NGO Jobs – Market and Product Development Specialist at HarvestPlus

Kampala, Uganda
HarvestPlus is a Global
Challenge Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural
Research (CGIAR). HarvestPlus seeks to develop and disseminate nutrient dense
staple food crops as a means to reduce micronutrient malnutrition (hidden
hunger) in developing countries The initial target micronutrients are iron,
zinc, and vitamin A. HarvestPlus Uganda has received five (5) year funding to
upscale dissemination of provitamin A (orange) sweet potato and high iron beans
to farmers in selected regions of the country.
  The Market and Product Development
Specialist will be in charge of this component and will take the lead in
refining a country marketing strategy for biofortified crops to ensure
sustained production and supply in the market He/she will work with different
stakeholders especially farmers’ groups to support them to produce for the
market and facilitating trade linkages.
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Refine
    country specific marketing strategy for the promoted crops (orange, sweet
    potato, high iron beans)
  • Work
    with farmers groups and associations to bulk produce for marketing and
    create trade linkages with traders and institutional buyers
  • Design
    and execute promotional campaigns to promote marketability of the targeted
  • Conduct
    training for extension agents, market link farmers, retailers and traders
    as demanded
  • Promote
    product development and value addition for the biofortified crops.
  • Build
    capacity of farmer groups and associations with a focus of working with
    traders to establish profitable trading systems and a consistent supply of
    biofortified crops
  • Work
    with extension teams to extend the season of biofortified crops through
    improved post-harvest techniques and various production schedules
  • Document
    the growth pattern of the marketing interventions.
  • Conduct
    periodic market research studies.
Skills & Experience:
  • A
    Masters Degree in a relevant area of expertise (e g Agriculture.
    Agribusiness, marketing);
  • Strong
    and proven experience in working with farmers to strengthen marketing of
    produce in various markets
  • Experience
    working with public and private sector institutions.
  • A
    team player, collaborative, self motivated and able to work well with
    multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability
    to conceptualize and initialize development programmes especially in the
    area of marketing,
  • Strong
    interpersonal skills, fluent in English with strong writing skills;
  • Knowledge
    of one or more Ugandan languages.
to apply:
All enquiries and
applications, including an application letter, a curriculum vitae, and the name
and contact information of three professional references (including telephone
number, fax number, and e-mail address), should be sent to the Country
Manager, Dr. Anna-Marie Ball (harvestplusug@gmail com).
We invite you to learn more
about HarvestPlus by accessing the web site
Deadline:  Monday, 24th June 2013
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