Friday, September 25, 2015

Value Chain Leader (Coffee and Cashew) - APRIGP (Apply by: October 09, 2015)



Value Chain Leader (Coffee and Cashew)
Andhra Pradesh Rural Inclusive Growth Project (APRIGP),
Andhra Pradesh Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty
(AP-SERP), Hyderabad (Job Location: Vijayawada, AP)

1. POSITION VACANT:  Value Chain Leader (Coffee and Cashew)
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.
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GoAP has approved the World Bank supported Andhra Pradesh Rural Inclusive Growth Project (APRIGP) for implementation by AP-SERP in 150 most 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.
APRIGP aims to adopt a Value-Chain based approach with Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) to ensure increased incomes.
Reporting to the Director Livelihoods (Farm), the Value Chain leader (Coffee and Cashew) is responsible for strengthening coffee and cashew production through establishing of value chains and market linkages under APRIGP.
Key Responsibilities:
1) Establish value chain for strengthening the sustainable agriculture across coffee and cashew;
2) Ensure achievement of monthly, quarterly and yearly sales targets planned for all Farmer-producer Groups and Organizations (of coffee and cashew) with the primary objective of maximizing price realization at farmer-level;
3) Ensure achievement of season-wise production plans developed by Farmer-producer Groups and Organizations (of coffee and cashew);
4) Establishing market linkages for the two commodities;
5) Develop the linkages and networks required at State level with Government department, private sector players/businesses and NGO’s. Also, identify and implement strategies for partnership and collaboration;
6) Engage with the consultants and technical support agencies for providing technical and managerial support during the roll out plan for the project;
7) Provide monitoring inputs to spearhead teams (SHT) to strengthen activities and develop new implementation areas;
8) Develop appropriate training modules and provide training to SHT’s.
The applicant should have minimum a Master’s Degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture.
1) Minimum of five years of direct experience of working on/ with coffee or/and cashew value-chain including extension services/ networks, value chain strengthening, input/output supplies and linkages to local markets;
2) Minimum of two years of experience working with community-based institutions   (cooperatives, Producer Company) towards agriculture business development at Mandal/District-level;
3) A demonstrable track record in promoting business growth and development, through value chain development, innovative thinking and strong team building, are considered pre-requisites.

Skills & Competencies:
1) Deep understanding of coffee or/and cashew value-chain in rural Andhra; both productivity and market-related knowledge;
2) Passion for working in rural Andhra;
3) Ability to work with target-orientation and deliver results for community organizations in     securing best price for their commodities;
4) Sensitivity towards and understanding of functioning of Farmer Producer Organizations;
5) Proficiency in Telugu.
Gross compensation budgeted for the position shall be attractive. Please note that the offer made to the selected candidate shall be commensurate with qualifications, experience and salary history.
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, by or before October 9, 2015.

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