Regional Food Trade in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Improving Economies for Stronger Communities (IESC)


Position description

IESC is a leading US nonprofit organization that helps people improve their lives by strengthening economic opportunities in developing countries. We help to create sustainable jobs, improve productivity, grow incomes, and strengthen micro, small and medium sized enterprises. We work with farmers, entrepreneurs, cooperatives, financial service providers, market actors, and governments to share proven skills and tools – human, technological, and financial – that help communities thrive. 

IESC is seeking a national consultant in the East and Southern Caribbean Region to support an upcoming assignment focused on improving intra-regional trade of agriculture products, particularly fruits and vegetables.

The assignment is anticipated to begin in March/April, 2023 with a focus on Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago, which may be subject to change. The anticipated level of effort for this assignment is up to 25 days with 5 days of stakeholder interviews anticipated in each target country.

The candidate(s) selected for this position will serve as facilitator, working alongside another consultant in order to conduct interviews with key stakeholders in the selected countries. IESC will consider candidates who have experience working across the region, as well as candidates with single-country experience.

Responsibilities will include identifying, organizing, and facilitating interviews with farmers, traders, processors, exporters, transport providers, private sector associations, and relevant government agencies to understand the current challenges, and opportunities, and to provide recommendations for the development of a transportation logistics model for fresh food trade in the East and Southern Caribbean region.

Competencies Requested:

· B.A./B.S. Degree in business, economics, agricultural economics, or other related Field and at least 5 years of practical experience in the East and Southern Caribbean region

· Demonstrated ability to identify, and coordinate with various stakeholders across public and private sectors

· Professional experience and extensive professional network in Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, and/or Suriname

· Prior USAID or donor-funded program experience preferred

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