Wednesday, 11 January 2012

ACDI VOCA Chief of Party and Agriculture and Market Linkages Specialist, East Africa Job Vacancy

Since 1963 and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy.

Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society.

ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 90 projects in 40 countries and revenues of $140 million.

Chief of Party and Agriculture and Market Linkages Specialist, East Africa

We are currently seeking a Chief of Party and multiple Agriculture and Market Linkages Specialists for a large, multiyear agricultural development project in Kenya that will focus specifically on staple crops.

The project’s primary focus will be to increase staple crop productivity and marketability with an emphasis on select orphan crops.

To achieve this objective, technical components could also focus on improved farming techniques and best practices; farm management; increasing market linkages and competitiveness for maize and orphan-crop value chains; trade facilitation and regulatory and policy reform; and other activities that promote increased food security.

Desired areas of specialization include agronomy; producer-organization strengthening; agricultural marketing and trade; business development and financial services for the agriculture sector; storage and warehouse receipt systems; monitoring and evaluation; and communication.

Experience working with smallholder farmers to increase their technical and management skills and create sustainable market linkages is preferred.


Chief of Party:
  • M.S., M.B.A., or other post-graduate degree in a relevant technical field.
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant and progressive work experience in Kenya, East Africa, or other regions of Africa with a similar development context.
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible supervisory work experience, preferably on large and complex USAID-funded projects.
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills.
  • Fluency in English required.
Agriculture and Market Linkages Specialists:
  • Minimum 5–10 years of experience in one or more technical disciplines relevant to the above.
  • University degree in agronomy, agricultural economics, business management or other relevant field (advanced degree is preferred).
  • Experience working with international and/or regional NGOs, donor agencies, Ministries of Agriculture and/or private sector actors (buyers, agribusinesses and financial institutions) along staple value chains is preferred.
  • Excellent written and spoken English is required.
  • Fluency in local dialects (e.g., Kiswahili) is preferred.
  • Experience working in Kenya and/or East Africa is required.
To be considered for this recruitment, please submit a resume to

No phone calls please.

Only finalists contacted.

Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.

All applications must be received by January 31, 2012


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