Consultant – Agri-business Expert at IITA/CIP

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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on behalf of the International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit a Consultant for SweetGAINS Project.

The Center: CIP (www.cipotato.org) is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor.

The position: The position requires a Consultant to work in collaboration with public and private sector research, seed producers, development agents, CIP’s agronomist, agricultural economist and other on- going CIP sweetpotato initiatives to design and implement a rapid assessment of the sweetpotato seed systems in Bukombe, Butiama and Urambo District, Tanzania

Objectives: To design, conduct and validate rapid assessment of sweetpotato seed systems (including measuring the marketing efficiency of existing seed distribution models) in bukombe, Butiama and Urambo districts, Tanzania.

Key responsibilities:

In collaboration with TaRI and CIP develop study protocol and methodology to conduct gender sensitive rapid assessment of seed system in target areas to:-

  • Characterize (formal and informal). sweetpotato seed system actors (including trades, transporters)
    • Roles of different stakeholders.
    • Current business models for key nodes in seed value chain.
    • Current and future market preferred varieties (and relative market share) for different market segments
  • Map existing seed distribution models 9or channels)/ and business models in target geographies and document with data available for Impact Network Analysis (INA).
  • Identify push and pull strategies for strengthening the relationship among seed system actors.
  • Identify opportunities for upgrading enhancing integration between formal and informal commercial seed producers.
  • Measure marketing efficiency of existing seed distribution models: Measurable indicators.
  • Net profit for typical seed enterprise at different nodes in seed value chain 9 basic, certified, QDS, informal);
    • Input/output ratio;
    • Wastage;
    • Seed security indicators;
  • Present report and findings to stakeholder meeting for validation and follow up action plan.
  • Prepare a final report after the review and submit to the supervisor.

Selection Criteria

  • PHd. in Agricultural Economics or related field.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in agribusiness (MBA an advantage), gender-based value chain analysis and market linkages.
  • At least 10 years’ experience working with TARI and district councils.
  • Fluent in Kiswahili.
  • Knowledge of sweetpotato seed in Tanzania.
  • Knowledge and/or experience working with smallholder farmers and private companies (agribusinesses), as well as smallholder farmers’ networks and agribusiness in Africa.
  • Quantitative and statistics skills.

What are the conditions?

The position is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position limited to Tanzania nationals and permanent residents only. The consultancy will be for a period of 25 Days.

How to Apply

Visit the following link: http://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/ and submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your references. Screening of applications will begin on February 21, 2020 and will continue until the post is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at http://www.cipotato.org

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply

CIP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). CIP also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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