Agro-Enterprise Service Center Development Specialist

Monrovia | Monrovia


The Liberia Food and Enterprise Development (FED) program is a five-year, USAID funded project, that is increasing agricultural productivity, improving human nutrition, and stimulating private enterprise growth and profitability in rice, cassava, vegetable and goat value-chains in five counties - Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Nimba, Lofa, and Grand Bassa.

The program engages a range of local partners, stakeholders, and private-sector actors to develop market linkages and access to inputs and services for farmers and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with a particular focus on women and youth. It is implemented across three complementary components with the following objectives:

Component 1: Increase agricultural productivity and profitability and improve human nutrition;
Component 2: Stimulate private enterprise growth and investment; and
Component 3: Build local technical and managerial human resources to sustain and expand accomplishments achieved under objectives one and two.

USAID FED is promoting a sustainable business environment in Liberia that includes developing subsistence farmers and small farmer groups into “business-minded” MSMEs. It also seeks to enhance profitability of farmers by promoting creation of vertical and horizontal linkages across the four value chains. FED is achieving this by strengthening capacity of business development service providers so they can evolve into sustainable Enterprise Service Centers (ESCs) capable of offering these services on a fee basis.

To date, USAID FED has supported more than 22,000 MSMEs, including farmer groups, by facilitating their ability to access essential business development services. Our work with five business service providers (BSPs) has strengthened their capacity to provide training and technical assistance in rapid needs assessments, business management and planning, financial accountability, farming as a business, marketing, support for formalizing MSMEs as a business, and other essential topics.

Specific Tasks of the Consultancy:

Under the supervision of the FED Senior Business Development Officer, the Agro-Enterprise Service Center Development Specialist (hereinafter referred to as “the consultant”) will:
 Analyze the current strategic plans of the five BSP’s and, in close collaboration with them, refine these plans so they are realistic and in a way that puts them on a path to evolve as fee-for-service Enterprise Service Centers (ESCs) and maximize prospects for sustainability.
 Assess existing organizational and management structures of each BSP and, in close collaboration with the ESCs, refine these with an eye toward sustainablility.
 Develop and implement a capacity building plan allowing the BSP’s to evolve into fee-for-service ESCs fully capable of offering agro-enterprise services to benefit producers, processors and other agribusinesses in targeted counties.
 Develop BSP marketing strategies to actively promote their ability to provide essential business development services as described above to MSMEs and other agro-enterprises on a fee basis.
 Develop training and technical tools to be used by the BSPs for provision of these services.
 Assist the BSPs to evolve into formal and fully-registered ESC with mission statements, and measurable and achievable goals and objectives, and articles of incorporation and by-laws.
 And any other relevant duties assigned by the Component 2 Lead and/or the Chief of Party.
 Initial workplan due five days after arrival in-country.
 Training and technical tools in place and BDSs fully capable of applying them for service provision to MSMEs.
 Prepare weekly and monthly status reports for each BSP charting the progress toward and challenges of evolving into full-fledged, fee-for-service ESCs.
 Conduct monthly feedback sessions with each BDS to ensure they are fully aware of issues and challenges facing their evolution to ESCs.
 Periodic debrief sessions with FED staff, USAID personnel and GoL officials to keep them appraised of progress of the consultancy.
 Five fully registered ESCs capable of providing essential business development services to MSMEs.
 Five fully registered ESCs with business plans and capability of providing essential development services to 800 MSMEs.
 Prepare a final report detailing activities, findings and follow-up recommendations arising out of this this assignment. A draft of this report is due two weeks prior to the conclusion of the consultancy, after which the consultant will finalize it based on feedback received from the ESCs, FED, USAID and the GoL.

Required Qualifications:

• At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in agro-based enterprises
• Demonstrate a clear understanding of the basic concepts of market-based value chain analysis on the specified four (4) value chain (rice, cassava, vegetable and goat)
• Demonstrated understanding of best practices for efficient agribusiness in challenging and low capacity environments;
• Demonstrated relevant professional experience engaging in capacity development of agribusiness service provision.
• Experience with gender mainstreaming in agriculture development programs
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Prior experience providing such services in West Africa is a plus.
• Significant private sector management experience and actual hands-on entrepreneurial experience.
• Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Agriculture Economics or Agribusiness Management from a recognized university. Relevant work experience can be used to substitute for this requirement at the discretion of FED.

Please apply directly at the following link:

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: DAI - interational development company
  • Location: Monrovia | Monrovia
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-17

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