The Value Chain Specialist is part of the GEEL IDIQ Senior Management Team and will work closely with the other key personnel under Task Order 01 - "IDIQ Management" and to operationalize all aspects of the implementation of technical activities under GEEL Task Order 02 - "Agriculture Value Chain Services." He/she will be required to oversee staff and activities under Task Order 02, "Agriculture Value Chain Services" and to work with various Somali stakeholders, including private sector firms, associations and cooperatives, community groups, government officials and other development partners.
The Value Chain Specialist is responsible for managing the project's outcomes and ensuring that all TO-level targets and deliverables are met. He or she will provide strategic vision and oversight to these program activities;
The VC specialist will provide technical expertise and manage technical staff working in areas such as agribusiness, enhanced agricultural production, post-harvest handling, storage, and processing, improved food safety and security, improved market linkages, business development, new product marketing and branding and regional trade facilitation and capacity building of project partners and grantees;
S/He will guide project work on end market research and analysis and supervise the dissemination of information to Somali stakeholders and potential investors;
S/He will work with project team members to organize trade missions, competitiveness events, value chain working group platforms and broader stakeholder forums;
S/He will assist the project technical teams in designing methodologies used for identifying measures that can be taken with companies, businesses, cooperatives, associations, and other intermediaries, to improve their performance, sales, production and competitive pricing;
S/He will advise the M&E team as needed in capturing all the anticipated benefits from value chain interventions;
S/He will participate in the development of EOIs, RFPs and APS under the "Value Chain Competitiveness Fund" (VCCF);
S/He will be a permanent member of the selection committee overseeing the VCCF mechanism.
At least a Master's degree in business, economics or a related field, such as agriculture; or a Bachelor's degree with five additional years' experience;
Minimum eight years' experience in agribusiness in developing countries (or 13 years without a Master's degree);
Experience managing staff and other resources under large value chain projects to achieve results;
Prior experience working in fragile or post-conflict states;
Experience working collaboratively with host country governments, the local private sector, and implementers of other donor-funded activities;
Excellent oral and written English language communication skills.
Direct, hands on private sector experience in agribusiness;
Experience facilitating debt and equity investments in agribusiness opportunities;
Experience facilitating or promoting international trade in agriculture and fisheries products
Practical experience working in sesame, banana or citrus sectors/value chains
Strong capabilities in formulating complex scopes of work