RTI International Market Systems / Value Chain Specialist Jobs in Kenya

RTI International Market Systems / Value Chain Specialist Jobs in Kenya


  • RTI International is an independent organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition.

  • With a worldwide staff of more than 4,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and a full spectrum of multidisciplinary services.

  • Universities in North Carolina founded RTI in 1958 as a centerpiece of the Research Triangle Park.

  • RTI is currently seeking to fill a vacancy for the Kenya Crops & Dairy Market Systems (KCDMS) Activity which is part of the Feed the Future program, America’s initiative to combat global hunger and poverty.

  • In this regard, USAID is partnering with RTI International on a 5-year (Oct 2017 to Sept 2022) cooperative agreement – KCDMS Activity – to help increase agricultural production and reduce poverty and malnutrition in Kenya.

  • The project will also spur competitive, resilient market systems in Kenya’s horticulture and dairy sectors.

  • We seek to recruit a Market Systems/Value Chain Specialist to be based in the Nairobi office.

    Job Summary

  • The Market Systems/Value Chain Specialist is responsible for leading Priority Area 1, Competitive, Inclusive and Resilient Agricultural Market Systems.

  • S/he will be responsible for managing day to day activities with private sector agricultural value chain actors.

  • This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to Western and Eastern Kenya.

    Essential Duties

  • Leads development of project market systems development strategy in line with the principles of facilitation and making markets work for the poor (M4P)

  • Designs and facilitates capacity building activities for lead firms (agribusinesses)
    Oversees access to finance and business development services activities

  • Leads project collaboration and learning around market systems development; Participates regularly in learning events; Contributes to the design of studies to inform implementation.

  • Contributes to the development of a
    Partnerships and Innovation Fund (grants) to catalyse private agribusiness investment and the strengthening of market systems;

  • Participates in the selection of grantees
    Collaborates with other Priority Area Leads to design coordinated interventions.

  • Builds capacity of project staff on the market systems approach.

  • Assists
    in the development of scopes of work for local grantees and subcontractors; Oversees local partner performance.

  • Contributes to project activity monitoring, including quarterly and annual reporting.

  • Supervises a team of approximately 10 staff, including staff in regional offices.

    Minimum Required Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in business administration, public administration, economics, agricultural or rural development and at least 10 years international experience with successful market systems development projects with management responsibility.

  • An MBA is an added advantage.

  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience on projects with similar magnitude and complexity in developing countries.

  • Demonstrated success in implementing projects aimed at increasing the competitiveness and inclusiveness of market systems using facilitation approaches.

  • Education and technical expertise in a field related to agricultural development such as: agricultural economics, marketing, agribusiness management or related fields.

  • Demonstrated success using facilitation in at least one of the following: the USAID value chain approach, M4P, or Market Systems Development approach, which led to greater competitiveness and inclusiveness in markets.

  • Private sector experience is a plus.

    Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written skills in English.

  • Fluency in Kiswahili preferred

  • Demonstrated ability to be collaborative across projects, flexible and creative

  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel

  • Ability to multitask

  • Ability to work well with others

  • Ability to work well with others

  • Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to work independently

  • Attention to detail and accuracy

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; RTI International Market Systems / Value Chain Specialist Jobs in Kenya

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