Consultant for Seed Production Private Company Preparation

  Afghanistan Unspecified 870
Date Posted:Mar 10, 2010
Closing Date:Mar 29, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

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Job Summary:

During the last four years CoAR has implemented a wheat seed multiplication project, with financial and technical support of Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA). In respect to the government current legislation and seed production norms, this project will be transformed into a private seed enterprise, to be self-sustainable at the end of the project period, which is expected to be 31-12-2011. The project is expected to start as soon as possible. The change from NGO led, donor supported production to a self-sustainable commercial production company, requires a thorough adaptation process, both for CoAR management and staff, and for the project’s current Contract Growers (CGs).

In order to facilitate this adaptation process and the preparation of official establishment and registration of the company, CoAR wishes to employ an external business consultant. He/she is required to be highly educated, preferably in Business Management, and have -documented-appropriate working experience in the field of commercial agri-business enterprises, preferably seed production enterprises.

The consultant will be based in CoAR’s Kabul main office and travel regularly to three field offices. He/she will be responsible for assisting the project staff in drafting comprehensive work plans, economic feasibility studies, business plans and market research to be fully compatible with the norms set out by the National Seed Committee (NSC) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and the FAO Seed Privatization Program.

Duties & Responsibilities:

First six months:
• To assist CoAR agriculture staff in the process of establishment and registration of an economically viable and sustainable private seed company, to be compatible with the policies and strategies of Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), FAO, National Seed Committee (NSC)and Afghan National Seed Organization (ANSOR).
• In close cooperation with relevant project staff, to prepare and implement comprehensive market studies culminating in an economic feasibility study, draft comprehensive work plan and business plan, policies and strategies, internal rules and regulations, and detailed job descriptions for key staff in future private seed company.
• Facilitate and stimulate functional networking with whatever relevant actors in the field of commercial seed production.
• Facilitate training for agriculture/seed enterprise staff in business, marketing and in proper management up-grading
• Assess current inventory and pricing procedures currently in place and use this as basis for guiding future direction.
• Draw a comprehensive business plan for the enterprise complete with:
• Market analysis, marketing plan and linkages.
• Competitor analysis.
• SWOT analysis.
• Assess economic viability and sustainability of present production set-up.
• Product/Service portfolio analysis.
• Cropping strategies and cycles.
• Cash flow projection and analysis over suggested economic life.
• Financial parameters including Net Present Value, Financial Rate of Return, Cost/Benefit ratio and Break-Even point.
• Resource requirements (equipment, materials, staff land, etc).
• Staff and CG skills requirements.
• Capitalization and infrastructure/facility needs.
• Credit-, microfinance or grant needs, and likely sources and terms for these.
• Time span required for payback if necessary.
• Full cost recovery, to permit funding of equipment replacement and repair, and place the enterprise on a viable commercial footing.
• Pricing strategy and annual net income projection.

Next 16 months (pending donor approval) :
• In close cooperation with relevant project staff, whenever necessary update comprehensive work plans and business plans, policies and strategies, and detailed job descriptions for key staff in future private seed company.
• To assist management of the newly established seed company in all aspects of its day-to-day management and mid- and long term planning, in order to build its capacity for self-sustainability as of the end of the project period.
• To facilitate and/or conduct training and on-the-job capacity building in business development, including -but not limited to- SME development and management and marketing, to relevant staff in the head office and in the field offices, as well as to interested Contract Growers.
• Strengthen skills and structure required to manage these enterprises profitably (financially) including training needs.
• Explore and facilitate joint venture arrangements between the enterprises and more advanced seed companies in the region or elsewhere.
• Facilitate and stimulate functional networking with whatever relevant actors in the field of commercial seed production.
• Assisting project staff in reporting to the donor.

Depending on the outcome of the first commercial cropping season (2010-2011)
• Identify appropriate cropping combinations/diversification and other value added business options that may be viable for the enterprise and prepare relevant cash flow projections and analysis of marketing prospects.
• Examine the economic viability and sustainability of the business unit with and with out additional business endeavors including analysis of the costs and projected annual net income.

The consultant will answer to the head of seed privatization project and head of the project will inform CoAR management team.

Job Requirement:

Education :
• A degree in business administration from a well-reputed university with specific knowledge of development of private (agri-business) companies, or
• A degree in agricultural economics from a well-reputed university with documented specific knowledge of private business development.

Experience :
• At least three years of relevant working experience in facilitating the creation of SMEs.
• Experience with NGO-led agricultural- and/or marketing projects, funded by international donors.
• Experience in preparing of business plans for SME privatization processes.
• Be updated on current issues relative to wheat seed production and marketing in Afghanistan an asset.
• Previous working experience in Afghanistan an asset.

Skills and Abilities:
 Strong facilitation, capacity building and training skills.
 Strong organizational and management skills.
 Ability to initially lead a team, and gradually hand over all responsibilities.
 Strong skills in oral and written English.
 Skills in at least one local language (Dari and/or Pashtu) an asset.
 Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment.

Only candidates, both national and international, who fit the ToR should apply.

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