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Job Description

Purpose of the role

  • CABI’s ambition is to position itself as a major player in the global arena of agricultural value chains and agribusiness development – implementing projects and programmes across multiple countries to support the development of value chains’ integrity and promoting the inclusion of smallholder farmers in national, regional and global markets. The Lead Technical Advisor will work closely with the Global Director, Value Chains & Trade. Contribute strategically to development and implementation of work related to agri-business and agri-finance. In particular, they will take a lead on the development and delivery of research and learning in CABI’s VC&T work. This will include consulting with internal and external stakeholders to identify relevant themes within the VC&T strategy for CABI’s research activities to focus on. The role will also be responsible for the delivery of a field building body of work, both as author and editor.  The Lead Technical Advisor will play a crucial role in the articulation and development of CABI’s skills, reputation and strategy for inclusive value chain technical assistance and attracting investment into agribusinesses and smallholder agriculture.  In particular, s/he will contribute to the Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme, 2020-2024.


Candidate profile

  • This is a high level technical advisory role and the appointed candidate may come from a broad range of backgrounds, but ideally s/he will have a combination of private and public sector agribusiness and agri-investment experience, including in developing countries, and have dealt with donor funded projects. 
  • They will be a recognised thought leader of high standing within the field with a strong professional network in the agribusiness community (investors, researchers, decision makers etc).  S/he will be able to provide technical leadership, expertise and advice to enhance the visibility and credibility of CABI as a partner of choice by strengthening existing relationships and building new partnerships.

How to Apply

Closing date is 8th April 2021 but we may begin interviews before that date.

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CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. CABI is an intergovernmental organization that can trace its origins back to 1910. Our 50 member countries guide and influence our core areas of work, which include  International Development and Publishing.


We have over 400 staff based in 16 countries. We have offices in Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, the UK, the USA and Zambia.

CABI’s Knowledge Business

CABI produces key scientific publications, including CAB Abstracts – the world-leading abstracting and indexing   database   covering   applied   life   sciences.   We   also   publish    multimedia  compendia, books, eBooks and full text electronic resources aiming to further science and its application to real life.

International Development projects and research

Through knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern such as improving global food security and safeguarding the environment. We do this by helping farmers grow  more and lose less of what they produce, combating threats to agriculture and the environment from  pests and diseases, protecting biodiversity from invasive species, and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge.

For more information please go to www.cabi.org and www.plantwise.org



Review Conference

The Review Conference is held every three years, bringing together Member Countries, key donors and partners so as to review CABI’s work programmes and to determine general policies and strategies.

Executive Council

The Executive Council of Member Countries meets annually in London. It has delegated authority from the Review Conference for the direction of the general operations of CABI, in particular the approval of CABI Board Directors, agreement on annual operating budgets, appointment of auditors and sign-off of annual accounts as well as monitoring progress with the implementation of Review Conference resolutions.

CABI Board

The CABI Board oversees CABI’s programmes and its general operations, as well as monitoring financial performance. It guides management on operational and strategic issues.  The Board is responsible to the Executive Council of Member Countries for the stewardship of CABI at the level of strategy and institutional policy. It is responsible to ensure that CABI operates in an efficient and commercially-oriented manner, whilst having due regard to CABI’s status as a not-for-profit organisation. The CEO and CFO are also members of the Board.

Executive Management Team

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for managing CABI’s day-to-day affairs and the implementation of the agreed strategies and plans, with the support of the Executive Management Team.

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