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VALUE CHAIN AND MARKET SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT

The position:  The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe) seeks to hire a Deputy Project Coordinator – Value Chain and Market Systems Development who will be responsible for providing leadership in the planning, implementation and supervision of value chain market systems development of apiculture and sericulture project activities and deputizing for the Program Coordinator on matters pertaining to these areas. S/he will guide and supervise project teams working in beekeeping and sericulture, post-harvest processing of honey and beeswax, silkworm rearing and working closely with the rest of the MOYESH project team in alignment with the strategy, commitments and goals of the project. The Deputy Coordinator Value Chain and Market Systems Development will be responsible for producing value chain and market system development strategy to facilitate the integration of youth to markets and brings together honey and silk products value chains actors for successful and feasible program implementation. She/he will be a member of icipe Ethiopia office which is located at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).

General: The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe) is a pan-African and non-profit Centre of Excellence for research and development and capacity building in insect science and its applications. Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building. Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to science and innovation required to meet the health and food security challenges of sub-Saharan Africa. The Centre has achieved this status by developing alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management technologies and products that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. Employing close to 500 international and national staff, icipe also has approximately 150 graduate students who contribute to its research portfolio annually. The Centre currently has operations in more than 40 African countries, and thriving partnerships with universities and research organizations across the world.  For more information visit: www.icipe.org.

icipe is partnering with Mastercard Foundation to implement the MOre Young Entrepreneurs in Silk and Honey project (MOYESH). The purpose of this partnership intervention is to secure fulfilling and dignified employment and income for unemployed young women and men by scaling up integrated beekeeping and silk farming businesses, building on lessons learned from YESH project and leveraging the public-private partnerships that are already created. The MOYESH project targets to provide 100,000 youth with appropriate skills and to enable 100,000 youth (of which 60% are female) secure dignified and fulfilling work in four target regions of Ethiopia including the Amhara; Oromia; Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNP); and Tigray.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Acts as a deputy to the project coordinator and prepare detail project implementation plan and activity- and partner-based budget for the entire project period;
  • Conducts honey and silk value chains assessment in the country (including regional/global linkages) using quantitative and qualitative data to identify gaps and develop recommendations on how to improve the selected value chains and enhance the impact;
  • Designs a market and value chain strategy to facilitate youth access to markets and brings together value chains actors to successfully establish productive youth enterprises;
  • Assesses prospects to boost honey and silk production in Ethiopia by developing honey and silk markets and value chains to meet the growing honey and silk demand and substitute silk imports;
  • Provides support and guidance for the gathering of data and information needed to undertake an effective monitoring and evaluation of activities related to value chain and marketing;
  • Closely works with key private-public sectors along the value chains to enhance youth market access and to build honey and silk industries of mutual benefit to all within the value chains.
  • Organizes and facilitates discussions on markets and value chains policy issues involving representatives of the private-public sectors and associations;
  • Oversees the implementation of business and MSMEs development and financial inclusion activities;
  • Assists in the monitoring and evaluating of the project outputs, especially youth integration to markets, throughout the project tenure;
  • Develops and delivers capacity development activities in the areas of agribusiness, value chain and marketing development.
  • Provides progress technical reports, lessons learned, success stories, and feedback to program staff, senior management, project management and partners for timely decision making;
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by supervisor

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

In depth knowledge in a technical or specialized field

Understanding of theoretical concepts / principles and their context

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience for MSc degree in agricultural marketing/value chain, Agribusiness management, business administration, agricultural/development economics or related field. 
  • At least 3 years relevant experience for PhD degree in agricultural marketing/value chain, agribusiness management, business administration, agricultural/development economics or related field.
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder and disciplinary development program,
  • Experience working on youth development projects
  • Willingness to travel frequently to remote rural villages 

Skills:

  • Demonstrated skills in conducting markets and value chains assessments and trend analysis and proposing appropriate interventions to enhance honey and silk productivity and market access for youth.
  • Experience in designing and implementing projects aimed at enhancing honey and silk value chains and linkage with market.
  • Strong working experience with key value chain actors (youth, processors, exporters, enterprise individual/groups, financial institutions, skills development enterprises, policy, associations).
  • Strong skills on value chain and market performance assessment tools to assess the effectiveness of the supply systems in accommodating additional production and new products
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to mentor and lead implementing staff and partners
  • Experience in relevant project management, with youth related project preferred
  • Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills
  • Proficient in the use of MS Word, Excel, Access, Power-point, and internet communication
  • A high degree of personal organization, good team player, and strong capacity and ability to multi-task, work under pressure, work
  • Experience in designing and implementing and programming survey instrument.

Core Competencies:

  • Result oriented and quick and sound decision making
  • Markets and value chains analysis
  • Evidence based report writing and presentation skills 
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills for mutual benefit

Duty Station:   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Position level:   HG 17

Minimum Base salary:                  

  •  Birr 57,880 per month (Negotiable depending on salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. icipe offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. icipe is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence. 

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities that are located on site.

ApplicationsApplicants should provide a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae including names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees and a letter providing a point by point response to the essential and desirable person specifications. The position and reference number: DPC/39/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 30 October 2019.

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