National Agribusiness specialist

Background

Azerbaijan is considered to be part of Vavilov’s Asia Minor center of origin of cultivated plants.

In general, the wild relatives of cultivated crops in Azerbaijan are genetically diverse, locally adapted and represent a potential source of genes and alleles for adapting crops to the ever-changing environmental conditions and human needs of the country.

The project seeks to: (i) improve the protection of viable populations of indigenous wild relatives of crops and local landraces in their natural habitats; (ii) augment the conservation of indigenous wild relatives of crops and local landraces in plant gene banks to ensure an adequate source of genetic resources for plant breeding; and (iii) increase the production, and extent of use, of local landraces in agricultural small holdings and commercial farms.

The project will be implemented in three regions – Sheki, Goranboy and Goychay. Within these three rayons, the project will further focus on selected crop wild relatives, cultivated native species and cultivated landraces of wheat, vegetable and forage crops.

The project has been structured into three complementary components.

The first component will seek to expand the state of knowledge of agro-biodiversity, enhance the conservation of this agro-biodiversity and increase the intensity and extent of use native crops in the agricultural sector in the three project regions.

The second component will seek to build the capacities of, and improve the collaboration and cooperation between, agricultural institutions and small farmers in order to improve agricultural productivity and reduce land degradation using native crops (i.e. the targeted crop species) in the three project regions.

The third component will seek to strengthen incentives that encourage the planting of, and improve access to commercial markets for agricultural products derived from, the targeted native crop species across the three regions.

Scope of work

  • The main objective of this assignment is to enhance the sustainability and competiveness of farmers by way of informing the business development strategy with respect to current market needs and trends both locally and internationally as well as ensuring alignment with broader development goals.
  • Evaluate, design, and implement value chain development strategies for the agriculture businesses as well as provide ongoing expertise and input into long-term strategic development
  • The Agribusiness Specialist will lead training in the field and workshops to build the business capacity of the micro and small farmers, with particular focus on innovation, financial sustainability and access to markets.
  • Review, in collaboration with National Project Coordinator, the processes involved in preparing and appraising business plans
  • Make recommendations that will enhance the quality and sustainability of the project funded businesses, farmers both existing and new
  • Provide guidance on production, harvesting and marketing
  • Assess opportunities for value added operations

Deliverables

N Deliverable Timeline
1 Conduct assessment on current business capacity of the micro and small farmers April-May, 2018
2 Development of business plans June-July, 2018
3 Preparing training materials on proper production, harvesting and marketing August, 2018
4 Provide technical support on agribusiness areas (marketing/ value chain) to team and PMU April-December, 2018
5 Prepare tender documents for the procurement of the required equipment April-December, 2018
6 Evaluate, design, and implement value chain development strategies April-December, 2018

 Monitoring: The Agribusiness specialist will be an experienced national expert to provide technical assistance to the project in agribusiness areas. He/She will report to National Project Coordinator (NPC). He/She will work with the Project Finance Assistant and Project Administrative Assistant to anticipate and contribute to resolving agribusiness related issues of the project. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies. During the contract period the working days: 100 days.

 Qualifications and Competencies

  • University Degree in management, finance and/ or other related sphere
  • At least three years of professional agribusiness experience in conducting agribusiness project(s) involving value chain analysis, marketing, business plans preparation and assessment.
  • Good knowledge of business practices;
  • Previous working experience in the relevant field with international organizations is desirable;
  • Good interpersonal and training skills are an advantage.
  • Good organizational, time management and facilitation.

Technical skills

  • A working knowledge of spoken and written of Azeri and English is required, including the ability to draft and edit project documents.
  • Excellent computer skills, in particular mastery of all applications of the MS Office package.

Selection criteria: 1. Lowest price and technically compliant offer

  • For more details please see procurement notice

Terms of Payment:

Payment will be done in four instalments and based on completion of deliverables.

  • 1 instalment – 20% advance payment, after signature of the contract (April, 2018)
  • 2 instalment – 30% – deliverable 1,2 (July, 2018)
  • 3 instalment – 30% – deliverable 3 (September, 2018)
  • 4 instalment – 20% – deliverable 4,5,6 (December, 2018)

Financial proposal should be done as a lump sum in consideration of supposed travels to the Project area. The breakdown is necessary. Daily allowance for internal travel is 92$ per day.

Total no of days in the field: 20 days. No international travel is expected.

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