UNIDO National Experts - Short term - Horticulture Value Chain Development Quality Infrastructure Jobs in Kenya

UNIDO National Experts - Short term - Horticulture Value Chain Development Quality Infrastructure Jobs in Kenya

Project Context

  • The EU in partnership with the EAC has launch the Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) to support member countries improve market access of agro-food products to the EU and regional markets.

  • The MARKUP is structured around two intervention levels: the EAC Window and the Partner States Window with country specific projects.

  • UNIDO is the implementation partner for the Kenya-Partner States Window project, which aims to contribute to the economic development of the Kenya by increasing the value of both extra and intra-regional agricultural exports in selected horticulture sub sectors; (snow peas and peas, mangoes, passion fruit, chilies, herbs and spices, nuts).

  • Recent studies have analysed the reasons for low productivity and competitiveness in these value chains such as the need of specialized extension services and a diffuse lack of knowledge on appropriate good agricultural practices.

  • These value chains for exports are also lacking compliance with market requirements and standards.

  • National quality infrastructure have an advanced Quality Infrastructure, however some conformity assessment services are not yet fully recognized by the targeted international markets.

  • Building upon the success of the SMAP project to further strengthen the market potential of high value horticulture, the current project will address these challenges through an intervention, which aims to:

  • Improve the institutional and regulatory framework for better conformity assessment services in Kenya’s horticultural sector.

  • Increasing revenue and MARKUP for Kenya’s smallholder producers and enterprises in export-oriented horticulture sectors.

  • The Kenya MARKUP will focus on the horticulture sector and in particular, UNIDO’s component will address the challenges in the following value chains snow peas and peas, mango, passion fruit, chilies, herbs and spices and nuts.

  • Exact value chains and target locations will be determined done during the inception phase and after a detailed gap analysis.

  • The value chains and locations will be chosen out of the lists below.

  • The Kenya project is expected to work in up to 10 counties and in priority horticultural sectors.

  • Exact value chains and target locations will be determined done during the inception phase and after a detailed gap analysis.

    Main Functions

  • The programme is looking for a pool of national experts for short-term assignments to conduct with the following professional qualifications.

  • Assignments will be short term and will focus on training; impact assessments, coaching,
    consulting on various aspects of the project.

    Core Competencies

    Core Values

  • WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY work honestly, openly and impartially.

  • WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.

  • WE
    work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.

    Key Competencies

  • WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.

  • WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.

  • WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

  • WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

    Minimum Requirements


  • Advanced university degree in agricultural or industrial engineering, agricultural economics, food science/technology, business administration other discipline relevant to industrial development.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

    Field of Expertise

  • Proven professional expertise in any of these 2 areas:

  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience in Value Chain Development in the horticulture sector in Kenya in at least one of these areas:

  • upgrading farmers schemes in one or more of these products Mango; Passion Fruit; French Beans; Snow Peas; ExportOriented herbs (e.g. Basils, Coriander, Dill, Sage, Mint, etc.); Chillies; Macadamia; Groundnuts.

    GAP training

  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience in Quality Infrastructure projects in at least one of these areas:

  • Conformity Assessment with particular focus on laboratory accreditation on food related sectors

  • Standardisation and Technical regulations with particular focus on food related sectors

  • Implementation of Quality Management and/or Food Safety Management Standards for agroprocessors

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNIDO National Experts - Short term - Horticulture Value Chain Development Quality Infrastructure Jobs in Kenya

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