Consultant to Develop the Study on Economic Returns to Public Investment for Cassava Sector

Location : Home based/Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :25-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :30 days, over a period from 10th Jan 2018 to 15th April 2018 (with 9 working days in Cambodia)
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 days, over a period from 10th Jan 2018 to 15th April 2018 (with 9 working days in Cambodia)

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Cassava is Cambodia’s second largest agricultural crop, a major export and an input to several industrial processes. Its development offers both near term, and long-term structural benefits to the Cambodian economy.  It’s potential role in promoting higher value-added and greater productivity within has gained special attention from the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) under its Industrial Development Policy 2015-2025.  However, its potential is under-realized, with much of sector focused on growing and exporting raw product, and in-country processing remains.

The need to formulate a Cassava Development Policy has been recognized in the Cambodia Trade Integration Strategy (CTIS) 2013-2018.   Cassava has a developed value chain with a wide range of uses and applications, in sectors ranging from animal feedstock to human food, and consumer and industrial products. The latter include bio-fuels such as bioethanol mixed with gasoline or biomass used either as a gas burning accelerant as pellets for direct energy production.

UNDP, supported by the Enhance Integrated Facility (EIF), via the Cambodia Export Diversification and Expansion Programme 2 (CEDEP2) has sought to build on these favorable global conditions to open up opportunities for Cambodia to strengthen its agricultural production, processing and export capacities. The medium-term objectives are to enable access to higher value markets (such as starch, bio-ethanol, and animal feed); and the building of productive capacity. These aims can be levered by targeted public investments in research and development, agricultural extension and support services, market information and trading systems, and relevant infrastructure.  Unlocking these benefits will require development of an investment case that can be put to senior policymakers.

The purpose of this assignment, therefore, is to provide rapid but authoritative estimates of the impact of public investment to address market failures facing the Cassava sector. This would include estimated changes in: (a) cassava output volumes/ value/ exports; (b) changes in household incomes and the poverty rate; and (c) the effects on key macroeconomic aggregates including output (economic growth), value-added and investment.  This should also enable and include estimation of the total (social and private) rates of return to a preferred (optimal) investment package (see below), to be compared against a counterfactual investment in general infrastructure.


Duties and Responsibilities

The overall objective is to provide evidence to support a public investment case to facilitate the transformation of the nascent cassava sector, towards a higher value added industrial crop, based on inclusive and sustainable production patterns. More specifically, the analysis should inform policymaking and orient Government to allocate public resources to targeted investment projects to enable producers to access higher value markets and to build in-county productive capacity.

The assignment will require the establishment of appropriate data and economic estimation methods, provisionally, a Social Accounting Matrix (SAM); and a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model or a SAM Multiplier model (or other calibration framework). Followed by the estimation of the impact of a package of public investments related to cassava production.

The assignment has two phases:

Part 1: Development of research methods, modelling approach and models.

Part 2: Analysis of the impact of (a fixed sum) investment in the key nodes of the cassava value chain

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.



  • A high degree of political and cross-cultural sensitivity;
  • Collaborative working style and willingness to undertake a range of tasks, including translation when required;
  • Time management (in managing deliverables).

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree, preferably PhD, in economics, development economics or econometrics or other releated field.


  • At least 7 years’ experience in economic modeling/ estimation and policy analysis in development contexts.
  • Technical knowledge and proven research/ analytical skills related to trade policy, value chain development, and development economics. Sample of previous similar work will be an asset.
  • Ability to design, apply and interpret relevant modeling techniques (SAM, CGE approaches) to analysis of economic aggregates and policies in the context of agriculture in developing countries.

Language Requirements:

Ability to write and present in high quality English to both policy and technical audiences.

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.

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