We are currently seeking an all-round Technical Specialist with a focus on market systems to join the Feed the Future Bangladesh Cereal Systems Initiatives for South Asia Mechanization Extension Activity (CSISA MEA). The Activity is a partnership between CIMMYT, iDE, and Georgia Tech, and is the second phase of the Cereal Systems Initiatives for South Asia - Mechanization and Irrigation (CSISA-MI) project.
CSISA MEA`s objective is to enhance agricultural resilience, productivity, and profitability by improving the competitiveness and effectiveness of agricultural machinery lead firms while generating business opportunities for collaboration with US manufacturing firms, technical institutions, and financial advisory companies. The Activity also focuses on developing an appropriately trained gender-inclusive workforce, with a special focus on linked support market actors and manufacturing micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Bangladesh, as well as crisis-affected areas.
CSISA MEA`s activities will accelerate new business opportunities for domestic and US agricultural machinery manufacturers, suppliers, and light engineering firms in the Bangladesh agricultural machinery sector. The project applies cutting-edge research to analyze selected lead firms and their supply chains to determine critical areas for improvement, such as best manufacturing, management and governance, and sales and customer service practices and then provide, or facilitate access to, technical and business support. This is coupled with the professional development of skilled workforces with a focus on Bangladeshi women and youth. CSISA MEA places emphasis on medium to large enterprise-level actors and their supply chains that meet basic criteria of worker safety standards, experience in the market, and share a vision for transformation in the provision of agricultural equipment to the Bangladesh market. The Activity prioritizes MSME-level actors in the supply chain that are critical to service and maintenance of existing and new machinery utilized in the market, as well as machinery and spare parts import, manufacture, assembly, and/or sale. Job Location Dhaka, with frequent field visits
Reporting Line Project Manager
At least a Bachelor's degree in Business, Economics, Social Sciences, Development Studies, or other relevant disciplines