Procurement Specialist

  • Added Date: Friday, 22 May 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 05 June 2020

Indian producers face several challenges to secure their householdโ€™s income, food provision while making an important economic contribution for the country. And one reason for the rising farm distress is crop failures and yield losses triggered by the vagaries of climate.ย  The livelihood of a large proportion of Indiaโ€™s populationโ€”as the largest private enterprise with ~138 millionย farm families with an 18% contribution to national GDPโ€”is at risk.ย ย  Any shock on agricultural production already has social and financial repercussions for both the population and the country as a whole; it impacts rural income levels, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and, in the worst years, poverty rates.

The Government of Indiaโ€™s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), compensates farmers for any crop losses.ย  The scheme insures farmers against a wide range of external risks โ€” droughts, dry spells, floods, inundation, pests and diseases, landslides, natural fire and lightning, hailstorms, cyclones, typhoons, tempests, hurricanes and tornadoes.ย  While the idea of insuring farmers against crop losses isnโ€™t new, the PMFBY is an attempt to plug the gaps in the previous crop insurance schemes โ€” the National Agriculture Insurance scheme (NAIS) introduced in 1999 and the Modified NAIS (mNAIS) introduced in 2011.

The scheme came into operation from 1 April 2016 with a Central government budget allocation of Rs 5,500 crore for 2016โ€“17.ย ย  Further, the Central government plans to bring 40 per cent of agricultural area under PMFBY in 2017โ€“18 and, accordingly, a provision of about Rs 9,000 crore has been made in the 2017โ€“18 budget.

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana promotes sustainable agriculture production throughย  โ€“ i) financial support to farmers against crop losses due to climactic or external shocks ii) securing incomes iii) improved, modern and innovative farming practices for better yield iv) enhancing credit availability in the agricultural sector.

The Country Programme Document (2018-2022) of United Nations Development Programโ€™s (UNDP) approved by the Government of India has defined one of its foremost programme priorities and outcomes as โ€œInstitutional and systems strengthening for service deliveryโ€ as the single most innovations to achieve last mile developmental impact.ย  UNDP will leverage its expertise in systems strengthening to support the Ministry of Agriculture to set up a Technical Support Unit for the implementation of PMFBY, to improve institutional and programme responsiveness, increase coverage and better access among the marginalised and excluded farm households offering innovative measures for risk management and reduced crop loss for the rural population in India.ย ย  The TSU will strongly focus on providing Capacity Building and Training support to the participating state-level government departments involved in PMFBY and advancing the scheme among new states for improved uptake.ย ย 
Under this partnership, UNDP wishes to hire the services of an Procurement Specialist to perform the duties below.

Summary of Key Functions: As the Procurement Specialist, the person will be responsible for supporting the NPC-TSU in the Procurement Specialist supervises the TSU Procurement Unit, responsible for effective delivery of procurement services in order to obtain the best value for money.ย  The Procurement Specialist will collaborate closely with project associate UNDP, the project admin focal point for all requisite submissions to be made to UNDP on a regular basis.

Organizationย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  :ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  GoI- UNDP project with Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) : โ€œTechnical Support Unit for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojanaโ€

Supervisorย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย :ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  National Programme Coordinator โ€“ Technical Support Unit

Duty Stationย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  :ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  New Delhi, post location in Ministry โ€“ MOA&FW


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Contract Duration: One Year (Renewable)

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