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10 Nov, 2020

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Vacancies South Africa

DAI is an international development company. For over 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries.

Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.



Job Title: Value Chain Coordinator
Location: South Africa
Start date: ASAP
Input basis: Full-time for 1 year, with option to extend.
Supervision: Report directly to the Team Leader


These TORs detail the job description and responsibilities for managing and coordinating the Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA) programme’s supply/value chain activities, including implementing sector selection and analysis, planning for technical interventions, aligning the supply/value chain activities with overall TFSA functions such as the learning platform, GESI and Information Hub, and identifying/coordinating STTA for specific interventions.



The Prosperity Fund (PF) is a cross-government development assistance fund with the primary objective of reducing poverty in developing Middle-income Countries (MICs) and creating opportunities for international business, including UK companies. The Global Trade Programme (GTP) aims to provide TA and support to facilitate free trade and open markets by helping them to identify and remove Nontariff Barriers (NTBs) to Trade, including Standards, Regulations, Customs and Trade Facilitation. The GTP’s primary objective is poverty reduction, promotion of gender equality and inclusive growth.


DAI is contracted to provide management and technical support services to the Foreign Commonwealth Office in support of Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA). TFSA will provide both capacity building and technical assistance to support growth in trade and find targeted solutions that will improve gender equality in trade and alleviate poverty across the countries within SACU+M (South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini (fka Swaziland), Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia).

The main activities included within the programme are:

  • Increased access to information and trade promotion;
  • Support in compliance with market standards and integration in supply chain/value chains;
  • Trade and customs training and improving access; and
  • Equality for women in trade.

This programme is expected to: increase opportunities to trade; overcome NTBs to trade in goods; improve export performance, and in doing so achieve a reduction in poverty and have a gender positive impact on trade in SACU+M, as well as to help facilitate trade continuity between SACU+M and the UK post-EU exit.


The Value Chain Coordinator will work with the TFSA team and FCDO (client) to oversee the management of TFSA support to selected sectors in Southern Africa considered to have high potential to drive economic growth through improved trade readiness. He/she will identify a long list of priority sectors (trade ready or near trade ready) to be considered for analysis and technical assistance by the TFSA Programme. From the long list of sectors, the coordinator will apply the TFSA selection criteria to select 3-4 sectors per country as Phase 1 sectors. The Coordinator will be responsible for conducting preliminary analysis from data and information gathered as part of a desk study and in some cases, from direct interviews with stakeholders and provide a set of recommendations for broad interventions that address NTBs to Trade. Based on this analysis, then 3-5 Phase 2 sectors will be selected for more in-depth analysis and technical assistance. Throughout this process, the Sector Coordinator will identify STTA needs for the analysis and intervention activity design. For those needs, he/she will also be responsible for developing Terms of References and supporting the recruitment for STTA consultants.

This assignment satisfies milestone deliverable 3,2 – selection of Phase 1 and Phase 2 sectors and Milestone 3.3 – sector analysis and activities matrix design.


  • Programme Manage the TFSA Sector Support Activities
  • Produce a Long list of sectors for application of TFSA selection criteria (within 15 days)
  • Draft an interim report summarising application of TFSA Selection Criteria, included recommended 3-4 sectors per country as Phase 1 sectors (within 30 days)
  • Draft a report summarising Interim Analysis of Phase 1 sectors to include identification of barriers to trade and recommended activities to address identified barriers to trade (within 45 days)
  • Draft a final Phase 1 and Phase 2 Sector selection report for approval by FCDO and EY in satisfaction of Milestone 3.2 (within 60 days)
  • Provide management oversight to Phase 2 deep dive sector analysis for the 3-4 sectors selected through the STTA TFSA Draw Down Facility.
  • Provide management support to the design of the Activities Matrix for phase 1 and phase 2 sectors based on the sector analysis approval in satisfaction of Milestone 3.3 (within 120 days)
  • Oversee the implementation of the recommended interventions in selected sectors through the STTA TFSA Draw Down Facility.
  • Comply with DAI ethics, safeguarding and security policies and procedures.


  • Programme Management Experience managing similar value chain sector components with an emphasis on export readiness and export channel competitiveness in Southern Africa.
  • Over 5 years’ experience conducting Value Chain Analysis and Programme Design in a trade context in Southern Africa
  • Experience and skills in professional sales value chain analysis and market channel technical assistance.
  • Ability to produce Value Chain Analysis and Technical reports at an acceptable profession standard that include recommendations to remove barriers to trade and increase sales channels of traded goods.
  • Experience in developing work plans for value chain programmes based on a set of recommendations from value chain analysis reports
  • References and examples of authored value chain analysis reports
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English is essential.
  • An advanced degree in business administration, economics, public administration, or other relevant field.

Please note that all profiles are indicative only and therefore subject to change.

Please submit applications to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline: Thursday, 12 November, 2020

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