Agribusiness Development Specialist at Technoserve Nigeria

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.We are recruiting to fill the position below: Job Title: Agribusiness Development SpecialistLocation: AbujaProgram DescriptionTechnoServe is currently looking for Senior Food Processing Advisers for a potential USAID-funded Agriculture Competitiveness Project in NigeriaThe Project is designed to strengthen agriculture productivity and profitability of smallholder farmersThe Project comprises three main components:Design of the Agriculture Competitiveness Fund for private sector partnerships and funding to catalyze technological innovations;Administration of the Agriculture Competitiveness Fund to develop private sector partnerships and provide grants; andTechnical assistance that directly supports, coordinates, and organizes qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve the Mission’s food security objectivesThe Project will contribute to the Mission’s Feed the Future strategy, which looks to improve agriculture competitiveness of smallholder farmers in Nigeria.Primary PurposeThe Agribusiness Development Specialist is the technical lead overseeing the agribusiness development component of the programS/He will be responsible for analyzing and strengthening key activities in key value chains as well as increasing agribusiness activities.Duties and ResponsibilitiesLead project development and provide strategic support in a wide variety of areas including value chain development and upgrading strategies, improving access to agricultural inputs, agricultural extension, and marketing.Develop capacity building training to support in the area of agribusiness development.Provide technical leadership on program activities related to targeted agribusiness.Ensure adequate linkages to local public sectors stakeholders, potential investors, the private sector, donors and development partners active in the agricultural value chain including cooperatives, agribusiness producers, agro-processors, and wholesalers.Lead the agribusiness component of the program.Lead efforts in agricultural research, business plan development, and report writing.Organize agricultural investment forums for the states to attract private sector investments to promote agricultural businesses and market development to support accelerated agribusiness development that helps diversify incomes, create jobs and diversify the economies of the state governments.Develop and implement a clear strategy for attracting agri-business investments into selected states for relevant value chains.Provide training and mentoring support to the business development and M&E coordinators on major agribusiness programs.

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