Agribusiness Chief Technical Advisor – GRASP Project

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020

About ITC

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, focusing in particular on developing the export capabilities of small and medium-sized businesses in developing and transition economies. ITC is 100% "Aid for Trade", supporting trade that delivers inclusive and sustainable development results. ITC’s mandate covers all developing countries and transition economies with special emphasis on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDs) Fragile States and Sub-Saharan Africa. ITC Headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland. ITC projects and programmes contribute to the global efforts to achieve UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Aid for Trade agenda. ITC works at three levels:

•    Strengthening the integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy,

•    Improving the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and enhancing the abilities of trade support institutions to better support them,

•    Improving the international competitiveness of SMEs.

About the GRASP Project:

The Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Progress (GRASP) is a 66 month project that will contribute to the reduction of poverty through development of rural SMEs in selected districts within two provinces of Pakistan: Balochistan and Sindh. GRASP will focus on selected product lines within livestock and horticulture.

GRASP will take a holistic approach to building SME competitiveness in agribusiness value chains starting from a deep understanding of markets and working back through the value chain to enable SMEs and ultimately producers to create and capture additional value. To do this, GRASP will intervene in three main ways:

•    Improving the eco-system for rural SME development through building institutional capacity and improving the business environment

•    Building production and quality of primary products through support to SME agribusiness service providers and business intermediary organizations in rural areas

•    Increasing added-value and marketed volumes through developing value chains and supporting SMEs to improve management, increase access to finance, apply sustainable technology to add value and improve quality and reduce waste throughout the system

At the impact level, GRASP will create employment and income opportunities in rural areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Outcome and outputs of GRASP include measurable improvement in the business environment for SMEs, improved agricultural productivity in selected areas, better access for farmers to market information and agricultural services, increase in revenue and financing for selected SMEs and increased value added and adoption of environmental sustainable technology. GRASP has a very strong focus on women's economic empowerment.

GRASP has a budget of €48.5m funded by the European Union and ITC. ITC will implement GRASP through three Pakistan based teams and a wide network of Pakistani and international partner organizations. This challenging project will involve managing many concurrent inter-linked activities from the market to the production level and innovative tools such as matching grants.

The objective of GRASP is to improve the competitiveness, inclusiveness and sustainability in the horticulture and livestock value chains. To attain this objective, the programme will produce a number of output areas (2 and 3) with supporting activities. These include

•    Farmer Field Schools training at the farmer organization and community level (climate smart agriculture practices, water management, producer marketing groups, input supply, nursery establishment, Participatory Guarantee Systems and certification);

•    Market information, price data and dissemination systems;

•    Access to finance,

•    Compliance with food safety regulations, improvement of quality,

Climate change risk management, adoption of environmental technologies (e.g. drip irrigation),

•    Improved value addition and market development.

The outputs expected from the Agribusiness Chief Technical Advisor are to:

•    Oversee the strategic direction of GRASP relating to Agribusiness Value Chain Development for horticulture and livestock sectors in Balochistan and Sindh.

•    Oversee and ensure quality control of delivery of sub-outputs relating to improved farm level productivity and processing, agribusiness value chain development, technology adoption, value addition and market development

•    Supervise and take responsibility for smooth implementation of the Grants component of the project in cooperation and coordination with potential partner organizations

Function / Expected Results: Coordination of project activities

•    Oversee the management of relationships with counterparts including chambers of commerce, SMEs, processors, logistics, retailers, policy makers, regulators, governmental/administrative agencies/departments, experts/implementing agencies/service providers

•    Oversee the contribution of agribusiness related project inputs (Outputs 2 and 3) to project steering committee meetings (federal and provincial levels);

•    Oversee the input of Outputs 2 and 3 to project wide communication and outreach initiatives with the objective to ensure visibility at federal, provincial and district levels: e.g. drafting short articles, press releases, social media inputs and delivering media interviews

•    Oversee the work conducted under the Grants component and develop working relationship with the grants’ beneficiaries and the partner organizations

•    Coordinate with partner organizations, project beneficiaries and stakeholders for monitoring and evaluation of the project

2.    Function/Expected Results: Technical guidance

•    Oversee and coordinate technical delivery of Outputs 2 and 3 related activities at federal, provincial and district level with project technical leads, project staff and project partners;

•    Oversee coordinate research/analysis/gap assessment of relevance for related activities;

•    Manage the design and implementation of capacity building for support to farmers, processors, SMEs in the field of production and processing, marketing, backward linkages to farmers, value addition, technology adoption, innovation, climate resilience, business management, enterprise and product development

•    Oversee and coordinate the production of briefs/technical reports/presentations/speaking notes required for Outputs 2 and 3.;

•    Coordinate high level/technical meetings; workshops; public private consultations to deliver or/and ensure delivering of technical information about Outputs 2 and 3 related activities at federal, provincial and district level;

•    Review quality of Outputs 2 and 3 related outputs and ensure compliance with high standards;

Ensure quality and timely delivery of progress, measure results and project risks, required to assess Outputs 2 and 3 outcomes/impacts;

•    Keep abreast with developments at federal, provincial and district levels of relevance to Outputs 2 and 3 related activities;

•    Undertake any other tasks agreed with and in consultation with the Senior Advisor (SIVC)

•    Review, contribute to and oversee the implementation of M&E and grants component


ITC’S VALUES are: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

ITC’S CORE COMPETENCIES are: Communication, Teamwork, Planning & Organizing, Accountability, Creativity, Client Orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Technological awareness.

ITC’S MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES are: Vision, Leadership, Empowering Others, Managing Performance, Building Trust, and Judgment/Decision making.

For further information on competency-based interview please visit:

Functional Competencies:
-    Proven leadership and strong project management and coordination skills

-    Excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships

-    Proven ability to lead and work collaboratively in teams, with colleagues and encourage sharing of knowledge to achieve organizational goals

-    Strong problem solving and analytical skills
-    Ability to identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required

-    Ability to work with accuracy under time constraints and pressure in a stressful environment; with patience, tactfulness, maintain confidentiality, take initiative and exercise good judgment

-    Ability to plan own work and use time efficiently, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure of tight and conflicting deadlines

Technical Competencies:

-    Demonstrated knowledge of challenges of agriculture value chain development in Pakistan

-    Very good understanding of business environment and public and private institutions relating to SMEs, farmer organization, processors, intermediaries and agricultural development

-    Good understanding of the private sector needs and expectations in Pakistan as well as cross cutting issues relating to climate change and gender.

-    Experience in training in both farmer organizations and private sector on key skills (e.g. entrepreneurship, business management, marketing and sales, logistics, processing)

-    Good understanding of M&E and grants management

-    Experience in working with government and private sector counterparts
-    Knowledge of result-based management skills

-    Strong drafting and communication skills


Education and Experience:

Master   Degree   or   equivalent   in   Business  Administration,  Agri Economics, Public Policy,  or  related field.            
With a minimum of 7 years of experience of position of a similar nature in public/ private sector or of running an Agri-SME, focusing on livestock,    horticulture ,other fields of Agriculture and/or rural development  Including experience of    project              development/management in a similar donor driven Agriculture Delivery initiative.      


 A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Policy or in a related field With a minimum of 10 years of experience of position of a similar nature in public/ private sector or of running an Agri-SME, focusing on livestock,    horticulture , other fields of Agriculture and
/or rural developmen Including    experience    of    project             development/management  and  administration  in  a  similar donor driven Agriculture Delivery initiative.

 Language Requirements:    

Advanced  English  with  strong  written  and  oral  communication skills is essential            
Knowledge of local languages        


Required knowledge and skills:    

Demonstrated   knowledge   of   challenges   to agricultural/rural SME development in Pakistan.,

Demonstrated capacity to evolve in large, complex and multi-dimensional projects            
Very good understanding of business environment and  public and private institutions relating to SMEs and agricultural development            
Technical knowledge and training experience of key  issues facing SME development            
Good understanding of M&E and grants management
Good   understanding   of   project    result-based management and coordination            
 Proven leadership, advocacy and management skills and ability to operate in multi-stakeholder contexts
 A track-record of successfully implementing projects
  Excellent drafting and communication skills
  Knowledge  of the  UN system and  procedures  or  experience of EU-related projects would be an asset


HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.

Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, orii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.

UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply (local and internal VA)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants bank accounts

"UNDP has zero tolerance towards Sexual Harassment (SH) and Sexual Exploitation & Abuse (SEA)”.

Contract Duration: 1 Year

This vacancy is archived.

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