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Published: Jun 14, 2024 (1 day ago)

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A.  About the project & context



The regional project Agri-Business Facility for Africa (ABF) supports development cooperation
programmes, enterprises and institutions in the introduction and implementation of broad-based agribusiness training for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). ABF is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. (BMZ) and is co-financed by the EU within the framework of the Samoa Agreement with the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).



As one of two projects ABF implements one component of a larger EU framework programme. The intervention aims to develop and improve the capacities of actors along the agricultural value chains of maize, cashew, cocoa, and livestock (cattle, sheep, and goats) in OACPS
member countries to promote investment, Kenya being one of them. This applies to low-emission and climate-resilient practices. Activities are carried out in the following three areas:



ABF scales successful agribusiness training approaches and tools amongst others through self-paced e-learning offers and blended learning. The already existing Agribusiness e-Academy on www.atingi.org in English and French will be expanded to more courses covering
e.g., climate-smart agribusiness, and translated to Spanish and Portuguese. All courses are interactive, available free of charge, and issue certificates. The competitive Matching Grant Fund (MGF) is designed to maximize outreach across countries and value chains, foster excellence, and ownership. The programme also aims to mobilize additional resources for implementation through introducing and scaling an innovative financial instrument (MGF) that
facilitates private investments and promotes the transformation of smallholder agribusinesses.




Experiences and achievements under the first two areas will be put to even more value for south-south learning, cooperation, scaling, and institutionalizationthrough various events. In this area, ABF builds on expertise from the organization of expert talks, exchange of best practices, Master Trainer talks, (virtual) workshops and conferences. The establishment and strengthening of partnerships amongst producing countries within and across continents, for research, policy dialogue as well as knowledge and technology exchange is crucial.


Responsibilities

A.  About the project & context



The regional project Agri-Business Facility for Africa (ABF) supports development cooperation
programmes, enterprises and institutions in the introduction and implementation of broad-based agribusiness training for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). ABF is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. (BMZ) and is co-financed by the EU within the framework of the Samoa Agreement with the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).



As one of two projects ABF implements one component of a larger EU framework programme. The intervention aims to develop and improve the capacities of actors along the agricultural value chains of maize, cashew, cocoa, and livestock (cattle, sheep, and goats) in OACPS
member countries to promote investment, Kenya being one of them. This applies to low-emission and climate-resilient practices. Activities are carried out in the following three areas:



ABF scales successful agribusiness training approaches and tools amongst others through self-paced e-learning offers and blended learning. The already existing Agribusiness e-Academy on www.atingi.org in English and French will be expanded to more courses covering
e.g., climate-smart agribusiness, and translated to Spanish and Portuguese. All courses are interactive, available free of charge, and issue certificates. The competitive Matching Grant Fund (MGF) is designed to maximize outreach across countries and value chains, foster excellence, and ownership. The programme also aims to mobilize additional resources for implementation through introducing and scaling an innovative financial instrument (MGF) that
facilitates private investments and promotes the transformation of smallholder agribusinesses.




Experiences and achievements under the first two areas will be put to even more value for south-south learning, cooperation, scaling, and institutionalizationthrough various events. In this area, ABF builds on expertise from the organization of expert talks, exchange of best practices, Master Trainer talks, (virtual) workshops and conferences. The establishment and strengthening of partnerships amongst producing countries within and across continents, for research, policy dialogue as well as knowledge and technology exchange is crucial.


A.    Responsibilities

 


The key responsibility of the expert is to manage the Kenyan and East African activities of the ABF project and to contribute to the overall impact of the project. An elaboration of expected tasks is as below:

 

B.    Tasks

 


The position of the Expert in Agribusiness is based in Nairobi, Kenya. However, as the area of intervention covers all OACPS member countries, the expert can also be deployed to these countries for short-term missions of several days. Under the overall supervision of the Cluster Coordinator and with the technical support of an ABF focal point from the GIZ headquarters in Germany, the national expert is responsible for the following tasks:


  • Represent the ABF East African Hub on site and maintain and expand the network of relevant partners for the supported value chains (cocoa, livestock, maize) in the region. Coordinate the work of ABF in the GIZ agricultural cluster and with other relevant GIZ
    projects in Kenya.

  • Support the preparation and implementation of the competitive ABF Matching Grant Fund (MGF) and the implementation of Multi-Actor Partnerships (MAP) financed by the MGF that promote climate resilient innovations in the respective value chains with a
    particular focus on women and youth in the region.

  • Contribute to Human Capacity Development (HCD) activities like the Farmer Business School (FBS) the promotion of ABF’s Agribusiness e-Academy, as well as support trainings in agribusiness, agroforestry, crop and animal production for the target group of
    MAP, students, and professionals from partner countries.

  • Support the preparation and implementation of international events on good practises, South-South exchange, and policy dialogue in close collaboration with the ABF team.

  • Ensure knowledge management and knowledge transfer cutting across value chains and outputs of the ABF project.

  • Contribute to the preparation of Terms of References (ToRs), reports, and monitoring and evaluation, as well as Project Steering Committee (PSC) meetings, and ABF team workshops.

  • Enrich the knowledge exchange between the projects in the Agricultural Cluster and actively support the communication of project impacts in Kenya

  • Provide support and undertake additional tasks, as may be required within the scope of the project.

 

C.    Required qualifications, competences, and experience

 


Qualifications and experience


  • Completed higher education (university degree) in Agricultural Science, or comparable studies with focus on agribusiness.

  • Solid experience in agricultural value chains, agroforestry, crop and animal production related business models, and capacity development, preferably in international
    cooperation, exposure to regional value chains is an added value.

  • Minimum of 5 years' work experience in the areas of climate-smart agribusiness, collaboration with the private sector and experience how to address gender and youth in the sector.

  • Work experience with an international development agency is an advantage

 


Other skills and competences


  • Organisational skills, structured thinking, and the ability to familiarise quickly and comprehensively with new and complex topics.

  • Self-driven, motivated and ability to set priorities and to execute tasks under required schedules and deadlines

  • Proven analytical, coordination, and communication skills, both written and spoken.

  • Enjoy working in an interdisciplinary and multicultural team and context paired with the ability to take responsibility.

  • Very good knowledge of English, good knowledge of French is an advantage.

  • Profound Office 365 skills, especially Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams.

 


D.    Duration of Assignment


  • The contract will run until 28.2.2027.



E.    Submission of Application


  • Vacancy Reference Number:      GIZ/ARD/04/06/2024

 


GIZ is an equal opportunity employer.

 


All applications should be received by 28th June 2024.

 


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



  • GIZ promotes Gender Diversity – applications from women professionals are
    encouraged.

 


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