RFQ: Tender notice for the provision of group life insurance to CNFA Nigeria’s national staff

RFQ: Tender notice for the provision of group life insurance to CNFA Nigeria’s national staff

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RFQ Number: AI/2019/07/014

Issuance Date: July 12th, 2019

Deadline for Questions: July 16th, 2019

Deadline for Offers: July 19th, 2019

Description: Tender notice for the provision of group life insurance to CNFA Nigeria’s national staff

For: Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity

Funded By: USAID 72062019C00001

Implemented By: CNFA

Point of Contact: Mr. Cletus Kambai, Director of Finance and Operations ckambai@ag-invest.org

 

1.        Introduction:

 

Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a USAID program implemented by CNFA in Nigeria. The goal of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is to promote inclusive agricultural productivity growth, improved nutritional outcomes, and enhance livelihood resilience for men and women through an improved policy enabling environment.

 

The purpose of this RFQ is to solicit quotations from authorized insurance companies, operational in Nigeria, for the provision of group life insurance scheme to its Nigerian-national staff. CNFA will select the offeror who best demonstrates the ability to provide the best combination of benefits and premium for a CNFA supported group life insurance.  The contract will be for one year which may be renewed for further periods under terms and conditions to be mutually agreed upon.

 

The cover will start with about 40 staff already recruited in Abuja and Districts Offices. Future recruits will join the scheme on basis that shall be agreed upon by concerned parties.

 

Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received by CNFA in accordance with the instructions, terms, and conditions described in this RFQ.  Failure to adhere with instructions described in this RFQ may lead to disqualification of an offer from consideration

 

2.       Offer Deadline and Protocol:   

 

Signed offers must be received no later than 05:00 PM, Abuja time, July 19th, 2019. Offers must be submitted byemailtockambai@ag-invest.org.

 

Please reference the RFQ number in any response to this RFQ. Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA. The cover page of this solicitation summarizes the important dates of the solicitation process. Offerors must strictly follow the provided deadlines to be considered for award.

 

Questions: Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFQ may be submitted on a rolling basis before the deadline for questions concludes on July 16th, 2019 by email to ckambai@ag-invest.org. Questions must be submitted in writing; phone calls will not be accepted. Questions and requests for clarification – and the responses thereto – that CNFA believes may be of interest to other offerors will be circulated to all RFQ recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding.

 

Only the written answers issued by CNFA will be considered official and carry weight in the RFQ process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of CNFA or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFQ.

 

3.       Technical Requirements:

Offerors are requested to provide quotations containing the information below on official letterhead or official quotation format:

 

                                I.            Payable annual premium per employee by CNFA for current employees and future employees. Please provide premia for 3 times annual salary and 5 times annual salary;

                              II.            Types/ Extent of any other benefits payable to the insured employee (or category of employees) on death or permanent disability of the assured employee.

                           III.            Terms and conditions of subscription/subscription to the scheme for future entrants and subscription for departures;

                           IV.            Three references from organizations/individuals for which the offeror has performed for (Provide a list of similar services performed within the past 5 years and a minimum of 3 references with contact information to verify services rendered);

                             V.            Provide a summary of your firm’s experience in the area of group life insurance in Nigeria within the past 3 years.

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Private Sector Specialist – Nigeria

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Background:

 

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for Private Sector Specialist for an USAID-funded Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity in Nigeria. The project is anticipated to build the capacity of private extension service providers, strengthen linkages between agricultural research institutions and agricultural value chain stakeholders, and leverage resources from private sector to enhance the scalability and sustainability of extension and advisory services in Nigeria. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute the overall private sector strategy for the Activity to track the achievement of activity results on private sector engagement;
  • Develop strategic alliances with federal and FtF focus state ministries, departments, and agencies, the private sector, and other stakeholders towards leveraging resources from private sector to enhance the scalability and sustainability of extension and advisory services in Nigeria;
  • Maintain close working relationships and ensure co-ordination and integration of approach and plans with Activity interventions; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in agriculture, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience in private sector engagement;
  • Demonstrated experience in using collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA) approach to improve on private sector engagement;
  • Must demonstrate capacity to form innovative win-win partnerships; and
  • Have strong technical expertise, management skills, and English technical writing and communication skills.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager – Nigeria

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Background:

 

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager for an USAID-funded Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity in Nigeria. The project is anticipated to build the capacity of private extension service providers, strengthen linkages between agricultural research institutions and agricultural value chain stakeholders, and leverage resources from private sector to enhance the scalability and sustainability of extension and advisory services in Nigeria. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities under the award;
  • Develop and manage systems to collect and analyze information on inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impact of the Activity;
  • Support training of M&E personnel in quality assurance methods;
  • Develop and update the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP);
  • Coordinate Activity M&E with the USAID/Nigeria Learning Project;
  • Report results to USAID in a timely manner; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in monitoring and evaluation, agriculture, statistics, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in monitoring and evaluation methodologies (i.e. both quantitative and qualitative data collection, processing, and analysis);
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation, collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) approach;
  • Understanding of agricultural production, market systems, and livelihood programming; and
  • Demonstrated practical experience in using monitoring and evaluation and learning activities to inform activity implementation and results.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Deputy Chief of Party – Nigeria

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Background:

 

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for Deputy Chief of Party for an USAID-funded Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity in Nigeria. The project is anticipated to build the capacity of private extension service providers, strengthen linkages between agricultural research institutions and agricultural value chain stakeholders, and leverage resources from private sector to enhance the scalability and sustainability of extension and advisory services in Nigeria. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as principal point of contact in Nigeria for procedural and substantive matters in the absence of the COP;
  • Support the development of strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and other deliverables in line with USAID guidelines to achieve objectives;
  • Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation;
  • Represent CNFA with partners and key stakeholders, maintain positive relationships with USAID, local authorities, and the country office team;
  • Identify and effectively manage all key risks related to the program, including compliance with donor transparency and due diligence requirements.
  • Ensure that synergies among Activity elements and grantees are capitalized upon;
  • Ensure that the Activity focus remains on achieving results;
  • Manage an effective monitoring and reporting system; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualification:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience of relevant, progressively responsible management experience, and a proven track record of implementing and/or managing agricultural development activities, with a focus on agricultural extension;
  • Possess a combination of technical familiarity and management skills that spans the subject areas covered by the Activity; and
  • Effectively backstop and reinforce the other long-and short-term specialists.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

STTA: Livestock Feed and Hatchery Country Expert (Nigeria)

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CNFA is recruiting for a part-time Livestock Feed and Hatchery Country Expert in Nigeria. Please note that the duties and responsibilities would contribute to two different Activities: 1.) L-Mira Feed Activity and 2.) L-MIRA Day-Old Chick (DOC) and Hatchery Activity. Each Activity falls under the umbrella Livestock-Micro Reforms in Agribusiness (L-MIRA) Project. While each activity is implemented in Nigeria and Tanzania, this position will only contribute to activities in Nigeria.

 

The consultancy would be for an estimated total of 80 working days from June 2019 to October 2020.

 

I.                   Assignment Objectives and Background

The Livestock-Micro Reforms in Agribusiness (L-MIRA) Project is a non-lending, advisory project fully funded by the Gates Foundation and implemented by the World Bank Group (WBG). The project is led by the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Practice Group. It was designed in partnership and with input from the WBG Livestock Working Group and staff of the Agriculture Global Practice (GP).

 

L-MIRA Feed Activity

The objective of the L-MIRA Feed Activity is to improve the quality and increase the quantity of livestock feed utilized by private sector stakeholders in Nigeria and Tanzania. In both countries, market failures exist in the livestock feed sub-sector due to low and inconsistent quality of feed, and the high price of feed and raw materials needed for its production. In effect, this reduces consumer confidence and negatively affects the marketplace for these products. Additionally, the burdensome regulatory environment encountered by suppliers of raw materials, processors, distributors and retailers contributes to higher prices. Through this activity, the consultant and CNFA team will facilitate the reduction of and/or elimination of these market failures.

 

To accomplish these objectives, the consultant will collaborate closely with the Livestock Regulatory Expert, Livestock Feed Expert, and CNFA staff. The consultant will also communicate and collaborate with government agencies and industry stakeholder organizations to:

·         Refine and improve the standards, implementing regulations, and guidelines related to livestock feed in Nigeria

·         Build the capacity of the appropriate agencies within the government of Nigeria to implement and enforce these regulations and guidelines.

·         Improve the capacity of the private sector stakeholders in the livestock subsector to comply with these regulations.

 

L-MIRA Day-Old Chick (DOC) and Hatchery Activity

The objective of this L-MIRA Day-Old Chick (DOC) and Hatchery Activity is to assist the governments of Nigeria and Tanzania to establish Day-Old Chick (DOC) and hatchery management regulations and guidelines to enhance the quality and quantity of DOCs produced for commercial and semi-commercial poultry production. In Nigeria, the level of quality DOC and mortality rates as high as 55% leads to market failure in this value chain. Though the market is smaller in Tanzania, a dramatic growth is expected in the domestic poultry industry. For both countries, to enable economic growth and resolve market failures, it is crucial to establish an effective and practical regulatory framework and hatchery management and to reduce the burden of compliance from existing regulations. Moreover, the activity will address challenges in improving genetic stock, DOC nutrition and sanitation in feeds, and enforcement quality standards, labeling and strengthening inspection capacity.

 

To accomplish these objectives, the consultant will collaborate closely with the DOC Regulatory Expert, DOC Hatchery Experts, and CNFA staff. The consultant will also communicate and collaborate with government agencies and industry stakeholder organizations to:

·         Refine and improve the standards, implementing regulations, and guidelines related to DOC in Nigeria.

·         Build the capacity of the appropriate agencies within the government of Nigeria to implement and enforce these regulations and guidelines.

·         Improve the capacity of the private sector stakeholders in the livestock subsector to comply with these regulations.

I.                   Principle Duties and Responsibilities

During the duration of his/her assignment, the Livestock Feed and Hatchery Country Expert will serve as a local liaison and technical expert to support CNFA’s lead consultants (Livestock Feed Expert, Regulatory Reform Expert, and Day-old chick/Hatchery Experts) in the intervals between and during their in-country visits.

 

The consultant will provide technical expertise to carry out the following functions:

·         Liaise and communicate with relevant L-Mira Project, IFC, and World Bank country experts at request of CNFA staff and CNFA lead consultants

·         Support collaboration and communication efforts of government regulators and private sector actors to support and facilitate reforms.

·         Provide support as needed to lead consultants to conduct evaluations of the current regulatory frameworks through desktop research and in-country interviews for livestock feed and DOC/hatcheries in Nigeria.

·         Support lead consultants to develop Feed and Hatchery regulation reform implementation plans that include recommendations for actionable improvement/regulatory change. 

·         Support the development of actionable livestock feed and day-old chick and hatchery inspection reform plans through desk studies, interviews with stakeholders and by collecting data on existing livestock feed and day-old chick and hatchery regulatory frameworks in Nigeria

·         With guidance from the lead consultants, carry out initial assessment of the livestock feed, DOC and hatcheries regulatory frameworks to:

o   Assess the regulatory framework for animal feed quality control and hatchery management; and

o   Disseminate findings of assessments to relevant counterpart agencies

·         Support lead consultants to integrate findings from the initial assessment of regulatory frameworks to support in the identification and utilization of appropriate tools (e.g. reports, regulatory mechanisms or reforms, institutional reorganization, revised Standard Operating Procedures, etc..) to drive reform government reform.

·         At request of lead consultants, provide inputs on a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for livestock feed regulation and Hatchery management regulation for Nigeria, especially providing a local context to the SOP

·         Support lead consultants by contributing technical inputs for the development of relevant manuals, curricula and training for the implementation and enforcement of standards, regulations and guidelines among the regulatory agencies

·         Support lead consultants to develop a training curriculum for inspection guidelines for Feed and Hatchery inspectors as well as a practical booklet that can be used a job aid

·         Based on assessments and stakeholder feedback, support development of training curriculum and certification exam for Livestock Feed Processors and for Hatchery Managers

·         Other activities as requested by CNFA and its team of lead consultants

 

The consultant will provide administrative support to carry out the following functions:

 

·         Lead local logistical coordination, especially to support lead international consultant in-country missions

·         Provide administrative and logistical support for lead consultant in-country missions, including obtaining quotations for services (i.e. vehicle hire, lodging, meeting space), in line with CNFA procurement practices and client requirements

·         Work with IFC/WBG to organize workshops and training with public and private stakeholders including sending out invitations to participants, confirming attendance, securing a venue and any other logistical considerations

·         Coordinate identification and selection of local trainers from within the government agencies for Feed and Hatchery Inspection Guidelines Trainings

·         Communicate with CNFA HQ on any administrative or operational challenges

Deliverables (subject to change upon finalization of SOW). Due at Week (illustrative until final execution of contract)

·    Conduct initial assessment of regulatory framework with guidance on methodology from lead consultants (Nigeria)

L-Mira Feed ( week 10) L-Mira DOC (Week 10)

·    Present draft SOPs for Feed and Hatchery regulations to government counterpart agencies (Nigeria)

L-Mira Feed ( week 12) L-Mira DOC (Week 12)

IV. Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in related field (i.e. veterinary or animal sciences, livestock management or related technical discipline and/or public policy, law, finance, public administration or other related degree)
  • At least 5 years of proven relevant experience in the area of livestock and poultry management, particularly related to improving livestock and poultry feed value chains.
  • Knowledge of or food safety policy and enforcement preferred.
  • Experience conducting interviews with public and private sector stakeholders to assess institutional and capacity gaps in agricultural and/or livestock value chain
  • Experience discussing with governments and public sector on policy and institutional reform, and policy enforcement, particularly in improving regulatory frameworks of livestock value chains
  • Proven experience facilitating training workshops
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop collaborative relationships, especially with the public and private sectors
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of relevant local languages
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc)

Chief of Party – Nigeria

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Background:

CNFA is currently seeking qualified candidates for Chief of Party for an USAID-funded Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services activity in Nigeria. The project is anticipated to build the capacity of private extension service providers, strengthen linkages between agricultural research institutions and agricultural value chain stakeholders, and leverage resources from private sector to enhance the scalability and sustainability of extension and advisory services in Nigeria. 

The COP should possess the intellectual leadership and strong management skills necessary to develop, articulate, and carry out a vision for the activity.  The following characteristics, skills, experience and education are demonstrative of the skills necessary to fulfilling this role:

Duties and Qualifications:

  • Develop strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines and within set timelines to achieve objectives;
  • Oversee program administration, operations, implementation, and fiscal management to ensure technical and financial activity aligns with scope and budget allocations, internal policies, and donor regulations;
  • Lead team to provide effective coordination and guidance among academic institutions, Local Government Areas, smallholder farmers, service providers and other key stakeholders;
  • Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation;
  • Ensure quality control and provide overall technical and management leadership under the award; adjust programs and operations in response to USAID/Nigeria technical direction;
  • Represent CNFA with partners and key stakeholders, at conferences, workshops, meetings, and other industry gatherings,maintain positive relationships with USAID, local authorities, and the country office team;
  • Manage and oversee all contract management and implementation tasks based on established USG regulations, procedures and CNFA guidelines; Identify issues and risks related to activity implementation in a timely manner; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualification:

  • Master’s degree or higher in agriculture, economics, or business administration from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience of significant international experience and expertise in agricultural development to successfully achieve meaningful and sustainable results;
  • At least seven (7) years of experience in working with counterparts at various levels of government, as well as with non-government organizations (including private sector associations/organizations) in managing international development assistance activities;
  • Experience with Feed the Future Programs is a plus;
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations;
  • Commitment to inclusive programming that encourages full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status;
  • Strong technical expertise, management skills, and English technical writing and communication skills. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Call for Experts: Feed-the-Future Nigeria

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Background

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates in the following areas for the anticipated USAID-funded Feed-the-Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension Services and Advisory Services. The activity seeks to increase smallholder farmers’ productivity, incomes, and household nutrition status in seven Feed the Future (FTF) focus states across four geographic zones in Nigeria through strengthening sustainable agricultural extension and advisory services.

CNFA is currently seeking applications for the following types of professionals with several years of experience in extension systems to support this project. Please indicate the area(s) of expertise for which you would like to apply in your application:

·         Agribusiness Development Specialist 

·         Agriculture Value Chain Development Specialist

·         Access to Finance Specialist

·         Policy Specialist

·         Public-Private Partnerships Specialist

·         Agriculture Production Specialist

·         Capacity Building Specialist

·         Governance Specialist

·         Access to Finance Specialist

·         Product Development Specialist

·         Communications Specialist

·         Gender Specialist

·         Youth Specialist

·         Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

·         Grants Specialist

·         Finance and Operations Specialist

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in agricultural development, value chains and/or agribusiness as it relates to extension systems;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred;
  • Experience working in Nigeria is highly preferred; experience working in the region is desirable;
  • Fluency in English is required; Fluency in Hausa, Igbo, and/or Yoruba is preferred.

Women and Nigerian nationals are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

State-level Agribusiness Coordinator

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Position Description

CNFA is recruiting for six (6) state-level Agribusiness Coordinators to be based in and responsible for the following regions: Kaduna State; Niger State; Kebbi State; Benue State; Ebonyi State and Cross River State; and Delta State.

Reporting to the Agribusiness Specialist, the Agribusiness Coordinator will work with agricultural enterprises of all sizes along the rice, maize, soy, fish and cowpea value chains. Based at the State level, the Agribusiness Coordinator will become familiar with the agribusiness sector; develop an effective and participatory network of agribusiness stakeholders, including public and private sector value chain participants; conduct needs assessments; report on policy constraints; and identify opportunities for the project to facilitate agribusiness finance and investment transactions. The Agribusiness Specialist will work directly at the State level with established agribusinesses (‘Lead Firms”) in the target value chains, in addition to their key suppliers, distributors, service providers, MSMEs, smallholder farmers, and other service providers within their value chains.  Serving as the Project’s main lead generation engine, the Agribusiness Coordinator will help identify (i) the most critical legal and/or regulatory burdens constraining the partner firms’ growth and competitiveness, (ii) valid and justified access to finance requirements of the Lead Firms and their value chain partners (e.g. smallholder farmers, farmer associations, inputs dealers, aggregators, transport and storage firms), and (iii) potential agribusiness investment opportunities.  The Agribusiness Coordinator will also communicate and coordinate with the other State-based Agribusiness Coordinators as well as with the 3 Component Leaders, M&E Specialist, and Strategic Communications team. 

Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas. As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises. Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new investment and $75 million in finance across the 5 crops in 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.   

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Represent the project at the State level.
  • Advise the Agribusiness Specialist and Component Leads on state-specific challenges related to the challenges and opportunities for improvements in the business enabling environment, access to agribusiness finance, and opportunities for agribusiness investment.
  • Serve as the primary lead generator for investment and financial transactions in the respective State (e.g. Benue, Ebonyi/Cross River, Delta, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Niger).
  • Organize forums and meetings, including but not limited to project launches, policy reform focus groups, and agribusiness lending stakeholder roundtables, with Nigerian government officials, business associations, business development service providers, investors, financial institutions, and SME’s at the State level.
  • Ensure stakeholders and beneficiaries are aware of and interested in collaborating with the project, resulting in the project’s ability to capitalize on any shared efficiencies.
  • Meet with agribusinesses to develop a strong understanding of the legal, regulatory, and other barriers constraining agribusiness finance and investment in each value chain, and in association with the Enabling Environment Unit, actively contribute to the development of a clear and coherent vision for the reduction of these barriers.
  • Closely coordinate with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team to collect and utilize data to adaptively manage the effort and report on project achievements.
  • Backstop and support domestic and international short-term specialists.
  • Other ad-hoc duties as assigned by the Agribusiness Specialist.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree of higher in economics, agricultural economics, business administration, finance, or another related field;
  • At least (5) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Experience in agricultural finance and in working with MSMEs, financial institutions, and investors;
  • Proven track record in developing, analyzing, and implementing projects focused on agribusinesses, agricultural finance, and agricultural value chains;
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating private-sector investments and familiarity with the workings of government legal and regulatory frameworks at the State level;
  • Experience in overseeing and working with short-term domestic and international specialists;
  • Able to maintain a rigorous focus on project deliverables, indicators and results, including being able to engage stakeholders to capitalize on any shared efficiencies;
  • Experience with Monitoring and Evaluation or MEL processes; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (knowledge of local languages is an advantage).

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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Position Description

The Marketing and Communications Coordinator will contribute to, and manage as directed, all project client reporting and presentation requirements as well as all external communications in country.  S/he will report directly to the Marketing and Communications Manager and liaise as needed with USAID Nigeria mission representatives, other USG organizations, and bilateral national partners and stakeholders. Working closely with CNFA’s Corporate Communications team based in Washington, DC, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator will actively participate in, and materially contribute to, planning, initiating and managing the full breadth of the marketing and outreach activities of the project, with a strong focus on capturing and promoting the reach and impact of the project. S/he will provide day‐to‐day support to the Communications Manager in implementing the project’s communications, reporting, and outreach activities. S/he will additionally support project sponsored events, such as national and international conferences and events, by organizing, branding, and producing informational materials and facilitating business participation. This position works with all project components and stakeholders in helping them optimize their marketing strategies, including but not limited to collateral development, client outreach, web and mobile applications, and social media. 

Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas. As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises. Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new lending and $100 million in new investment across the 5 crops in the following 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.  The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.  The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components. First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations. Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In coordination with USAID, help develop targeted messaging for the project to convey its impact and success in keeping with USAID guidelines and priorities to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Working with the Communications Manager, develop a communications strategy for the project to highlight achievements and effectively communicate progress ensuring that the strategy is aligned with CNFA’s global approach.
  • Execute the overall communications strategy (internally and externally).
  • Contribute to the process of developing and delivering contractual deliverables including quarterly and annual reports.
  • Coordinate with the ICT unit and other project subcontractors in using mobile
  • and internet technologies in their communications and marketing and outreach strategies.
  • Advise ICT staff and subcontractors as well as stakeholders on best marketing strategies for internet and mobile applications.
  • Support the technical teams where applicable and as directed in developing SOWs for STTA to support the
  • marketing requirements of project intermediary organization beneficiaries.
  • Work alongside all project components and cross cutting team members in helping project beneficiaries better understand and market their services to target audiences.
  • Provide advice, and implement international best practice models, on how entrepreneurs and
  • MSME service providers market and communicate with each other, their stakeholders and clients.
  • Provide quality assurance related to informational content and product development including PPTs, fact sheets, case studies, success stories, brochures, profiles, and the preparation of talking points.
  • Coordinate high-profile events, delegations, and field visits by U.S. government agencies, international organizations and donors, regional economic communities (RECs), embassies, and local partners and stakeholders.
  • Update the project website as needed to ensure information is up to date and progress and events are shared as is appropriate. This may include updating and uploading modules and developing resources for relevant stakeholders to use.
  • Develop social media content for platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, with USAID/Nigeria’s Department of Communications (DOC) Office, to provide project updates and engage a network of stakeholders, in close association with CNFA’s home office Corporate Communications team.
  • Develop outreach materials including banners, brochures, reports and other forms of internal and external communications, and manage clearance processes.
  • Follow communications protocols as agreed upon with USAID, the Chief of Party, and CNFA’s Corporate Communications, including receiving approvals for outreach and deliverables.
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders, as requested, including institutional and private sector partners, to increase visibility and maximize coordination.
  • Conduct interviews and capture quotes or stories as needed for reporting.
  • Take notes at staff meetings and other internal meetings as requested.
  • Support programmatic events, trade shows, exhibitions and initiatives (e.g., conferences and other vents).
  • Support communications with the USAID Mission and other USG agencies regarding project implementation, knowledge management, and information dissemination.
  • Ensure program materials are branded correctly and consistently in keeping with USAID standards and branding guidelines.
  • Maintain an up to date and comprehensive project contact database that can be searched by component, institution, geography, or name.
  • Collaborate with technical staff on integrated project plans; provide communications support to technical staff as needed.
  • Assist with the building of the capacity of project’s staff to develop reporting and promotional content from project activities; support staff with templates and reporting guidelines as needed.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the COP or DCOP as needed.

Qualifications

  • Must be legally allowed to work in Nigeria;
  • University graduate with a degree in Marketing, Business, or a related field (Masters preferred);
  • 3 years of experience in similar work;
  • Previous experience in marketing in the field of development;
  • Prior USAID experience strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to unpack and communicate complex concepts simply with a range of
  • stakeholders and sectors;
  • Demonstrated experience in program and event management;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing communications plans, developing and implementing knowledge management tools or systems, and developing content for social media platforms;
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Proficiency with Prezi, Visio or other graphic arts and desktop publishing software a plus;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player;
  • Ability to travel to support project work;
  • Ability to facilitate e-marketing and web-based technologies for professional purposes;
  • Experience working collaboratively with institutional and private‐sector partners and stakeholders in Nigeria;
  • Ability to work well in diverse teams but also productive working individually with minimum
  • supervision;
  • Well organized, strong analytical skills, creative thinker, innovative, demonstrated personal
  • initiative, stress tolerance, integrity and ethics;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English; and
  • The ability to produce various informational products under tight deadlines. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.