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We are recruiting to fill the place beneath:

Job Title: R & D COVID-19 Officer

Location: Abuja

Project Summary
The USAID-funded West Africa Trade and Investment Hub (hereinafter known as the Trade Hub) is a five-year, $140 million commerce and funding facilitation exercise that seeks to enhance personal sector competitiveness in West Africa by way of a market-based method
By working in partnership with the personal sector and fostering co-investments, the challenge will generate new private-sector capital funding into key sectors to create jobs and enhance commerce between the U.S. and West Africa, together with by way of elevated utilization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The challenge includes of three essential parts:

Design and administration of a Co-Investment fund for personal sector partnerships, together with a portion for partnerships focusing on modernization in agriculture with Research and Development (R&D) initiatives;

Technical help (TA) that instantly helps, coordinates, and engages with qualifying recipients (i.e., companions and grantees) to attain USAID’s commerce and meals security aims;
Urgently reply to the secondary financial impacts of COVID-19, notably to 1) enhance entry of working capital with monetary actors, 2) forestall and mitigate job losses, and 3) assist reply to native and regional provide chain disruptions and shortages of essential medical provides and providers in addition to for agricultural inputs and meals staples.

The R&D part of the Trade Hub’s Co-Investment Fund goals to assist confirmed applied sciences and improvements in agriculture on a grant matching precept with public/personal sector actors and analysis establishments that promote smallholder farmer productiveness and incomes in Nigeria

The part engages with R&D organizations with initiatives that interact in smallholder productiveness and/or processing enhancements and align with the Trade Hub’s focused worth chains (maize, soy, rice, cowpea, aquaculture) and areas (Kebbi, Kaduna, Niger, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Benue).

Position Summary
The R&D COVID-19 Officer will assist R&D efforts in establishing co-investment initiatives associated to agriculture and COVID-19 speedy response in Nigeria. The R&D COVID-19 Officer’s obligations will embody:

  • Building partnerships with personal and public sector organizations and corporations implementing new and progressive applied sciences in agriculture and working in Trade Hub’s strategic goal sectors in Nigeria, primarily inside 5 worth chains (maize, rice, soy, cowpea, aquaculture) and seven goal states (Kebbi, Niger, Kaduna, Ebonyi, Benue, Delta, Cross River);
  • Leveraging current community and contacts to have interaction with personal and public agricultural/agricultural analysis organizations in Nigeria to attain confirmed outcomes;
  • Completing preliminary evaluation and evaluations of potential agricultural analysis and innovation initiatives;
  • Conducting and supporting technical screening efforts of potential R&D companions to the Trade Hub;
  • Supporting grantees in the course of the implementation of actions because the technical level of contact.

Reporting and Supervision:

  • The R R&D COVID-19 Officer will report back to the R&D Partnerships Director with further assist supplied by the Technical Director and PPP Director.

Primary Responsibilities
The R&D COVID-19 Officer will likely be primarily liable for:

  • Managing and taking part in inner threat critiques and shows, conducting proposal conferences, assigning duties and setting deadlines, monitoring progress, speaking data from companions and inner challenge departments, and making certain that challenge’s technical and contractual necessities and deadlines are met.
  • Assisting the R&D and Technical Director rollout new R&D grant co-investment actions and challenge reporting.
  • Identifying strategic partnership alternatives in shut coordination with the R&D Director to develop and develop partnerships pipeline for the Trade Hub co-investment grants.
  • Maintaining the CRM system (Smartsheets) to trace the pipeline, log discussions and replace with notes from conferences with potential R&D candidates
  • Developing complete mappings of key actors already working or within the means of creating options associated to focused agricultural worth chains to reinforce the standard of the present pipeline.
  • Facilitating registration and application course of with potential R&D candidates on the SMART grants’ on-line platform.
  • Collecting and reviewing data from potential co-investment grantees to make sure strategic match, market potential and cost-sharing means.
  • Completing preliminary evaluation and funding memos for initiatives and companions and present suggestions for shortlisting.
  • Providing inputs for challenge annual work plans in accordance with the Trade Hub scope.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Excellent written and spoken communication abilities required, together with the power to handle purchasers and put together shows for purchasers and companions.
  • Experience engaged on USAID packages most well-liked.
  • Experience managing a challenge with a excessive quantity of grants desired.
  • Problem-solving, stress administration and time administration abilities are required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy or related discipline is necessary. Graduate Degree is strongly most well-liked
  • However, in circumstances the place a candidate possesses distinctive related expertise however lacks a graduate Degree (outlined at the least of 8 years of expertise), the distinctive related post-education expertise will likely be thought-about.
  • Minimum of 5 years of labor expertise, ideally with expertise working with agricultural personal sector in Nigeria, notably inside the 5 goal worth chains (maize, rice, soy, cowpea, aquaculture).
  • Demonstrated means to work collaboratively with institutional and personal sector companions and stakeholders, together with analysis establishments.
  • Proficient at utilizing Microsoft workplace software program: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and so on.
  • Prior expertise utilizing web-based functions most well-liked.
  • Fluency in a number of of the native languages utilized in Nigeria is most well-liked.

How to Apply
Interested and certified candidates should send their CV as PDF or phrase format as one doc to: [email protected] utilizing the Job Title as the topic of the mail.

Application Deadline twenty sixth November, 2020.


  • Local candidates are strongly inspired to use.
  • Only finalists will likely be contacted. No cellphone calls, please.
  • Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability / Veteran.

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