About Us

Building trust as a foundation for success.

iCRA is dedicated to improving the livelihoods of farmers and their communities. We do this by making research, education, innovation and agribusiness work; meaning we help bridge gaps, develop trust & mutual understanding and bring different worlds and actors together – to find solutions that benefit all. 

How do we do this?

iCRA builds trust. We believe that when people working within the value chain (producers, transporters, traders..) and those who support the value chain (researchers, universities, service providers..) understand each other and work together – common goals and solutions from the source can be defined.

Solutions from the source are found when different actors connect and understand each others’ challenges and realities – all the way to farm level. Solutions from the source are solutions that are carried and owned by all actors. This creates a solid foundation for successful interventions.

To create mutual understanding and trust,  iCRA supports individuals, businesses, service providers and knowledge organisations in the Global South and beyond – with advisory services,  on-the-job coaching and training programmes. 

 

iCRA is managed by an Executive Board and supervised by a Supervisory Board. An Advisory Board is in place to support iCRA. iCRA has offices in Wageningen, the Netherlands and Montpellier, France, and staff based across Europe and Africa. Additionally, we work with a broad array of professional associates in many of our partner countries who share our vision and ways of working.

 

iCRA is a member of the Agrinatura, AgriProFocus and Partos networks.

Our Services

Organisational Strengthening  Connecting people, knowledge and ideas

iCRA supports education, research and business advisory agencies to better serve their clients by:

  • Designing and co-creating entrepreneurial, market-driven curricula and research programmes
  • Developing capacities of staff to become adaptive leaders and innovative facilitators
  • Supporting staff to work across disciplinary and organisational boundaries and engage public and private sectors
  • Assist organisations and institutes in preparing the next generation of highly skilled graduates for the agriculture sector and boost youth employment

Agribusiness Coaching – Building trust in value chains

iCRA assists agribusinesses to improve the performance of small scale farmer supply chains by:

  • Catalysing innovation processes towards solving business issues
  • Building resilient business relationships
  • Developing inter-personal competencies

Professional Courses – Building skills, changing outlooks

iCRA offers open entry courses for professionals to develop the knowledge, skills and mindset necessary to work across disciplinary and organisational boundaries and engage public and private sectors by:

  • Facilitating personal growth and leadership skills
  • Helping participants gain insights on aspects of interactive learning, agribusiness, research and rural innovation
  • Developing and implementing online learning options; allowing participants to continue the iCRA journey when they go back home

 

Staff

Mundie Salm

Mundie Salm

Education, Learning + Outreach

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  mundie.salm@icra.global

Richard Hawkins

Richard Hawkins

Partnerships + Project Development

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  richard.hawkins@icra.global

Hanneke Bouta Vermeulen

Hanneke Bouta Vermeulen

Learning + Training

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  hanneke.vermeulen@icra.global

Nicola Schoeman

Nicola Schoeman

Marketing + Communications

  +31 (0)645 804 292

  nicola.schoeman@icra.global

Pien Hogenbirk

Pien Hogenbirk

Finance

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  pien.hogenbirk@icra.global

Juan Ceballos-Müller

Juan Ceballos-Müller

Capacity Strengthening

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  juan.ceballos@icra.global

Saskia Vleer

Saskia Vleer

Courses + Office

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  saskia.vleer@icra.global

Dea Scheers

Dea Scheers

Finance

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  dea.scheers@icra.global

Mariette Gross

Mariette Gross

Executive Director

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  mariette.gross@icra.global

Simona Giancola

Simona Giancola

Training Coordinator

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  simona.giancola@icra.global

Jean Boudillon

Jean Boudillon

Agribusiness and Soft Skill Coach

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  jean.boudillon@icra.global

Mirte van Os

Mirte van Os

Junior Expert

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  mirte.vanos@icra.global

Cees Peter van den Brink

Cees Peter van den Brink

Agribusiness Coaching

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  ceespeter.vdbrink@icra.global

Myriam Perez Dumoulin

Myriam Perez Dumoulin

Project officer

  +33 (07) 77 066 352

  myriam.perez@icra.global

Toon Defoer

Toon Defoer

Agribusiness Coaching

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  toon.defoer@icra.global

Sylvain Dardel

Sylvain Dardel

Project Manager

  +33 (0) 467 612 662

  sylvain.dardel@icra.global

Salma Peter Tambwe

Salma Peter Tambwe

Course Assistant

  +31 (0)6  1322 1992 

  salma.tambwe@icra.global

iCRA Group Members

Olivier Bello

Olivier Bello

iCRA Group Member - Global

  +31 (0)641 080 349

Julia Ekong

Julia Ekong

iCRA Group Member - East Africa

  +254 725591578 (Kenya) +256 754612943 (Uganda)

  julia.ekong@icra.global

Irene Njogu

Irene Njogu

iCRA Group Member - East Africa

  +254 720 275 704

  irene.njogu@icra.global

Faoussa Tadjou

Faoussa Tadjou

iCRA Group Member - West Africa

  (00223) 76 484 748

Gbenga Idowu

Gbenga Idowu

iCRA Group Member - West Africa

 +2348 033 733 139, (00223) 76 484 748

  gbenga.idowu@icra.global

Benjamin Horlali Kofi Atidjah

Benjamin Horlali Kofi Atidjah

iCRA Group Member - West Africa

  +233-(0)244-649810

Humberto Ríos Labrada

Humberto Ríos Labrada

iCRA Group Member - Latin America & Asia

  +31 (0)317 422 938

  humberto.rios@icra.global

Héctor García

Héctor García

iCRA Group Member - Latin America

  (504) 97577391 

Rudy Omar Mejia M

Rudy Omar Mejia M

iCRA Group Member - Latin America

  +504 98282863

Supervisory Board

Morag Webb

Morag Webb

Supervisory Board Member

Philippe Petithuguenin

Philippe Petithuguenin

Supervisory Board Member (Chair)

Jelle Maas

Jelle Maas

Supervisory Board Member

Clients and Partners

Job Opportunities

 

At iCRA we believe in people - and that also counts for our employees!

We would like to strengthen our team with an                                                        

 

Agribusiness process facilitator

Who are we?

iCRA is a not-for-profit, training-based organisation, dedicated to inclusion of smallholder farmers in sustainable agribusiness in the Global South. We invest in people, their skills and (business) relationships to build solid foundations for successful interventions and sustainable impact in the agriculture sector. iCRA supports individuals, networks, businesses, institutions and organisations to make connections and find solutions at the source - to the benefit of all. 

iCRA has its head office in Wageningen, the Netherlands and an office in Montpellier, France. We are represented by the ‘iCRA group’ of certified trainers and consultants in the Global South.

 The agriculture sector has been our domain for over 35 years and iCRA is well known for its international short courses for professionals. We have evolved into a project focused organization; working with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and beyond.  Providing agribusiness cluster coaching to improve the performance of smallholder supply chains is one of our key areas. By focussing on professional & trustful business relationships and improved negotiation & contracting, we work towards sustainable win-win situations that last. 

iCRA is expanding its portfolio of projects in which we support agribusiness clusters (ABC). In these projects we support business networks consisting of different local value chain actors like producers, traders, processors and supporting actors (transporters, input providers, banks, service providers) that work around a specific agricultural product in a specific area. Together they serve (a segment of) the market through a shared vision. We implement these ABC coaching projects in close collaboration with local iCRA associates, mostly in francophone Africa and to a lesser extend in East Africa.

 

What do we expect from you?

The agribusiness process facilitator steers the approach iCRA takes in partnership building processes to accelerate agribusiness cluster (ABC) development. You are an experienced process facilitator that gets energy from creating impact at grassroots level and working with producers and SMEs that are part of national and regional supply chains. Important hurdles that agribusiness cluster actors are facing are: building trustful and sustainable relationships and attracting the needed financial investments to achieve their joint goals. The agribusiness process facilitator will help to craft iCRA’s role in building business relationships and facilitating access to finance for the stakeholders we work with.

The agribusiness process facilitator acquires and manages medium to large scale projects, guides junior iCRA staff and closely collaborates with the local iCRA associates. As training is an important part of iCRA’s activities, not only in our open entry courses but also in our projects, training delivery will be a significant part of your day-to-day work.

 

What are your regular tasks?    

  • Independently acquire training and ABC-type of projects assignments. You do this by building and sustaining client relationships and by supporting the marketing of iCRA projects and training events.
  • Manage ABC projects and training implementation. Guide and coach the experts or trainer team. Monitor achievements to ensure that overall objectives are achieved, and that revenues and expenses are consistent with contract provisions;
  • Identify training needs, develop training programmes and lesson plans to deliver effective learning. Develop learning materials (print, audio/visual) to support the (blended) training plans; and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of project implementation and training programmes undertaken.
  • Contribute to organizational learning of iCRA on ABC coaching, capacity development approaches, methods and tools;

 

What will you bring to the table?

  • An MSc or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the job;
  • Eight years or more experience in managing and steering projects in the field of agribusiness (clusters) and local value chain development at grass roots level for national or regional markets, agribusiness partnerships and access to finance;
  • Excellent process and group facilitation skills;
  • Flexible, entrepreneurial team player;
  • Leadership skills;
  • Start-up mentality;
  • Proven record of (online) training and project acquisition and management;
  • Eagerness to travel to iCRA project countries when needed (and possible).
  • Fluent or native speaker in English and French, Dutch or Spanish is an advantage.

 

What do we offer?

We offer a full-time position, based on a 36-hour work week. You will work with a small, agile and international team, you will be based in Wageningen or Montpellier and you will report to the Executive Director.

Your salary will be based on qualifications and experience, within the range of EUR 3200 and EUR 4900 per month (full time 36 hours equivalent). Your appointment is for one year, with the intention of converting it into a permanent employment after a positive evaluation. You should be an European national or in possession of a valid work permit and based close to our office in Wageningen or Montpellier.

Interested?

Please send your motivation letter, curriculum vitea and contact details to Salma Tambwe (courses @icra.global)

The deadline for applications is March 12th 2021. Preferred starting date is April 15 2021.  

The first round of virtual interviews will take place on Tuesday 16 and 23 March. The second round is planned for Tuesday 30 March.

For questions or further information please contact Mariëtte Gross (tel nr. +31 317 228104)

iCRA is an equal opportunity employer

Vacancy Agribusiness Process Facilitator.pdf

 

iCRA strives to work "lean & mean"! This means we might not have vacancies very frequently. Under normal circumstances however, we believe in giving young people a chance to gain experience and are open to proposals for internships and traineeships.

Contact

 

iCRA The Netherlands (HQ)

Lawickse Allee 11, 6701 AN Wageningen
info@icra.global
+31 (0)317 422 938

iCRA France

1101 Avenue Agropolis, BP 5098
34093 MONTPELLIER Cedex 05
icra-montpellier@icra.global
+33 (0)467 61 26 60

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