Sustainable Food Value Chain Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, New Delhi, India

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd May, 2019

Job Description

Organizational Setting

The Fostering Climate Resilient Upland Farming Systems in the North East (FOCUS) Project (UTF/IND/196/IND) will address the issues facing jhum cultivation through better jhum cultivation practices that are more productive and sustainable, creating an ecological balance and translating into extension of the cultivation cycle by one to two years, with longer fallow periods (up to 15 years). It will also support jhum farming households in adopting alternative farming systems, particularly sedentary farming. Along with more productive wet-terrace rice fields and improved livestock systems, the project will enhance farmers’ incomes, reduce pressure on natural resources and increase resilience to climate change. As farmers move to more market-orientated production, the project will support improved market access and value chain development.

The Technical Assistance (TA) by FAO responds directly to practical ramifications of the economic transition and rural sector processes under way in the state of Mizoram. The Technical Assistance will combine gender-sensitive professional support and institution building, in tune with local stages of development in the rural sector, with research and information-sharing. This TA consultancy will make optimum use of FAO’s accumulated experience and know-how (technical aspects of SALT, TRC, animal husbandry, crop productivity and process/training methodologies) on farmer education and farmer institutions at local, state and national levels, as well as the Asia region.

The TA will improve the development and delivery of agriculture and animal husbandry knowledge by designing training materials and curricula tailor-made for introducing innovative methodologies. Training will be targeted at farmers as a mechanism to introduce improved agronomic and animal husbandry practices based on existing social and institutional stakeholders, issues and challenges - e.g., jhum, social mobilization, gender equity, community organization and group formation, in particular the Village Councils (VCs).

Reporting Lines

Under the direct supervision of the FAOR, India, technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer and in close collaboration with other consultants and counterparts, the consultant will provide technical inputs on sustainable food value chains for the selected horticulture commodities.

Technical Focus: Expertise in Sustainable food value chain development.

Tasks and responsibilities

The consultant will undertake the following duties:

  • Provide technical support and training to Farmer Innovation groups on marketing of selected horticulture commodities.
  • Technical backstopping to SHGs/ Societies/ FPOs/ FIGs draw up livelihood investments plans at the household and at the cluster level
  • Provide training to project staff on developing strategies for enterprise promotion for the prioritised commodities
  • Technical support to project official on developing detailed value chain analysis covering key regional markets that provide insights and a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges for these commodities
  • Contribute to technical inputs in the preparation of plans to attract private sector and other agencies from outside the state to establish processing and value addition of selected crops
  • Liaise as needed with the SoCRAN; and
  • Any other work as requested by FAO.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in agribusiness, marketing or equivalent.
  • 10 years of relevant experience of working with government agencies and of working in development projects
  • Working knowledge of English, Knowledge of Nagamese is desirable.
  • National of India or resident in the country.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • At least ten year experience in marketing of horticulture crops, especially chillis, turmeric, ginger, oil palm, orange, passion fruit etc
  • Previous experience with projects financed from International Financial Institutions (World Bank, IFAD, Asian Development Bank etc.)
  • Previous experience in working with state government of Nagaland will be desired
  • Experience in horticulture value chains and agro processing is an advantage.


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