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National Specialist in Fruit Value Chain Analysis and Improvements


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Kandy
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Logistics
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Transport and Distribution
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-18

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Organizational Setting

The FAO Representation in Sri Lanka is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing country food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with countrywide institutions including Government Institutions and Development Partners.

The Technical Assistance under the South-South Cooperation (SSC) with the People’s Republic of China in support of improving production and commercialization of priority fruit value chains in Sri Lanka (GCP/SRL/073/CPR) will contribute to increased production and trade of Sri Lankan fruits both in the domestic and export markets while promoting an inclusive and efficient agribusiness sector. The main outcome of the project will be improved efficiency and competitiveness of the target fruit value chains (banana, mango and pineapple) as a result of technological and institutional innovations introduced through the project leading to increased incomes for the value chain actors.

The project is paying a substantial attention on increasing the capacity of value chain actors to adopt improved post-harvest and processing practices, technologies, business skills and quality standards for better access to domestic and export market opportunities (for exports, initial focus on China). Hence, it is an utmost necessity to identify the current gaps in post-harvest, quality and export requirements for export of fruits from Sri Lanka to China and identify areas for support under the SSC project

This project will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of Sri Lanka. The lead partner for the project implementation will be the Department of Agriculture (DOA), while the Institute of Post-Harvest Technology (IPHT), will be responsible for activities related to post-harvest management. MoA has already identified a National Project Coordinator (NPC) to coordinate the project implementation with FAO. MoA will also ensure that adequate technical, administrative, logistical and security arrangements for experts fielded by the project throughout the duration of the project. The DOA and the MoA (represented by Additional Secretary of the Agricultural Technology of MoA), will ensure collaboration and coordination with other relevant Ministries and departments, development partners and the private sector.

Reporting Lines

Under the direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Programme) the National Expert Post-harvest management and Value addition for fruits will report to the National Project Specialist. He/she will work under technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) and the Project Task Force (PTF.)

Technical Focus

The Specialist on Fruit Value Chain Analysis & Improvements will be responsible for analysis of existing local and export-oriented fruit value chains in Sri Lanka. Moreover, the expert needs to identify areas for support under the SSC project for increasing the capacity of value chain actors to adopt remedial measures to increase the efficiency of local and export-oriented fruit value chains. (Priority Fruit Crops are Mango, Banana & Pineapples).

Tasks and responsibilities

His/her tasks include, but not limited to:

The key functions of the National Specialist on Fruit Value Chain Analysis & Improvements:

• Analyze Fruit value chains in Sri Lanka both local and export market chains for the selected value chains (Mango, Pineapple and Banana).
• Asses the current demand and market condition, key actors along the value chain and gaps and challenges related to value chain development and upgrading of the identified chains.
• Prepare a detailed work plan for improvement of fruit value chains in Sri Lanka, for both local and export demands, and identify areas for support under the SSC project for increasing the capacity of value chain actors, based on input received from DOA, Fruit Research & Development Institute, Provincial Departments of Agriculture (09 Provinces), Institute of Post-harvest Technology (IPHT), Hector Kobbekaduwa Research & Training Institute (HARTI), Department of Agrarian Development, Universities and other relevant public and private sector stakeholders.
• Document the best approaches, lessons learnt and innovative methodology for marketing & value chain development.
• Prepare a final report indicating proposals / methodologies for improvement of fruit marketing and values chains in Sri Lanka, with special emphasis on exportation to China.
• In all activities, liaising with Chinese Expert on Fruit Value chains and obtaining their inputs is mandatory.


Minimum Requirements

• An advanced degree (a Master Degree or equivalent) in the fields of Food Science/Agriculture/Project Management or fields relevant to the subject matter of project;
• Minimum of 05 years of experience in food/agriculture fields, with high consideration given to specific experience in fruit value chain analysis, marketing food law, regulations of food standards and related governance mechanisms;
• Good communication skills with proficiency in written and spoken English, while oral skills in Sinhala and/or Tamil being an added advantage.
• The candidate must be a National of Sri Lanka or should hold a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection criteria

• Experience in international development an added advantage;
• Good understanding of agriculture/food related development issues and similar activities in Sri Lanka;
• Demonstrated experience in working with government structures at national level and wider stakeholders and being well versed with national communication processes an added advantage;
• Knowledge of UN administration and related procedures an advantage.

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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