Agribusiness Lead -- Good Return

Building pathways out of poverty, Good Return provides access to responsible financial inclusion and capability development opportunities. Our programs enable people living in poverty to develop the confidence, knowledge and capability to manage money and to grow their assets. We support local partner institutions to improve their social performance and extend economic opportunity to their clients and communities. Together these powerful tools empower people, helping them break the poverty cycle for good.
Good Return is an initiative of World Education Australia, an international development agency accredited by Australian Aid and a member of ACFID. We work in our Asia Pacific neighbouring countries, where two-thirds of the world’s poor live. www.programs.goodreturn.org

Job Description

Responsible to: Program Director, Regional Program Manager
Direct Reports: Indonesia Program Coordinator, 2 Indonesia-based Field Support Officer Volunteers
Working closely with: GR staff: other technical leads, the program team
Partners: World Education Indonesia, Keling Kumang Credit Union; other partners as identified
Scope of position: The Agribusiness Lead is responsible for the development and delivery of Good Return’s work with smallholder farmers in collaboration with partner agencies. This is a full time position with an initial 1-year contract, and is intended to lead to a long-term role.
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia - with up to 50% time travelling in Asia-Pacific region (primarily Indonesia)
Good Return’s Agribusiness Strategy:
Our goal is to improve the financial well-being of smallholder farmers by strengthening agricultural practice, access to markets and appropriate finance. To achieve this we will: 
  • Support farmers to access markets and information, and negotiate for fair prices and terms 
  • Enable farmers to improve agricultural practices to increase yields, and minimise costs and harmful environmental impacts 
  • Ensure farmers can access finance that is appropriate to their needs 
  • We will reach farmers with and through our financial service provider partners. We will strengthen our program in Indonesia, and expand to 1-2 other locations over the next 3 years.
Responsibilities: 
  • Lead the technical direction and delivery of Good Return’s Agribusiness strategy
  • Oversee the identification, planning and implementation of activities with partners Keling Kumang Credit Union and World Education Indonesia (with a focus on the palm oil sector)
  • Stay abreast of developments in the sector and actively participate in and contribute to sector-level activities, with an emphasis on human centred / behavioural approaches to agribusiness and the use of technology
  • Build the capability of the Good Return team and partner agency staff in Agribusiness approaches
  • Liaise with the Good Return program management team to ensure agribusiness considerations are integrated across our program of work as relevant
  • Identify and pursue new program development opportunities, including through active liaison with sector stakeholder and development of funding proposals
  • Contribute to monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting processes as required

Qualifications

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes:
  • Strong understanding of and experience with approaches to smallholder agribusiness development in a developing country context
  • Exposure to and experience with human centred / behavioural approaches, and the use of technology to drive market access and promote good agricultural practices.
  • A degree in a relevant field, such as agricultural economics, agriculture, business
  • Good interpersonal skills, and experience managing a team and contributing to team culture
  • Extensive cross-cultural experience, awareness and skills
  • Strong time management skills to manage priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate in Bahasa Indonesian an advantage

Additional Information

Culture: Choosing to work with Good Return is to be part of a small, passionate and professional team using and developing their skills to help achieve our greater mission. It’s much more than just a job.  
How to Apply: 
Applications can be submitted by selecting the 'I'm interested' link below.
Applicants should provide their Cover Letter and Resume addressing how they meet the criteria for the position. Cover letters can be uploaded in step 2 'Additional attachments' or included in the message section. 
Applications close: Sunday 20th December 2015 (Sydney AEDT). Apply early, as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Expected commencement date is January 2016.

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Please send any application questions via the Good Return website www.goodreturn.org.au/contact/

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