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Job Description

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations on behalf of the German Government.

The global program “Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains” is part of the special initiative “ONE WORLD – No Hunger” (SEWOH). On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the program promotes the sustainability of selected agricultural supply chains in partner countries.

Agricultural commodities like coffee, cocoa, natural rubber, palm oil, or soybean play an important role in rural development in many developing and emerging countries – where they form the basis for the life of millions of households. However, their production and processing are accompanied by numerous ecological, economic, and social challenges. Often supplied as unprocessed raw material into global supply chains, limited value is added in producing countries. Many farming households are struggling to meet their basic needs, let alone to invest in sustainable production practices. Furthermore, coffee, cocoa, palm oil, and soybean are often perceived as drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. With consuming markets and multi-national companies strengthening their efforts to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuses from their supply chains, the sustainability of raw materials is increasingly becoming a precondition for market access.

To address these challenges the program implements the project “Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains in Indonesia” (SASCI+). SASCI+ focuses on natural rubber, palm oil, cocoa, and coffee in two biosphere reserves in West Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi. By increasing the sustainable production of agricultural commodities and strengthening downstream processing and market linkages, the project aims to increase the farmers’ incomes, safeguard natural resources, and establish deforestation-free supply chains. SASCI+ follows a jurisdictional approach to align relevant stakeholders on shared objectives for sustainable production as a means for long-term market access and security of supply.

SASCI+ is implemented together with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, as the political partner of the project. The project furthermore cooperates with the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, regional and district governments in the targeted biosphere reserves, as well as stakeholders from civil society, research, and the private sector involved in sustainable agricultural supply chains.

The project is recruiting an Advisor to coordinate and implement field activities as part of a integrated development partnership with a global cocoa trader. The activities will take place in the Lore Lindu Biosphere Reserve in Central Sulawesi.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain successful cooperation amongst the partners in the integrated development partnership
  • Ensure smooth and coordinated implementation of all field activities of the partnership
  • Engage local partners from government, private sector, and civil society
  • Advise partners and the target group on sustainability and value-added in the cocoa supply chain
  • Contribute to a learning environment, where progress is assessed critically, and learnings are applied in management 

Tasks

1. Project Implementation

  • Contribute to project planning with partners and consultants to ensure that goals are met, bringing in the perspective and experience from the field
  • Support writing and coordinating the content of Terms of Reference for project activities and service contracts
  • Organize and conduct field activities in close coordination with the partner company and local government
  • Attend and contribute to meetings and activities delivered by the partner company
  • Support local partners and consultants with organisation and logistic support
  • Supervise and manage nursery and demo-farm development and management
  • Provide trainings of trainers, trainings of farmers and other capacity building measures to project beneficiaries focusing on sustainable cocoa farm management
  • Maintain administrative procedures required by GIZ and partners for the implementation of field activities (e.g. payments, attendance list, minutes of meetings)
  • Conduct any other reasonable tasks requested by the Provincial Coordinator

2. Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support the project in implementing and further developing the monitoring and evaluation system in the field
  • Assist in both qualitative and quantitative data collection used for monitoring and evaluation as well as needs assessment, generating lessons learned and reporting
  • Regular communication with project beneficiaries to assess progress as well as to trace beneficiaries’ accountability (e.g. through interviews)
  • Ensure that all the required data is collected in the field, captured in the relevant format, and shared with all the necessary parties
  • Assist the Provincial Coordinator and Advisor in regularly providing the data required for the M&E System
  • Continuously observe quality of project implementation and progress through regular field visits and report to the Provincial Coordinator
  • Facilitate reflection meetings with the wider GIZ team and partners on the progress being made and how to improve efficacy
  • Document the project results, achievements, success stories and lessons learned
  • Support in the development of communication materials which includes but is not limited to; the Project quarterly newsletter, the semi-annual short film, and social media posts

3. Partnership

  • Mobilize and suggest local actors for inclusion in new programs and activities, and maintain external relationships beneficial to the project
  • Closely coordinate with the private sector partner to support their activities, fill gaps where needed and raise needs in the GIZ team
  • Organize regular meetings with the private sector partner to assess and discuss progress and develop solutions to overcome challenges in implementation
  • Communicate administrative requirements of GIZ to project partners to ensure they are always followed
  • Assess partners needs and provide support for capacity building as requested

Job Requirements

    • At least a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, natural resource management or related field
    • At least 3 years of professional experience in the agriculture sector with field work, preferably related to cocoa and coffee
    • Work experience for, or in cooperation with, the private sector in agricultural supply chains strongly preferred; work experience in, or in cooperation with, an international organization is considered an advantage
    • Experience of project management is essential
    • Experience in providing trainings to farmers, training of trainers and implementing agricultural extension approaches
    • Experience in sustainable agricultural supply chains and certification and verification programs, preferably in the cocoa supply chain
    • Knowledge about good agricultural and sustainability practices in the cocoa and coffee supply chain       

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Track record in successful project management at the local level
  • Experience in conflict management and mediation between diverging interests desired
  • Knowledge of GIZ instruments, procedures, and rules is considered an advantage
  • Pro-active attitude, flexibility, and hands-on approach to problem-solving
  • Maturity, management skills and people skills
  • Autonomous, sociable, and approachable
  • A flexible team player who can also assume responsibility and act independently, who is reliable, diligent, well-organized, and focused on achieving tangible results
  • Good english language skills is considered an advantage, local language skills are desirable
  • Communications and representational experience are desirable

 

Duty Station: Palu, Central Sulawesi

Joining Date: As soon as possible

Direct Supervisor:  Provincial Coordinator

How to Apply

Please submit your motivation letter and comprehensive resume (including training and list of references) to recruitment-indo@giz.de by October 22nd, 2021 with subject line SASCI+ FA

Please name your file as follow format:

[Your Complete Name]_[Motivation Letter/CV/Latest Education Certificate] (i.e: Nakula Sadewa_CV or Nakula Sadewa_Motivation Letter or Nakula Sadewa_Reference)

 

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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