Agricultural Crops Technical Advisor – Consultant

By Rise Against Hunger Organization: Rise Against Hunger
Closing date: 22 Oct 2018

Organizational Background:

Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. RAH has a growing portfolio of programs aimed at eliminating chronic hunger and malnutrition around the world through sustainable community development that addresses the drivers of food insecurity. We are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030.

Rise Against Hunger aims to increase agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills, and market access. Our programming helps smallholder farmers build resilience to the shocks and stresses of climate change by promoting ecological approaches to agriculture as well as diversification.

Our Practice Area advisory team, comprised of short-term technical assistance (STTA) from various consultants, provides technical leadership to our overall strategy, and the design and implementation of projects.

Portfolio Description and Background:

The agricultural crops technical advisor will provide technical leadership and support to the assessment and design of food and fodder crop market system development projects. The position will play a key role in pursuit of strategic new business opportunities aligned with RAH’s focus on food and fodder crops, holistic ag/livelihood portfolio strategies, and RAH’s overall strategic goal.

The initial focus of this consultancy is working in collaboration with other subject matter experts to develop a multi-year strategy for Rise Against Hunger’s Empowering Communities portfolio, which strives to create food security by supporting increased accessibility of food through improved post-harvest storage and processing, strengthened agricultural value chains, and policies that support smallholder farmers. Following the creation of the multi-year strategy, the consultant will participate in the assessment and design of new food and fodder crop projects through 2019, as well as assist with technical writing for proposals and other funding opportunities. The initial consultancy term will be for three months with potential for iterative term renewals for six months at a time.

This role would include:

  • Driving the food and fodder crop strategy;

  • Providing technical support to field projects in implementation;

  • Supporting related strategic partnerships;

  • Collaborating on project design and implementation; and

  • Overall thought leadership in agricultural crop programming.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Research/assessment of the food and fodder crops market systems in priority countries;

  • Prioritization and analysis of key economic opportunities for inclusive growth including:

  • Financial modeling of on and off-farm crop-based business opportunities;

  • Economic opportunities and barriers to women and youth engagement in on and off farm business opportunities;

  • Estimation of economic losses due to spoilage/post-harvest losses;

  • Evaluation of food and fodder supply chains; and

  • Systems for quality-based payment programs;

  • Identification of change agents and lead firms followed by development of partnerships, with these local/national/international public and private market actors;

  • Design of technical approaches and specific interventions to support inclusive markets, which benefits smallholder producers as well as other actors in the system, particularly climate smart approaches;

  • Identification of innovative, evidence-based approaches to agricultural crops market development and potential scaling up strategies; and

  • Serve as a technical contributor in internal and external project design meetings;

  • Proposal writing in areas of technical expertise;

  • Technical backstopping of current programs, which may include:

  • Review of and input to technical manuals;

  • Participation in quarterly meetings with project staff, as relevant;

  • Provide in-country technical assistance and/or develop SOW for external technical assistance.

Level of Effort and Duration

The initial consultancy term will be for six months with potential for iterative term renewals for six months at a time. This consultancy will not exceed 40 LOE days per annum.

Reporting & Supervision:

Reports to the Food Security and Livelihoods Manager based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Position Location: Remote (consultant’s home location), with the occasional travel to Raleigh, NC and to overseas project sites.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural economics, or relevant field;

  • A minimum of seven years of experience in technical assessment, design and implementation of agricultural development projects in West Africa, South Asia, Southern Africa, Haiti or the Philippines;

  • Prior experience leading food and fodder market assessments, prioritization of interventions and project design for large-scale projects;

  • Strong understanding of private sector-led approaches to food and fodder market system development;

  • Detailed understanding of role of agricultural crops in household resilience, particularly in vulnerable communities;

  • Experience in building agriculture service delivery systems, (extension, inputs, and private sector services businesses) around food and fodder crop production and processing;

  • Demonstrated experience in networking with donors, government officials and the private sector;

  • Demonstrated experience in proposal development and writing for federal and large foundation donors (e.g., USDA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.);

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop collaborative relationships; and

  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Prior living and working experience in one or more of the following areas/regions: West Africa, South Asia, Southern Africa, Haiti or the Philippines;

  • Senior experience in agricultural crop production interventions;

  • Experience in making food and fodder markets and market systems sustainable at scale;

  • Experience making agricultural crop development approaches more gender responsive;

  • Experience in fragile environments preferred; and

  • Flexibility and the ability to build internal capacity at Rise Against Hunger and among implementing partners.

How to apply:

Please email cover letter and resume to cnguyen@riseagainsthunger.org. Please indicate Agricultural Crops Technical Advisor in the subject line.

*To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require, now or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.

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