Agribusiness Financing Specialist

Contract
Greater Mekong Subregion
Posted 3 hours ago

Level of Effort: 6 months (over 36 months)

Background:

Alinea is a global international development consultancy. We provide technical and management expertise that helps people improve their lives. We work with governments, investors, companies and communities to deliver lasting change. Over the past 34 years, we have managed more than 515 projects in 88 countries.

Alinea is currently recruiting an international Agribusiness Financing Specialist for the ADB-funded Greater Mekong Subregion Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (SAFSP).

The Greater Mekong Subregion Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (SAFSP) will support implementation of the Strategy for Promoting Safe and Environment-Friendly Agro-Based Value Chains in the GMS and Siem Reap Action Plan. The Program is expected to help create enabling conditions and strengthen capacities in three priority areas: (i) climate-smart, inclusive and gender-responsive agri-food value chains; (ii) food safety and quality systems; and (iii) climate-adaptive agriculture in the context of water-food-energy security nexus.

We anticipate that the position will be done remotely until mid-to-late 2021, depending on Covid-19 restrictions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assess barriers and options for improving financial preparedness of agribusinesses and guide formulation of necessary policies and measures;
  • Lead stakeholder consultations with relevant government agencies, private sector, and development partners on options for financing of climate-smart agribusinesses;
  • Compile lessons and best practices from other regional initiatives to enhance competitiveness of agribusiness value chains;
  • Guide national specialists to conduct training of small and medium agribusinesses on marketing, business planning, financing instruments and digital financial services;
  • Assess financial modalities (e.g. impact investing, warehouse receipt financing) and develop priority financing instruments for supporting climate-friendly agribusinesses;
  • Guide the implementation of a small grant scheme to encourage agribusinesses to adopt good manufacturing practices and reduce vulnerability; and
  • Support efforts to improve coordination between agribusinesses and financial institutions for mobilization of investments required for climate-proofing and de- risking.

Requirements:

  • A master’s degree related to financing, development economics, or related areas with a specialization agribusiness;
  • Recent experience working for ADB;
  • At least 10 years of experience in financing of small and medium agribusinesses;
  • Prior experience in GMS will be a strong advantage;
  • Must have knowledge of design and introduction of financing instruments, and possess strong skills in coordination, intercultural communication and networking;

Interested applicants are asked to submit their cover letter and CV (6 page max) to employment@alineainternational.com. Please include the position title in your subject line, and state your approximate salary expectations as a monthly rate, USD, inclusive of benefits.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted; no telephone enquires please. For more information about Alinea, please visit our website: www.alineainternational.com

Thank you for your interest in Alinea International. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted; no telephone enquires please.