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Horticulture Specialist (1 position), Level : SB 5/Peg 1 (Only for Nepalese nationals)
|Location :||Kathmandu with frequent travel to project areas, NEPAL|
|Application Deadline :||02-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Other|
|Post Level :||Other|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Initially One year (Renewable based on performance)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||2022|
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.
Nepal’s agriculture shows weak growth rates with low productivity, coupled with a food trade deficit and high malnutrition. This is associated with low marketed volumes and farmers’ limited access to agriculture technology. Postharvest losses of fresh produces are high because of inappropriate harvest, careless commodity handling and a lack of storage facilities.
Against this backdrop, Value Chain Development of Fruit and Vegetables in Nepal Project (VCDP) focuses on increasing production, reducing postharvest losses, and promoting market linkages. Led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the 5-year project aims to increase incomes of smallholder farmers growing fruit and vegetables. The project is being implemented in three major road corridors (the BP and part of Arniko highway, Prithvi highway extended up to Putalibazar Municipality and Hetauda - Dumkibas section of East-West highway) in Bagmati and Gandaki Provinces. The project aims to reach at least 10,000 farmers and 20 cooperatives of the project command areas.
The Horticulture Specialist will work under the guidance and supervision of the National Project Manager. S/he will work in close collaboration with UNDP Nepal office, government partners (Local governments, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Department of Agriculture), the donor and other stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the National Project Director and National Project Manager, the Horticulture Specialist is responsible for activities under project outcome 2 (reduce postharvest losses of selected fruit and vegetables by postharvest technology development). Specifically, the incumbent will carry out the following activities:
1. Planning and monitoring of project interventions and knowledge management:
2. Strengthening capacity of project partners and beneficiaries:
3. Stakeholders engagement and partners coordination:
4. Project management support:
5. Gender and social inclusion in project interventions:
Impact of Function:
Successful management of the value chain development of fruit and vegetables project in compliance with the Government of Nepal’s and UNDP’s rules and procedures.
Required Skills and Experience
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