Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitariansworking together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper. In more than 40 countries around the world, over 5,600 team members work side by side with people living through poverty, disaster, violent conflict and the acute impacts of climate change. We’re committed to creating global change through local impact - 85percent of our team members are from the countries where they work.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Consultant - Agricultural Sector Partnerships to Support Smallholder Farmers and MSMEs
Locations: Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe
Employment Type: Temporary
About the Project
Rural Resilience Activity (RRA) is a Feed the Future initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Mercy Corps is the prime implementer and is in partnership with Save the Children International (SCI) and International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).
The goal of Rural Resilience Activity is to ‘facilitate and protect economic recovery and growth in vulnerable, conflict-affected areas and sustainably move people out of chronic vulnerability and poverty via expanded opportunities.
Rural Resilience Activity’s Enterprise Innovation Fund is seeking co-investments in the above states and value chains. Investments should focus on the following objectives:
Objective 1: Increase last-mile access to agricultural inputs, including quality seeds, crop protection, fertilizers, post-harvest storage solutions and mechanization services and cultivable land especially for women and youths
Objective 2: Increase access to and use of improved technologies including time-saving, productivity enhancing agricultural technologies and digital technologies such as agtech/fintech solutions and small-scale processing equipment
Objective 3: Increase access to tailored and appropriate formal and informal financing for smallholder farmers and MSMEs
Objective 4: Strengthen agricultural and business management practices resulting in improved competitiveness, productivity, income, gross margin and yields for smallholder farmers and MSMEs.
Objective 5: Expansion of market access for smallholder farmer commodities through improved services by off takers, processors, and other institutional markets resulting in high-value prices for smallholder farmers and MSMEs
Objective 6: Diversification of products and or marketing channels enabling increased access to information, advisory and extension services at the last mile
Objective 7: Creation of new private sector, rural and urban employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
The opportunity to participate in this program is open to all eligible institutions and private sector businesses.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send an email (with all application requirements) to: firstname.lastname@example.org using the Job Title as the subject of the email.
Interested companies are also invited to attend an optional online information session on 8th March 2021 at 10:00 am. During this session, questions will be answered and the opportunity will be further described.