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Job Description

Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity (the Activity) aims to strengthen the enabling environment for agribusiness finance and investment. To achieve this goal, the Activity focuses on four interrelated components: (i) improving the enabling environment for agricultural sector growth; (ii) broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; (iii) promoting and facilitating investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations; and (iv) sustainably enhancing the performance of agribusiness micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs). In line with the U.S. and Nigerian governments’ commitment to growing the non-oil-based economy, these efforts will increase the depth, breadth, dynamism, and competitiveness of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector. The Activity is in seven focus states of Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger. It has soybean, maize, aquaculture, rice and cowpea as focused commodities.

Position Description

Pursuant to the fourth component mentioned above, one of the Activity’s key objectives is to measurably improve the overall organizational performance of select agribusiness firms and associations. In this regard, an Organizational Performance Improvement Needs Assessment (OPINA) was recently conducted which identified priority performance improvement interventions for each firm. Most of the identified interventions pertain to financial management, business operations, governance, administration, and personnel management. Hence, the Activity is seeking Business Development Specialists to provide periodic and ongoing support to these agribusiness firms and associations over the course of the year. This is a short-term technical assistance (STTA) position, reporting to the Agribusiness Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

Successful candidates will be required to provide most of the following services to select agribusiness firms and associations:

  • Development and/or refining of business identity (goals, mission and vision statements), business plan, and strategic plan.
  • Development and/or upgrading of financial policies and procedures including installation of appropriate accounting systems.
  • Training on budgeting, revenue, cost projections, and cash flow analysis.
  • Training on audit procedures, compliance with government statutory obligations, including but not limited to registration, licensing, and company and staff tax laws.
  • Drafting and/or reviewing the entity’s constitution and bylaws for agribusiness organizations and associations
  • Training the senior management team and Board of Trustees/Directors/Advisors on how to operate and collaborate more efficiently and effectively, including board self-evaluation.
  • Training on group dynamics, financial literacy and micro enterprise fundamentals.
  • Support on the registration process for cooperatives, firms, and obtaining relevant certifications including those related to National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).
  • Development and/or upgrading of the firm’s marketing and sales plan.
  • Development and/or upgrading of administrative, personnel and operational policies, procedures and manuals.
  • Development and/or refinement of organization and functional structure, including staff job descriptions and annual performance review processes.
  • Development and/or upgrading of inventory systems for stock control.
  • Development and/or refinement of procurement procedure policies and practices, including contract farming arrangements, input supply management, and the use of other service providers along the value chain (e.g. storage, extension, training, distribution, etc.).

Location:    Benue, Delta, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger states

Period of Performance: June 2020

Note: A specific SOW containing precise activities, location of performance, level of effort and deliverables will be shared with shortlisted experts.

Job Requirements

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in agricultural science, agribusiness, business management, or any other relevant field is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in providing business development services to agribusiness firms and organizations.
  • Experience working with donor funded programmes and working in the specified project locations and contexts.
  • Well organized, strong analytical skills, creative thinker, innovative, demonstrated personal initiative, stress tolerance, a high level of integrity and ethics, and a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English.
  • Experience in market analysis, business plan development, and entrepreneurship.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Application Instructions:

Qualified and interested firm/individual candidates should submit a single MS word-formatted document consisting of:

  1. An Expression of Interest cover letter
  2. A current CV (e.g. resume), containing evidence of relevant work experience and qualifications


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