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Agriculture Economist
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Position : Agriculture Economist

Department : Business development

Location : HCMC

 

 

Key Organizational Relationships

Report to : Business development manager

 

Agriculture Economist

Vietnam

To further increase our positive impact on the horticulture sector in Vietnam, we are looking for a Agriculture Economist to be based at our Hochiminh office and Cantho office.

The ideal applicant 

Has significant work experience in both qualitative and quantitative agriculture economics research, value chain analysis and value chain development.  The applicant is adept at designing, implementing and reporting both qualitative and quantitative studies. He/she worked with tablet-based survey software. The agriculture economist will have a strong interest in using insights to make a positive impact on the Vietnamese agriculture sector. The applicant has excellent analytical skills, is results driven and proactively takes on a wide range of assignments, ranging from value chain studies, sector studies, farming systems research to using the collected insights to influence agriculture policies.

 

 

Duties & Responsibilities

 

Farm economics and improving farm management: 

  • Set up and implement both quantitative surveys and qualitative surveys to obtain a deep understanding of current farm management systems, productivity and profitability trends, bottlenecks, and opportunities which farmers face in a certain sector
  • Being part of a multi-disciplinary team, which will combine the collected insights and the latest applied research insights, with participatory learning methods to increase the skills of farmers to manage their farm business. Within this team, the agriculture economist is expected to provide all economic insights and train/support farmers to improve their financial understanding and management of their farm.
  • Setup a farm monitoring system with which, on a daily basis, for a representative group of farmers, all input-output data are collected, with which farm management styles can be compared, both from an agronomic and financial point of view. These insights are summarized in individual farm reports, in which a farmer’s current management is benchmarked with other farmers. This forms an important input for discussions in farmer study groups, and participatory technology development processes, all aimed towards facilitating farmers to improve their farm management.
  • Together with the Fresh Studio agronomist, facilitate trials to test proposed changes in farm management, monitor these trials and provide the financial insights required to evaluate the trials

Value chain analysis & Value chain development: 

  • To be a member of the multi-disciplinary Fresh Studio value chain team, which analyses the structure, conduct and performance of various food chains. These insights will be used to work with carefully selected actors in the chain to develop a value chain.
  • Analyse the characteristics and financial performance of all actors active in a food chain from input supply till final consumption. Analyse topics such as: traded volumes, prices, value, number of actors, number of jobs created by the current chain, margins division within the chain, trends, bottlenecks, opportunities, possible change agents etc.
  • Cost benefit analysis and financial analysis of investments which aim to upgrade product chains to value chains 

Market and sector studies: 

  • Undertake market and sector studies which will provide insights in the structure, conduct and performance of certain markets. How large is the current demand, which different channels are supplying this market, who are the key actors in each channel, what volumes/prices/value/prices in the different channels etc.
  • Monitor the agricultural sectors by keeping an eye on trends that affect the agricultural production, distribution, and consumption in Vietnam.
  • Analyze collected data using appropriate statistical methods to inform, influence, and improve the business decisions of clients, agricultural organizations or public policy makers;
  • Establishing an extensive network among farmers, traders, companies, authorities, and financial institutions to stay informed about agricultural developments

Monitoring & Evaluation Support: 

  • Support the M&E specialist to monitor and report progress towards achievement of established targets and objectives utilizing indicators agreed in the Monitoring & Evaluation plan for various projects of clients
  • Design, implement and report upon baseline surveys
  • Setup a system to monitor the impact of certain interventions on farmers within the project and outside the project, in order to determine the project impact 

Consultancy: Implement other related tasks as assigned. 

  • Support the business development manager in acquisition processes
  • Create work plans and budgets based on a Terms of Reference
  • Implement the work plan in a professional and independent manner
  • Set up protocols and systems to monitor work performance
  • Create brief and professional reports about executed work 

 

Desired qualifications and skills

 

Experience:

At least 5 years of professional work experience in the agricultural sector;

 

Special Skills required

Capable of performing financial analysis of a farming system, including profitability analysis and investment planning (NPV, IRR), cost-benefit analysis of investments;

Experience with conducting both qualitative and quantitative surveys (PRA);

Experience working with both primary and secondary data;

Affinity with teaching farm management practices and coaching. Experience developing training programs is considered a plus;

Experience with tablet-based software systems such as Kobo;

Able to work with various statistical programs (R, Stata, SPSS, or similar);

Proven track record in producing high-quality reports and scientific publications in English;

A team player with a hands-on mentality;

Excellent communicator

Effective time management and organizational skills (e.g. ability to plan and arrange own work with minimal supervision);

Professional, passionate for excellence, and result-driven;

Proactive Passion for sustainable food;

Eager to learn and discover;

Available to travel frequently to fieldwork sites in the Mekong Delta provinces;

Excellent both in oral and written Vietnamese and English.

 

 

If this sounds like the role for you then please send your motivation letter and a CV detailing your qualifications and previous experience to: yourcareer@freshstudio.vn

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