African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership: Fertiliser Policy Research Assistant

African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 15 March, 2015
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African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is an independent nonprofit organisation whose purpose is to work with partners to establish sustainable and competitive private sector led fertiliser markets that provide smallholder farmers with quality fertilisers at the right place and time and at an affordable price. AFAP’s solution is to develop commercially focused partnerships with private sector partners all along the fertiliser value chain who are or will be investing and operating in these markets for years to come. The mechanism applied by AFAP is Partnership Contracts under which eligible international, regional or local agribusinesses receive financial and technical assistance in the form of guarantees, matching grants, business and technical training, and market intelligence and, in exchange, agree to perform significant market development activities with local farmers and/or agribusinesses. 
An important aspect of AFAP’s work is to promote the creation of an enabling policy environment to increase investor confidence. To this end AFAP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA on fertilizer development in the COMESA region. We are working together to promote the development of sustainable fertilizer markets and have designed the COMESA Fertilizer Program specifically to increase the commercial supply and distribution of fertilizer in the region through enhanced private sector development and participation in the fertilizer industry. The program has four components; the first component is the Joint Program on Fertilizer Policy and Regulatory Harmonization. The program which was created in July 2014 has six phases and will culminate in a harmonized fertilizer policy and regulatory framework for the COMESA region which has been endorsed by the COMESA Ministers of Agriculture. Implementation of Phase 1 (review of national fertilizer policies and regulations) and Phase 2 (validation workshop for the findings and recommendations of the review) have been completed. A program report that synthesizes the findings of national and sub-regional assessments and provided 23 recommendations was validated during a workshop that was held in Lusaka from 24th – 26th November 2014.  The workshop participants identified four areas for harmonization: policy and regulatory framework; fertilizer standards; quality assurance; market development. The next phase of the program is to establish four Regional Fertilizer Standards Technical Committees which will prepare guidelines for the harmonization of these four areas. It will commence during the first quarter of 2015.
AFAP is now embarking on a second and complementary policy initiative. AFAP has received funds from AGRA’s SSTP to implement a two year project to support the establishment of a regional fertilizer policy and regulatory framework for eastern and southern Africa that can be used to guide the harmonization of fertilizer policies, standards, and regulations in the region.  The project area will be the four SSTP countries: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The  Project will work in these four countries towards the establishment of a national and regional consensus and advocacy on fertilizer legislation, regulatory system implementation strategies, and trade policies that, if adopted, would: 1) create open borders for free trade and movement of fertilizers among member countries in the region; 2) protect fertilizer consumers while not restricting their ability to procure a wide range of fertilizer products; and; 3) allow the private sector to provide this wide range of fertilizer products and to encourage innovation in response to changing demand and requirements. The goal of the Project is to assist Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania develop policy environments that are conducive to open markets and to harmonization of fertilizer policies in the region, and hence increase the availability of a wide range of fertilizer grades, types, and technologies to farmers in eastern and southern Africa at more affordable prices and of guaranteed qualities.
AFAP seeks the professional services of a Fertilizer Policy Research Assistant for a two-year period to implement this project.
The Research Assistant will report to the AFAP Regional Director for East and Southern Africa and work closely with the AGRA SSTP Country Coordinators and Deputy Country Coordinators to implement this project activities. 

  • Take leadership for the design and implementation of a literature review and stakeholder consultations whose purpose is to identify the key components of an ideal regional fertilizer policy and regulatory framework;
  • Assist with the development of a checklist to guide assessments of key policy areas;
  • Assist with the development of a set of indicators to measure progress in policy reform;
  • Provide support in documenting case studies and best practices in policy implementation;
  • Provide support to identify, retain and manage consultants to conduct fertilizer policy reviews, assess fertilizer quality and suitability, and review fertilizer trade policies;
  • Assist in the prepartion of revised fertilizer and trade policy documents for each of the four countries;
  • Take leadership in the convening and organization of  a regional stakeholders’ validation workshop
  • Provide support for the preparation policy reform implementation guides for each of the four countries;
  • Represent the project as needed in the target countries, working in close collaboration with  AGRA’s SSTP country teams;
  • Assist with the preparation of all reports on meetings, including but not limited to the report for the regional workshop;
  • Contribute to regular progress reports including quarterly and annual reports;
  • Undertake any other duties as assigned from time to time by the AFAP Regional Director, East and Southern Africa.


  • Master’s degree in agricultural economics, international development  or a related field;
  • Previous work experience in/knowledge of agricultural policy issues in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Knowledge of/experience with  fertilizer policy and market development issues preferred but not required;
  • Skills and knowledge in policy analysis and research;
  • Strong written and speaking communication skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Fluency in English required.

Submit your application to Maria Wanzala-Mlobela at or post to the following address:
Mrs. Maria Wanzala-Mlobela (PhD)
AFAP Regional Director East and Southern Africa/Secretary for the East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Trade and Investment Platform
African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Edenburg Terraces
3rd Floor, Block D
348 Rivonia Boulevard
Johannesburg, 2128
South Africa

Enquiries: Tel: +27 (0)11 844 7331, Mobile: +27 (0)74 224 1182.

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