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 :
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 :
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
Climate change risk management, adoption of environmental technologies (e.g. drip irrigation),
The outputs expected from the Agribusiness Chief Technical Advisor are to :
Function / Expected Results : Coordination of project activities
g. drafting short articles, press releases, social media inputs and delivering media interviews
2. Function / Expected Results : Technical guidance
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 : www.intracen.org.
Functional Competencies :
Technical Competencies :
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