Senior Development Consultant – Agronomy and Agri-processing

We are recruiting a Senior Development Consultant with a background in agronomy and agri-processing

The Job?

You will play a pivotal role in bringing insightful solutions to farming and agri-processing in a number of African countries. The role includes field missions to assess current farming and agri-processing techniques, business plan development & coaching, development and design of training and extension programs and so much more.

  • Project implementation: You will oversee a variety of projects such as value chain analysis, business case development for agri-processing, farm system and agri-processing benchmarking, design of agronomic and agri-processing training and manuals
  • Enterprise development and capacity building: Assess and develop business cases- market research, business modelling, business plans, coaching of entrepreneurs, sector roundtables in the farming, agri-processing and related services etc.
  • Studies: You will be responsible for quantitative and qualitative studies with farmers, processors and buyers, desk & field research, analysis and reporting, business modelling, client workshops, etc.
  • Global linkages: Engage with the private sector and other stakeholders in importing countries to conduct market research, lead investment promotion and sourcing missions, roundtables, etc.
  • Training and development: Develop and lead training programs linked to agronomy and agri-business. This includes building relationships with learning centres and technical experts & then working to make this accessible.

What You Bring

  • A Master’s degree in agronomy, crop sciences or related agri-processing specialties
  • A strong sense of agri-business and how to use technical knowledge to SMMEs
  • A hands on approach & a love of getting things done
  • Demonstrated capability in project management
  • Good Emotional Intelligence
  • Min 10 years of relevant work experience
  • Mid-career switchers are very welcome. We are particularly interested in people who have practical experience in applying their understanding of agricultural economics and finance to the field of development.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Good numeracy,
  • French is a valued addition

What We Offer

Sense is a dynamic economic development consultancy working to solve the gritty development challenges faced by agri-business in Africa. The accelerating shift from aid to trade in global policy means that we’re on the cutting edge of development thinking. As a result we work with an increasing number of major donors in the development sector. Some of our clients are The World Bank-IFC, GIZ (German Development Corporation), The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  CBI, USAID, Teagasc, COLEACP, etc.

Each year we tackle surprising challenges in a wide number of food supply chains such as fruits, nuts, livestock &dairy, spices and herbal botanicals, cereals and forestry. Our projects vary from developing strategies for development programs, to investment facilitation, sector development, business coaching, access to finance, value chain studies….the variety of assignments, clients and value chains we work in continues to grow.

We’re known for sharp thinking, fact based insights, practical solutions and getting things done. So a Sense consultant is curious, inventive, has grit and is …well likeable. This is ultimately about people after all.

Sense offers a dynamic, international environment with lots of scope for personal and professional development. Each member of our team is valued for their skills, perspectives and the contribution we believe they can make. This is a challenging environment that asks a lot of us. But we offer an environment that enables us to grow and learn together. And all the while you’ll be playing your part in bringing about meaningful, lasting change in Africa.


  • This is a full time position (40 hours per week)
  • It includes regular regional and international travel
  • Salary: Market related
  • Fun, learning rich environment
  • An international team
  • A flexible, high performing team
  • Communal lunches for sharing, learning and fun
  • A talent development program that supports ongoing learning
  • Mentorship to support growth and development
  • Start date: January 2023

Please submit your CV and a cover letter to