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Crop Marketing Associate, Maize (IvC)

Farmerline

Farmerline

Marketing & Communications
Côte d'Ivoire
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2024

Learn About Farmerline

Farmerline is dedicated to reimagining how the world thinks about and invests in the livelihoods of small-scale farmers. Our mission is to create lasting profits for farmers everywhere. We approach challenges with bold and systemic thinking while maintaining a lean and nimble operation.

Farmerline was founded in 2013, has been a fast growing Agtech company in Africa. The company has raised over $20 million since incorporation. Farmerline’s digital marketplace combines logistics, field agents, farm resources and agribusiness partnerships to support African farmers. We have reached 1.7M farmers by deploying our tools and services through 3,000+ partners across 48 countries.

Impact assessments show that averagely we increase yield by ~2X and $306 increase in net income. Our technology platform Mergdata is licensed or white labelled to development partners, global food traders and governments who use its customisable tools to improve the lives of farmers around the world

We foster a learning organization where you will have the opportunity to apply your ideas and creativity to solve problems on a daily basis. If you are drawn to a dynamic, collaborative culture, set high standards, and tackle challenges with determination and to make a positive impact on millions of lives, Farmerline is the perfect environment for you to thrive.

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Details

Job Title

Crop Marketing Associate (Maize)

Department and Location

Commodity Team, Korhogo

Incumbent Supervisor

Crop Marketing Manager

Suggested start date

July 2024

Length of assignment

Permanent role, subject to performance

Role Overview

The Crop Marketing Associate will be responsible for supporting the development of business with agribusinesses and food manufacturers. The key deliverables would be to ensure market access opportunities for smallholder farmers involved in the production of Maize. Importantly, the Crop Marketing Associate will assist in securing fair prices for smallholder farmers in Farmerline’s network.

The mission is to create lasting profit for the farmers while creating jobs for community-led micro-entrepreneurs in the value chains we work in.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in securing purchase orders from local and international food processors and exporters of Maize.
  • Support crop marketing operations to ensure timely delivery of purchase orders in the required quality and quantities.
  • Assist in negotiations for local and international purchase orders, under supervision.
  • Stay informed about market trends and intelligence to support identifying new business opportunities.
  • Support in coordinating procurement and market-related logistics, including storage and transportation.
  • Contribute to developing market access models for Maize and other major crops produced in IvC.
  • Collaborate with other units to ensure farmers receive necessary training, agro-inputs, and digital payments.
  • Assist in developing and acquiring new customers based on provided or generated leads.
  • Contribute to establishing marketing and promotional plans with the team.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in agricultural science, agribusiness, and supply chain management.
  • A minimum of 2 years of proven work experience in Maize trading/marketing in Korhogo, IvC.
  • Proven expertise in Maize production is a must.
  • Strong research and field experience in Maize production is required.
  • Project management skills and the ability to create and stick to timelines.
  • Knowledge of the systemic challenges in the Maize value chain in IvC and a passion for creating lasting solutions to them.
  • Ability to navigate farming communities.
  • Proven experience in the use of mobile technology to facilitate market access.
  • Strong business analysis, planning and financial management skills
  • Excellent oral communication, writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to speak English and multiple local languages is an added advantage.
  • Contract negotiation and business development skills required.
  • CV must be in English

Desirable

  • Experience in other crops such as Rice, Cashew, Shea, Soybeans etc is an added advantage