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Consultant – ‘Sustainable Agriculture for Smallholders’ Lab Stream

Homebased, preferably in West or Central Africa


Under the supervision of the London Associate Director and Lab Program Manager, the Local Senior Contractor, or Firm (herein Contractor) will be working inside a team focused on the new Lab Stream of financial instruments in sustainable agriculture in Africa (Sustainable Agriculture Lab Stream). The Contractor will be expected to support stakeholder engagement and management across the region and internationally (businesses, smallholder networks, key field experts, entrepreneurs, project developers, financiers), including engagement with the Lab selected proponents. The contractor will also participate in the Lab Instrument analytical process by providing in depth local/regional land-use, sustainable smallholder agriculture and financing knowledge into the financial instrument development. This work will be determined in a work-plan by the Lead Analyst and Program Manager and may include : (a) evaluating, cross-checking and interpreting information provided, (b) providing political, regulatory and any other additional local context in which the instrument will take place, (c) validating assumptions based on his/her field knowledge and his/her local connections and networks, (d) cross-check and provide local data for assumptions used in financial modelling, (e) undertake research, access his/her network related to public policies, markets, local economic and social context and other disciplines that support the instrument working group process and overall key criteria and methodology guiding the Lab Analytical process. The Contractor will be co-responsible for the deliverables within the Lab Methodology related to the development of one or two new financial instruments.


The primary duties for the Contractor will be:
·         To carry out robust local stakeholder management, engagement, outreach related to the innovative financial instruments analytical process within the Lab
·         Provide expertise related to smallholder agricultural landscapes, local land-use political, economic and regulatory context in West and Central Africa, that will feed into the analytical/research work needed for the financial instrument(s) within the Lab process
·         Support the Lead Analyst with the refinement and development of this innovative financing instrument, including reviewing and contributing to the key deliverables of the Lab Analysis: financial sustainability and innovative nature of instruments, financial structuring, cash flow modelling, development of implementation plans and high-level assessments of market potential and socio-economic and environmental impact
·         Identify opportunities for greater local engagement of the Lab with key stakeholders in the region and the sustainable growth and development of the work stream
·         Communicate and collaborate with CPI staff working around the globe
·         Support the Lead Analyst(s) with the production of high-quality materials that are fit for purpose, on time and within budget


·       Fluency in both English and French
·       Educated to post-graduate level in one or more of the following disciplines:  Economics; Finance; Business with Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture; Ecology that would be relevant to work with Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture Finance in West and Central Africa
·       Familiarity with one or more of the following fields: climate finance and/or sustainable land-use, international development, international climate policy, sustainable or impact investment,
·       Considerable professional experience in the field  in West and Central Africa, preferably also involving financial services, management consulting, international non-profit, government, or a multi-lateral institution (or some blend of the above)
·        Strong financial acumen and comfort analysing complex blended finance instruments
·        Experience with project cash flow modelling and project impact assessment or strong quantitative skills and willingness to learn
·        Excellent project management skills including time management, task delegation and prioritization, stakeholder management and communication skills
·        Flexibility, professionalism, enthusiasm for working as part of a team, and an ability to interact with a diverse array of people
·        Independent, analytical mind with an excellent track record of applying sound financial, political and strategic judgment to complex issues
·        An ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
·        Willingness to travel internationally and around West and Central Africa in particular

·      Demonstrated knowledge of the market dynamics, barriers, and approaches to financing climate resilient low emission agriculture for smallholders in West and Central Africa
·      Experience working across the public and private sectors
·      Experience with project cash flow modelling and project impact assessment or strong quantitative skills that would enable you to develop that ability quickly
·      Experience working in West & Central Africa is highly desirable


CPI will hire at least one Senior Local Contractor, or a Consultancy Firm, for circa 100 to 120 days’ assignment/contract term, open immediately. The position will be home based. Ideally, but not essentially, you would be based somewhere in West or Central Africa. When submitting your resume and/or proposal, please provide your consultancy rate in USD.


Please submit your application here. Please attach our CV or if you are applying on behalf of a consultancy firm then please attached CVs of those staff who will be involved in the project as well as a company profile. Please also attach a cover letter outlining your skills and experiences relevant to the role as described and ensure to include your daily rate/s.