Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems 80-100%

Climate change will be a key priority for the organisation in the coming years and thus the recently established Climate Change & Food Systems division will be of high importance to the organisation. The division includes the core topics of Sustainable Agriculture and Green Cities and is closely linked with the Skills Development (working on “green skills”) and the Enterprise Promotion (working on “green enterprise and sector transformation”) divisions. We work in close collaboration with our practitioners and experts in 40 countries, and we meet regularly for interesting thematic exchanges with our global core working groups.

Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems 80-100%

Contract type
Unlimited
Job entry: 1st of March 2023 or by agreement

Tasks

  • Provide technical advice and strategic guidance to project teams and clients in the fields of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems with a focus on climate change adaptation (and mitigation), climate finance, sustainable landscapes and private sector engagement
  • Contribute to the identification of trends and related key challenges that need to be addressed, support the organisation in formulating our offer and in positioning by participating in external events and networks
  • Support business development, provide technical acquisition support
  • Assume thematic leadership for the Sustainable Agriculture working area: (virtual) core group facilitation, member liaison, provision of technical inputs and reviews, identification, and documentation of good practice, etc.
  • Contribute to the development of training and capacity building sessions/courses (e.g., on access to climate finance) and support their delivery to internal and external audiences

Requirements

  • Postgraduate degree in Agronomy, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Sustainable Development, or related subjects.
  • At least 4 years of project implementation experience in development cooperation, in technical advisory and support to projects in the area of sustainable agriculture, of which at least 2 years in developing countries
  • Experience in market systems development, climate finance, private sector engagement and sustainable landscapes is a plus
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally (approx. 25%)
  • Strong analytical skills and experience in developing conceptual guidance / frameworks
  • Excellent English and French or Spanish communication, digital and interpersonal skills
  • Result-oriented, impact driven, initiative, dynamic, and ambitious personality

Swisscontact offers attractive working conditions in an international and multicultural context. We see our work as a joint effort in an agile organizational culture: mutual respect, trust and teamwork.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents in English: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, diplomas and references.

 Please apply exclusively via the online application portal until January 3rd 2023.

Swisscontact - Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation

We are a leading partner organisation for the implementation of international development projects. Founded in 1959 and registered under Swiss law, we are an independent non-profit organisation. We are politically and denominationally neutral.

Swisscontact offers attractive working conditions in an international and multicultural context. We see our work as ajoint effort in an agile organizational culture: mutual respect, trust and teamwork.

Swiscontact is a leading partner organisation for the implementation of international development projects. We are represented in 38 countries with over 1 200 employees. The foundation is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

Swiscontact promotes inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies.

  • We strengthen the competencies of people, improving their employability
  • We increase the competitiveness of enterprises, growing their business
  • We foster social and economic systems, promoting inclusive development

We believe that people, even in dire conditions have the ability and will to act and liberate themselves from the shackles of poverty. However, this is only possible in an enabling environment and level playing field.

Swisscontact stands for professional quality and high ethical standards in its activities.

Foundation
Founded in 1959 and registered under Swiss law, we are an independent non-profit organisation. We are politically and denominationally neutral.
Team
The abilities and readiness for action of our employees are decisive for our projects’ ability to achieve sustainable impact, as well as our long-term success. As an attractive employer, Swisscontact invests in a positive management and work culture. This is defined by our fundamental understanding of development intended to serve not only our beneficiaries in project countries but our employees as well.
Mission statement
We promote inclusive economic, social and ecological development  to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies. With this objective in mind, we offer the chance to economically and socially disadvantaged people to improve their lives on their own initiative.

Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems 80-100%

Contract type
Unlimited
Job entry: 1st of March 2023 or by agreement