Project Manager Export Diversification for SMEs based in Burkina Faso Job in Paris (75) at Economic Sense

We are recruiting a Programme Manager for a challenging 3 year fruit processing diversification project in Burkina Faso funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands. The project aims to diversify the product portfolio of dried mango exporters to enable them to use their production facilities year round. This helps the companies to develop professional management and invest further in professionalisation of the factories. It also helps to provide permanent employment to thousands of workers.

In this role you’ll work from Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso with importers in the EU and a core set of professional factories in Burkina to introduce commercially viable export-products and design & implement a reliable supply chain that sources from 3,000 small scale farmers. This requires new product development, farming and processing tests, process & technology improvements in existing factories & the development of a supply chain for traceable, quality ingredients including farmer training and certification.

Market research has identified 4 product ranges: other dried fruits (e.g. papaya, pineapple, banana, coconut, ginger), herbal tea ingredients, culinary spices and dried meat for the local and regional market.

The program is implemented together with a local business development consultancy company, an international business development company, a Burkinabé NGO, and a large international fruit processor and exporter from Burkina Faso.

As Programme Manager you are responsible for:

Programme coordination: You will coordinate the project implementation plans, including the supervision of the other 3 project staff. You will provide feedback on implementation issues to the overall Programme. You will maintain accounts on project expenses in Burkina Faso. You will be responsible for written reporting on implementation progress and financial performance of the programme on a quarterly basis. You will assist with planning of missions by visiting international experts of consortium partners.

New product development: You will oversee the development of new products such as herbal infusions, dried meat and new fruits. This includes market research, sample development & evaluation with importers, trial production, cost price calculations, test shipments. You will also work with importers & local lead factories to design production processes and find, develop, test and adapt new technologies

Market linkages: You will work with exporters to develop relationships with importers in the EU. Investment and trade promotion is an important aspect to the role. You will have to show importers around in Burkina, and potentially visit importers in the EU

Oversight of farmer and processor training: You will guide the team to design and implement relevent training interventions with small scale farmers, dried mango exporters, collectors & cooperatives etc.

Liasing with the embassy, stakeholders and project partners: You will develop relationships with the local embassy, project partners, international experts and other local and international stakeholders to ensure that the project succeeds.

Team development: You will provides coaching to the local financial manager and training team so that the aims, activities and ways of working are aligned. It’s critical that this is a results oriented, focussed team with great learning agility.

You will be part of a team of 4 full time employees in Burkina Faso. Support wil be provided by a team of international specialists from Sense and another international business development consultancy from The Netherlands.

What you bring:

  • BSc or MSc in agriculture, business administration or other relevant subject.
  • Minimum of 7 years working experience, preferably with a few years of international exposure to the private sector in Africa, Asia or Latin America.
  • Mid-career switchers are very welcome. We are particularly interested in people who have: – practical experience. For example as farm managers, supply chain management, senior – managers in agri-processing, procurement of agricultural commodities etc.
  • Proven project management experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French.
  • Strong networking and communication skills.
  • Minimum 7 years experience in agriculture, agri-processing and or agri procurement or trade

Sense offers a dynamic, international environment with lots of scope for personal and professional development. There are no cogs in the machine here. Each member of our team is important. And all the while you’ll be playing your part in bringing about meaningful, lasting change in Africa.

This is a full time position in Burkina Faso for 3 years with possible extension.

Expected Start Date: 2021/01/06

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: Up to 65,000.00€ per year


  • project management: 3 years (Required)
  • Africa: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Private sector: 3 years (Required)
  • agriculture/ agri processing or trade: 7 years (Required)



  • French and English (Required)

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Company: Economic Sense

Company Location:  Paris (75)

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