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This “vegetable gap” in Africa is an opportunity to create jobs and income and at the same time improve nutrition. The project will accomplish this by working toward a strong and competitive vegetable sub-sector through a combination of supply- and demand-side interventions. The overall project objective is to create jobs and income, particularly for youth and women, in the vegetable sector in Ethiopia and Kenya, and to improve environmental and human health through safe production of vegetables. The project uses an action-oriented approach in which new tools and technologies are developed, piloted and scaled through Vegetable Business Networks as platforms for networking and boosting the functioning of food systems as well as through public and private sector partners. The project will design, pilot and scale innovative regenerative vegetable production and post-harvest technologies. Value chain development will particularly emphasize traditional African vegetables as they are in increasing demand by urban consumers, create excellent business opportunities, and are easier to grow in regenerative ways.
The scope of work in Kenya will cover the overall management of the Veggies4Jobs project in liaison with the Veggies team in Ethiopia.
The Project Manager will supervise and guide the project and will be based in Nairobi with extensive travel. S/he will have the following responsibilities:
- Establish, organize and manage the Veggie4Jobs project support office and project management structures;
- Coordination and supervision of V4J staff as well as facilitation of smooth delivery of the project by partners and liaison with the Ethiopia team;
- Champion policy review and implementation as well as translation of policies that are pro youth job creation especially within the agriculture sector.
- Oversee the development of a VBN Platform starting with joint (market) assessments of local vegetable farmers, mapping potential commercial vegetable farming areas and explore strong business cases
- Identify partnership/ collaboration opportunities in V4J supply chains and market development and develop partnerships with relevant private sector and other input and market players that are relevant stakeholders for implementation of the project.
- Oversee the implementation of the knowledge, communication and marketing strategy
- Liaise with local, public and private knowledge and training providers to explore their potential contribution to the V4J project
- Conduct and supervise impact monitoring and evaluation activities based on the KPI framework provided by the project.
- Budgeting planning and control supervision
- Provide input for various internal and external publications and reports in English
- Network and represent the V4J program at county/ national level during relevant meetings and other platforms in collaboration with the consortium.
- Designing indigenous veggies production and marketing models fitting to the ecosystem
- Steering identification, selection and establishment of model farms and demo sites for indigenous veggie production;
- Linking farmers to (new) markets while searching for structured market avenues for VBNs
- Supporting establishment/strengthening farmer aggregation and marketing enterprises
- Preparing periodical project reports
- Support and contribute to the overall Agriculture Sector strategy and BD
- Advanced degree in Business Administration, Agribusiness, Horticulture, Agriculture, or any other related fields;
- S/he should have at least 10 years’ experience in working with smallholder farmers on value chain models in Kenya;
- Experience and knowledge of the enterprise development approaches seeking to increase youth income and job opportunities
- Exposure to project development and management at sector/systemic level, including the management of projects with a climate change and adaptation lens;
- Knowledge and experience on formation and strengthening of production and marketing farmer organizations and the case of this project Vegetable Business Networks;
- Demonstrated experience in strategy development in terms of choice of interventions, clients and partnerships;
- Experience in partnership development, particularly at the county level;
- Proven ability in overseeing M&E and a knowledge development agenda which will include – reviewing V4J Theory of Change, results framework and annual work plans, design and quality assurance of the M&E framework, and design/quality assurance of a framework for documentation of interventions around innovations facilitated by V4J;
- Good networks in the V4J area of operation
- Good leadership and management skills and experience in working in partnerships.
- Ideally the candidate will have a background in Project Management and working with fresh produce buyers.
- Should be a team player and an excellent communicator
2 years with possibility of extension.
Desired start date: July/August 2020
How to apply
Please apply by clicking the I’m Interested tab on this page and submitting application letter and a CV that contains three referees in English to the attention of Human Resources Officer before 23 June 2020 citing the position title as reference.
Only shortlisted will be contacted.
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