Transforming Agriculture through Diversification and Entrepreneurship (TRADE) Programme is a Government of Malawi 6-year initiative funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Opec Fund for International Development (OFID) whose overall goal is to contribute to improved sustainable livelihoods of rural people in Malawi through Value Chain commercialisation and resilience of rural poor and smallholder’s producers”.
TRADE Programme specifically seeks to: (i) increase.production and productivity by smallholder farmers; (i) functionally upgrade smallholder farmers and the rural poor to undertake new functions such as processing, storage, packaging to capture more value; (ii) improve horizontal linkages by strengthening the capacities of cooperatives to provide market access functions to smallholder farmers; and, (iv) improve vertical linkages between stakeholders at different functional levels of the commodity chain,
including private sector. TRADE intends to support rural entrepreneurs, focusing on youths and women to develop and sustain their agribusiness enterprise opportunities and ensuring that commodities are nutrition sensitive.
This objective will be achieved through targeted support to smallholder farmers and non-farm actors to benefit from commodity markets, improved access to rural financial services, market and business development services and partnerships with the private sector.
The programme directly contributes to Pillar 1 of MW 2063 and Strategic objective 2 of the Malawi Country Strategic Opportunity (COSOP 2016-2021) “Smallholder households access remunerative markets and services”. It also contributes to Strategic Objective 1 of the COSOP “Smallholder households become resilient to natural shocks” by focusing on the promotion of climate-smart agriculture and the mainstreaming of nutrition in all project activities. Under the Ministry of Local Government as lead agency, TRADE will be implemented under 3 interlinked components namely: sustainable producer-private partnerships; enabling environment for smallholder commercialization and component; and, institutional support and programme management. With a total target of 300,000 households,.
TRADE will initially cover 11 districts (Mchinji, Ntchisi, Dedza, Blantyre, Kasungu, Nkhata-Bay, Rumphi, Karonga, Lilongwe Rural, Thyolo and Chitipa) placed into Clusters namely Thyolo-Blantyre; Ntchisi-Kasungu-Mchiji; Karonga-Chitipa; Rumphi-Nkhata-Bay; Lilongwe-Dedza focusing on7 commodities (groundnuts, soyabeans, sunflower, Irish potato, dairy, beef and honey).
It is in view of this background that TRADE Programme is looking for highly motivated and experienced candidates to nil different positions tenable in various TRADE Programme Offices as follows:
POSITION: DISTRICT COORDINATORS
No. of positions: Four (4)
Reporting to: Commodity Specialist
To coordinate TRADE projects in a
cluster of Districts, provide leadership in a cluster office with lean technical and administrative staff,develop effective linkages with stakeholders at district level including council staff, NGOs and private sector organizations and support the work of service providers.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Ensure that district councils effectively participate.the implementation of projects at district level including monitoring through field visits and quarterly review meetings.
- Liaise with all major stakeholders and commodity actors at district level and develop collaborative partnerships and synergy for effective delivery of the programme objectives
- Take lead in identifying suitable activities for agricultural production, agribusiness, enterprise development on the basis of assessment of existing constraints, opportunities and potentials of both on-going and prospective enterprises.
- Providing support in transforming traditional marketing channels into marketing systems based on coordinated linkages between farmers, processors, retailers and other commodity actors at district level.
- Identify, support and train NGOs and/or private service providers in the focal areas who have the capacity to support farmer groups in commercial development activities in liaison with commodity specialists.
- Facilitate the establishment of district support team for all districts covered in the cluster based on the selected commodities in the district.
- Facilitate quarterly review and planning meetings at district level in liaison with chairpersons of district programme support teams.
- Coordinate and supervise the work of service providers to ensure that implementation of projects funded by the programme are consistent with the design of the projects and the objectives of TRADE Programme.
- Provide technical support to service providers in organising communities, identifying enterprise activities, and developing networking and linkages to other institutions.
- Provide oversight in the administration of the Cluster Office, and;
- Consolidate quarterly report for the cluster and submit to commodity specialist as an input to PMU quarterly report.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION, EXPERIENCE AND OTHER
The post requires a person with:
- First degree in Agri-business, Humanities, Economics, Business Administration, Development Studies
- Five (5) years’ experience in economic and agriculturally oriented development and meaningful exposure to agri-business and commerce and contracting systems.
- Sound experience of project and enterprise planning techniques and systems.
- Sound experience in project management.
- A drive to improved livelihoods of the rural poor and women.
Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications together with copies of certificates, CVs and names of three traceable referees clearly indicating the position being applied for on the email heading (for emails of envelopes (for hard-copies) not later than 18th May 2022 to:
The National Programme Coordinator
Transforming Agriculture through Diversification and Entrepreneurship (TRADE
P.O. Box 2135
Or Email: email@example.com
Area 9 Plot Number 328.
TRADE Programme is an equal opportunities employer.
Women candidates are encouraged to apply.