ACDI/VOCA

  • Cost Benefit Analysis Expert

    Job Location
    KG-Osh
    Type
    Short-term
  • Overview

    The USAID Agro Horizon Project promotes economic growth by increasing employment in the agricultural sector, especially for women and youth, while improving the availability of nutritious foods and increasing the market share of the targeted crops in both domestic and foreign markets. The geographic focus areas of Agro Horizon comprise Osh, Batken, Jalalabad, and Naryn oblasts.  The project’s programming employs a market systems approach and promotes inclusive value chains development. Agro Horizon provides support to SMEs operating in target value chains in development of their supply base, adoption of quality and food safety management systems, and marketing of processed products.

     

    Agro Horizon Project facilitated establishment of an edible oil production facility in Uzgen, Osh oblast with the capacity to process 15 thousand tons of oil crops per year. The facility can produce oil from safflower, soybean, rapeseed, cotton seed. Raw material prices as well as profitability is determined by oil content in alternative types of raw material and differs significantly. The role of Cost Benefit Analysis Expert is centered on determining economic feasibility of using alternative types of raw materials for oil production.

    Responsibilities

    • Calculate the costs of oil production including but not limited to cost of raw materials, solvent consumption per unit of product, auxiliary and packaging materials, fuel and energy costs, labor costs, overhead costs, operational costs, depreciation, etc.
    • Automate calculation of production costs, considering the variable costs in 1C accounting software;
    • Train accountants of the private sector partner on the automated calculation of production costs using the 1C Accounting software;
    • Analyze all the costs and revenues associated with production of oil from alternative raw materials, including costs of changing production processes/equipment, revenues from sales of byproducts, transaction costs of selling oil from alternative oil crops;
    • Calculate profitability and break-even point of producing oil from currently used and alternative oil crops;
    • Conduct comparative analysis of producing oil from alternative raw materials;
    • Analyze risks, associated with switching to alternative raw materials;
    • Conduct presentation of key results of the assignment for Agro Horizon staff and private sector partner.

    Qualifications

    • Minimum bachelor’s degree in economics, business administration, financial management or relevant field, advanced degree preferred;
    • Minimum 5 years of experience in conducting economic or financial analysis in value chains, food processing industry; strong knowledge of economic and financial modelling methods and tools;
    • Excellent knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards and 1C Accounting software (version 8.3);
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
    • Availability to travel throughout the region of the assignment;
    • Fluent knowledge of Russian is required; English language skills desired.

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