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Sep 10, 2017

International Potato Center Business Skills Development NGO Consultancy in Kenya

International Potato Center
Position Announcement
Ref.: 2017/023/CONSLT/SSA
Consultant: Business Skills Development
The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a consultant to provide business
skills training and develop business plans with potato marketing cooperatives and seed potato multipliers. 

The cooperatives reside in Elgeyo-Marakwet, Meru, Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties.
The Center: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. 

CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. 

CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. 

CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 

CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. 

The CIP Sub- Saharan Africa (SSA) main regional office is in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Assignment: Working in close collaboration with county governments, CIP
supports potato marketing cooperatives and seed multipliers to develop into functioning businesses through the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project, potato value chain.
Under the AVCD project, the Consultant will be responsible to develop training modules and train potato cooperative members and seed multipliers in basic business skills to manage their enterprises, and support them to develop business plans. 

The assignment is to cover skills specific to each enterprise: cooperative or seed multiplier, including costing production, projecting income, managing revenue, marketing, and group collection centers and input sourcing.

The responsibilities of the assignment are to:
  • Consult with project staff on the business skills to develop among the potato cooperatives and seed multipliers;
  • Develop and submit a business skills training module covering general skills, and those specific to potato cooperatives and to seed multipliers;
  • Develop and submit a training plan to deliver the training modules and support business plan development;
  • Deliver the training as per the training plan;
  • Support the potato cooperatives and seed multipliers to finalize their business plans;
  • Submit the business plans;
  • Submit a final brief report describing the trainings and observations with clear reference to which skills were developed, and the follow up for CIP and project partners to ensure the training is put into practice.
The successful Consultant will have:
  • In depth understanding of the business/accounting capacities needed to develop farmers and agricultural cooperatives into professional businesses;
  • Proven experience training farmers and cooperatives in business skills, specific experience with farmers involved in seed production as a business is an asset;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
Conditions: The consultancy contract will be for the duration agreed upon to prepare the training module, deliver the trainings and finalize business plans. 

The number of days will be determined upon finalizing the training plan.

Applicants should apply through CIP’s Job Opportunities website
(, including a 1 page cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position and a bid as outlined below. 

Deadline to apply is 14th September 2017. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Applicant is to submit a CV clearly demonstrating experience in business skills
training and business plan elaboration with farming groups. 

The bid is also to indicate the daily rate to prepare the training module, deliver the training sessions and report.

CIP seeks diversity and gender balance in its staff.

Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about CIP please visit

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