Sector Leader Agriculture

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Last update: Apr 26, 2022 Last update: Apr 26, 2022


Deadline: May 9, 2022 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Niger Niger
Sectors: Agriculture Agriculture
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience: From 7 years
Date posted: Apr 26, 2022


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Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

SNV is present in Niger since 1978. The current programme is focused on the agriculture sector with 4 projects, including a project focused on youth employment/entrepreneurship. There is also a project in the renewable energy sector, and we expect to expand work in all of the SNV sectors over the next year.

Job Description

SNV seeks a talented, entrepreneurial, result-oriented and proven professional who will work with the country team in Niger to provide leadership to SNV’s agriculture sector (including youth employment). 

The Agriculture Sector Leader:

1.      Is responsible for the overall quality of Agriculture programme implementation, business development / resource mobilization, steering the quality of content and overall management of the SNV Agriculture programmes in Niger.

2.      Will enhance the quality and visibility of our Agriculture programmes and position SNV within the national agriculture sector.

3.      Reports directly to the Country Director and collaborates closely with the Agriculture global sector team

Duties and Responsibilities:

The selected candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Strategic Leadership: develop the country level Agriculture strategy (including youth employment) aligned to SNV’s corporate Agriculture framework
  • Representation: represent SNV for the agriculture sector in Niger; build and expand relationships with donors and other partners
  • Program Management: support project managers to ensure effective planning and monitoring, quality implementation, financial management, and donor reporting; promote cross-sectoral learning
  • Business Development: develop proposals and secure funding for innovative Agriculture programs, including those focused on youth employment; as needed, may also support business development for renewable energy and WASH sectors
  • People Management: lead, manage, and coach two or more SNV Niger agriculture sector project managers, advisors, and consultants
  • Monitoring & Evaluation: ensure uniform understanding and practice in planning, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of agricultural programs in line with SNV’s internal frameworks
  • Representation & Promotion: develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders to improve SNV market position and actively participate in external and internal networks
  • The Agriculture Sector Leader is member of the Country Management Team
  • May serve as Acting Country Director in the absence of the Country Director



  • Relevant advanced academic qualification in Agriculture (Agriculture, Ag. Economics) or related field.

Relevant Experience 

·       7+ years of relevant experience in the design and implementation of agriculture projects (preferably in West Africa with an understanding of the Sahel context)

·       Experience with agro-pastoral value chains and market-based approaches;

·       Strong knowledge and experience in climate-sensitive agriculture;

·       Experience with entrepreneurship projects targeting youth and/or women a strong advantage;

·       Knowledge of good governance practices, and approaches dealing with gender-sensitive, social inclusion and empowerment principles;

·       Proven track record in program design, proposal writing, business development and resource mobilization; international donor relationship management;

·       Proven experience with project planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and financial management;

·       Strong relationship management skills;

·       Self-motivated achiever with excellent intercultural leadership, teamwork, coaching, communication, networking and organizational skills

Additional Information

This is a full-time position. Both national and international candidates will be considered.  

Terms of Appointment

Contract Type:                              International 

Contract Duration:                        2 years with the possibility of renewal                                  
Information Duty Station:             Niamey, Niger with approximately 25% travel (within Niger and internationally)

Working at SNV

SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package (including a pension plan, life and medical insurances). We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website: www.snv.org 

How to Apply

If your educational background and working experience matches the requirements, please be welcome to submit your application with CV (resume) AND motivation Letter via SmartRecruiters by 9th of May 2022 if you wish to be considered for this position.

Please note that candidates who make it to the job offering stage, we will require 3 references. We will not contact these references without your explicit consent.

All information will be held in the strictest confidence. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Female candidates are strongly encouraged!