Agriculture Innovation Support Associate DS: Fergana Region, Uzbekistan

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Uzbekistan

City:

Office: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme in

Closing date: Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Job Identification : 4612

Locations : Uzbekistan

Posting Date : 08/02/2022, 09:50 AM

Apply Before : 08/10/2022, 03:59 AM

Degree Level : Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB3

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Innovation

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Bachelor’s Degree - 4 year(s) experience OR High School certificate- 7 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Uzbek

Desired Languages : Russian and English

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Category : Administration/Operations/Support

Job Description

Background

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP supports the Government of Uzbekistan in revisiting and increasing the ambition of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement in the light of the targets set by the government by 2025.

An important step towards including climate change considerations across national policy areas was the adoption of the Strategy for the transition of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the "green" economy, 2019-2030. Climate change has been addressed, to some extent, in the Uzbekistan Agri-food Development Strategy 2020-2030.

The Government of Uzbekistan is currently implementing Uzbek Agriculture Knowledge and Innovation System (UAKIS) Strategy and Roadmap which aims to provide effective solutions to overcome challenges faced by farmers and agri-food businesses. A range of financial and technical assistance support is being mobilized to facilitate the process, focused primarily upon knowledge development and accelerating learning in the first stages of development. To complement this approach, more direct support for the development and promotion of innovation is needed.

The intention of the EU-funded UNDP UAKIS project is to establish a range of Agri-food Innovation Support and Brokering Services that will play a crucial role in galvanizing local knowledge and capacities and getting many worthwhile practical projects off the ground, accelerating the process by which ideas can be turned into innovations and used by farmers and agri-businesses to respond to the growing threats caused by climate change, boost rural livelihoods and promote sustainable resource use and protection.

The strong focus on inclusion will be followed in developing innovative public-private collaboration models to support small producers. The project will support a systemic change, which will facilitate larger "green" investments in the agri-food sector, and which will ensure inclusive access to related support services and financing.

UNDP is looking for a dedicated person as an Agriculture Innovation Support Associate who under direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator will be responsible for providing support to UAKIS Project in the development of Agri-food Innovation Support and Brokering Services created within the framework of AKIS in Fergana region.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support project team and regional AKIS center by providing critical analytical and knowledge support, by staying abreast of key sources of data and information on the state of agricultural innovation in Fergana region of Uzbekistan;
Identification of ongoing innovation-related activities and associated organizations in Fergana region, mapping of agri-food production, local business and market conditions, assessment of policy and regulatory environments as well as analyses of current trends and challenges that impact agricultural value chain;
Support project team in conducting assessments and analysis in Fergana region towards defining current status of crop production, livestock, fishery, beekeeping, as well as institutional, economic, financial settings etc. in light of AKIS development;
Proactively identifying promising opportunities for innovation projects, ensure support and conduct associated assessment and analysis of current situation in agricultural production in terms of barriers and limitation faced by producers and other stakeholders towards innovative solutions of the problems;
Contributing towards design and management of grant funding for innovative solutions and provision of technical/advisory assistance to pilot beneficiaries in the region;
Assist project Training and Communication Specialist in the preparation and conduction of training programs for stakeholders.

Competencies

Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

Business Acumen: Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome. Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks

Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need

Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Evaluation: Ability to make an independent judgement based on set criteria and benchmarks. Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and concerns

Required Skills and Experience

Education

Secondary Education.

Bachelor’s degree in any of the following areas: Agriculture, Business, Finance and/or Economics or related field would be desired.

Experience

Minimum 7 years (with secondary education) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant work experience preferably in agribusiness, agriculture research and product/service development, regulatory affairs, extension services, market research and other related area.

Required Skills

Ability to interact and network with technical/scientific agencies, academia, farmers and other stakeholders;
Ability to synthesize complex quantitative information from multiple sources and combine it in order to clearly represent the underlying reality;
Competency in use of Microsoft Office software - particularly Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint;
Demonstrated track record in initiating new and innovative approaches;
Demonstrated awareness and knowledge of the regional (Tashkent), economic and business climate as well as the national agricultural innovation and agribusiness landscape will be distinctly advantageous.

Desired Skills

Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures;
Understanding the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position;
Possessing basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;
Demonstrating good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
Presenting information on best practices in organizational change;
Demonstrating the ability to identify problems and propose solutions.

Creating synergies through self-control.

Experience with UN system/international organizations is an asset.

Required Languages

Fluency in Uzbek.

Working level of Russian and English will be an advantage.

Institutional Arrangement

The Agriculture Innovation Support Associate will work under the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator. The incumbent will also receive a substantive guidance from the Lead Technical Advisor and Task Manager in terms of involving appropriate European experience and methodology related to enhancing of technical capacity of national stakeholders in Fergana region region within AKIS. It is strongly recommended, that he/she will be working in close cooperation with relevant specialists of other projects, in particularly with experts of EU ASK Facility project towards creating advisory service model in Fergana region.

The duty station of the incumbent will be Fergana region.

Required Documents

P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

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