The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) awarded the 2SCALE program (www.2scale.org) to a consortium comprising the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and the Base-of-the-Pyramid Innovation Center (BoPInc). 2SCALE started in June 2012, with the goal to improve rural livelihoods and food and nutrition security in Africa. The program was designed to incubate and accelerate inclusive agribusiness development.
2SCALE works together with private and public partners to develop partnership and business models that promote inclusiveness, develop (new) competitive edge, and have potential for scaling. The public-private partnerships (PPPs) are the core implementation modality to achieve the objectives of the program.
The PPPs support value chain development, agribusiness cluster formation and enabling business environments. The agribusiness cluster approach helps rural smallholders to develop farming as a business and to supply agricultural products for local, national, regional and international markets.
2SCALE partners with national and multinational agrifood companies as drivers to increase productivity and to improve efficiency and sustainability of supported agribusiness clusters and value chains. Specific attention is given to youth and women to integrate value chains (as farmers, laborers, entrepreneurs, service providers). Specific attention is also given to “base of the pyramid” (BoP) consumers and smallholder farmers; they are the vast majority of people and therefore the largest market for food products in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE
Duty station: Will be based in Nairobi and support activities in Kenya
Internship period: From (1st June 2018) to (31st August 2018)
Access to finance plays an important role in any business. In the context of 2SCALE, access to finance also plays a critical role in ensuring commercial viability (and financial sustainability) of target value chains, and of the piloted/ promoted inclusive business models within these value chains. The 2SCALE program pro-actively promotes financial inclusion, i.e., the delivery and effective use of a full range of (formal) financial services at affordable costs to all (bankable) households and targeted small- and medium-scale companies, including the disadvantaged and low-income segments of society, in the value chains that we support. Based on feasibility analyses the Financial Inclusion Intern will learn the 2SCALE Financial Inclusion strategies by participating in implementing the following tasks. Assist in implementing strategies of financial inclusion for west Africa partnerships.
The Financial Inclusion Intern will report to the country coordinator.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
An undergraduate degree with a focus on finance, economics, international development/business or similar
Preference will be given to candidates from financial inclusion and aid effectiveness related fields such as microfinance, financial institutions, conditional cash transfers and emergency cash transfers
Young professional with
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
ABOUT THE PROJECT
From 2012 to the end of 2017, the consortium was comprising IFDC, the Base-of-the-Pyramid Innovation Centre (BoPInc.), as well as the International Centre for development-oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA). This is called the 1st phase of 2SCALE. From January 2018 to the end of 2018, the consortium is comprising IFDC and BoPInc. This year is called the extension phase.
During the extension phase IFDC and BoPInc. will together develop a proposal for the 2nd phase of 2SCALE. The 2nd phase, if approved, is expected to run from the beginning of 2019 to the end of 2023.
Eligible candidates to send a cover letter and a CV at this stage only. All applications should be sent through the email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com on or before 14th May 2018. Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted. They will be invited for interviews including oral and written tests. Start date is immediately.