Food and Agriculture Organization Agribusiness and Value Chain Development Specialist Jobs in Kenya

Food and Agriculture Organization Agribusiness and Value Chain Development Specialist Jobs in Kenya


Organizational Setting

  • The position is located in the FAO Representation in Kenya.

  • FAO’s Kenya Country Programming Framework (CPF) sets out four priority areas that will guide FAO’s partnership with, and support to the Government of Kenya at the national and devolved levels – bringing together innovative international best practices and global standards with national and regional expertise during the five years from 2018 to 2022. One of the priority areas is on the development of the Inclusive Value Chains. The value chains under this priority are selected based on the countries priorities.

  • The inclusive value chains sub program is implementing various value chain selection, analysis and development interventions in a number of value chains and sub sectors including horticulture, poultry, cereals, pulses, aquaculture and fruits. The interventions are designed to ensure inclusivity and sustainability in their impact as well as being aligned to various SDGs especially on contributing to economic growth, generate employment in rural economies – in particular for women and the youth, improve livelihoods, promote gender equality and reduce poverty.

  • Currently within the region, the FAO is implementing a number of projects, which aim to increase investments, improve food security, generate employment and increase income for the farming communities and agricultural entrepreneurs in the region. There are also projects aimed at increasing opportunities for youth in agriculture. He/she will focus on the following outputs:

  • Ensure that selected value chains are strengthened

  • Entrepreneurship capacities of agri-value chain actors (including women and youth) strengthened

  • Enabling environment to ensure increased investments in agriculture are achieved

  • The Agribusiness and Value Chain Development Specialist will be responsible for supporting the IVC team in achieving these outputs.

    Technical Focus

  • The consultant will be responsible for coordinating delivery of the outputs of the projects in the region that aim to Improve food systems, enhance coordination and foster agricultural investments. These targeted investments should be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that contribute to economic growth, generate employment in rural economies – in particular for women and the youth, improve livelihoods, promote gender equality and reduce poverty. The Consultant will be responsible for building the necessary stakeholder platforms and working closely with the
    County Governments and other development partners in the delivery of this assignment.

    Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support the harmonization of the different projects into an overall program for the region.

  • Provide technical, organizational and entrepreneurial skills to producers, Micro, Small and Medium Agro-Enterprises (MSMAEs) and agricultural service providers to establish and engage in inclusive, equitable and innovative business models.

  • Undertake value chain and food systems analysis to identify diverse income-generating opportunities.

  • Liaise and work closely with the relevant departments of the Government at regional and county level to ensure that results are met.

  • Support innovative public-private partnerships for increased and effective agricultural value chain financing and business development.

  • Support gender mainstreaming in agribusiness and value chain development.

  • Build the capacity of agro-food value chain actors to implement food quality management systems and food loss reduction strategies.

  • Prepare the necessary reports as required.

    Candidates Will Be Assessed Against the Following

    Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Business Management, or any other related field

  • 10 years of experience in agribusiness investment, agricultural finance, SME development, and has a vast and consolidated network of contacts with the public sectors (ministries and agencies) as well as with the private sector (Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), financial institutions, local agribusiness companies, fintechs, etc.).

  • Working knowledge of English and Kiswahili
    National of Kenya.

    FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus.

  • Teamwork

  • Communication.

  • Building Effective Relationships.

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement.

    Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work.

  • Extent and relevance of experience in Private sector Development.

  • Extent and relevance of experience in Multi Stakeholder processes.

  • Familiarity with the Kenyan Agriculture Sector networks.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Food and Agriculture Organization Agribusiness and Value Chain Development Specialist Jobs in Kenya


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