Position: Supply Chain/ Business Development Officer
Number of Positions: 5(Five)
Duration: Project Period
Duty station: Head Office Province Office as designated by the project with a frequent field visit to the Project areas
Supervise: Supply Chain Field facilitator
Report to: Supply Chain Coordinator/ Province Director Mode of Contract: Contracts will be made annually with a probation period of six months. The annual contract will be extendable up to the project period of VITA based on satisfactory performance in the preceding contract assessed by the project.
Roles and Purpose of the Assignment: The Supply Chain/ Business Development Officer, under the direct supervision and guidance of the Supply Chain Coordinator, will be responsible for the implementation of the Supply Chain development interventions in the respective Branches and to guide and coach branch staff/ supply Chain/ Field Facilitators to facilitate and support Supply Chain actors in strengthening linkages, business planning, investment analysis and other areas that lead to improved performance of the Supply Chain system.
Responsible for implementation and supervision of identified critical interventions for investments, enhancement of relationships, development of enabling institutions and services, and stimulating actual scaling as part of focused and actor-driven project facilitation for the specific Supply chains in a continuous multistakeholder consultation process (MSP) within the project area.
Coordinate, coach, and mentor province &branch staff including field facilitator within the project area for the facilitation of supply chain development initiatives including supply chain planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting in specific supply chains;
Facilitate and Support farmers, group, cooperatives, agribusiness, a service provider in developing concept notes and investment/business plans for assessing matching grants /loans within specific supply chains;
Ensure that the grants/loans disbursements are proportionate in terms of targeting, gender, and inclusion targets as in RPSF project guidelines;
Facilitate and support branch staff & Field Facilitator for timely collection and assessment of business proposals/plans from technical, business, management, financial, and inclusion perspective in the specific supply chains and micro-enterprises;
Facilitate and support producers organization and agri-business to meet market requirements and strengthening technical, financial, and business services providers/provision for specific supply chains in coordination with Supply Chain Coordinator and Province Director;
Brokering “win-win” and trust-based business and/or service relationships among supply chain actors and work towards reliable, fair, and long-term relationships and or buyer or service contracts including improvement in business enabling environment;
Contribute to the knowledge management in the relevant supply chains by undertaking case studies and document and promote learning in activities/investment following the knowledge agenda;
Facilitate and support province staff in conducting meetings among project partners, concerned stakeholders, and service providers, develop a plan and execute accordingly as per needs, concerns, and project objectives addressing potential business opportunities;
Coordinate and facilitate all business-related training /workshop including B2B, B2S linkages, contract arrangement, and MSPs at cluster/district/corridor as per need in close coordination with Province Office and concerned stakeholders;
Facilitate and support group/cooperatives for collective marketing and operation /strengthening of collection Centre within production clusters & districts involving private sector/Agribusiness;
Coordinate and support Province office to maintain project’s external relations and visibility, including coordination with like-minded organizations & projects perusing similar objectives in the target corridor and sharing of best practices for wider dissemination;
Provide support and guidance for the gathering of data and information product transaction, value, market outreach, margin distributed along the chain, loss, etc. to undertake effective monitoring and evaluation of supply chain development;
Facilitate and support documentation of experiences, lessons learned, good practices, and case studies as part of knowledge development and facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge exchange with the support of the Supply Chain Coordinator and Province Office;
Timely and regular reporting to Supply chain Coordinator as per the prescribed format, hard or electronic, or both;
Undertake any other duties as requested as directed by Supply Chain Coordinator and PMU personnel.
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Academic Qualifications and Work Experience:
Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences, business administration, Agribusiness Development, Economics or equivalent with at least 3 years’ experience or bachelor’s degree with 5 years’ experience on Supply chain development, business promotion, and private sector development.
Sound experience in business development, service provision, and supply chain development.
Experiences with management and market analysis, grant fund proposal/plan development, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation, and feasibility analysis.
Knowledge and experience in building the capacity of stakeholders and facilitation of multi-stakeholder consultation workshops and training.
Experiences that demonstrate creativeness, innovativeness, and entrepreneurial skills.
Excellent spoken and written English.
Good interpersonal skills and capacity to work effectively as part of a team.
Preferences will be given to:
Candidate having experience in Financial Institutions, Supply chains /value chain upgrading and up-scaling approaches, multi-stakeholder consultation processes, service market development, and grant fund proposal/plan development.
Supervision and Administrative Control:
The Supply chain/ Business Development Officer will be administratively accountable to the PMU director of RPSF and S/He will be technically accountable to the Supply Chain Coordinator.
The performance assessment of the Supply chain/ Business Development Officer will be based on the quality and timely completion of the tasks assigned as per ToR. Details on the indicators for performance assessment will be negotiated and agreed upon at a later stage once s/he signs a contract with the RPSF. The RPSF reserves the right to terminate the contract if the performance is assessed as unsatisfactory.
The Terms of Reference are subject to revision/update annually per the requirement of the RPSF based on planning trajectory, modification in RPSF project design, or as recommended by Joint Reviews/Supervision Missions and lessons learned during the course of implementation.
Remuneration and benefits:
The salary and allowances for the positions will be:
Proposed Positions: Supply Chain/Business Development Officer
Required No: 5
Duty Station: Head Office/ Province Offices
Amount in NPR (000): 65 to 75
Transportation and daily subsistence allowance to the staff members listed above will be provided only for the official duty travels commensurate to the 7th class officer of the ADBL.
All the contracted positions will be provided with a one-month additional salary on a pro-rata basis. This one-month additional allowance will be applicable only after serving the Project for at least 9 months.
Leave: All contracted positions mentioned above will be provided 12 days of home leave and 6 days of casual leave.
Insurance: All the contracted staff members will have to buy their own life insurance cover including accidental coverage. The project will reimburse 50 % of the monthly premium or NP Rupees 300 per month (whichever is lower) for the period the staff member will be working in the project, upon submission of a copy of the insurance policy and receipts.
Age Limit: The upper age limit for all the contracted positions at the time of contract signing will be 55 years.
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