SNV Senior Advisor in Horticulture (agribusiness) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

SNV Netherlands
Vacancy: Senior Advisor in Horticulture (agribusiness)

SNV is a non-profit international development organisation established in the Netherlands in 1965. 

For over 50 years, SNV has been at the forefront of development, helping to build local capacity and empower local families and communities to break the cycle of poverty. 
We are present on the ground in 36 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and operates in Agriculture & Food Security, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH). 

Our more than 1,000 advisors in the field come from a variety of cultural and technical backgrounds, and over 60 per cent are nationals of the countries where we work.

Are you interested in joining an Organisation with a long term commitment to fighting poverty? Would you like to work in a challenging environment and develop a career focused on demonstrating shared core values that achieve results?

SNV Kenya is looking for a Kenyan national to fill the position of:

Senior Advisor in Horticulture (agribusiness)

Based in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Market Led Horticulture Programme (hortIMPACT)

Programme Overview: HortIMPACT is a 5-year (2015-2019) programme, funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Kenya and it closely cooperates with Dutch and Kenyan entrepreneurs and makes use of their advanced technologies, products and market linkages in so-called business cases. The focus of the programme is on small and medium sized, entrepreneurial (SME) farmers. 

Simultaneously, hortIMPACT addresses policy and market related, systemic issues at farm, industry and government level, supported by results from innovative and market oriented business cases. HortIMPACT focusses on the following three critical issues in the Kenya horticulture sector: 
1) SME farmer inclusion in market oriented supply chains, 
2) food safety and integrated crop protection, and 3) food losses in supply chains.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the hortIMPACT team leader, the senior horticulture advisor will have sufficient all-round skills and flexibility to work both with the business cases and the component of up-scaling and sector development and will have an agribusiness bias. 
Specifically, s/he will have the following responsibilities:


  • Take lead in coordination and implementation of assigned hortIMPACT business cases: business planning, coordination, monitoring and reporting.
  • Build capacities with business case companies, farmers and producer organisations, provide technical advice and manage service providers.
  • Ensure business viability and supply coordination and facilitate, backstop where required.
  • Ensure the three themes of reduction in food losses, food safety and inclusion are strongly imbedded and addressed in the BCs, including balancing benefits (gender equity).
  • Liaise, coordinate and garner support from stakeholders (central or local government, other projects, etc).
  • Contribute to the other hortIMPACT business cases where required.
  • Contribute to analysis, knowledge and solution development around the three hortIMPACT themes and beyond.
  • Contribute to up-scaling activities of hortIMPACT.
  • Manage and control quality of service providers.
  • Contribute to hortIMPACT’s Management for Results Framework and system.
  • Advise and conduct market research; analyse information and disseminate to stakeholders.
  • Work closely with the M&E support officer to undertake monitoring and evaluation on all business cases and other assigned activities.
  • Responsible for the preparation of activity reports and contributing to SNV knowledge development agenda.
  • Work with team members to organise hortIMPACT trade missions, conference and stakeholder forums.
  • Work in close coordination with the rest of the team and undertake additional assignments as requested by the team leader.
Candidate profile
  • At least 8 –10 years of experience in fields relevant and related to this scope of work.
  • Proven experience in agricultural marketing, private sector engagement, and business management.
  • Experience in linking farmers to markets; credit and other service providers.
  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agriculture Economics or other relevant field.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain relationships with other programs, national & county governments, stakeholders and international agencies.
  • Management, leadership, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Result oriented and problem solving capacity
  • Prepared to travel widely and undertake substantial fieldwork.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills and capacity to facilitate dialogue across multiple sectors.
  • Experience in reduction of food losses, food safety, working with producer as well as sector organisations and gender will be an advantage.
Contract Duration: 2 years with possibility of extension

Expected start date: ASAP
Contract type: National  
How to apply?

Please apply by submitting your application letter and CV that contains three referees as you apply with position title as subject / reference before 16th October, 2016. 

Please send your application

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