Senior Development Consultant – Applied Agricultural Economics

We are recruiting a Senior Development Consultant with a background in Applied Agricultural Economics

The Job?

In this role you will be responsible for the implementation of projects that work to develop the agricultural economy in African countries. Some interesting projects include value chain studies, identifying workable business models that create employment, supporting businesses in developing business plans and professional skills, trade facilitation and related capacity development.

  • Project implementation: You will oversee a variety of projects such as value chain analysis, business case development, sector strategy development, value chain benchmarking, etc.
  • Project Management: You will work with cross functional teams in South Africa and abroad, with partner associations and technical experts to deliver varied agri-business projects, .
  • Enterprise development and capacity building: Assess and develop business cases- market research, business modelling, business plans, coaching of entrepreneurs, sector roundtables, etc.
  • Access to finance support: You will use your technical skills to provide insights leading to access to finance. This includes carrying out mini-feasibility studies, business modelling and lobbying finance institutions in working sessions.
  • Studies: You will be responsible for qualitative studies with farmers, agri-processors, buyers etc, desk & field research, benchmarking studies, reporting and hosting roundtables and workshops.
  • 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.

Who You Are

We are looking for a sharp thinking, team player who wants to make a positive difference in the world and at work. You’re willing to take on new challenges and keep learning. Our new colleague is able to work independently on different projects from beginning to end, adapting as we go and grow. They’re results-oriented and hands on. This role is best suited to someone with strong analytical skills, a person who is data driven and who tackles projects with energy and a positive spirit.

Ideally, you’d find the fine details fascinating, but use this to help us create an insightful picture for our clients. One of our favourite questions is”so what?”

People skills matter. This is a job for someone personable, with a good sense of humour.

What You Bring

  • A Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics
  • A strong sense of agri-business and how to use technical knowledge to enrich practical research & implementation projects
  • 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