National Specialist on Value Chain Development

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th October, 2019

Job Description

The FAO Representation in Sri Lanka is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing country food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with country-wide institutions including Government Institutions and Development Partners. The project TCP/SRL/3704 seeks to establish a sui generis registration-based national system for Geographical Indications (GI). The project will not only build the capacities of the GoSL and relevant stakeholders to operate the national GI system, but also will support two pilot GI value chains (probably pepper and coffee), including the setup of interprofessional associations (IPAs) to manage and promote the GIs. The project will count with the expertise of two national consultants: a national value chain (VC) specialist and national expert on intellectual property rights (IPRs).

Reporting Lines

The national VC specialist reports to the FAO Representative in Sri Lanka. He/she will be technically supported by a team of GI international consultants dealing with: i) GI organizational and marketing issues; ii) legal framework for GIs; and iii) capacity building.

Technical Focus

Working under the overall supervision and management of FAO Representation in Sri Lanka and technical oversight of the Regional Office Lead Technical Officer and the operational guidance of the international GI consultant(s), the National VC specialist will be responsible for identifying and mentoring the two IPAs of the pilot GI value chains, as well as building their capacities towards GI registration, control and promotion.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Under the guidance of the international expert(s) and in coordination with the national legal expert (IPRs), the national VC, will:
  • Coordinate the national inventory of GI products and provide inputs for the selection of the two pilot GI value chains.
  • Convene meetings with key informants such as producers, government institutions, wholesale and retail markets, and development partners to understand the background and current situation of the two pilot value chains, as well as to perform value chain assessments or fill the gaps in already available VC studies as needed (including mapping of value chain actors, identifying strengths and bottlenecks along the value chains and their institutional environment).
  • Prepare draft roadmaps for the two pilot GI value chains to be validated by counterparts and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the set-up of an IPA for the pilot GI value chains and mentor them (with a focus on organizational development, quality and safety, traceability and marketing), and provide inputs for the elaboration of the code of practices, GI registration and control systems.
  • Contribute to building the capacities and awareness of value chain actors of the pilot GI VCs, as well as key stakeholders of the national GI system.
  • Participate in training/outreach meetings as requested, as well as in the validation workshop to present the roadmap for the value chains with key stakeholders (private and public sector).
  • Contribute to the preparation of a national GI strategy.
  • Help with the preparation of the foreseen study tour.
  • Provide inputs for the preparation of a video on GI and other outreach materials.
  • Contribute to preparing the project terminal statement for the FAO Representative.
  • Other tasks as requested.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced academic degree in Agricultural Economics or related subject.
  • Relevant experience (5 years minimum) in agrifood systems development, including the development of agrifood sub-sector appraisals.
  • Fluency in English Language.
  • A national of Sri Lanka.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent and relevance of experience in value chain assessments and related research.
  • Ability to lead / coordinate multidisciplinary teams


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