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Project Portfolio Officer - Mozambique

Job Profile

For our Growth Poles Project in northern Mozambique, we are looking for a Project
Portfolio Officer.

The US$106M Integrated Growth Poles Project will improve rural employment and economies in central and northern Mozambique, with the aim to establish business linkages between smallholder farms, MSMEs, and the agribusiness value chains. To support these linkages, the US$34M Innovation and Demonstration Catalytic Fund (IDCF) project has been developed under the Integrated Growth Poles Project.The World Bank-funded initiative focuses on improving the ability of smallholder farms and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in high growth potential zones around the Zambezi Valley and Nacala Corridor to access markets through private and complementary public investments

Job Description

The Project Portfolio Officers will work under the direct supervision of the Portfolio Manager and will work in the Zambeze Valley and/or the Nacala Corridor plus any additional areas that might arise in the execution of the project

More specifically he/she will:
  • Promote the Catalytic Fund to potential grantees, including ensuring eligibility criteria of the Fund are sufficiently known and understood;
  • Identify and map potential candidates for the IDCF;
  • Develop a portfolio of bankable sub-projects and maintain regular contacts with prospective grantees to ensure adequate communication;
  • Work actively to assist in the elaboration of concept notes and investment projects;
  • Make field visits and carry out financial, legal and other due diligence missions as and when required;
  • Report on the status of projects, pre and post implementation;
  • Ensure the correct filling up of applications and its subsequent electronic and hard-copy safe deposits in the appropriate archives;
  • Participate on discussions around pre-selection, selection and post-selection;
  • Carry out any other duty as required by the Portfolio Manager or the Team Leader

Candidate Specification

The key qualifications and work experience requirements are:
  1. At least a Bachelors Degree in Agronomy, Agri-business, Business Administration, Agricultural Economics, Project Analyses or subjects relevant to the Project Cycle
  2. At least 5 years working experience in:
  • the design or Management of Agriculture Projects or similar with capability to understand with ease the eligibility criteria for Grant Funding
  • Capability to prepare and present technical and financial opinions on projects’ feasibility vis-à-vis pre-established criteria
  1. It would be asset if the candidates would also have some basic understanding of:
  • the Mozambican legal system, in particular the Land Law, the Cooperative Law, basic Commercial Law, Environment Law;
  • A thorough understanding of the business climate in Mozambique;
  • Working experience in the Zambeze Valley and the Nacala Corridor is an asset;
  1. Proficiency:
  • Fluent in Portuguese and excellent working knowledge of English
  • Good Communication skills and experience writing reports
  • Good ability to use Microsoft Word/Excel/PP/e-mail/web research etc;
  • Ability to perform supervision to projects;
  • Ability to work under stress and tight deadlines;
  • Ability to travel at short notice as and when required to rural areas;
Duty: Station Tete (one) and Nampula (one), with frequent travels in the provinces of IDCF project

Period: Full time input between August and October 2017, after which the contract might be extended
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