Value Chain Adviser

Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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On behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh is implementing the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) with the aim to significantly improve the livelihoods of rice farmers in selected African countries by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply to meet increasing regional demand.

In Ghana and Nigeria, CARI also receives support from the Walmart Foundation for the implementation of projects to the economic empowerment of women in rice farming households.

CARI is implemented in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Nigeria with the aim of reaching 120,000 African male and female rice producers. The direct beneficiaries of this project are male and female (at least 30%) smallholder rice farmers with a daily income below 2US$ in Burkina Faso (10,000), Ghana (30,000), Tanzania (30,000) and Nigeria (50,000), but also rice processors, including artisanal rice millers and parboiling women groups. Secondary beneficiaries are rural service providers, e.g. agro-dealers, suppliers and operators of agricultural machinery and rice millers improving their sourcing capacity of quality supply. CARI phase I is implemented over four years (2013-12/2017).

The overarching CARI strategy is built on the identification, optimization and expansion of sustainable business models that integrate small-scale rice producers. CARI’s technical and financial assistance is based on a value chain approach. CARI’s strategy focuses on intervention areas that will result in the following objectives: 

  • Increase in productivity and quality of paddy rice based on the development of sustainable and competitive rice production systems, 
  • Increase of sourcing capacity through structured producer-processor-linkages as well as improved storage capacity and processing efficiency, 
  • Improved access to finance and financial innovation for all value chain actors, and 
  • Shaping and strengthening the enabling environment at national and regional level including policy framework and market linkages between producers, processors and traders.
  • In Nigeria, CARI is implemented by GIZ focusing on the first three objectives, while the fourth is addressed by the John A. Kufuor Foundation.


The CARI projectcoordination and management unit (PCMU) is locatedin Abuja, Nigeria. GIZ is recruiting one Professional (national expert) for the position of Value Chain Adviser for Northern Nigeria.

The assignment is to start from December 2016 to end in December 2017 with potential for extension in a second phase of CARI.



The national expert is a professional responsible for:

  • Preparation and implementation of activities related to CARI instruments i.e. Human Capacity Development (HCD); Matching Grant Fund (MGF), Technical, Organizational and Business Advisory Services (TOBAS); and Support to Policy Advocacy Services (PAS).
  • Preparation and implementation of operational plans and budgets for effective engagement with CARI private and public partners, beneficiaries and stakeholders with the view to ensuring that all parties work together seamlessly to deliver the program’s objectives
  • Support to partners in the mobilisation of the resources for the implementation of the matching fund projects along the rice value chain in Nigeria that integrate smallholder farmers
  • Develop and support the implementation of appropriate financial products and services for the rice industry together with financial institutions and private sector partners
  • Assist in the development and implementation of sustainable ICT solutions for the rice industry
  • Country specific contributions to monitoring, reporting and evaluation of program activities 
  • Contribute to quality control of all aspects of implementation with a focus on supervision of training activities (e.g. good agronomic practices, FBS) and reporting.
  • Design and support the implementation of specific studies


These duties are complex and demanding due to their mere outreach. Their implementation requires sound and careful coordination.

Tasks related to operations

In collaboration with other members of the CARI Nigeria Team, the national expert translates the responsibilities above autonomously and efficiently into action in line with planned targets. These comprise the following tasks: 

  • With support of the local team members organise, support, implement, monitor and evaluate rice value chain support activities generally, but especially in relation to HCD, TOBAS, PAS and MGF as outlined in the CARI Nigeria country paper 
  • Support CARI partners and stakeholders in the implementation of projects funded under the matching grant fund scheme
  • Working closely with CARI stakeholders to develop and implement an appropriate farmer training model for the capacity development of CARI beneficiaries as outlined in the CARI Nigeria country paper 
  • Working closely with CARI partners, beneficiaries and stakeholders, develop and implement advisory services models that will deliver appropriate value chain-wide technical support (i.e. good agricultural practices, milling technologies etc.); organizational support (i.e. vertical and horizontal linkages, cooperation etc.); and business development support (i.e. linkages with financial services and input & output markets, business planning etc.) for CARI beneficiaries as outlined in the CARI Nigeria country paper 
  • Support CARI partners and stakeholders in organizing activities that will lead to the creation of enabling environment for the sustainable growth and development of the rice sector at national and regional levels in line with the program’s objectives
  • Establish and maintain collaborative ties with CARI Nigeria partners, stakeholders and delegations from different backgrounds
  • Preparation and negotiation of memoranda of understanding, agreements or contracts on project implementation and collaborative ties with CARI Nigeria partners, stakeholders or resource persons
  • Preparation and negotiation of collaborative / co-funding arrangements with partners as required
  • Working closely with banks and other relevant financial institutions, develop and implement appropriate financial products and services for the rice industry generally, but specifically to support CARI beneficiaries as outlined in the CARI Nigeria country paper 
  • Develop and implement appropriate and sustainable ICT solutions for the rice industry generally, but specifically to support CARI Nigeria’s HCD and TOBAS instruments as outlined in the CARI Nigeria country paper 
  • Synthesize achievements and conceptualize project approaches for institutionalization in the Nigerian rice sector 


Other tasks

  • Develop and provide contributions to biannual and annual progress reports in line with the deadlines and requirements for content and quality
  • Provide all documentation related to program activities for accounting in line with requirements from co-financing partners
  • Contribute to the preparation and the implementation of evaluations of the program
  • Present and support the concepts and experiences of the program during national and international events
  • Preparation, moderation and documentation of meetings and workshops and the organization of field trips as requested
  • Receive and accompany consultants and visitors 
  • Coordinate the work of consultants / resource persons 
  • Any other instructions given in furtherance of project operations and management


Required qualifications, competences and experience


University degree / further studies in agriculture with specialization in agronomy or agricultural economics or extension. Additional training in the areas of value chain approach, cooperatives / social entrepreneurship, banking and finance, non-governmental organization (NGO) administration, business development services, grant fund management, policy formulation and advocacy, ICT will be an advantage


Professional experience

At least 6 years in a comparable position, experience in agricultural value chain development / agricultural banking / agricultural consulting & advisory services / farmer training / grant management / policy formulation & advocacy / partnership brokering substantiated by corresponding references.


Working experience with/for agro-industries, banks or development partners


Other knowledge, additional competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to design, manage and implement value chain, agricultural financial services, agribusiness development support activities, farmer organization & training, financial grant services, policy & advocacy support activities in agriculture/ agribusiness, use of ICT in agriculture / agribusiness etc.
  • Knowledge of agri-food support policies for Nigeria and of corresponding markets; local knowledge of pilot project areas (Niger and Kogi States) will be an advantage
  • Capacity for analysis and constructive evaluation combined with the ability to translate evaluation findings on deficiencies in optimization of curricula and implementation 
  • Facilitation of discussions and workshops (preparation, implementation and documentation)
  • Presentation techniques and concepts for the marketing of project achievements 
  • Computer skills in contemporary MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access would be a plus)
  • Clear and diplomatic communication (oral and written)
  • Ability to communicate adequately with interdisciplinary / multi-institutional teams (units / research organizations, NGOs and Governmental agencies, farmers, their organizations and donors)
  • Team worker and constructive attitude in case of difficulties or conflicts
  • Capacity of reflection of own work and willingness to learn
  • Developed attitude and awareness of service delivery



Fluency in English; Knowledge of local languages would be a plus


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GIZ Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer, both men and women are encouraged to apply.Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Supply Chain / Procurement

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years

Application Deadline

1 month from now