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Value Chain Specialist

at The Alliance Bioversity International - CIAT in Dakar, Senegal

About the Job

Our Climate Action team is looking for a talented, motivated, and high performing Value Chain Specialist to support the delivery of our advisory services to public and private actors. You will be able to develop innovative and high-quality decision-making solutions to help unlock investments in sustainable food systems. We consider the Alliance and the CGIAR work on sustainable finance as strategic to contribute to reducing poverty, improving food and nutrition security, and scaling sustainable agriculture and land use. As a result of the diverse nature of our work, you will have the opportunity to work within a multicultural and multidisciplinary team. The team provides services globally with a focus on Asia and Africa working with a broad range of clients, including impact investors, governments, multilateral development banks and development partners. One of the key projects currently led by the team is the “The Accelerating the Impact of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa project (AICCRA)” which supports the scaling of Climate Smart Agriculture and Climate Information Services across Africa.

The Value Chain Specialist will join the Alliance’s Climate Action team and work under the supervision of the Global Advisory Services Lead based Rabat, Morocco.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead analytical work of the Alliance on value chain related issues, in particular lead value chain analyses for investment opportunities in sustainable food systems.
  • Support with the analysis of complex information and develop investment cases for value chain actors across sustainable food systems
  • Lead the review of investment cases across value chains for instance in selected SME’s, cooperatives, conducting a case by case investment feasibility assessment and building a pipeline of bankable projects.
  • Contribute to develop cutting-edge research on value chain finance/development and sustainability.


  • Advanced degree in Economics, Development Studies, Agriculture Economics, Agronomy or related fields required
  • Minimum 5 years working experience at international level in value chain finance/development. Direct experience working in the financial services industry or in a top tier consulting firm preferred.
  • Regional experience in West Africa and specifically in Dry Lands value chains
  • Good understanding of food systems and climate related challenges in developing countries, and how environmental and social issues relate to value chain risks and opportunities
  • Intellectually curious and business-driven to deliver innovative and high impact results to clients
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative, and decentralized environment, and operate under tight deadlines
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office, with advanced Power Point/presentation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in French and English.

To apply

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the qualifications, competencies, skills together with a detailed curriculum vitae, including names and addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. All correspondence should be addressed to Mr. Tomas Solis ( with Cc to Dr. Godefroy Grosjean ( and Dr. Stephanie Jaquet ( with the subject Application: Value Chain Specialist.

The Alliance Bioversity International - CIAT

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) delivers research-based solutions that address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

The Alliance focuses on the nexus of agriculture, environment, and nutrition. We work with local, national, and multinational partners across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, and with the public and private sectors and civil society. With novel partnerships, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations to transform food systems and landscapes so that they sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people in a climate crisis.

The Alliance is part of CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research and innovation partnership for a food-secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.