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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Grenada
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-24

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National Agribusiness Planning Consultant (NBPC)

Grenada (United States of America)

IMPORTANT NOTICE\: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting

FAO's Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean (SLC) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing sub-regional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with sub region-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Sub-regional Office is a subsidiary of FAO's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) The SLC is located in Barbados and is responsible for Barbados and the OECS (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines). The NBPC will be based in Grenada and work from an office at the Agricom Project Implementation Unit (PIU) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Land, Forestry and Fisheries complex. He/she will be collaborating with the PIU in Grenada and provide intensive and comprehensive assistance during implementation of the project to beneficiaries in the preparation and implementation of business plans, as well as to the line ministries and executing agencies.

Reporting Lines

The NBPC will work under the overall guidance of the FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean Island region, and report directly to the FAO SLC Trade and Markets Officer (Lead Technical Officer, LTO, for Agricom), who also will provide technical supervision and support. He/she will work in close collaboration with the International Agribusiness Planning Consultant (IBPE), the Coordinator of the Agricom Planning Implementation Unit (PIU) and his team as well as officers from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Technical Focus

The NBPC will lead the design of business proposal and business plan templates for Aggregators and Agro-processors (AAs) and Farmers and Fishers (FFs), and be capacitated to run general training workshops for beneficiaries and ministry staff on business proposal development for calls for proposals under the project. Furthermore, he/she will provide direct assistance and mentoring to AAs and FFs in finalising viable and sustainable business plans. He/she will support the implementation of a business level monitoring and evaluation system to track implementation progress. During his/her work he/she will liaise closely with the IBPE at a distance as well as when he/she is in the country.

Tasks and responsibilities

He/she will work closely with the IBPE to develop and assist in the implementation of a work plan that includes\:

  • Update him/herself on the World Banks’ Productive Alliance Approach and FAO's Inclusive Business Model approach, FAO’s work on value chain development in the Caribbean and the history of farmer-market linkages work in Grenada;
  • Provide support to the PIU in the organization of networking events, including business roundtables and local workshops for supporting the formation of strategic alliances between AAs and FFs, buyers, and lenders;
  • Support the development of criteria for the selection of those proposals to be developed into business plans, and the preparation of subproject agreements for those selected plans;
  • If requested, provide support to the PIU in the evaluation of Business Proposals;
  • Provide support to the PIU in supervising the implementation of selected business plans;
  • Assist the PIU and AAs and FFs to access to market information in support of business plans; and,
  • Ensure regular communication with FAO on progress of project implementation.
  • Lead the design of business proposal and plan templates for the project;
  • Prepare training materials for general business proposals and business plans;
  • Lead general training workshops for potential AAs and FFs in development of Business Proposals for all calls for proposals rounds with support from the IBPE;
  • Support the IBPE in delivering mentoring and training support to selected AAs and FFs to convert business proposals to business plans for the first round;
  • Lead delivery of mentoring and training support to selected AAs and FFs to convert business proposals into business plans for the second and third round;
  • Support the IBPE in delivering capacity building workshops for selected AAs and FFs in areas identified by the PIU related to business planning (i.e. financial literacy, accounting, marketing and logistics) to support AAs and FFs develop Business Plans during the first round of proposals;
  • Lead general capacity building workshops for selected AAs and FFs in areas identified by the PIU related to business planning (i.e. financial literacy, accounting, marketing and logistics) to support AAs and FFs to develop Business Plans during the second and third rounds of proposals;
  • Support the design of a monitoring and evaluation system for the implementation of the business plans in alignment with Project deliverables and provide follow-up where relevant;
  • Provide follow up to mentoring and guidance for specific business plans during the implementations phase and recommend adjustments as necessary; and,
  • Prepare quarterly reports and an end of assignment report.

In implementing the activities, the expert must take FAO’s Gender Policy into consideration, ensuring to the extent possible, that there is equity in the benefits accrued to women and men as well as young persons. Gender and age disaggregated data should be collected and presented for all meetings, training and other activities.

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced University (MSc or equivalent) degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness, agricultural marketing, commerce, or related disciplines;
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in agribusiness development services, market research and market development;
  • Competence in project/programme management;
  • Advanced knowledge (level C) of English;
  • National of Grenada
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Experience in agriculture value chain development would be considered a strong advantage;
  • Previous (agri-business) substantive experience in Grenada (required) and in the Caribbean region, and work on inclusive business models or the World Bank productive alliances approach is an asset;
  • Financial management and economic analysis skills;
  • Skills and experience in engaging with the private sector, including with agro-processors, buyers and retailers;
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills and a demonstrated experience of working in a cross-cultural environment; and,
  • Excellent writing skills, strong networking and relationship building skills, excellent communication and negotiation skills.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact\: Careers@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website\: http\://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


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