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Agribusiness Advisor at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in many of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

Job Description

SNV Kenya is seeking a professional with experience and expertise in agribusiness development.

The position holder will be responsible for formulation and implementation of business models, providing business development support and the capacity building of farmers and agro-enterprises with the goal of improving inclusiveness and competitiveness of targeted value chains. S/he will facilitate access to markets and develop strong partnerships with financial institutions and relevant service providers to ensure the success of the target farmers and agro-enterprises. S/he will support farmer-led enterprises and their groups to improve business planning and in entrepreneurial skills. The function holder reports to the REALMS Project Manager and will utilize Local Service Providers to assist with service delivery and the growth and expansion of marketed products of farmers and agribusinesses that are involved in regenerative agricultural production.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide primary technical direction to the REALMS project business components that aim to incentivize the uptake of regenerative and circular agricultural production.
  • Lead market research and value chain analysis to guide develop business strategies and identify opportunities for investments in targeted value chains and markets.
  • Provide technical support to farmer-led enterprises in terms of leveraging their capacities to become business enterprises by providing business advisory services and identifying possible directions and tools to strengthen the enterprises and support relevant market players.
  • Provide advice on business planning, financial management, governance and day-to-day management of agro-enterprises.
  • Build capacity of farmers through training, coaching and mentorship other extension providers, ensuring the integration of best production and post-harvest practices for enhancing value of their products.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with SNV staff, national and local authorities, international and national organizations as well as technical focal points in agriculture.
  • Coordinate all planned activities with the Agronomist, Policy and Advocacy advisor and M&E expert, and donors and other development agencies to ensure consistency with sector priorities.
  • Support formulation of appropriate policies that create and enabling environment for adoption of regenerative and circular agriculture.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development or related field from a recognized University; A Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years of experience working on international development programs to improve production and incomes through agribusiness model
  • Demonstrated experience of successfully linking farmers and agribusinesses to markets
  • Demonstrated experience in building the capacity of farmers, and businesses.
  • Familiarity with inclusive business models and application to resource constrained small holder farmers.
  • Must possess a strong understanding of group development processes and facilitation skills, including developing and delivering training and group consensus building.
  • Familiarity with results chains and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Proficiency in English is required.

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