Tuesday, September 22, 2015

State Anchor (Retail Chain) - APRIGP (Apply by: October 05, 2015)


State Anchor- Retail Chain,

Andhra Pradesh Rural Inclusive Growth Project (APRIGP),
Andhra Pradesh Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty
(AP-SERP), Hyderabad

1. POSITION VACANT: State Anchor- Retail Chain
2. ORGANISATION BACKGROUND: The Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) was established by the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) as the primary support structure to facilitate poverty reduction through social mobilization and improvement of livelihoods of the rural poor in Andhra Pradesh. SERP works on a comprehensive multi-dimensional poverty alleviation strategy by focusing equally on Livelihoods and Human Development. The fundamental unit of development at SERP is the rural poor households and all interventions of SERP strive to achieve essentially two outcomes- sustainable per capita household incomes of Rs. 100,000/- per annum from multiple livelihoods sources and improved Human Development Indicators. Operating on the fundamental premise that empowerment and participation are the crux of development, SERP works through community-based organizations to address poverty eradication.
For more information about SERP, please visit http://www.serp.ap.gov.in


GoAP has approved the World Bank supported Andhra Pradesh Rural Inclusive Growth Project (APRIGP) for implementation by AP-SERP in 150 backward mandals of the state.  APRIGP shall enable selected poor households enhance agricultural incomes and secure increased access to human development services and social entitlements. The project period for implementation is from February 1, 2015 to February 1, 2020.  The project is proposed to have 5 components; a) Value Chain Development through Producer Organizations; b) Human Development; c) Social Development, Safety Nets and Entitlements; d) Mission Support, ICT, TA and Partnerships and e) Project Implementation Support.  
The proposed project on Rural Retail Chains as part of the First Component, will support enhancing and improving the quality of household consumption, by making available good quality, affordable, safe and nutritious food items, personal hygiene products and other essential goods to the poorest of the poor households by organizing a network of rural retail marts (Marts) and home-based enterprises (Enterprises).
Reporting to the Director, Livelihoods (Farm), the State Anchor- Retail Chain shall strategize approaches for connecting rural producers and consumers through establishment of rural retail chains.
Key Responsibilities
(1) Leading implementation of  the Rural Retail Chain model for connecting rural producers and consumers;
(2) Conducting situational analysis, developing analytics, reviewing rural value chain model and undertaking a value chain analysis of rural retail chains in the project area;
(3) Working with project team in hiring for knowledge partners and specialist agencies as needed for specific components of the project;
(4) Developing and rolling out the business plan of rural retail chains,  including an intervention strategy, details of capacity-building services required for entrepreneurs and delivery models for such services;
(5) Building competency areas within SERP to deliver proposed services and a developing a clear roadmap for implementation including timelines, targets and budgetary outlays;
(6) Identifying capacity building needs of project staff and community institutions and facilitating development of capacity building strategies.

Applicant must possess Master’s degree in Business Administration, Agribusiness, Rural Management, Trade, Supply Chain or equivalent from a reputed institute
(1) Minimum 10 years of work experience in working on value chains, rural markets, rural retail chains, supply chain management and sales and marketing in rural areas;
(2) Prior experience in working with rural marketing chain or corporate businesses;
(3) Experience of training local staff on day-to-day basis.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Advanced English communication skills, both written and verbal;
(2) Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, power point, web designing and electronic mail software (Microsoft preferred).

The gross remuneration budgeted for this position shall be attractive. Please note that offers shall be commensurate with the qualifications, experience and salary history of the selected candidate.
7. LOCATION: Vijayawada with visits to field locations, as and when required. Initial reporting will be at Hyderabad

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Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply with a cover letter that highlights their motivation to apply and suitability for the position, their updated resume and three references, to sa-rc-serp@sams.co.in, by or before October 5, 2015.
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