Team Leader, Development of Markets & Value Chains in Agriculture

ORGUT is seeking a Team Leader for the Design Implementation of a Sida funded Programme for Support to the Development of Markets Value Chains in Agriculture in Liberia.

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The overall goal of the Programme is to contribute to sustainable peace and poverty reduction through inclusive and integrated economic development. Its objective (expected impact) is substantially increased incomes and employment opportunities for a large number of poor women, men and youth, created through Market and Value Chain (MVC) development in agriculture. The expected outcome is increased business activities, trade and value addition through increased capacity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers and related micro and small enterprises. The expected outputs are systemic changes in market systems relevant for smallholder farmers and related micro and small enterprises in terms of 1) Improved market functions; 2) Improved performance of support services; and 3) Improved business environment. The direct target groups are smallholder farmers and related owners of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in the selected agricultural sub-sectors, with special focus on women and youth, who are willing and able to take the risk that accompanies innovation and change. The indirect target group includes workers and daily labourers, other farmers and enterprises that profit from the interventions, and small enterprises which will benefit from the increased income of the direct target group. Consumers are also expected to profit from better and cheaper products. The five-year Programme is divided into two major distinct phases – a design phase of approximately six months (the Design Phase) and a subsequent implementation phase of approximately 4.5 years (the Implementation Phase). The Assignment involves both phases, and includes design and implementation. Start up in October 2012.

The Team Leader shall have relevant qualifications, international expertise and proven experience in the following areas.

Management Competence 

Demonstrated ability and substantial experience of programme management responsibilies from large-scale, complex and responsive development co-operation programmes.

Demonstrated excellent ability and experience of managing a programme and its organisation in a flexible and entrepreneurial manner, with a facilitative approach, while retaining strong focus on results orientation.

 Excellent inter-personal, communication, dialogue and human-resource management skills and proven team-building ability, necessary to support, motivate and mentor staff  and partners engaged in a challenging and market-development oriented programme structure.

Ability to create a creative, open-minded, learning, constructive and innovative working environment.

Ability to incorporate or otherwise work with local organisations and actors with knowledge about and experience from the relevant Liberian context, to utilse and ensure their capactity and continuous capacity development and to otherwise adapt ways of working accordingly. 

Additional management skills, necessary to meet programme requirements in terms of co-ordination, coherence and consistency of programme implementation, financial management, monitoring and reporting.

Technical Knowledge

High level (Masters Degree or the equivalent) documented education and training in relevant disciplines – such as international development, business, economics, trade, financial systems, rural development, agriculture or a related field of study – appropriate for leading a market-based approach to poverty reduction in agri-business.

Relevant technical expertise, documented theoretical knowledge and understanding of and considerable (at least 5 years) practical experience from applying an M4P approach.  

Substantial documented experience (at least 10 years) of design and implementation of development co-operation projects or programmes in relevant fields in developing countries, of which at least 5 years in Sub-Saharan African countries and/or in post-conflict and/or conflict-affected areas.

Other Skills

Excellent/very good documented analytical skills

Full professional proficiency in spoken and written English

Self reliant in computer skills

Other relevant knowledge and specific experiences related to the aims and focus of the programme within the context of Liberia.

Interested candidates are welcome to submit their CVs marked “Liberia Team Leader” before June 6, 2012. 

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