International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Latest Vacancy

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The International Center for Tropical Agriculture is an international research and development organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger while protecting natural resources in developing countries.

POSITION: Impact Technical Assistance

The ideal candidate has at least 3 years of prior work experience in Impact Measurement, with significant experience working with SMEs on environmental sustainability topics.

They will be open-minded critical thinkers with good coaching and capacity-building skills, passionate and motivated by the environmental and social impact of their work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conceptualize and structure capacity building on environmental and social Impact Measurement for SMEs in various agricultural commodities in Ghana.
  • Support a select few SMEs to develop and implement well-targeted but lean Impact Measurement systems to mitigate risks and identify opportunities to improve their natural resource management. This may include supporting the design of lower-risk financing models such as results-based payments.
  • Ensure alignment with relevant sustainable finance and impact management protocols/requirements for targeted impact funds, as well as regulatory requirements and the natural resource management aims of the project.
  • Lead fieldwork including focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and household surveys. Use results to design Impact Measurement systems that link value chain dynamics to local drivers of environmental conservation or degradation. Document results of fieldwork as knowledge products on sustainable land use finance approach.
  • Develop a catalog of companies and existing PPP business models for scaling out climate-smart agriculture, climate information, and agro-advisory service delivery in Ghana. This will be conducted through desk research, interviews with key-value chain actors and companies, focus group decisions, and/or facilitating workshop(s).
  • Build stakeholder awareness and prioritization of promising business models for scaling climate-smart agriculture, especially those that increase the resilience of women and youth. This will be achieved by working with key partners to produce/disseminate information materials and outreach through strategic events.
  • Support improved integration of agro-advisory support systems into investments, enabling climate-informed decision making by smallholder farmers of roots & tubers, maize, vegetables, and cowpea.
  • Contribute to the formulation and definition of projects Impact Monitoring Metrics through collaboration with relevant project teams and partner impact investors.
  • Stay up-to-date with existing research and impact investor initiatives related to impact and sustainability topics.
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Key Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years of similar work experience in an Impact Measurement role or similar role related to social and environmental sustainability issues affecting rural communities and our planet
  • Experience identifying and assessing profitability and environmental sustainability of business models in the private sector, with a preference for experience with SMEs
  • Experience in designing and managing impact frameworks for impact-driven projects or organizations, ideally for impact asset managers or investors
  • University degree in economics, environmental science, development finance, or a related field
  • A demonstrated passion for social enterprise, development finance, and/or impact investing
  • Excellent overview of recent trends regarding impact management concepts
  • Ability to communicate the strategic relevance and provide technical guidance on impact management
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Open and engaging communication style, strong writing, and presentation skills
  • Excellent English language speaking and writing skills; knowledge of a second language such as French or other local languages is preferred
  • Experience in GIS/remote sensing will be an added advantage
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HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are invited to apply online through the Alliance Careers website (https://alliancebioversityciat.org/careers) by clicking on the Apply button, completing the online application, and attaching a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the qualifications, competencies, skills together with a detailed curriculum vitae, including names and addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the candidates’ professional qualifications and work experience.

CLOSING DATE: December 15, 2021

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