Value Chain Technology Transfer Officer

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This Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) follows the General Procurement Notice for this Project that appeared on the African Development Bank Group’s Internet Website(www.afdb.org) 12th August 2022.

 

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has received financing from the African Development Fund toward the cost of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Phase II and intends to apply part of the agreed amount for this grant to payments under the contract for TAAT Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) Value Chain Technology Transfer Officer who will be based in one of TAAT and CIP priority countries in Sub-Sahara Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda).

The Consultant will be a member of the OFSP Compact Team and will assist in the identification of business partners in each country in which TAAT will be implemented and provide expertise necessary for successful implementation of value chain compact activities, in close collaboration with country value chain implementation teams. Specifically, he/she will coordinate the development of TAAT technologies adoption work plans in each country; together with country leaders and Value Chain Specialist, assist in the identification of business partners in each country in which TAAT will be implemented; provide expertise necessary for successful implementation of value chain compact activities, in close collaboration with country value chain implementation teams; assist in the preparation of food technology outreach campaigns in each country of implementation; provide expertise in approaches necessary to deploy technologies, according to the defined target areas, mobilising all actors across the value chain; facilitate the implementation of the value chain activities in all target countries and participate in the monitoring of progress made towards achieving value chain and TAAT-set goals; provide technical and business support to all value chain public and private sector partners in each participating country and ensure that they are fully and actively engaged; work with Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) to ensure that capacity is built in all needed areas for various stakeholders within the value chain; work with young Agripreneurs in each country of implementation through demonstration and training, in close collaboration with the ENABLE-TAAT Compact; ensure that quarterly and annual consolidated technical and financial reports for the Compact are prepared and submitted to the value chain coordinator office on schedule; carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the Value Chain Specialist and/or Institutional Management Office to meet the objectives of the value chain.

Requirements

The selected candidate should possess a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Marketing, Business Administration, Food Technology, Supply Chain Management, or a closely related field to the value chain; minimum of 5-6years of professional work experience, with at least 1 year of experience in value chain development or products development, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa; relevant work experience in agribusiness management, Agri-processing, supply chain management  (experience  with projects that  link  farmers  to  the  market will  be  an  added advantage); work experience in product development at the industrial level will be an added advantage; experience in projects involved in public-private partnerships; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; strong written and verbal communication skills in English. In addition, good working knowledge of French is preferred; demonstrated ability to write, publish, and disseminate technical reports, success stories, and promotional materials; ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-cultural environment.



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