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Job Title / Position:

Incubation Specialist

Location :

Guwahati

Type of Employment :

Contractual ( Mid Level)

Last Date:

5 Dec, 2018

About the Project 

 

1. The Government of Assam (GoA) through Government of India (GoI) has received a loan from the World Bank for implementation of Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART). Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Services (ARIAS) Society is the apex coordinating and monitoring agency for the project. The project will be implemented by eight line departments of GoA including their Directorates/Agencies/Commissionerates. ARIAS Society now intends to utilize a part of the loan to hire a Consultancy Service Provider (SP) agency to set up and manage an Agribusiness Enterprise Development and Promotion Facility (EDPF). The project interventions would be taken up in 16 prioritized districts (undivided as of 1st April, 2016) of Assam i.e. Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Nalbari, Darrang, Sonitpur, Goalpara, Nagaon, Cachar, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Dhubri, Morigaon, Kamrup, Jorhat, Sivasagar and Lakhimpur.

2. Project Development Objective (PDO): The Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART) aims to “add value and improve resilience of selected agriculture value chains focusing on smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs in targeted districts of Assam.”

3. There are four components of APART: The first component is Enabling Agri enterprise Development, with sub components being (i) enhancing state capacity to attract private investments, (ii) setting up of an Enterprise Development and Promotion Facility (EDPF) (iii) setting up of an Agribusiness Investment Fund (AIF) (iv) establishing stewardship councils. The second component is Facilitating Agro Cluster Development with sub-components being- (i) support establishment of cluster level Industry Associations (IAs), (ii) supply chain support. The third component is Fostering Market Led Production and Resilience Enhancement with sub components being (i) promoting climate resilient technologies and their adoption (ii) facilitating market linkages through market intelligence and product aggregation (iii) facilitating access to and responsible use of financial services. The fourth component is project Management, Monitoring & Learning.

4. APART would support, value addition in the production and post-harvest segments of prioritized agricultural value-chains; facilitate agribusiness investments through inclusive business models that provide opportunities to smallholder farmers as well as stimulate the establishment of new small and medium agribusiness enterprises; and support resilience of agricultural production systems in order to better manage increasing production and commercial risks associated with climate change and marketing of agro produce, in the targeted districts. The project would adopt a cluster and value chain strategy within the targeted districts to generate economies of scale; promote vertical and horizontal links between local agricultural enterprises; enable diffusion of innovations; leverage network externalities; and channel public support for services and infrastructure.

5. Component A is envisioned to enhance the pace of enterprise growth and employment in the targeted districts. This would be done by establishing a cohesive institutional platform (whose role is economy wide and not sector specific), and securing increased private sector investment in the development of value chains, processing and marketing in the targeted districts. The Subcomponent A2, aims to promote an enabling agriculture enterprise ecosystem in the state. Towards this, the project will establish an Agribusiness Enterprise Development and Promotion Facility (EDPF) to foster and accelerate growth of agro-processing sector, thereby promoting commercialization of agricultural production, increasing value addition and agricultural incomes. The EDPF will identify growth oriented existing and potential entrepreneurs, who are pursuing business opportunities related to postharvest value addition in agriculture and allied sectors, and provide them with a holistic service offering that accelerates their growth and promotes sustainability. It is expected that EDPF will have a catalytic effect, encouraging a new generation of entrepreneurs to enter, grow, and advance the industry. The project intends to support 1500 nos. of agro enterprises, both new and existing, through EDPF.

6. ARIAS Society is now seeks to hire a consulting firm hereinafter referred as Service Provider (SP) to set up and manage the Agribusiness EDPF as per this ToR and the targets given in this ToR. EDPF will have a head office in Guwahati and sub-offices in Jorhat, Tezpur (Sonitpur) and Silchar (Cachar).

Job Description

 

Position Summary

1. Incubation Specialist will be responsible for overseeing the business development support process of start up and existing entrepreneurs admitted to the EDPF.

2. Incubation Specialist will work closely with the entrepreneurs admitted to EDPF on their growth/ expansion plans and regular review/ monitor it. He/she shall provide need based support to entrepreneurs in refining and execution of these growth/expansion plans.

3. Incubation Specialist would contribute to establishing mentors’ network, dissemination of new technologies (including conducting of technology dissemination seminars), smooth conduct of outreach activities like IEC campaign & mentor webinars, development of Entrepreneurship Learning Modules and agribusiness Self Learning Tool (ASLT) Kits and organizing participation in the buyer-seller meets etc.

4. Providing necessary inputs and feedback to FPO service provider and Cluster Development Technical Agency on how to better market the primary processed agri products from CSCs and manufactured food products from Industry Associations (IAs)/Enterprise Clusters.

5. Exploring and disseminating the entrepreneurship opportunities in marketing of agricultural inputs including seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, Biologicals, plant protection equipment etc.

6. Prepare a docket of services to be provided by sub-offices under the short term, medium term and long term business development support. Accordingly, Incubation Specialist will also train and handhold the sub-office teams in effectively carrying out the activities under these three verticals.

7. Contribute to documentation and dissemination of best practices including success stories and innovative models in agri enterprise development and promotion.

8. Keeping a track of Government schemes (both State and Centre) on agri entrepreneurship promotion and development and exploring opportunities for synergy and convergence between the EDPF activities and the schemes.

Qualification & Experience

 

Educational Qualification: Post Graduate Degree/ Diploma of minimum two

years in Agribusiness or a closely related field from a recognized

Institute/University

Work Experience:

  • At least seven years experience in incubation-supporting and nurturing of enterprises preferably in the agribusiness sector
  • Must be able to travel frequently to rural areas and oversee the programme implementation at sub-district level;
  • Able to oversee program implementation plans and coordinate with field staff implementing these plans;
  • Proven ability to work closely with Government to foster convergence;
  • Good IT and analytical skills in MS Office and Excel.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working on similar assignments;
  • Proven track record of working with external partners, agencies and governments;
  • Proven ability to produce demonstrable results;
  • Proven analytical skills and attention to detail;
  • Good verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills;

Able to translate strategic direction into implementable plans for delivering on improved performance

Contract Type and Period

 

This will be a fixed term contract.

The contract will be initially for a period of 72 months seventy two (72) months with a provision for half yearly and annual performance reviews. IPE Global is a fast growing organisation with a large portfolio of programmes in India/South-East Asia and Africa and there could be opportunity for long term association for exceptionally good candidates on mutually agreed terms.

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