Market Facilitation Technical Lead

Market Facilitation Technical Lead

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Market Facilitation Technical Lead for the 5 year USAID-funded Liberia Economic Growth and Opportunities (LEGO) Project aimed at addressing the acute and root causes of food and nutrition insecurity and lack of robust livelihoods in Liberia. The project is implemented by Mercy Corps as the lead implementer, and CNFA as one of the sub partners. The project has four components that will focus on 1) strengthening the responsiveness and accountability of community and county-level governance systems; 2) building the capacity of Liberians, including women, youth and minorities, to improve and diversify their livelihoods through expanded knowledge, skills, social cohesion, and infrastructure; 3) improving maternal and child health, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) knowledge and practices based on formative research to create evidence-based social behavior change communications (SBCC); and 4) increasing sustainable and climate-smart agriculture production, and improving the efficiency and inclusiveness of agricultural markets. The Market Facilitation Technical Lead will provide overall leadership and technical guidance to the implementation of component four, relating to agricultural production, and increasing market access, information, and orientation. S/he will provide financial and administrative oversight, and day-to-day management and implementation of CNFA’s project. The Market Facilitation Technical Lead will also oversee staff management to ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and communications.

 

This is a full time, 2.5-year Expat position based in Liberia, that will be nationalized at the start of Year 3, resulting in the expat position transitioning out six months into Year 3. This position will work closely with the LEGO Chief of Party in Monrovia on program implementation, and report to CNFA’s VP of Programs on administrative and contractual tasks, based at CNFA’s Home Office in Washington, D.C.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall project leadership, management, quality control, and technical leadership and direction to Component 4- Increase sustainable and climate-smart agriculture production, and improve the efficiency and inclusiveness of agricultural markets; while ensuring compliance with USAID requirements and regulations, and CNFA policies and procedures.
  • Reference current LADA project marketing initiatives and approaches to implement the input supply and agro-dealer certification program in the project.
  • Negotiate Alliances with private sector/SME partners to spur investments and collaborative activities with project staff and partners.
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment on public/private actors’ capacity and partners, market access, input supply, and aquaculture.
  • Monitor sectorial policies and regulations affecting the agricultural sector, particularly the cultivation, transformation and trade of food crops.
  • Identify obstacles and risks related to implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments to the home office.
  • Manage and supervise the work of 7 national staff, consultants, with a focus on achieving work plan targets and core results in a timely manner.
  • Oversee field office finances.
  • Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate.
  • Coordinate activities between the field office and CNFA headquarters.
  • Lead the development and submission of project reporting to CNFA headquarters and Mercy Corps

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in an economics, agricultural economics, business or related field is required.
  • At least 10 years of experience in agricultural development, with an emphasis on Access to agricultural markets;
  • Prior work experience in Liberia or region, and with USAID is preferred.
  • Proven work experience in business plan development, market research and analysis of agricultural commodities;
  • Prior work with staple food crop value chains;
  • Demonstrated abilities to design and implement market-responsive interventions that help supply chains grow;
  • Ability to analyze quantitatively, to develop cost models, to synthesize and present data in a clear, concise manner;
  • Experience leading high performing small groups of host country nationals;
  • Excellent Oral and written fluency in English required;
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as well.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

STTA: Access to Finance Consultant

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Introduction

  

The Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) is a project being implemented by CNFA and is supported and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the US Feed the Future (FTF) Program. The LADA activity takes place in four counties Bong, Nimba, Lofa & Upper Montserrado and focuses on three components, namely:

 

C1:      Increase private sector investment in agriculture inputs

C2:      Increase private sector investment in post-harvest handling support, packaging, marketing, storage and auxiliary services,

C3:      Strengthened facilitation, market information, advocacy and support

 

 Project Statement

 

LADA works to catalyze increase private sector investment and commercial finance to agribusiness sector and expand commercially sustainable linkages between consumers, producers and post-harvest enterprises. LADA is designed to provide broad support to agricultural development and food security initiatives at the community and national levels in Liberia. It supports forging innovative partnerships with the private sector to leverage new resources and maximize impact in support of its development efforts.

 

These activities are coming online at a crucial time for Liberia. The recent launch of the Government of Liberia (GoL) Liberia Agribusiness Transformation Agenda (LATA) initiative provides an opportunity to leverage USAID/LADA interventions with those of Liberian government and private-sector actors to create real change in agricultural value-added processing. LADA’s goals are to complement LATA and work closely with a strong local commercial bank, Afriland First (hereinafter “Afriland”) to provide a strong focus on reducing food imports, mainly of rice and cassava. Thus, increased financing will create initiatives having a high impact on increased food-processing and import-substitution.   

 

Objective of Consultancy

 

The objective of this specific assignment is to assist LADA in the drafting and adoption of a formal agricultural lending strategy as well as operational principles “toolkit”, that will guide the implementation of the strategy (operational structure, staffing, marketing of products, marketing plan, etc.). This would be followed by supporting Afriland, a local bank, on the development of an agricultural lending action plan, guiding the implementation of the formulated strategy, which would be presented by LADA to the senior leadership of the bank. When adopted by the bank, a commitment of up to USD 2 million would be shifted within the bank to target the agricultural sector.

 

The overall purpose of this relationship would be to increase access to finance for agro-enterprises and both LADA and non-LADA clients in the agricultural sector, including farmers. It is anticipated that this assistance will make it faster for Afriland to begin aggressive disbursement of its expanded portfolio of agricultural loans. On the part of Afriland, the development of a new agribusiness strategy will play a key role in expanding their agricultural lending activities.

Period of Performance

 

Timeline: This assignment is planned to take place in early April to late May 2017.  Total LOE for this assignment will not exceed 45 days, including approximately 40 workdays in-country for interviews, research, strategy development and follow-up.   

 

Level of Effort: The consultant will have a short-term consultancy agreement with CNFA/LADA of 1.5 months (April-May 2017 depending on start date) to complete the tasks.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate Afriland’s intention to increase agricultural lending in Liberia through adding expert input into the development of a new agro-finance strategy with an emphasis on rural SMEs, which is aligned with Afriland’s current mission and vision. This strategy will also include recommendations for increasing Afriland’s DCA utilization rate;
  • Work with Afriland to evaluate the most important agricultural and agro-business sub-sectors to be targeted by the bank, including identification of crosscutting sub-sectors, such as SME-level processing, value chain finance, etc. to be based on local market research;
  • Formulate operational principles that will guide the implementation of the strategy, including operational structure, staffing, marketing of potential new products, marketing plan, risk assessment, loan disbursement procedures, assets and collateral appraisal methods, as well as any needed monitoring procedures. These will be left behind in the form of a “toolkit” to improve and fine-tune agricultural lending practices of the bank;
  • Develop an action plan guiding the implementation of the formulated strategy, which would be presented by the LADA representatives to the senior leadership of the bank. The formal strategy proposed will outline increased lending target of Afriland of at least USD 2M.
  • Meet with a wide range of individuals or groups to fully understand and perform the work specified under this SOW, including meetings with USAID, CNFA/LADA, senior management at Afriland, as well as the Association of Banks of Liberia, the Agricultural Ministry, and the appropriate donor programs or projects identified by LADA.
  • Develop needed market research to develop the Agro-finance strategy. 

Deliverables

  • A comprehensive SME agricultural financing strategy with emphasis on agro-processing, and a related summary business plan (incorporating and designing appropriate financial products, not just lending) with detailed road map, specific tasks / resources, as an integrated part of the strategy.
  • An agricultural lending toolkit accompanied with training for Afriland staff.
  • A written final report including a description of the strategy as well as an assessment of required Afriland capacity needs to implement the lending strategy, analysis, and recommendations.
  • A brief report outlining main aspects and key takeaways of the consultancy, but with no disclosure of disclosure of sensitive or proprietary information. 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Banking, Business, Economics, International Development, Business or related field. Or bachelor’s degree and an additional five years of relevant experience.
  • Minimum of 10 years of work experience in banking, with three years of experience in value chain, agricultural lending and economic development practices.
  • Experience in identifying opportunities to promote value chain finance and better financial instruments at the MSME level that positively impact the entire value chain.
  • Acquainted with agricultural and rural development conditions in emerging markets. Priority will be given to knowledge of Liberian market conditions.
  • Practical skills in working with banks and donors in increasing access to finance.
  • Experience in helping to solve agro-business constraints and problems is desirable.
  • Experience working with USAID and other donors.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Capacity to interact effectively with people from different cultures and work with governments and donor agencies.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Experience in Liberia preferred.

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STTA: Sweet Potato Post-Harvest Volunteer

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Assignment Location:

Minia and Bani Suef  

 

Assignment:

Post-Harvest (Curing) for Sweet Potatoes

Dates:

June 2017

Objectives:

Improve farmer’s technical knowledge and practical applications for post-harvest handling and technologies, specifically relate to curing, of sweet potatoes in Upper Egypt.

Host Background:

Sweet potatoes are mainly grown in the governorates of Minia and Bani Suef. The volunteer will be based out of the FAS project office located in Minia with visits to sweet potato farmers in the surrounding area. 

Issue Description:

The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support project (FAS) works to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmer in Upper Egypt using a market-driven approach that facilitate sustaintable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. This market-driven approach is support by four interrelated components:

1. Improved on-farm production

2. More efficient post-harvest processes

3. Improved marketing of agriculture crops and products

4. Improved nutrition status, especially for women and children

Sweet potatoes are one of the key vegetable value chains in Upper Egypt that are targetted by FAS. It is widely grown in the governorates of Assiut, Aswan, Beni Suef, Menia, and Sohag of Upper Egypt. Due to Upper Egypt having both an ideal climate and soil for sweet potatoes, there are many opportunities for smallholder farmers to vertically integrate themselves into the sweet potato value chain by engaging in better production and post-harvest processes, most especially curing. However, there is a lack of both technical knowledge and infrastructure available to smallholder farmers that allow them to take advantage of simple post-harvest techniques that can increase the shelf life and profitability of their produce.  

The host therefore has requested for a volunteer to train FAS staff in post-harvest techniques that can increase the profitability and quality of sweet potatoes, mostly importantly related to curing. The volunteer will visit farmer fields that grow sweet potatoes to assess the current capacity and knowledge of farmers as well as identify any existing infrastructure that can be used for sweet potato curing. Once the volunteer has assessed the operating environment, they will develop a training plan that addresses relevant post-harvest handling techniques that farmers can use to increase the quality and production of their harvests and work with the FAS technical team to put together a training regimen for future trainings for additional farmer groups. These trainings should focus on producing sweet potatoes that are export quality to markets in the EU and Arab Gulf.

Desired Outcomes and Impacts:

Desired outcomes: Improved technical knowledge of sweet potato post-harvest handling techniques and technologies for both farmer associations trained and FAS technical staff

Desired impacts: Increase in the quality and production of smallholder farmers’ sweet potato harvest through the utilization of post-harvest techniques, including curing.

Accommodations: 

While in Minia, volunteers stay at the Grand Aton hotel which is located close to several food options and easy transport to the FAS office via taxi.

Volunteer Preparation:

The month of  June is the spring season in Egypt. Volunteers are encouraged therefore to bring some clothes for warm weather.

 

CNFA volunteer assignments require some pre-departure preparation by the volunteer, since time in country is limited. Please consult with your CNFA program officer or field staff for any information or assistance you need to properly prepare for your assignment. Needed materials can be discussed with in-country staff, via email, prior to departure.

The volunteer will have full access to an FAS laptop computer, flip-chart stand, and other office equipment. Please inform FAS staff if training will require additional resources.

The use of slides, videos, overheads, PowerPoint presentations and hands-on activities to emphasize main points are strongly recommended during your assignment.

Outreach:

CNFA requests each volunteer to complete outreach activities after returning from an assignment.  Volunteer outreach helps foster cultural understanding and spreads the word about U.S. international development efforts. Outreach activities include any conversations you have about your project, newspaper articles, presentations, social media posts, or other events.  Please keep this in mind during your project, and ensure that you are taking notes to correspond with photographs, meetings, or notable activities.  Your Washington DC coordinator will follow up with you both during debriefing and again several months after your assignment is completed to get an update of your outreach efforts.

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Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experienced managing post-harvest practices for sweet potatoes, specifically with utilizing and managing curing room technology
  • Extensive practical experience managing sweet potato farms
  • Knowledge of post-harvest techniques and technologies for sweet potatoes
  • Knowledge of private sector markets for sweet potatoes in Egypt, Arab Gulf, and Europe preferred
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Deliverables

  • A Sweet Potato Post-Harvest Needs Assessment Report
  • Sweet Potato Post-Harvest Training Curriculum
  • CNFA’s Training Beneficiaries Record, Volunteer Value Reporting System Survey, and Trip Report. These documents must be completed no later than a week after assignment and preferably before the last day on assignment. 

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STTA: Table Grapes Volunteer

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Assignment Location:

Minia, Egypt

Assignment:

Table grapes good agriculture practices (GAP), harvest, handling, and postharvest trainings

Dates:

April 2017

Objectives:

Improve farmer’s technical knowledge and practical applications to increase their incomes by improving quantity, quality and reducing losses of table grapes in Minia

Host Background:

Table grapes are considered the top deciduous fruit crop widely grown in Egypt. It is present in the seven targeted Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support Project (FAS) governorates of Upper Egypt. According to the latest 2015 statistics from the Egyptian Ministry for Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR), table grapes occupy 39,085 acres (37,224 feddans) in the seven governorates of Bani Suef, Sohag, Assiut, Minia, Luxor, Qena, and Aswan. However, Minia governorate is the largest in its cultivated area with 25,098 Feddans and subsequently with the largest number of table grape farmers. The recent Value Chain & End Market Analysis studies conducted by FAS showed that table grape productivity varies sharply from one governorate to the other. The highest productivity was noticed in Bani Suef which averaged 11.77 MT/feddan and the lowest was recorded in Qena which averaged 5.91 MT/feddan. This shows that there is opportunity for smallholder farmers to improve the productivity and quality of their orchards, which will result in an increase in smallholder farmers’ incomes. Technical trainings on GAP, harvesting, handling, and postharvest handling will can contribute to improving incomes. Starting from Minia, there are table grape farmer groups identified by the FAS agronomy team and Technical Advisor for Associations who will benefit from different project activities. And grapes growers in other governorates will follow.

 

Issue Description:

FAS works to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmer in Upper Egypt using a market-driven approach that facilitate sustaintable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. This market-driven approach is support by four interrelated components:

1.      Improved on-farm production

2.      More efficient post-harvest processes

3.      Improved marketing of agriculture crops and products

4.      Improved nutrition status, especially for women and children

 

Table grapes are one of the key fruit value chains in Upper Egypt that are targetted by FAS. There are a substantial number of groves throughout the area and there are numerous opportunities for smallholder farmers to vertically integrate themselves into the table grape value chain by engaging in better production and post-harvest processes, as well as the export of grapes to Gulf countries, Africa, and Europe. However, grape orchard management in Egypt is subject to numerous ineffiecient practices such as dormancy breaking and controlling bunch shape and berry sizes which hinder the profitability of this value chain and limit the productivity of smallholders.Local farmers’ knowledge of integrated managment practices is limited and management plans generally do not exist. Farmers do not have the technical knowledge to identify common diseases and pests as well as what treatments and/or protective measures should be done to minimize the disease or pest’s effects.

 

The host therefore has requested for a volunteer to train them good agriculture practices of table grapes in Upper Egypt as well as the most effective treatments and protective measures to pest control, pruning, harvest, and handling. The volunteer will visit farmer grape groves to assess the current needs and conduct trainings with farmer organizations on these topics, as well as work with the FAS technical team to put together a training regimen for future trainings for additional farmer groups.

 

Deliverables:

CNFA’s Training Beneficiaries Record, Volunteer Value Reporting System Survey, and Trip Report. These documents must be completed no later than a week after assignment and preferably before the last day on assignment.

 

Desired Outcomes and Impacts:

Desired Outcomes: Improved technical knowledge of table grapes GAP and integrated management for both farmer associations trained and FAS technical staff

Desired Impacts: Increase in smallholder farmers’ ability to effectively manage their orchards to increase their incomes

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experienced in global GAP requirements for table grapes
  • Extensive practical experience managing grapes vineyards
  • Knowledge of harvest, handling and postharvest techniques of table grapes
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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Grant Solicitation: Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) Project

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Dear Prospective Offerors:

 

This notice serves as Amendment No. 1 to the Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) Project Private Sector Request for Concept Notes (RFCN) issued on January 27, 2017 with an initial submission date of March 26, 2017.

 

Due to the addition of a new information sharing workshop in Luxor, the submission date will be extended to allow attendees for that workshop adequate time to develop their concept note submission. This change has been reflected in the Amendment included herein.

 

Accordingly, the submission date for this RFCN will be extended to no later than 4:00 p.m. Luxor time, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

 

In addition, this amendment also includes answers to those questions submitted by applicants per Section III of the original RFCN, and amendments to the RFCN based on responses to those questions.

 

All other terms and conditions of the original RFCN posted on January 27, 2017. We appreciate your interest in this opportunity and look forward to receiving your Concept Note in response to this RFCN.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support Project

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FSCP-GIAF-Ethiopia Grant Application

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Program Description

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is implementing the 34-month Farm Service Center Program (FSCP) in partnership with the GIZ Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector in Ethiopia (GIAF-Ethiopia). The project will establish five private retail input supply stores known as Farm Service Centers (FSCs). These Ethiopian-owned and operated enterprises are designed to improve the productivity, food security and incomes of smallholder famers in the Arsi zone of Ethiopia by linking them to high-quality agricultural inputs and extension services. The project is strategically aligned to build the role of the private sector and is connected to CNFA’s other initiatives in Ethiopia, which also work in the development of FSCs. In addition, and in line with the larger GIAF-Ethiopia initiatives the project will establish FSCs in the following five woredas recommended by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture – Hitosa, Lude-Hitosa, Arsi-Robe, Digelu-Tijo and Tiyo. The project will also focus on up-scaling of innovations and best practices for wheat and faba bean production.

FSCP-GIAF-Ethiopia is a follow-on to the successful Commercial Farm Service Program, which piloted CNFA’s Farm Service Center (FSC) Model in Ethiopia for the first time. CNFA’s Farm Service Center Model is a market-based, private sector model that applies matching grants and training methodology to establish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that deliver farm supplies and services. FSCs are located in larger townships and serve as rural development centers that meet the needs of private farmers in their communities. These centers provide a range of agricultural inputs (crop protection materials, fertilizers and seeds), machinery services, veterinary services and products, marketing assistance for agricultural outputs, training and information, and access to credit. FSCP-GIAF-Ethiopia’s distinguishing feature is a focus on the adoption of innovative technologies and a focus, which will impact over 25,000 smallholders over the life of the project.

Partner: Deutche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Closing date: April 5, 2017

For the full details of the FSCP-GIAF-Ethiopia grant application process, please download the Grant Application Guide and Grant Application Form following the links provided below.

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Senior Administration Manager

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Background

The objective of the proposed Yeshiwogen Project is to develop locally acceptable dietary diversification methods for the refugee and host communities in the Northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia for the U.S. State Department Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The main goal is to bring long-term changes in the targeted Woredas regarding the consumption of high-nutritional food by analyzing gaps in the current access to and utilization of food systems in the targeted Woredas.

 

Position Description 

Working under the direct supervision of the Chief of Party, the Senior Administration Manager will be responsible for supporting the program’s overall administration functions including human resources management, project asset and inventory management, transportation and vehicles management, management of international visitors’ logistics, relationship building with project goods and services vendors, and general office administration. The key function of this position is to oversee the proper implementation of the internal Standard Operating Procedures and Systems across project operations.

 

Job location

Personnel must be willing to live in Shire Endasillasie, in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain personnel files and ensure completeness;
  • Manage the full long term and short term personnel recruitment cycle;
  • Manage employees’ insurance and project asset coverage cycle;
  • Manage program administration trackers such as vendor service agreement expiration, monthly employee head count, short-term consultants LOE, etc.;
  • Provide expert interpretation of the program’s field personnel manual and Ethiopian labor law (to the best ability possible or, to seek a legal opinion);
  • Maintain program calendar for events and activities and provide support for vendor recruitment;
  • Lead administration aspects of events and workshops including hotel booking, and facilities;
  • Coordinate project personnel travel logistics requests;
  • Oversee monitoring of Project vehicle’s Global Positioning Systems;
  • Conduct monthly vehicle log analysis and provide updates to the project management team;
  • Manage vehicles periodic maintenance and inspections;
  • Maintain project assets inventory and assets log;
  • Oversee inventories stock card and manage project office supplies and procurement orders;
  • Provide   all   in-country   logistic   support   for   international   visitors   including    consultants;
  • Facilitate visas procurement for international travels as required; and
  • Other duties as required by Chief of Party.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum of   Bachelors’ degree required in business administration, supply chain management, or other relevant field;
  • Minimum of seven years’ work experience in relevant responsibilities,
  • Previous experience in USAID or other donor-funded programs is a strong advantage;
  • Strong interpersonal, communications, and leadership skills, especially in dealing with those from other countries;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to details; and
  • Fluency in English and fluency in Amharic is required, fluency in Tigrigna is strongly preferred

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Social Behavior Change Communication Specialist

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About CNFA:

 

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C and Brussels, Belgium that is dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, expand exports and develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

 

The objective of the proposed Yeshiwogen Project is to develop locally acceptable dietary diversification methods for the refugee and host communities in the Northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia for the U.S. State Department Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The main goal is to bring long-term changes in the targeted Woredas regarding the consumption of high-nutritional food by analyzing gaps in the current access to and utilization of food systems in the targeted Woredas.

 

Job location:

Tigray Region of Ethiopia

 

Position Description:

 

Reporting to the Project’s Nutrition Advisor, the SBCC Specialist will review and provide nutrition-focused technical input for the training syllabus, lesson plans, supportive supervision tools and SBC materials with messages to targeted beneficiaries. The SBCC Specialist will observe trainings and support supervision visits in relevant woredas for Implementing Partners and Health Extension Workers. This will permit the SBCC Specialist to make recommendations to the Project staff and relevant stakeholders on their training and supervision approach and material content.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Develop a Social Behavior Change Communication Strategy and implement it throughout the life of the project, aiming at improving dietary diversity in target woredas;

·         Develop nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific training and SBC materials to be delivered through various communication channels and SBC models;

·         Provide trainings on developing SBC materials and campaigns, as well as support monitoring activities to measure reach and effectiveness of these activities;

·         Consistently review the approach used to disseminate SBC nutrition messages, as well as provide technical input with the development of quality and appropriate messages;

·         Visit refugee camps and host communities to observe dissemination of the materials, and speak with beneficiaries to identify the effectiveness of the dissemination method with regards to reach and uptake;

·         Conduct Monitoring and Evaluation of nutrition related surveys and program results;

·         Develop tools for measuring reach and effectiveness of different channels of communication;

 

Qualifications/Requirements:

     Minimum of Bachelors’ degree required in health and nutrition, agronomy or other relevant field. Master’s degree is preferred.

     Minimum of 3-5 years’ social behavior change communication research and implementation experience, preferably in agriculture or agribusiness.

     Experience in USG donor-funded programs a plus.

     Strong interpersonal, communications, and leadership skills.

     Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  Fluency in English and fluency in Amharic is required, fluency in Tigrigna is strongly preferred. 

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Nutrition Advisor

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About CNFA

CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, expand exports and develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

 

The objective of the proposed Yeshiwogen Project is to develop locally acceptable dietary diversification methods for the refugee and host communities in the Northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia for the U.S. State Department Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The main goal is to bring long-term changes in the targeted Woredas regarding the consumption of high-nutritional food by analyzing gaps in the current access to and utilization of food systems in the targeted Woredas.

 

Position Description

Working under direct supervision of the Chief of Party, the Nutrition Advisor is responsible for providing technical advisory support to the Project to ensure the nutrition components of the project are developed and implemented thoroughly. The Nutrition Advisor will lead delivery of new nutrition practices and innovations through SBC nutrition strategies to smallholder farmers both in refugee camps and in host communities via the newly established FSC and collaborate with other relevant development projects in the region to ensure proper coordination between program components.

Job location

Personnel must be willing to live in Shire Endasillasie, in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

 

 

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of nutrition assessment tools and nutrition SBC indicators;
  • Review and interpret the nutrition assessment results of the relevant woredas;
  • Organize nutrition strategy development and message with stakeholders about message standardization and coordination workshops
  • Develop a nutrition SBC strategy focused on Children Under 2 (CU2) and Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLWs), targeting key behavioral determinants;
  • Develop nutrition SBC text and picture messages for the SBC models/care group model, posters, leaflets, billboard etc. based on the context of the target woredas and the type of targets;
  • Liaise with Social Behavior Change Communication Specialist on nutrition-specific activities;
  • Assist consultants and technical advisors on conducting the SBC methodology training to the Project stakeholders and regional implementing partners, and continue providing the training when there is a need;
  • Work with the technical team to organize and conduct training programs and seminars to industry stakeholders on best practices and innovations in nutrition and provide technical services to FSC owners to ensure the FSC conducts nutrition messaging and inputs demand assessments in the areas around the FSC;
  • Interface with Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (GFDRE) officials working in the livestock sector, and other nutrition value chain stakeholders;
  • Support input suppliers and FSC to organize and conduct trainings and farm demonstrations on new nutrition innovations and best practices for smallholder farmers and DAs on the value and use of improved inputs;
  • Develop success stories related to smallholder’s best nutrition practices and innovations applications as a result of the Project’s interventions;
  • Participate or lead the development of training manuals, tools, procedures, materials in nutrition management and dietary diversification practices;
  • IEC (picture and written message) materials for different SBC methods;
  • In conjunction with the Chief of Party, provide thorough and timely reports to the US Department of State and CNFA on nutrition-related training activities of the program; and
  • Other duties as required by Chief of Party.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • The Nutrition Advisor should preferably hold a post-graduate degree in nutrition/public health or a related discipline.
  • Tangible work experience on nutrition-related SBC methodology development is required
  • Possess documented experience in developing a nutrition strategy
  • Must be familiar with nutrition and SBC related strategies/best practices and IEC materials available in Ethiopia
  • Experience in positive deviance and the care group model is an advantage 
  • Should have relevant computer applications skills
  • S/he must have strong analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
  • Fluency in English and fluency in Amharic is required, fluency in Tigrigna is strongly preferred

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