Job at Rwanda Agriculture Board: District Agribusiness Officer (Contractual) (Deadline: 18th July 2017)
-Improve/develop the capacity of project staff/farmers’ associations to identify sustainable agro-based economic opportunities, understand and implement a demand-driven, commercialization approach to rural development based on access to markets -Identify and assist in coordinating relevant workshops in agricultural marketing issues for project staff and project beneficiaries. -Develop or facilitate training modules for project staff related to the key decision making tools for market analysis and program intervention design, including: – Value chain analysis, – Participatory needs assessment, Participatory action planning – Sub-sector analysis, -Provide technical capacity to program beneficiaries to improve their understanding of business-related concepts in seeds companies development such as: factors of production; costs of production; quality control/market standards; opportunity cost; gross margin and profit analysis; return on investment; credit/budgeting; and risk, -Assist with the preparation of training materials, guide and manuals, -Provide support and guidance to the project manager to develop, review, oversee and review project strategy and activities related to the implementation of the project according to the project proposal -Assist the project manager to develop appropriate criteria and a suitable delivery mechanism for the facilitation of adequate investment and training in farm and non-farm enterprises -Provide technical assistance for the design of the project’s monitoring and evaluation strategy -Assist the Project Manager to establish linkages with private sector service providers and buyers for accessing new farm and non-farm enterprise opportunities and in the negotiation of market contracts and MOUs with selected private sector partners. -Provide technical support in the establishment of a marketing database to keep farmers, consumers and buyers informed of the prevailing market prices of various agro-industrial products and commodities. – Support the implementation, strategic planning and coordination of the Postharvest Training and Services Center (PTSC) – Work with the Principal Investigators, consultants and other project staff to execute deliverables. – Participate in the postharvest loss measurement research and value chain analysis for the four identified horticultural crops, – Support the collection of data and report writing. – Assist in intervention planning and implementation in the four horticultural crops. – Set up and run the Postharvest Services and Training Center (PTSC) – Prepare complete training manual in English or Kinyarwanda for postharvest management and marketing skills. – Conduct pre and post farmer household surveys to determine the benefits /constraints of introducing postharvest practices and technologies. – Lead experiments, adaptive research and demonstrations for postharvest solutions. – Coordinate with farmer groups and agribusiness entrepreneurs on postharvest management. – Lead trainings in postharvest loss prevention and business plan development for farmer groups/cooperatives – Produce monthly progress reports on program progress and implementation issues. – Liaise with NAEB, RAB, UR and ensure smooth relations between the project and the government institutions – Set up and oversee management of retail store in the PTSC.
Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, Crop Sciences, Agronomy, marketing with 3-5 years experience in agro-business development, preferably in farm planning and economic analysis. Key Technical Skills & Knowledge required: -Demonstrated capacity to work with private sector players (financial institutions, exporters, buyers, traders, transporters, input suppliers or processors) -Familiarity with commonly used tools for market analysis and program design such as sub-sector analysis, gross margin analysis and business planning -Experience with community-based programming, -Experience in small to medium scale agro-enterprise management -Experience with externally funded development programmes would be desirable, preferably with experience in market-oriented projects.