The Government of The Gambia and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have developed the Resilience of Organizations for Transformative Smallholder Agriculture (ROOTS) project. The project is funded by IFAD along with the Government of The Gambia and other Development partners. The project will be implemented in six years period from 2020 to 2026. The main components of the ROOTS project are the followings:
- Component 1 (agricultural productivity and climate change adaptation);
- Component 2 (market access); and
- Component 3 (institutional development, project management and citizen engagement).
Reports to: Project Director.
Summary: The BDO is responsible for technical coordination of component 2 of the ROOTS project. S/he will work closely with the service providers, implementing partners and experts, as well as ensure that mechanisms are in place for synergy between the different initiatives under the component. The BDO will ensure that approved activities under the Access to market component of the project are implemented as planned and periodic reports are provided as required. S/he has responsibility for harmonizing and submitting reports to the Project Director through the planning, monitoring and evaluation officer.
Duration of assignment: Up to six years; following successful completion of six-month probationary period; with renewable contract if performance is satisfactory.
Duty Station: Based in PSU Headquarters, with regular visits in the field as required for monitoring, reporting and coordination.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
- Contribute to the promotion of ROOTS at national and regional levels, more particularly the AVIPs, the 4P approach and the various matching grant facilities offered by the project;
- Liaise closely with the AVIP service provider to oversee the establishment and operationalization of value- chains platforms;
- Contribute to the brokering of 4Ps between FOs and bigger buyers like the World Food Program (WFP) or institutional buyers (schools, hospitals, military etc.);
- Coordinate the establishment of legal instruments for contract farming between participating FOs/MSMEs and buyers/off-takers mentioned above;
- Liaise closely with the MIS service provider to oversee the operationalization of the market information system (MIS) in targeted gardens and rice cooperative societies;
- Liaise closely with the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) for the effective implementation of the overall sub- component 2.2 (4P financing);
- Conduct a capacity needs assessment of GCCI to allow for a better presence in the field during the preparation of business plans for the cooperatives;
- With support from the ITA, develops differentiated business plan formats to be used by GCCI when preparing business plan with applicants (youth, women kafos, SMEs/ cooperatives);
- Oversee the trainings on business plan preparation delivered by the ITA and targeting GCCI;
- Oversee (with support from the ITA and under the overall guidance of the Project Director) the establishment of a Matching Grant (MG) and business plan review committee.
- Coordinate (with support from the international technical assistance) the matching grant windows for youth (component 1), women-based new gardens (component 1) and, FOs and MSMEs (component 2).
- Ensure that all business plans and matching grant applications are adequately screened and assessed by the MG and business plan review Committee using clearly defined criteria, and that complete reports of all committee decisions are promptly submitted to the Project Director;
- Inform applicants, through the office of the project director, about the approval/ rejection of their business plan by the review committees
- In conjunction with GCCI, help as needed eligible groups and MSMEs to open savings/deposit accounts in Credit Unions and MFIs;
- Develop differentiated training plans for the MSMEs as necessary (post investment support to MSMEs — intervention area );
- Prepare the AWPB of various service providers under component 2;
- Oversee all the activities related to access to finance (partnerships with Credit Unions and micro-finance institutions), remittances and diaspora investments;
- Prepare progress and impact reports on activities implemented;
- Provide any other general technical assistance in business development matters relevant to the project and other ad hoc assignments deemed necessary by the Project Director;
- Together with the capacity development and Knowledge management officer, oversee the activities related to FOs capacity development.
Education: M.Sc. in agribusiness, Business administration, Local Development or related field
Experience: Minimum 7 years of experience, at least 4 at management level, preferably from private sector, agribusiness or investment bank.
Skills and knowledge: preferable knowledge of business development and/or prior engagement with private sector. Experience with community mobilization. Computer literacy.
- Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
- People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
- All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
- Only applications received through the provided link will be considered.