The overall objective of this TA is to strengthen the capacity of participating financial intermediaries in both Malawi and Zambia, and to support final beneficiaries and smallholder integration in agri-food value chains. Support to gender equality and women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment will also be key cross-cutting objectives.
The purpose of this TA Programme is to support access to finance for the agricultural sector by (i) enhancing the FI’s capacity to assess, execute and monitor longer-term investment projects in agri-food value chains that aim to integrate smallholder farmers in the respective value chain and (ii) supporting potential final beneficiary enterprises and groups of smallholder farmers to develop market linkages through off-take and service provision agreements and enhance group capabilities to develop and implement viable investment projects. The TA Programme is expected to strengthen capacities of several stakeholders, by providing guidance and tools on integrating smallholders into agricultural value chains.
Qualifications and skills
- Education to at least University Degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomics, Food Science, or related disciplines. Alternative professional qualifications may be accepted where supported by at least 8 years relevant field experience;
- Fluency in English (required) Knowledge of local languages in the country of the assignment would be an asset (Swahili);
- Trainer certification would be an asset, but not mandatory
- Computer literate; excellent writing, communication and presentation skills.
- In-depth knowledge of the agricultural, agri-food processing and logistics sector in developing countries as evidenced by a minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience (i.e. working on capacity building for agribusinesses and farmers and/or SME/Microfinance financial services providers);
- At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in the financing of agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness investments
- Experience or good knowledge of EIB financial facilities would be an advantage
- Strong regional experience as demonstrated by at least 5 years of relevant international professional experience (based outside the country of origin ), of which at least 2-3 years should have been spent managing agri-food sector activities in at least one of the countries of Sub Saharan Africa;
- Minimum of 4 years professional experience within an agri-food extension, outreach or finance provider, with specific focus on out-grower/off-take arrangements between agribusiness and supplier smallholder farmers, improving product quality and climate resilience and agri-food value chain finance
- Practical experience and proven track record in organising and delivering outreach, extension and consultancy programmes with an agri-finance component and development of curricula, materials and demonstrations
- Experience in developing and implementing capacity building of MSMEs and women and men financial beneficiaries across target agr-food value chains in business development and risk management, as well as support for candidate investees with loan applications and business plan development with a particular focus on gender responsive smallholder farmer groups
Romy Rösner Roesner@gfa-group.de
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