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
- Minimum of a Master’s Degree in the field of Environment, Sociology, Development or related field. In the absence of a Master's degree, the expert must have an equivalent extra professional experience of 5 years in the relevant areas
- Trainer certification would be an asset, though not mandatory
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of local languages in the country of the assignment would be an asset (e.g. Swahili);
- Computer literate, excellent writing, communication and presentation skills.
- Extensive experience in the identification and mitigation of environmental risks in rural development, as demonstrated by at least 10 years of relevant professional experience
- Experience in addressing social issues, including gender equality and women’s empowerment, protecting the rights of vulnerable groups and low income households, as demonstrated by at least 5 years of relevant professional experience
- Experience in the impacts of climate change in developing environments and in gender responsive climate-responses, including climate risk reduction, mitigation and adaptation
- Strong regional experience as demonstrated by at least 5 years professional experience and proven track record in the provision of technical assistance in the agricultural sector in Sub Saharan Africa
- Experience in gender issues relating to agricultural development in a sub-Saharan African context, including support to female entrepreneurs
- Experience in occupational, health and safety risks and mitigation, particularly in agri-food production and processing would be a strong advantage, as would experience in animal welfare and/or sustainable water resource management
- Experience in fair trading practices and certification requirements, as well as in establishing off-take/out grower agreements between agri-business and farmers would be a strong advantage
- At least 2 years confirmed experience, notably in conducting successful technical assistance programmes and environmental/social risk mitigation and capacity building
Romy Rösner Roesner@gfa-group.de
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