Nov 03, 2017

National Consultant: Marketing Specialist

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Mbabane, Hhohho Region, Swaziland
Full time Biotech Business Development Consultant Marketing Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Specific activities and main responsibilities:

Working under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative for Swaziland (FAOR), the direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR with the technical supervision of FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) and the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) in the Sub-Regional Office for Southern Africa (SFS), and in close consultation with the National Project Coordinator (NPC), the Marketing Specialist shall:

  • Review the market/industry (production, processing, marketing and distribution) and determine market opportunities and feasibility for the selected crops produced by the schools and colleges (profile and map the key value chain actors;
  • Develop marketing and promotion strategies for linking the schools and colleges with domestic markets and agro-processors;
  • Support the development and implementation of production and marketing schedules;
  • Conduct training workshops for the producers in understanding marketing information and good marketing practices;
  • Provides technical assistance and advice on marketing;
  • Maintains and develops strong partnerships with organized marketing institutions including those from the private sector organizations, cooperatives, partners, collaborators etc
  • Undertake other relevant duties and activities upon instruction of NPC or FAOR

Minimum Qualifications & Experience:

  • University Degree in Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Marketing or related field;
  • At least 5 years of relevant field experience, including the commercialisation of smallholder producers, building linkages with input, output and/or financial markets;
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written and ability to communicate with a diversity of stakeholders at various levels;

Selection Criteria:

  1. Demonstrate proven experience and specialized knowledge and skills in all technical fields relevant to agriculture, agribusiness, marketing programmes;
  2. Have demonstrable recent experience of similar or related technical assignments in the agricultural marketing sector.
  3. Extent and relevance of experience in developing and implementing programmes of work or projects related to agricultural marketing.

FAO is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are encouraged to apply. FAO is a smoke free environment.

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