opportunities

FARA is the continental apex body for agricultural research and innovation in Africa. Its mission is to contribute to generating high, broad-based and sustainable agricultural growth by catalyzing improvements to the productivity and competitiveness of the sector through increased and effective application of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). FARA executes its mission by performing the following four functions: (i) advocacy for increased application of STI in agriculture which is a necessary condition for achieving national and continental development goals; (ii) strengthening the human, institutional and systemic capacities for agricultural innovation; (iii) facilitating the exchange of information and knowledge in STI for agriculture; and (iv) facilitating partnerships among research, innovation and agribusiness actors within Africa as well as between Africa and external regional or national entities. The Secretariat of FARA is based in Accra, Ghana. FARA is serving as one of the Implementing centers of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project supported by the African Development Bank.

Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) supports the Feed Africa by providing needed, proven agricultural and food processing technologies and implementation strategies for inclusion within the Bank’s loans to Regional Member Countries. TAAT’s approaches revitalize and transform agriculture within the shortest possible time while restoring degraded land and maintaining or strengthening the ecosystems that underpin agriculture, while modernizing and more fully commercializing agriculture. FARA has been mandated to coordinate capacity development technology Outreach (CDTO) within TAAT. To coordinate the activities driven by FARA under TAAT, the organization is seeking to hire an Expert in Agribusiness.

Reporting to the Director, Research and Innovation, the successful candidate shall inter-alia perform the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Oversee day to day implementation of CDTO TAAT agribusiness activities
  • Develop a framework for developing agri-business investments in support of the TAAT value chains
  • Develop agri-business youth engagement strategy
  • Oversee the efforts of agricultural programs in the CDTO TAAT activities, particularly focusing on value chain upgrading
  • Lead project development and strategic support in value chain development and improving access to agricultural inputs, gender and youth
  • Provide capacity building support and mentoring to CDTO TAAT Components in various regions and locations as required
  • Provide inputs for the development of a comprehensive database of all existing agri- businesses in the regions, their capital base and their work with farmers
  • Work closely with all partners on all agri-business and investment opportunities to support accelerated investments in agricultural value chains
  • Work closely with partners to develop a market systems approach to support the TAAT value chains
  • Facilitate capacity building support to effectively mobilize and develop agribusiness opportunities for target beneficiaries, CDTO TAAT partners and other key market stakeholders
  • Facilitate the effective integration of agribusiness, gender and broader social development dimensions in CDTO TAAT activities managed by FARA
  • Develop and refine responsive agribusiness policy elements and inputs for incorporating in CDTO TAAT activities
  • Facilitate cross-regional exchange of knowledge and documentation of field-tested agri- business, gender, youth and social inclusion approaches with potential for scaling, amplifying and transferring success.
  • Oversee the activities of the FARA-YPARD Africa Chapter initiative.
  • Any other duties as required by the DRI and Management

Required
Master’s degree in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural economics, or related field is required. At least five (5) years of professional work experience in agribusiness development with an emphasis on value chain development, rural finance, regional/international trade policy.
Knowledge of supply and value chains of agribusiness within Africa. Demonstrated practical knowledge of regional agribusiness firms. Experience working in an International organization or in a for-profit agribusiness. Demonstrated experience with gender mainstreaming in agriculture projects. Experience leading and building the capacity of teams of agriculture-focused; including remote, field-based personnel. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including demonstrated ICT skills.

Compensation
FARA offers competitive salary and benefits in accordance with position and scale.

Location
The position is based at the FARA secretariat in Accra, Ghana

Applications
Qualified candidates are invited to submit via email comprehensive Curriculum Vitae together with a cover letter and names/contact details of three referees to: Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, FARA, PMB CT 173, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana. Email: recruitment@faraafrica.org. Applications will be assessed against the required skills, experience and aptitudes set out above. Applications will be accepted up to 21st June 2018

Due to anticipated high volume of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

FARA Affirmative Action Statement on Employment: there is no discrimination on the basis of gender race, religion, ethnic orientation, disability or health status.

NB: Please quote in your application the reference code of the vacancy for which you are applying.

You may download the Pdf copy of the advert via http://faraafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Vacancy-announcement-Agribusiness-Expert.pdf

Deadline: May 18, 2018

The Association for Strengthening of Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is pleased to announce the above position for qualified candidates to apply. The applicant MUST be a national of ASARECA member country. The position is based at their headquarters in Entebbe, Uganda. ASARECA is a member of FARA and is a sub-regional not-for-profit organization covering eleven countries in Eastern and Central Africa, comprising Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

 

Kindly visit http://ww.asareca.org/news/asareca-searching-new-executive-secretary for details of the advert. All enquiries should be directed to the email damaconsultantsltd@gmail.com .

Deadline: 30 May 2018.

Applications are invited for MSc and PhD Scholarships by the Mobility for plant genomics scholars to accelerate climate-smart adaptation options and food security in Africa / GENES.

GENES is funded by the Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. The consortium intends to: 

  1. Produce for Africa 10 world-class PhD holders molecular plant breeders who will accelerate cultivar development to adapt to current and future challenges related to climate change and food and nutrition security;
  2. Train 36 MSc holders genomics scientists and 8 support staff with strong capacity in cultivar development and new molecular breeding approaches to increase knowledge and prospects of improving major crops including cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and bio-fuels used in Africa for food and nutrition security and the crop production industry; etc.

All applications should be sent to: genes.ebsu@genes-intra-africa.org  with copy to Mr Dennis Okporie, okporiedennis@gmail.com.

For more information, please contact Dr Celestine Afiukwa afiukwa@yahoo.com,  Head Department of Biotechnology, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.

Also more information about the call is available on the website www.genes-intra-africa.org

Deadline: 14 May 2018

Nominations are open for Fall Armyworm Tech Prize that is focused on sourcing and sparking innovations for African smallholder farmers and those that work with them.

The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize is a Feed the Future prize being funded by The U.S. Agency for International Development (“USAID”) via DAI Global LLC (“DAI”) and is being implemented by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, through Nesta Enterprises Limited a wholly owned subsidiary company of Nesta (together referred to as “Nesta”) together with Africommunications Group Limited.

The prize is designed to inspire a broad range of global applicants, and would also like to encourage sub-Saharan African-led innovation. It is seeking digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa.

The prize seeks solutions that:

  • Enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to accurately identify incidence of fall armyworm in their crops.
  • Produce timely, context appropriate, and empowering insights for smallholder farmers to treat the incidence of fall armyworm.
  • Reduce productivity losses caused by fall armyworm among those using the tool or approach.
  • Ensure the appropriate and responsible use of pest management assessments, tools, and interventions.

Prize Information

Five prizes totalling $400,000 in prizes will be made as follows:

  • One grand prize of $150,000 to the most viable solution
  • Two significant awards of $75,000 to the most promising solutions
  • Two up and comer awards of $50,000 to early stage developments that show the most potential

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to All: The prize is open to solutions from individuals, groups, organizations and companies globally, particularly local innovators from sub-Saharan Africa. As part of USAID’s ongoing commitment to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, They particularly encourage competing teams that involve women in all steps of your tool or approach’s formulation, management, and execution.
  • Local Applicability: Though the call is global and solvers can come from all over the world, the solutions will be tested and applied in field contexts in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Willingness to Share Learning: All entrants need to demonstrate a willingness to share their experiences and learning to help establish a body of knowledge that can bring about a sustained change in smallholder farmer outreach, awareness, and action with respect to digital tools and plant health, as well as pest and disease management.
  • Prototyping Skills: Applicants need to ensure they have the capacity to adapt their existing solution to address FAW, or, to develop a prototype of the solution within the prize time frame. Limited support will be provided to help achieve this, but applicants must be able to develop and test prototypes during the course of the prize, if selected.
  • Intellectual Property: Applicants must have rights to all of the intellectual property in the submission. Applicants will retain the intellectual property rights to their entry to the prize. Such intellectual property must be clearly marked as proprietary. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are not infringing on the intellectual property of others.
  • Incomplete Entries: Incomplete entries may be removed from the competition. This applies to any stage of submission for the Prize and also relates to missing documentation that may have been requested.
  • Applications in English: Entries need to be submitted in English by 14th May 2018, 23:59 ET, and will be assessed against the judging criteria for the Prize.
  • USAID Responsibility Determination: USAID will conduct a responsibility determination prior to award, to ensure that award to the organization meets applicable U.S. laws, including regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via given website.

For more information, please visit: https://fallarmywormtech.challenges.org/

Role: Engagement Coordinator and Agricultural Specialist

Team: Product

Reports to: Country Manager, Uganda & Head of Product

Country: Uganda

Wefarm, the world’s largest farmer-to-farmer digital network, enables farmers to connect with one another to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation. Utilising the latest machine learning technology, Wefarm’s service works both online and over SMS. Knowledge shared on Wefarm can help farmers to produce higher quality product, increase yields, gain insight into market pricing, tackle the effects of climate change, diversify agricultural interests, and much more.

Since its founding in 2015, Wefarm has been named one of Africa’s Most Innovative Companies by FastCompany and has won Google’s Impact Challenge Award, TechCrunch’s Europas-Tech for Good Award, and the European Union Commission’s Ideas from Europe prize, among others. We’ve been covered on CNN, the BBC, Wired, TechCrunch, Forbes, the FT and more. The company is headquartered in London with offices in Nairobi and Kampala.

We are looking for an Engagement Coordinator and Agricultural Specialist whose core responsibilities would be to manage farmer engagement with our network, to improve user retention, and to leverage his or her agronomic expertise in offering customer support to our Ugandan farmers.

The Engagement Coordinator and Agricultural Specialist should be able to manage long-term engagement strategies and capture insights and learnings in order to assist in global product design and delivery.

The ideal candidate for this role will live the first Wefarm guiding principle which is to make our farmers’ trust deserved. He or she will always act in the best interests of our farmers by ensuring that our engagement strategy is dictated by their challenges and by their needs.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the development of a process for measuring ‘quality’ of content shared with users, and strive to continually improve the quality of information available through Wefarm
  • Research and follow key trends and advances in global agriculture and report these findings back to the wider team on a regular basis.
  • Advise on Crop cycles and patterns for scheduled communications.
  • Ensure users needs are clearly understood and that the product effectively reflect them
  • Provide strategic quality answers to farmers on the system
    • Develop a process for collecting and collating quality tips and answers from users that can be shared both back to users and more broadly
    • Monitoring of incorrect or inappropriate answers on the system
  • Track and report on key trends of questions on the system; track repeatedly asked questions

What are we looking for:

  • 5+ years experience in at least one, core agronomics sector; a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in agronomy
  • Highly strategic, creative and analytical;
  • Effective, data-focused project manager; especially for long (3+ month) projects
  • Customer-focused; passionate about supporting farmers;
  • Proficient speaker and writer of English, Runyankole, and Luganda;
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the growing process (including common diseases and problems) of the main cash crops grown in Uganda
  • Flexible, and highly willing to adapt to changes with a high-growth startup organization
  • Comfortable with using a computer and knowledge of Office tools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; clear communicator, enjoys working with international teams
  • N.B. You must have the right to work in Uganda

Apply Now:

To apply, please send your CV and a (short) cover letter that answers the following question:

“You have the opportunity to communicate to a million farmers across Uganda via 3 SMS to engage them more in our service, what would you communicate and what would your selection process be?”

Please send your application to jobUGEngagement1@wefarm.org (note, we will review and interview on an ongoing basis). Unfortunately, we will only be able to respond to shortlisted candidates.

Short Description

ICRA is a non-profit foundation, dedicated to inclusion of small holder farmers in sustainable agribusiness. It does this by strengthening the capacity of people, organisations and networks to jointly innovate within the agricultural and food sectors. In its courses and projects it trains and coaches professionals working in agricultural education and outreach, research and agribusiness.

About this Project

ICRA FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION IS OPEN for the following courses:

1. Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security . 24 Sep – 12 Oct 2018 in the Netherlands, for professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations. More information from here: https://goo.gl/hrKepm

2. Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security. 29 Oct – 16 Nov 2018 in the Netherlands, for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. More information from here: https://goo.gl/uTmrE3

3. Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit – Key skills for inclusive business brokerage. 19 – 30 Nov 2018 in Uganda, for professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and other affiliated enterprises. More information from here: https://goo.gl/N1VvNf

Short Description

ICRA is a non-profit foundation, dedicated to inclusion of small holder farmers in sustainable agribusiness. It does this by strengthening the capacity of people, organisations and networks to jointly innovate within the agricultural and food sectors. In its courses and projects it trains and coaches professionals working in agricultural education and outreach, research and agribusiness.

About this Project

ICRA FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION IS OPEN for the following courses:

1. Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security . 24 Sep – 12 Oct 2018 in the Netherlands, for professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations. More information from here: https://goo.gl/hrKepm

2. Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security. 29 Oct – 16 Nov 2018 in the Netherlands, for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. More information from here: https://goo.gl/uTmrE3

3. Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit – Key skills for inclusive business brokerage. 19 – 30 Nov 2018 in Uganda, for professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and other affiliated enterprises. More information from here: https://goo.gl/N1VvNf

The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, EAFF, (www.eaffu.org) is a regional Farmers Organization covering 10 countries is seeking the services of Consultants to undertake scoping studies of existing services to youth in agribusiness in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, EAFF, (www.eaffu.org) is a regional Farmers Organization covering 10 countries in the East Africa Community and the Horn of Africa. EAFF is starting the implementation on “Scaling-up rural youth access to inclusive financial services for entrepreneurship and employment’ covering Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. It aims at creating favorable conditions for strengthening the capacities of rural youth in four ESA countries that allow them to set-up and run profitable agri-enterprises that lead to wealth and employment creation. It is in this context that EAFF is seeking the services of Consultants to undertake scoping studies of existing services to youth in agribusiness in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. More information can be obtained from here: http://eaffu.org/images/Call_for_application_3.pdf

Deadline: 2 February 2018

BioInnovate Africa Programme has announced a US$ 3.5 million grant funding over three years (2018–2020) to support scientists, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in eastern Africa to link innovative biobased research ideas and technologies to business and the market.

The Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (BioInnovate Africa) Programme is a regional initiative established in 2010 with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It assists countries in eastern Africa to benefit from the revolutionary advances in biosciences, by converting biobased research ideas and technologies into innovations that improve people’s lives. The Programme is based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and operates in six eastern African countries, namely Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Thematic Areas

  • Value addition to agroproduce
  • Agro/biowaste conversion
  • Bioinnovation policy analysis and development

Funding Information

  • Total funding of approximately US$ 3.5 million is made available for this Call for a period of three years.
  • The funds are allocated in three categories of grants as follows:
    • Category 1 Grants: To develop and pilot innovative and economically viable biobased technologies or products (US$ 2.25 million)
    • Category 2 Grants: For biobased technology business incubation (US$ 750,000)
    • Category 3 Grants: For developing a regional innovation-driven bioeconomy policy and strategy (US$ 500,000)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants are eligible to apply for these grants if applicants are a scientists, researchers, innovators or entrepreneurs resident in any of the six eastern African countries, namely Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
  • Applicants are individuals who must be formally affiliated with a university, public research organisation or private firm based in the region, e.g. as a full-time employee, and should not be current recipients of a BioInnovate Africa project grant.
  • For this Call, private firms include legally registered smallholder farmer or community organisations or groups. For purposes of promoting local and regional ownership, scientists and researchers from international research centres and organisations in the region may apply only as co-applicants and NOT as lead applicants.
  • Scientists and researchers from other parts of Africa and other organisations around the world may also participate in this Call, but only as collaborators in a project.
  • Collaborators should not be listed as co-applicants, i.e. as a part of the core team applying for the grant. They should only be described in the proposal, and their role and contribution to the project should be clear.
  • Postgraduate students who are already registered in local universities in the region for master’s degree or PhD (and have sources of funds to support their tuition fees) can be attached to the project team, but not as coapplicants.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

For more information, please visit http://bioinnovate-africa.org/

The Uganda Development Bank (UDB) Limited in partnership with ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), Makerere University and Joadah Consult are pleased to announce the UDB i-Growth Accelerator 2017 program.

Theme: A Smart and Sustainable Agricultural and Manufacturing Sector

Purpose: To support individuals to grow and expand start-up enterprises in Agricultural and Manufacturing sectors.

Sub Themes:
1. Production
2. Post-harvest handling and Transportation
3. Value addition standardization & Branding
4. Access to Market & Capital Opportunities
5. Manufacturing & Agro – Processing

The UDB i-Growth Accelerator 2017 will focus on supporting commercialization of local start-ups and stimulating a culture of innovation in Uganda so as to contribute to the country’s social economic development. The i-Growth Accelerator Program is an annual initiative that will support individuals to grow and expand their start-up enterprises in all sectors. For 2017/2018, the Accelerator will focus on the Agriculture and Manufacturing sectors.

Are you working on an innovative idea or approach that has potential to Accelerate communities in the above areas?

For mor information and application, please follow the link: http://grants.ranlab.org/

Deadline: 25th January 2018

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