Value chain (innovation) lead

Job Summary

Drive the identification and delivery of novel and disruptive approaches to increasin.g the inclusiveness of value-chains and the acceleration of economic growth.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 7 years

Job Description

Project Overview and Role   

  • Palladium is searching for a Value Chain (Innovation) lead for an upcoming DFID proposal LINKS – Powering Economic Growth in Northern Nigeria. LINKS will support development of a vibrant and diversified economy in the key northern Nigerian states, with these collectively acting as a powerful engine of northern economic growth. Benefits will be both for the states themselves, while also creating real market opportunities for the wider north, counterbalancing the wealth and investment that is currently primarily found in Lagos and the South.
  • The programme will focus on the development of high potential pro-poor value chains, selected during a detailed project preparation study, supporting them to become productive, competitive and attractive for investment at every level.


  • Lead on the design and delivery of the strategy based around the Innovation component of LINKS.
  • Identifying and testing dynamic cross-chain innovations which have the potential to both raise incomes for the poor, and attract investment into successful innovations.
  • Research, identify and select private sector innovations from different regions, countries and markets
  • Create structures to provide support to the private sector in applying new and innovative interventions.
  • Design and deliver on the scalability of innovations, planning for expansion and investment attraction.
  • Oversee and supervise the work of component staff and consultants as required


  • At least 7 years' experience working on international development projects
  • At least 3 years' experience in a management / leadership role within international development projects
  • Demonstrated track record of supporting the identification, piloting and scale up of cross cutting pro-poor private sector innovations that have increased the competitiveness, productivity and inclusiveness of multiple value chains
  • Demonstrated track record of supporting information and communications technology related private sector value chains innovations, and associated supporting / required physical products and services
  • Previous experience working in Nigeria

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