The Agribusiness Expert / Country Programme Manager has the responsibility of the development and implementation of business cases whereby climate smart agriculture interventions are integrated into the value chain from an agronomic, financial and inclusion perspective. Prioritised value chain commodities are pulses, oilseed and grains. The Agribusiness expert will identify and support business cases for the co-investment fund and broker access to finance and investment of the businesses. S/he will coordinate and work with financial institutional partners to scale climate smart investments. The agribusiness expert / country programme manager will take on delegated responsibility of in-country programme management from the overall programme manager.
Coordinate and contribute to value chains and climate risk assessments of prioritised commodities (pulses, oilseed, potatoes and grains);
Identify business cases for the co-investment fund;
Support agribusinesses to develop the business cases;
Establish appraisal criteria for the co-investment fund, design milestone based payment scheme and contribute to the assessment of the business cases;
Coordinate with the fund manager the planning and disbursement of grant funds;
Support the implementation and roll-out of business cases;
Broker access to finance and investments between SME’s and financial institutions;
Monitor and report the performance of the business cases as per the set milestones;
Advise financial institutions on climate smart business investments to leverage climate finance money;
Set-up of coaching programs on agribusiness management for female entrepreneurs and youth;
Support agribusiness platforms to promote, advise and jointly agree on climate proofing value chains, policy recommendations and climate smart investments;
Manage the in-country programme in all aspects of project management: budgets, human resource, activities and reporting;
Oversee and support country programme implementation and report to the programme manager.
A relevant academic qualification: Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics or Business Administration;
Minimum of ten (10) years of experience of working with or in Agribusiness, preferably in the prioritised commodities (pulses, oilseed, potatoes and grains);
Knowledge of the prioritized commodities preferably at global level and in East Africa;
Experience in value chain development and agribusiness finance, preferable experience with climate finance;
Ability and demonstrated experience of designing and appraising business cases;
Experience in female and youth entrepreneurship programs;
Strong agribusiness relationship management experience and focus with the ability to stimulate trust and confidence with clients and investors including managing various stakeholders;
Understanding of climate change risk management and inclusion of smallholder producers into the supply chain;
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