FARM INNOVATION NIGERIA LIMITED JOB RECRUITMENT (3 POSITIONS)

Farm Innovation Nigeria Limited is an innovative Agricultural Technology Company which was founded to develop innovative solutions that help farmers improve their processes, increase their production yield and subsequently increase their income.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

1) Job Title: Business Development Consultant

Location: Abuja

Background and Context

  • As an organization, our mission is to change the African agricultural narrative by building successful Agri-preneurs through increased access to information, markets, resources and affordable Agtech products. Our vision is to be Africa’s foremost hub and catalyst for Agricultural technology innovations and as such, we work in partnerships with state and non-state actors (public, private and other stakeholders within the social structure) in channeling benefits to the remotest communities across Nigeria.
  • Farm Innovation recognizes that there is need for smallholder farmers to access information on locally-adapted best management approaches, as well as the need to promote an appropriate enabling environment (e.g. policies/incentives, financial services, human/social capital). Through its approach to agricultural innovation – research and technology, Farm Innovation is already making significant contributions towards making its vision a reality.
  • Part of what we have done through partnership with Propcom Mai-karfi to better serve the smallholder farming communities is the development of a platform that connects actors in the agricultural value chain. The ultimate goal for the development of this product is for farmers in especially the post conflict areas of the North East to have improved productivity leveraging technology to access extension services.
  • To support more efficient and better targeted information delivery systems that improve market linkages between market actors such as input companies and their customers through a central marketing platform, our product is designed to proffer services including; agri-input distribution platform, commodity pricing info, produce aggregation and linkage to market platform among others.
  • We want to position ourselves as a major player in the global arena of food value chain, agtech and agribusiness development – implementing projects and programmes across states in Nigeria to support the development of value chains that promotes the inclusion of small holder farmers in national as well as regional and global markets.
  • To do this end, Farm Innovation is seeking to hire an expert consultant that will drive revenue and facilitate the growth of Farm Innovation’s products and services through the establishment of partnerships with identified stakeholders as well as exploring untapped markets on a national and international scale.

Objectives of the Assignment

  • The Business Development Consultant will support the team in developing a strategy for identifying or creating effective business models for our products, identify market opportunities, value chain constraints and a cost-benefit analysis of specific interventions along selected value chains.

Scope of Work
The consultant is expected to undertake the following:

  • Identify current strengths and opportunities that complements Farm Innovation’s interest and interventions in value chain development
  • Propose a USP that will position Farm Innovation as a major player in Agric value chain information dissemination
  • Recommend foolproof interventions that Farm Innovation could offer, either as a complete or stand-alone package; or as individual components that complements/strengthens other existing work/services offered by other companies/organizations.
  • Define how Farm Innovation’s position in the field of Agribusiness coupled with its proposed contributions/offerings would differ from and complement those of other major organizations working in the same area.
  • Assess challenges in agricultural value chains and define those with strategic relevance to Farm Innovation’s mission, values, capabilities and track record.
  • Analyze broad areas of interest of the major multi-lateral donors in the area of Agriculture for Development and ICT4D.
  • Identify potential business opportunities that Farm Innovation could explore (both donor/private sector financed)
  • Propose potential strategic partnerships Farm Innovation can leverage with donors and corporate entities in order to foster competition in its service offering
  • Contribute to the collection and dissemination of relevant data and information about Farm Innovation via internet and other channels and mechanisms.

Specific Job Functions
Sales Channel Development:

  • Research markets and identify growth opportunities, prepare and participate in important meetings/negotiations.
  • Generate demands, leveraging personal and corporate contacts: prospecting as a result of sales initiatives, sales programs campaigns & partner campaigns
  • Prepare sales decks and manage relations with prospective clients, sector experts, business partners and potential funders and investors
  • Develop pitch and attend pitching events
  • Participate in relevant exhibitions.
  • Prospect for various business growth opportunities within the Agric sector

Result:

  • Attract 150M naira in product sales within the first year
  • Develop business partnership with at least 5 major private sector partners and 10 international development partners
  • Participate in at least 10 pitching events for the first year.

Grants and partnership Development:

  • The business development manager’s role will identify, cultivate and oversee an exciting portfolio of flagship partnerships. The partnerships will cut across private and public sector players, locally and internationally. This portfolio is expected to grow over time.
  • Facilitate the development of proposals and/or decks and presentations to current and new prospective major donors, corporate, foundation, and/or government funders.
  • Prepare introductions, letters of intent, grant requests/proposals, grant reports, sponsorship package copy, individual donor appeals, and similar fundraising materials as required.
  • Lead grant strategy, overseeing grant writing and reporting and managing grant calendar
  • Identify applicable funding opportunities (foundation, corporation and individual donor) and maintain a process of development, usage, and application. Interpret funding institution guidelines and requirements as well as review proposals for compliance with policies and procedures
  • Conduct research to support FIN’s array of funding needs. Search and apply for innovative funding opportunities and significant developments and trends in Agric extension and ICT4D in general
  • Provide periodic updates on fundraising progress, pipeline, and opportunities; creatively engaging the team on fundraising initiatives.
  • Cultivate relationships and raise the visibility of Farm Innovation with key private sector partners.

Target:

  • Facilitate 500M naira in Grant funding
  • Submission of 20 grant requests and call for solicitation.

Business Communication:

  • The consultant will work with the communication team to achieve the following:
    • Deliver best-in-class content for the FIN’s product portfolio, supporting on content planning, acquisition, development and curation to support the delivery services.
    • Source, acquire, develop and manage content development in support of product and marketing goals. Lead the implementation of the content strategy.
    • Keep-up with competitive trends in content generation
    • Provide timely and relevant editorial content for FIN via the creation of original content and sourcing of sector specific content
    • Facilitate the dissemination of major publications through digital channels
    • Develop content and storytelling strategy on FIN’s success stories
    • Create and execute campaigns to promote FIN’s events throughout the year.

Result:

  • Ensure regular audience-specific content for social media, blogs and newspaper postings
  • Ensure effective coverage of FIN’s activities and milestones on newspaper dailies a minimum of five (5) times.

Deliverables:

  • The following are the expected outputs from the consultant:
    • Grant opportunities for Farm Innovation
    • Networks and partnerships with relevant organizations
    • Markets for Farm Innovation’s products
    • Media awareness for Farm Innovation
    • Conference and exhibitions opportunities.

Timeframe:

  • The work is expected to commence by 6th January 2020 and would be for a maximum of 6 months.

Required Profile

  • An advanced university degree in Agricultural Development, Agricultural Economics or other related subject areas
  • Good understanding of agricultural and rural development from both a development cooperation and private sector perspective
  • Excellent understanding of international development and its implementation and funding mechanisms (public and private)
  • Good understanding of agribusinesses and agricultural value chains trends, including major areas of interest and intervention, as well as interactions with the private sector
  • At least 5 years’ relevant experience working in the area of agribusiness and agricultural value chain development
  • Fluency in English, with excellent written and oral communication skills.
Application Closing Date
5pm; 16th December, 2019.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CVs and Cover Letter to: info@farmnovation.com with Business Development Consultant as the subject of the mail.

Please include the following information in your cover letter:

  • Your interpretation of the task as contained in the ToR
  • Your monthly consultancy fee in Naira (₦)

2) Job Title: Junior Agronomist

Location: Abuja

Job Description

  • We are looking for Junior Agronomists to join our project team in the implementation of an agricultural extension project in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
  • As an organization, our mission is to change the African agricultural narrative by building successful Agri-preneurs through increased access to information, markets, resources and affordable Agtech products. Our vision is to be Africa’s foremost hub and catalyst for Agricultural technology innovations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support in disseminating crop management practices at the project location to serve as a basis for the identification of improved and appropriate crop production, Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) and post-production technologies.
  • Provide support and participate in on-field tests and demonstrations of the identified technologies and transfer them to farmers.
  • Provide support for the development of value chain content for GAP and Farmer Service center for selected value chain.
  • Provide support for training and technical backstopping for Small Holder Farmers on improved and appropriate crop production and post-production technologies.
  • Actively foster the active participation of women in the project activities;
  • Promote proper adoption of GAP, advanced agro-techniques identified by the project as well as Farmers Service Centre of the Project;
  • Conduct support visits to the project areas to ensure maximum impact of the project
  • Participate in the establishment of mechanisms to collect appropriate information of the monitoring and evaluation system of activities under outcome so the project;
  • Contribute to periodic project progress reports
  • Undertake any other related duties arising within the context of the project

Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in Agriculture (preferably with specialization in Agronomy) Agricultural Science, Agronomy, Crop Science, Food Science, and Food Security or related discipline
  • At least 3 years’ experience in agriculture, with specialization in Agronomy, crop science, extension services, soil science, animal science, or Agric value chain development.

Competencies:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and reporting skills
  • Knowledge about climate change adaptation, climate-smart agriculture techniques, etc.
  • Knowledge in computer (MS word, excel and powerpoint)
  • Fluent written and oral communication in English and Hausa is required
  • Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially with primary stakeholders;
  • A team player and self-starter able to inspire and influence action;
  • Broad geographic experience of Gombe or Adamawa states.

Application Closing Date
10th January, 2020.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send in a single document of not more than 3 pages containing their CV and Cover Letter as one document to: agrijobs2019@gmail.com The document should be saved in the following format First Name -Surname_Position applied for.

Note

  • Due to a high volume of applications, please understand that we are unable to contact everyone and will only be reaching out to long-listed applicants who meet the minimum qualifications.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and embrace diversity in all facets of our organization. All qualified applicants will receive due consideration and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected status.

3) Job Title: Senior Agronomist

Location: Abuja

Job Description

  • We are looking for Senior Agronomists to join our project team in the implementation of an agricultural extension project in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
  • As an organization, our mission is to change the African agricultural narrative by building successful Agri-preneurs through increased access to information, markets, resources and affordable Agtech products. Our vision is to be Africa’s foremost hub and catalyst for Agricultural technology innovations.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with partner agriculture research institutions to develop, improve or recommend information on varieties of selected field crops with respect to characteristics including efficient production, higher yield, improved quality, adaptation to specific soils or climates, and resistance to diseases and pests.
  • Provide best practices pertaining to crop production for planting, cultivation, and harvesting, and make appropriate recommendations to Small Holder Farmers.
  • Stay informed about the effects of various climatic conditions on crops including best practices for control of weeds, crop diseases, and insect pests, and make recommendations as appropriate to the project team.
  • Support in the development of value chain content for GAP and Farmer Service center for selected value chains.
  • Provide virtual support to farmers in remote areas through a designated virtual platform.
  • Actively foster the active participation of women in the project activities;
  • Promote proper adoption of GAP, advanced agro-techniques identified by the project as well as Farmers Service Centre of the Project;
  • Provide support for training and technical backstopping for small holder farmers on improved and appropriate crop production and post-production technologies.
  • Conduct support visits to the project areas to ensure maximum impact of the project
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining an information database for Farmers Service Centre, GAP training and Business advisory services and other relevant service to aid project delivery
  • Provide technical assistance for both short-term assignments in an advisory capacity, monitoring progress against contract deliverables and providing guidance to project field staff
  • Prepare reports and other documents as required such as Lessons Learned and Innovations in interaction with Farmers on the field etc.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree (Masters preferred) in Agriculture (preferably with specialization in Agronomy) Agricultural Science, Agronomy, Crop Science, Food Science, and Food Security or related discipline
  • At least 5 years’ experience in agriculture, with specialization in Agronomy, crop science, soil science, animal science, extension services or Agric value chain development.

Competencies:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and reporting skills
  • Knowledge about climate change adaptation, climate-smart agriculture techniques, etc.
  • Knowledge in computer (MS word, excel and PowerPoint)
  • Fluent written and oral communication in English and Hausa languages.
  • Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially with primary stakeholders;
  • A team player and self-starter able to inspire and influence action;
  • Mature judgment combined with a proactive, resourceful and energetic approach to problem-solving;
  • Broad geographic experience of either Gombe or Adamawa States
  • Be familiar with agricultural calendar in the regions

Application Closing Date
10th January, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send in a single document of not more than 3 pages containing their CV and Cover Letter as one document to: agrijobs2019@gmail.com The document should be saved in the following format First Name -Surname_Position applied for.

Note

  • Due to a high volume of applications, please understand that we are unable to contact everyone and will only be reaching out to long-listed applicants who meet the minimum qualifications.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and embrace diversity in all facets of our organization. All qualified applicants will receive due consideration and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected status.

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