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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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    Agro-Processing Lead

    Industry: NGO/Social Services

    Job Description

    • The Agro-Processing Lead will be assigned to work with the Office of the Vice President to help to establish enterprises for agro-processing and provide technical and business development services to service centre operators and cooperatives to ensure they are functional, sustainable, and able to meet food safety and regulatory standards.
    • The role will require travel across Nigeria, and potentially to a few international locations.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Develop recommendations for how to increase investment in agro-processing in the targeted value chains and states based on knowledge of industry and market needs, present and future to support crop production
    • Promote agro-processing investment by the private sector in the targeted value chains and states; including post-harvest handling, aggregation, storage and certification.
    • Develop guides / templates for service centre operators on packaging and presentation of products based on industry knowledge
    • Support the smooth and effective rolling out of the programme to secure private investors in the service centre operators and assembly plants under the Green Imperative
    • Work with industry to understand how post-harvest products can be converted to value
    • Ensure a strong market link between agro-processors and input providers (farmers)
    • Ensure a supportive business development eco-system for service centres to perform market-oriented processing for value addition of target commodities
    • Assist service centre operators, including farmers’ organisations, in identifying and applying appropriate value addition and processing technologies
    • Ensure a supportive eco-system of support for strengthenng of community-based groups, associations, cooperatives, and enterprises for processing

    Requirements
    Experience, Qualification and Skills:

    • At least 8 years’ professional experience in agribusiness market systems, agro processing and supply chain management, food safety, preservation and storage, agriculture, and/or fortification including deep private sector experience, including in a manufacturing setting, preferred
    • Undergraduate degree in Business, Management, Agriculture, Food Sciences, Nutrition, Food Engineering, or Food technology, Agricultural Economics, or related disciples
    • Master’s degree in, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural mechanisation, Business, Management, Finance or related disciplines
    • Deep understanding of the agro-processing sector, with knowledge of relevant topics, such as: food production and processing, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), worker safety, finance for growing businesses, and food systems value chain development
    • Firm knowledge and experience of Quality management systems certification such as ISO
    • Experience setting up agro processing businesses
    • Proven track record in providing technical and/or business solutions to agro-processors, with experience implementing or advising on smallholder sourcing models
    • Excellent understanding of value chain analysis, development and Good Agricultural Practices
    • Strong project management, construction coordination and analytical skills preferred
    • Proven track record in planning, implementing, and promoting farm mechanisation projects, plans or programs
    • Strong team leader with proven field operations management 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
    • Drive, motivation and ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment.
    • Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential.

    Method of Application

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