The Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector Global Programme is part of the One World – No Hunger Initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The Green Innovation Centre in Burkina Faso (Projet Centres d’Innovations Vertes, ProCIV) covers the Sud-Ouest, Hauts-Bassins, Boucle du Mouhoun and Cascades regions. The programme’s objective is to boost local production and the incomes of family-run agricultural businesses and small-scale enterprises. It also aims to add value to local products (e.g. through processing) and support measures to market them regionally, therefore maximising the local contribution to the value chain. In turn, the use of approach also will also aim to create long-term job opportunities. ProCIV operates in two areas of action designed to: 1. Promote the widespread dissemination of innovative methods and 2. Improve the training available to extension officers, young farmers and both upstream and downstream businesses.
Measures to promote micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) operating within the target rice and sesame value chains play an important role in this context and are the main element of area of action 2. The focus here is on MSMEs whose activities come before or after production (e.g. seed providers, post-harvest handling and processing) or which offer business services at some point in the value chain (e.g. contractors). Altogether, over 80,000 producers are being trained to use more effective production methods and new technologies, while a further 2,000 businesses are receiving support to help them develop management and entrepreneurial skills, deal with contract farming and access financing and other services. Other targeted training and advisory measures are designed to strengthen the role of associations and other relevant stakeholders. Beginning in 2019, the SME Business Training and Coaching Loop will be piloted as an innovative method of promoting rural entrepreneurship and creating jobs. Looking further ahead, the goal is to gradually mainstream this approach across the country in chambers of commerce and national institutions.
Your main focus will be on encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to adopt innovative methods (area of action 1):
Implementing and refining new and existing instruments to improve and expand the private sector development, job-creation measures (for young people) and MSME financing
Refining and adapting the SME Business Training and Coaching Loop and helping mainstream and secure long-term funding for this approach
Advising Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Agriculture and other national bodies on the institutionalisation of selected approaches to promoting the private sector
Providing sectoral, administrative and organisational support for the implementation of measures in this area of action and systematically monitoring progress towards the implementation of cofinancing arrangements
Initiating and managing development partnerships with the private sector (local and international)
Expanding and maintaining existing partnerships and other cooperation arrangements established to promote private sector business activityProviding operational management support for the officer responsible for implementing the global programme
Deputising occasionally for the officer responsible for implementing the global programme in Burkina Faso
You have a university degree or equivalent in business management, agricultural economics, agricultural sciences or a comparable subject related to development cooperation
You have at least five years’ proven expertise and professional experience in the area of private sector development with a focus on MSMEs and/or promoting agricultural value chains and/or the agriculture sector and/or employment promotion in the context of development cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa
You have at least three years’ local experience with similar projects in developing countries, preferably in (West) Africa
A good knowledge of GIZ procedures and instruments would be an advantage
You have at least three years’ relevant project management experience
You have fluent spoken and written French and a good level of English and German
You have a structured and analytical approach to your work and can rapidly familiarise yourself with new subject areas. Your other strengths include team spirit, initiative, self-motivation and good time management skills