Land O’Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening agriculture from farm-to-fork, helping businesses grow, and linking farmers to markets. Since our start in 1981, we have been leveraging nearly 100 years of expertise in dairy, animal nutrition, crop inputs and agricultural insights from our close affiliate, Land O’Lakes, Inc., a farmer-owned agribusiness committed to fulfilling its purpose of feeding human progress. Our team is made up of nearly 350 employees who are committed to market-led approaches, and passionate about collaborating locally to create lasting inclusive economic growth. By unlocking the potential of agriculture for the last 36 years, the lives of more than 3 million people have been transformed through nearly 300 programs in more than 80 countries.
Land O’ Lakes Venture37 (Venture37) is implementing a 5-year project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with an objective to:
- Increase agricultural productivity in the dairy and beef sectors by disseminating farm management best practices and expanding private sector input and extension models through catalytic capital and business development support; and
- Expand trade of agricultural products in the dairy and beef sectors by improving food safety and quality, product innovation and marketing across both public and private sector market participants.
SQIL is implementing the following activities:
- Expand Market Access through supporting the development of dairy and beef industries.
- Improve Phytosanitary Standards through building the capacity of Georgian firms to provide food safety technical assistance to dairy and beef business operators. The project also works with government institutions to disseminate public extension content and food safety information and provide support to the National Food Agency to build the operational infrastructure and human resource capacity within the agency.
- Improve Post-Harvest Handling and Storage analyzing the cold storage, transportation and logistics system across the targeted regions and identify areas for management and infrastructural improvements and subsequently provide training to build the capacity of local business development services and link cold chain and logistics operators to local business development service firms to develop and refine their business plans.
- Improve Productivity through developing livestock nutrition programs and train commercial farmers and other stakeholders on how to use these programs.
- Improve Access to Financial Services through establishing a co-investment innovation fund focused on increasing product, service and business model innovation –including embedded extension services.
- Capacity Building to Inform Food Safety Policy Development through mobilizing policy experts to assess the Government of Georgia’s (GoG) food safety policy strategies and approximation plans and provide technical assistance to GoG ministries on policy formulation that enables Georgia to meet international standards.
The Business Services Provision (BSP) Development Manager develops, leads the implementation and maintains Project plan and strategy to advise and provide training to Project assistance recipients and beneficiaries defined as Business Services Providers that offer general business and management consulting, safety and quality improvement, new products development, marketing, logistics and distribution, financial, insurance and other business services to the Georgian dairy and beef market systems actors (commercial farmers, enterprises involved in dairy and beef consolidation, processing, wholesaling and retailing).
S/he works closely with Georgian financial institutions to develop products aiming to improve and facilitate access to finance component for beef and dairy market system participants.
S/he manages and oversees SQIL funded co-investment subawards. S/he assists with capacity building of Georgian BSPs (individual consultants and legal entities) and build their capacity to operate as sustainable commercial BSP entities offering services to the actors in the Georgian dairy and beef market systems.
- Work with Georgian financial institutions to develop products aiming to facilitate access to finance component for Georgian dairy and beef market systems.
- Participate in the Project work plans development and implementation linking to activities and outcomes tasked with improving the availability and capacity of BSP resources in Georgia that focus on the dairy and beef sectors.
- Manage and oversee the management of SQIL activities for BSP Development, including co-investment sub-awards (grants).
- Work closely with the DCoP, Food Safety and Quality Manager, and Grants Specialists to identify BSP needs and demand from dairy and beef market systems actors in Georgia.
- Develop and implement strategies necessary for Georgian dairy and beef market systems actors to increase usage of BSP for increasing their productivity and competitiveness.
- Coaching, mentoring SME and use of tools to identify Key Performance Indicators and devising/implementing plans to further develop these.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- Master’s Degree or bachelor’s degree in business management, economics or similar field
- A minimum of five (5) years related work experience providing development support to Georgian BSPs focusing on provision of general and specialized business and management consulting, safety and quality improvement, new products development, marketing, logistics and distribution, financial management, insurance and other business services to the Georgian dairy and beef market systems actors (SMEs).
- Knowledge of and previous professional exposure to the dairy and beef market systems in Georgia and the region.
- Proven skills in markets systems development and facilitative development approaches.
- Willing to travel to and spend large periods of time in rural settings in Georgia.
- Previous experience with U.S. Government grants, sub-award agreements and/or contracts.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both English and Georgian languages with the ability to dialogue and network with donor agencies, national and international institutions, various dairy and beef industries stakeholders and development partners.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively present information and respond to questions in public groups. Ability to meet deadlines and provide appropriate, concise reporting and feedback.
- Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Please send us your cover letter and current CV with three (3) references’ email and phone numbers. Applications and CVs accepted in English language only. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.
Land O’Lakes Venture37 will never ask you for personable identifiable information, and we will never request money or payment during the recruitment or employment process. Please submit any questions or concerns to: Venture37generalinquiries@landolakesventure37.org.
Land O’Lakes Venture37 is an equal opportunity employer and an organization striving to help global communities thrive through agriculture. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors. Our culture values a diversity of voices. So bring us your unique experiences, your workstyle, and your dreams — they’ll only make us stronger.