Qualification and Skills:
- Education to at least University Degree level in Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Food Science and Processing or closely related disciplines. Alternative professional qualifications may be accepted where supported by at least eight (8) years of relevant field experience;
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of local languages in the countries of the assignment would be an asset (e.g. Chichewa, Bemba, Yao, etc.);
- Computer literate;
- Educational / trainer certification would be an asset;
- Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.
General Professional Experience
- In-depth knowledge of the agricultural, agri-food processing and logistics sector in developing countries as evidenced by a minimum eight (8) years of relevant professional experience (i.e. working on capacity building for agribusinesses and farmers and/or SME/Microfinance financial services providers);
- At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience in the financing of agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness investments;
- Good knowledge of social and gender aspects impacting small holder farmers participation in agricultural value chain and access to finance, as evidenced through project experience;
- Experience or good knowledge (as evidenced through project experience) of EIB financial facilities would be an advantage.
Specific Professional Experience
- Strong regional experience as demonstrated by at least five (5) years of relevant international professional experience (based outside the country of origin and including in Africa), of which at least 2-3 years should have been spent managing agri-food sector activities in at least one of the countries of eastern or southern Africa;
- Minimum of four (4) years professional experience within an agri-food extension, outreach or finance provider, including specific focus on out-grower/off-take arrangements between agribusiness and supplier farmers, improving product quality and climate resilience and agri-food value chain finance;
- Practical experience and proven track record in organising and delivering gender responsive outreach, extension and consultancy programmes with an agri-finance component and development of curricula, materials and demonstrations;
- Fully conversant with best practices in agriculture, processing and logistics, as well as fair-trade and international standards relevant to the sector, as evidenced through project experience.
The intended commencement date is end March/April 2020 for the TA support to the Malawi Credit Facilities. The period of implementation of the contract will be 48 months for the TA support to the Malawi Credit Facility.The TA support to the Zambia Credit Facility is preliminarily anticipated to start in May 2020 with a period of implementation of 36 months.