Value Chain Analysis Specialist

Terms of Reference

Value Chain Analysis Specialist

Job Title: Value Chain Analysis Specialist
Appointment Type: Short Term Consultant (STC) - subject to Local Recruitment
Leader Name: Obert Pimhidzai, Senior Economist, Vietnam


The World Bank’s mission is to help the Bank's clients in the East Asia and the Pacific Region (EAP) to reduce poverty and achieve environmentally and socially sustainable development. For Vietnam, the development of ethnic minorities is a key focus area for achieving these objectives, through a combination of direct financing of interventions and technical assistance activities provided in partnerships with other development partners. To this effect, the World Bank and the Government of Australia launched a partnership program - the Australia Bank Partnership (ABP2) - which has an Ethnic Minorities pillar designed to provide technical assistance to the Government of Vietnam to support the development of ethnic minorities. Activities under this pillar involve analytical work and technical assistance to support knowledge sharing, policy development and strengthening the Government of Viet Nam’s ongoing and future investments related to poverty reduction for Ethnic Minorities and social assistance programs. This includes strategically leveraging the impact of the National Target Programs through targeted activities.

The National Target Programs for New Rural Development and Sustainable Poverty Reduction (NTP- NRD and SPR) period 2016-2020 were launched to address the poverty in Vietnam, especially among Ethnic minorities. These two programs are central to Government’s strategy for raising rural incomes and productivity, while reducing the significant socio-economic disparities between rural and urban areas.They both provide support for production development and livelihood support in rural communities. As a part of ABP2, the World Bank will provide support for MARD and CEMA to bring new knowledge and build implementation capacity with regards to the One Commune on Product model, gender informed value chain analysis and mainstreaming as well as improving awareness of and ability to access NTP programs for ethnic minority women and men in the production and livelihood support activities. The envisaged capacity building activities include:

  • Developing “One commune one product (OCOP) Handbook”, with reinforced emphasis on value chain analysis as part of product identification
  • Developing a training curricula and manual for gender informed value chain analysis,
  • Providing Trainer of Trainers to key provincial staff responsible for the OCOP and implementation of production support under the NTPs,
  • Developing a user friendly communication handbook for district and commune officials to provide simple, clearer instructions and guide on communication of value chain support activities to communities.

The World Bank is seeking to hire four national experts as Short-Term Consultants (STCs) to support these activities. The four consultants are (i) an Agriculture Economics Specialist cum team leader, (ii) a Value Chain Analysis Specialist, (iii) Social Science, Gender and Ethnic Minority Specialist and (iii) Communication Specialist.

Objective of the TOR

These TORs are for the recruitment of a local, short term consultant to lead in value chain analysis activities to strengthen capacity of the NTPs’ target groups on Value chain analysis that promote participation and benefit for EM women and youth through livelihood support activities financed under NTPs.

Duties and Responsibilities
Develop a ToT curriculum on gender informed value chain analysis that relevant for provide training for national, provincial and district senior staff within NRD&SPR programs. The training curriculum/content should be in line with all the above objective and scopes of works.
Jointly (with the agriculture economist and social science consultants) provide Training of Trainers to key officers at national and provincial levels to provide adequate knowledge and skills to deliver training for commune and districts officers and any other technical support for OCOP program within their areas.
In collaboration with social science consultant, provide support for selected trainers to deliver training for district and commune officers in selected provinces to ensure that the knowledge and skills they gain though the training have been transferred fully to lower staff officers for application.
Provide on the job training/coaching for selected models to carry out value chain analysis and develop an action plan for actor collaboration based on value chain analysis exercise. This will be used to draw practical lessons and update the proposed value chain analysis and implementation methodology.

Key deliverables will be in both English and Vietnamese versions.

Required Qualifications

  • At least a Masters degree in a relevant field such as Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, Business Administration (MBA) and Management or a related discipline;
  • Over 8 years of relevant experience related to rural business development, agriculture sector, micro finance and marketing, competitiveness and value chain analysis;
  • Strong experience in capacity building/training, rural development, capacity assessment, planning and monitoring training programs. Experience in developing and evaluating training programs, particularly advantageous if this was done for rural development;
  • Proven ability to manage deadlines, work independently with minimal supervision, submit high- quality work plans, prioritize workload, and multi-task in fast-paced environment;
  • Fluent in Vietnamese and English;
  • Previous work experience for NTP-NRD & SPR-135, in gender and EM, will be considered an asset.

Timing/Assignment Duration

The consultant will be recruited for 95 days from January 8, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Reporting arrangements

The consultant will report to the DFAT Trust Fund Task Team Leaders. The consultant will work closely with NTP NCOs on each aspect of the assignment, and with World Bank Task Team, including other consultants who have similar roles in other designated assignments.


Interested and qualified candidate must submit both their Curriculum Vitae and Statement of interest (not more than one page long) by email to Ms Dung Thuy Vu, [email protected] by close of business of the 28 December 2018.

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
The World Bank
Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2018-12-28