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Business Development Expert

We are seeking to recruit a Business Development Expert (BDE) to join our team, to expand our capacity to develop considerable expertise and knowledge on investment promotion, business administration and related issues. The post-holder will contribute in the following work areas:

  • Develop intervention that will help increase the market size of cassava based dried products in Nigeria by identifying and working closely  with the main players in the market and understanding their issues and constraints and helping to minimize them.
  • Work closely with processors (SMEs and Large Factories) of cassava based dried products, farmers and other market intermediaries to improve the efficiency and competitiveness within the value chain.
  • Facilitate the coordination of inputs by various actors in the cassava value chain as well as improving communications and understanding within the value chain.
  • Develop an understanding of Cassava Based Dried Products price trends and the main factors that impact on it. Record the prices at the main points in the value chain and, if appropriate, develop a “Market Information System” to advertise prices to enable all actors to negotiate more equitably.
  • Assist market intermediaries produce business plans to access short and medium-term finance to facilitate the increased output and improve quality of Cassava Based Dried Products.

This specific post will focus on CAVA II project spanning a period of 5 years (April 2014 to 2019). The post will be based in North Central or South-East Nigeria. The position will involve frequent travel within Nigeria and occasional travel to other project countries.

 

Qualifications and experience: University degree in economics, marketing, business administration or related fields is required. Minimum of five years cognate experience particularly in the area of investment promotion and business development is essential. Demonstrated knowledge of the constraints of working with smallholders farmers who provide raw materials for industrial processing is important. Fluency in English language is required. Good drafting and communication.

 

Salary and allowances are competitive.

Country Technical Expert (Cassava Production):

We are seeking to recruit a county technical expert (cassava production) to join our team, to interventions that will help increase the average yield of cassava farmers in Nigeria. The post-holder will contribute in the following work areas:

  • Develop intervention that will help increase the average yield of cassava farmers by identifying and working closely with the farmers around the selected SMEs/large scale industries and along the value chain plus understanding their issues and constraints and helping to minimize them.
  • Work closely with cassava farmers to improve their efficiency and competitiveness in cassava cultivation to avoid glut.
  • Link farmers with reliable inputs suppliers and ensure proper usage for desired results.
  • Organise regular training of farmers and farmer groups on modern technologies for improved yields and record keeping.
  • Develop an understanding of Cassava root price trends and the main factors that impact on it. Record the prices at the main points (farm gate, aggregation points, local markets, village processing centres and factories) in the value chain and, if appropriate, develop a “Market Information System”.
  • Undertake any other activities relevant to the achievement of the project objectives as may be assigned by the County Manager.

This specific post will focus on CAVA II project spanning a period of 5 years (April 2014 to 2019). The post will be based in Abeokuta Nigeria. The position will involve frequent travel within Nigeria and occasional travel to other project countries.

Qualifications and experience: University degree in Agronomy, Crop Production, Crop Protection or Plant breeding or related fields is required. Minimum of five years cognate experience in cassava cultivation and building of groups is essential. Demonstrated knowledge of the constraints of working with smallholders farmers who provide raw materials for industrial processing is important. Fluency in English language is required. Good drafting and communication skills.

Salary and allowances are competitive.

CAVA II Advert

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Candidates for the following vacant positions in the CAVA II Projects


Method of Application

Candidates should address their application with their credentials and Curriculum Vitae to:

The Project Director,
Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II)
Federal University of Agriculture,
P.M.B. 2240,
Abeokuta,
Ogun State
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Note: Applications should be submitted to the Office of the Project Director Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, PMB 2240, Abeokuta Ogun State or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing Date

Application closes in two (2) weeks from the day it was published online. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by e-mail or through their cell phone numbers.

POSITION: Project Drivers/Mechanics

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Valid Driver’s License.
  2. Basic literacy and numeric skills.
  3. Minimum of 2 years’ experience as Driver/Mechanic.
  4. Evidence of medical fitness from a medical practitioner.
  5. Letters of references from three (3) persons; one of whom must be the applicant’s last employer.

CONDITIONS

  1. The position will be for a one year period renewable annually subject to performance evaluation and Project lifetime.
  2. The normal working hours will be from 8am to 6pm Mondays to Fridays. The job will involve regular travel out of Abeokuta which may stream out of normal working hours or sometimes overnight.
  3. Remuneration shall not be less than that of equivalent positions in the Civil Service.
  4. Successful candidates will be entitled to an annual leave of 30 working days.

 

Applications should be submitted to the Office of the Project Director Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, PMB 2240, Abeokuta Ogun State or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

POSITION: MONITORING, LEARNING & EVALUATION EXPERT

LOCATION: COUNTRY OFFICE (FUNAAB)

Objectives – It is expected that the main objectives for the Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation Expert will be to:

  • Develop modalities for tracking the project activities and ensuring that milestones are achieved as at when due.
  • Device and monitor product flow by working closely with all value chain actors (farmers, processors, end-users, and consumers) of cassava based dried products, farmers and other market intermediaries to improve the efficiency and competitiveness within the value chain.
  • Promote the establishment of monitoring mechanisms to help coordinate project activities along the value chain as well as improving communications and understanding within the value chain.

Duties – The duties of the Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation Expert will be determined in conjunction with the Country Manager but are expected to include:

  • Participate actively in the project activities leading to the actualisation of the overall project objectives.
  • Identify and document successes, risks, challenges, and opportunities in the course of project implementation.
  • Document regularly price, volume, and beneficiaries that supplied cassava roots to any market.
  • Communicate identified risks or threats to the CM, BDEs, CTE(P) so as to make and implement recommendations for guidance to the actualisation of the overall project objectives.
  • Ensure that farmers, processors and other value chain actors adhere to contract agreement or terms on the signed MoUs
  • Identify “trouble spots” in the value chain and recommending interventions that the project could implement.
  • Facilitate regular meetings of project beneficiaries and groups for information dissemination, shared learning experience and project monitoring & Evaluation purposes.
  • Undertake any other activities relevant to the achievement of the project objectives as may be assigned by the Country Manager.

Qualification & Requirements

  • At least 5 years proven experience in the Development Project Monitoring & Evaluation
  • A Statistics, Project Management, Economics or Agricultural degree.

ASSETS MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT

The Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) (www.unaab.edu.ng) was established by Decree No. 48 of 2 November, 1992 as a centre of excellence for agricultural learning, research and professional development .The vision of FUNAAB is to be a centre of excellence in knowledge generation for global development and the sustenance of an environmentally friendly society. The university’s mission is to build future leaders and generate knowledge through research and an intellectually stimulating environment for teaching, learning and community outreach towards sustainable development. FUNAAB has an international research profile, working with partners from academia, private sector and civil society throughout the world. FUNAAB has considerable experience in managing and participating in large, multi-country research and development projects.

FUNAAB is currently the direct Grantee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the second phase of the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II) Project aimed at ultimately increasing the incomes of smallholder cassava farmers (SHFs) and community cassava processors through participation in profitable and sustainable value-added cassava chains in five sub-Saharan African countries.

We are seeking to recruit an Assets Maintenance Officer in the Project Director’s Office, CAVA II Project Office based in FUNAAB to ensure adequate maintenance of all assets in the Project Director’s Office to enhance the efficiency and administration of the Office.

The post-holder will be charged with the following duties:

  • Keeping and maintaining an accurate and detailed inventory of all assets within the Project Director’s Office.
  • Coordinating the timely repair and maintenance of all assets within the Project Director’s Office.
  • Supervising all Drivers attached to the Project Director’s Office and drawing up their work schedule.
  • Undertake any other duties as are required.

Qualifications and experience

A minimum of SSCE. Good drafting and communication skills. Fluency in English Language is required.

Salary and allowances are competitive.

COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT

The Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) (www.unaab.edu.ng) was established by Decree No. 48 of 2 November, 1992 as a centre of excellence for agricultural learning, research and professional development .The vision of FUNAAB is to be a centre of excellence in knowledge generation for global development and the sustenance of an environmentally friendly society. The university’s mission is to build future leaders and generate knowledge through research and an intellectually stimulating environment for teaching, learning and community outreach towards sustainable development. FUNAAB has an international research profile, working with partners from academia, private sector and civil society throughout the world. FUNAAB has considerable experience in managing and participating in large, multi-country research and development projects.

FUNAAB is currently involved in the second phase of a project aimed at ultimately increasing the incomes of smallholder cassava farmers (SHFs) and community cassava processors through participation in profitable and sustainable value-added cassava chains in five sub-Saharan African countries.

We are seeking to recruit a Research Fellow to join our team to enhance effective communication among all parties involved in the implementation of the Project’s objectives.

The post-holder will contribute in the following work area:

  • Development of a communication strategy for sharing lessons learned to inform and engage project and non project actors to support the wide spread uptake of profitable and sustainable cassava farming and processing;

This specific post will focus on a large cassava project - Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II) working in five African countries namely: Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. Spanning a period of 5 years (April 2014 to March 2019), the post will be based in Abeokuta, Nigeria. The position will involve frequent travel within these countries.

Qualifications and experience

University degree in Mass Communication, Communication Arts or related fields is required. Experience with technical cooperation projects, particularly in the area of communications would be an advantage. Some professional experience at an international level is desirable. English is the working language. For the post advertised, fluency in English, Good drafting and communication skills is required.

Salary and allowances are competitive.

INVESTMENT PROMOTION EXPERT

The Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) (www.unaab.edu.ng) was established by Decree No. 48 of 2 November, 1992 as a centre of excellence for agricultural learning, research and professional development. The vision of FUNAAB is to be a centre of excellence in knowledge generation for global development and the sustenance of an environmentally friendly society. The university’s mission is to build future leaders and generate knowledge through research and an intellectually stimulating environment for teaching, learning and community outreach towards sustainable development. FUNAAB has an international research profile, working with partners from academia, private sector and civil society throughout the world. FUNAAB has considerable experience in managing and participating in large, multi-country research and development projects.

FUNAAB is currently involved in the second phase of the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA II) project aimed at ultimately increasing the incomes of smallholder cassava farmers (SHFs) and community cassava processors through participation in profitable and sustainable value-added cassava chains in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.

We are seeking to recruit an Investment Promotion Expert to join our team, to expand our capacity to develop considerable expertise and knowledge on investment promotion, business administration and related issues.

The post-holder will contribute in the following work areas:

  • Develop and execute a strategy to encourage private sector investment in cassava processing across the five CAVA II countries particularly but not limited to investments in flash dryers
  • Work closely with CAVA II Country Managers to identify, shortlist and pitch potential investors, helping ensure their business plans are sound and their operational plans are focussed on inclusion of smallholder farmers
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to Country-based Business Development Experts.

This specific post will focus on CAVA II project spanning a period of 5 years (April 2014 to March 2019). The post will be based in Abeokuta, Nigeria. The position will involve frequent travel within these countries.

Qualifications and experience

An advanced University degree in economics, business administration or related field is required. Minimum of five years relevant experience, particularly in the area of investment promotion and business development is essential. Demonstrated knowledge of the constraints of working with smallholders farmers who provide raw materials for industrial processing is important. Fluency in the English language, good drafting and communication skills required.

 

Salary and allowances are competitive.