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Ongoing Recruitment at Palladium Group

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.
For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:

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Job Title: Value Chain Expert – Nigeria USAID/Feed the Future
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks Value Chain Experts for an anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness Project.

Responsibilities

  • Provides technical leadership for one or several value chains in Nigeria.
  • Responsible for identify growth opportunities and value addition for several strategic value chains in Nigeria: Cassava, soy/legumes, aquaculture, rice, maize, sorghum.
  • Advises on best practices for value chain development in the aforementioned foods throughout the country through climate smart agriculture, post-harvest handling, processing, trade and enterprise development.
  • Experience in training, provision of technical assistance and public private facilitation among smallholders and value chain actors.
  • Previous experience in Nigeria preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for working with project staff and beneficiaries
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure with limited guidance
  • Excellent communication skills are essential to write effectively and persuasively and be able to present information in a variety of settings and formats
  • Develops concepts, methodologies, guidelines and indicators for agricultural marketing and inclusive and sustainable agri-food value chain development;
  • Oversees and leads analysis of selected food value chains with emphasis on growth opportunities and improvement of product quality, value chain addition, feasibility of agribusiness investment projects. Analysis should also include assessment of constraints/opportunities related to agribusiness investment, support services, and private sector engagement.
  • Facilitates relationships between value chain actors including smallholders, traders, financial institutions, buyers, processors and agribusiness.

Requirements
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Crop Production, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics or related field. Knowledge of aquaculture a plus.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience working with USAID or another donor agency.
  • Seven years professional work experience in the specific value chains outlined above.
  • This includes experience in crop/aquaculture production, crop/aquaculture protection, food security, value chain development including facilitation, agribusiness, marketing, and financial services, private sector development, and enabling environment policy reforms.
  • Fluency in English required
  • Experience with gender mainstreaming a plus
  • Preference will be given to local candidates.

Job Title: Agriculture Markets Alliance Director – Nigeria USAID/Feed the Future
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks Agriculture Markets Alliance Director for an anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness Project.

Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains strong partnerships with private sector organizations, cooperatives, partners, collaborators and financial institutions;
  • Facilitates relationships between value chain actors including smallholders, traders, financial institutions, buyers, processors and agribusiness;
  • Organizes and facilitates discussions on agribusiness investment-related policy issues involving representatives of the private and public sector, with a view to reach consensus on improved policies;
  • Facilitate high level market linkages to add value to specific value chains. This includes cluster creation with value chain actors from the smallholder field to anchor firm level.

Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Crop Production, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics or related field. Knowledge of Aquaculture is a plus.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience working with USAID or another donor agency.
  • Seven years professional work experience in crop production and/or crop protection, or food security, value chain development including facilitation, agribusiness, marketing, and financial services, private sector development, and enabling environment policy reforms.
  • Experience in training, provision of technical assistance and public private facilitation among smallholders and value chain actors.
  • Previous experience in Nigeria preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for working with project staff and beneficiaries
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure with limited guidance
  • Excellent communication skills are essential to write effectively and persuasively and be able to present information in a variety of settings and formats
  • Fluency in English required
  • Experience with gender mainstreaming a plus
  • Preference will be given to local candidates

Job Title: Chief of Party – Nigeria USAID/Feed the Future
Location: Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium is recruiting for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment. The goals of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Responsibilities

  • Provides overall project management, and strategic vision and technical leadership for the program.
  • Serves as the public face of the project, representing the project to USAID, and liaising with home office, the Deputy Chief of Party and Technical leads to ensure project deliverables are achieved in a high quality fashion.
  • Provides an adaptive management approach, and work with staff, home office and USAID to adjust programmatic approach, staffing and resources if required based on continuous monitoring of the program course.
  • Directly supervises Senior Leadership Team members, who oversee and manage major work streams/departments including:
    • Value chain development,
    • Enterprise and markets development,
    • Agriculture policy reform and general USAID contract management.

Requirements
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Prior USAID Chief of Party experience required, on complex agriculture and/or economic growth projects.
  • Visionary leader with demonstrated ability to inspire others to achieve project goals.
  • A Master’s Degree in Agricultural Science, Business, Economics, Marketing, Trade or other relevant graduate Degree
  • 10 years or more of progressively responsible work experience in managing complex development programs.
  • Prior experience in Nigeria is required.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Substantial management experience and knowledge of project management, private sector development, gender mainstreaming and working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: agriculture, enterprise and agribusiness, public private partnerships, market linkages, agriculture/rural finance, women?s empowerment
  • A demonstrated ability to lead multi-faceted teams and solve problems when needed.
  • Excellent communications skills.

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party: Nigeria/Feed the Future Program
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks a DCOP for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment. The goal of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholders to the private sector, while creating business enabling environments for a thriving agribusiness economy.

Responsibilities
Deputy Chief of Party:

  • Supports the COP with providing day to day project management and technical or operations support.
  • Provides leadership/oversight for finance, operations and administration of the program.
  • Supports the adaptive management approach, and work with staff, home office and USAID to adjust programmatic approach, staffing and resources if required based on continuous monitoring of the program course.
  • This position may require technical leadership in agribusiness, agriculture policy, finance, marketing, enterprise development.

Requirements
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Prior USAID Deputy, Deputy Chief of Party experience strongly preferred.
  • A Master’s Degree in Business, Management, Agricultural Science, Economics, Marketing, Trade or other relevant graduate degree
  • 10 years or more of progressively responsible work experience leading teams and managing development programs.
  • Prior experience in Nigeria is required.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Substantial management experience and knowledge of project management, private sector development, gender mainstreaming and working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: agriculture, enterprise and agribusiness, public private partnerships, market linkages, agriculture/rural finance, women?s empowerment preferred.
  • A demonstrated ability to lead multi-faceted teams and solve problems when needed.
  • Excellent communications skills.

Job Title: Operations Manager – Nigeria Feed the Future
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs.
  • Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks an Operations Manager for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment.
  • The goal of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholders to the private sector, while creating business enabling environments for a thriving agribusiness economy.

Responsibilities

  • Ensures contracts, payments and deliverables are met on time
  • Manages office and program financial resources while exercising proper financial controls and adhering to both USAID and Palladium policies and procedures
  • Oversees operational and staffing requirements for the program in collaboration with the technical team
  • Maintains oversight of procurement activities as needed

Requirements
Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field. A Bachelor?s degree with more than 10 years of experience in finance, accounting or a related field can be substituted for a Master?s
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in administrative and financial management of large-scale, complex, international and donor-funded programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, excellence in accounting, financial management, human resources, procurement, and other management support functions as needed
  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to manage large budgets and client expectations
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for working with project staff, donors andbeneficiaries
  • Fluency in English required
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply

Job Title: Agriculture Policy Specialist: Nigeria/Feed the Future
Location: Lagos
Project Overview And Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks an Agriculture Policy Team Lead for USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment. The goal of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholders to the private sector, while creating business enabling environments for a thriving agribusiness economy.

Responsibilities

  • Agriculture Policy Specialist
  • Support the project with agriculture and food systems policy leadership.
  • Provides mentoring and capacity building to the government and civil society to inform issues around seed policy, trade policy, food safety, phytosanitary standards are more.
  • Provide leadership for advocacy initiatives around key policy triggers to promote enhanced competitiveness for Nigerian agriculture commodities.
  • This position may require technical leadership in agribusiness, agriculture policy, finance, marketing, enterprise development.
  •  Legal and policy reform experience is preferred.

Requirements
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Prior USAID Deputy, Chief of Party experience required.
  • A master?s degree in agriculture economics, policy, business, agricultural science, economics, marketing, trade or other relevant graduate degree
  • 5-7 years? experience for the agriculture policy specialist is required.
  • Prior experience in Nigeria is required.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: agriculture, enterprise and agribusiness, food safety, public private partnerships, market linkages, agriculture/rural finance.
  •  A demonstrated ability to lead multi-faceted teams and solve problems when needed.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply.

Job Title: Director of Communications – Nigeria/Feed the Future
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks a Director of Communications for anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment. The goal of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholders to the private sector, while creating business enabling environments for a thriving agribusiness economy.

Responsibilities

  • Supports project activities related to agriculture, nutrition and behavior change messaging and outreach
  • Supports the development of project deliverables, including coordinating information gathering for weekly, quarterly, annual reports and annual work plans, one-pagers, reports, etc. Contributes to the sections of deliverables related to M&E and Communications
  • Ensures appropriate branding and marking for all communications tools
  • Oversees the design and implementation of all tools to effectively communicate project activities and results, (i.e. website, videos, visual images, Investment Mapping System (IMS), press releases, flyers, etc.)
  • Maintains project library of all communications tools, photos and events in a digital format
  • Conducts media relations for the project, including targeted publicity for project activities and responses to queries from press. Writes press releases, organizes press conferences, schedules interviews for spokespersons for the project, etc.
  • Oversees gathering of all news for digital clipping booklet highlighting the work of the project and partners
  • Maintains a close and collaborative relationship with USAID and the U.S. Embassy teams on all outreach and communications efforts
  • Supports development of project events and workshops in collaboration with project teams
  • All other duties deemed necessary, including support to the Chief of Party as required

Requirements
Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Journalism or a related field. Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in communications required
  • Knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programs, e.g. media operations, marketing and promotion, audience outreach, message targeting
  • Experience in international development and understanding and knowledge of USAID or donor organizations a plus
  • Knowledge of website development and design is preferred
  • Ability to manage and satisfy competing priorities from multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources
  • Strong communications and writing skills are required
  • Fluency in English required.

Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist – Nigeria USAID/Feed the Future
Location: Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium is recruiting for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment. The goals of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholder farmers to the private sector and to create a positive business enabling environments for thriving agribusiness sector.

Responsibilities

  • Designs and implements Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approach for the Activity
  • Manages M&E across all components, assuming responsibility for operational decision-making as necessary
  • Designs and implements the M&E system to track activity progress, and report on results and impact of technical programming
  • Oversees data collection efforts and ensure all program requirements are met
  • Ensures project scope and activities are compliant with USAID policies.
  • Coordinates closely with implementing partners to build cohesive measurement and results systems

Requirements
Qualifications:

  • MA or higher in Business Administration, International Development, Economics, Statistics, or a related field
  • Seven (7) years of progressively more responsible work with experience supervising a team
  • Experience designing and overseeing M&E data collection and reporting for agriculture/food security projects. Feed the Future reporting experience is also preferred
  • Demonstrated research design and analytical skills with five (5) years of agriculture research or M&E experience in Nigeria.
  • USAID or other international donor experience required
  • Demonstrated ability to implement, operationalize, and manage information collection and assessment systems
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage information databases using appropriate software applications
  • Ability to work in team environment and work with and train non-direct reports to implement initiatives
  • Strong writing, reporting, and presentational skills
  • Familiarity with gender issues in M&E and an understanding of the Women?s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) would be a plus.
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply

Job Title: Agriculture Innovation Fund Director – Nigeria USAID/Feed the Future
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development.
  • Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks Agriculture Innovation Fund Director for an anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness Project.

Responsibilities

  • Ensures that innovation funds identify and catalyze new investment in Nigeria agribusiness and agriculture value chain development.
  • Liaises with the value chain development team to identify companies/enterprises with potential to contribute to a stronger Nigerian food system through provision of agriculture inputs, expanded processing and trade, linkages to post-harvest handling and storage; and promotion of domestic consumption of key value chains.
  • Develops a systems to track social impact of the agriculture fund on key target populations;
  • Oversees a grants management team, ensuring that grants are in compliance with USAID and Palladium policies and procedures, and ensuring that grants manual and related program documents are compliant with USAID regulations.
  • Oversees development of a grant tracking system to ensure the timely and correct execution of all grant agreements
  • Maintains communication with recipients to ensure smooth administration of sub instruments;
  • Reviews recipient reports and documentation for compliance with agreement/sub-agreement terms and conditions

Requirements
Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Business, Finance, Agriculture Economics or any other relevant field.
  • Experience with USAID innovation funds and grants required
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in communicating with clients and project stakeholders
  • Previous experience in Nigeria preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for working with project staff and beneficiaries
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure with limited guidance
  • Excellent communication skills are essential to write effectively and persuasively and be able to present information in a variety of settings and formats
  • Fluency in English required


Job Title: Innovative Finance Expert – Nigeria/Feed the Future
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development.
  • Our work covers Health, Education, Economic Growth, Governance, Environmental issues, Informatics, Workforce Development, and Monitoring and Evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs.
  • Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks an Innovative Finance Expert for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment.
  • The goal of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholders to the private sector, while creating business enabling environments for a thriving agribusiness economy.

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance on access to finance related issues and work closely with stakeholders to identify gaps and devise solutions for value chain finance options that are accessible, appropriate and affordable
  • Ensure that financial services meet the needs of women entrepreneurs and producer groups to maintain and expand value-added activities
  • Establish strong relationships and work closely with informal and formal banking institutions to develop financial products and services appropriate to target groups and VCs
  • Provide training and mentoring to banks and other financial institutions on lending to the agricultural sector and risk managements of agricultural portfolios;
  • Leverages and develops private and public sector relationships to overcome value chain constraints
  • Provides technical and management support to the implementation of the market access and value chain development components of the program.

Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Economics, Business, Finance, International Development, or other relevant field required
  • Prior experience with USAID or other donor-funded access to finance projects strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of and experience with institutions supported by USAID Development Credit Guarantees (and similar mechanisms) strongly preferred
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in Banking or Financial services
  • Experience in Agricultural Value Chain Finance is preferred
  • Professional proficiency in English required
  • Nigerian Nationals Strongly Encouraged to Apply

Job Title: Director of Finance and Administration – USAID/Feed the Future Nigeria
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks a Director of Finance and Administration for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment. The goal of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholders to the private sector, while creating business enabling environments for a thriving agribusiness economy.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, management, and direct supervision for the project?s finance/accounting staff.
  • Oversees the implementation of systems and processes required to support project implementation, ensuring compliance USAID contracts, rules and regulations.
  • Ensures the accurate tracking and recording of project expenditures and financial reports
  • Guides and assists accountants and other program staff in preparing, revising and monitoring budgets for ongoing activities
  • Manages the financial operations and financial reporting of the project, providing guidance and technical assistance to financial management personnel.
  • Manages project advances to staff and maintaining a strong internal control environment to safeguard assets
  • Ensures integrity of accounting information by reviewing account balances for compliance and establishing quality control over accounting transactions and financial reporting.
  • Oversees maintenance of supporting documentation for a reliable and easy to follow audit trail.
  • Develops and implements accounting and reporting systems for project expenditures, and provide guidance and training to project staff and partners on financial procedures
  • Manages the timely submission of the monthly field expenses to the headquarters office.
  • Supervises accounting staff in effective performance within agreed standards of conduct and reporting
  • Provides additional support to the COP/DCOP as required

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field. Master’s degree in business or finance preferred
  • 8-10 years’ experience in accounting and finance functions including 3-5 working on USAID contracts.
  • 2-5 years’ experience overseeing or administering grants under contract
  • Demonstrated experience managing staff
  • Knowledge of local labor and tax laws and reporting procedures
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Advanced knowledge of computers and MS Excel

Job Title: Enterprise Development Director – Nigeria USAID/Feed the Future
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks Enterprise Development Director for an anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness Project.

Responsibilities
The activity will achieve this by promoting enterprise development:

  • Provides technical and management support to MSME level agribusiness;
  • Leverages and develops small, medium and larger scale agribusiness;
  • Designs and leads activities to improve target populations; access to finance, employment and business advisory services;
  • Strengthens business skills of target groups, and facilitates linkages along the value chains;
  • Master’s degree in business, economics, marketing, finance, or other closely related field preferred;

Requirements
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Business, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Food Safety/Processing, Finance or a related field.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience working with USAID or another donor agency.
  • Seven years professional work experience in agribusiness development, marketing, and financial services, private sector development.
  • A bachelor’s degree plus 12-15 years of experience in economic growth, enterprise development, access to finance would also be considered in lieu of a Master’s Degree;
  • Experience in training, provision of technical assistance in marketing, business planning, or a technical area such as: food safety and processing, financial access, or agronomy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for working with project staff and beneficiaries
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure with limited guidance
  • Excellent communication skills are essential to write effectively and persuasively and be able to present information in a variety of settings and formats
  • Fluency in English required.

Job Title: Value Chain Development Director – Nigeria USAID/Feed the Future
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview And Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks a Value Chain Development Lead for an anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness Project.

Responsibilities

  • Provides overarching vision in value chain development across several staple food crops, including nutrition sensitive value chains.
  • Provides technical leadership to value chain specialists, trouble shooting as necessary any challenges to specific value chain development
  • Advises on best practices for value chain development throughout the country through climate smart agriculture, post-harvest handling, processing, trade and enterprise development.
  • Develops concepts, methodologies, guidelines and indicators for agricultural marketing and inclusive and sustainable agri-food value chain development;
  • Oversees and leads analysis of selected food value chains with emphasis on growth opportunities and improvement of product quality, value chain addition, feasibility of agribusiness investment projects. Analysis should also include assessment of constraints/opportunities related to agribusiness investment, support services, and private sector engagement.
  • Facilitates relationships between value chain actors including smallholders, traders, financial institutions, buyers, processors and agribusiness.

Requirements
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in crop production, agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural economics or related field. Knowledge of aquaculture a plus.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience working with USAID or another donor agency.
  • Seven years professional work experience in crop production and/or crop protection, or food security, value chain development including facilitation, agribusiness, marketing, and financial services, private sector development, and enabling environment policy reforms.
  • Experience in training, provision of technical assistance and public private facilitation among smallholders and value chain actors.
  • Previous experience in Nigeria preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for working with project staff and beneficiaries
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure with limited guidance
  • Excellent communication skills are essential to write effectively and persuasively and be able to present information in a variety of settings and formats
  • Fluency in English required
  • Experience with gender mainstreaming a plus
  • Preference will be given to local candidates.

Job Title: Agriculture Policy Team Lead-Nigeria/Feed the Future
Location:
Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks a DCOP for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment. The goal of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholders to the private sector, while creating business enabling environments for a thriving agribusiness economy.

Responsibilities

  • Agriculture Policy Team Lead
  • Support the project with agriculture and food systems policy leadership.
  • Provides mentoring and capacity building to the government and civil society to inform issues around seed policy, trade policy, food safety, phytosanitary standards are more.
  • Provide leadership for advocacy initiatives around key policy triggers to promote enhanced competitiveness for Nigerian agriculture commodities.
  • This position may require technical leadership in agribusiness, agriculture policy, finance, marketing, enterprise development.
  • Legal and policy reform experience is preferred.

Requirements
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Prior USAID Deputy, Chief of Party experience required.
  • A masters degree in Agriculture Economics, Policy, Business, Agricultural Science, Economics, Marketing, Trade or other relevant graduate degree
  • 10 years or more of progressively responsible work experience in agriculture and food policy.
  • Prior experience liaising or working with the Ministry of Agriculture and related departments in Nigeria is required.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: agriculture, enterprise and agribusiness, food safety, public private partnerships, market linkages, agriculture/rural finance.
  • A demonstrated ability to lead multi-faceted teams and solve problems when needed.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Grants Manager – Nigeria USAID/Feed the Future
Location: Lagos
Project Overview and Role

  • Palladium brings more than 50 years of experience applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development. Our work covers health, education, economic growth, governance, environmental issues, informatics, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation, offering innovative approaches that support the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our presence extends across more than 90 countries, creating positive impact over 100 projects through the dedication of 2,000+ project and home office staff.
  • Palladium seeks a Grants Manager for two anticipated USAID-funded Nigeria opportunities in Agriculture Competitiveness and Agribusiness Investment. The goal of these projects are to create a catalytic investment mechanism which links smallholders to the private sector, while creating business enabling environments for a thriving agribusiness economy.

Responsibilities

  • Ensures that grant management activities are carried out in compliance with USAID and Palladium policies and procedures
  • Drafts grants manual and related program documents
  • Develops and implements a grant tracking system to ensure the timely and correct execution of all grant agreements
  • Maintains communication with recipients to ensure smooth administration of sub instruments;
  • Prepares and reviews grant documents
  • Reviews recipient reports and documentation for compliance with agreement/sub-agreement terms and conditions
  • Collaborates with technical teams as required

Requirements
Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Business, Finance, Economics, or any other relevant field. Or Bachelor Degree with at least 10 years of experience in Finance, Accounting, or any other relevant field can be substituted for a Master
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience managing grants for donor organizations. Experience with USAID grants management system highly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to manage large budgets and client expectations
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in communicating with clients and project stakeholders
  • Previous experience in Nigeria preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for working with project staff and beneficiaries
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure with limited guidance
  • Excellent communication skills are essential to write effectively and persuasively and be able to present information in a variety of settings and formats
  • Fluency in English required
  • Preference will be given to local candidates

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply 

Application Deadline: 5th May, 2017.

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