In line with its Private Sector and Foundation Strategy, UNDP is becoming increasingly well positioned to support innovative approaches of inclusive market and business development, engaging with the private sector and other stakeholders to improve opportunities for the poor to participate in markets as producers, employees, or consumers.
With Africa being a major focus of UNDP’s work, a strategic, regional Private Sector and Inclusive Market Development for Poverty Reduction in Africa project, the “African Facility for Inclusive Markets” (AFIM), operated from November 2010 to 2014. AFIM is now part of the Regional Bureau for Africa’s Regional Programme Document (RPD) and regional private sector development and engagement initiatives are implemented by the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Within its efforts to enhance regional institutional capacity under activity result 3.1.1, UNDP has engaged the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to make food value chains more environmentally sustainable and resilient in Sub-Saharan Africa. This includes a study on the topic, in collaboration with the GEF, and an engagement in the context of GEF’s Food Security Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP-FS) in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). A Sustainable and Resilient Food Value Chains Expert is sought for the implementation of the latter.
The IAP-FS project is funded by the GEF from 2018 to 2022 (5 years) and seeks to tackle major drivers of environmental degradation by advancing a holistic and integrated approach to enhancing agricultural productivity in smallholder systems where food insecurity is directly tied to agriculture. Through the IAP-FS project, the GEF is seeking to promote the sustainable and resilient management of natural capital - land, soil, water, vegetation and genetic resources using a value chain approach - as a priority in food security transformation of smallholder agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa countries.
The Regional Hub Has Four Components
The IAP-FS Regional Hub Child Project supports the IAP-FS through cross-cutting capacity building, knowledge services and coordination. IFAD is the lead implementing agency for the Regional Hub Child Project with responsible parties including UNDP, FAO, UNEP and Conservation International.
UNDP will contribute to “Component 2: Scaling up of integrated approaches”, through a ''greening the value chain'' approach, which will foster sustainable and resilient food value chains at large. UNDP’s efforts within the GEF IAP-FS Regional Hub Child Project will be led by RSCA Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development (IGSD) Cluster, Private Sector Unit. UNDP partners with AGRA for the implementation of the component.
The Sustainable and Resilient Food Value Chains Expert will be engaged in the implementation of the project’s Component 2 and thereby work closely with UNDP RSCA’s IGSD and GEF Cluster as well as with AGRA. The expert will be a member of the UNDP IGSD Cluster and form part of the GEF IAP-FS Regional Hub Child Project Programme Coordination Unit (PCU), which operationally manages the Hub Project and encompasses members of all involved key parties. She / he will be based at the ICRAF Headquarter in Nairobi, Kenya, where the PCU is hosted. The expert will coordinate inputs from AGRA, and UNDP RSCA Private Sector and GEF Clusters. She / he will also work with key partners and stakeholders.
The Sustainable and Resilient Food Value Chains Expert will be under the overall guidance of the IGSD Africa Team Leader and direct supervision of the Regional Private Sector Special Advisor.
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