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  • Posted: Jan 17, 2020
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • Alan & Grant, is a Human Resources and Business Advisory firm. By combining creative and strategic minds, we co-create relevant and impactful solutions to our clients. ...additionally, we are developing capabilities to create and manage a portfolio of HR & Enterprise Products aimed at enhancing employee performance, business agility and overall pr...
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    Value Chain Development Lead

    Industry: NGO/Social Services

    Job Description

    • The Value Chain Development Lead will be assigned to work with the Office of the Vice President to map the priority value chains , understand political economy constraints, identify contraints, gaps and opportunities along the value chain and propose practical, market and government systems solutions to these constraints.
    • He/she will work closely with the Head of the Unit, Lead Delivery Advisor and other experts including the Mechanisation, Processing and Good Agronomic Practices Leads; supporting them and key states and ministries alongside the delivery advisors to facilitate the development of the priority value chains and agricultural markets.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Have an in-depth understanding of agricultural market systems
    • Develop detailed mapping along the value chains for the selected market systems, including of their political economy
    • Conduct analyses of the market systems, including supporting functions (e.g. information, training, finance, inputs) and rules and regulations to identify constraints along the value chain and solve them
    • Understand market dynamics – consumers, competition, major players – to inform recommendations made for improvements along the value chain
    • Understand drivers for value chain development – system efficiency, product quality, product differentiation, social and environmental standards, business environment (including regulation)
    • Implement market-driven sustainable solutions built around local market realities to remedy bottlenecks in the value chain and its underlying constraints that hinder participation
    • Develop good monitoring and results measurement system, to measure the success of implemented interventions and provide feedback on what needs to be done further
    • Work across different stakeholder groups in the wider market system – BDS providers, government institutions, NGOs
    • Understand private agro processing
    • Create market linkages with priority placed on local market
    • Prepare detailed 5 year and annual work plans and progress reports on value chain components

    Requirements
    Experience, Qualification and Skills:

    • At least 8 years of market-systems and value chain developmentexperience managing complex projects or businesses in areas such aslivelihood diversification, value chain, rural business development and agricultural marketing, preferably in fragile or conflict affected states
    • Advanced university degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness management, rural development or related field, with postgraduate qualifications preferred
    • Experience in conducting politically smart value chain assessments and determining appropriate interventions to enhance agricultural productivity and market access for farmers, agro-pastoralist and pastoralist
    • Experience in designing and implementing projects aimed at improving agricultural value chains and linkages with markets
    • Strong working experience with key value chain stakeholders (producers, traders, enterprise groups, rural financing institutions/banks, and research/policy associations)
    • Strong knowledge and demonstrated ability to nuture and/or build effective partnerships with the stakeholders within and outside the agricultural sector
    • Knowledge of the use of ICT and eCommerce in agricultural value chains is desirable
    • Excellent communication skills, especially written communications and group facilitation skills.
    • Significant Africa experience with a strong preference for Nigerian contextual experience
    • Strong administrative and organization skills, commitment, attention to detail and strong forward planning skills
    • Hands on approach to work, with the ability to deliver on deadlines in a fast-paced and fast-changing environment, with minimal or no supervision
    • Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
    • Effective inter-personal and leadership skills with an ability to develop and foster relationships across a wide range of diverse and senior stakeholders
    • Ability to operate and succeed in a highly political environment;
    • Strong analytical and management skills, including sound knowledge of strategic planning and project management tools;
    • Ability to use own initiative and actively look for opportunities to have an impact rather than simply be reactive
    • A decent understanding of how governments, businesses and international development organisations operate and how to succeed in them
    • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office products Word, Excel and PPT and other relevant  software and tools
    • Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
    • Effective inter-personal and leadership skills with an ability to develop and foster relationships across a wide range of diverse and senior stakeholders
    • Ability to operate and succeed in a highly political environment;
    • Strong analytical and management skills, including sound knowledge of strategic planning and project management tools;
    • Ability to use own initiative and actively look for opportunities to have an impact rather than simply be reactive
    • A decent understanding of how governments, businesses and international development organisations operate and how to succeed in them
    • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office products Word, Excel and PPT and other relevant  software and tools.
    • The role will require travel across Nigeria.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Alan & Grant on alanandgrant.zohorecruit.com to apply
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