Vacancies: Rural Finance Officer, Market Development Officer
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMA&RD) Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) for Appointment of Project Staff for FGN/IFAD Value-Chain Development Programme (VCDP)
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture’ and Rural Development (FMARD) has been implementing the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)- assisted Value Chain Development Programme since 2014 in six (6) participating States of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba and in five (5) Local Government Areas each in all the States. In keeping with the provisions of the financing agreement between IFAD and Federal Ministry of Finance, the FMARD is implementation the programme through the national programme management unit.
The primary goal of VCDP is to reduce poverty and sustainably enhance accelerated economic growth, whilst the specific programme development objective (PDO) is to increase the incomes and enhance food security for 45.000 rural poor households engaged in. the production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava in the targeted LGAs of the six targeted States arc enhanced on a sustainable basis
Based on the progressive increase in workload of Staff and the need to further improve on Programme implementation, part of the credit will be applied to engage the services of the following additional officers to enhance technical assistance at the state level:
All positions are open to qualified persons including from the serving public officers
Successful candidates will be engaged for a period of one year ONLY and will work in the six participating States of ANAMBRA, BENUE, EBONYI, NIGER, OGUN AND TARABA.
Candidates engagement is subject to renewal, which will be based on satisfactory performance upon evaluation and availability of funds.
Details of the requirements for the positions are as follows:
Position: Rural Finance Officer
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide technical leadership to operationalize the programme’s financial inclusion vision and objectives for direct beneficiaries and potential financial service providers;
Lead the preparation and negotiations of performance-based agreement with financial service providers intervening in the implementation of rural financial, serviced.
Guide programme partners and service providers on the identification, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programme financial services activities, including the promotion of financial inclusiveness;
Facilitate the mainstreaming of proven rural financial inclusion models in VCDP
Supervise and verify the quality of rural finance-related services delivered by partners and service providers;
Lead the technical preparation of the programme’s periodic progress reports in the area of rural financial services clearly assessing implementation progress; achievement of outputs based expected development outcomes; and recommendations on the way forward;
The officer shall work with other staff of the programme for preparing the Annual Work Plan and Budget for the subcomponent;
Ensure implementation of the recommendations of supervision and follow-up missions in the areas of rural financial services;
Undertake any other duty assigned by the National Programme Coordinator;
Provide technical support and facilitate linkages between FOs and financial service providers (FSPs) to access financial services;
Develop and maintain relationships with potential financial institutions;
Train and build financial capacities of fanners’ organizations to increase their capacity to mobilize sayings and manage credit effectively;
Support financial institutions to create awareness to farmers and VC actors on micro and agricultural insurance.
Master’s degree in the Social Science, Finance, Agricultural Economics or Economics;
At least 5 years in design, support to and/or implementation of rural/agricultural finance programmes for smallholder farmers as well as other actors of the value chain preferably in an international development programme or with an established finance institution;
Significant knowledge and experience in microfinance, financial inclusion:
Good inter-personal, computer and communication skills (oral, written, presentation);
Experience in report writing, data collection and documentation:
Must be computer literate.
Knowledge of Gender and IFAD-assisted financial inclusion programme is a strong advantage
Position: Market Development Officer
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist the National Market Development Coordinator to facilitate market access for the benefiting farmers and farmer organizations
Directly handle aspect of market information system (MIS), and ensure private sector participation is driving the process
Liaise with the National Market Development Coordinator to handle promotional activities aimed at increasing market access for rural fanners, including identification of off-takers, linking farmers to off-takers, facilitating farmers engagement with the private sector, linking organization market fares, working with communication unit to produce knowledge products, liaising with relevant states, private sector and persons to deepen on the commodity alliance forum, facilitate replication of CAF in other non-VCDP states through policy dialogue and partnership
Liaise with National Market Development Coordinator to ensure adoption of the use of standard weight and measure by producers
Participation in the price determination committee meetings to ensure compliance with the instrument of engagement;
Capacity building for Agricultural Extension Officers and enumerators on Market Information Service (MIS):
Liaise with the institutions development team develop out-growers scheme or contract arrangement that will facilitate market access by producers. Improve the famers’ skill to be able to negotiate prices and do business with the private sector.
Liaise with the processing team and provide capacity building assistance/training to farmers in quality development, packaging and branding to facilitate market access for their produce
Facilitate the development of the market assembling point by liaising with the infrastructure team
Work with the National Market Development Coordinator to ensure that roads and processing infrastructure/facilities being established by VCDP in the participating communities will connect producers to the market
Liaison with Extension Service providers to ensure that their messaging and extension materials for farmers are inclined to market-driven agriculture
Preparation of annual work plan and budget for the sub-component;
Preparation of subcomponent end of year report
A minimum of First Degree- Economics or Agric Economics or Marketing;
Minimum of 5 years post qualification experience;
Involvement in marketing administration in the agricultural sector;
Good writing and communication skills;
Strong knowledge of the private sector
Must be computer literate.
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Interested candidates arc to submit their applications accompanied with detailed curriculum vitae and copies of credentials to;
FGN/IFAD-Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) National Office,
No. 4 Batna Close, off Agadez crescent, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.
“Applicants should please indicate the position they are applying for at the top right hand corner of the envelope”
The Closing date for submission of applications is 14th December, 2017.