical Advisor position will be based in Kaduna State and is subject to a project award being made to Winrock International.

Major Responsibilities:

The Senior Technical Advisor will provide technical direction to the project S/he will be responsible for developing and leading the project’s technical approach to pre- and post-harvest interventions, including scaling available technologies. The Senior Technical Advisor will provide capacity building to project partners, including farmers, farmers’ organizations, and private sector partners. S/he will be responsible for identifying technical interventions to reduce the presence of aflatoxin and other contaminants in the maize and soy value chains S/he will also be responsible for identifying technical assistance needs and developing scopes of work for volunteer engagement in specific technical assistance interventions.

QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:

Education:

Minimum Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy, agribusiness, agricultural economics or related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively senior experience managing agriculture/value chain projects;
  • Demonstrated experience in working closely with private sector partners, preferably in a public-private partnership framework;
  • Demonstrated experience implementing pre- and post-harvest interventions in the maize and soy value chains;
  • Proven record of achieving development impact in projects focusing on food safety and export quality standards in commercial agribusiness, service provision, market development and investment promotion.
  • Experience in aflatoxin control projects/activities is desirable.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in the supply of technical assistance and inputs to smallholder producers and producer organizations.
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills
  • Excellent budget management skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Hausa also required