Non-profit Careers – Marketing and Product Development Officer at IFPRI

Organisation: The International Food Policy Research Institute
(IFPRI)
Project Name: HarvestPlus
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Market and Product Development Specialist
About IFPRI:
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks
sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. Founded in 1975, IFPRI is
a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership for a food
secure future. The mandate of IFPRI is to identify and analyze alternative
national and international strategies and policies for meeting world food needs
in ways that conserve the natural resource base, with emphasis on low income
and on the poorer groups in the countries.
About HarvestPlus:
HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for
Nutrition and Health (A4NH) which helps realize the potential of agricultural
development to deliver gender-equitable health and nutritional benefits to the
poor. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure
future. HarvestPlus seeks to develop and disseminate nutrient dense staple food
crops as a means to reduce micronutrient malnutrition (hidden hunger) in
developing countries. The initial target micronutrients are iron, zinc, and
vitamin A. HarvestPlus Uganda is promoting the production and consumption of
pro-vitamin A (Orange) sweet potato (OSP) and high iron beans and supporting
the marketing of these crops by linking farmers to markets and training in
business support services. 
Job Summary: The Market and Product Development Officer will
work closely with field extension workers and community volunteers to support
the marketing of surplus OSP and high iron beans in the target districts and
support commercial farmers to produce for the urban areas.  He/she will develop a country marketing
strategy for biofortified crops to ensure sustained supply and generate demand
in the market. The work requires working with different stakeholders especially
farmers’ groups to support them to produce for the market and facilitate trade
linkages.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work in liaison with other partners
    (extension teams) to extend the season of OSP and beans through improved
    production schedules and post-harvest techniques
  • Work with farmer groups and associations
    to create trade linkages with traders and institutional buyers
  • Under the guidance of the Marketing
    Specialist, build capacity of farmer groups and associations with a focus
    of working with traders to establish profitable trading systems and a
    consistent supply of OSP and iron rich beans
  • Render support in training of trainers in
    production techniques, product development and marketing strategies;
    refine the marketing training materials for the target crops
  • Develop and produce promotional materials
    to encourage marketing of produce
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The incumbent should preferably hold a
    Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant area of expertise (e.g. Agriculture,
    Agribusiness, marketing);
  • Strong and proven experience in working
    with farmers to strengthen marketing of produce in various markets
  • Past experience working with public and
    private sector institutions is preferred
  • Be a good team player, collaborative,
    self-motivated and able to work well with multi-cultural and
    multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Possess the ability to conceptualize and
    initialize development programmes especially in the area of marketing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, fluent in
    English with strong writing skills and Computer Literate;
  • Willingness and ability to  travel to project areas
  • Working knowledge of one or more Ugandan
    languages would be an added advantage
How to Apply:
If you are passionate about humanities and desire to join The
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) HarvestPlus Program in the
aforementioned capacity, please Apply Online by visiting web link below.

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