Market Development Specialist

Location: Nepal
Salary: Negotiable
Posted Date: 2016-06-06 Deadline: 2016-06-13
  • Location : Nepal
  • Working Position : Entry Level
  • Qualification Degree : Master of Arts/Science in field related to agri-business management, development of agri-input markets, and agri-value chains from a recognized institution/ Relevant Ph.D. is an advantage
  • Salary : Negotiable
  • Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
  • Nature : Full Time
Job Description

The position will be based at CIMMYT’s Nepal Office in Kathmandu and will involve frequent travel to rural intervention areas as well as occasional international travel.

Specific duties:

  • Assess input value chain development options for the sustainable intensification of smallholder systems in Nepal, with a particular focus on seed and fertilizer provision models.
  • Assess implications of value chain development options for technology adoption, adaptation, scaling, and enhanced social inclusiveness.
  • Build an exciting strategic R4D portfolio around agri-input supply (seed, fertilizer) in Nepal, including targeting options and tools, technological and institutional innovations, business models and development strategies, public-private partnerships, empirical evidence particularly in relation to agri-input markets and value chains, and practical recommendations and rigorous documentation.
  • Build the capacity of partners in agri-input business analysis and development, including meeting regulatory requirements and challenges for seed/fertilizer sector development and develop public-private partnerships, market linkages, and business models.
  • Publish findings in international peer-reviewed journals.

Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

  • Master of Arts/Science in field related to agri-business management, development of agri-input markets, and agri-value chains from a recognized institution. Relevant Ph.D. is an advantage.
  • Applied and relevant R4D experience during degree studies and earlier career and promising publication record.
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in building public and private sector-led agri-input business in developing countries, preferably in South Asia and in seeds and/or fertilizer.
  • Demonstrated success in using value chain approaches and best practices for increasing the competitiveness and social inclusiveness of the agri-input sector in smallholder agriculture in challenging environments.
  • Experience in building capacity of partners in agri-input business analysis and development.
  • Experience developing partnerships, market linkages, and business models.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • A high degree of personal organization and the ability to multi-task and work under pressure, as well as travel extensively.

Competencies:Multicultural Awareness and Sensitivity, Communication, Time Management, Relationship with External Stakeholders, Collaboration

The position is for an initial fixed-term for three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.

Apply Instructions

Candidates must apply here for 16824 Market Development Specialist. Screening and follow up of applications will begin on Monday, 13 June 2016. Incomplete applications (CV, Cover Letter) will not be taken into consideration. Cover Letter should refer explicitly to the essential qualifications, skills, and competencies stated above providing clear and concrete examples of where, when, and how the experience was gained. For further information on the selection process, please contact Enrique Martinez, at
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.

Organization Summary

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (commonly called by its Spanish acronym CIMMYT for Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo) is a non-profit research and training institution dedicated to both the development of improved varieties of wheat and maize, and introducing improved agricultural practices to farmers, thereby improving their livelihoods. It is also one of the 15 non-profit, research and training institutions affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

Industry Type NGO / INGO / Social Work
Location Kathmandu Nepal
Organization Size 1-10
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