International Post Harvest Specialist

  • Vientiane, Laos
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: Short term consultancy contract

Company Description


SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organisation, with decentralised management. Our Global Support Unit (70 staff) backstops our teams around the world.

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Job Description


The Lao Uplands Rural Advisory Services (LURAS) project is a program of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Government of Laos, implemented by Helvetas in partnership with the Department of Technical Extension and Agro-Processing (DTEAP). The project works on the Northern Uplands on Laos.

SNV implements activities towards achieving Outcome 2: Market systems in rural areas that are fair and profitable. The activities should have the following outputs:

2.2 Rural enterprises are adding greater value to farm products, including improvements in processing, certification and contracting;

2.3 A greater number of decent jobs exist in agribusiness, including promoting a code of conduct for companies, and awareness raising among farm labourers.

At present, SNV focuses on:

Identifying, selecting and introducing promising approaches, practices, tools and technologies for post-harvest management and food processing in target areas in a number of selected commodities, including rice, maize, coffee and tea.

Description of responsibilities

SNV is looking for a short term International Consultant who will in close cooperation with the National Agricultural Advisor:

  • Conduct an appraisal of the opportunities and the conditions for the introduction of mechanisation and other improved post-harvest technologies (storage, processing) at household level with the highest potential for income generation and job creation in target communities.
  • Design specific interventions to capitalise on opportunities identified for rural employment through improvements in supply chains or mechanisation, post-harvest management and processing.

Successful completion of the appraisal may lead to a follow-up assignment (intermittent, 6-8 months between May 2020 and November 2021) for the implementation of the identified project activities aiming at creating in cooperation with both government and private sector partners an ecosystem related to post-harvest activities (input supply, introduction of agricultural machinery, maintenance and repairs, training, processing, etc.).


Required qualifications and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience working with the technical and commercial aspects of post-harvest technologies (including storage and processing);
  • Demonstrable experience working with post-harvest management of maize, rice, coffee and/or tea is an advantage;
  • Higher education degree (MSc) in agriculture, rural development or agricultural economics, preferably with some specialisation in the application of agricultural machinery and/or post-harvest management;
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English; knowledge of the Lao language is an advantage.

Additional Information

Timing, duration and duty stations

The Post-harvest Specialist mission will take approximately 20 days between January and March 2020 (exact dates to be determined in consultation). The assignment may be extended upon the successful completion of the current project planning but is subject to approval by the contract partner Helvetas. The mission will involve travel to Xiengkhouang (and potentially Oudomxay or Houaphan) province.

Working at SNV 

SNV offers a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal and global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website:

How to Apply

Interested consultants that believe that their credentials meet the outlined profile should apply by uploading their CV and letter of motivation through the "I'm interested" button in our online recruitment system before December 31st, 2019

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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