IWMI – The International Water Management Institute, a CGIAR Research Center is seeking a dynamic & multi skilled candidate to join its office in Pretoria, South Africa, as a Research Officer – Inclusive Agricultural Finance.
“Ukama Ustawi, a Regional Integrated Initiative of CGIAR, aims to support climate-resilient agriculture and livelihoods in 12 countries in East and Southern Africa by assisting millions of smallholders in intensifying, diversifying, and de-risking maize-mixed farming through improved extension services, enterprise development, and private investment.
One pathway to success is unlocking access to funding, investment, and technical assistance: opening doors to capital from financiers in support of innovative environmental and social enterprises and providing tailored technical assistance to agribusinesses, including via CGIAR expertise.
IWMI is searching for a research officer to address Africa’s food, water, and climate change challenges through research and development.
The successful candidate will work closely with the Ukama Ustawi Work Package Three team (Business Acceleration) to support activities related to the launch of a call for applications for the first cohort of the accelerator program.
The candidate, therefore, should have a strong background in agricultural economics and agricultural development, as well as hands-on experience in designing experimental research for business and financing models.
The Research Officer is expected to implement research for development on sustainable and inclusive financing modalities for investing in climate-smart agricultural innovations and agricultural and water management solutions in East and Southern Africa.
Research approaches will combine technical understanding of water management and farming systems in a changing climate. The person will facilitate public and private sector engagement and partnerships to accelerate investment in agricultural innovation scaling and adoption. Finally, the person will support the monitoring of climate-smart research activities of the CGIAR Regional Integrated Initiative in East and Southern Africa.”
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop inclusive financing modalities for investments in climate-resilient innovations,
- Design research to develop irrigation investment cases and financing models for climate-resilient agriculture.
- Provide administrative support for the Food Systems Accelerator program spanning four African countries.
- Co-develop and implement a climate-smart agriculture framework enabling the quantification of sustainability outputs for agri-investors.
Contribute to research outputs resulting from the technical assistance provided to agribusinesses in the Food Systems Accelerator.
Facilitate public and private sector engagement and partnerships to accelerate investment in agricultural innovation scaling and adoption,
- Initiate and facilitate collaborations and partnerships with research institutions, public, and private sector partners active in the finance, agriculture, and irrigation sectors in East and Southern Africa.
- Contribute to scaling the inclusive financing modality for investments in climate-resilient innovations with the public and private sectors.
- Identify potential investors and create an investor database.
MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
- Masters degree in agricultural economics, development studies, finance, business management, business administration or related disciplines.
- A minimum of 2 years of experience in research or development work related to agricultural finance and investment, development studies, and financial business models.
- Demonstrated experience and insights into the agri-entrepreneurship sector.
- Experience collaborating with research institutions and private sector partners from various disciplines.
- Previous internship experience in consulting, venture capital, private equity, or startups.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Demonstrated interest in corporate sustainability, ESG criteria, and inclusive business or sustainable finance.
- Proficiency in utilizing a blend of qualitative and quantitative research methods and participatory approaches to design and conduct field research within a systems thinking context.
- Strong ability to communicate research findings effectively in English.
- Excellent oral and written language skills in English, including effective listening and strong verbal and written communication abilities.
- Proficiency in local languages spoken in cocoa-producing regions.
IWMI believes that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary working environment.