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Environment and Innovation Specialist


This is a Full-time position in Lusaka posted 16/03/2022.

ACDI/VOCA Jobs in Lusaka Environment and Innovation Specialist Carreer opportunities in Lusaka vacancies in ACDI/VOCA at Lusaka

# Job Description

Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing
and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in
Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development
organization that delivers technical and assistance in
agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community
development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and
vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 34 projects in 19
countries and total revenues of approximately $128 million.


ACDI/VOCA is currently implementing a five-year program entitled “Enterprise
Development and Growth Enhanced EDGE Activity” in Zambia funded by the
United States Agency for International Development USAID. The aim of the
Zambia EDGE Activity is to increase the profitability for agricultural small
and medium enterprises SMEs by addressing their key investment constraints
on access to finance, limited business management skills and technology, and
access to markets, thereby increasing SMEs’ productivity and ability to create
new jobs in Zambia.

Pursuant to its mission, ACDI/VOCA is seeking experienced and talented
professionals for the Environment and Innovation Specialist position. The
position is based in Lusaka. The EDGE’s Environment and Innovation
Specialist’s role will be crosscutting in nature. The main role will be to
develop and implement the innovation agenda producing results and cost-
effective technology for each targeted value chain VC, as well as the agenda
for innovation in best business practices across VCs. The Innovation agenda
follows the basic principles of Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation CLA.
The position is expected to work closely with universities, research centers,
private sector and other related projects. This position coordinates short-
term assignments STTA to be provided by ACDI/VOCA’s expert volunteers.

The position is also the Environmental Point of Contact POC for the
activity. The POC helps implement, monitor and report on the Environmental
Mitigation and Monitoring Plan EMMP to ensure that the project mitigates
negative impacts on the environment, reduces climate risk to EDGE activities,
and mitigates climate change. The employee will be working closely with ICT
solution providers delivering capacity building to EDGE SMEs in the areas of
branding & marketing and linking of SMEs to ICT platforms. The Environment and
Innovation Specialist will work in three main areas namely Innovation and
Technical Service Provision, Capacity Building and Environmental Management.

These activities will cut across all project technical areas to include SME
Development, Access to Finance, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning, and Social

The position is expected to represent the project at government and
international meetings as requested in innovation forums. Perform other duties
and undertake other projects as may be assigned by the supervisor from time to

Minimum Qualifications:

–>Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, business administration, agricultural or environmental science or similar field is required; advanced degree preferred.
–>Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in promoting innovation and or conducting environment-related studies and/or advising on and ensuring compliance with environmental and natural resource conservation.
–>Must be familiar with the academia and research organizations of Zambia and the Africa Southern Region.
–>Must have in-depth knowledge of country’s climate change and use of renewal energy
–>Knowledge of environmental risks presented in agricultural value chains.
–>Good knowledge of country’s environmental regulations, international standards, and USAID environmental regulations.
–>Capacity of representing ACDI/VOCA effectively to other organizations and stakeholders
–>Strong written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.
–>Demonstrated ability to develop and effectively present information, respond to questions before public groups, and model positive professional attitude. Superior presentation and communication skills, both written and oral.
–>Capacity of representing ACDI/VOCA effectively to other organizations and stakeholders
–>Ability and willingness to travel at least 25% of the time
–>Advanced computer skills in a Windows based environment including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel
–>Familiarity with USG-funded programs is an added advantage
–>Fluency in written and spoken English required

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Please submit a resume to **** no later than
March 31, 2022. Please include the position title in the subject line. The
resume and related application documents shall be provided as a single
attachment and list long-term employment history and any relevant short-term
consulting work. Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to
respond to inquiries via phone or email. Only shortlisted candidates
considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal
opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are
encouraged to apply.

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