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.
Pursuant to the fourth component, 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 and several priority performance improvement interventions were identified for some SME agro-processors. Most of the identified intervention activities pertain to good manufacturing practices including health and safety, environmental compliance requirements, cost-effective factory operations, maintenance, and product quality and requisite standards. Hence, the Activity is seeking experts on Good Manufacturing Practices to provide periodic and ongoing support to these agribusiness SMEs processors 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 processing or manufacturing firms:
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.
Required Skills and Experience: