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Aquaculture Business Development Specialist x1

Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project

Job Opportunity

Introduction

The Government of the Republic of Zambia, through the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock in partnership with the African Development Bank is implementing the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project whose objective is to contribute to economic growth as well as provide food and nutrition security in Zambia. The Project development objective is to advance the aquaculture sub-sector as a viable and inclusive business opportunity, through enhanced production and productivity, in order to improve the livelihoods of beneficiaries along the aquaculture value chain. This objective will be achieved through: a) support and promotion of reliable access to quality input and output markets; b) competitively-priced risk sharing access to finance and c) creation of an enabling infrastructure environment, which in turn is expected to facilitate the entry of new actors and expansion of business opportunities by the existing players in the industry. Specifically targeted Fish farmers will improve their business and managerial skills and the quality of their productive systems in order to increase output, efficiently, while keeping fish prices affordable and meeting growing demand from the lucrative domestic market. The Department of Fisheries is the Implementing Agency for the Project while CEEC is an Implementing Partner under Component 1 of the Project: Support to Aquaculture Enterprise, responsible for managing the Seed Fund of the Project to support the development of the Aquaculture Value Chain through the provision of business loans and business development services to target beneficiaries along the Aquaculture Value Chain.

Accordingly, and in line with its mandate under CEE Act No.9 of 2006 CEEC will provide business loans and technical assistance to MSMEs at all stages of the Aquaculture Value Chain to make it possible for all segments (production, transportation, storage and handling, processing, marketing, etc.) to receive the business support necessary to lift the entire value chain in the target districts.

The deliverables of CEEC will include:

  • Stakeholder sensitization and mobilization
  • Production and administration of a Seed Fund Manual
  • Disbursement and management of business loans to Aquaculture Value Chain Players
  • Provision of Business Development Services to the target MSMEs
  • General Seed Fund coordination and management

Description of The Assignment

Job Purpose

  • The Aquaculture Business Development Specialist (ABDS) will lead the Project Team at CEEC and ensure timely accomplishment of the project component deliverables by facilitating and following up calls for proposals, stakeholder sensitization, selection of proposals, business plan development and implementation support to beneficiaries, project monitoring, disbursement, tracking and recovery of business loans, as well as effective Project component administration including preparing reports to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate operational effectiveness; assume responsibility for follow up, successful management, and execution of Project component activities.
  • While ensuring compliance with the Seed Fund Manual, collaborate with the CEEC Directorate of Credit Control and Risk Management which will manage the project component credit risk, facilitate Board approvals of business loans, disburse credit funds, and undertake loan recoveries and other credit management functions.
  • While ensuring compliance with the Seed Fund Manual, work in liaison with the CEEC Business Development Directorate and technical partners in providing and facilitating the provision of Business Development Services to client MSMEs.
  • Activities will cover stakeholder sensitization, calls for proposals, screening and recommendation of applications through the District Evaluation Committees , business plan development and implementation support, client mentoring, incubation and acceleration services, market linkages, project monitoring, etc.
  • Collaborate and coordinate closely with all stakeholders and partners on a regular basis to ensure project success.
  • Project work plans and progress reports will be developed in a consultative manner so that overall activities are well coordinated among key stakeholders to maintain project focus on intended targets.
  • While ensuring compliance with the Fisheries Act, collaborate with the Department of Fisheries to facilitate the provision of technical services to project component beneficiaries; technical services such as pond and cage culture husbandry, establishment and management of fish hatcheries, specification of fish species and fish feeds, technical training of beneficiaries, provision of extension services, etc.
  • Ensure that the Aquaculture Business Extension Officers receive adequate orientation and training so as to be able to effectively deliver credit and business development services at district level.
  • In collaboration and liaison with the CEEC Directorate of Credit Control and Risk Management, the CEEC Directorate for Business Development, the Department of Fisheries and in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, direct and oversee the operations of the Aquaculture Business Extension Officers so as to ensure effective supervision and collection of business loans as well as effective delivery of business development services to the beneficiaries.
  • Coordinate domestic and international short-term technical assistance associated with the project component and consult relevant partners on an advisory basis and obtain all required clearances obtained when preparing scopes of work and contracting individuals or organizations.
  • Ensure that monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual progress reports (or for any period as necessary) are prepared by the Project Team in a timely manner.
  • Undertake highly effective, regular and detailed communication with the CEEC Directorate of Business Development, the CEEC Directorate of Credit Control and Risk Management, the Department of Fisheries and all other relevant stakeholders.
  • Analyze and report all problems experienced in project implementation, so that remedial actions can be promptly taken.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Degree in Aquaculture/Fisheries Science, Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, Business Administration, Economics, Commerce or related fields
  • Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, Business Administration, Economics, Commerce or related fields
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in Value Chain Development.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience facilitating credit services to Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises
  • A Minimum of 3 years field experience working in Aquaculture Value Chain Development
  • Experience in the Africa region is required.
  • Experience in Zambia is preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English required.

Duration of the Assignment

  • The duration of the assignment shall commence from September 2018 and shall be renewed annually, based on performance, up to the closing date of the Project (31 Dec. 2021).
  • Location
  • The Aquaculture Business Development Specialist will be located within the Project Management Team of the CEEC, Lusaka, Zambia with travels to the provinces of the project where Project activities are being carried out.

Language of Assignment

  • The language of the assignment shall be English Language.

How to Apply

All applications in writing should be accompanied by up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and supporting documents (Note: do not send originals) with the names and addresses of three referees, one of which should be the last or current employer. Send to the address below:

The Director General Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission,

6457 Los Angeles Boulevard,

PO Box 35068,

Longacres,

Lusaka.

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