Agriculture Productivity Specialist


Job Description

Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in Agriculture, Economic Growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.

Agriculture Productivity Specialist, Timor-Leste

ACDI/VOCA is seeking an Agriculture Productivity Specialist for an anticipated agriculture program in Timor-Leste funded by USAID.

The Agriculture Productivity Specialist will conduct analyses of various agricultural value chains and tailor project interventions to changing dynamics on the ground. S/he will deliver technical assistance to program beneficiaries along various agricultural value chains in order to increase/improve their productivity. The program is anticipated to start in late 2021 and this position is envisioned to be based in Dili, Timor-Leste.


  • Collaborate with producers to develop high value, market-oriented value chains
  • Provide technical direction to Agricultural Productivity and value chain development activities
  • Train entrepreneurs and SME owners in business start-up and expansion
  • Contribute to the Design, implementation, and oversight of annual work plans and strategies, ensuring that interventions respond to identified market opportunities and create sustainable development outcomes
  • Provide input into the performance monitoring plan to measure success and validate causal model assumptions, and oversee the field-level Data Collection under the guidance of the M&E team
  • Coordinate communications among various value chain actors to improve the flow of market information
  • Liaise with identified partners and conduct meetings with public and private sector actors including end market users, processors, aggregators, buyers, investors, government representatives, and other NGOs


  • Advanced degree in agriculture, or advanced degree in business Administration, economics or other relevant field combined with relevant work experience in agriculture, market systems, value chains, etc.
  • Minimum of 8 years of professional work experience managing agricultural or cooperative Development Projects.
  • Strong understanding of value chain Analysis and development; knowledge of market systems development approaches preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders, including government officials, private sector actors, Financial Institutions, project staff, and/or donor agencies.
  • Previous USAID-funded project experience strongly preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills required.
Timor-Leste nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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