Title:  National Rice Business Expert - Madagascar

​Requisition ID: 2730 
Grade: SB4 - Local Professional (Junior & Mid Level) 
Country: Home Based 
Duty Station: Home Based 
Category: National Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: NonStaff-When Act. Employed
Contract Duration: 42 working days over a period of 3 months
Application deadline: 26-Sept-2023, 11:59 PM (CEST)  


Vacancy Announcement
Only nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are considered eligible. 
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.



The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET), headed by a Managing Director, is responsible for the development of innovative UNIDO services in the areas of agro-industry and agribusiness, sustainability standards and fair production, and climate-relevant or climate-improving technologies. It is also, in collaboration with ODG, responsible for developing innovative technical cooperation concepts, identifying new sources and means of finance and entering into new partnerships with a broad range of relevant stakeholders.


Under the supervision of the Managing Director, Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET), and in close coordination with other organizational entities within UNIDO, the Division of Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development (IET/AGR) supports Member States in their efforts to pave the way to sustainable rural development and a structurally transformed and modernized agribusiness sector. Capitalizing on the experience gained by UNIDO in this field over decades and on tried-and-tested and to-be-developed service modules, the Division will explore innovative approaches to maximise the potential that exists in agribusiness development, addressing emerging global trends, in particular food security, poverty alleviation and climate change. It will explore new ways to contribute to global efforts to reduce hunger, accelerate food systems transition, and generate income and employment, especially among women and youth.


The Division provides technical cooperation services to assist the modernization of agriculture and agro-industry, especially in less-developed countries, ensuring that enterprises add value to primary agricultural production, substitute the imports of food and other value-added agricultural products, and participate effectively in local, regional and global value chains. Where needed, it will develop infrastructure and agro-industrial parks and capacities for agro-industrialization, value addition, quality assurance and food safety. It will also bring innovative approaches to Member States to fully benefit from carbon-neutral and biodiversity-enhancing agricultural and agro-industrial production and development opportunities in the green and blue bioeconomy.


This position is locates under the Agro-Innovation and Bioeconomy Unit (IET/AGR/AIB), which promotes the development of innovative approaches to agricultural and agro-industrial production by looking at new products for industry, new processes of production, new sources of materials and energy from biomass, new schemes for sustainable production and new approaches to climate adaptation and the reduction of climate change. The Unit will contribute to addressing global challenges such as climate change, food and water shortages, environmental pollution, and loss of biodiversity – all in combination with economic development - by replacing fossil and mineral resources with renewable raw materials and through new technologies in production and processing of agriculture and aquaculture-based products.


Overall, the Unit will support agriculture and agro-industry in Member States in a transition from fossil and mineral-based production to a green and blue circular bioeconomy. Through partnerships with innovative firms, research and development departments and development partners, the Unit draws from the latest technology development in agricultural machinery, agro-processing and digitalization and renders adapted solutions to agro-industry development, emphasizing services to less developed countries. It will also engage with innovative carbon sequestration and biodiversity improvement schemes that help farmers and agro-industry firms to finance and apply new technologies of CO2 reduction and biodiversity improvement. It will also foster climate adaptation in agricultural and agro-industry production, using more sustainable technology and production schemes.





Madagascar has a rich history of rice cultivation. Outside of Asia, Madagascar has the longest tradition of rice production, and this staple food is cultivated in almost all districts of the country. Rice is the most important crop in Madagascar not only for the national food security but also for farmers’ livelihoods. However, the global marketability of Malagasy rice has been low due to the low quality of rice, which is domestically distributed in Madagascar, as well as high distribution and production costs. Furthermore, in Madagascar, it is said that post-harvest losses are equivalent to the amount of rice imported every year, and should be reduced.

The project aims to contribute to the achievement of an ambitious goal of the Government of Madagascar; launching rice export in 2027 in partnership with the private sector while improving rural livelihood. More precisely, the proposed project will establish a model rice processing centre to improve the quality of milled rice for adding value to and strengthening the international market competitiveness of Malagasy rice. Moreover, the centre will serve as a wholesale rice market, thereby reducing distribution costs. Simultaneously, it is expected that the project will contribute to slowing down deforestation by effectively utilizing the agro-residual (rice husks) for producing carbon-neutral fuels and income generating opportunities for the unemployed youth.



Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager (PM) in Agro-Innovation and Bioeconomy Unit (IET/AGR/AIB) and in close coordination with the UNIDO Madagascar Field Office, as well as the relevant government ministries and agencies and other key stakeholders, the National Rice Business Expert will carry out the following duties to facilitate developing the detailed design of the project in order to mobilize the financial support of the donor to establish the model rice processing centre in Madagascar for impacts and sustainability:


Main duties



outputs to be achieved

Expected duration



  1. Prepare a work plan and obtain approval of the PM.

Work plan submitted and cleared by the PM.


Home-based, Madagascar


  1. Prepare and carry out a brief market survey on Malagasy rice.

Overview of Malagasy rice market, focusing on the distribution channels of rice (paddy and milled) in Boeny Region, identified and shared with the PM and UNIDO Madagascar Field Office.


Home-based, Madagascar


  1. Prepare and carry out a survey on the (electric) power situation in the candidate project site.

The (electric) power situation in the candidate project site identified and shared with the PM and UNIDO Madagascar Field Office.


Home-based, Madagascar


  1. Prepare and conduct a brief survey on labor market, vocational training, and small and medium-scaled mechanical workshops related to O&M and repair of rice processing equipment and other relevant machinery.
  • Overview of the labor market identified and shared with the PM and UNIDO Madagascar Field Office.
  • Needs of vocational training of youth and support needs of TVET centers and small and medium-scaled mechanical workshops related to O&M and repair of rice processing equipment and other relevant machinery in Boeny Region identified and shared with the PM and UNIDO Madagascar Field Office.


Home-based, Madagascar

  1. Prepare (e.g. arrangement of the meetings with key stakeholders) and attend a joint mission of UNIDO and an implementing partner to be conducted in Boeny Region and Antananarivo.
  • The joint mission successfully conducted.
  • Key stakeholders (e.g., government decision-makers and other relevant actors) well informed and consulted about the proposed project.


Home-based and Antananarivo, Madagascar


  1. Prepare and submit a Back to Office Mission Report.
  • The Back to Office Mission Report (BTOMR) cleared by the PM.
  • The cleared BTOMR shared with the UNIDO Madagascar field office.


Home-based, Madagascar


  1. Prepare and submit an End-of-Assignment Report.
  • The End-of-Assignment Report as per the ToRs that includes all the deliverables mentioned in Main Duties 2, 3, and 4 cleared by the PM.
  • The cleared End-of-Assignment Report shared with the UNIDO Madagascar field office.


Home-based, Madagascar


  1. Carry out other tasks as required by the PM



Anywhere, Madagascar








Core Values

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.

WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.

WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.


Key Competencies

WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.

WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.




Education: Advanced university degree in engineering, sciences, economics, agro-industries, industrial engineering, business administration, international relations, or other relevant discipline with specialization in rice value chain and/or rice business is required.


Technical and Functional Experience:

  • At least three (3) years of professional experience in the field of agribusiness, agro-processing and other relevant areas through implementation of/participation in technical cooperation or development programmes/projects, including some exposure at the international level is required.
  • Experience in conducting surveys/researches on rice-value chain development, in particular, post-harvest, is required.
  • Experience in Francophone Africa, in particular, in Madagascar is desirable.
  • Experience in working for UN development projects, particularly UNIDO TC projects is desirable.
  • Experience in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems of developing countries is desirable.


Fluency in both written and spoken English and French is required.

Fluency or working knowledge of local languages (e.g. Malagasy) is required.



This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.
Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System. Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependents, under the procedures established by the Director General.
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