Farm Africa is seeking a high calibre experienced professional to lead its projects following the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach in East Africa, and provide thought leadership on the use of M4P approaches across Farm Africa’s portfolio.
The initial focus will be 100% on our new project Flourishing Futures: Market approaches to sunflower production in northern Tanzania starting in March 2017, but we expect the scope to later expand to other projects (and not confined to Tanzania).
The Flourishing Futures project itself will be supporting 30,000 smallholder sunflower farmers in the Manyara and Shinyanga regions of northern Tanzania, along with 50 small scale processors of sunflower oil. The project will facilitate the emergence of new market systems to supply farmers with reliable, high quality agro-inputs, enable access to extension support, thereby increasing volumes and quality of production, and connect farmers to markets. It will support the small scale processors to become more efficient and profitable, and to expand their market reach. Innovative features will include bundling credit-based-inputs with micro-insurance, testing different approaches to the use of ICT in spreading Good Agricultural Practices, and developing women entrepreneurs and new youth apprenticeship opportunities in the sunflower value chain.
This role is an exciting opportunity for a highly qualified and experienced development professional. Specific technical expertise in M4P experience is a must. In addition we are looking for someone who has proven leadership and project management skills and experience in development programme M&E, as well as knowledge and experience of delivering projects working with agricultural value chains.