The Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme (NAMDP), also known as Sahaj (Nepali for ‘facilitate’ or ‘make easier’), is designed with three successive phases spanning across a 12-year horizon. Sahaj’s objectives are based on a vision of a thriving and inclusive agriculture sector, aiming to grow employment and income for Nepal’s rural population. Sahaj operates under a bilateral agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Government of Switzerland. Sahaj is a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) project, implemented by a consortium of Swisscontact (as the lead agency) and the Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED). The programme focuses on Province Number 1 (the far-most eastern province).
Position: Officer-Services and Innovation
Location: NAMDP Office, Swisscontact, Biratnagar, Lalitpur
The Officer– Services and Innovation (Agriculture Services) is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the programme activities under Agriculture Services team. Her/his major tasks include:
Analysis of agriculture services and/or non-agriculture services functions and performance as well as constraints in identified sectors.
Assisting line-manager with gathering relevant information to develop intervention strategies in line with the market systems development (MSD) approach.
Ability to propose innovative ideas to solve systemic constrained identified in the sector strategy documents. Explore opportunities to work with relevant private sector companies and industry associations, government agencies, and other relevant stakeholders as per the strategies.
Ensure quality of implementation and, if needed, recommending changes in intervention design or modality to improve the outcome of the interventions.
Undertake day to day implementation in the field and supervision of intervention activities in accordance with defined strategies.
Implement approaches and interventions that foster gender and social inclusion and green growth.
Contribute to Federal State Building/Business Enabling Environment (FBS/BEE) initiatives as lead by the project.
Contribute to all relevant MRM processes; using MRM as a tool to improve interventions and strategies and proving results. Prepare and/or contribute to relevant documentation for MRM.
Prepare outputs from the services and innovation team in accordance with communication guidelines and needs.
Provide input to the Yearly Plan of Operations (YPOs) and (semi-)annual progress reports.
Maintain professional working relationships with partners (subcontractors and intervention partners).
Comply with the Project Manual of NAMDP and other relevant requirements of Swisscontact and SDC.
Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience (market systems development (MSD), private sector development or in the private sector in agriculture) with bachelor's degree in Management/Economics/Agriculture with specialisation in Agri Economics or Agri Business
A fresh graduate with a Master’s degree in Management/Economics/Agri Economics/Agri Business can also apply.
Good knowledge of the context in which agribusinesses or industries operate in Nepal.
Good understanding of agriculture services and non-agriculture services for agri-businesses and the underlying constraints facing the service providers in Nepal.
Passion for learning and implementing innovative ideas
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Nepali and English
Willingness to travel frequently, often to remote places and sometimes within short notice
Interested candidates who meet the requirements for relevant position are requested to send their current CV (maximum four A4 pages) and a motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org latest by 11:59 PM Nepal time on 27 July 2021, Tuesday. Along with the CV and the motivation letter, please send the duly filled in “job application form”, which is available on our website (same address as above). In the "subject" line of your email, please mention the position applied for. Swisscontact Nepal will not entertain any phone enquiries or other such solicitations for these positions.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the selection process. Swisscontact Nepal reserves the right to reject any or all applications. Swisscontact Nepal promotes workforce diversity and applies positive discrimination to candidates from discriminated groups (women, Dalit, Janajati, Madhesi/Terai and other minority communities).
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Swisscontact supports economic, social and ecological development of South Asia by implementing projects which enable people to improve their living conditions on their own initiatives. Swisscontact has been engaged in international development cooperation in the region since 1962, when it started working in Chandigarh, India and established the Indo-Swiss Training Centre. Gradually, Swisscontact expanded operations across Bangladesh in 1979, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 1980 and Nepal in 1990.
At present, Swisscontact South Asia has the largest portfolio of development projects in Bangladesh and the office located in Dhaka functions as the South Asia Regional Office (SARO). Swisscontact also maintains a country office in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Swisscontact aims to further strengthening its presence in South Asia whilst building and maintaining strong networks with private businesses; public agencies; micro, small and medium enterprises; non-governmental organisations and civil society; bi- and multi-lateral donor agencies and host governments.