TechnoServe Senior Technical Advisor Job Vacancy in Kenya


Position Title: Senior Technical Advisor

Job category: Programs

Requisition number: SENIO002994

Program: AFFORD

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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Job Summary:

The Senior Technical Advisor (TA) will work closely with the IR2 Lead (Technology Transfer and Capacity Building) to apply the whole-of-business approach with food processors to improve and sustain compliance of food processors with quality standards and increased availability of fortified staple foods.

The Senior TA will oversee and/ or conduct context-specific industry landscape and detailed assessments.

They will provide technical support and advisory services to USAID AFFORD activities to ensure the highest standard of quality and delivery of TechnoServe LSFF interventions.

Together with the Knowledge Management (KM) Manager and the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager, the Senior TA will also contribute to the generation of key learning materials, knowledge management products, and case studies.

Program / Practice / Department Overview:

USAID’s Advancing Food Fortification Opportunities to Reinforce Diets (AFFORD) program is a critical investment in a safety net against micronutrient deficiencies through large-scale food fortification (LSFF).

USAID AFFORD is designed to provide operational support to field Missions and other operating units of USAID, contributing to the goals of the U.S. government Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) through the implementation of programming aligned with USAID’s LSFF Results Framework.

Using a whole-of-business approach, USAID AFFORD aims to increase the coverage of fortified foods to cost-effectively improve the quality of diets and contribute to safely reducing micronutrient deficiencies among populations in the targeted countries.

Its implementation approach is designed with complementary activities to catalyze integration, advance knowledge sharing, mobilize stakeholders, and foster local ownership that strengthens LSFF.

Strategic engagement with public, private, and civil society actors at national, regional, and global levels will drive USAID AFFORD’s scaling and success beyond the life of the Activity.

USAID AFFORD has four intermediate results (IRs):

IR 1: Strengthened LSFF enabling environment through the public sector

IR 2: Expanded and sustained LSFF interventions through private sector engagement

IR 3: Strengthened effectiveness of LSFF interventions and increased public and private sector accountability through civil society engagement

IR 4: Mobilized global commitment, leadership, and investment in support of LSFF

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Senior technical advisor responsible for supporting industry advisory services to food processors across the program portfolio (multi-country) and reporting into the Technology Transfer and Capacity Building Lead.
  • Provide contextualized, data-informed technical advisory services to individual food processors that address gaps in business and technical capacity, with particular attention to good food fortification practices
  • Support the mobilization and implementation of research teams and industry technical advisors in new countries as the program grows and expands
  • Oversee and/ or conduct food processing sector landscape rapid assessments at country level and more comprehensive, detailed industry assessment at factory level for target countries and food vehicles
  • Recruit, hire, and manage local in-country consultants as needed
  • Support sector-wide trainings (SWT) conducted in partnership with local training service providers on topics such as fortification technology, food safety and quality control, business strategy, and financing
  • In collaboration with the KM Manager and MEL Manager, develop KM products that facilitate the sharing of knowledge across the team and with key stakeholders
  • In collaboration with the Project Director and Data Systems Lead, provide lessons learned and document recommendations based on the use of assessment tools in a variety of country and industry contexts

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in food science, economics, business, or other relevant subject
  • Minimum 8 years of professional experience
  • Deep understanding of the food processing industry and the ecosystem within which it operates
  • Implementation experience addressing industry challenges, either as a consultant, processor, or development partner
  • Experience working in developing countries, sub-Saharan Africa preferred
  • Experience conducting assessments in the private sector or food processing industry
  • Familiarity with LSFF

Preferred Experience:

  • Master’s degree
  • Proven track record of providing advisory services
  • Experience with USG or USAID programming
  • French language skills

Required Languages: English

Travel: Up to 40% based on program needs and budget

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Self-starter, proactive, able to work independently in support of others
  • Ability to work in diverse teams, respectful of other cultures
  • Ability to work effectively in remote-based teams with strong organizational and collaborative skills
  • Strong writing skills to write concise, analytical reports to different audiences
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to translate data findings to actionable recommendations

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online.

The deadline for submitting applications is on 17th November 2022

Closing Statement: We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe’s vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

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