Fellow: Training, Agronomy and Farmer Engagement

Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Clinton Foundation
Odienné, Côte d’Ivoire
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Following a successful pilot in 2016, RMG Concept and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) are launching a farmer services & aggregation (supply chain) enterprise, Acceso LORFOL targeting soybean and maize smallholder farmers in Côte d’Ivoire. Acceso means “access” in Spanish and is the brand of CGEP’s social enterprises around the world. LORFOL means “prosperity” in Senoufo, the language spoken in northern Côte d’Ivoire. This enterprise will support up to 10,000 smallholder farmers through targeted input packages on credit, training and aggregation and quality control of harvest for sale to large buyers.

Position Description
The training, agronomy and farmer engagement fellow is responsible for all aspects of Acceso LORFOL’s farmer engagement program, including farmer recruitment, extension, contracting, credit packages and data management to deliver targeted yield increases and income improvements.

Reporting/Supervisor: General Manager
Location: Odienné, Côte d’Ivoire
Contract: Six (6) to twelve (12) month fellowship
Travel: Up to 75% local travel
Compensation: Modest stipend that covers monthly living expenses

Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities
The duties listed below are intended as illustrations of the types of duties that may be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position.

♣       Structure farmer recruitment and deployment of training programs based on farmer needs and field team availability;
♣       Evaluate farmer needs, synthesize available best practices and develop basic training modules and deploy training activities;
♣       Review proposed credit and contracting packages and provide recommendations to reduce risk, increase return and simplify overall program management;
♣       Propose design of simple lending or contracting management system to organize grower credit history, current activity, limits, etc;
♣       Create credit and contracting internal rules and policies to govern all lending activities;
♣       Review and improve all credit and contracting documents and develop tools for staff, farmers and entrepreneurs to maximize repayment rates;
♣       Determine optimal contract structure for all contractors (depot managers, tractor and thresher service providers, etc);
♣       Analyze cash flow and overall lending needs, business unit and overall credit program and determine potential roles of lending partners;
♣       Train field staff on all current and new credit offerings, contracting and reward/loyalty schemes;
♣       Develop tools for field staff to train farmers on specific credit, contracting and reward/loyalty schemes;
♣       Collate data and review progress on production, cashflow and lending activities with the operations manager on weekly basis;
♣       Assist general manager with development of reports and presentations for internal and external stakeholders, e.g., buyers, investors and donors;
♣       Oversee all demonstration and trial plots;
♣       Work on special projects as assigned.

Required Education, Work Experience & Languages
♣       Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, agriculture or public administration, or a related field; MBA or Master’s degree preferred;
♣       Experience managing teams in agribusiness, business or related fields in West Africa or other developing economies;
♣       Specialized and advanced knowledge of agriculture or agribusiness;
♣       MS Office applications, particularly as related to database structure and data collection, reporting methods, statistical analysis and data management;
♣       Experience with FarmForce a strong plus;
♣       Oral and written working proficiency in English and French.
♣       Passion for the cause: poverty alleviation at scale.

About RMG Concept
RMG Concept Ltd. (RMG) is involved in crop protection in West & Central Africa and is a leading distributor of crop inputs specifically targeting smallholder farmers. The company has also moved into purchasing crops to create market opportunities for smallholders and provides technical assistance in the field with its partners. RMG holds rights to develop, formulate and distribute the range of Syngenta, Bayer and Dow products in Côte d’Ivoire and fifteen other countries in West & Central Africa including Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo and Senegal. In Côte d’Ivoire, RMG operates an industrial complex in Abidjan to produce liquid and granular products. RMG has always committed to sustainability and clean industries and has received the Excellence Prize of the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire for the least polluting industrial plant in the country.

About Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, is pioneering an innovative approach to poverty alleviation. CGEP creates social enterprises by addressing existing market gaps in developing countries’ distribution or supply chains. CGEP’s “Acceso” farmer services & aggregation (supply chain) businesses set up depots and buying points around clusters of smallholder farmers and provide them with targeted fertilizer, seeds, and other inputs and technology at scale-leveraged cost to increase productivity. Acceso businesses contract with farmers to purchase their entire harvest and aggregate production into quality-controlled, reliable supply chains for large buyers under contract. CGEP manages a portfolio of enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean, and are quickly expanding into Africa and Asia.

Additional Information

Interested candidates should send their CV to info@cgepartnership.com with the subject line “Cote d’Ivoire Farmer Engagement Fellow.”