Ongoing recruitment at Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING)

The Federal Government of Nigerian in an effort towards diversifying the economy and creating significant welfare improvement for the Nigerian citizen has embarked on a transformation agenda in the irrigation sector through the Transforming irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) Project.

The development objective of the TRIMING project is to improve access to irrigation and drainage services, and to strengthen institutional arrangements for integrated water resources management and agriculture service delivery in selected large-scale public schemes in Northern Nigeria.

Job Title:  Value Chains Development Specialist

This invitation for expression of interest follows the general procurement notice that appeared in UN Development Business online of February 5, 2015. The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has received a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) towards the cost of the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) Project and it intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services

The TRIMING Project Development Objective is to improve access to irrigation and drainage services and to strengthen institutional arrangements for integrated water resources management and agriculture service delivery in selected large-scale public irrigation schemes in Northern Nigeria.

To strengthen the PMU team in implementation of Component 3 of the ProjectAppraisal Document (PAD): Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Support to Value Chains Development, TRIMING project seeks to competitively recruit a highly qualified Value Chains Development Specialist (VCDS) for an initial period of 2 years which could be renewed subject to need and the performance of the successful candidate.

(a) Coordinate the mapping of all key value chain stakeholders critical to the successful implementation of Component 3:
(b) Initiate consultations with identified value chain stake holders to develop and agree on working relationship in supporting development of key value chains in the targeted irrigation schemes;
(c) In close collaboration with the Agribusiness Specialist, coordinate the work ofthe agribusiness firm recruited to provide technical assistance (TA) in establishment and capacity building of farmer service centres in each targeted irrigation scheme;
(d) Guide implementation partners and technical service providers on the identification, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of value chain support activities, including the promotion of entrepreneurial skills in farmers’ organisations;
(e) Facilitate linkages and contacts between business model stakeholders including input suppliers, mechanization service providers. processors and other bulk produce buyers (off-takers), and farmers;
(f) Coordinate the formulation and development of value chain financing mechanisms for improving the accessibility of financial services to farmers and other value chain stakeholders in the targeted project areas;
(g) Ensure adequate synergies between Component 3 and the other operational components of the programme (1 and 2), in collaboration with the respective Component heads;
(h) Monitor the development of innovative business models and. in collaboration with the Data Management and Communication Officer and the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer ensure related knowledge management, including the identiftcation of policy lessons. and participate in developing the Project Leaming System;
(i) Guide the preparation and implementation of the various value chain related studies; Contribute to the preparation of project Annual Work Plans and Budgets (AWPBs) and progress reports; and
(k) Undertake any other duties assigned by the Project Coordinator(PC).

(a) Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. Agribusiness. Agriculture. Economics. Rural Development or a related discipline from a recognized university;
(b) At least 8 years working experience in a similar field. 3 of which should be in senior management position;
(c) Experience in the private sector will be considered a plus.
(d) Demonstrated practical experience in facilitating value chain development at field level value chain analysis and in building capacity of value chain actors. Practical experience in value chain development of rice and tomato value chains will be an added advantage:
(e) Knowledge of technologies and best practices in value chain development, business development, and rural livelihoods;
(f) Strong computer and communications skills (oral. written. presentation); and
(g) Strong coordination. leadership and interpersonal skills.
(h) Agood knowledge ofthe local language could be an added advantage.
Interested Candidates need to provide hard documentation, such as research reports, project documents, publications. letters of recommendation, CV and any other document that confirm they have actual field experience, alongside electronic copies.

The Expression of Interest should reach the address below not later than 27 October, 2015.

Tel+2348038391469, +2348052048706
Email: [email protected]

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