Rice Market Specialist at Connexus Corporation

Connexus Corporation’s mission is to provide high-quality global consulting services to transform international development and build local capacity. Founded in 2007 (formerly AZMJ), Connexus has experience working in over 22 countries around the world, delivering technical services that include facilitating access to finance and investment, enterprise development, knowledge management, and rural and agricultural market development, among others.

Connexus is well known for its ability to build and manage public-private partnerships as part of a market-driven approach to overcoming obstacles and generating results for our clients in a way that enhances the lives of the poor.

A small, woman-owned company with a diverse base of clients ranging from international bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors to financial institutions and private sector companies, Connexus is committed to understanding our clients’ objectives and developing timely, focused and dynamic strategies in response.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience: 9 years
  • Location: Abuja
  • Job Field: Sales / Marketing / Retail / Business Development 

About the Opportunity

  • We are seeking qualified candidates for the position of Rice Market Specialist for the anticipated USAID/Nigeria Value Chain Activity. The Rice Market Specialist will be responsible for providing technical expertise, strategic guidance, and market intelligence to enhance the efficiency, inclusivity, and competitiveness of rice markets in Nigeria. Note: this is a preliminary position description and may be clarified further after solicitation release.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with project stakeholders, including smallholder farmers, traders, processors, government agencies, and other key actors to identify market constraints and opportunities and develop interventions that promote sustainable market growth and benefit smallholder farmers.
  • Conduct market assessments and analyses to identify key trends, challenges, constraints, and opportunities within the rice value chain, specifically related to market access, inclusivity, efficiency, and competitiveness.
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to design and implement market-based interventions aimed at improving market linkages for climate smart rice farmers and other actors along the value chain.
  • Support the development and implementation of market information systems to enhance transparency, price discovery, and market access for climate smart rice smallholder farmers.
  • Facilitate capacity building activities, including trainings and mentoring for market actors to improve their business skills, market linkages, and adherence to standards within the rice value chain.
  • Contribute to knowledge management activities by documenting best practices, lessons learned, and success stories for the Activity’s interventions in market development, specifically related to the rice value chain.
  • Coordinate with other technical specialists on the Activity to ensure the integration of market development initiatives, especially related to the rice value chain, within other project components.
  • Stay abreast of latest developments, research findings, techniques, and innovations, and adapt approaches, as necessary, to reflect newest and most relevant innovations and technologies related to rice market development.


  • Master’s Degree in Agronomy, Agribusiness, Economics, or another relevant field with a minimum of 9 years of professional experience, preferably for USAID or another donor-funded project; or Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Agribusiness, Economics, or another relevant field with a minimum 11 years of experience, preferably for USAID or another donor-funded project.
  • Strong understanding of market analysis, value chain development, and market-based approaches to agricultural development, especially for the rice value chain.
  • Knowledge of agriculture value chain development and market systems approaches to international development projects, especially USAID funded activities.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including ability to contribute to high-quality project reports.
  • Fluency in English required and other local languages desired.
  • Must be authorized to work in Nigeria.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send a Resume and Cover Letter to: NigeriaVCcareers@connexus.email with “Horticulture Market Specialist – USAID/Nigeria Value Chain Activity” as the subject of the email.

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