Key Expert 2: National expert on private-sector engagement and cooperative management print

Posted on:
27 May, 2021
Application by:
6 Jun, 2021
Project status:
Project title:
Bioeconomy and value chains in Brazil - Strengthening private sector engagement, cooperative management, vocational training and access to financing
Period of project:
2021/09 - 2024/01
Duration of assignment:
510 wd
Duty station:
Job code:

Project description

The project aims to contribute to improving the income of organized local groups in the Amazon area through increased commercialization volumes in prioritized sectors of the inclusive and sustainable bioeconomy, namely, Brazil nut, acai berries and cocoa. Within this framework, the project contributes to the following 5 outputs:
1. Structures for strengthening priority value chains of the sustainable and inclusive bioeconomy in the Amazon are improved.
2. In priority value chains of the sustainable and inclusive bioeconomy in the Amazon, conditions are strengthened for companies to increasingly purchase products from cooperatives and associations of local communities.
3. Cooperatives and associations of local communities are strengthened in their capacities for entrepreneurial action.
4. Vocational training to strengthen entrepreneurial activities for commercializing bioeconomy products of cooperatives and associations of local communities is improved.
5. Access to private and public funding sources to expand commercialization is improved for cooperatives and associations of local communities, as well companies of the sustainable and inclusive bioeconomy.
The work is divided into 4 work packages each tackling different outputs; 1) engagement of the private sector, 2) strengthening entrepreneurial and management capacities in cooperatives and associations, 3) professional education for marketing and administration of cooperatives and associations in the bioeconomy of the Amazon and 4) financing for the sustainable and inclusive bioeconomy of the Amazon.

Job description

• Staff management, in particular identifying the need for short-term assignments within the available budget, planning and managing the assignments and supporting local and international experts
• Develop and implement mechanisms and formats to strengthen private sector engagement in priority value chains of the sustainable and inclusive bioeconomy that focus on the inclusion of smallholders’ cooperatives and associations (e.g., by amplifying the dialogue with financial institutions)
• Coordinate targeted support for businesses together with GIZ staff responsible for development partnerships with the private sector (for example on market studies, business plans, technical specifications, financial modelling, certifications and traceability, marketing, sanitary regulations)
• Dialogue with existing sectoral multi-stakeholder platforms of priority value chains (e.g., on sustainability standards, supply chain traceability, gender considerations)
• Establish and dialogue with a multi-stakeholder platform on agroforestry cocoa
• Coordinate the strategy of the project to improve access of traditional people and communities to public procurement programs and private business opportunities
• Coordinate the support for management capacities and the use of digital tools in the four “anchor cooperatives”, including their selection and assignment and management of short-term experts
• Promote the knowledge exchange between cooperatives and associations
• Co-ordinate the participation of co-operatives/associations in trade-fairs


• Education/training: University degree (bachelor’s, master’s or other post-graduate degree) in rural development, agriculture, organizational development, forestry, economics, social or political sciences or geosciences or related fields
• Languages: Knowledge of English, C1, and Portuguese, C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
• General professional experience : 5 years of professional experience in agricultural value chain development
• Specific professional experience: 5 years of professional experience in private sector development
• Regional experience: 5 years of professional experience in the Amazon region
• Development cooperation (DC) experience: 3 years of experience working on DC projects

o 3 year of experience in IT-applications in rural development
o 3 year of experience in participatory organizational development
o 3 years of experience in promoting multi-stakeholder-dialogues involving companies, communities

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Contact person

  Dagmar Roehr

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