Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato Value Chain Specialist, International Potato Center

International Potato Center
Ref.: 18-33 VCS/IRS/SSA
Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato Value Chain Specialist, International Potato Center

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic, proactive, and experienced economist or value chain specialist for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Project. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of final applicant is subject to donor approval. The selected candidate will coordinate the regional Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato Value Chain Compact as part of the TAAT program.
The Position: The Value Chain Coordinator will provide technical and managerial leadership in all aspects of the OFSP Compact, overseeing the work of implementing partners, and ensuring timely and high-quality delivery of activities and reporting. The position will be based in one of the participating countries in sub-Saharan Africa and will report within CIP to the global Sweetpotato Program Leader and the Africa Regional Director.
The Project: The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program has been initiated by the African Development Bank (AfDB) as part of its Feed Africa Initiative with support from additional donors. The main objective is to harness high-impact agricultural technologies for raising agricultural productivity, mitigating risks and promoting diversification and post-harvest investment across selected agricultural commodity chains. Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) has been selected due to its high potential for improving nutrition in the continent and its strong growth prospects in the commercial food processing sector. The OFSP Commodity Technology Delivery Compact (CTDC) will include a range of private sector partners and public sector extension services to deliver technologies, training, and access to services to stakeholders along the value chain, from production to processing and marketing. It will be coordinated by CIP and link with the strong network of research and development programs by CIP and partners in over 10 African countries.
Key responsibilities:
• Lead the Commodity Technology Delivery Compact (CTDC) of Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato and the development of all necessary submissions for approval by the Clearinghouse.
• Oversee day-to-day management and implementation of value chain compact activities in close
collaboration with country value chain implementation teams.
• Guide the Regional Member Countries (RMCs) to prepare food technology outreach campaigns for
the CTDC for submission to the Clearinghouse of the Reginal Technology Delivery Infrastructure
• Prepare and submit from the CTDC a list of technologies to be deployed and the resources required,
to the RTDI, specifically the Project Steering Committee (PSC) through the Clearinghouse who will
review and approve the appropriate technologies.
• Lead in undertaking the activities of the CTDC which include: agreeing with RMCs on approaches to
deploy technologies, defining target areas, mobilizing all actors across the value chain, and designing
and implementing wide-scale farmer extension models.
• Facilitate the implementation of these value chain activities in all target countries and participate in
the monitoring of progress made towards achieving value chain and TAAT set goals.
• Provide support to all value chain public and private sector partners in each participating country and
ensure that they are fully and actively engaged.
• Establish good linkages with lead compact institution to ensure that administrative support is
provided for fiduciary services such as procurement and financial management.
• In close consultation and collaboration with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA),
ensure that capacity is built in all needed areas for various stakeholders within the value chain.
• In close consultation and collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI),
ensure that all policy related issues that can affect value chain transformation within target countries
are effectively addressed.
• Support the development of young Agripreneurs through demonstration and training, in close
collaboration with the ENABLE-TAAT Compact.
• Ensure that quarterly and annual consolidated technical and financial reports for the compact are
prepared and submitted to the program management office on schedule.
• Present the activities, results, impacts, and outcomes of the value chain at professional, donor, and
other stakeholders’ meetings.
• Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the Program Management and/or Institutional
Management Office to meet the objectives of the value chain.
What we are looking for?
• An advanced Postgraduate degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Marketing, Business
Administration, Food Technology, Agricultural Extension, or a closely related field to the value chain.
• Minimum of 10 years of professional work experience, with at least 2 years of experience with the
sweetpotato value chain (vine multiplication, production, storage, and processing of sweetpotato),
preferably in sub-Saharan Africa.
• Relevant work experience in project management, especially with projects that link farmers to the
market will be an added advantage.
• Experience in leading projects that are involved in public-private partnerships.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills in English. Good working knowledge of French is
• Demonstrated ability to write, publish, and disseminate technical reports, success stories, and
promotional materials.
• Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-cultural environment.
Why should you consider this opportunity?
• CIP is a global and reputable international organization with a strong, state-of-the-art R&D
background, and has recently been awarded the World Food Price and the Al-Sumait Award
for our Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato work in Africa.
• CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved nutrition and well-being, and gender
equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world.
• CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a network of 15 research centers, that are mostly
located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.
What are we offering?
• Great career opportunity in an international organization.
• Internationally competitive salary, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience.
• Comprehensive international insurance coverage.
• Attractive retirement plan.
• Three-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.
• Work in an equal and diverse workplace.
How to apply?
Visit the following link: and submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your
references. Screening of applications will begin on March 15, 2018 and will continue until the post is
filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at
CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries
are particularly encouraged to apply