Job Title: Business Advisor (Nigeria)
Project: Fortified Parboiled Unpolished Rice Project (FPUR)
Reports to: Project Manager
Location: Kano state, Nigeria
About TechnoServe :
Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of business and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.
The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting. Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are amazing...when incomes increase and living conditions for families get better, they can access health care and education previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are better off.Â
The Business Advisor will work under the supervision of the project manager in Kano and Ogun States to provide capacity-building for farmers and businesses and also facilitate the linkage of producers of unpolished rice to the Home-Grown School Feeding Program. In addition, S/he will gather market intelligence and monitor performance. It should be understood that the tasks outlined below are the key responsibilities, but the employee will be expected to perform any tasks that are necessary within the context of the evolving needs of the project
TechnoServeâs Fortified Parboiled Unpolished Rice Project (FPUR) will pilot the uptake of parboiled unpolished rice and fortified parboiled unpolished rice to combat malnutrition in two states and increase the production, availability and consumption of whole grain, fortified, nutritious foods through the National Home-Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP) and large-scale fortification. The project aims to impact up to 1.4 million children who are beneficiaries of the program.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities:
Project Inception PhaseTake the lead on community sensitization, mobilization and enrolment of smallholder farmers who are cultivating rice. Ensure gender targets are met Support the project manager and MEL officer in developing the project work plan, MEAL package and tools Support rapid assessment and baseline evaluation activities. Identify local community trainers in the assigned communities and support the operations team during the recruitment process.
Project Implementation PhaseOversee the local community trainers (LCTs) and ensure that their capacity is deepened through train-the-trainer sessions, and green and brownfield days. Support the project manager in developing training materials for the production and post-harvest cycles of rice production. Support the LCTs during step-down training and monitor attendance according to the program guidelines. Monitor the pilots of identified simple farm entry technologies and ensure data quality. Support the PM in identifying other HGSF programs that are not in proximity but are willing to procure unpolished rice from the producers. Support the PM in identifying private-sector organizations that would partner with the project Support all monitoring and evaluation activities, surveys and reporting as well as develop success stories and lessons learnt. Understand, respect and promote Techno Serveâs values, vision, and strategy in the implementation of assigned duties. Perform other duties in line with the evolving needs of the program.
Basic Qualifications:A Bachelorâs degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Agronomy, Human Nutrition, Food Science and Technology with a minimum of 2 yearsâ experience working with rural communities supporting rice farmers. Alternatively, 4 yearsâ experience. Demonstrated understanding of the rice value chain in Nigeria. Ability to engage and advise a broad range of stakeholders, especially community leaders, Demonstrated experience in data collection and analyses. Demonstrated experience with digital training and delivery mechanisms. Demonstrated experience in report writing Demonstrated ability to communicate and train in the Hausa or Yoruba language besides English
Preferred Qualifications:Must have strong interpersonal skills. Proven skills with Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Knowledge of the use of Comcare, and KoBoCollect will be an advantage. Excellent communication skills.
Required Languages: Â Fluency in English and Yoruba or Hausa (written and spoken)
Travel: Â Local Travel
Supervisory ResponsibilitiesÂ â Local Community Trainers
This position is contingent upon full confirmation of award. We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe'sÂ vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.
With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.
We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.
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