Non-profit Jobs – Marketing and Product Development Specialist at The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Organisation: The International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Project Name: HarvestPlus
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
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 Specialist will be responsible for steering and refining a
country marketing strategy for biofortified crops to ensure sustained supply
and generate demand in the market. He/she will work with different stakeholders
especially farmers’ groups to support them to produce for the market and
facilitate trade linkages.  The Market
and Product Development Specialist who will work closely other 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.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Develop country specific marketing
    strategy for the promoted crops (orange sweet potato, high iron beans)
  • Work closely with farmers groups and
    associations to bulk produce for marketing and create trade linkages with
    traders and institutional buyers
  • Design and execute promotional
    activities/campaigns to promote marketability of the targeted crops
  • Carry out training for extension agents,
    market link’ farmers, retailers and traders as demanded
  • Actively promote product development and
    value addition for the biofortified crops.
  • Build capacity of farmer groups and
    associations with a focus of working with traders to establish profitable
    trading systems and a consistent supply of biofortified crops
  • Work closely with extension teams to
    extend the season of biofortified crops through improved post-harvest
    techniques and various production schedules
  • Accurate documenting and reporting on the
    marketing interventions
  • Engage in Marketing campaigns aimed at
    popularizing biofortified crops
  • Carry out periodic market research
    studies.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold a Master’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
  • 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;
  • Past experience working with public and
    private sector institutions.
  • Working knowledge of one or more Ugandan
    languages would be an added advantage
How to Apply: 
All candidates should send their applications should be addressed to
the: Country manager Harvest Plus Uganda via email to:  IFPRI-KampalaRecruitment@cgiar.org
The complete applications should include an application letter, updated
curriculum vitae, and the name and contact information of three professional
references (including telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address) with
the subject line “Marketing and Product Development Specialist”
Deadline: 8th May 2015

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