Senior Officer - Climate-Smart Agriculture, Rural Development and Agribusiness
Deadline extended to the 26th of September
Based in Seoul, The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as "green growth", which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.
GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence-based green growth planning and implementation aligned to countries’ development priorities. The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers; as well as building the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.
The Republic of Uzbekistan became a full member of GGGI in 2019. In 2021 GGGI signed a Host Country Agreement the Government of Uzbekistan, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation with the State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection (SCEEP), and signed a project agreement KOICA to for the “Green Rehabilitation Investment Project for Karakalpakstan Republic to address impacts of the Aral Sea Crisis”. GGGI Uzbekistan country office is seeking a highly experienced agriculture, rural development, and agribusiness specialist in order to support implementation of this project.
The project aims to assist green rehabilitation of Karakalpakstan Republic by establishing viable measures to pursue disaster resilient sustainable livelihoods for communities of the most disaster afflicted districts. Reporting directly to the Uzbekistan Country Representative, the Senior Specialist will be responsible for leading the design, implementation of climate-resilient practices in agriculture, and for supporting the development of enabling investment frameworks and green financing mechanisms.
- Leads design and adaptation of climate-resilience agriculture technologies and implementation of pilot projects, such as development of greenhouses, agroforestry systems, and drip irrigation systems, as well as supporting development of low-carbon and efficient technologies and practices for value-addition in packaging, transportation and processing.
- Leads implementation of financial, technical, and social analyses of agri-business supply chains of priority commodities in order to determine feasibility of selected climate-resilient agri-business models pilot interventions proposed
- Leads assessment of green employment opportunities in prioritized green investment projects.
- Provide technical inputs to support developing a risk profile for disaster-related human security risks with focus on food and livelihood security.
- Provide technical inputs for development of functional and economic value chain analyses for focal commodities.
- Support data collection for the project baseline assessment for project assessment of impact, and support prioritization of green agribusiness investments.
- Play a major role in the implementation of specific projects, monitors budget, completes reporting, and seeks strategic direction from Country Representative.
- Collaborate with GGGI colleagues in Country Office and HQ on project related matters to enable the delivery of high-quality products in accordance with GGGI standards
- Leads stakeholder engagement for development of the Green Recovery Investment Planning Strategy (GRIPS).
- Oversees the design and implementation of capacity building/sensitization modules on climate resilience and disaster risk management focusing on food security and livelihoods for small-holder farmer beneficiaries.
- Lead key stakeholders consultation and validation for integration/adaptation of selected climate resilient agri-business models.
- Take a lead and/or support organizing events and sessions between farmers, entrepreneurs and enabling institutions, including potential investors (including Korean investors) through the business development platform, facilitating in-depth and effective stakeholder dialogue between multiple parties.
- Take a lead and/or support developing and fostering strong relationships with key government counterparts, key private sector institutions, relevant academic institutions and other key stakeholders through the business development platform.
- Coordinate activities, exchange information and provide technical advice with the Project Manager, to contribute to the achievement of overall project objectives
- Financial, technical and social analyses determining feasibility of interventions proposed analysis including capitals’ valuation report
- Green agribusiness employment assessment of prioritized green investment projects
- Capacity building/sensitization modules on climate resilience and disaster risk management focusing on food security and livelihoods
- Value chain analysis reports validating selected climate resilient agri-business models
- Four climate resilient agri-business models at production and processing level piloted
- Develops technical and communications materials, supports efforts to enhance dialogue among stakeholders, and dissemination of lessons learned with GGGI staff, government partners, donors and other key stakeholders.
- Post-graduate education (or equivalent professional experience) in the field of agricultural engineering, agriculture; agricultural economics, green finance, environmental economics or other related subject.
- Minimum 7 years of relevant post-graduate professional experience,
- Demonstrated experience in successful product, project and business model development. Track record experience in conducting and writing feasibility assessments in relevant sectors.
- Full familiarity of Korea’s rural development experience and relevant policy and technology measures required.
- Experience in engaging with multiple stakeholders, including financial institutions, government institutions, NGOs, civil society, others, would be an advantage.
- Experience in project cycle management.
- Experience in feasibility assessments, natural capital valuation relevant to agri-business value chains and landscape restoration.
- Familiar with green growth in the context of developing countries and development of marketable and bankable bio-based products,
- Experience in working with the private sector as well as sustainable finance play a role in advancing green growth for sustainable landscapes;
- Experience in sustainable bioeconomy business valuations for agriculture-based enterprises and value chains as well as engagements with private sector and financial institutions is a strong asset;
- In-depth knowledge of natural, social, human and financial capital and indicators for quantification of its benefits;
- Experience and in-depth knowledge in relevant baseline assessments, econometrics, accounting, scenario development and cost-benefit analyses;
- Ability to manage and model data and present it in a comprehensive way utilizing statistical tools;
- Excellent fluency in English, both written and verbal;
- Experience in business model development in developing countries is an advantage.
- Strong team-working ethic, experience in working in teams with diverse cultural backgrounds
- High level of professional integrity in stewardship of public resources;
- Excellent expertise in subject matter and eagerness to share knowledge with others;
- Strong ability in facilitating dialogues among diverse stakeholders;
- Proactive in providing mentorship, guidance and assistance to staff;
- Able to effectively communicate, listen to others, and create and promote an environment for open communication; Willingness to travel and enjoys spending extended in remote locations.
Child protection – GGGI is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. GGGI’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.