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Agribusiness Chief Technical Advisor – GRASP Project

  • Added Date: Monday, 16 December 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 30 December 2019
  • Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
  • Country: Pakistan
  • City: Karachi
  • Contract Type: Service Contract (SC)
  • Post Level:  
  • About ITC

    The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, focusing in particular on developing the export capabilities of small and medium-sized businesses in developing and transition economies. ITC is 100% “Aid for Trade”, supporting trade that delivers inclusive and sustainable development results. ITC’s mandate covers all developing countries and transition economies with special emphasis on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDs) Fragile States and Sub-Saharan Africa. ITC Headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland. ITC projects and programmes contribute to the global efforts to achieve UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Aid for Trade agenda. ITC works at three levels:

    • Strengthening the  integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy,

    • Improving the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and enhancing the abilities of trade support institutions to better support them,

    • Improving the international competitiveness of SMEs.

    Strengthening the  integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy,

    Improving the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and enhancing the abilities of trade support institutions to better support them,

    Improving the international competitiveness of SMEs.

    About the GRASP Project:

    The Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Progress (GRASP) is a 66 month project that will contribute to the reduction of poverty through development of rural SMEs in selected districts within two provinces of Pakistan: Balochistan and Sindh. GRASP will focus on selected product lines within livestock and horticulture.

    GRASP will take a holistic approach to building SME competitiveness in agribusiness value chains starting from a deep understanding of markets and working back through the value chain to enable SMEs and ultimately producers to create and capture additional value. To do this, GRASP will intervene in three main ways:

    • Improving the eco-system for rural SME development through building institutional capacity and improving the business environment

    • Building production and quality of primary products through support to SME agribusiness service providers and business intermediary organizations in rural areas

    • Increasing added-value and marketed volumes through developing value chains and supporting SMEs to improve management, increase access to finance, apply sustainable technology to add value and improve quality and reduce waste throughout the system

    Improving the eco-system for rural SME development through building institutional capacity and improving the business environment

    Building production and quality of primary products through support to SME agribusiness service providers and business intermediary organizations in rural areas

    Increasing added-value and marketed volumes through developing value chains and supporting SMEs to improve management, increase access to finance, apply sustainable technology to add value and improve quality and reduce waste throughout the system

    At the impact level, GRASP will create employment and income opportunities in rural areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Outcome and outputs of GRASP include measurable improvement in the business environment for SMEs, improved agricultural productivity in selected areas, better access for farmers to market information and agricultural services, increase in revenue and financing for selected SMEs and increased value added and adoption of environmental sustainable technology. GRASP has a very strong focus on women’s economic empowerment.

    GRASP has a budget of €48.5m funded by the European Union and ITC. ITC will implement GRASP through three Pakistan based teams and a wide network of Pakistani and international partner organizations. This challenging project will involve managing many concurrent inter-linked activities from the market to the production level and innovative tools such as matching grants.

    The objective of GRASP is to improve the competitiveness, inclusiveness and sustainability in the horticulture and livestock value chains. To attain this objective, the programme will produce a number of output areas (2 and 3) with supporting activities. These include

    • Farmer Field Schools training at the farmer organization and community level (climate smart agriculture practices, water management, producer marketing groups, input supply, nursery establishment, Participatory Guarantee Systems and certificatioin);

    • Market information, price data and dissemination systems;

    • Access to finance,

    • Compliance with food safety regulations, improvement of quality,

    • Climate change risk management, adoption of environmental technologies (e.g. drip irrigation),

    • Improved value addition and market development.

    Farmer Field Schools training at the farmer organization and community level (climate smart agriculture practices, water management, producer marketing groups, input supply, nursery establishment, Participatory Guarantee Systems and certificatioin);

    Market information, price data and dissemination systems;

    Access to finance,

    Compliance with food safety regulations, improvement of quality,

    Climate change risk management, adoption of environmental technologies (e.g. drip irrigation),

    Improved value addition and market development.

    The Outputs 2 and 3 are implemented under the direct technical guidance of Head, Trade and Environemtn, Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains (SIVC) and Agribusiness Chief Technical Advisor.
    The outputs expected from the Agribusiness Chief Technical Advisor are to:

    • Oversee the strategic direction of GRASP relating to Agribusiness Value Chain Development for horticulture and livestock sectors in Balochistan and Sindh.

    • Oversee and ensure quality control of delivery of the following sub-outputs relating to improved farm level productivity and processing, agribusiness value chain development, technology adoption, value addition and market development

    • Take principle responsibility for maintaining and building relationships with key counterparts for Outputs 2 and 3 (horticulture in Balochistan) of GRASP at federal level, provincial and district level.

    • Ensure smooth coordination with Output 1 with respect to building an improved business environment for SME development and gender related activities under Output 2.

    Oversee the strategic direction of GRASP relating to Agribusiness Value Chain Development for horticulture and livestock sectors in Balochistan and Sindh.

    Oversee and ensure quality control of delivery of the following sub-outputs relating to improved farm level productivity and processing, agribusiness value chain development, technology adoption, value addition and market development

    Take principle responsibility for maintaining and building relationships with key counterparts for Outputs 2 and 3 (horticulture in Balochistan) of GRASP at federal level, provincial and district level.

    Ensure smooth coordination with Output 1 with respect to building an improved business environment for SME development and gender related activities under Output 2.

    1.Function / Expected Results: Coordination of project activities

    • Oversee the management of relationships with counterparts including chambers of commerce, SMEs, processors, logistics, retailers, policy makers, regulators, governmental/administrative agencies/departments, experts/implementing agencies/service providers

    • Oversee the contribution of agribusiness related project inputs (Outputs 2 and 3) to project steering committee meetings (federal and provincial levels);

    • Oversee the input of Outputs 2 and 3 to project wide communication and outreach initiatives with the objective to ensure visibility at federal, provincial and district levels: e.g. drafting short articles, press releases, social media inputs and delivering media interviews

    Oversee the management of relationships with counterparts including chambers of commerce, SMEs, processors, logistics, retailers, policy makers, regulators, governmental/administrative agencies/departments, experts/implementing agencies/service providers

    Oversee the contribution of agribusiness related project inputs (Outputs 2 and 3) to project steering committee meetings (federal and provincial levels);

    Oversee the input of Outputs 2 and 3 to project wide communication and outreach initiatives with the objective to ensure visibility at federal, provincial and district levels: e.g. drafting short articles, press releases, social media inputs and delivering media interviews

    2. Function/Expected Results: Technical guidance

    • Oversee and coordinate technical delivery of Outputs 2 and 3 related activities at federal, provincial and district level with project technical leads, project staff and project partners;

    • Oversee coordinate research/analysis/gap assessment of relevance for related activities;

    • Manage the design and implementation of capacity building for support to farmers, processors, SMEs in the field of production and processing, marketing, backward linkages to farmers, value addition, technology adoption, innovation, climate resilience, business management, enterprise and product development

    • Oversee and coordinate the production of briefs/technical reports/presentations/speaking notes required for Outputs 2 and 3.;

    • Coordinate high level/technical meetings; workshops; public private consultations to deliver or/and ensure delivering of technical information about Outputs 2 and 3 related activities at federal, provincial and district level;    

    • Review quality of Outputs 2 and 3 related outputs and ensure compliance with high standards;

    • Ensure quality and timely delivery of progress, measure results and project risks, required to assess Outputs 2 and 3 outcomes/impacts;

    • Keep abreast with developments at federal, provincial and district levels of relevance to Outputs 2 and 3 related activities;

    • Undertake any other tasks agreed with and in consultation with the Senior Advisor (SIVC)

    Oversee and coordinate technical delivery of Outputs 2 and 3 related activities at federal, provincial and district level with project technical leads, project staff and project partners;

    Oversee coordinate research/analysis/gap assessment of relevance for related activities;

    Manage the design and implementation of capacity building for support to farmers, processors, SMEs in the field of production and processing, marketing, backward linkages to farmers, value addition, technology adoption, innovation, climate resilience, business management, enterprise and product development

    Oversee and coordinate the production of briefs/technical reports/presentations/speaking notes required for Outputs 2 and 3.;

    Coordinate high level/technical meetings; workshops; public private consultations to deliver or/and ensure delivering of technical information about Outputs 2 and 3 related activities at federal, provincial and district level;    

    Review quality of Outputs 2 and 3 related outputs and ensure compliance with high standards;

    Ensure quality and timely delivery of progress, measure results and project risks, required to assess Outputs 2 and 3 outcomes/impacts;

    Keep abreast with developments at federal, provincial and district levels of relevance to Outputs 2 and 3 related activities;

    Undertake any other tasks agreed with and in consultation with the Senior Advisor (SIVC)

    III. Functions / Key Results Expected
     

    • Oversee and coordinate activities related to Outputs 2 and 3 of GRASP to ensure that they are strategically designed and efficiently implemented as per work plan under the direct technical guidance of the Senior Advisor (SIVC) and Project Coordinator.

    • Key counterparts for Outputs 2 and 3 of GRASP at federal, provincial and district level are kept well informed

    • Smooth coordination of all aspects of Outputs 2 and 3 reporting on deliverables, budget and risks.

    Oversee and coordinate activities related to Outputs 2 and 3 of GRASP to ensure that they are strategically designed and efficiently implemented as per work plan under the direct technical guidance of the Senior Advisor (SIVC) and Project Coordinator.

    Key counterparts for Outputs 2 and 3 of GRASP at federal, provincial and district level are kept well informed

    Smooth coordination of all aspects of Outputs 2 and 3 reporting on deliverables, budget and risks.

    IV. Impact of Results
     

    • Achievement of delivery targets and results as outlined in the project work plans for Output 2 and 3

    • Strong partnerships with national stakeholders and relevant government agencies and private sector

    • Good communication and positive image the project in Pakistan.

    Achievement of delivery targets and results as outlined in the project work plans for Output 2 and 3

    Strong partnerships with national stakeholders and relevant government agencies and private sector

    Good communication and positive image the project in Pakistan.

    ITC’S VALUES are: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

    ITC’S CORE COMPETENCIES are: Communication, Teamwork, Planning & Organizing, Accountability, Creativity, Client Orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Technological awareness.

    ITC’S MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES are: Vision, Leadership, Empowering Others, Managing Performance, Building Trust, and Judgment/Decision making.

    Functional Competencies:

    • Proven leadership and strong project management and coordination skills

    • Excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships

    • Proven ability to lead and work collaboratively in teams, with colleagues and encourage  sharing of knowledge to achieve organizational goals

    • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

    • Ability to identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required

    • Ability to work with accuracy under time constraints and pressure in a stressful environment; with patience, tactfulness, maintain confidentiality, take initiative and exercise good judgment

    • Ability to plan own work and use time efficiently, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure of tight and conflicting deadlines

    Proven leadership and strong project management and coordination skills

    Excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships

    Proven ability to lead and work collaboratively in teams, with colleagues and encourage  sharing of knowledge to achieve organizational goals

    Strong problem solving and analytical skills

    Ability to identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required

    Ability to work with accuracy under time constraints and pressure in a stressful environment; with patience, tactfulness, maintain confidentiality, take initiative and exercise good judgment

    Ability to plan own work and use time efficiently, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure of tight and conflicting deadlines

    Technical Competencies:

    • Demonstrated knowledge of challenges of agriculture value chain development in Pakistan

    • Very good understanding of business environment and public and private institutions relating to SMEs, farmer organization, processors, intermediaries and agricultural development

    • Good understanding of the private sector needs and expectations in Pakistan as well as cross cutting issues relating to climate change and gender.

    • Experience in training in both farmer organizations and private sector on key skills (e.g. entrepreneurship, business management, marketing and sales, logistics, processing)

    • Experience in working with government and private sector counterparts

    • Knowledge of result-based management skills

    • Strong drafting and communication skills

    Demonstrated knowledge of challenges of agriculture value chain development in Pakistan

    Very good understanding of business environment and public and private institutions relating to SMEs, farmer organization, processors, intermediaries and agricultural development

    Good understanding of the private sector needs and expectations in Pakistan as well as cross cutting issues relating to climate change and gender.

    Experience in training in both farmer organizations and private sector on key skills (e.g. entrepreneurship, business management, marketing and sales, logistics, processing)

    Experience in working with government and private sector counterparts

    Knowledge of result-based management skills

    Strong drafting and communication skills

    Education and Work experience: 

    Master Degree or equivalent in Rural Development, Business Administration, Marketing Applied Economics, Agronomy, Development Studies or related field.
    With a minimum of 7 years of experience in SME/and or agricultural/rural development
    Including some experience in project formulation and management.

    OR

    A Bachelor’s degree in in Rural Development, Business Administration, Agronomy, Applied Economics, Development Studies, Marketing or related field With minimum of 9 years of experience in SME/and or agricultural/rural development
    Including some experience in project formulation and management , administration or related field.

    Language Requirements:

    • Advanced English with strong written and oral communication skills is essential

    • Knowledge of local languages

    Advanced English with strong written and oral communication skills is essential

    Knowledge of local languages

    Required knowledge and skills: 

    • Demonstrated knowledge of challenges to agricultural/rural SME development in Pakistan Demonstrated capacity to evolve in large, complex and multi-dimensional projects

    • Very good understanding of business environment and public and private institutions relating to SMEs and agricultural development

    • Technical knowledge and training experience of key issues facing SME development

    • Good understanding of project result-based management and coordination

    • Proven leadership, advocacy and management skills and ability to operate in multi-stakeholder contexts

    • A track-record of successfully implementing projects

    • Excellent drafting and communication skills

    Demonstrated knowledge of challenges to agricultural/rural SME development in Pakistan Demonstrated capacity to evolve in large, complex and multi-dimensional projects

    Very good understanding of business environment and public and private institutions relating to SMEs and agricultural development

    Technical knowledge and training experience of key issues facing SME development

    Good understanding of project result-based management and coordination

    Proven leadership, advocacy and management skills and ability to operate in multi-stakeholder contexts

    A track-record of successfully implementing projects

    Excellent drafting and communication skills

    Desirable knowledge and skills:

    • Knowledge of the UN system and procedures or experience of EU-related projects would be an asset

    Knowledge of the UN system and procedures or experience of EU-related projects would be an asset

    Please Note:

    HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.

    Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, orii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.

    UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply (local and internal VA)

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants bank accounts

    “UNDP has zero tolerance towards Sexual Harassment (SH) and Sexual Exploitation & Abuse (SEA)”.

    Contract Duration: 1 Year

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