Senior Professionals in Agriculture Sector

SNV - Africa (Afrique)

Issue Date 27/06/2014

Type of Contract International

Duration of Contract Déterminée

Education Bac + 5 et Plus

Work Experience Au moins 8 ans

Department: Senior Professionals in Agriculture Sector

Application Deadline 30/07/2014

Position n° 316

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About the employer / working context

Are you interested in joining an organisation with a long term commitment to fighting poverty? Are you looking for a development career at an international level?

SNV seeks to fill various senior positions in its Agriculture Sector:

SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation, funded from public and private sources, working in 38 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Duties and Responsibilities

With our specialist expertise in Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, we contribute to solving some of the development problems facing the world today. Agriculture is the bulk of SNV’s work globally and the focus is on three (3) key themes; Sustainable Markets, Food Security and Climate Smart Agriculture.

In order to harness our performance as a global player in the Agriculture sector, we are looking to strengthen our teams with specialist knowledge and experience in three key themes, seven top commodities and in project management. 

Job Qualifications & Skills / Selection Criteria

We are looking for individuals with a proven track record and strong expertise, preferably gained from field experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America, in one or more of the following areas:

Key themes:

1)    Climate Smart Agriculture (Low GHG Production Systems and Resilience to CC in Agriculture)

2)    Sustainable Markets (Value Chain Development and Inclusive Business)

3)    Food Security (Household Nutritional Security and Sustainable Food Production)


Top commodities:

Cassava, Rice, Horticulture, Diary, Livestock, Coffee and Cocoa


Other key requirements:

  1. Master’s Degree or higher degree in a relevant discipline e.g. agriculture, agricultural economics, agribusiness, agricultural engineering, international trade, marketing etc.;
  2. At least eight to ten(8 -10) years or more of progressively responsible work experience in implementing multi-faceted agricultural development projects in Africa, Asia or Latin America;
  3. Proven experience in business development;
  4. Extensive experience in one or more of SNV’s top commodity value chains;
  5. Visionary and able to strategically inspire and energise project teams;
  6. Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with governments, the private sector and civil society;
  7. Strong interpersonal and influencing skills and experience working in a matrix organisation;
  8. Entrepreneurial, result-oriented and driver for change;
  9. International work experience, preferably in a country of SNV operation;
  10. Willingness and ability to live and work in an SNV country programme for up to two years.


Languages: Proficient in English. Fluency or working knowledge of French and Spanish is an advantage.

Contract Type: International   

Contract Duration: Aligned to project duration

Salary Indications: SNV offers an attractive remuneration package

How to apply  

If you think you have what it takes to help us meet our ambition to improve the lives of 40 million people living in poverty by 2015; join our pool of experts by uploading your CV and cover letter in our in-house recruitment system 

Please indicate in your cover letter your timeline for taking a new position and any geographic preferences.

Due to a large volume of applicants expected only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Additional Information about the position

Position Type: Temps plein

Working Hours: Horaire normal

Working Language: Anglais

Second Language: Français

Closing Date: 2014-07-30