Job: State Coordinator at The Management Solutions for Africa (MS4A)

Job Overview

  • Winrock International, together with consortium partners Connexus, Digital Green and the European Cooperative for Rural Development (EUCORD), is implementing the five-year Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity (AEAS).
  • This five-year project (May 25, 2020 – May 24, 2025) will partner with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and key market players to test, replicate and scale service delivery models focused on smallholder farmers that will enable fast, efficient, and sustainable provision of access to agricultural inputs and services and disseminate extension messages to 2 million smallholder farmers in Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger.
  • By embedding Lean production methodology and making the business case for private sector-led extension, AEAS will promote a Lean suite of simplified, replicable and affordable solutions, information, products and other services that address the inefficiencies faced by the vast majority of farmers. in the targeted sectors (maize, rice, cowpea, soybean, aquaculture). These efforts will complement and inform public sector extension and research services.
  • By the end of the project, AEAS will enable 280 SMEs to provide new or improved extension and advisory services and leverage $33.6 million in private sector investment and $120 million in agricultural finance to support smallholders. farmers, resulting in an increase in sales of $300 million. Seven AEAS offices will be operational in Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger States.

Position Summary

  • The primary role of the State Coordinator is to effectively coordinate cohort activities, facilitate partnerships with the private sector, share information with various public and private sector actors within the State, and monitor the progress of extension of the private sector and provision of advisory services at the state level.

Specific tasks
Under the direction of the AEAS Party Chief and the AEAS Value Chain Advisor, the State Coordinator is responsible for the supervision of activities, directly or by delegation, as the case may be. These include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Effectively facilitate contact and engagement with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and key market players to test, replicate and scale smallholder-focused service delivery models that will deliver quickly, efficiently and sustainable access to agricultural inputs and services and disseminate extension messaging to 2 million smallholder farmers
  • Coordinate cohort activities, focus groups, workshops and other activities in their state
  • Contribute to identifying and nurturing partnerships with the private sector in their State
  • Monitor progress in the provision of private sector extension and advisory services at the state level
  • Contribute to the collection, verification, or analysis of data feeding into state-level AEAS M&E efforts
  • Contribute to the identification and analysis of lessons learned and best practices at state, cohort and farmer level; contribute to this feedback as part of the AEAS learning program
  • Contribute to the monitoring and reporting of systemic changes in AEAS activities
  • Serve as security focal points in their respective states
  • Establish close and effective working relationships with key organizations and ensure integration and coordination of agricultural development activities with other donors, governments or private initiatives targeting agribusiness development.
  • Contribute to AEAS quarterly and annual reports and work planning exercises.
  • Participation in weekly management meetings (mainly by telephone)
  • Representation of EASA at relevant meetings, workshops and donor meetings
  • Any other task as needed.

Experience / Qualifications

  • Master’s or higher degree in agriculture, agribusiness or related field, plus a minimum of 10 years of program management experience in agribusiness, development and extension; management experience in the private sector is desirable.
  • Experience, short or long term, in a developing country essential, African, West African or Nigerian experience and with small producers and processors highly desirable. Experience in training agribusinesses, extension workers or other agricultural trainers in Africa would be beneficial.
  • High level of initiative and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to coordinate and maintain good relationships with various private and public sector actors in the marketing chain.
  • Effective information-gathering and organizational skills, with the ability to coordinate the exchange of information and develop networking strategies.
  • Ability to perform commodity value chain analysis based on identified market opportunities.
  • Ability to design training and provide technical and marketing assistance in support of agribusiness development.
  • Experience in the development and promotion of environmentally friendly agricultural production and processing techniques.
  • Competence in developing scopes of work and managing short-term commitments.

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