Technology Integration – Farmer Services & Aggregation (Supply Chain) Enterprise

Organization
Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Clinton Foundation
Location
Odienné, Côte d’Ivoire
Job Type
Fellowship
Deadline for Applications
01/31/2017
Contact Information
rjohnson@clintonfoundation.org
Tags
Internship

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 technology integration fellow is responsible for Acceso LORFOL’s deployment of FarmForce, Mobile Money, and other key business technologies.

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.

♣       Plan and oversee FarmForce deployment for all aspects of field staff and farmer network management;
♣       Maximize use of and streamline FarmForce modules within business operations;
♣       Develop training modules and train field staff on all aspects of FarmForce utilization;
♣       Manage all troubleshooting and technical issues related to FarmForce deployment;
♣       Evaluate potential mobile money platforms and needs for use with contract growing system;
♣       Negotiate and coordinate with mobile money platforms to create best value and optimal platform for business and farmers;
♣       Develop deployment strategy resulting in over 75% of farmer network using mobile money platform for financial transactions with in 2017;
♣       Oversee full deployment of mobile money within farmer network, including farmer sign up, field staff training, troubleshooting and testing, etc;
♣       Work on special projects as assigned.

Required Education, Work Experience & Languages
♣       A Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, agriculture or public administration, or a related field; MBA or Master’s degree preferred;
♣       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 Technology Fellow.”