STTA: Maize Value Chain Consultant

STTA: Maize Value Chain Consultant

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Project Background:


CNFA is seeking local or international candidates for a short-term consultancy to support a public-private program in northern Nigeria. The recently awarded USAID Feed-the-Future program will improve the supply chain of maize, reducing aflatoxin and other contaminants by working with farmers, supply chain intermediaries, and input providers.


Consultancy Summary:


The goal of this assignment is to provide support and leadership to immediately begin developing technical program activities upon program award. The consultant will work jointly with Nigerian and international technical specialists and the CNFA start-up team to meet early program deliverables as detailed below. This consultancy has an estimated level of effort of 40 days and will require travel to Kaduna State, Nigeria. The anticipated timing of the assignment is mid-June to mid-August 2017. 

Specific Tasks

  • Participate in program work planning sessions, providing technical expertise for working with smallholder farmers and other value chain players to reduce aflatoxin contamination in maize. 
  • Identify and review existing aflatoxin training materials from USAID, the program’s private sector partner, and other sources.
  • Develop aflatoxin training curriculum for lead farmers and develop plan for conducting lead farmer training of trainers. 
  • Conduct outreach and rapid training of maize aggregators and input suppliers using existing training materials through a stakeholder workshop.
  • Identify actionable recommended next steps.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience planning and implementing aflatoxin-related programming for maize with smallholder farmers required.
  • Experience developing training materials for use by smallholder farmers required.
  • Previous experience in Nigeria preferred.
  • English proficiency and excellent written communications skills.

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International Technical Consultant- AgriBusiness Investment Project

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the USAID/Nigeria Agri-Business Investment Project. The Agribusiness activity will strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture in four broad but inter-related areas a) promote smart and efficient regulation in agriculture; b) expand access to finance by mitigating credit risks of agribusinesses and supporting the growth of innovative financing schemes; c) provide firm level assistance to agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale and; d) integrate various cross-cutting themes into all Agribusiness activities.


Position Description:

The International Technical Consultant will support the capture effort and proposal technical design for the Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Project, including conducting field research, providing written input, and supporting logistics and recruitment throughout the entire bid. 


  • 10+ years of experience in agribusiness development with a focus on agribusiness investment;
  • Experience engaging public and private sector institutions to promote private sector investment in agriculture;
  • Experience designing and/or managing agribusiness development projects;
  • Regional experience required, Nigeria experience highly desired;
  • International donor experience required, USAID program experience preferred;
  • Master’s Degree in related field required, PhD preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal English language skills required.