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International Consultant-Technical Consultant: Global Value Chain Facilitation (UAE)
Application Deadline :06-Sep-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :7d 14h 25m
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :4 months (approx. 20 days)

Background International Consultant-Technical Consultant: Global Value Chain Facilitation (UAE)
UNDP’s response aims to prevent the complete economic breakdown of the Afghan economy and to assist Afghans in constructing a new economic model that is centered around private sector-led recovery. Within the scope private sector led economic recovery, ICPSD will support Afghanistan’s Financial and Banking Sector, Private Sector Resilience and Islamic Finance through the delivery of the following activities:
Technical Support to the Financial and Banking SectorPrivate Sector Resilience: Agricultural Value Chains and Access to Energy for Industrial ParksIslamic Finance: Technical Assistance to Afghanistan Microfinance Sector for Economic Recovery and Women EmpowermentAgriculture is key for Afghanistan’s trade and for the livelihood of its people.

More than 80% of the country’s population, and almost 90% of the people living in poverty are in rural areas. For example, in 2011/12 agriculture was a source of income for 49% of all households and the main source of income for 30%. Agriculture also employed about 43% of the total workforce in 2019. Moreover, 75% of Afghanistan’s exports are in agricultural goods. The manufacturing sector depends on agricultural production as well. An estimated 90% of the manufacturing industry and a large portion of its exports depend on agricultural production.The GVC upstream trade and input supply actors have successfully shaped the quality and compliance regime worldwide, which is now an established policy tool. GVC actors need to influence the management of the chain with quality products and timely delivery of products, receive logistics and intermediation services and buy inputs.

International Consultant-Technical Consultant: Global Value Chain Facilitation Duties and Responsibilities
In response to the growing importance of Global Value Chains (GVC) in shaping the quality and compliance regime worldwide, this project aims to engage GVC upstream and downstream actors in leveraging interventions to strengthen agricultural value chains in Afghanistan. The scope of work for this UNDP ToR includes the following key activities:1. Identification and Engagement of GVC Actors:Identify and establish linkages with private sector partners committed to and aligned with UNDP’s pro-poor value proposition, and who have the potential and willingness to form partnershipsMap and select the traders for event that will agree to a 50:50 cost sharing for their travel expensesAssess the potential role of the ‘hidden middle’ value chain actors as socially compliant suppliers that contribute to sustainable practices and higher incomes of producers2. Development of Engagement Plan for the Business-to-Business (B2B) GVC-National Trade Meetings:Engage GVC upstream and downstream actors in dialogue to create a plan that outlines the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of each actor within the value chainDevelop Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) that formalize partnerships and collaboration among GVC actors3. Facilitation of Business-to-Business (B2B) GVC-National Trade Meetings:Organize B2B GVC-National Trade meetings in Dubai (UAE), as one of important destinations for Afghanistan’s export-import tradeFoster collaboration among GVC actors, conducting logistics and event management tasksWrite programme agenda and logistic note for the event. 4. Reporting and DocumentationDocument the progress, challenges, and lessons learned throughout the implementation of the projectWrite project final report with summary results from event and engagement plan

Shares knowledge across the organization and builds a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.Ability to work independently and with a teamStrong communication and interpersonal skills

International Consultant-Technical Consultant: Global Value Chain Facilitation Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualification:Education:Bachelors’ degree in agriculture, agronomy, international marketing, business, economics, or other related fieldExperience:Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in agricultural or global value chains, global marketing, international business, or international tradeExperience in developing global value chain event facilitationExperience working on agriculturalsector in Afghanistan and the targeted value chain crops and livestockExcellent analytical and report writing skillsLanguage skills:Excellent written and oral skills in English and Arabic
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