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BACKGROUND: The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) boosts trade and investment with and within Africa. The Hub partners with East African and U.S. businesses to attract investment needed to transform the East African private sector into vibrant global trading partners. Improving the region’s trade competitiveness, encouraging the diversification of exports beyond natural resources, and promoting broader, more-inclusive economic growth will lead to more food secure and resilient East African communities.
The goal of the Hub is to deepen regional integration, increase the competitiveness of select regional agricultural value chains, promote two-way trade with the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and facilitate investment and technology to drive trade growth intraregionally and to global markets.
OBJECTIVES AND DUTIES: The sector specialist will work closely and support the Director for Agriculture and Agri-business in identifying cross border trade bottlenecks, designing targeted solutions and executing innovative strategies to facilitate and accelerate regional trade in staple foods in Eastern Africa. The individual will be expected to support in the coordination of activities for the Investment, regulatory policy and agribusiness core components including report writing, data collection and research, attending conferences and acting as a key support to the overall objectives of these components.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Advises on the design of strategies and policies related to structured agricultural markets, trade finance and trade policy in the Eastern Africa region; Develops concepts, methodologies, guidelines and indicators for agricultural market development; Advises EAC partner states through reviews and the provision of technical advice and capacity development on agricultural marketing, agricultural market policies, trade finance and postproduction and trade technology and investment development: Analyses the constraints and opportunities related to regional trade in staples food from surplus to deficit areas with emphasis on the functionality of markets, support services, trade policies, market institutions and organizations, risk management systems and private sector engagement; Organizes and facilitates discussions on agribusiness investment-related policy issues involving representatives of the private and public sector, with a view to reach consensus on improved policies; Provides technical assistance and advice to agribusiness investment projects in the field of marketing; Provides technical assistance to EAC and EAC partner states with respect to: agricultural value chain development, agricultural supply chain management, private sector development, business development services and marketing; Analyses and provides technical advice on regional and international trade facilitation, policy and investment promotion; Develops and maintains strong partnerships with private sector organizations, cooperatives, partners, collaborators and financial institutions; Draft concept notes, various memos and reports for internal and external consumption;
Assist with development of SOW for short term technical assistance (STTA), supervision of consultants and quality assurance of products of STTA; and, Represent the Hub in meetings, presentations, and other dialogues with Governments, RECs, other partners, collaborators and donors organizations
QUALIFICATIONS: Advanced university degree in Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Market Economics or other relevant discipline related to Agricultural trade or Agribusiness Development Five to seven years of relevant experience in the areas of agricultural market development, agricultural economics and management or related field A good knowledge of international and regional trade, and/or regional integration, preferably in the Eastern Africa region; Extensive relevant experience working in similar donor funded regional projects, preferably USAID-funded projects, in the Eastern and Southern Africa region; Extensive knowledge of agricultural markets and regional agricultural trade; Extensive relevant experience in working collaboratively with institutional and private sector partners and stakeholders in a multi-country setting; Extensive relevant experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training courses in the technical general area of agro-industries development; Extensive knowledge in strengthening women’s and youth participation in regional staple foods value chains; Excellent English writing and communication skills; and, Ability to use the latest ICT technology and computer software programs.
BASE OF OPERATIONS: Nairobi, Kenya
REPORTING: Director of Agriculture and Agribusiness
Interested applicants should apply via the link https://daieatradehub.formstack.com/forms/sector_specialist by June 27, 2017, 11.59pm East Africa Local time. Only candidates who send their information via the link and by the deadline will be eligible. Visit www.eatradehub.org/call_for_applications_value_chain_develo… to view the scope of work and learn more about the Hub.