RTI International Agribusiness Program Specialist Job in Nairobi, Kenya

RTI International

Career Opportunity: Program Specialist – Agribusiness 

RTI International is an independent organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition. With a worldwide staff of more than 4,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and a full spectrum of multidisciplinary services. Universities in North Carolina founded RTI in 1958 as a centerpiece of the Research Triangle Park.

RTI International is currently seeking staff for the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Program (K-YES) in Kenya that aims to enhance employability of Kenyan youth (Ages 18-35) for increased wage and self-employment, underemployed youth who have not completed secondary school.

K-YES project is a 5 year activity that will result in increased workforce competitiveness in the sectors targeted currently implementing in Nairobi, Kwale, Kericho Bungoma, Garissa, West Pokot, Migori, Kisii & Nyeri Counties.

We seek to recruit a Program Specialist – Agribusiness to be based in Nairobi Office.

The Agribusiness Specialist will support the development and implementation of proven, demand-driven approaches and tools  to support youth to succeed in agribusiness. In particular, the Specialist will coordinate and implement closely with the 2JIAJIRI program, funded by the KCB Foundation, Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Development (KCDMSD) project, a host of national and county level private and public sector partners, and the K-YES experts leading activities to support workforce development, enterprise development and financial access to youth in agriculture sector in 7 KYES counties.

Key Responsibilities

1. Value chain development, promotion and market linkage.

a. Work with identified private sector value chain actors e.g. Off-takers and input suppliers and the K-YES county teams, funding partners such as KCB foundation, implementing partners and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to promote the growth and development of selected demand driven agribusiness value chains for youth uptake.

b. Intently focus on transitioning the relationship and management of contractual agreements with off-takers from K-YES to youth, for purposes of sustainability beyond the life of the program.

c. Continue to work with stakeholders to identify demand driven opportunities for youth agribusiness and employment.

d. Will work closely with KCB Foundation managing the implementation relationship, coordinating 2jiajiri’s program activities, outputs and outcomes.

e. In close collaboration with KCDMSD, the Specialist will support youth agribusiness activities in Migori, Kisii and Bungoma to transition into market systems.

2. Roll-out of Farmer Field School and BDS model

a. The Specialist will continue to identify local service providers to offer demand-driven BDS services and link farmers to financial services and markets.

b. The Specialist will design Farmer Field School (FFS) and Business Development (BDS) interventions in collaboration with KCDMS and private sector value chain actors to successfully employ youth, upgrade production to meet demand and market quality requirements.

c. The Specialist will lead implementation of the FFS and BDS activities to reach making iterative changes and improvements as needed.

d. The Specialist will lead the scaling and expansion of the program activities, ensuring agreed upon quality standards both in terms of delivery of activities and product quality requirements

3. Support producer groups farmer associations for aggregation and marketing

a. The Specialist will facilitate technical and operational support through other USG programs to strengthen governance of producer groups farmer associations for aggregation and marketing

b. The Specialist will continue to facilitate the formation of producer business groups (PBGs) as an effective way to achieve economies of scale through aggregation.

c. The Specialist will facilitate the engagement of K-YES youth in taking up business opportunities emerging from both local county level and national partnerships.

4. M&E:

a. The Specialist will support the project’s M&E efforts and team to ensure an integrated and optimal approach to results-based M&E.

b. The Specialist will work closely with KCB Foundation in managing the implementation relationship and in coordinating 2jiajiri’s program activities, outputs and outcomes.

c. Contribute towards weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports

d. Participate in quarterly review and annual work planning meetings

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Applicants must possess a minimum of relevant masters and two years of experience or Bachelor’s degree and four years of experience in agriculture, agribusiness, economics, agricultural economics, business administration or other related field;
  • Progressive responsibility work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted donor-funded youth development projects, preferably in Kenya;
  • Proven track record in developing, analyzing, and implementing projects focused on agribusinesses, agricultural finance, and agricultural value chains.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating private sector investments and show familiarity with the workings of government legal and regulatory frameworks.
  • Previous experience on USAID-funded agricultural/agribusiness development programs, including contributing to M&E, reporting, and designing and leading program activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing various stakeholders both at the counties and National level; excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with the private sector, civil society and county governments.

Desirable skills for the post: Excellent report writing skills, negotiation skills and presentation

How to Apply:

Please email cover letter and CV to hrapplications@nb.rti.org by 23rd October, 2018.

Applicants must include the POSITION TITLE and COUNTY in the subject line of the email.

Please do not attach copies of certificates.

We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Please note: RTI International does not use agents or require any form of payment in the recruitment process.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi County

Agriculture and Agribusiness, NGO and UN
Updated: October 17, 2018 — 12:04 pm