Senior Horticulture Sector Transformation Advisor

Published on
December 2, 2019
Location Wageningen
End date Thu 2 January 2020
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We are looking for

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) is looking for an experienced Horticulture Sector Advisor, who is eager to contribute bringing the horticulture sector in countries in Africa, Asia to the next level, and who has the capacity and motivation to contribute to the development of others.  
The selected candidate is a development practitioner or scientist who is confident in bringing WCDI’s ‘Knowledge in Action’ paradigm in practice. WCDI approaches Horticulture Sector transformation from a Food Systems perspective, aiming to sustainable and inclusive development.   

WCDI has a growing portfolio in horticulture sector transformation. You will support the implementation of these programmes, and contribute to the further development of WCDI’s profile and portfolio in the area of horticulture. In addition, you will provide consultancy services, policy advice, capacity strengthening (including facilitating short term trainings and workshops) and develop partnerships with governments, (international) NGOs, knowledge centres and the private sector. You will also actively contribute to the acquisition of new opportunities in the portfolio of horticulture and bring a professional network than enables you to do so.

We are looking for a development practitioner with a specific interest in individual and organisational capacity development, who has a proven in-depth understanding of the horticulture sector in low and middle income countries and the broad concept of horticulture sector transformation and food systems. You should be able to link theory and practice and facilitate multi-stakeholder learning in change processes in this area. Projects are predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Future projects may include the MENA region and Latin America. 

We ask

Candidate requirements

  • MSc or PhD degree in a relevant field such as Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Development economics;
  • A minimum of 8 years’ relevant professional experience, of which at least 5 years in (projects in) countries in the South (Africa, Asia).
  • A good understanding of food systems and food system innovations, and of  transformation of agricultural sectors, in particular horticulture.
  • Affinity with and/or experience in capacity development and facilitation of learning.
  • Self-motivated, comfortable working both independently and as part of multiple-, and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills with a strong ability to work and communicate across boundaries/cultures.
  • Able to acquire new work and bringing a good professional network
  • Ability to work with a variety of clients and partners, including private sector, NGOs, UN, and academia.
  • Comfortable with frequent travelling (short trips).
  • This position requires an excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C1 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page. Good working knowledge of French is an additional asset.

We offer

Our offer
An initial one year contract of 32-36 hours per week with a performance based possibility for extension. Maximum salary €5057,- gross per month (based on fulltime employment, 36 hours per week), depending on education and experience.

In addition, we offer

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of-year bonus of 3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 171 vacation hours, the possibility to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • he possibility to work a maximum of 40 hours per week and in this way build up a maximum of 204 compensation hours per year;
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus.

More information

Deadline for application 3 January 2020 at 9:00. For your application, please use the button at the top of this page. First round of interviews will take place in Wageningen, Wednesday 15 January 2020. Second round of interviews will take place Wednesday 22 January 2020.
Would you like to know more about this vacancy? We will be more than happy to provide you with further information. For questions regarding content, please contact Ms Irene Koomen,
tel. +31 (0)317-482986. For questions regarding the selection process, please contact HR advisor Linda van der Tang, tel. +31 70 3358415. Please address your letter to the Business Unit Manager Hedwig Bruggeman.
Sending an application via e-mail is not possible; applying through the button means that you can be sure that we will receive it.

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The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.
With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.
At Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation we strengthen capacities for sustainable development in support of inclusive and sustainable food systems, through ‘Knowledge in Action’. We do so through our unique approaches in fostering lifelong learning, guiding sector transformation, managing for impact, facilitating stakeholder collaboration and strengthening strategic leadership. A close connection between project implementation and capacity development characterises our work. In our work with clients from governments, businesses, civil society, NGOs and the academic world, our group of 50 scientific staff connects Wageningen University & Research's knowledge and expertise with the challenges to support inclusive and sustainable food systems in low and middle income countries.
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