Market Development Officer at Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD)

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has been implementing the international Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)- assisted Value Chain Development Programme since 2014 in six (6) participating States of Anambra, Benue Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba and in five (5) Local Government Areas each in all the States. In keeping with the provisions of the financing agreement between IFAD and Federal Ministry of Finance, the FMARD is implementation the programme through the national programme management unit.Based on the progressive increase in workload of Staff and the need to further improve on Programme implementation, part of the credit will be applied to engage the services of an additional officer to enhance technical assistance at the state level.Applications are therefore invited from suitably qualified candidates for the positions below:Job Title: Market Development OfficerLocation: Taraba, Ogun, Niger, Ebonyi, Benue, AnambraObjectivesThe primary goal of VCDP is to reduce poverty and sustainably enhance accelerated economic growth, whilst the specific programme development objective (PDO) is to increase the incomes and enhance food security for 45,000 rural poor households engaged in the production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava in the targeted LGAs of the six targeted States are enhanced on a sustainable basis.Duties and ResponsibilitiesAssist the National Market Development Coordinator to facilitate market access for the benefiting farmers and farmer organizationsDirectly handle aspect of market information system (MIS), and ensure private sector participation is driving the processLiaise with the National Market Development Coordinator to handle promotional activities aimed at increasing market access for rural farmers, including identification of off-takers, linking farmers to off-takers, facilitating farmers engagement with the private sector, linking organization market fares, working with communication unit to produce knowledge products, liaising with relevant states, private sector and persons to deepen on the commodity alliance forum, facilitate replication of CAF in other non-VCDP states through policy dialogue and partnership engagementLiaise with National Market Development Coordinator to ensure adoption of the use of standard weight and measure by producersParticipation in the price determination committee meetings to ensure compliance with the instrument of engagement;Capacity building for Agricultural Extension Officers and enumerators on Market Information Service(MIS);Liaise with the institutions development team develop out-growers scheme or contract arrangement that will facilitate market access by producers. Improve the farmers’ skill to be able to negotiate prices and do business with the private sector.Liaise with the processing team and provide capacity building assistance/training to farmers in quality development, packaging and branding to facilitate market access for their produceFacilitate the development of the market assembling point by liaising with the infrastructure teamWork with the National Market Development Coordinator to ensure that roads and processing infrastructure/facilities being established by VCDP in the participating communities will connect producers to the marketLiaison with Extension Service providers to ensure that their messaging and extension materials for farmers are inclined to market-driven agriculturePreparation of annual work plan and budget for the sub-component;Preparation of sub-component end of year report.

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