Project Manager, Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme – Lot 1 (Contingent to Donor Funding)

The Hague, Netherlands
Apply by 24 May 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 24 April 2018

Job Description

Job Description

Overview of project

The DFID CASA programme seeks to drive changes in the ways in which investors view and invest in agribusinesses that work with smallholder supply chains, focusing on three countries for each 2 value chains each: Malawi (aquaculture, poultry), Nepal (vegetables, dairy); and Uganda (beans, sesame). The first component of the programme involves support to SME agribusinesses and smallholders as well as improving the enabling environment. The second component concerns monitoring, learning and communications, aiming to influence investors and other stakeholders in their position towards smallholder related agribusiness.

Overview of the Position

The Team Leader/Project Manager is responsible for providing an overall vision, leadership and guidance of the project, internally with the project staff and externally with donors, host governments and other stakeholders. She/he will be responsible for overall project planning, implementation and management which includes among others: effectively steering project staff and team; efficient management of financial resources; review and approval of project budgets and monitoring expenditures; supervision of field operations; supervision of procurement and monitoring & evaluation; and ensuring quality control and timeliness of all deliverables as required. S/he will ensure full compliance with the donor contract and regulations and will oversee the project reporting process to the donor. S/he will oversee performance management of all project staff working in his/her project.The duty station for this position is yet to be determined.

Key Responsibilities

  • Execute overall project management;
  • Guide the project set-up, including developing work plans, budgets and competence table with financial responsibilities and mandates;
  • Build, strengthen and manage partnerships with regional governments, key partners, institutions and stakeholders;
  • Manage donor relations;
  • Overall management of all human, physical and financial resources related to the project;
  • Monitor performance of the project management team to ensure all milestones set in the annual work plan are met, develop mitigation plans to reduce risks and take corrective actions to remedy any deviation from the work plans;
  • Account and report to SNV and the donor on project performance;
  • Guide knowledge development, documentation and communication and branding in close collaboration with the donor;
  • Identify follow-up funding and partnership possibilities with country management and business development.


  • A relevant advanced academic qualification;
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted multi-country donor-funded development projects;
  • Solid experience in project management, especially DFID funded projects;
  • Background in/understanding of agriculture, value chain development and agribusiness;
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with the private sector, civil society and governments;
  • Able to strategically inspire and energise project teams;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing various stakeholders;
  • Highly-motivated self-starter with strong organisational skills who takes individual accountability seriously;
  • Strong strategic decision-making and communication skills including reporting and presentation skills;
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English;
  • Willingness to travel to project implementation locations.
Additional Information

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a two-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. SNV’s international contract includes a pension plan, life and medical insurances in the benefits package.

How to Apply

Please submit your application via SmartRecruiters on or before 13 May 2018 if you wish to be considered for this position. All information will be in the strictest confidence. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

About the Organization

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

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