Start date: tentatively 1 October, 2020 (depending on COVID-19 lockdown and imposed restrictions)
Duration: 12 months
Job Ref No#: EU/VCS/06-092020
Cesvi has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1998 in three key areas; Environment, Agriculture and the Health sector. Cesvi activities in the agricultural sector revolve around supporting rural communities to transform traditional practices from subsistence farming to commercial farming.
Cesvi in Zimbabwe in partnership with Mwenezi Development Training Center (MDTC) is implementing the European Commission supported project ‘Building Resilience Inclusively in Drier Geographic Environments’ for a period of 36 months which started in February 2020. The project will be implemented in Beitbridge district which is in Natural region V with the overall objective of building the resilience of smallholder farmers in drought prone communal areas of Beitbridge district to shocks and stress. The project seeks to increase the participation of CSOs in preventing and mitigating risks and vulnerabilities caused by drought and other climatic conditions. The underlying specific project objective is to strengthen the capacities of key community-based institutions and structures in addressing resilience at community level. This will be achieved through three interrelated outcomes:(i)Improved management and governance in Irrigation Management Committees (IMCs), District Commodity Associations (DCAs), Disaster Risk Reduction committees and Livestock Development Committees (LDCs) (ii) Improved performance of IMCs, DCAs, DRR Committees and LDCs in the development of resilient AVCs (iii)Enhanced capacity of IMCs, DCAs, DRR Committees and LDCs to influence key policies related to agriculture and resilience. The project will work with private sector partners and incorporate relevant government stakeholders at different levels.
- The Agriculture Value Chain Development Specialist will serve as the key technical lead for the agriculture value chain development component for the BRIDGE ‘Building Resilience inclusively in Drier Geographic Environs’ project.
- S/he will supervise technical and field-based project activities, including but not limited to market linkages, expansion of production and processing aspects of target value chains, engagement of the private sector, and capacity building for establishment of commodity associations and resilience building in agriculture value chains.
Main tasks and responsibilities include to:
- Lead on the participatory value chain mapping and analysis, identification and prioritisation of viable agricultural value chains, design appropriate capacity building interventions and develop an implementation plan;
- Provide technical assistance with respect to establishment district commodity associations and facilitate their formalisation to be registered as legal entities;
- Support the training expert to undertake capacity needs assessment of the established district commodity associations, develop corresponding capacity development plan and interventions;
- Contribute to the development of training modules and participate in periodic capacity building and training events for community CSOs and government stakeholders on resilience building in agriculture value chains;
- Participate on multi-stakeholder roundtables on selected policy issues and in liaison with the governance & policy specialist and communication expert support the creation of an online platform (SMS and/or WhatsApp) to discuss key policies on smallholder agriculture;
- Provide technical assistance, mentorship and coaching to target groups and key staff from government departments on resilient agriculture value chain development;
- Document best practices and lessons learnt of the project and support to replicate it;
- Contribute to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities, and impact assessment for the BRIDGE project;
- Prepare a monthly report for project progress for use within the organisation and to share with local authorities in line with the MOU for the district and Liaise with MEAL Officer and Project Manager in preparing progress reports to the Head of Mission, consortium partners and the donor.
- Bachelors’ degree in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics or Agribusiness Management) or relevant field;
- At least 5 years of working experience in the field of agriculture value chain, market linkage, marketing;
- Experienced in delivering training and other needed capacity/ institutional building support to a wide range of stakeholders including financial institutions;
- Class 4 drivers’ licence.
This is a field-based position, therefore Cesvi expects flexibility and the ability to operate independently to compliment the work of the rest of the team. Suitably qualified candidates should submit their application letters and detailed CVs to; firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the high number of applications we’re anticipating to receive, we are unable to provide feedback to all applicants. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted on the status of their application.
Deadline: 15 September 2020