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International Consultant – Capacity strengthening of women Agribusiness Associations/Cooperatives engaged in the Shea-butter value-chain in Niger State, Nigeria.
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||12 days: Homebased, 28 Days-Niger state, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||05-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||40 working days|
UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, it works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Background of the Consultancy:
UN Women Nigeria is implementing a two-year pilot project on Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment through Climate-Resilient Agribusiness in Nigeria. The project aims to close the gender gap in ownership and control of productive agricultural resources including land, and to enhance productivity, access to services and markets for smallholder rural women farmers and entrepreneurs engaged in the rice and shea value chains in Niger and Ebonyi state respectively. The pilot project seeks to deliver the following results:
Although agriculture remains one of the most important areas of women’s work in Nigeria, women farmers face key structural barriers that limit their access to land, information, finance, infrastructure, technologies, extension services and markets. Women still have less access than men to resources and climate change adaptation mechanisms. Closing the gender gap in access to resources and climate smart agricultural and agri-business technologies through informed investments that remove these barriers, represents a great opportunity for rural women’s economic empowerment, overall economic development, and societal resilience to climate change in Nigeria.
In the shea butter agri-businesses value chain, women are unable to derive the full value of their efforts because they often lack the skills, technology, and financial resources to take advantage of the most financially rewarding stages of the chain, namely value-additive processing and marketing. Through the pilot project, UN Women will strengthen the capacities of the targeted women agri-business associations and/cooperatives in Niger State to move up the shea butter value chain. The assistance will involve enhancing their capacities in value-additive processing of shea products to meet international quality standards and improving their access to diverse and competitive national and international markets.
Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of the Consultancy:
As part of the pilot project, UN Women Nigeria is seeking the services of an international consultant to strengthen the capacity of selected women agribusiness associations and cooperatives in Niger State on improved shea butter processing to meet international quality standards, and enhance their market competitiveness and access.
The specific objectives of the assignment include: (i) to train the targeted associations and/ cooperatives on improved value-added processing of shea butter in to various high quality products, (ii) to facilitate quality certification of their products, (iii) to strengthen their marketing skills and practices, and (iv) to facilitate their access to competitive markets including the Fair Trade markets in Europe and America.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The consultant will undertake activities as detailed below to strengthen the targeted women agribusiness associations and cooperatives in terms of good governance and management practices, and good practices in value-added processing and marketing of shea butter products for the domestic and international markets.
1. Strengthening of organizational capacity
i. Strategic planning and participatory consultation and self-assessment tools
ii. Principles of good governance
iii.Leadership and organizational management
iv. Financial literacy and management
v. Development of business plan
2. Strengthening of value-added processing capacity
3. Strengthening of marketing capacity
The consultancy will be conducted for a total period of 40 days. The consultation period is expected to include home-based work (12 days) and on-site activities (28 days).
Integrity: Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Respect for Diversity: Demonstrates an appreciation of the multi-cultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification
HND, or B Sc., or Master’s degree or equivalent in the field of manufacturing, business development, entrepreneurship, agricultural economics, gender or related fields
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.