Sector Specialist: AgriTech
British High Commission Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya
8h ago
source : Fuzu

Job Summary

  • Undergraduate degree and other relevant professional qualification or experience.
  • At least six years’ experience working in an agri-tech or related fields and a keen interest in its applicability to Africa.
  • Experience of working in or with government departments, NGOs, and similar institutions.
  • Proven track record of cross-team collaboration.
  • A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable can-do attitude that can see way through challenges.
  • Knowledge of African markets and / or African trade and production networks.
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in sustainable development.
  • Language : Fluent English.
  • Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Understanding of UK Export Finance and Development Finance, although training will be provided.
  • Required competencies Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes

    Responsibilities

  • Agriculture, including production and processing but with a particular emphasis on agricultural technology and investment, is one of six sector priorities in 2020 / 21 for the Department for International Trade in Africa.
  • The Sector will be led by a Sector Director in South Africa working with a virtual team across the continent. You will support that team in each location with expert advice based on African agricultural needs, practices and regulations.

  • You will understand African needs intimately and be able to translate those to officials less familiar with the sector.
  • You will forge close relationships with African producers, distributors and regulators such that you can interpret their needs and develop solutions with and for them.

    You will seek first and foremost to progress their plans and assist in their capability, but you will have a good knowledge of international best practice to contribute.

  • You will bring a commercial perspective to agricultural progress and efficiency trying to find the areas where commercial, investment or regulatory intervention could improve the viability of African agricultural production for the marketplace.
  • This will be in complement to other actors for the British Government, with whom you will forge close working relationships, whose primary interests might be in e.

    g. food security and / or livelihoods. You will work to understand the contribution of DFID and other programmes so that DIT can support these while also adding value in its commercial and trade policy sphere.

  • Your aim will be to help African producers understand where a commercial application could deliver on or raise their ambition.
  • You will also consider where UK or regional trade agreements could support growth for the sector. And you will consider the question of access for African produce to valuable markets like the UK and EU but where stringent standards need to be met on importation.

  • Together with expertise in agriculture, arable and pastoral, you will understand agricultural finance and business and will help advise for different schemes on models of finance including from UK Government partners including UKEF and DFID.
  • You will not be so concerned as colleagues with aligning African plans to UK solutions, but it would help to understand UK capabilities, public and private, especially in the area of research and innovation.
  • For this you would make connections to the UK’s innovation centres and support work that could have mutual benefit in bringing ground breaking techniques to Africa.

  • Your role will be advisory, but you would be expected to show a clear contribution to relationship development with African producers, to trade policy gains helping African prosperity, and to the upskilling of our agritech network as they better understand how to target solutions for African needs.
  • Job Requirements

    Required education : Bachelor's degree

    Required relevant work experience : 5 years

    Required languages : English (Spoken : fluent Written : fluent)

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