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Value Chain Expert at TechnoServe

Program Description

  • TechnoServe is currently looking for Senior Food Processing Advisers for a potential USAID-funded Agriculture Competitiveness Project in Nigeria.
  • The Project is designed to strengthen agriculture productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers.
  • The Project comprises three main components: (i) design of the Agriculture Competitiveness Fund for private sector partnerships and funding to catalyze technological innovations; (ii) administration of the Agriculture Competitiveness Fund to develop private sector partnerships and provide grants; and (iii) technical assistance that directly supports, coordinates, and organizes qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve the Mission’s food security objectives.
  • The Project will contribute to the Mission’s Feed the Future strategy, which looks to improve agriculture competitiveness of smallholder farmers in Nigeria.

Primary Purpose

  • The Value Chain Expert will lead and supervise value chain development activities, including but not limited to production, harvest/post-harvest handling, processing and marketing of agricultural commodities.
  • S/He will provide technical leadership under the priority value chains in order to enhance private sector investment in the agricultural sector.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct value chain analysis in order to identify major constraints to improved agricultural competitiveness and develop roadmaps towards achieving this.
  • Recommend opportunities for strengthening markets and increasing value-add opportunities to improve local economic development.
  • Identify strategic opportunities in specific value chains for formal integration of smallholder farmers and processors to collaborate on sustainable production and processing.
  • Provide expertise on value chain dynamics across sectors and sub-sectors.
  • Develop relationships and facilitate linkages between value chain actors such as smallholder farmers, input suppliers, private sector actors, financial institutions etc.
  • Device an approach that will support value chain competitiveness – support in building technical capacity of value chain actors in responding to changes in market dynamics.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant field including Business Management, Economics (Master’s Degree preferred)
  • 7 years’ experience in projects relating to value chain development or rural business development
  • Excellent technical knowledge of production and harvesting; value addition; marketing and quality standards
  • Track record of building and managing strong client and stakeholder relations with the private sector
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and good computer skills in business software (Excel, MS Project and PowerPoint)
  • Training and experience working in USAID projects is an added advantage
  • Fluency in English

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Mode of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a Word-formatted single document consisting of their  Cover letter, CV, to: Please identify the position for which you are applying in the subject line.


  • Due to a high volume of applicants, please understand that we are able to contact only those who meet the minimum qualifications. No phone calls, please.
  • Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be considered or contacted. No phone calls please.

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