Agronomist for Agribusiness and Marketing (m/f/d)

Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 12 July 2018

Job Description

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) needs your expertise to ensure better market access for vegetable farmers. Established in 1971, the Center is one of 17 non-profit agricultural research centres financed by the German Government and an international community of donors. It is the only research institute to conserve vegetable biodiversity in a genebank and to contribute to food security and the fight against malnutrition and poverty through research and the promotion of vegetable breeding. Its primary objective is to promote the breeding and regional marketing of traditional vegetable varieties by developing and disseminating improved, more affordable methods of commercial cultivation and post-harvest handling. It also focuses on increasing the number of young people working in the field of vegetable breeding. This approach is designed to improve both the quantity and quality of fresh vegetables available to consumers and to allow smallholder farmers and cooperatives to generate more income.

Your tasks will involve:
  • Supporting farmers associations with the aim of leveraging market information more efficiently in order to procure inputs and services and jointly market vegetable products
  • Establishing and developing ‘vegetable business hubs’ to link vegetable farmers, especially youth to inputs, finance and markets
  • Supporting research activities aimed at improving vegetable value chains in eastern and southern Africa
  • Supporting the preparation of project proposals and training measures
Your profile:
  • A degree in agronomy or economics, with a focus on agribusiness, marketing or agricultural finance
  • Extensive experience in the areas of smallholder production systems and value chains, ideally in an African context
  • Experience in working with agricultural associations and/or cooperative structures
  • Experience in marketing fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Fluent business English
  • In addition you have the citizenship of an EU member state for reasons to meet the criteria of the Integrated Experts program, UK passport holders are eligible to apply
What we offer:
  • Varied work with individual responsibility in an international field
  • Teamwork with other development cooperation organisations
  • Professional preparation for overseas deployment
  • Local employment contract as an Integrated Expert is for an initial period of two years - an extension is possible
  • Attractive monthly allowances as well as local salary and social benefits

Note: The job offer is current, there is no deadline for applications. Please follow the link for travel information of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Reisesicherheit Auswärtiges Amt

About the Organization

The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) is your ideal partner for finding a responsible position in the field of development policy. We place highly qualified staff with employers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Your role is to pass on their knowledge where they are especially needed. CIM is jointly run by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German Federal Employment Agency. It has been providing a combination of development and labour market policy expertise since 1980.