Vacancy Announcement

Project Coordinator- Access to Inputs and Services (1Position), GRADE-E1 (Re-advertisement) for Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain Project Phase II.

CARE Bangladesh invites application for the above position for its Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain Project Phase II, based at CARE Bangladesh Headquarters and CARE Bogra Field Office.

Project Summary

Through the current phase of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain (SDVC) Project Phase II, CARE has been working toward sustainable solutions to overcome the major challenges to smallholder participation in the dairy sector market, particularly women, in North and Northwestern Bangladesh.

  • CARE identified increasing access to quality inputs and animal management practices, increasing access to markets, organizing and educating farmer groups, improving milk collector’s business options and markets, and influencing dairy sector policies as the key leverage points needed to make the value chain work for the benefit of rural smallholder low-income producers.
  • SDVC targeted private sector companies and worked with them to pursue inclusive business models that both strengthened the value chain; and better and more equitably integrated poor producers in their supply and distribution chains.
  • SDVC’s major interventions addressed the most critical short-medium term constraints to unlock smallholder dairy productivity and profitability— specifically, access to affordable quality feed and veterinary drugs, better animal health and management at household level, improved access to livestock health services, establishing small-holder dairy farmers into producer groups, and increasing the efficiency and transparency of milk collection.

The project has made an impressive contribution to producer access to diverse and competitive community-level service provision across input supplies and collection, while upgrading local level businesses and creating opportunities for women in more advantageous roles.

Project Coordinator – Access to Inputs and Services

Job Location and Duration

Based in CARE Bangladesh Headquarters and the duration of the proposed contract is up to December 2015

Job Summary

CARE Bangladesh is seeking an energetic and entrepreneurial leader for an emerging agricultural microfranchise network.
A CARE-sponsored enterprise, Krishi Utsho aims to ensure smallholder farmers across the country have access to high-quality and affordable inputs and progressive agricultural extension and marketing services. The incumbent will have the opportunity to guide the growth of the existing network from 50 to 250 shops over the next three years via existing resources and help define a path to sustainability. Key responsibilities will include delivering and developing a sound franchisee network, supervising a highly energetic team, improving customer experience and retention, building supplier relationships, resource mobilization, monitoring network performance and supporting external and internal communications and collaboration. Candidate should bring significant business and private sector experience to the role, including at least five to seven years of management preferably focusing on rural supply chain or distribution systems.

The Project Coordinator, Access to Inputs and Services will play as head of enterprise development role for Krishi Utsho, S/he does this by strategically addressing key behavioral and systemic (institutional) constraints related to access to quality dairy and other agriculture & livestock inputs and services for the overall region and poorest households in close collaboration with businesses engaged in the sector. In order to achieve this objective, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for strategic thinking, business development, leadership of the team, networking, collaboration, administrative, financial and all other relevant aspects of planning and implementation of access to inputs and services component of CARE Projects

Key Responsibilities:

  • Staff and performance management including developing a multi-year business plan for the franchisor and determine key drivers for growth and financial sustainability
  • Improve customer experience and retention
  • Business Development
  • Monitoring/Evaluation and Program Reporting
  • Efficient Information & Communication Management and effective networking and collaboration

Required Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Masters in Business Studies/Economics or any related discipline.
  • 5-7 years of experience in business development with SMEs/companies.
  • A good conceptual understanding of key development priorities in Agricultural inputs and commodities supply chain in Bangladesh.
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English and strong team players skills. Also a professional who is passionate about supplier development and keen to develop in his/her role.
  • Oversight of budget and other resources, able to manage multi-year grants ensuring donor compliance.
  • Analytical and report writing skills.
  • Staff performance management skills, including team building.
  • Computer literacy (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, E-mail)
  • Deep knowledge of business management, ability to create and run complex business set-ups, project management competence, ability to make risk analysis and scenario planning, proven experience in leading the business and people
  • Good knowledge on M&E systems that can feed information and data required for improving agro input shop quality and generating deeper impact;
  • Good networking and liaison skills with counterparts especially with private sector suppliers and partners
  • Good Communication skills in English and Bangla.

Candidates need to be highly motivated and committed to CARE Bangladesh’s vision, mission, and long term development work to significantly improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized. Candidates must be capable of displaying great learning agility, support and encouragement of knowledge sharing across projects, to the ultimate benefit of all of CARE’s mission wide initiatives.

 

This is an interesting time in the development of CARE as an organization which is shifting towards a program approach where it has developed longer-term impact visions to have MORE sustainable changes in the lives of the extreme poor and marginalized. CARE is looking for a Project Coordinator – Access to Inputs and Services who will play a key role in the leadership of the Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain Project Phase II whilst at the same time building a learning culture that promotes knowledge sharing across CARE and excellence.

Compensation

Monthly gross salary is Taka 1, 02,700 plus other admissible benefits as are per policy.

 

CARE Bangladesh invites applications from qualified individuals. Summary job descriptions and the application format can be found on the website at: www.carebangladesh.org or click here for the Job Application Form . Please note that only applications filled in as per CARE format will be considered. Please email the application to hr@bd.care.org on or before September 12, 2013. For the candidates who are interested to send hard copies of the CARE application format, please send to: HR Manager, HRD&M, CARE Bangladesh, 20-21, Kawran Bazar, Dhaka 1215. Interested persons may also collect the application form from our Reception desk at 9th floor. This is important that the candidates who applied before need not apply again.

Note: Women are particularly encouraged to apply . Any persuasion will disqualify the candidates . Internal and external applicants shall be treated equally in the entire selection process. Please write the position name at the top of the envelope.

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