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  • Posted: Apr 25, 2024
    Deadline: May 9, 2024
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    Finpact Development Foundation (FINDEF) is an indigenous non-governmental organization. Our focus is on delivering lasting value through the work we do, making us trusted advisors to all our partners.
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    Business & Investment Manager

    Job Summary

    The Business & Investment Manager position will be integral to achieving the objectives of our livelihood and economic resilience project interventions. She/he will provide technical leadership, guidance in managing multiple programme interventions. The ideal candidate should be an expert in business and financial model development, business analysis and strategy development, investment & business development and possess solid project management experience.


    • Engage, collaborate, and coordinate with cross-cutting functions on intervention strategies and workplan.
    • Liaise with key programme stakeholders and participate in multi-stakeholder platforms on programme’s strategic approach, achievements, and lessons.
    • Develop and maintain close relationships with project partners (mostly businesses) while overseeing and coordinating the Implementation of project interventions.
    • Work in close collaboration with the Program Manager to develop, realize, and communicate the programs strategic vision to internal and external stakeholders.
    • Overseeing the activities of the Agribusiness and Value Addition officers in the project intervention design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of progress and outputs against the plan for their interventions.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with strategic partners; DFIs and Commercial Banks to generate business.
    • Stay abreast of country, sectoral, market and business developments/new projects.
    • Review and assess financial viability, creditworthiness and developmental impacts of new interventions.
    • Provide recommendations and suggestions to the Program Manager for any improvement of the work efficiency and productivity.
    • In collaboration with the Program Manager, identify areas for new intervention, scale-up or scale- down. 
    • Any other duties as assigned. 


    • Qualified candidates should have a Bachelors or Masters degree in Accounting, Economics, Business Management, or any other related field.
    • S/he should have a minimum of 6 years’ experience working on enterprise and agro-business development, designing and managing economic and incomes generating activities in developing countries, preferably in Northwest Nigeria.
    • The Ideal candidate should demonstrate experience leading complex teams; strong business management and financial management skills, should also display excellent verbal and written skills.
    • Previous experience with MCF funded projects is an added advantage.
    • Superior project management and time management, organizational and planning skills.
    • Excellent analytical, technical and conceptual knowledge about management and grasp of business management principles and practices.
    • Highly skilled in investment appraisal (with comprehensive feasibility study, proposal writing, etc.)
    • Experiences working in incubation services for agro-businesses and agro-business development services management is highly preferred.

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    Agribusiness & Value Addition Officer

    Role Summary:

    The Agribusiness & Value Addition Officer will report to the Project Manager in close collaboration with other relevant officers. S/he will contribute to FINDEF’s efforts in designing and implementation of emergency agricultural and resilience sensitive programmes.

     Key Responsibilities    

    • Contribute to the design and day to day delivery of all agribusiness development related programme activities.
    • Conduct market assessments to determine the feasibility of proposed enterprises to support jobs and income generation within the project locations and undertake continuous market scanning to identify emerging market opportunities to inform inclusive market-based programme design.   
    • Develop viable business models for project participants and identify partner institutions to offer entrepreneurship trainings and linkages to additional business development services.
    • Contribute to building and maintaining relationships with importers, producers, input suppliers and other private sector partners contributing to the value chain development to exchange learnings and track best practices.
    • Promote the adoption of good agri-business practices that can be extended through various implementation platforms to effectively support beneficiaries to engage in agri-business and marketing especially by women and youth.
    • Coordinate the delivery of assigned projects and ensure effective and efficient management for results and timely reporting.  
    • Propose an action plan and strategies/approaches for the implementation of the selected project interventions including the identification of partners to improve livelihoods, diversify diets and strengthen resilience to external shocks.
    • Contribute to the design, content, delivery and supervision of the training packages for value chain actors.
    • Provide technical leadership in the procurement process of the agri-business component of the programme including definition of technical specifications for various programme inputs and services and seek technical clearance from the Project Manager.
    • Lead in the formation and running of sustainable farmer producer groups/cooperatives for seed and grain and develop inclusive rural business models to enable smallholder farmers’ access ready market for their produce.
    • Collaborate with crop production component to transform Farmer Field schools into Business Field Schools and transition them into rural micro enterprises.
    • Provide support to processing and trade enterprises / cooperatives to the identified beneficiaries in the targeted area.
    • Support the scale up of rural financial literacy and inclusion models including the VSLA and linkages with financial institutions.
    • Support coaching and mentorship activities for the established businesses
    • Prepare case studies, guidelines, reports, publications, and presentations in support of programme delivery.
    • Perform any other related duties as required.    

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Master's (or Higher) Degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics with specialisation in enterprise development and / or marketing (Essential).
    • At least five years postgraduate (MSc, MBA) relevant experience related to both entrepreneurial development, small-scale enterprises development and agricultural commodities marketing with emphasis on rural development within smallholder production and marketing schemes (Essential).
    • Proven track record in networking and dialogue facilitation with private and public sector actors. Experience with government engagement and within the area of implementation preferred.
    • Knowledge of entrepreneurship ecosystem dynamics, including regulatory frameworks, market structures, and support services available to MSMEs.
    • Proven ability to design and implement innovative solutions to promote entrepreneurship and MSME growth, including access to finance, market linkages, and business development services.
    • Strong networking and partnership-building skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders to achieve common goals.
    • Knowledge of finance, marketing, and value chain development.
    • Experience working in teams and managing processes dependent on cooperation with multiple actors.
    • Practical experience in negotiation and influencing.
    • Excellent report/proposal writing skills and track record in meeting all deadlines and deliverables. 
    • Familiarity with technology and innovation trends in agriculture.

    Method of Application

    Email your resume (not more than 3 pages) and cover letter (not more than one page) detailing why you are qualified for this position to: with the job title in the email subject line.

    The closing date for receipt of applications is May 09, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only qualified candidates will be contacted. FINDEF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position. Our organization procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. We are an equal opportunity employer. We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.


    • FINDEF does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process. FINDEF's recruitment process is transparent, and merit based. Lobbying of any form is not allowed and can lead to disqualification.
    • FINDEF has zero tolerance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of beneficiaries. Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) is everyone’s responsibility, and all staff are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct, that enshrines principles of PSEA, at all times (both during work hours and outside work hours).
    • Familiarization with, and adherence to FINDEF’s Code of Conduct is an essential requirement for all staff, in addition to related mandatory training.
    • Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
    • This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various project locations.

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