World Cocoa Foundation: Agriculture Input Specialist
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership foundation that promotes a sustainable cocoa economy by providing cocoa farmers with the tools they need to grow more and better cocoa, market it successfully, and make greater profits. WCF's membership includes cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80% of the global cocoa market. For more information, visit www.worldcocoa.org.
WCF seeks an agriculture input specialist to provide technical support to WCF projects in West Africa and represent WCF on cocoa-sector wide initiatives to improve input supply and access to cocoa farmers. WCF programs in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon aim to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farming families by working with public and private sector partners to improve training and resource provision to cocoa farmers. In particular, the input specialist will work closely with the WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program (WCF CLP) and WCF African Cocoa Initiative (WCF ACI) which work with industry partners, national partners and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID.(http://worldcocoafoundation.org/our-work/programs/).
The ideal candidate will have experience working with and coordinating public and private sector stakeholders to develop partnerships and facilitate service delivery of agriculture inputs to farmers. The candidate will have experience developing and improving agricultural input supply systems that include fertilizers, pesticides/fungicides, agricultural credit and improved planting material in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, an ideal candidate would have experience in in the cocoa sector in West Africa.
The input specialist will lead developing practical strategies for technical support, partnership development and WCF representation for agriculture-input related activities. He/she will be based in either Europe (preference for Amsterdam) or West Africa and will focus on building partnerships with private sector companies, NGOs and national partners. He/she will work with a team of WCF technical specialists in Washington, DC, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire and will frequently travel to program countries to collaborate with partners and oversee program implementation. He/she will report to the WCF Senior Program Director (based in DC). Fluency in English and the ability to conduct foundation business in French required.
- Convene and facilitate private sector and government actors to broker partnerships to increase rural access to inputs
- Represent WCF in various forums and provide technical assistance on cocoa-sector wide initiatives to improve input access
- Develop field-ready strategies to increase smallholder farmers' knowledge and use of appropriate agricultural inputs in response to barriers
- Strengthen the private and public sector roles in demonstrating the benefits of using improved inputs
- Oversee and provide technical assistance in monitoring and evaluation activities with implementing partners and government offices
- Assist in measuring progress of input-related activities through program M&E and CocoaMAP
- Manage the technical aspects of sub-grantee activities in relation to agricultural inputs
- Miscellaneous duties, as requested by WCF Management
- 5-plus years experience working in agricultural input markets
- University degree in agriculture, business, or development related field
- Extensive experience working with and brokering partnerships with public and private sector partners; especially in Europe and West Africa
- Fluency in English (required) and proficiency in French (strongly preferred)
- Self-starter, ability to work in fast-paced, international work environment with minimal support infrastructure
This position is a two-year term contract, renewable, based on performance and funding availability. Salary level is dependent on level of experience and salary history. This position will be based in Europe (although West Africa location is possible for the ideal candidate), with up to 50% travel to West Africa and the United States (as needed). Estimated start date: March 1, 2014.
How to apply
Interested and eligible candidates are requested to e-mail their résume and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. In the subject line please write: WCF Agriculture Input Specialist. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis to select a successful candidate. No phone calls please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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