Climate Smart Agriculture Market Researcher

Latin America
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Deadline for Applications
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted before May 21, 2021 to Ciniro Costa Junior ( All applications must include curriculum vitae, cover letter, salary expectations (USD monthly salary expectation) and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted. Please note that applications that do not include all the information described above will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is led by the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), one of the 15 research centers of CGIAR. They bring together the world’s best researchers in agricultural, climate and earth science to deliver innovative research-based solutions that catalyze positive change towards low-carbon and climate resilient food systems.

CCAFS considers sustainable finance as a key lever for change in the sustainability agenda and a crucial driver to support the transition to sustainable and climate resilient food systems and landscapes. Greater engagement on sustainable finance will contribute to reducing poverty, improvements in food and nutrition security and protection and regeneration of natural resources and ecosystem services. To that end, they work with governments, international financial institutions, asset owners, asset managers and corporates to help reorient and leverage capital flows towards innovative investments in sustainable food systems.

This is a key growth area for CCAFS, as they receive greater demand from public and private investors for their cutting-edge research, advisory services, global operational capacity and innovation focus. They focus on providing innovative science-based solutions that drive sustainable economic growth while delivering positive climate and development outcomes. Their main areas of work on sustainable finance focus on:

1. Develop innovative investment solutions for sustainable food systems
2. Provide advisory services to ensure that investments in food systems achieve sustainable development and positive climate impact
3. Develop cutting-edge research on the intersection between sustainable finance and sustainable food systems

As part of on-going advisory work, they are looking for an individual with investment and finance background to assist with market research and pipeline building. This work aims to develop a pipeline of climate smart agriculture (CSA) business models in food systems across Latin American countries (LAM), excluding Brazil, to support investment matchmaking. Pipeline development should focus on upstream (sustainable intensification of production). This may include sustainable livestock, landscape restoration, agroforestry and other types of sustainable agriculture and food supply chains, including activities leading to soil carbon sequestration etc. Results will inform financial institutions, impact investors and private companies about promising business models and investment opportunities in LAM that contribute to large-scale impacts (climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation and improved productivity amongst others).

Specifically, she/he will focus on:
• Activity: Support CCAFS to develop a pipeline of potential investees that can be matched to impact investors by sourcing investment opportunities, developing business cases and preparing investment memorandums for climate-smart agriculture (CSA) business models in food systems.
Deliverable: “Live” database of potential investments, which will be discussed amongst the project team on an on-going basis.
Frequency: Bi-monthly.

• Activity: Identify CSA project and business models: Interviews and reviews to map out cases across the region on: sustainable livestock, landscape restoration, agroforestry and other types of sustainable agriculture and food supply chains.
Deliverable: Database is expected to consist of at least 8 potential deals over the duration of the project.
Frequency: Bi-monthly.

• Activity: Validation (or refutation) of investment strategy of promising investment opportunities (i.e. if there is a market need for the investment instruments envisioned and sufficient demand).
Deliverable: Case-by case report of investment strategy fit of most promising deals (4 assessment in total).
Frequency: Case-by-case assessed monthly.

• Activity: Validation (or refutation) of the impact thesis of promising investment opportunities (i.e. is there a potential for a substantial and measurable impact with the envisioned investment strategy). Technical input on CSA will be provided by CCAFS scientists and researchers.
Deliverable: Case-by-case report of impact assessment of most promising deals (4 assessments in total).
Frequency: Case-by-case assessed monthly.

• Activity: Support project teams to disaggregate problems and provide innovative solutions through close collaboration with the project team by diagnosing bottlenecks.
Deliverable: The consultant is expected to attend bi-monthly (at a minimum) meetings with the project team.
Frequency: Bi-monthly.

• Activity: Support CCAFS scientists and researchers to characterize projects and business models based on climate smartness and mitigation potential of business models. Technical input on CSA will be provided by CCAFS scientists and researchers to support the consultant.
Deliverable: Monthly case-by case support provided to prioritize database and select 4 most promising investment opportunities CCAFS scientists and researchers.
Frequency: Case-by-case support.

• Activity: Long-list of potential investment enterprises complimented with a ‘Deal Book’ of ~4 that match the thesis of the proposed project. The final ‘Deal Book’ of ~4 will include an investment memorandum report for each.
Deliverable: Long-list of potential investments (~8 enterprises), “Deal Book” of ~4 most promising investment opportunities.
Frequency: Final report.