Market Specialist (Consultant), China

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 8 May 2020
  • China
  • Closing on 6 August 2020
  • Current

Job Description

The USAID Agriculture and Food Systems Development Activity (AFDA) in Myanmar facilitates the transformation of agriculture and food systems by increasing productivity, inclusiveness, and competitiveness of the agricultural market system in the zone of influence (ZOI) such as Kachin State, Shan State, Mandalay Region, Sagaing Region and Magway Region. The Market Specialist will 1) identify opportunities in the China markets where Myanmar, and AFDA ZOI producers and related firms can competitively expand, upgrade and diversify; and 2) provide information on competition and requirements such as product specifications, terms (buyers’ requirement) and other relevant steps needed by suppliers to enter and/or expand in these markets and significantly increase exports of Myanmar agricultural products to China. The anticipated timeframe for this assignment is between late July 2020 to December 2020 with up to 60 days of effort.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The consultant will provide the following deliverables:

  • Market research and trade facilitation plan (inception report)
  • Written report and power point presentation on priority market opportunities with all supporting documentation and references as specified
  • Written report or power point presentation on market intelligence as specified in the specific tasks (updated as appropriate to share new information)
  • Deliver power point presentation (in-person or online) to stakeholders in Myanmar through a forum to be organized by AFDA
  • Written report on buyer database
  • At least one contract signed, two more under negotiation and actual sales generated
  • Final report including key findings, observations, and recommendation on next steps to achieve significant expansion of diversified exports to China

QUALIFICATIONS

· Master’s degree in Marketing, Business or related area

· At least eight years’ experience doing market research, marketing and sales, with at least four years involving agricultural products and three years in China

· Demonstrated successful experience in market analysis and marketing of crop-based agricultural products in China

· Demonstrated success in increasing agricultural export sales and market expansion in China for regional companies (South East Asian and South Asian)

· Experience with trade facilitation with China and familiarity with Chinese customs requirements and issues

· Knowledge of Myanmar’s agricultural products, its exports and competitors, an advantage

· Knowledge of trade dynamics between China and Myanmar an advantage

· Excellent spoken and written English

· Consultant is currently based in China


Interested consultants should submit the following to afdaprocurement@acdivocamm.org by July 20th, 2020:

1. CV specifically responding to required qualifications

2. Sample work on market research and/or market intelligence report

3. Cost proposal – to include the professional fees, travel, per diem and other anticipated miscellaneous costs

Only shortlisted candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.

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