Project Management Specialist

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Category:Business development
Job Type:Contract

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Duties and Responsibilities:

1)     Supports the development and delivery of a training programme on how to integrate sustainably and resilience aspects in food crop value chains and assists with knowledge products

  • Provides substantive inputs to the development and delivery of a training programme.
  • Supports the delivery of the training programme to the 12 participating countries and relevant RECs and other regional actors.

2)     Engages in proposal selection for catalytic grants, and prepares and delivers the Project Facilitation Platforms (PFP)

  • Develops calls for proposals and key criteria to shortlist proposals addressing resilience, sustainability, value chain approaches, production and marketing solutions of selected regional staple food.
  • Supports the shortlisting of proposal to be presented at a multi-stakeholder regional PFP.
  • Leads on the mobilization of the regional multi-stakeholder platforms and on the preparations and delivery of the Project Facilitation Platforms (PFP).

3)     Provides technical support to the project promoters selected and carries-out monitoring and evaluation, respectively, during and at the end of the grant cycle

  • Leads on the monitoring and complementary technical backstopping to the 3 projects selected for support, in each sub-region.

4)     Supports countries on national staple food value chain approaches and relevant value chain initiatives

  • Supports the development, technical assistance provision, and field implementation of sustainability and resilience aspects in national staple food value chain approaches, based on country demand and additional country budget.
  • Assists in new programme development relevant value chain initiatives of the 12 participating countries.

5)     Contributes to knowledge development tools; leads on planning, monitoring and reporting for relevant Component 2 outcomes; and facilitates collaboration

  • Contributes to the preparation of the draft toolkit on sustainable and resilience value chains.
  • Takes the technical lead on financial management of the project and carries out annual planning and reporting for relevant Component 2 outcomes, in close coordination with the PCU and AGRA.
  • Closely monitors the work of AGRA and provides quality assurance over it.
  • Identifies collaborative opportunities with other GEF IAP implementing partners and pursues related resource mobilisation opportunities with GEF and other relevant partners.


Innovation Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

Leadership Ability to persuade others to follow.

People Management Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

Communication Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

Delivery Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.


Private sector and pro-poor market development Knowledge of private sector and pro-poor market development, in particular of agriculture value chain approaches, including regarding regional private sector companies and financial institutions, especially in the agro-food industry.

Environmental sustainability and resilience issues in agriculture value chains

Knowledge of environmental sustainability and resilience issues in agriculture value chains including proven private sector companies’ models and related investments, and expertise in integrating environmental and resilience aspects in food value chains.

Analytical aptitude, communication and presentation skills


Networking skills to engage with both internal and external partners, and capacity to communicate fluently with different stakeholders.

Project management skills

Attitude and approach

Positive, constructive attitude and consistently approaches work with energy.


Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.

Computer proficiency

Full command of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and common internet applications.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in environmental studies, climate change, agriculture and rural development, agricultural economics, agro-ecological production systems, natural resources management, food security, or related field is required.


  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant progressive experience is required.
  • Progressive experience in food value chains, especially in relation to supporting the adoption of environmentally sustainable and resilient practices in food production is required.
  • Experience working with African agricultural value chains as well as public and private sector agribusiness sector institutions is desirable.
  • Hands on work experience in project development and delivery in developing countries in general and Africa in particular is desirable.
  • Facilitation and training experience in the agribusiness field is desirable.

Language Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of English, including the ability to write reports clearly and concisely, and to set out a coherent argument in presentations and group interactions, is required.
  • Working knowledge of French is an asset.


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