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CONSULTANCY ON AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAINS IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Dakar, SENEGAL|
|Application Deadline :||21-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||180 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||180 days|
Agricultural productivity in Central and West Africa remains low, but there is strong potential for research to improve food security and nutrition in the region. Developing sustainable agricultural production is key to effective strategies for sustainable and inclusive economic growth to improve livelihoods for women, men, and children.
The agricultural value chain analysis and development approach, as widely applied to pro-poor economic development, is well suited to addressing gendered market development issues for two reasons. First, it has economic viability and sustainability at its core and aims for win-win outcomes for all participants. Second, it is a strong qualitative diagnostic tool that is capable, if employed skillfully, of identifying critical issues and blockages for specific target groups and then generating robust and effective policies and development strategies.
Value chains thus are a key framework for understanding how inputs and services are brought together and then used to grow, transform, or manufacture a product; how the product then moves physically from the producer to the customer; and how value increases along the way. The value chain perspective provides an important means to understand business-to-business relationships that connect the chain, mechanisms for increasing efficiency, and ways to enable businesses to increase productivity and add value. It also provides a reference point for improvements in supporting services and the business environment. It can contribute to pro-poor initiatives and better linking of small businesses with the market. Increasingly, the value chain approach is being used to guide and drive high-impact and sustainable initiatives focused on improving productivity, competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
Women are an essential part of global value chains. As raw material producers and small-business owners, executives, retail workers, and consumers, women help businesses succeed and grow.
Turning smallholder farmers into profitable rural businesses that generate surpluses is not only the best way to achieve global food security; it also offers a path out of poverty and hunger. This is especially critical in Africa where an agricultural transformation is still urgently needed to safeguard the recent economic gains. However, the economic context for the transformation has changed, and it is no longer enough for Africa to pursue the exact same approach to agricultural transformation that was used by other regions of the world. Changes in diets and the urbanization of many food chains are creating even more opportunities for adding value and creating employment within the broader agri-food system. This sets the ground for an “inclusive” transformation of Africa’s agri-food system, one that focuses on linking many more smallholders to high value markets, and adds value and employment along value chains through growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Duties and Responsibilities
Overall the consultant seeks to deliver the following outputs:
Designing strategies and business plans (and obtaining and using information)
Helps practitioners consider: Which are the priority value chains;?Which ones should be supported;?Why does comparative advantage matter, and how can it be assessed;?How should public, private, and collective perspectives and interests be harnessed.
Offers analytical methods for understanding the value chain and integrating the information into sound strategy along various points of the chain.
Developing robust new businesses:
Adding efficiency, to improve product quality, and adding new operations to increase value added within the value chain.
The ability to replicate these business models is useful in increasing value-added volumes, intermediation, and access to services and inputs.
Training of lead farmers in Best Production Practices:
Supplying the market (aligning supply to match market opportunity)
Explains how vertical integration can help businesses ensure supply or otherwise control inputs, capture more value, achieve economies of scale, and/or ensure access to information. For instance, in the cashew value chain, cashew apples could be used to create valuable by-products.
Reaching the market (market positioning and market opportunities)
Applying Standards and Certifications to Achieve Greater Quality
Meeting (and exceeding) the quality and performance standards of desired markets to help achieve entry, market share, and higher unit values for a value chain’s products.
Organic certification development plans and premium management (for Ivory Coast in the shea butter value chain)
Improving the business and policy environment
Discusses how improving the depth and breadth of services offered to a value chain can help member firms to be commercially sustainable and improve operations.
Describes how value chains can improve their operating environments by engaging the public sector and other actors in effective public-private dialogue.
Cluster-strengthening and cluster development initiatives help value chain participants achieve results that an emphasis solely on core value chains may not be capable of generating.
Monitoring results in value chain development:
Core Values/ Guiding Principles:
areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
of its staff;
Ethics and Values:
Work in teams:
Development and Innovation:
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
Required Skills and Experience
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.