Sunday, July 19, 2015

Agricultural Finance Specialist

Connexus Corporation is dedicated to providing high quality international development consulting services in support of financial services and enterprise development. Since 2007, Connexus has completed numerous initiatives, specializing in rural and agricultural finance and impact investment. In particular, Connexus acts as a bridge builder between the public and private sector; finance and funding needs; technology and the user; and funds and markets.

Connexus is seeking an Agricultural Finance Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Mboga Matunda program under the Feed the Future Initiative in Tanzania. The program will focus on increasing the productivity and profitability of horticulture value chains, while also integrating a large number of women and youth into the sector. The program will also look to extend the benefits from horticulture to improve the nutritional status of Tanzanians, including women and children.

LOCATION: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

• Identify and make contact with key informants and key stakeholders in horticulture value chains
• Identify finance and investment opportunities utilizing partnerships with key value chain actors and strategies for connecting smallholders to markets
• Develop relationships with local and international financial institutions and investors
• Work with financial institutions and value chain actors to design financial products to meet smallholder demand for financial services
• Develop, package and market a pipeline of project related investment opportunities, in coordination with project partners

• Must hold a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, and at least 10 years of experience in agricultural finance, economic growth/trade, value chain competitiveness or investment promotion
• Demonstrated success in implementing programs aimed at increasing access to finance and investment for agricultural value chains, especially horticulture value chains
• Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in advancing good/best practices in value chain development that reaches women, youth and smallholders
• Demonstrated creativity, willingness to innovate, think systemically and manage within a team environment
• Experience working on USAID-funded programs in East Africa
• Experience working with public-private partnerships
• This position requires spoken and written fluency in English and Swahili

DEADLINE: August 28, 2015

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to with “Ag Finance Specialist – Mboga Matunda” in the subject line.
No phone calls please.