Value Chain Specialist
- Post Date:May 17, 2021
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- Career Level OtherQualification DegreeExperience 10-15 Years
The Smallholder Irrigation Revitalisation Programme (SIRP) is a running seven-year project that is running under the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement with co- funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Opec Fund for International Development (OFID). The Programme is enabling smallholder farmers achieve food and nutrition security through Climate Smart Agriculture and climate proofing of agricultural practices. The programme ensures that smallholder communities are resilient to climate change effects and economic shocks through the following activities:
- Component 1
- Rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure,
- Component 2
- Improvement small holder irrigation management,
- Promotion of good agricultural practices,
- Improved market access and rural financial services, and
- Enhanced capacity for irrigation development and market-led production.
The Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement through a Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) monitors the implementation of SIRP.
To support the effective implementation of activities the PCU wishes to engage a Value Chain Specialist to support its activities related to value chain development and commercialisation in targeted irrigation schemes and their surrounding areas where SIRP is operational.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Value Chain Specialist
Under the direct supervision of SIRP, PCU Programme Coordinator, the Value Chain Specialist pursues the successful development of value chains implemented within SIRP working directly with the Provincial Facilitators, AGRITEX Specialists and Field Extension Officers as well as SIRP various Service Providers, specifically the Business Development Service Providers (BDSPs). S/he shall provide technical and institutional support to Programme partners to coordinate interventions in Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), Natural Resource Management (NRM), nutrition post-harvest management, rural finance services and market access, in order to establish strong organisational structures and effective marketing systems. More specifically, the Value Chain Specialist key tasks include:
- Guide, in close collaboration with the Provincial Facilitators and AGRITEX Specialists, the efficient and effective delivery of Component 2 activities with special focus on timeously attainment of set targets.
- Take a leading role in the programming and preparation of the Component 2 Annual Work plan and Budget (AWPB) and Procurement Plan (PP)
- Develop detailed Component 2 implementation plans in close liaison with AGRITEX and Provincial Facilitators which identify, prioritise and sequence the activities required for successful delivery in value chain development,
- Provide technical support and advice to each member of the programme field team involved in Component 2 activities and ensure clarity about their role, responsibilities, activities and goals;
- Support development of scheme identified value chains, ensuring all aspects along agriculture value chains are adequately addressed to promote farmer income growth.
- In collaboration with AGRITEX, Mechanisation and BDSP, ensure strategies to increase agricultural production and productivity, market linkages, value addition, commercialisation and effective post-harvest management mechanisms are in place and effectively implemented.
- Facilitate strategic identification and engagement of SMART Partnerships that complement and bring value to SIRP strategic objective and goals ie private sector companies, NGOs, cooperatives, partners, collaborators and development finance institutions to facilitate the provision of input supply and other business services to smallholder farmers;
- Together with AGRITEX Agricultural Extension Specialist, support successful delivery of Farmer Field School, Commercial demonstrations and Farmer Business Schools (FBS) training at scheme level, and identify potential service providers to fill existing gaps and/or impart specific agri-business skills;
- Facilitate/enhance the functioning of existing farmers groups (e.g. Farmer Business Groups (FBGs), Internal Savings and Loans (ISAL) groups and/or cooperatives who started operation under other programmes, and support the establishment and functioning of new farmer groups;
- Facilitate the establishment and functioning of Value Chain Platforms at scheme level, and their subsequent development of innovations to transform smallholder production and marketing into sustainable and resilient profitable enterprises;
- Facilitate systems for the generation and dissemination of market information through electronic platforms;
- Work in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist to develop systems to gather meaningful data in a timely manner:
- Cooperate with supervision missions, mid-term reviews recommendations and programme completion missions
- Lead documentation of lessons learnt, success stories and knowledge management articles covering value chains
- Support Programme M&E through data collection and writing of required report
- Proactively raise issues of concern and their proposed solutions to the Programme Steering Committee
- Perform other related duties as may be requested by the Programme Coordinator.
Qualification and Experience
The ideal candidate should have:
- MSc degree in Agricultural Economics or Agribusiness
- Minimum ten years of relevant experience in the areas of smallholder agriculture value chains development, business linkages and marketing
- Practical and extensive knowledge of producer group development processes, Farmers Business Schools and Farming as a Business approach;
- Substantial experience in capacity building of smallholder farmers, development of value chain platforms, private sector engagement and establishment of effective market linkages;
- Excellent oral & written presentation skills (English language)
- Creative, innovative system thinker, with ability to catalyse change.
- Computer-literate and well-versed in the use of Excel, Word and financial software.
The Value Chain Specialist will be based within the PCU office and operate from Harare, with frequent travel to the four Provinces, namely: Manicaland, Masvingo, Matabeleland South and Midlands where SIRP is being implemented.
Duration of Employment
- This is a fixed term contract of employment scheduled to run from 1 June 2021 to 31 July 2023.
Interested applicants who meet the job requirements should direct applications to:
The Human Resources Director,
Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement,
1 Borrowdale Road,
Private Bag 7701,
Applicants to clearly indicate the post they are applying for on the envelope and enclose 3 sets of the following; cover letter, curriculum vitae and certified copies of academic and professional qualifications.
NB: Eligible female candidates are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted qualified applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.
Closing date for applications is 21 May 2021.
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