Employment Opportunity at Palladium 

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Employment Opportunity at Palladium

JOB TITLE: Team Leader and Agribusiness Expert

About Palladium:

Palladium is a global company working to design, develop and deliver positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of people around the globe; broaden access to health, water, power, and infrastructure; build enduring, sustainable, and transformative institutions and market systems to address global challenges; and conserve the natural world. We operate in over 90 countries and have a workforce of 4,000 talented, motivated, and diverse staff of all religions, races, languages, and gender identities

Objective

Given that women and youth-led agribusinesses account for less than 20% of the total financing facilitated to date, but constitute over 60% of the beneficiary agribusiness, the STTA assignment will increase the pool of financing and investment opportunities, with female and youth-led Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises constituting the majority.

The assessment team will consist of one Team Leader (Finance and Investment Consultant) and Agribusiness Experts (SME Development) who will identify, map and develop finance and investment deal profiles that represent strategic opportunities for bank and/or non-bank, debt and/or equity investments in Ghana. The final agribusiness investment opportunities document will be showcased at the MFA’s Annual Agribusiness Investment Summit scheduled for October 2022 to stimulate transactions between project partners.

The STTA assignment aims to identify prospective commercially viable investment opportunities for improved production, infrastructure, and service delivery for agriculture in Ghana within the target value chains. Qualifying agribusinesses include, but are not limited to, input dealers, producers, processors, aggregators, storage providers, traders, retailers, exporters, agriculture logistical firms, and technology providers, among others. MFA supports agribusinesses who provide direct and indirect market and other functional services for producers and smallholder farmers in target value chains within the USAID ZOI. It also includes financial institutions that conduct on-lending to businesses in the target value chains.

  • Location: The position is based in Palladium’s Accra, Ghana office.
  • Reporting and Supervision: The STTA team members will report to FtF MFA Chief of Party or his designate.
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Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Team Leader (Finance and Investment Consultant)

Responsibilities of the Team Leader:

  • Overall responsible for the deliverable;
  • Leading the design of the assessment tools required for the assignment
  • Leading the review of the secondary data including Reports on similar assessment
  • interviews and meetings with agribusinesses seeking investment in the target value chains and regions;
  • Supervise assessment team members;
  • Lead the development and finalization of the assessment deliverables.
Agribusiness Expert (SME Development)

Responsibilities of the Ghanaian Agribusiness Expert:

  • Provide technical and operational support to the assessment Team Leader;
  • Contribute in the identifying and prioritizing agribusiness opportunities for the teams consideration.
  • Conduct literature reviews, identify potential agribusiness investees within the target value chains and regions;
  • Arrange and conduct interviews as required;
  • Finally, Assist with the production and finalization of assessment deliverables.

 Professional Expertise/Competencies Preferred:

Team Lead – Qualifications and Experience

  • Firstly, At least 20 years of experience in private sector development and/or value chain financing
  • Secondly, At least 15 years of experience in finance (at least 10 years in agribusiness sector)
  • Thirdly, At least 10 years of experience with agribusiness investment using varied instruments including but not limited to debt and equity.
  • Moreover, Demonstrated expertise in at least 5 of the MFA target value chains -maize, soy, groundnuts, cowpea, mango, shea, and cashew
  • Additionally, Experience in high value export crops (including horticultural exports) would be an added advantage
  • Then, Strong leadership skills in leading a team of senior technical experts
  • Also, Strong writing skills
  • Afterwards, Demonstrated skills in engaging key promoters, owner/managers of agribusinesses with growth potentials within MFA target value chains – maize, cowpea, groundnut, soy, cashew, mango, shea, and other high-value export crops
  • Last but not least, Demonstrated experience in conducting similar assignment in Ghana
  • Finally, At least, Master degree in relevant field of studies preferably Agribusiness, Business Administration, Economics, Project Management, etc.)
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Agribusiness Expert – Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 15 years of experience in enterprise development (at least 10 years in agribusiness sector)
  • Extensive contacts with agribusinesses in Ghana and a demonstrated understanding of the agriculture landscape particularly MFA target value chains – maize, cowpea, groundnut, soy, cashew, mango, shea, and other high-value export crops
  • Strong analytical skills with experience in the investment appraisal
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience in finance facilitations and Enterprise Diagnostics
  • Lastly, Master’s degree in business administration or relevant field of study

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion – 

Palladium is committed to embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion into everything we do. We welcome applications from all sections of society and actively encourage diversity to drive innovation, creativity, success and good practice.

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We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce; and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment regardless of their background or personal characteristics. These include: (but are not limited to) socio-economic background, age, race, gender identity and expression, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, veteran, marital or Indigenous status.

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Closing Date: 29th July 2022

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