The potential of value-chain financing in the agricultural sector in Tajikistan still needs to be developed, and the cost, risk and access problem of agricultural credit as well as the problem of limited market access of agricultural Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) need to be solved. KfW on behalf of the German Government will provide EUR 8.6 million as a grant to the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, represented by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan (MEDT).
The funds will be channelled from the MEDT as loans in local currency to selected Partner Financial Institutions (PFIs). The PFIs in turn shall use these funds to finance SMEs (processors, producers, suppliers etc.) active in agro-food industry (the target group). The Program aims to enhance agri-food value chain competitiveness across the Republic of Tajikistan by providing working capital finance as well as by increasing the availability of long-term finance in Tajik Somoni (TJS) for agricultural equipment and machinery for selected value chains for the production of competitive agri-food products in a sustainable way and promote the use of good agricultural practice and best available techniques in processing and distribution.
(i) Support MEDT and KfW in the selection of eligible PFIs under the program
(ii) Support PFIs to improve their agricultural business model and credit technology
(iii) Support the identification and establishment of financial products for agricultural value chain-finance
(IV) Develop and introduce Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) at the PFIs.
(V) Management of program disbursements
(VI) Support the development and strengthening of value chains.
- At least 5 years of experience as TL / PM in international Financial Cooperation (FC) projects (e.g. KfW, World Bank, IFC, EIB);
- At least 5 years of experience in implementing: FC agricultural finance projects; agricultural value chain (VC) finance projects; management of KfW fund disbursements;
- Relevant experience in Tajikistan / the Region;
- Proficiency in Russian and English language.
Commencement of consultancy services is tentatively scheduled for the third quarter 2020 and shall last around 36 months.
Full-time in field during Inception Phase / first 4 months and intermittent field visits during entire project period, as required