Cassava Value Chain Manager At Winrock International


Winrock International, a US based not-for profit- organization, is currently working in Nigeria on a USAID funded project focused on expanding economic opportunities in the agricultural sector by increasing agricultural productivity, enhancing value-added processing, and increasing commercialization through private-sector led and market-driven growth and development.

Winrock is seeking qualified applicants for the position of:

Job Title: Cassava Value Chain Manager

Major Responsibilities:
The Cassava Value Chain Manager shall coordinate all programmatic activities related to the cassava value chain including:
Provide constant supervision on the program’s technical assistance activities including on-farm demonstrations, training activities and pilot activities that will improve both competitiveness at the farm level and efficiency and effectiveness of raw material supply to processors
Liaison with agro-processors and client firms to assist with planning, implementation and monitoring of cassava specific activities
Develop in collaboration with client agro-processors conditions for outgrower contracts and arrangements that are acceptable for both sides (outgrowers and client agro-processing firms).
Supervise on-farm demonstrations on improved technologies and new practices required by specific buyer(s) to improve competitiveness at the farm level, assist with development of training materials and training in collaboration with private service providers hired by the project.
In collaboration with the client agro-processors, assist in linking outgrowers to inputs (tractor services, fertilizers, crop protection products etc.) when necessary.
Assist client agro-processing firms with the development of harvesting, collection and transport plans that minimize costs and risks.
In addition to technical tasks, the Cassava Value Chain Manager will assist with M&E activities, drafting scopes of work and providing inputs for quarterly reports and work planning exercises.
Description
Value Chain Managers shall coordinate all programmatic activities including liaison with agro-processors, feasibility studies for commodity value addition, facilitation of farmer mobilization, awareness creation at all levels, monitoring of project technical assistance activities, post-harvest handling.
S/he will supervise on-farm demonstrations on improved technologies and new practices required by specific buyer(s) to improve competitiveness at the farm level, assist with development of training materials and training in collaboration with private service providers hired by the project.
Value Chain Managers will assist with monitoring and evaluation activities, draftscopes of work. and provide inputs for quarterly reports.

Experience/Qualifications
Advanced degree in agronomy, agricultural economics or related discipline with over 10 years of professional experience in extension work, training and institutional linkages.
Demonstrated experience in cassava or cocoa production and processing and market-led agricultural development is a must.
Knowledge of commodity value chain development is a strong advantage.
Demonstrated ability to provide technical and marketing assistance to farmers and agro processors is desirable.
Experience in developing and promoting environmentally sustainable agricultural production and processing techniques is desired.
Ability to work collaboratively, and build alliances with relevant groups, organizations,  agencies, businesses, private or public sectors is highly important.
High level of initiative and creativity.
S/he must be a team player, able to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Application Closing Date
September 12th, 2012

Method Of Application
Interested and Qualified Candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Only qualified candidates will be contacted by Winrock. This is an equal opportunity employer.

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