- Lusaka, Zambia
Food and Agriculture Organization
The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), FAO in Zambia has collaborated with the European Union, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) to implement a 4.5-year program on Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Farming Systems in Zambia (SIFAZ). The project focuses on building demonstrable synergies between research and promotion of appropriate sustainable agriculture intensification practices.
As part of the activities for the SIFAZ project, an agribusiness strategy is put in place to establish economically viable, cost effective and cooperative based business models to sustainably allow smallholder farmers continued practicing of SIPs. Specifically, the agribusiness strategy of the SIFAZ project will achieve the following:
To facilitate organisation of smallholder farmers into effective groups that can effectively participate in selected farming value chains for selected crops
To facilitate smallholder farmer and community level availability and access to critical inputs for ensuring farmer practice of recommended SIP packages
To facilitate effective partnerships between smallholder farmer groups and small to medium enterprises that undertake input and output marketing for selected crops and services by smallholder farmers
The Agribusiness Specialist will work under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Zambia and directly reports to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA). The incumbent will work in close collaboration with implementing partners from Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), NGOs and relevant FAO technical units in headquarters, at regional level (RAF) and sub-regional level (Sub regional Office for Southern Africa (SFS) and in close collaboration with Administrative and technical units in FAO Zambia.
Tasks and responsibilities:
Provision of operational services to implementation of the SIFAZ program:
- In collaboration with the SIFAZ technical team, outline information-packaging needs highlighting smallholder farmer’s agribusiness performance critical for SME decision making and linkage. Such information packaging to highlight scope, content and frequency of information taking into account the SIFAZ information management framework already in place and the smallholder farmers business plans
- Contribute to the support for development of agribusiness knowledge products, including analytical work and practical tools, related to the project agribusiness initiatives; promote knowledge sharing and best practices at meetings and conferences, and interacts national partners
- Facilitate engagement of provincial and district SMDOs, Cooperative Inspectors and DMDOs to identify key milestones, cooperative preparedness and partnership with SMEs. The focus is to ensure the provincial marketing team has clear plan for private sector engagement and facilitation of farmer and SME partnership. This will include supporting provincial and district teams to organize and undertake smallholder farmer and SME partnership facilitation events
- Facilitate in consultative process to identify and engage potential SMEs operating in farmer locations targeted by the project (identified at national, provincial and district level) to partner with farmer cooperatives in produce off taking, financing, input provision and mechanization needs for smallholder farmers. This will include identification of SMEs relative to the functional collaboration required by the project (off taking, financing, mechanization, etc)
- Support drafting and negotiating of partnership framework involving smallholder farmers, the SIFAZ project and identified private sector (SMEs). This framework to clearly outline the key contribution of each stakeholder (smallholder farmers, the SIFAZ project, the Private Sector) into the partnership and key commitments to be upheld by each stakeholder to ensure the successful management of the partnership. This activity will include highlighting key requirements for each of the SME category (off taking, financing, mechanization, etc)
- Support any other activities critical to ensuring that the agribusiness strategy of the SIFAZ project is responsive to successful partnering of smallholder farmers and SMEs
Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following:
- Advanced university degree in public or business administration, finance, accounting, economics, social sciences or other fields related to the FAO mandate;
- At least Five years of relevant experience in project management/operations and support;
- Working knowledge of the English language [ie. spoken and written]
- Should be a Zambian National
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