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Rice Market Specialist Masters Job

2024-04-03 22:15   Agriculture / Agro-Allied   Nigeria   98 views
Job Details

Location: Abuja (FCT)

About the Opportunity

We are seeking qualified candidates for the position of Rice Market Specialist for the anticipated USAID/Nigeria Value Chain Activity. The Rice Market Specialist will be responsible for providing technical expertise, strategic guidance, and market intelligence to enhance the efficiency, inclusivity, and competitiveness of rice markets in Nigeria. Note: this is a preliminary position description and may be clarified further after solicitation release.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Collaborate with project stakeholders, including smallholder farmers, traders, processors, government agencies, and other key actors to identify market constraints and opportunities and develop interventions that promote sustainable market growth and benefit smallholder farmers.

Conduct market assessments and analyses to identify key trends, challenges, constraints, and opportunities within the rice value chain, specifically related to market access, inclusivity, efficiency, and competitiveness.

Provide technical expertise and guidance to design and implement market-based interventions aimed at improving market linkages for climate smart rice farmers and other actors along the value chain.

Support the development and implementation of market information systems to enhance transparency, price discovery, and market access for climate smart rice smallholder farmers.

Facilitate capacity building activities, including trainings and mentoring for market actors to improve their business skills, market linkages, and adherence to standards within the rice value chain.

Contribute to knowledge management activities by documenting best practices, lessons learned, and success stories for the Activity’s interventions in market development, specifically related to the rice value chain.

Coordinate with other technical specialists on the Activity to ensure the integration of market development initiatives, especially related to the rice value chain, within other project components.

Stay abreast of latest developments, research findings, techniques, and innovations, and adapt approaches, as necessary, to reflect newest and most relevant innovations and technologies related to rice market development.


Master's Degree in Agronomy, Agribusiness, Economics, or another relevant field with a minimum of 9 years of professional experience, preferably for USAID or another donor-funded project; or Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Agribusiness, Economics, or another relevant field with a minimum 11 years of experience, preferably for USAID or another donor-funded project.

Strong understanding of market analysis, value chain development, and market-based approaches to agricultural development, especially for the rice value chain.

Knowledge of agriculture value chain development and market systems approaches to international development projects, especially USAID funded activities.

Excellent written communication skills, including ability to contribute to high-quality project reports.

Fluency in English required and other local languages desired.

Must be authorized to work in Nigeria.

Application Closing Date

30th April, 2024.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send their Resume and Cover Letter to: NigeriaVCcareers@connexus.email with “Rice Market Specialist – USAID/Nigeria Value Chain Activity” as the subject of the email

Company Description
Connexus Corporation is an international development consulting firm that provides consulting services in the areas of finance and enterprise development. Connexus mission is to provide high quality global consulting services to transform international development and build local capacity. Connexus is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
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