Assignment period:05/01/2020 - 05/31/2023
Type of employment:full- or part-time
The Agribusiness Facility for Africa (ABF) supports requesting development cooperation programs, companies and institutions for the introduction and implementation of large-scale agribusiness training. Since the development of the Farmer Business School (FBS) in 2010, more than one million smallholders in 20 African countries improved their entrepreneurial skills. Other trainings, such as Cooperative Business School (CBS) and Processor Business School (PBS), were developed on demand and, like FBS, are already being adopted by national institutions, companies and development programs. ABF builds on quality standards established by Sustainable Smallholder Agri-Business Programme (SSAB) and proven impact patterns. Institutions are supported in the training of disseminators. Additional innovative analytical tools, media, applications, curricula and networks will be developed on demand.
- Communicate to establish strategic links between African Union (AU) policy, the African Union Development Agency's (AUDA-NEPAD - New Partnership of Africa's Development) portfolio and operational skills development in large scale for African Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs, incl. agricultural smallholders, youth) operating in agribusiness
- Assist in/ coordinate development of strategies for financial sustainability of large scale agribusiness trainings in the framework of AU member countries’ National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIPs) and facilitate institutionalization of successful approaches at multi-stakeholder levels
- Communicate/ contribute to strengthen complementarity and synergies of ABF with agribusiness incubation approaches already applied in the framework of Agenda 2063 for formally qualified young agribusiness professionals
- Develop/ implement strategy for institutional sustainability of advisory functions of ABF in partner organizations with pan-African mandate
- Assisting to establish methodological innovations for aggregated (multi-country) monitoring of large scale skills development (upstream data)
- Collaborate in cross-country impact evaluations and ensure effective political communication of results
- Communicate/ contribute to strengthen complementarity of ABF with formal agricultural technical vocational education and training (ATVET) approaches already applied in the framework of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and Agenda 2063
- Contribute to reports to manage knowledge, networks and contribute to develop South-South cooperation between partners from member countries of the African Union
- Degree (Master of science or similar) in Agricultural Science, Agronomy or Economics related to Rural Development
- Sound understanding of the reform portfolio of NEPAD with an emphasis on Human Capacity Development (HCD) and its linkages with economic growth and employment
- At least 3 years of experience with the advice and support of policy and reform processes of AU member countries and of structures of the African Union
- At least 8 years of work experience on agricultural value chains, related policies, producer organizations in Africa and in international cooperation, experience with multi-level approaches
- Strong competences in strategic, conceptual thinking, political communication and negotiation
- Proven analytical, communication and self-organizational skills
- Familiarity with GIZ project cycle management and work in intercultural settings across African countries
- Fluency in English. Fluency in German and/or French will be a plus
The climate in the Gauteng region is characterised by hot summers and mild, dry winters. International schools are available, incl. a German school. Health care is very good. Pretoria is approximately 35 Km from O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg and there are daily direct flights to several destinations in Europe and regular international flights.
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- Willnigness for regular business trips to African countries is assumed.
- The place of work will probably be (at least until the end of 2020) in one of the cooperating countries of the programme (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Togo), depending on contractors nationality and place of living. A change to Pretoria/South Africa is intended for the beginning of 2021.
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