Team: New Business | Commitment: Career | Location: Malawi

Market Access Lead – Malawi

Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Market Access Lead to support its Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi. The Market Access Lead will provide strategic and technical leadership in activities to increase market access, information, and orientation of smallholder farmers and vulnerable populations. CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has 15 years of experience in Malawi agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Consolidate, develop, and strengthen DFSA’s strategic and technical leadership in market access by conducting situational analysis and assessment, identifying priorities and providing support in designing DFSA interventions;
  • Provide technical input for project implementation activities and participate in project management meetings to ensure integrated interventions and implementation;
  • Build team capacity by planning and conducting technical trainings for field staff;
  • Support the field and home office teams in identifying and solving technical difficulties, drafting reports to capture gaps, challenges, and opportunities in project execution;
  • In coordination with the program team, develop, execute, and monitor work plans for market access interventions;
  • Represent CNFA and provide technical inputs for project-related national/international events, and stakeholders’ meetings.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Consolidate, develop, and strengthen DFSA’s strategic and technical leadership in market access by conducting situational analysis and assessment, identifying priorities and providing support in designing DFSA interventions;
  • Provide technical input for project implementation activities and participate in project management meetings to ensure integrated interventions and implementation;
  • Build team capacity by planning and conducting technical trainings for field staff;
  • Support the field and home office teams in identifying and solving technical difficulties, drafting reports to capture gaps, challenges, and opportunities in project execution;
  • In coordination with the program team, develop, execute, and monitor work plans for market access interventions;
  • Represent CNFA and provide technical inputs for project-related national/international events, and stakeholders’ meetings

Key Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field including agricultural economics, business, economics, international development, or a related field;
  • At least five (5) years of experience working on similar projects focused on market access; experience working on Food for Peace or other USAID-funded programs preferred;
  • Experience overseeing activities to improve access to finance and credit for smallholder farmers and agricultural small and medium enterprises; experience with village-based, informal savings groups preferred.
  • Experience overseeing activities to promote economic opportunities for women and youth, including on and off-farm income-generating activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local government, donors, community-based organizations, and the private sector;
  • Spoken and written proficiency in English; knowledge of local language(s) preferred;
  • Experience working in Malawi preferred. 

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.