Thursday, September 1, 2016

Senior Agriculture Trade Experts

DAI is currently seeking agricultural trade experts who will work to design and lead strategies to address broad-based policy changes to advance specific regional integration and agricultural growth, including increasing the predictability of the policy environment, reducing tariff and non-tariff trade barriers, and supporting the approval and implementation of harmonized standards. Experts would also guide technical assistance to improve the competitiveness of staple value chains focusing on promoting financing and trading mechanisms, facilitating commercial partnerships, and supporting the evolution of sustainable market information systems and information communication technology (ICT) to promote regional trade and increase profitability for farmers and private-sector businesses.
Senior agricultural trade experts may be tasked with, but not limited to, the following:
  • Design and lead strategies to improve the enabling environment for agriculture, including providing support to partner-country governments and regional economic communities to harmonize trade, facilitate harmonization and implementation of science-based food safety and nutrition standards, and support improved regulations on warehousing and financing systems that increase farmer income and increase trade opportunities;
  • Oversee technical assistance programs to improve regional competitiveness of commodities throughout the value chain, including facilitating commercial partnerships, and supporting the evolution of sustainable market information systems and ICT to promote regional trade and increase profitability for farmers and private-sector businesses.
  • Work with producers and enterprises across East, West, and Southern Africa to develop their capacity to identify and respond to regional and international business opportunities in the potential value chains;
  • Facilitate strategic, commercially viable partnerships between value chain actors; and
  • Facilitate private sector engagement and investment among various levels of target value chains including but not limited to producer, processor, wholesaler and exporter levels.
Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in international trade, agricultural economics, public policy, business administration, agricultural development or related field.
  • At least 15 years of relevant experience, 10 of which shall be in developing countries, with experience in managing and implementing USAID projects and Feed the Future Programs.
  • At least five years of experience related to developing an enabling environment for agricultural investment and trade.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in policy development and in providing technical assistance in implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to work collaboratively with institutional and private sector partners and stakeholders in a multi-country setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in M&E of FtF programs and performance management plans.
  • Excellent English writing, speaking, reading, with good communication skills.
  • Ability to use the latest ICT technology and computer software program.

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