Agri-Business Expert - DR CONGO

SNV - Matadi (Congo Rép. dém. du)

Type of Contract International

Duration of Contract 2 ans ou plus

Education Bac + 5 et Plus

Work Experience Au moins 7 ans

Department: Agri-Business Expert

Application Deadline 20/05/2014

Position n° 252

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About the employer / working context

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in DR Congo seeks to recruit the following staff for an upcoming project:

Agri-Business Expert

Based in Matadi, DR Congo

International contract

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands nearly 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in 38 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations 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



SNV has worked in DR Congo since 2006 and currently operates in the 4 main regions of DRC. These are the provinces Kinshasa, Bas Congo, Bandundu and Equateur.


In alignment with our Corporate Strategy, SNV works together with local partners to provide technical expertise in three sectors: WASH, Renewable Energy and Agriculture, thereby contributing to finding local solutions to global challenges and sowing the seeds of lasting change.

Project Summary

Objective of the Growth Pole Project is to promote the development of the Matadi-Kinshasa-Kikwit corridor through increased private sector investment in agriculture, augmented processing capacities of agricultural products, and the strengthening of the value chains targeted (initially cassava, rice, and palm oil).

The project has 4 components, a) the development of agricultural value chains in the Bas-Congo, b) the establishment of the Special Economic Zone Maluku, c) proactive business development and c) the evaluation of coordination, monitoring, communication and impact.

SNV is the key international development partner in the Growth Pole project.  Therefore SNV is primarily charged with building and strengthening of agricultural supply chains, enhancing farmer cooperatives, processing and marketing capacities. It is expected to be a key partner for local and national farmer organizations, agribusiness PMEs, other private sector actors, UNIDO, government institutions, and the donor agency.

Duties and Responsibilities

Overview of the Position

The Agri-Business Expert will be responsible for coaching and supervising local actors in project execution and delivering capacity building services in Agri-business.

The Agri-business expert will report directly to the Country Sector Leader for Agriculture. Functionally, he/she will report to the Project Manager

Key Responsibilities

Coaching and supervision of local actors in project execution:

  • Lead the development of a business plan for agri-business;
  • Develop inclusive business models and promote this approach with the key actors;
  • Establish “our-grower schemes” which connect small scale farmers and agri-business organisations/companies;
  • Facilitation of multi-actor processes;
  • Capacity building of service providers: provision of affordable and relevant BDS services to cooperatives and producer groups;
  • Capacity building of local leaders (cooperatives) in the development of business plans and the management of rural enterprises.


Capacity building in Agri-business

  • Identify potential local partners from the private sector;
  • Lead campaign for information and awareness raising on the project objectives;
  • Design and produce training materials for Training of Trainers (TOTs) and ensure effective training happens;
  • Organise vocational skills training on the subject of processing technology;
  • Analyse the profitability of rural enterprises managed by the cooperatives and business planning.

Job Qualifications & Skills / Selection Criteria

Candidate profile

  • Master’s Degree in agriculture, agri-business, international trade in agriculture, agricultural economics, marketing or any relevant discipline;
  • Proven abilities in providing business development services to actors in a development context;
  • Seven (7) years or more work experience in supply chain development in agriculture;
  • Experience in evaluation of SME development projects in the Agriculture Sector;
  • Proven track record in agro-processing and certification of agricultural produce;
  • Strong financial skills, familiarity with World Bank funded programmes and results financing an advantage;
  • Experience in training and coaching of teams;
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing skills and experience working in a matrix organisation;
  • Excellent communication (writing and oral), reporting and presentation skills;
  • Willingness to travel to all project locations.

Languages: Proficient in English and French

Duty station: Matadi with frequent travel to Kinshasa

Contract Type: International 

Contract Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of renewal  

Desired Start Date: June 2014 but contingent on donor contract awarding

How to Apply

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation onto our in-house recruitment system via the following link: before May 20, 2014.

Additional Information about the position

Position Type: Temps plein

Working Hours: Horaire normal

Working Language: Anglais

Second Language: Français

Salary: Voir annonce

Closing Date: 2014-05-20