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IFC has an increasing interest in cassava production across EAP. Several IFC current or potential clients have enquired about IFC’s support to develop cassava supply chains, particularly in CambodiaPapua New Guinea and Timor Leste. IFC proposes to hire an Int. STC for 70 days, from December 1st, 2019 to June 30th 2020, to help IFC determine the potential of the cassava industry in terms of commercial/investment opportunity and development impact on a regional basis, with emphasis on Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. Furthermore, the STC will where possible, support the design of appropriate advisory services interventions in Cambodia and Timor Leste.
Specific objectives include the following:
- Provide an outlook for cassava products in Global and Asian markets, exploring the market drivers and dynamics. This should begin by undertaking an analysis of the global carbohydrate market to provide context. Specific regional and/or country (Cambodia and Timor Leste) cassava opportunities should be identified, quantified and prioritized.
- Further analysis of the cassava sectors and value chains in EAP generally, and in Timor Leste and Cambodia particularly.The consultant will need to gain some familiarity with the ongoing IFC cassava project in PNG, incorporating knowledge and learnings from PNG into the work in Timor Leste and Cambodia.
- Provide support to IFC team to conceptualize and develop appropriate advisory projectsFindings from the carbohydrate and cassava market analyses should also be used to advise on direction and opportunities to expand IFC activities in PNG, in not only cassava but also in another source of starch common in PNG being sago.
Interested consulting firms (or consortium of firms) are expected to have:
1- A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in agribusiness and a minimum of 10 years of private sector operational experience in agribusiness or a related industry, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
2- Demonstrated knowledge of the agriculture sector in EAP, key private sector players and public sector agencies. Strong understanding of the development challenges facing the sector;
3- Knowledge of cassava, root crops and/or industrial starch and its sources is considered a plus;
4- Strong project management, coordination and operational experience. Experience in value chain development and project design and management;
5- Solid experience and knowledge of international market research;
6- A demonstrated ability to understand what makes businesses succeed, develop innovative solutions, nurture client relationships and challenge the status quo to build businesses;
7- Commitment to the World Bank Group/IFC mission, strategies and values and experience in developing and implementing donor funded projects;
Interested consultants are hereby invited to submitted Cover Letter & CV in English, electronically through World Bank Group eConsultant2 – selection number:1265242, (
Deadline of application: November 18, 2019.
Only shortlist of qualified candidates will be formally invited to interview. Shortlisting and selection will be subject to the availability of funding.