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International Potato Center   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato Value Chain Specialist

  • Post-graduate education
  • Agriculture, fishing, forestry, wildlife
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent

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Job Summary

The Value Chain Coordinator will provide technical and managerial leadership in all aspects of the OFSP Compact, overseeing the work of implementing partners, and ensuring timely and high-quality delivery of activities and reporting. The position will be based in one of the participating countries in sub-Saharan Africa and will report within CIP to the global Sweetpotato Program Leader and the Africa Regional Director.


• Lead the Commodity Technology Delivery Compact (CTDC) of Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato and the development of all necessary submissions for approval by the Clearinghouse.

• Oversee day-to-day management and implementation of value chain compact activities in close collaboration with country value chain implementation teams.
• Guide the Regional Member Countries (RMCs) to prepare food technology outreach campaigns for the CTDC for submission to the Clearinghouse of the Reginal Technology Delivery Infrastructure (RTDI).
• Prepare and submit from the CTDC a list of technologies to be deployed and the resources required, to the RTDI, specifically the Project Steering Committee (PSC) through the Clearinghouse who will review and approve the appropriate technologies.
• Lead in undertaking the activities of the CTDC which include: agreeing with RMCs on approaches to deploy technologies, defining target areas, mobilizing all actors across the value chain, and designing and implementing wide-scale farmer extension models.
• Facilitate the implementation of these value chain activities in all target countries and participate in the monitoring of progress made towards achieving value chain and TAAT set goals.
• Provide support to all value chain public and private sector partners in each participating country and ensure that they are fully and actively engaged.
• Establish good linkages with lead compact institution to ensure that administrative support is provided for fiduciary services such as procurement and financial management.
• In close consultation and collaboration with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), ensure that capacity is built in all needed areas for various stakeholders within the value chain.
• In close consultation and collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), ensure that all policy related issues that can affect value chain transformation within target countries are effectively addressed.
• Support the development of young Agripreneurs through demonstration and training, in close collaboration with the ENABLE-TAAT Compact.
• Ensure that quarterly and annual consolidated technical and financial reports for the compact are prepared and submitted to the program management office on schedule.
• Present the activities, results, impacts, and outcomes of the value chain at professional, donor, and other stakeholders’ meetings.
• Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the Program Management and/or Institutional
• Management Office to meet the objectives of the value chain.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Agriculture, fishing, forestry, wildlife
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required skills: Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Operative management; Partnerships; Quality control (food production); Training program planning; Project implementation
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

International Potato Center

Non-profit, social work

The International Potato Center, known by its Spanish acronym CIP, was founded in 1971 as a root and tuber research-for development institution delivering sustainable solutions to the pressing world problems of hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources. CIP is truly a global center, with headquarters in Lima, Peru and offices in 20 developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.