Agro-Processing Lead- Nigeria

Confidential

Job Summary

The Agro-Processing Lead will be assigned to work with the key official to help to establish enterprises for agro-processing and provide technical and business development services to service center operators and cooperatives to ensure they are functional, sustainable, and able to meet food safety and regulatory standards. He/she will work closely with the Mechanization Lead and the Good Agronomic Practices Lead and will report to the Mechanization Lead.

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description

Focus of the Role

  • The role will require travel across Nigeria, and potentially to a few international locations.

Responsibilities: 

  • Develop recommendations for how to increase investment in agro-processing in the targeted value chains and states based on knowledge of industry and market needs, present and future to support crop production
  • Promote agro-processing investment by the private sector in the targeted value chains and states; including post-harvest handling, aggregation, storage and certification.
  • Develop guides / templates for service centre operators on packaging and presentation of products based on industry knowledge 
  • Support the smooth and effective rolling out of the programme to secure private investors in the service centre operators and assembly plants under the Green Imperative
  • Work with industry to understand how post-harvest products can be converted to value 
  • Ensure a strong market link between agro-processors and input providers (farmers)
  • Ensure a supportive business development eco-system for service centres to perform market-oriented processing for value addition of target commodities
  • Assist service centre operators, including farmers’ organisations, in identifying and applying appropriate value addition and processing technologies
  • Ensure a supportive eco-system of support for strengthening of community-based groups, associations, cooperatives, and enterprises for processing

Experience & Qualification:

  • At least 8 years’ professional experience in agribusiness market systems, agro processing and supply chain management, food safety, preservation and storage, agriculture, and/or fortification including deep private sector experience, including in a manufacturing setting, preferred
  • Undergraduate degree in in Business, Management, Agriculture, Food Sciences, Nutrition, Food Engineering, or Food technology, Agricultural Economics, or related disciples
  • Master’s degree in, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural mechanisation, Business, Management, Finance or related disciplines
  • Deep understanding of the agro-processing sector, with knowledge of relevant topics, such as: food production and processing, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), worker safety, finance for growing businesses, and food systems value chain development
  • Firm knowledge and experience of Quality management systems certification such as ISO
  • Experience setting up agro processing businesses
  • Proven track record in providing technical and/or business solutions to agro-processors, with experience implementing or advising on smallholder sourcing models
  • Excellent understanding of value chain analysis, development and Good Agricultural Practices
  • Strong project management, construction coordination and analytical skills preferred
  • Proven track record in planning, implementing, and promoting farm mechanisation projects, plans or programs  
  • Strong team leader with proven field operations management experience
  • Strong administrative and organization skills, commitment, attention to detail and strong forward planning skills
  • Hands on approach to work, with the ability to deliver on deadlines in a fast-paced and fast-changing environment, with minimal or no supervision

Essential Skills:

  • Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective inter-personal and leadership skills with an ability to develop and foster relationships across a wide range of diverse and senior stakeholders
  • Ability to operate and succeed in a highly political environment;
  • Strong analytical and management skills, including sound knowledge of strategic planning and project management tools;
  • Ability to use own initiative and actively look for opportunities to have an impact rather than simply be reactive 
  • A decent understanding of how governments, businesses and international development organisations operate and how to succeed in them
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office products Word, Excel and PPT and other relevant  software and tools 

Personal Specifications:

  • Drive, motivation and ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential.

Values we look for:

  • Courage… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks
  • Collaboration… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems
  • Compassion… because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives

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