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The value chain officer will report to the Activity 6 manager, and technical support from the RBJ Value Chain Analyst. With the support of the RBJ Value Chain Analyst, support and conduct value chain assessments and produce related reports for selected commodities in Mozambique with great potential to create employment for youths and women according to WFP’s objectives and operational environment in Mozambique.
- Desk review of available data on selected value chains.
- Brief market assessment to identify local, national, and regional trends, market size, supply and demand gaps, and distribution networks for end products of selected value chains.
- Identify the key stakeholders involved in selected value chains, determine their linkages, levels of influence and their goals
- Assess drivers and constraints along the selected value chains.
- Review the legal and regulatory environment in which the value chain operates focusing on policies, incentives, production and export promotion tools, financing, competition, research, and development.
- Describe the dynamics (relationships, information flow, collaboration) focusing on the linkages among the whole range of chain operations from pre-production (supply of inputs) to marketing.
- Quantify the value chains, focusing on the size and scale of main actors, production volumes.
- Describe the type(s) of aggregation (by land or by individual farmers” produce)
- Describe levels of technologies and mechanization used by chain actors
- Identify performance constraints and challenges to development opportunities:
- Identify development opportunities in the selected value chains
- Assess the potential impact on the livelihoods of youths and women in the development of the selected value chains
- Identify and suggest potential intervention sites with the highest impact on youths and women.
- Formulate a comprehensive value chain development support plan (mention geographical locations, suitable varieties, the talented smallholders, and their investment needs)
- Highlight policies needed to create an enabling environment for the smallholders to excel.
- Suggest potential partner, their roles, and responsibilities for the implementation of the value chain development support plan.
- The Value Chain Officer will submit a succinct report containing all the findings
- Facilitate the technical, operational, and financial execution of the Country Project at the national level, in the prioritized areas.
- Act as Executive Secretary of the meetings of the Project-Country Committee and will be in charge of the organization and the necessary arrangements for holding such meetings.
- Supervise the field actions and training actions of the Country-Project, ensuring its quality, efficiency and effectiveness and the execution of the Project according to the standards, methodologies and procedures established by the WFP;
- Prepare minutes of technical documents necessary for the execution of the Country Project in coordination with the Beyond Cotton Project team and in accordance with the approved Annual Plans.
- Prepare minutes of the Annual Operational Plans, Semiannual Progress Reports and other operational and monitoring and evaluation documents of the Country Project, as well as Terms of Reference for missions and mission reports of the Project, in accordance with the provisions of this Project Document;
- Perform other functions that, within their specialty, are required.
- Oversee the technical direction of the project.
- Coordinate with WFP units involved in this project, including support units (logistics, procurement, finance and administrative units), maintaining a regular communication and closed collaboration between them to ensure an integrated and coordinated approach in the interaction with government, partners and at field level.
- Provide guidance and technical support to the Project in line with policies and strategies of the Government of Mozambique on nutrition, agriculture, gender & social protection, including WFP Country Strategic Plan.
- Contribute to programme implementation learning and monitoring and evaluation through active collaboration with project teams.
- Responsible for supervising the project activities, including assessments, food dispatches and distributions, and reporting.
- Responsible for coordinating with counterparts (cooperating partners, local governments, etc).
- Oversee programme assistants with the implementation of programmatic activities, including the preparation of the field level agreements with WFP cooperating partners, as well as direct supervision of field monitors and preparation of reports.
- Contribute to the learning agenda by writing project background documents, briefs, and presentations, including carrying out relevant literature reviews, landscape analyses, and data analysis.
- Foster technical capacity building of field staff through technical updates, training opportunities, exchange visits, literature sharing, etc.
- Maintain diplomatic and high-quality interactions and clear and consistent communications internally and with partners in the field.
Standard Minimum Qualifications
- Advanced 1st level or advanced Degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Economics, Supply Chain, or a relevant area.
- Advanced Proven experience, minimum of 5 years, in conducting market and value chain analysis/assessment and business research. Demonstrated experience in similar duties.
Knowledge and skills:
- Excellent inter-personal, communication and facilitation skills. Exposure to the agricultural marketing environment in Mozambique
- Excellent communication, coordination, and facilitations skills.
- Working knowledge (proficiency/Level C) of English is required; Fluency in Portuguese is essential; Other UN languages are an added value.