Current Job Openings at International Fertilizer Development Center

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a public international organization (PIO) governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations. The non-profit center focuses on increasing and sustaining food and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
 Job Title: Conservation Agriculture/Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Specialist – Nigeria Rural Resilience
Tracking Code: 20120369
Location: Northern, Nigeria
Job Description
  • The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Conservation Agriculture/Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Specialist for the anticipated USAID/Nigeria Rural Resilience Project in northern Nigeria.
  • Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
Required Skills
  • Master’s Degree or higher Degree in Economics, Agronomy, or related field of study
  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate with government counterparts, donors, and other key stakeholders and partners
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Ability to successfully recruit, train, develop, motivate and manage staff
  • Professional fluency in English
  • Competency in the use of computers and MS Office software, including Word, Powerpoint, and Excel
Required Experience
  • 8+ years of experience in managing projects that focus on agricultural production, value chain development, market linkages, food security, etc. with practical experience in Nigeria
  • Experience in conservation agriculture and providing training guided by those principles
  • Experience in transferring climate smart agriculture techniques to smallholder farmers
  • Previous experience managing USAID projects is preferred
Key Responsibilities
  • Determine the integration of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices and technologies with farmers and key stakeholders, such as donors and development partners
  • Identify CSA outcomes on sustainable agricultural production, adaptation and mitigation; and
  • Access to adoption of CSA in Nigeria and suggest ways to strengthen early warning systems as part of the program’s sustainability and exit strategy plan
  • Plan, implement, and monitor agricultural measures
  • Manage and train local staff on conservation agriculture and other important methodologies
  • Support the planning and drafting of new projects in the fields of agriculture and food security
  • Identifies areas for improvement of agricultural production and marketing methods in co-operation with local partners
  • Contributes to the country development and strategies, actively participates in strategic discussions and keeps herself/ himself informed of the overall organizational topics
  • Any other tasks that may be assigned
Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply

Job Title: 
Access to Finance Specialist – Nigeria Rural Resilience
Tracking Code: 20120368
Location: Northern Nigeria

Job Description
  • The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Access to Finance Specialist for the anticipated USAID/Nigeria Rural Resilience Project in northern Nigeria.
  • Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
Key Responsibilities
  • Work with commercial banks, Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs), and Village/Community Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) and provide technical support and guidance to these institutions as well as smallholders owned Cooperatives, agribusinesses operators and other value chain actors
  • Identify and document financial constraints in agribusiness clusters and value chain and develop strategies to address them
  • Building on the capacity gap(s) identified for SACCOs and VSLAs, lead the implementation of capacity building support designed to improve their lending and savings products to the agricultural sector; improve financial & risk management capacity
  • Pilot solutions and innovations practices for agro-inputs and small equipment financing, agricultural production risk management, supply chain financing, Income generating activities financing, chain upgrading financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • Develop and deliver trainings programs and technical assistance to financial institutions as well as clusters and chain actors
  • Support the identification, appointment, and training of community-based trainers (CBTs) and/or village agents to guide formation of VSLA and SACCO groups and offer technical assistance to ensure sustainability.
  • Any other tasks that may be assigned.
Required Skills
  • Master’s degree in Finance, Economics, Business Administration or other related field
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the agricultural finance environment in West Africa
  • Resourceful, innovative and ready to test new approaches
  • Result-orientation and ability to take initiatives under minimal supervision and reach targets
  • Ability to strictly meet deadlines
  • Team player, at ease in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Professional fluency in English
  • Competency in the use of computers and MS Office software, including Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.
Required Experience:
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience, including in one or several of the following areas: small and medium rural enterprise finance, agricultural value chain finance, microfinance, business development services, financial institutions.
Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply
Application Deadline  30th April, 2018.

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