1. The Republic of Tajikistan has received financing from the International Development Association of the World Bank Group (WBG) for the implementation of the Tajikistan Rural Economy Development Project (REDP). The project's development objective is to improve the sources of livelihood for local populations in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) and Khatlon regions through tourism and agribusiness.
2. Agriculture and tourism are critical sectors for Tajikistan’s economic development. Agriculture accounts for a large share of the economy, and tourism has the potential to grow significantly. Agriculture accounts for about 21 percent of GDP and 51 percent of total employment in Tajikistan. Agriculture development is therefore critical to improving the livelihoods of the rural population, whose other major source of income is remittances from labor migrants. Sustainable, community-based tourism could provide another income-generation opportunity for households in rural areas, enhancing their resilience to economic shocks. Community-based tourism is already showing an impact in GBAO, where the 15,000 yearly tourist arrivals represent a significant source of income for the 223,000 inhabitants.
3. The project is structured according to four components, organized based on the types of intervention and beneficiaries:
- Component 1 focuses on improving public infrastructure for the development of agribusiness and tourism.
- Component 2 supports micro small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) and entrepreneurs in agribusiness, community-based tourism, and related sectors through matching grants.
- Component 3 focuses on strengthening skills, entrepreneurship, and business development services to enable potential beneficiaries to gain fully from the grant programs under Components 1 and 2.
- Component 4 provides project coordination and implementation as well as grant management and administration.
- a Bachelor’s or higher degree in agriculture or other relevant discipline from an accredited university;
- at least 5 or more years of professional experience in agricultural/rural training and in working on agricultural financing;
- experience in related projects in Tajikistan, Central Asia and Caucasus region will be an advantage;
- skilled in technical report writing, as well as in computer skills (MS Office);
- good knowledge of local regulations and conditions and experience in interacting with various levels of authorities and communities will be an advantage