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  • Posted: May 21, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations.
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    Regional Horticulture Market Systems Specialist

    Activity Overview and Role

    Palladium seeks a Regional Horticulture Market Systems Specialist to work with the East Africa Agriculture and Market Systems activity, a 5-year, $23 million task order under USAID’s Regional Integration and Stronger Economics (RISE) IDIQ mechanism. 

     The Activity is designed to promote increased agricultural production, trade, improved policies, finance and investment, and resilience to shocks and stresses in the East Africa region by addressing agricultural issues that can only be solved on a regional basis. The Activity will collaborate closely with USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s regional intergovernmental partners, including the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. 

    The Feed the Future East Africa Agriculture and Market Systems Activity is organized under four objectives: 1) Strengthening cross-border agricultural market systems, 2) Accessing and scaling technologies, 3) Strengthening regional resilience, and 4) Strengthening the regional agriculture policy and regulatory environment. The Activity geographic area of focus includes the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zambia. The Activity focus value chains are Livestock, Horticulture, Cereals and Legumes. 

    The Regional Horticulture Market Systems Specialist, working in collaboration with the Marketing and Partnerships and the Access to Finance Specialists, will support the Director, Cross-Border Trade and Market Systems to build more effective cross-border market systems in the horticulture value chains that take full advantage of new and existing regional and international market opportunities. S(He) will help to identify end-market growth opportunities in the value chain to expand trade opportunities across EA. The position will report directly to the Director, Cross-Border Trade and Market Systems. 

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    • Under the supervision of the Director for cross border trade, coordinate and support the implementation of the team’s regional horticulture market systems strengthening action plans ensuring inclusion, resilience, and gender. As part of this, ensure project logic for interventions is aligned with overall intended results for transformation of the value chains that cut across all the four activity objectives.
    • Review interventions and proposals developed by Activity partners, including their contribution to project results and value-for-money aspects
    • Working closely with the project’s Access to Finance Specialist and sub-contract partner(s), support finance and investment pipeline development to increase access to financial services in the value chain, 
    • Oversee capacity building interventions for Activity horticulture value chain partner organizations, 
    • Support the development of cross-border market facilitation tools that are critical to ensuring increased and sustained regional trade, 
    • Develop sustainable relationships in the targeted 9 Activity countries that can deepen the collaborative aspects for strengthening cross-border trade in horticulture products.
    • Provide technical oversight for all Activity subgrants to VC stakeholders to ensure optimal use to achieve project objectives and targets,
    • Provide regular written updates on the regional market system and trade highlighting any changes taking place in the value chains or within specific market systems in the value chain as a result of, but not limited to, Activity interventions.
    • Coordinate the project’s collaboration with other relevant initiatives that would help in the delivery of project results under the regional horticulture market system strengthening, 
    • Using the Market Systems Development approach, undertake periodic analyses of the regional value chains, its supporting functions, and enabling environmental aspects to inform the progress and adaptation of interventions, partnerships activities, and development of business cases for engaging value chain players. End-markets analyses of growth opportunities that will drive trade opportunities in the regional value chain will be a key activity.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics, international trade, or related field. Master’s degree preferred. 
    • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience engaged in relevant regional trade transactions and/or facilitating horticulture market systems interventions at senior management level in the region and/or internationally. 
    • Demonstrated success in managing commercial agricultural value chain transactions and/or facilitating trade in agricultural value chains. 
    • Commercial agricultural supply chain management experience desired. 
    • Hands-on experience in the specified value chain in the region a prerequisite. 
    • Knowledge and understanding of barriers to regional cross-border trade, and ability to think creatively about solutions to overcome barriers when possible.
    • Must be well-networked in the specified value chain across the Activity’s countries of focus. 
    • Prior USAID or donor experience preferred.
    • Qualified Kenyan and East African citizens are encouraged to apply.

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    Regional Cereals & Legumes Market Systems Specialist

    Activity Overview and Role

    Palladium seeks a Regional Cereals & Legumes Market Systems Specialist to work with the Feed the Future East Africa Agriculture and Market Systems Activity, a 5-year, $23 million task order under USAID’s Regional Integration and Stronger Economics (RISE) IDIQ mechanism. The Activity is designed to promote increased agricultural production, trade, improved policies, finance and investment, and resilience to shocks and stresses in the East Africa region by addressing agricultural issues that can only be solved on a regional basis. The Activity will collaborate closely with USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s regional intergovernmental partners, including the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. 

     The Feed the Future East Africa Agriculture and Market Systems Activity is organized under four objectives: 1) Strengthening cross-border agricultural market systems, 2) Accessing and scaling technologies, 3) Strengthening regional resilience, and 4) Strengthening the regional agriculture policy and regulatory environment. The Activity geographic area of focus includes the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zambia. The Activity focus value chains are Livestock, Horticulture, Cereals and Legumes. 

     The Regional Cereals & Legumes Market Systems Specialist, working in collaboration with the Marketing and Partnerships and the Access to Finance Specialists, will support the Director, Cross-Border Trade and Market Systems to build more effective cross-border market systems in the cereals & Legumes value chains that take full advantage of new and existing regional and international market opportunities. S(He) will help to identify end-market growth opportunities in the value chain to expand trade opportunities across EA. The position will report directly to the Director, Cross-Border Trade and Market Systems. 

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    • Coordinate and support the implementation of the team’s regional cereals & legumes market systems strengthening action plans ensuring inclusion, resilience, and gender, under the supervision of the Director for cross border trade. As part of this, ensure Activity logic for interventions is aligned with overall intended results for transformation of the value chains that cut across all the four activity objectives,
    • Review interventions and proposals developed by Activity partners, including their contribution to project results and value-for-money aspects
    • Working closely with the Activity Access to Finance Specialist and sub-contract partner(s), support finance and investment pipeline development to increase access to financial services in the value chain, 
    • Oversee capacity building interventions for Activity Cereals and Legumes value chain partner organizations, 
      Support the development of cross-border market facilitation tools that are critical to ensuring increased and sustained regional trade, 
    • Develop sustainable relationships in the targeted 9 project countries that can deepen the collaborative aspects for strengthening cross-border trade in cereal and legume products.
      Provide technical oversight for all Activity subgrants to VC stakeholders to ensure optimal use to achieve project objectives and targets,
    • Provide regular written updates on the regional market system and trade highlighting any changes taking place in the value chains or within specific market systems in the value chain as a result of, but not limited to, Activity interventions.
    • Coordinate the project’s collaboration with other relevant initiatives that would help in the delivery of project results under the regional Cereals & Legumes market system strengthening, 
    • Using the Market Systems Development approach, undertake periodic analyses of the regional value chains, its supporting functions, and enabling environmental aspects to inform the progress and adaptation of interventions, partnerships activities, and development of business cases for engaging value chain players. End-markets analyses of growth opportunities that will drive trade opportunities in the regional value chain will be a key activity.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics, international trade, or related field. Master’s degree preferred. 
    • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience engaged in relevant regional trade transactions and/or facilitating Cereals & Legumes market systems interventions at senior management level in the region and/or internationally. 
    • Demonstrated success in managing commercial agricultural value chain transactions and/or facilitating trade in agricultural value chains. 
    • Commercial agricultural supply chain management experience desired. 
    • Hands-on experience in the specified value chain in the region a pre-requisite. 
    • Knowledge and understanding of barriers to regional cross-border trade, and ability to think creatively about solutions to overcome barriers when possible.
    • Must be well-networked in the specified value chain across the project countries of focus. 
    • Prior USAID or donor experience preferred.
    • Qualified Kenyan and East African citizens are encouraged to apply

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    Office Assistant

    The Palladium Data, Informatics and Analytical Solutions (DIAS) practice vision is to improve health and development investments and outcomes by strengthening information and governance systems and local capacity and ownership at scale to use quality data in real time for positive impact.

    Position summary

    The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining clean and hygienic office conditions, preparing teas and refreshments for staff and office meetings, photocopying and duplicating work and light messengerial duties.

    The Office Assistant will report to the Finance and Administration Officer.  Overall guidance and supervision will be handled by the DIAS Finance and Administration Manager.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Always maintain cleanliness and hygiene of office areas. These include:
      1. Sweeping, mopping, scrubbing and/or vacuuming office floors
      2. Cleaning washrooms and ensuring replenishment of utilities i.e., toilet rolls, soaps, washing liquid and paper towels
      3. Cleaning the kitchen surfaces, floors, sinks, taps, draining boards and basins
      4. Cleaning and polishing office furniture, walls and equipment
      5. Cleaning office windows, glass partitions or mirrors
    • Assist with attending to visitors / contractors / vendors who come to the office for meetings or delivery of goods / provision of services.
    • Assist in the purchase of all the items required to enable a fully functioning kitchen and bathroom area. Ensuring the office utilities and stationery are well stocked and enhanced.
    • Ensure tea, water and refreshments are prepared and provided to staff / during official meetings as requested.
    • Make payment of monthly utilities and statutory deductions.
    • Collect and deliver mail and other materials as required from and to the post office.
    • Assist in photocopying, duplicating and archiving work.
    • Perform other related duties as may be assigned.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Relevant work experience
    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education
    • Self-driven, mature, clean, and well organized
    • Good communication skills
    • Team player with good attitude towards work and colleagues

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    Environmental and Social Development Specialist

    Activity Overview and Role

    Palladium seeks an Environmental, Social and Governance Specialist to lead the sustainability framework for the Feed the Future East Africa Market Systems Activity which is a 5-year task order under USAID’s Regional Integration and Stronger Economics (RISE) IDIQ mechanism. The Activity is designed to promote increased agricultural production, trade, improved policies, finance and investment, and resilience to shocks and stresses in the East Africa region by addressing agricultural issues that can only be solved on a regional basis. The Activity will collaborate closely with USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s regional intergovernmental partners, including the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. The Activity is organized under four objectives: 1) Strengthening cross-border agricultural market systems, 2) Accessing and scaling technologies, 3) Strengthening regional resilience, and 4) Strengthening the regional agriculture policy and regulatory environment. The geographic area of focus includes the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zambia.

    The Environmental and Social Development Specialist is responsible for implementing the crucial cross cutting functions of the Activity, ensuring that all activities of the project are socially and environmentally sustainable and comply with the USAID Policies and Palladium Sustainable Business Practices. 

    S/he will provide programmatic and technical support to the project team (technical and MEL), regional organizations partners, private sector entities, and other stakeholders on effective integration of cross cutting (environment, women and youth) considerations beyond compliance, by adding identifying opportunities to add value to the market system changes that lead to long term impact and sustainability of the east African trade. S/he will report directly to the Deputy Project Manager.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    The Environmental and Social Development Specialist will:

    • Support the Deputy Project Manager to ensure that principles of environmental sustainability, gender equality and youth engagement in agriculture trade are integrated into all aspects of project cycle management,
    • Support technical teams in managing, developing, maintaining, supporting and/or coordinating strategic cross cutting activities related to environmental and social inclusion in the selected value chains within or outside the value chain action plans,
    • Champion the definition of steps necessary to address compliance gaps, where they arise, from the EMMP, Market System Resilience Framework and the Palladium’s Sustainable Business Policy,
    • Review and follow up of environmental checklist using impact assessment tools to screen activities to ensure the funded activities result in no adverse environmental impact, to develop mitigation measures, as necessary, and to specify monitoring and their reporting,
    • Ensure all project staff, grantees and partners understand applicable requirements for environmental and social inclusion, and has necessary commitment and capacity to ensure compliance, implementation and mitigation measures throughout project lifetime,
    • Support the MEL Manager to track, analyze and report against Gender and Youth disaggregated data appropriately within each project objective as well as conducting the value chain environmental reviews in both quarterly and annual reports,
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications

    • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in the relevant subject area(s), preferably in Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Ecological Systems, or Gender studies with a minor in environmental management is required; Master’s degree preferred
    • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in integrating environment, gender and social inclusion standards in project design, implementation and M&E required,
    • Experience in the field of agriculture, and knowledge of environmental and social inclusion standards of USAID and best practices in their application in livestock, cereals, horticulture and legumes trade programming preferred
    • Sound knowledge of USAID Environmental and GESI policies and Processes,
    • Ability to work well with a range of stakeholders, including project beneficiaries, private sector, government officials, NGO’s / civil society, as well as donors/clients and their staff,
    • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions,
    • Ability to influence, motivate, and collaborate with others. A good team player who can work as a member of a multi-disciplinary, motivate and lead group efforts and network effectively across boundaries,
    • Experience in the agriculture market development and agriculture trade in the east Africa region strongly preferred,
    • Strong preference for East African citizens.

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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