Massive Recruitment at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), March 2019

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Collaboration with International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is implementing a Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise in the Niger Delta States (LIFE-ND).
To facilitate implementation of the project, the partners want qualified and competent personnel to fill the underlisted positions:

 

 

Job Title: Internal Auditor (IA)
Location
: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Internal Auditor shall ascertain and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the financial management and internal control framework;
  • Ensure compliance with the IEAD and Federal Government project Financing Agreement, IFAD disbursement procedures, Project Implementation Manual, etc;
  • Identify critical weaknesses if any, and areas for improvement; and provide the project coordination team at the regional and state levels with timely information and recommendations on financial management aspects of the project to enable timely corrective actions.
  • He reports to the Project Coordinator.

Specific Duties

  • Carry out audit of the project in accordance with international standards of auditing, and including such tests and controls as the auditor considers necessary. The audit will cover the project regional office, state and beneficial levels.
  • Ensure that the accounting and financial management systems remain reliable and effective in design and assess the extent to which they are being followed. Ascertain the reliability of integrity, controls, security and effectiveness of the operations of the computerized accounting system.
  • Identify constraints, if any, in the timely updating of the accounting system and in adhering to the internal control procedures including the Project Implementation Manual and the Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Review the adequacy of the systems established to ensure compliance with policies, plans procedures, laws, and regulations and establish whether the project is in fact in compliance. Check and report on compliance with the IFAD Financing Agreement covenants.
  • Review the efficacy, adequacy and application of accounting, financial and operating controls and thereby ensure the accuracy of the books of accounts. Review the accuracy and timeliness of the quarterly financial reports produced by the project and confirm whether these are used by the management for decision making.
  • Verify that the system of internal check is effective in design and operation in order to ensure the prevention of and early detection of defalcations, frauds, misappropriations and misapplications.
  • Evaluate the Internal Control System in operation to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and economy.
  • Check the segregation of duties in the project such as:
    • Authorization and approval,
    • Recording,
    • Documentation on the following operating costs: maintenance of vehicles/equipment, fueling, motor license/insurance, utilities (water, electricity, telephone), office rent and rates, salaries and allowances of project support staff, insurance.
  • Check that the Statements of Expenditure (SOE) submitted to IFAD reconcile with the expenditures reported under the quarterly and yearly financial reports. Duly record any ineligible expenditure noted during the review.
  • Ensure reconciliation of bank statements and accounts is regularly carried out on a monthly basis and necessary corrections on accounts of banks/debits and stale transactions accounted for concurrently.
  • Conduct an independent appraisal of all the project’s activities. Consider the adequacy of controls to ensure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of project activities.
  • Confirm that IFAD no-objections given to the RPCO and the state offices for incurring expenditure under the project are used for purpose intended.
  • Undertake procurement audits to ensure procedures are done transparently as per procedures/thresholds.
  • Verify that all the goods, works and services procured and issues are supported by valid receipt and documents including IFAD no-objection and that a register of contracts and contract monitoring forms are maintained and up-to-date.
  • Ensure that adequate records are maintained regarding the assets created and assets acquired by the project, including details of cost, identification and location of assets; and that the physical verification of assets is being carried out with due diligence and an annual inventory report is duly issued. Physical verification of assets and other inventories would be taken up as deemed necessary by the auditor in respect of all goods.
  • Ensure that disbursements between RPCO and SPCOs are reconciled and accounted for.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The IA will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of First Degree or Higher National Diploma in Accounting with a minimum working experience of 10 years, 6 years in IFAD assisted project.
  • A professional certificate in Accounting or Auditing is an added advantage.
  • Good communication and training skills.
  • Proven track record in internal auditing.
  • Working experience of the Niger Delta area is a plus.
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and achieve results will be an added advantage.

 

 

Job Title: State Accountant
Locations: 
Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Specific Duties

  • Ensuring the Programme’s financial procedures as detailed in the Programme Implementation and Financial Manuals are strictly adhered to by all Programme staff and implementing partners at the state level.
  • Facilitating the timely disbursement of Programme funds to the various accounting units mainly the service providers and farmers’ groups.
  • Compiling SOEs for the PMU and other implementing partners for timely preparation of withdrawal applications.
  • Ensuring adherence to International Financial Reporting System as well as Government of Nigeria financial practices and circulars as issued from time to time.
  • Maintaining sound accounting system, ensuring installation of good and complete chart of accounts and maintaining all relevant books of accounts that ensures complete recording and reporting of all financial and non-financial transactions of the Programme at the state level.
  • Facilitating and ensuring that external auditors are availed all necessary documents and information during the audit as detailed in the Financing Agreement.
  • Preparing financial reports and advising the State Programme Coordinator on the Programme’s financial status and trends.
  • Supporting the Financial Controller in the installation and management of sound Integrated Financial Management Information System (Computerized Accounting)for SPMU.
  • Undertaking any other duties (related to the Programme’s activities) as may be assigned by the State Programme Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience

  • First degree or Higher National Diploma in any Numerate discipline. A higher degree will be an added advantage.
  • Professional qualification (ACA, ANAN, ACCA) with at least 5 years post qualification experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the management team of donor funded projects.
  • Strong working knowledge of both national and international accounting procedures.
  • Strong computer skills, spread-sheets, and other relevant accounting packages.
  • Working knowledge of banking and financial control procedures

 

 

Job Title: Agricultural Production Officer
Locations: 
Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The Agricultural Production Officer will be responsible for management of Subcomponent 2.2 Support to Smallholder Production at state level and for ensuring performance of the NGOs/service providers hired to implement the activities under the Subcomponent. A key element of the position is ensuring that the Programme targets small scale producers through the implementation of production enhancement activities.

Specific Duties:

  • Responsible forthe coordination and supervision of the Subcomponent 2.2. of the project, Support to small holder production at state level,
  • Work in close collaboration with the Rural Institutions and Gender Mainstreaming officer at state level in periodic meetings held at SPMU and during joint and in periodic field visits,
  • Provide guidance to NGOs/Service providers hired to implement the activities and oversee the overall process of selection of target FOs and beneficiaries in close collaboration with the Rural Institutions and Gender Mainstreaming officer,
  • Liaise with other relevant programmes and technical departments in the Public sector at state level such as ADP, the National Agricultural Seed Council, the National Root and Tuber Crop Research Institute, the National Cereals Research Institute,
  • Liaise with any other stakeholder such seed companies, agro-dealers (distributors and sub distributors), equipment suppliers, at state level and LGA level,
  • Contribute to the design of the overall distribution scheme of certified seeds/improved cassava cuttings, fertilizers and herbicides and equipment at state and LGA level,
  • Supervise and coordinate the distribution of certified seeds/improved cassava cuttings, fertilizers and herbicides and equipment at state and LGA level including the delivery of goods at LGA level,
  • Supervise the service provider in charge of implementing the activity, Promotion and dissemination of sustainable agricultural practices through the FFS approach,
  • Contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports at state level and,
  • Contribute to the state annual work plan and budget for Subcomponent.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be based in the SPMU office. The Agricultural Production/FFS Officer will report directly to the Agricultural Production Advisor based in the NPMU.

Qualification and Experience

  • Masters or higher level University degree in Agronomy, Horticulture and other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience including at least 2 years in implementation of productivity enhancement projects.
  • Knowledge in participatory approaches, gender mainstreaming and Farmers’ Field School approach will be an advantage.
  • Proven record in the field of project implementation of productivity enhancement projects.
  • Good writing skills and computer literacy

 

 

Job Title: State Value Chain Infrastructure Officer (SVCIO)
Locations: 
Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The SVCIO will work under the direct supervision of the State Programme Coordinator (SPC), in close collaboration with the State and the Local Govemment Area (LGA) Engineers, and the State authorities.

Specific Duties

  • Ensure that the preparatory activities and implementation of the infrastructure interventions are progressing according to the works schedule.
  • Develop a detailed action plian to implement the various activities proposed under the sub-component for the State and the LGAs in close consultation with the key stakeholders.
  • Select contractors and consultants as per the Programme Implementation Manual (PIM) and oversee the work of these service providers;
  • Identify the target communities using the eligibility criteria developed for the sub-component. Relevant agencies such as the State Ministry of Works, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, River Basin Development Authorities (RBDA5) where applicable, Water Board, and the LGAs should be consulted in this process.
  • Ensure that contracted consultants prepare the LGA level VCAP. The VCAP will identify critical constraints/challenges, opportunities available and recommend appropriate VC linked interventions. The above-mentioned key stakeholders, the VC operators and the community should be part of this process.
  • Supervise the construction/rehabilitation of feeder roads, the construction of agro-processing and market infrastructure (md. water supply systems and related ancillary works) for Subcomponent 1.1 and 1.2, and the construction of stores, flood protection dykes and rehabilitation of irrigation schemes under Subcomponent 2.2 implemented by contractors. The SVCIO will be assisted by the LGA Engineers during supervision.
  • Ensure the timely procurement of agro-processing equipment and machineries for Subcomponent 1.1. Quality standards indicated in the Programme Design Report (PDR) should be maintained and the handover of the procured items to the target VC operators is as per th? PIM and applicable matching grant modality.
  • Oversee that training and capacity building activities related to the infrastructure aspects of Subcomponent 1.1, 1.2 and 2.2 are implemented. Establish asset/infrastructure management and maintenance procedures. These should ensure that proper O&M is carried out by the LGAs, the VC operators and the communities using the developed procedures as supported by the LGA Engineers.
  • Supervise/co-supervise the LGA Engineers and the support staffs working with them.
  • Provide technical guidance to participating institutions on the approach of carrying out their functions related to the infrastructural aspects of the Programme.
  • Ensure that the consultants give necessary technical support to the participating organizations by working closely with them and contribute to the Programme.
  • Establish modalities for coordination and proper working relationship with participating institutions.
  • Prepare measurement of works and certificate of payment for all infrastructure activities as supported by the LGA Engineers.
  • Ensure proper management, timely utilization and reporting of the budget for the sub-component is undertaken by the State. Liaise with the concerned budget holders within the State Programme Management Unit (SPMU) when it comes to the support activities provided to other sub-components.
  • Assist the SPC in ensuring that the Programme’s focus on the poorest of the poor, especially women, is pursued.
  • Undertake other related activities as directed by the SPC.

Qualification and Experience

  • A minimum of BSc University Degree in Civil Engineering.
  • At least 5 years of practical experieQce in agricultural and/or rural development projects.
  • A Civil Engineer with strong background of practical experience in agricultural related civil works and agro-processing technologies contributing to rural development.

 

 

Job Title: Liaison Officer
Location
: Abuja
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Liaison

Main Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the principle of LIFE-ND is up-scaled to other parts of Nigeria.
  • Interface between the LIFE-ND and the National LIFE Programme of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Capitalize best practices from LIFE-ND and facilitate knowledge sharing with non-LIFE-ND states.
  • Organize knowledge events to scale-up successes from LIFE-ND to other states of Nigeria.
  • Participate in supervision missions of LIFE-ND, Mid-term Review and Completion Mission.
  • Liaise with the LIFE-ND management to organize learning route to the LIFE-ND states for other states in Nigeria.
  • He/she will be under performance-based contract and will report to the Projects Coordinating Unit (PCU) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, as well as the programme Coordinator of the LIFE-ND.
  • Perform any other official role as requested by the LIFE-ND Project Coordinator.

Location and Reporting

  • The office of the Liaison Officer will be located in Abuja (preferably in PCU or other IFAD programmes office in Abuja).
  • He/she will report to the Head of PCU as well as maintain a good reporting line with the LIFE-ND Project Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience

  • First University Degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Applied Sciences, Business Administration with sound knowledge and experience working with rural communities, women and youth empowerment programmes.
  • Master’s Degree in Agriculture and related fields, Business administration and management will be an added advantage.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Experience working with Government and Private Sector.
  • A minimum of Seven (7) years Post qualification working experience.

 

 

Job Title: State Programme Coordinator (SPC)
Locations: 
Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Programme Coordinator (SPC) is responsible for the coordination of Project activities in the state, as well as managing the SPMU office.

Specific Duties

  • Head the secretariat of the State Value Chain Steering Committee (SVCSC).
  • Oversee the implementation of the Programme within the State.
  • Supervise the staff of SPMU office.
  • Liaise with other relevant programmes, technical departments and the participating Local Government Councils to ensure synergy for effective implementation of field activities.
  • Oversee contracting of support staff, consultants, and service providers.
  • Prepare the state annual work plan and budget based on the consolidated commodity cluster action plans and submit to NPMU and lEAD for approval.
  • Facilitate regular meetings of farmer organizations in the area of production, processing and marketing.
  • Coordinate regular monitoring visits and technical support by SPMU expert to FOs.
  • Ensure regular meetings of the Local Government Value Chain Advisory Committee (LGVCAC).
  • Ensure timely reporting and quality of reports to SVCSC and PMU.

Qualification and Experience

  • M.Sc. degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, or other related disciplines.
  • Minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience including at least 3 years in a management position.
  • Proven track record in the field of agriculture or rural development.
  • Good writing skills and computer literacy will be an advantage.
  • Fluency in local language is a major advantage.

 

 

Job Title: State Agricultural Processing/Quality Enhancement Officer (APQEO)
Locations: 
Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The APQE will work under the direct supervision of the NPMU Market and Enterprise Development Advisor and in close collaboration with the State Business and Market Development Officer, State Government and Local Government authorities. Overall, the APQE will be directly in charge of state and local government-level interventions in the area of promoting the use of improved and more efficient value addition equipment and technologies for agro-processing, handling, storage and packaging.

Specific Duties

  • Coordinate the implementation and monitoring of state and local government-level Programme activities and actions in the provision of agro-processing and related equipment and technologies.
  • Work with VC operators such as agro-processor organizations to arrange for the acquisition and sustained efficient management and use of new agro-processing and related equipment.
  • Supervise the setting up and operation of demonstration of improved technologies and equipment and the provision of equipment for standard measures and weights.
  • Work with the SBMDO to organize commodity fairs and other interactive events for VC operators and the State Government.
  • Supervise the setting up and management of demonstration exercises and activities for the promotion of the use of improved agro-processing equipment and technologies.
  • Supervise and coordinate the technical assistance in the areas of food processing systems (md. GAP, GMP and HACCP principles).
  • Deal and interact with state and local government agencies in consultative and collaborative activities.
  • Supervise the work of service providers in the area of value addition equipment and technologies, providing information about their performance;
  • Source and use information from various sources for the implementation and coordination of activities and measures for the promotion of value addition;
  • Supervise state-level capacity building and technical assistance measures and activities in the areas of acquisition and use of value addition equipment and technologies.
  • Participate in the formulation and implementation of the VCAP and supervision of activities under the value addition segment of the VCAP.

Qualification and Experience

  • A minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or Higher National Diploma in Agricultural/Food Engineering or Food Science and Technology.
  • Strong background in engineering and technological aspects of agroprocessing and agricultural product handling (storage, preservation and packaging).
  • Practical skills and at least 5 years work experience on matters relating to food and agricultural processing, agro-industrial development and MSME promotion.
  • Good negotiation, inter-personal skills and communication abilities.

 

 

Job Title: Rural Institutions And Gender/Youth Mainstreaming Officer
Locations: 
Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The Rural Institutions and Gender/Youth Mainstreaming Officer will be responsible for management of Subcomponent 2.1 Strengthening of Farmers’ Organizations at state level and for ensuring performance of the NGOs/service providers hired to implement the activities under this subcomponent.
  • A key element of the position is ensuring that the selected FOs are representative of existing FOs at LGA level.

Specific Duties

  • Responsible for the coordination and supervision of Subcomponent 2.1 of the Programme at state level.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Agricultural Production/FFS Officer at state level in periodic meetings held at SPMU and during joint and periodic field visits.
  • Provide guidance to NGOs/service providers hired to implement the activities and oversee the overall process of selection of target FOs and beneficiaries in close collaboration with the Agricultural Production/FFS Officer.
  • Liaise with other relevant programmes and technical departments in the public sector at state level such as ADP (Directorate of Extension, Women in Agriculture), the Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Cooperatives, Home Economics…).
  • Liaise with any other stakeholder such as the Ministry of Social Affairs.
  • Contribute to the design of the overall distribution scheme of certified seeds/improved cassava cuttings, fertilizers and herbicides as well as equipment at state and LGA level.
  • Participate in the distribution of certified seeds/improved cassava cuttings, fertilizers and herbicides and equipment at state and LGA level including the delivery of goods at LGA level in close collaboration with the Agricultural Production/FFS Officer.
  • Contribute to the drafting of periodic programme progress reports at state level.
  • Contribute to the state annual work plan and budget for Subcomponent
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Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the SPMU office. The Rural Institution and Gender/Youth Mainstreaming Officer will report, directly, to the State Programme Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience

  • Masters or higher level University Degree in Sociology, Economics and other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience including at least 2 years in implementation of projects integrating strengthening of FOs and gender issues.
  • Knowledge in participatory approaches, and gender mainstreaming.
  • Proven record in the field of project implementation integrating strengthening of FOs and Gender mainstreaming activities/strategy.
  • Good writing skills and computer literacy.

 

 

Job Title: State Business and Market Development Officer (SBMDO)
Locations: 
Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Business and Market Development Officer (SBMDO) will work under the direct supervision of the NPMU Business and Market Development Advisor and in close collaboration with the State Agricultural Processing and Quality Enhancement Officer, State Government and Local Government authorities.
  • Overall, the SBMDO will be directly in charge of state and local government-level interventions in the area of promoting market linkages and market information among VC operators.

Specific Duties

  • Coordinate the implementation and monitoring of state and local government-level Programme activities and actions in the organization of public-private dialogue forums for enabling business environment.
  • Coordinate the implementation and monitoring of state and local government-level Programme activities and processes for strengthening mechanisms for public-private dialogue on enabling business environment.
  • Coordinate the implementation of state and local government-level Programme activities and actions in supporting the establishment and enforcement of quality norms, grades and standards for processed products.
  • Broker inter-agency collaboration between relevant state and local government agencies for the establishment and enforcement of regulations on agricultural commodity quality norms, grades and standards.
  • Implement actions and processes for the brokerage and facilitation of market exchanges and/or contractual agreements between VC operators (farmers and agro-processors and traders).
  • Work with VC operators to organize commodity fairs and other interactive events for VC operators and the state governments.
  • Implement actions and processes for the brokerage and facilitation of links between VC operators (agro-processor and trader organisations) and financial institutions for the purpose of increasing access to financial services including credit, insurance and saving/deposit facilities.
  • Assist service providers in preparing and disseminating appropriate strategies and approaches for saving mobilization, opening of bank accounts, membership in financial institutions and applications for loans based on local socio-cultural value systems.
  • Assess different financial service providers prepared to extend their services to Programme target groups.
  • Negotiate terms and conditions with service providers and conclude, where opportune and appropriate, memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with the financial institutions, through which Programme target groups will be able to access financial services.
  • Monitor, evaluate and document he results of the linkage programmes.
  • Supervise technical assistance in financial linkage.
  • Deal and interact with state and local government agencies in consultative and collaborative activities
  • Work with VC chain operators including producers, processors and traders to identify needs and actionable items for capacity building in market development.
  • Supervise the work of service providers in the areas of business and market development, providing information about their performance.
  • . Source and use information from various sources for the implementation and coordination of activities and measures for the promotion of market linkages and market information among VC operators.
  • Broker and arrange linkages and contractual transactions/agreements between VC operators including producers, processors and market participants.
  • Participate in the formulation and implementation of the VCAP and supervision of activities under the business and market development segment of the VCAP.

Qualification and Experience

  • A minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or Higher National Diploma in any of the Management or Social Sciences including Agricultural Economics.
  • At least 5 years work experience on matters or projects relating to agricultural marketing, agro-processing and agro-industrial development and MSME promotion.
  • Strong background in business and marketing blended with practical skills.
  • Good negotiation, inter-personal and communication skills.

 

Job Title: Agricultural Engineer
Location: 
Abuja
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: VCDP National Office, Abuja

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the VCDP National Office.

Main Responsibilities

  • The Agricultural Engineer will provide advice, technical support and guidance aimed at sustainably increasing crop production as key contributions to food security, improved livelihoods and diversified diets in the Project areas.
  • He will lead the delivery of a programme of work on sustainable crop production intensification through sustainable agricultural production and technologies addressed to small holder farmers

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Lead or provide technical support to the development of sustainable mechanization strategies and frameworks both at national and Regional and State levels
  • Provide guidance on technical management of processing centers and workplace safety.
  • Promotion of sustainable mechanization related to sustainable crop intensification including conservation agriculture
  • Develop guidelines and standards for sustainable agricultural mechanization within integrated crop production systems
  • Liaise with research and development institutions, private sector organizations NGOs in linking the particular needs of small holders relevant to sustainable mechanization, related capacity building and training.
  • Support the work on private – public partnerships in the context of sustainable mechanization systems
  • Provide clearance procedures with respect to procurement of agricultural sector-related machinery and equipment
  • Contribute to programmes and projects on conservation agriculture including through support for enterprise development
  • Assist in developing knowledge products for agricultural mechanization
  • Preparation of quality documents for meetings, concept notes, and other relevant information requirements.
  • Provide technical assistance on private – public partnerships in the context of sustainable mechanization systems.
  • Facilitate training and capacity building on operation and maintenance of all agro-based farm machineries and agro processing equipment in liaison with relevant institutions.
  • Report to the NPC-VCDP
  • Undertake any other duties as may be assigned by NPC-VCDP.

Minimum Qualification and Experiences Required

  • A minimum of Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering, with additional professional specialization. Higher Degree in relevant fields will be an added advantage
  • Experience in sustainable mechanization in the context of sustainable agricultural production and processing.
  • At least 5 years work experience in the field of Agricultural Mechan isation.
  • Working knowledge of English Language.
  • Must be computer literate.
  • Experience working with rural communities on agricultural mechanization
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to undertake extensive travels within project areas.

Technical/Functional Skills required:

  • Knowledge/Experience working with rural communities in agricultural mechanization and processing
  • Relevant experience in developing and implementing programmes or projects on crop production intensification and diversification, in the context of climate change adaptation and/or mitigation in both small holders mechanized agricultural systems
  • Relevance of experience of agriculture policy and/or mechanization strategy issues
  • Ability to analyse sustainable crop production issues from a technical, economic, social and environmental perspective

 

 

Job Title: Procurement Coordinator (PRC)
Location
: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Procurement Coordinator will be responsible for the management of project activities in accordance with relevant National and IEAD Procurement Guidelines, and building the capacity of State Procurement Officers and other project implementing partners.

Specific Duties

  • Formulate a project procurement strategy.
  • Ensure that procurement is carried out such that transparency, integrity, economy, openness, fairness, competition and accountability remain the cardinal target.
  • Facilitate the preparation as well as update and review of the yearly procurement plan while ensuring that procurement activities are carried out as per the approved procurement plan.
  • Prepare and consolidate Quarterly Tracking Procurement Plan.
  • Maintain and regularly update the contract register and No Objection tracker.
  • Prepare and periodically update the data base of vendors, suppliers and consultants.
  • Facilitate the preparation of technical specifications/terms of reference for procurement of goods, works and services.
  • Handle issues relating to contract negotiation, complaints and debriefing.
  • Prepare bidding documents, tender notices, and invitations for bids.
  • Receive, open and evaluate bids, as well as finalize contracts.
  • Administer contracts to ensure compliance with the contracts conditions, payment terms.
  • Maintain all the records relating to procurement.
  • Prepare procurement implementation reports in accordance with the reporting requirements of IFAD and the Government and consolidated reports for the entire project.
  • Provide guidance and supervision to the states, the beneficiaries and service providers.
  • Ensure that the procurement capacity of the states, beneficiaries and. service providers is developed.
  • Organise and conduct training for procurement staff and participants.
  • Carry out any other duties assigned by the Regional Programme Coordinator.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The PRC will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s or Higher Level University Degree in Engineering, Finance, Management, Purchasing or equivalent qualifications.
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant post qualification experience.
  • Strong background and experience in successfully carrying out procurement using similar procedures, methods, specifications etc.
  • Knowledge (at least 5 years) of internationally accepted ‘best practice’ systems, the Nigerian Procurement Laws and Guidelines and experience in working with Donor Funded Projects.
  • Good writing skills and good computer skills.
  • Demonstrate team spirit, good interpersonal and conflict management skills.
  • Integrity and confidentiality.
  • Interpersonal and time management skills.

 

 

Job Title: Administration and Logistics Officer (ADM)
Location
: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Administration and Logistics Officer will be responsible for setting up and streamlining administrative procedures as provided in the Project Administrative Manual. He reports to the Project Coordinator.

Specific Duties

  • Facilitate the development of the Project Administrative Manual.
  • Set up the administrative system as provided in the Project Administrative Manual.
  • Advise the RPC in all areas of administration as well as participate in administrative planning in consultation with management staff to support project activities.
  • Liaise with other project staff, IEAD projects and ICO Nigeria for compliance with respect to communities of practice.
  • Set up employee database and prepare other reports stipulated in the Manual.
  • Initiate recruitment procedures of both local staff and consultants, and raise contracts.
  • Manage performance evaluation, reward, training and leave of staff.
  • Manage travel arrangements, all logistics arrangements for project activities, vehicles maintenance and fuel log, retirement of claims.
  • Manage grounds/offices and timely maintenance of infrastructure and equipment.
  • Ensure compliance with security guidelines.
  • Undertake other related duties as may be required.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The ADM will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree (Bachelor’s) in Business, Public Administration or Human Resources Management.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ working experience in Administration or 3 years’ experience and a Master’s degree in the above fields.
  • Must have experience in human resource management and coordination of trainings.
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and achieve results. i.e. Integrity and confidentiality.
  • Planning, problem solving and decision-making skills are required.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English and knowledge of at least one indigenous language.

 

 

Job Title: State Agricultural Processing/Quality Enhancement Officer (APQEO)
Locations: 
Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The APQE will work under the direct supervision of the NPMU Market and Enterprise Development Advisor and in close collaboration with the State Business and Market Development Officer, State Government and Local Government authorities. Overall, the APQE will be directly in charge of state and local government-level interventions in the area of promoting the use of improved and more efficient value addition equipment and technologies for agro-processing, handling, storage and packaging.

Specific Duties

  • Coordinate the implementation and monitoring of state and local government-level Programme activities and actions in the provision of agro-processing and related equipment and technologies.
  • Work with VC operators such as agro-processor organizations to arrange for the acquisition and sustained efficient management and use of new agro-processing and related equipment.
  • Supervise the setting up and operation of demonstration of improved technologies and equipment and the provision of equipment for standard measures and weights.
  • Work with the SBMDO to organize commodity fairs and other interactive events for VC operators and the State Government.
  • Supervise the setting up and management of demonstration exercises and activities for the promotion of the use of improved agro-processing equipment and technologies.
  • Supervise and coordinate the technical assistance in the areas of food processing systems (md. GAP, GMP and HACCP principles).
  • Deal and interact with state and local government agencies in consultative and collaborative activities.
  • Supervise the work of service providers in the area of value addition equipment and technologies, providing information about their performance;
  • Source and use information from various sources for the implementation and coordination of activities and measures for the promotion of value addition;
  • Supervise state-level capacity building and technical assistance measures and activities in the areas of acquisition and use of value addition equipment and technologies.
  • Participate in the formulation and implementation of the VCAP and supervision of activities under the value addition segment of the VCAP.

Qualification and Experience

  • A minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or Higher National Diploma in Agricultural/Food Engineering or Food Science and Technology.
  • Strong background in engineering and technological aspects of agroprocessing and agricultural product handling (storage, preservation and packaging).
  • Practical skills and at least 5 years work experience on matters relating to food and agricultural processing, agro-industrial development and MSME promotion.
  • Good negotiation, inter-personal skills and communication abilities.

 

 

Job Title: Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer (PMEO)
Locations: 
Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: Directly to the State Programme Coordinator

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the proposed additional VCDP states of Nassarawa, Kogi and Enugu.

Main Responsibilities

  • The PME Officer will have overall responsibility for coordinating and facilitating the planning, M&E activities at state level.
  • The Officer will ensure that robust systems for PME are established and fully linked to other information and knowledge systems, to enable the Programme to be flexible and responsive to changing circumstances.
  • The Officer will also assess needs and capacity for PME at state and local levels and accordingly design and implement capacity building programmes. T
  • he Specialist will work under the guidance of the PME Advisor of the NPMU and closely with relevant SPMU and LGVC staff to ensure a coherent and collaborative approach to PME.

Specific Duties

  • Develop the Programme M&E System on the basis of the programme’s Logical Framework taking into account Government monitoring frameworks.
  • Organize and supervise focused baseline surveys at the beginning of the programme to be undertaken by a contracted institution.
  • Contribute to preparing an M&E Plan, including the programme’s monitoring formats.
  • Establish indicators for outputs, outcomes and impact, monitor implementation processes and performance, and assess outputs and outcomes.
  • Foster participatory planning and M&E by training and involving stakeholder groups.
  • Oversee design of a field-based system for the programme monitoring that incorporates the logical framework approach.
  • Prepare essential data to be included in quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.
  • Monitor financial and physical progress as well as reporting back to stakeholders to create a better learning environment; undertake programme and thematic evaluations.
  • Integrate the M&E system into the overall programme coordination and organization function and with other information and knowledge systems
  • Organize and oversee annual review and planning workshops and preparation of annual work plans and budgets.
  • Inform and join supervision missions by screening and analysing reports.
  • Undertake any other duties that may be assigned to him/her by the National Programme Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience

  • A higher-level degree in Agricultural Economics, Rural Development or other relevant field. University-level studies in a field related to statistics or a related field would be an advantage.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in M&E and/or project management in areas such as agriculture, marketing, rural finance and policy matters.
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing successful M&E systems.
  • Solid understanding of use of modern information and communication technology (ICT) in development.
  • Proficient in the use of databases and spread-sheets.
  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and data management.
  • Proficient in the use of statistical and other software packages for both quantitative and qualitative analysis, experience in analysing complex programmes or policies.
  • Experience in facilitation, in particular of learning processes
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English.

 

 

 

Job Title: Project Accountant (PA)
Location
: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Project Accountant is responsible for supporting the Project Financial Controller (PFC) in the effective discharge of his/her functions. He reports to the Project Coordinator.

Specific Duties

  • Master IFAD key documents such as, the disbursement handbook, procurement guidelines and handbook, IFAD guidelines for project audits, the Financing Agreement (FA) and the Letter to the Borrower (LTB) as well as the Project Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Assist the PFC in the implementation of a sound financial management system as described in the Project Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Prepare transaction vouchers, input all transactions into the RPCO accounting system before submission to the PFC for approval and make sure all necessary supporting documentation is made available and filed in a systematic way.
  • Process all payments, ensuring that project financial procedures are strictly adhered to.
  • Process monthly payroll, payment of salaries to staff and project contributions.
  • Assist the PFC in the preparation of withdrawal applications. e.g Prepare cash flow forecasts as required.
  • Monitor financial returns from implementing partners and State Project Coordination Offices (SPCOs), including periodic visits to their offices.
  • Assist in the preparation and monitoring of annual operational budgets.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual financial reports in agreed format including:
    • Sources and uses of funds statement, including incurred expenditures by component, expenditure category and financier,
    • Variance report (actual vs budgeted expenditures),
    • Designated account reconciliation statement,
    • Withdrawal application-statement of expenditure,
    • Fixed asset register,
    • Contract register for submission to the Technical Support Committee, Lead Project Agency and IFAD.
  • Maintain a well-organized and up-to-date filing system for Accounting and Financial records as well as a fixed asset tagging system.
  • Perform physical inventory of project assets each year.
  • Assist the PFC in the preparation of the accounting manual of the RPCO.
  • Provide assistance to the external auditors as required, and facilitate that the project auditors have access to all necessary files.
  • Make sure all expenditure items:
    • Meet the eligibility criteria as defined in the IFAD financing agreement,
    • Are supported by adequate documentation (invoice, contracts, evidence of payments etc.).
  • Ensure all project records are properly filed in a systematic way and maintain proper back up.
  • Prepare monthly bank account reconciliations are prepared in a timely manner and reconciliation items are promptly followed upon.
  • Liaise with the SPCOs to ensure timely delivery of justification of advances, reporting of expenditures, and financial reports, as well as follow-up on audit process and audit findings.
  • Undertake any other activities assigned by the RPC and the PFC.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The PA will report to the FC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years’ post-professional experience.
  • A professional qualification (FCA, ACA, FCNA, CNA) with at least 15 years of post- qualification experience, at least 8 of which must be in management.
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience in management team of IEAD- assisted or donor funded projects.
  • Good interpersonal relationship, transparently honest, team worker and possess ability to train counterparts; and must be healthy and fit to undertake extensive filed visits.
  • Member of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, with strong working knowledge of both national and international accounting procedures.
  • Strong computer skills, spread-sheets, and other relevant accounting packages.
  • Working knowledge of banking and financial control procedures.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
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Job Title: Financial Inclusion Specialist
Location: 
Abuja
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: VCDP National Office, Abuja

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the VCDP National Office.

Main Responsibilities

  • The Financial Inclusion specialist will coordinate all efforts to expand financial inclusion across project locations.
  • S/he will provide technical leadership and guidance to project staff and partners on financial services to rural communities, the unbanked and underserved populations, smaliholder farmers and other agricultural value chain actors within the anticipated I FAD-Funded projects.
  • The Financial Inclusion specialist will lead Rural Resilience’s efforts to leverage innovative and technology-led solutions to achieve the programmes goals on financial inclusion.

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Identify best practices and trends, including role of technology, within the programme areas as an innovative financial services business riodeIs serving the poor in various sectors such as saving and lending schemes, Agri-finance and SME finance;
  • Development of a programme financial inclusion strategy and upscaling of affordable low-cost financial solution for services to beneficiaries;
  • Participate in the building of partnerships to facilitate access to finance and collaborate with commercial and non-commercial partners that seek to deliver appropriate and affordable non-financial or financial services to smallholder farmers;
  • Facilitate development of a capacity building plan with financial institutions, to create an efficient platform for the provision of financial services to underserved groups in the project areas;
  • Develop new ideas/concepts that increase uptake of credit by rural communities;
  • Facilitate the linkage of beneficiaries to financial institutions for sustainable access to credit
  • Identify and/or develop required financial tools and methodological approaches, and provide technical assistance and training/capacity building to ensure programme interventions achieve or surpass established objectives;
  • Provide indicators to track financial inclusion activities;
  • Track data monitoring and management systems to ensure quality in implementation and reporting;
  • Report to NPC-VCDP

Qualifications and Skills

  • At least a Master’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Economics or other relevant field.
  • At least 5 years work experience working in the area of financial inclusion in Donor funded projects at managerial and advisory levels in developing country context.
  • Mastering of current standards in the rural financial industry, and practices in developing rural financial markets, particularly in financing agricultural value chain development.
  • Sound understanding of the Nigerian financial sector.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.

 

Job Title: Knowledge Management and Communication Coordinator (KMC)
Location
: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator will have overall responsibility for coordinating, supporting and facilitating Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) activities related to project implementation at the regional level.
  • The Coordinator will work closely with the KMC Advisor at the Central Communications Unit to provide leadership, guidance and capacity building in KMC.

Specific Duties

  • Manage the implementation of the KMC strategy of the project.
  • Develop KMC activities for the annual work plan and budget (AWPB).
  • Prepare an annual KMC plan of actions for enhancing institutional culture of learning and knowledge-sharing.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing events and policy dialogues among project stakeholders.
  • Ensure that innovative experiences, learning and good practices are captured, synthesized, documented and shared continuously within the project, within the relevant stakeholders and, with in-country partners, IFAD and other regional and international partners.
  • Play a leading role in knowledge capitalization and develop evidence based knowledge products and ensure wider dissemination.
  • Develop and update project stakeholders contact list and mailing lists for dissemination of project knowledge products.
  • Guide staff on information collection, processing, and information dissemination methods.
  • Play a leading role in external relations, building relations with media and communications personnel, liaison and public relations.
  • In close collaboration with the M&L Coordinator, ensure results from various studies Including quality management, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation are translated into evidence based knowledge products.
  • Establish information technology requirements for effective implementation of the KMC strategy using social media and internet tools.
  • Plan and coordinate all communication and advocacy campaigns through mass media, newsletters, stakeholder meetings, and other communication channels as appropriate.
  • Assist in developing integrated information systems to enable M&E of project activities.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of the project’s KMC strategy.
  • Contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports.
  • Maintain updated cataloguing of the project’s knowledge assets/online resource materials.
  • Undertake other KMC tasks as required.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The KMC will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Higher Level University Degree or equivalent in a field related to Communications, Journalism, Development or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in information, knowledge management, and/or development communication, preferably in the Agriculture and Rural Development sector. Experience in Media Relations, ICT and Extension will be an advantage.
  • Proven ability in Documentation and Advocacy; demonstrated capacity to develop and oversee implementation of documentation of programme results, presentations, communication and reporting skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; experience of interacting with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • High degree of motivation, initiative, independence, reliability, adaptability, and professional maturity; and places a premium on “getting things done”.
  • Strong project management and coordination skills; able to handle multiple tasks and balance priorities with various stakeholders.

 

 

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator (MEC)
Location
: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator will have overall responsibility for operating, coordinating and facilitating the planning of M&E activities related to project implementation.
  • The Coordinator will oversee the design and operationalization of robust systems for PME and ensure its full linkage with other information and knowledge systems, to enable the project to be flexible and responsive to changing circumstances.
  • The Coordinator will also assess the needs and capacity for PME at the regional level and accordingly design and implement capacity building activities.
  • The Coordinator will work closely with relevant State M&E staff to ensure a coherent and collaborative approach to PME.

Specific Duties

  • Develop activities for the annual work plan and budget (AWPB).
  • Develop the project M&E system on the basis of the project’s Logical Framework taking into account government monitoring frameworks and IFAD RIMS methodology.
  • Organize and supervise focused baseline surveys and assessments of beneficiaries at the beginning of the project to be undertaken by consultants.
  • Prepare an M&E Plan, including the project’s monitoring formats.
  • Establish indicators for outputs, outcomes and impact, monitor implementation processes and performance, and assess outputs and outcomes in line with government and IFAD RIMS guidelines.
  • Foster participatory planning and M&E by training and involving stakeholder groups.
  • Oversee the design of a field-based system for project monitoring that incorporates the logical framework approach.
  • Prepare essential data to be included in quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.
  • Monitor financial and physical progress as well as reporting back to stakeholders to create a better learning environment; undertake project and thematic evaluations.
  • Integrate the M&E system into the overall project coordination and organization function and into an MIS.
  • Ensure capture of intended impact as well as successes and failures; prepare reports and guide staff in preparing their progress reports.
  • Design and implement report formats so that all reports from service providers/implementing partners can be regularly and conveniently compiled/aggregated to contribute to the overall project results framework.
  • Organize and oversee annual review and planning workshops and preparation of AWPB.
  • Inform and join supervision missions by screening and analysing reports.
  • Select service providers where necessary and formulate TORs and scope of work for the service providers. Supervise, monitor and certify the work of service providers for the various activities and assignments.
  • Consolidate state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports of the RPCO.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The MEC will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s or Higher Level University Degree in Agricultural Economics, Social sciences, Economics, Statistics or other relevant field.
  • Proficient in the use of databases and spread-sheets, statistical and other software packages for both quantitative and qualitative analysis and demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and data management.
  • Experience in analyzing complex programmes or policies.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ proven experience working in, designing and implementing M&E/Results-based management and/or project management in areas such as agriculture, natural resources, rural finance and policy matters.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Have thorough understanding of analytical tools.
  • Have solid understanding of use of modern information and communication technology (ICT) in development and excellent knowledge of computer-based communications tools, in particular web-and mobile-based technology.
  • Experience in facilitation, in particular of learning processes.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in some of the local languages will be an asset.

 

 

Job Title: Nutrition and Food Security Specialist
Location: 
Abuja
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Reporting and Location: VCDP National Office, Abuja

Summary

  • The FGN/IFAD VCDP is desirous of engaging the services of Technical specialist and staff to facilitate VCDP and other IFAD Assisted programs implementation at the VCDP National Office.

Main Responsibilities

  • The Nutrition and Food Security Specialist will be domiciled in the VCDP national office Abuja and will provide technical support to all IFAD-assisted projects in Nigeria.
  • He/She will be will be responsible for the facilitation of nutrition mainstreaming in project interventions in IFAD project States.

Specific Duties

  • Develop a nutrition strategy to guide nutrition interventions in the programme areas.
  • Facilitate the analysis of nutrition gaps along the supply chain of priority commodities in the project locations.
  • In collaboration with selected relevant institutes and/or private sector, facilitate the promotion of value-added products development and consumption among project beneficiaries.
  • Facilitate periodic nutrition survey and report dissemination on Knowledge,Attitude and Practice (KAP).
  • Organize nutrition publicity on project nutrition activities; facilitate the development and testing of appropriate campaign messages, tools and materials to promote nutrition education, social and behavioural change communication.
  • Facilitate capacity building and training sessions on nutrition-sensitive agriculture for project staff, relevant institution and beneficiaries.
  • In collaboration with other stakeholders and partners, facilitate the activities on Home Grown School Feeding Initiative, vegetable garden dhd integrated homestead food production.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with the line ministries (such as health, gender, education) to build synergy in nutrition- sensitive interventions in project areas.
  • Provide nutrition monitoring indicators, track and document substantive data and information on nutrition-sensitive activities and maintain regular technical reports on nutrition outputs and outcomes. Work collaboratively with the technical specialists on gender and climate in documenting interface on nutrition outcomes. Undertake any other emerging nutrition activity as may be assigned by the NPC-VCDP

Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Minimum of Master degree from an accredited institution in the field of Human Nutrition, Food Science or equivalent in a field related to Food Security. Possession of Higher Degree in relevant fields will be an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in, and demonstrated understanding of food and nutrition initiatives in rural development.
  • Experience in previous implementation of related nutrition and food security programme is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Experience of interacting with a variety of internal and external stakeholders is desirable.
  • Strong project coordination skills on nutrition, food security and gender is desirable.

 

 

Job Title: State Project Internal Auditor (SPIA) 
Location: 
Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Project Internal Auditor shall ascertain and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the financial management and internal control framework; ensure compliance with the IFAD and Federal Government project Financing Agreement, IFAD disbursement procedures, Project Implementation Manual, etc; identify critical weaknesses if any, and areas for improvement; and provide the project coordination team at the regional and state levels with timely information and recommendations on financial management aspects of the project to enable timely corrective actions.

Specific Duties

  • Carry out audit in accordance with international standards of auditing, including such tests and controls as the auditor considers necessary. The audit will cover implementing partners and the beneficial level.
  • Ensure that the accounting and financial management systems remain reliable and effective in design and assess the extent to which they are being followed. Ascertain the reliability of integrity, controls, security and effectiveness of the operations of the computerized accounting system.
  • Identify constraints, if any, in the timely updating of the accounting system and in adhering to the internal control procedures including the Project Implementation Manual and the Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Review the adequacy of the systems established to ensure compliance with policies, plans procedures, laws, and regulations and establishing whether the project at the state level is in fact in compliance. Check and report on compliance with the IFAD Financing Agreement covenants.
  • Review the efficacy, adequacy and application of accounting, financial and operating controls and thereby ensure the accuracy of the books of accounts; Review the accuracy and timeliness of the quarterly Financial Reports produced by the project and confirm whether these are used by the management for decision making.
  • Verify that the system of internal check is effective in design and operation in order to ensure the prevention of and early detection of defalcations, frauds, misappropriations and misapplications.
  • Evaluate the Internal Control System in operation to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and economy.
  • Check the segregation of duties in the project such as: i) authorization and approval, ii) recording, iii) documentation on the following operating costs: maintenance of vehicles/equipment, fueling, motor license/insurance, utilities (water, electricity, telephone), office rent and rates, salaries and allowances of project support staff, Insurance.
  • Check that the Statements of Expenditure (SCE) submitted to IFAD reconcile with the expenditures reported under the quarterly and yearly financial reports. Duly record any ineligible expenditures noted during the review.
  • Ensure reconciliation of bank statements and accounts is regularly carried out on a monthly basis and necessary corrections on accounts of banks/debits and stale transactions accounted for concurrently.
  • Conduct an independent appraisal of all the project’s activities. Consider the adequacy of controls to ensure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of project activities.
  • Confirm that IFAD No-objections given to the RPCO and the SPCO for incurring expenditure under the project are used for purpose intended.
  • Undertake procurement audits to ensure procedures are done transparently as per procedures/thresholds. Verify that all the goods, works and services procured and issues are supported by valid receipt and documents including lEAD no-objection and that a Register of Contracts and contract monitoring forms are maintained and up-to date.
  • Ensure that adequate records are maintained regarding the assets created and assets acquired by the project, including details of cost, identification and location of assets; and that the physical verification of assets is being carried out with due diligence and an annual inventory report is duly issued. Physical verification of assets and other inventories would be taken up as deemed necessary by the auditor in respect of all goods.
  • Ensure reconciliation of disbursement between RPCO and the SPCO are reconciled and accounted for.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the SPCO housed in the State ADP. The SALO will report directly to the SPC.

Qualification and Experience

  • A minimum of First Degree or Higher National Diploma in Accounting with a minimum working experience of 8 years, 4 years in lEAD- assisted project.
  • A Professional Certificate in Accounting or Auditing is an added advantage.
  • Good communication and training skills.
  • Proven track record in internal auditing.
  • Working experience of the Niger Delta area is a plus.
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and achieve results will be an added advantage.

 

 

Job Title: State Administration and Logistics Officer (SALO)
Location: 
Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Administration and Logistics Officer will be responsible for setting up and streamlining administrative procedures at the state level as provided in the Project Administrative Manual.

Specific Duties

  • Set up the administrative system as provided in the Project Administrative Manual.
  • Advise the SPC in all areas of administration as well as participate in administrative planning in consultation with management staff to support project activities.
  • Liaise with other project staff, IFAD projects and ICC Nigeria for compliance with respect to communities of practice.
  • Set up employee database and prepare other reports stipulated in the Manual.
  • Initiate recruitment procedures of both local staff and consultants, and raise contracts.
  • Manage performance evaluation, reward, training and leave of staff.
  • Manage travel arrangements, all logistics arrangements for project activities, vehicles maintenance and fuel log, retirement of claims
  • Manage grounds/offices and timely maintenance of infrastructure and equipment.
  • Ensure compliance with security guidelines.
  • Undertake other related duties as may be required.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the SPCO housed in the State ADP. The SALO will report directly to the SPC.

Qualification and Experience

  • University Degree (Bachelors) in Business related discipline
  • Minimum of 4 years’ working experience in Administration or 2 years’ experience and a Master’s degree in the above fields.
  • Must have experience in human resource management and coordination of trainings.
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and achieve results.
  • Integrity and confidentiality.
  • Planning, problem solving and decision-making skills are required.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English and knowledge of at least one indigenous language.

 

 

Job Title: Local Government Desk Officer (LGDO)
Location: 
Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Local Government Desk Officer will facilitate the linkage between the SPCO and community members including the targeted agri-enterprise groups/incubators and the CADAs.
  • He/she will function as the project focal person in the LGA.

Specific Duties

  • Facilitate and participate in the sensitization of the existing CADAs, enterprise groups, traditional rulers, opinion leaders, youth and women leaders and influential community members to foster understanding on the new direction of LIFE project
  • Promote the formation of the new CADAs where they do not exist which will serve as apex associations of enterprise groups formed at the community level.
  • Participate in the monitoring and supervision of the project activities in the LGA.
  • Assist in profiling the existing and new agri-enterprise groups, incubators and CADAs in the LGA.
  • Undertake any other assignment given by SPCO.

Qualification and Experience

  • HND or Bachelor in Agriculture, with at least 5 years’ experience working with farmers and agri-enterprises as an extension agent. Must be staff of the LGC Department of Agriculture.

 

 

Job Title: State Procurement Officer (SPRO)
Location: 
Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Procurement Officer will be responsible for the management of state level project procurement activities, in accordance with relevant National and IEAD Procurement Guidelines.
  • He/she will report directly to the State Project Coordinator.

Specific Duties

  • Ensure that procurement is carried out such that transparency, integrity, economy, openness, fairness, competition and accountability remain the cardinal target.
  • Facilitate the preparation as well as update and review of the yearly procurement plan while ensuring that procurement activities are carried out as per the approved procurement plan.
  • Prepare State Quarterly Tracking Procurement plan.
  • Maintain and regularly update the contract register and No-objection tracker.
  • Prepare and periodically update the state data base of vendors, suppliers and consultants.
  • Facilitate the preparation of technical specifications! terms of reference for procurement of goods, works and services.
  • Prepare bidding documents, tender notices, and invitations for bids.
  • Receive, open and evaluate bids, as well as finalize contracts.
  • Administer contracts to ensure compliance with the contracts conditions, payment terms.
  • Maintain all the records relating to procurement.
  • Handle issues relating to contract negotiation, complaints and debriefing.
  • Prepare procurement implementation reports in accordance with the reporting requirements of IFAD and the Government.
  • Provide training, guidance and supervision to the beneficiaries and service providers.
  • Ensure that the procurement capacity of the beneficiaries and service providers is developed.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the SPCO housed in the State ADP. The SPRO will report directly to the SPAC.

Qualification and Experience

  • Minimum university degree in Engineering, Finance, Management, Purchasing or equivalent qualifications.
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant post qualification experience.
  • Strong background and experience in successfully carrying out procurement using similar procedures, methods, specifications etc.
  • Knowledge (at least 2 years) of internationally accepted ‘best practice’ systems, the Nigerian Procurement Laws and Guidelines and experience in working with IFAD or any donor funded projects.
  • Good writing skills and good computer skills.
  • Demonstrate team spirit, good interpersonal and conflict management skills.
  • Integrity and confidentiality.
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Job Title: Financial Controller (FC)
Location
: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • Within the framework of the project design report and loan/grant agreements, the Financial Controller is responsible for the financial and administrative management of the project, including accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, internal controls, auditing arrangement, flow of funds and the efficient management of project resources.

Specific Duties

  • Master IFAD key documents such as, the disbursement handbook, procurement guidelines and handbook, IFAD guidelines for project audits, the Financing Agreement (FA) and the Letter to the Borrower (LTB) as well as the Project Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Consolidate and prepare together with the Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO) team and M&E Coordinator, the annual work plan and budget (AWPB) and the budget and financing plan.
  • Develop and maintain an efficient accounting system and reliable internal control procedures (including authorization levels, segregation of duties etc.) and guidelines for financial reporting and record keeping.
  • Prepare, review and monitor the project’s budget, including financing plan, procurement plan (together with the Procurement Officer), and staff development plan (together with the training focal point).
  • Prepare/verify all withdrawal applications for submission to IEAD, and ensure the availability of funds for all planned activities. Manage the project’s bank accounts, approve and co-sign all payments.
  • Ensure payments are authorized, and recorded in the accounting system correctly and in a timely manner.
  • Ensure all expenditure items:
    • Meet the eligibility criteria as defined in the IFAD financing agreement,
    • Are supported by adequate documentation (invoice, contracts, evidence of payments etc.).
  • Ensure all project records are properly filed in a systematic way and that proper back up is maintained.
  • Ensure the timely preparation of quarterly and annual consolidate financial reports in agreed format including:
    • Sources and uses of funds statement, including incurred expenditures by component, expenditure category and financier,
    • Variance report (actual versus budgeted expenditures),
    • Designated account reconciliation statement,
    • Withdrawal application – statement of expenditure,
    • Fixed asset register, vi) contract register etc., for submission to the Regional Technical Committee, Lead Project Agency and IFAD,
  • Ensure monthly bank account reconciliations are prepared in a timely manner and reconciliation items are promptly followed up on.
  • Lead tho process of contracting an external audit firm to conduct an independent audit of the annual project accounts, ensuring that annual audits are carried out within the specified time-frame and ensuring the project auditors have access to all necessary files.
  • Monitor the financial performance of the State Project Coordination Offices (SPCOs) including:
    • Justification of advances, reporting of expenditures, financial reporting, audit process and audit findings.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of staff placed under his/her direct authority.
  • Review and regularly update the Financial Procedures Manual of the project.
  • Develop together with the project accountants the accounting manual of the SPCOs.
  • Organize and supervise RPCO office, assets, including tagging of all assets, maintaining an up to date fixed asset register and conducting an annual inventory exercise.
  • Take active part in the consolidation of progress reports for submission to NDDC, IEAD, FMoF, FMPB and the participating states.
  • Undertake any other activities assigned by the Project Coordinator.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The FC will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years’ post-professional experience, at least 8 of which must be in management.
  • A professional qualification (FCA, ACA, FCNA, CNA) with at least 15 years of post- qualification experience, at least 8 of which must be in management.
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience in management team of IEAD- assisted or donor funded projects.
  • Good interpersonal relationship, transparently honest, team worker and possess ability to train counterparts; and must be healthy and fit to undertake extensive filed visits.
  • Member of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, with strong working knowledge of both national and international accounting procedures.
  • Strong computer skills, spread-sheets, and other relevant accounting packages.
  • Working knowledge of banking and financial control procedures.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

 

Job Title: State Knowledge Management and Communication Officer (SKMO)
Location: 
Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Knowledge Management and Communications Officer will be responsible for coordinating, supporting and facilitating Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) activities related to Federal Government of Nigeria Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises in the Niger Delta Project Design Completion Report 116 project implementation at the state level. The Officer will work closely with the KMC Coordinator at the RPCO and the KMC Advisor at the Central Communications Unit in implementing KMC activities.

Specific Duties

  • Manage the implementation of the KMC strategy of the project at the state level.
  • Develop KMC activities for the annual work plan and budget (AWPB).
  • Prepare an annual KMC plan of actions for enhancing institutional culture of learning and knowledge-sharing.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing events and policy dialogues among project stakeholders.
  • Ensure that innovative experiences, learning and good practices are captured, synthesized, documented and shared continuously within the project, within the relevant stakeholders.
  • Play a leading role in knowledge capitalization, develop evidence based knowledge products and ensure wider dissemination.
  • Develop and update project stakeholders contact list and mailing lists for dissemination of project knowledge products.
  • Guide staff on information collection, processing, and information dissemination methods.
  • Play a leading role in external relations, building relations with media and communications personnel, liaison and public relations.
  • In close collaboration with the State M&E Officer, ensure results from various studies including quality management, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation are translated into evidence based knowledge products.
  • Establish information technology requirements for effective implementation of the KMC strategy using social media and Internet tools.
  • Plan and coordinate communication and advocacy campaigns through mass media, newsletters, stakeholder meetings, and other communication channels as appropriate.
  • Assist in developing integrated information systems to enable M&E of project activities.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of the project’s KMC strategy at the state level.
  • Contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports.
  • Maintain updated cataloguing of the project’s knowledge assets/online resource materials.
  • Undertake other KMC tasks as required.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the SPCO housed in the State ADP. The SKMO will report directly to the SPC.

Qualification and Experience

  • Higher Level University Degree or equivalent in a field related to Communications, Journalism, Development or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in information, knowledge management, and/or development communication, preferably in the agriculture and rural development sector. Experience in media relations, ICT and extension will be an advantage.
  • Proven ability in documentation and advocacy; demonstrated capacity to develop and oversee implementation of documentation of programme results, presentations, communication and reporting skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; experience of interacting with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • High degree of motivation, initiative, independence, reliability, adaptability, and professional maturity; and places a premium on “getting things done”.
  • Strong project management and coordination skills; able to handle multiple tasks and balance priorities with various stakeholders

 

 

Job Title: State Rural Institution/Gender and Youth Officer (SIGY)
Location: 
Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (2 years)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The Rural Institution Coordinator will facilitate and strengthen the understanding of community members and target agri-enterprise groups and commodity apex development associations (CADAs) to fit properly into the project framework.
  • The aim of the position is to improve the knowledge of enterprise groups, incubators and CADAs to adopt agriculture as a business using a market-led approach.

Specific Duties

  • Develop activities for the formation, strengthening and sustainability of relevant rural institutions for the annual work plan and budget (AWPB).
  • Sensitize existing CADAs, enterprise groups, traditional rulers, opinion leaders, youth and women leaders, civil society and influential community members to foster understanding on the new direction of the project.
  • Assist the enterprise groups to form CADA from elected representatives of each of the groups formed.
  • Assist the CADAs to form Federated CADA at the state level from representative of each of the CADAs formed.
  • Once a CADA is formed, ensure that there are implementation/functional committees in the CADA and take initiatives to strengthen the committees.
  • Provide guidance for the annual group/CADA appraisal exercise to identify capacity gaps and assist in the strengthening of all groups/CADA.
  • Develop a flexible training curriculum/manual to address identified gaps in developing and strengthening the CADAs in consultation with the keystake holders.
  • Organize training for all enterprise groups on group participation and formation, group leadership and dynamics. The activities would strengthen skills and competencies in financial and business management, market information, product marketing strategies, bulk procurement, distribution of critical inputs and advocate to improve enabling policy environment.
  • Develop specific training for enterprise groups, group leaders, CADAs, commodity committees on producers cluster arrangement, contract farming, operations of out-growers scheme in working with off-takers/processors.
  • Continuously update the developed curriculum and training based on feedback to ensure that it is tailored to the needs of the groups and CADAs.
  • Organize cross-visits annually amongst the CADAs to facilitate the sharing of experiences between CADAs on best practice.
  • Consolidate state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic progress reports of the RPCO.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The RIDC will report directly to the PC.

Qualification and Experience

  • Advanced degree (MSc or higher preferred) in Extension, Rural Sociology, Agriculture or other discipline with appropriate applied social science and agricultural experience
  • A minimum of 10 years working experience with rural communities in a participatory community development role.
  • Proven skill in organizing group training and learning exchanges.
  • Experience working with IFAD projects in Nigeria.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

 

 

Job Title: State Project Accountant (SPA)
Location: 
Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • Within the framework of the project design report and loan/grant agreements, the State Project Accountant is responsible for the financial and administrative management of the project at the state level, including accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, internal controls, auditing arrangement, flow of funds and the efficient management of project resources.

Specific Duties

  • Master IFAD key documents such as, the disbursement handbook, procurement guidelines and handbook, IEAD guidelines for project audits, the Financing Agreement (FA) and the Letter to the Borrower (LTB) as well as the Project Financial Procedures Manual.
  • Draw up annual budgets and work plans for the SPCO.
  • Ensure that all accounting records are maintained in line with approved accounting standards and in line with the IEAD requirements (IPSAS Cash).
  • Ensure that monthly bank reconciliation statements are prepared for all bank accounts at the state level.
  • Ensure strict adherence to installed internal control systems for all areas of project operation in accordance with the project financial procedures manual.
  • Liaise with the internal/external auditors and follow up any audit queries/management letters.
  • Ensure payments are executed in a timely manner and that appropriate records of prepayments and advances are maintained.
  • Make sure all expenditure items:
    • Meet the eligibility criteria as defined in the lEAD Financing Agreement,
    • Are supported by adequate documentation (invoice, contracts,evidence of payments etc..).
  • Ensure the timely preparation of quarterly and annual financial reports in agreed format including:
    • Sources and uses of funds statement, including incurred expenditures by component, expenditure category and financier,
    • Variance report (actual versus budgeted expenditures),
    • Designated account reconciliation statement,
    • Withdrawal application – statement of expenditure,
    • Fixed asset register,
    • Contract register for submission to the RPCO for consolidation.
  • Perform physical inventory of project assets each year at the state level. k. Provide assistance to the external auditors as required.
  • Undertake other duties/special assignments as may be directed by the SPC or the Financial Controller at the RPCO.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the SPCO housed in the State ADP. The SPAC will report directly to the SPC.

Qualification and Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years’ post-professional experience, at least 6 of which must be in management.
  • A professional qualification (FCA, ACA, FCNA, CNA) with at least 10 years of post-qualification experience, at least 6 of which must be in management.
  • A minimum of 6 years’ experience in management team of lEAD- assisted or donor funded projects.
  • Good interpersonal relationship, transparently honest, team worker and possess ability to train counterparts; and must be healthy and fit to undertake extensive filed visits.
  • Member of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria with strong working knowledge of both national and international accounting procedures.
  • Strong computer skills, spreadsheets, and other relevant accounting packages.
  • Working knowledge of banking and financial control procedures.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

 

 

Job Title: Agribusiness Promotion Coordinator (APC)
Location
: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Unit/Office: Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities
The Agribusiness Promotion Coordinator will support the creation of jobs using the Incubator Apprenticeship Model, focusing on the identification, selection, training and retraining of potential youth and women to learn and start profitable agri-enterprises. He/She will:

  • Be involved in the development of agri-enterprises business plans in agricultural commodity production, processing, storage and marketing;
  • Coordinates the alignment of the CORY curriculum to project requirements, including modules on village level enterprise group formation, savings mobilisation and entrepreneurship development activities;
  • Supports market access to build strong agribusiness and value chain orientation to selected youth and women in the project area; and
  • Explore capacity development of Agriculture Value Chain Financing models along production, processing and marketing.

Specific Duties

  • Develop activities for the annual work plans and budget (AWPB).
  • Oversee the selection process of Incubators.
  • Coordinate the development of a training curriculum for incubators and apprentices.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of bankable business plans, marketing promotion strategies, product branding and linkage to service providers and markets.
  • Lead and supervise the state level implementation of the incubator apprenticeship model in empowering at least 900 incubators and 38,250 new agri-enterprises across the 9 states of the Niger Delta region (i.e., 100 incubators and 4,250 agri-enterprises per state).
  • Supervise the agri-enterprises to ensure their viability.
  • Coordinate the capacity assessment and strengthening of CADA and the formation of Commodity Alliance Forum at the state level.
  • Identify and partner with private sector operators and CADA to avail farmers and other agri-enterprises the opportunity to sustainably access information on market demand (demand, supply and price).
  • Give technical direction and management leadership in identifying actions and mechanisms for the promotion and use of value addition technologies including post-harvest handling, processing, storage and packaging.
  • Promote the deployment and adoption of friendly productive technologies and the application of efficient/effective, dynamic and profitable modules across the value chains.
  • Promote volume of produce for large markets, sustainability of identified farmers markets, reduction of cost of services, and develop cluster/entrepreneurs arrangements and contract arrangements between produce off-takers and weaned agri-entrepreneurs.
  • Develop MoU with all categories of service providers (mechanization, agro dealers, sprayers etc) on areas of engagement and line and terms of support from the project.
  • Select service providers where necessary and formulate TORs and scope of work for the service providers. Supervise, monitor and certify the work of service providers for the various activities and assignments.
  • Design capacity building and technical assistance measures and activities in the areas of primary production, value addition, market access, business management, quality control and standardization.
  • Facilitate linkages for enhanced access to financial services for project beneficiaries, including trader credit, contract farming, inventory credit, commercial/development bank credit and insurance.
  • Consolidate state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress reports.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the RPCO located in Port Harcourt. The APC will report directly to the PC.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics or First degree in any of the Agriculture related disciplines and MBA or higher degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Marketing or related fields.
  • Strong background and practical skills in business development and marketing and at least 5 years work experience on issues and programmes relating to agricultural commodity production, commodity marketing, agro-processing and value chain development and MSME promotion.
  • Good negotiation, inter-personal and relational skills.
  • Previous experience in working with government and private sector in developing agrienterprises/agribusiness will be a great advantage.

 

 

Job Title: State Agribusiness Promotion Officer (SAPO)
Location: 
Nigeria
Job Type: Contract (1 year)
Office: State Project Coordination

Main Responsibilities

  • The State Agribusiness Promotion Officer will support the creation of jobs using the Incubator Apprenticeship Model.
  • He/she will be actively involved in the development of agri-enterprise business plan in agricultural commodity production, processing, storage and marketing; support market access to build strong agribusiness and value chain orientation to selected youth and women in the project areas; and explore capacity development of agriculture value chain financing models.

Specific Duties

  • Develop activities for the State annual work plan and budgets (AWPB).
  • Oversee the selection process of incubators and apprentices within the state.
  • Coordinate the development of a training curriculum for incubators and apprentices.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of bankable business plan, marketing strategies, product development and branding; and, linkage to service providers and markets.
  • Lead and supervise the implementation of the incubator- apprenticeship model in empowering at least 100 incubators and 4,250 new agri-enterprises in the state.
  • Effectively supervise and ensure that the objective of this intervention is achieved and ensure the viability and profitability of the enterprises.
  • Coordinate the capacity assessment and strengthening of CADA and the formation of a Commodity Alliance Forum at the LGA level.
  • Identify and partner with private sector operators and CADA to avail farmers and other agri-enterprises the opportunity to sustainably access market information (demand, supply and price).
  • Give technical direction and management leadership in identifying actions and mechanisms for the promotion and use of value addition technologies including post-harvest handling, processing, storage and packaging.
  • Promote the deployment and adoption of friendly productive technologies and the application of efficient/effective, dynamic and profitable modules across the value chains.
  • Promote volume of produce for large markets, sustainability of identified farmer markets, reduction of cost of services, and develop cluster/entrepreneurs arrangements and contract arrangements between produce off-takers and weaned agri-entrepreneurs.
  • Develop MoU with all categories of service providers (mechanization, agro dealers, sprayers, extension, etc) on areas of engagement and line and terms of support from the project.
  • Select service providers where necessary and formulate TORs and scope of work for the service providers. Supervise, monitor and clarify the work of service providers for the various activities and assignments.
  • Design capacity building and technical assistance measures and activities in the areas of primary production, value addition, market access, business management, quality control and standardization.
  • Produce state progress reports and contribute to the drafting of periodic project progress report.

Reporting and Location

  • The position will be in the SPCO housed in the State ADP. The SAPO will report directly to the SPC.

Qualification and Experience

  • Masters Degree in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics or first degree in any of the Agriculture related disciplines and MBA or higher degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Marketing or related fields.
  • Strong background and practical skills in business development and marketing and at least 3 years work experience on issues and programmes relating to agricultural commodity production, commodity marketing, agro-processing and value chain development and MSME promotion.
  • Good negotiation, inter-personal and relational skills.
  • Previous experience in working with government and private sector in developing agri-enterprises/agribusiness will be a great advantage.

 

How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Applications with detailed CV of not more than 5 pages to the following addresses: infor@vcdpnigeria.org , vcdpnpmu@gmail.com , lifend2019@gmail.com

 

Application Deadline 16th April, 2019.

Note: This contracted appointment is for a period of one (1) year in the first instance, renewable subject to satisfactory performance acceptable to FGN/IFAD

 

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