Call for Experts- Mozambique

Call for Experts- Mozambique

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated project supporting the USAID Feed the Future objective of increased equitable growth in the agriculture sector and improved nutritional status. To achieve this objective, the project will strengthen three targeted value chains with a nutrition orientation: oilseeds (soybeans, sesame and groundnuts), pulses (pigeon pea, common bean, cowpea), cashews, banana, and vegetables. The project will increase agricultural productivity and expand agricultural markets and trade in 26 districts of Zambezia, Nampula, Manica, and Tete. It will provide and facilitate technical services in order to increase the competitiveness of selected value chains, expand the number of enterprises that can compete and upgrade their products and services in selected markets, and improve relationships and linkages between those firms and other market participants throughout the value chain. Ultimately, the project will seek to improve income opportunities for smallholders and increase the availability of nutritious foods in the targeted provinces.

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for the following positions:

  • Deputy Chief of Party
  • Market Linkages and Trade Specialist
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialists
  • Business Advisory Services and Financial Inclusion Specialist
  • Input Supply Chain Development Specialist
  • Production Specialist
  • Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Specialist
  • Social and Behavior Change Communications Specialist
  • Business Advisory Service Specialist
  • Finance and Operations Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Accountant
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Program Communications Specialist

Ideal Candidates:

  • 5+ years of experience in rural agriculture and agribusiness is required for the Deputy Chief of Party and Technical Area Leads
  • Experience in private sector work is strongly preferred for technical specialists
  • Experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred
  • Experience working in Mozambique is highly preferred
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese is required
  • Women and Mozambican nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for submission is October 28, 2016.

Technical Assistance with Vegetable and Fruit Processing

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Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative, which sends American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Issue Description

Associação Simucai Kwaedza is a 48-hectacre farmer’s association that was founded in 2008. Associação Simucai Kwaedza’s activities include vegetable, cereal, legume, and sesame production and marketing.  Because Associação Simucai Kwaedza is situated along the bank of the Metuchira River, which holds water for longer periods of the year, they are able to produce vegetables for longer periods of the year. As well, the proximity to the Metuchira River means that Associação Simucai Kwaedza is able to produce on very fertile land. Last year, Associação Simucai Kwaedza produced about 105 tons of horticultural crops, including 37 tons of vegetables. Associação Simucai Kwaedza has 16 members (6 women) and is awaiting their registration.

Associação Simucai Kwaedza has suffered from significant crop loss because of post-harvest issues such as food damage.  Fortunately, food damage can be prevented by using conservation infrastructures and having a greater knowledge of various conservation methods.  Associação Simucai Kwaedza requests a volunteer to help them improve their vegetable production and management. Specifically, Associação Simucai Kwaedza seeks a volunteer who can improve their technologies and knowledge of vegetable post-harvest conservation.  This assistance will help Associação Simucai Kwaedza increase their vegetable production as well as income and profit of the Associação Simucai Kwaedza members and surrounding community.

Desired Impact

  • Added value to existing product through shelf-life extension
  • Increased number of local consumers of vegetables derivatives in the off-season.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town
  • Practical experience in post-harvest conservation
  • Practical experience in vegetables processing for smallholder family
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.