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We're looking for a Coffee Consultant
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
BACKGROUND AND PROJECT PURPOSE
In the global market, Ethiopia stands out as the 5th largest coffee producer worldwide and a leader in high-quality Arabica bean exports. Coffee is a part of the country’s identity, providing an income to over 2 million smallholder farmers and a supply chain of traders, processors, and exporters. The Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority (The Authority) has been established to lead the development of the sector, serving as the central body that regulates and manages all components of the country’s coffee industry.
With key policy changes recently passed by Parliament that will allow for full traceability in the coffee supply-chain, Ethiopia is at a critical turning point in the development of its coffee sector and will soon see the emergence of new marketing channels and growth opportunities that did not previously exist. Furthermore, in the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) established by Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency, the government set a goal of more than doubling coffee production by 2020 to over 1 million metric tons. To meet these aggressive targets and changing conditions, The Authority will lead the way in developing a long-term strategy to support and maximize the industry’s growth.
TechnoServe has been approached by The Authority to support the development of this long-term strategic plan. As a partner with The Authority, TechnoServe aims to support the creation of a sustainable Ethiopian coffee industry that can lift millions of farming families out of poverty. Over the past decade in Ethiopia, TechnoServe has supported the establishment of 100 new coffee washing stations and trained 160,000 farmers in sustainable farming practices. We believe that with the right vision, coordination, and on-the-ground awareness, Ethiopia’s coffee industry can grow into a multi-billion-dollar export business benefitting producers and the country as a whole.
The consultant will work with TechnoServe’s Global Coffee Director to advise The Authority on the development of a long-term industry strategy. The consultant will play a leading role in guiding the strategic direction of the project and will conduct extensive research and analysis to inform recommendations. In order to ensure close collaboration with The Authority, the consultant will work alongside the organization’s leadership and serve as a trusted thought-partner to achieve the following objectives:
Develop a comprehensive view on the current state of Ethiopia’s Coffee Industry through detailed market analysis.
Develop Ethiopia Coffee Industry Strategic Plan that includes prioritized initiatives.
Develop a detailed Implementation Roadmap that includes action plans and project targets; spearhead implementation with partners.
Design mechanisms for coordination, transparency, and alignment among stakeholders to oversee the implementation strategy.
Mobilize investment interest towards the most critical and impactful initiatives.
Over the course of the engagement, TechnoServe is responsible for the following deliverables:
Ethiopia Coffee Industry Strategic Plan
Implementation Roadmap for Strategic Plan
Mechanisms and Dashboards to track progress
SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s Degree with at least 3-5 years of experience working in private sector
Experience in a developing country related to small business development or agribusiness
Demonstrated leadership skills, teamwork, and relationship building
Proven analytical and quantitative skills
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Strong computer skills, including MS Word, Powerpoint, and Excel
Ability to work independently, flexibly, and responsively
Able to adapt to changing working conditions
Able to prioritize and meet deadlines
Experience working at a top-tier strategy consulting firm, investment bank or similar preferred
Advanced degree in business management or other relevant field preferred
We welcome hearing from qualified and interested applicants. Click “Apply Now” to complete a short application and upload your resume and cover letter. Due to a high volume of applicants, please understand that we are able to contact only those who meet the minimum qualifications. No phone calls, please.
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