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Agricultural Finance Consultant, Tajikistan

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ACDI/VOCA
Location: Tajikistan
Last Date: September 1, 2011
Email:  (Reference: DevNetJobs.org)

Since 1963 and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 97 projects in 40 countries and revenues of $124 million.

Agricultural Finance Consultant, Tajikistan
We are currently seeking a short-term Agricultural Finance Consultant for the ongoing USAID-funded Productive Agriculture Project in Tajikistan (PRO-APT). The five-year activity seeks to improve the competitiveness of high-potential value chains (apricots, tomatoes, watermelons, onions and lemons) in order to improve profitability of farms and agribusinesses. The Agricultural Finance Consultant will determine key financing opportunities for agricultural production and evaluate the actors, tools and methodologies which will enable this financing. The assignment will culminate in a training of partner banks and microfinance institutions.

Responsibilities:
Assess client farms to understand capacity and demand for production credit.
Meet with partner financial institutions to assess existing lending methodologies of banks and microfinance institutions for agricultural production.
In conjunction with project staff, develop a methodology/curriculum for training of loan officers on the production cycles of farming businesses.
Conduct a loan officer training on production cycles of farming businesses using the developed curriculum.
Complete a final assessment report describing the agricultural portfolios of partners, opportunities for expansion, and next steps for project staff.

Qualifications:
Advanced degree in finance, agricultural lending, agricultural economics or a related field is required.
Minimum 10 years of experience in agricultural credit, risk assessments, product development, and/or agricultural loans is required.
Creative and collaborative management skills, including the ability to work as a collaborative team player, are required.
Previous experience with USAID-funded projects is strongly preferred.
Experience working in the NIS region preferred.
Fluency in English is required.

Please apply online at http://acdivoca.maxhire.net/cp/?E5546A361D43515B7E59192F77561E680D627A48. No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.

 


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