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Value Chain Specialist for Dakar-based positions 

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Value Chain Specialist for Dakar-based positions.

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Value Chain Specialist for a Dakar-based position under the Forestry & Natural Resource Management (FNRM) Unit. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.


The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.


Applicants should go to the 'Jobs' link at and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing 'Senegal Value Chain Specialist.' This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Winrock would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.


POSITION TITLE: Value Chain Specialist

LOCATION: Dakar, Senegal

UNIT: Forestry & Natural Resource Management

REPORTS TO: Chief of Party


Winrock is seeking Value Chain Specialist candidates for an anticipated fishery, biodiversity and livelihoods project in Senegal. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


  • Provide technical guidance on fisheries value chains to achieve project results.

  • Recommend actions to improve the efficiency of the value chain and design project activities to implement recommendations.

  • Develop, implement and monitor activities for program area including training, projects, grants, events and activities that meet project outcomes and output goals.

  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party and with all members of the Team.

  • Assist Program Team (other program specialists) to address program and administrative issues that emerge during program implementation. Maintain schedule and monitor project deliverables.

  • Coordinate and participate in project mobilization/demobilization.

  • Monitor level of effort requirements, progress and schedules of projects.

  • Assist Chief of Party in preparing operations status reports and participate in quarterly reviews.

  • Interact by phone, email and face to face as needed with Chief of Party and other team members and partners.

  • Interact directly and on a regular basis with the donor and other stakeholders;

  • Participate in regular field visits to the project areas to assure project progress towards activity objectives and goals;

  • Manage relationships with complementary donor projects;


Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Advanced degree required in Business, Economics, Natural Resource Management, Agronomy, Environmental Policy, or relevant fields of study related to the project.
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in similar position in fields related to results and objectives of the project required for the successful implementation of this project, with an understanding of policy, economics, and market issues in the fisheries sectors.
  • Must have strong experience in the Senegalese private sector, creating linkages and building relationships.
  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse public and private partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Technical understanding of fisheries, agriculture, and climate change issues, as well as managerial experience in Senegal is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies and procedures as related to project management preferred.
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Senegal strongly preferred.
  • Ability to diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate projects with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Must be comfortable in high-level representational role as well as interacting with beneficiaries.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to effectively coordinate stakeholders.
  • Fluency in written and oral English and French is required.
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