• Commodity Trade Platform Consultant, Bangladesh

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    Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society.


    Commodity Trade Platform Consultant, Bangladesh 


    ACDI/VOCA is seeking a consultant for its Feed the Future Bangladesh Rice and Diversified Crops (RDC) activity to support the creation of a commodity trading platform. The primary objective of establishing a trade platform would be to address the fragmented nature of agricultural trade and enhance efficiencies to the benefit of farmers. RDC has been in contact with various stakeholders who have indicated that they would be interested in establishing or using a trade platform. This model has been used successfully elsewhere (Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria) but is a new initiative for Bangladesh. RDC intends to determine what would be required in order to establish a commodity trade platform, including analysis of: platform requirements, warehousing, certification services, regulatory framework, collateral management services and financial institutions. As per the parameters of the deliverables required, a roadmap will be developed based on the experience of the service provider.


    Estimated Level of Effort (LOE) is 18 person/days within the timeline of September 1st  to November 30th  2019.


    1. Develop an in-depth understanding of the broader landscape of commodity trading in Bangladesh using desk reviews of relevant literature, in-depth interviews with potential market players and focus groups with key informants.
    2. Outline a business case for offering a warehouse receipt system aligned with effective function of this trade platform.
    3. Provide an oral debrief, after the initial in country visit with the RDC Chief of Party and senior management as well as representatives from USAID/Bangladesh on the outcome of the exploration and road maps.
    4. Document and present findings from the exploration in a clear, concise and usable format following the visit to Bangladesh. This would include a “road map” based on findings with recommendations on how RDC could best promote identified opportunities in order to facilitate and develop models for agricultural commodity trading in the agriculture sector in Bangladesh.
    5. Potentially, host an exposure visit for interested market actors to view the workings of a commodity trade platform in a developing economy context. 


    • Advanced degree in MIS, computer science, finance, business, economic development, agriculture or another related field required
    • In-depth understanding and experience of establishing a Commodity Exchange Platform and implementing structured market approaches, preferably in developing economies.
    • Broad understanding and experience of international development approaches and developing economies required.
    • Experience in establishing collateral management systems, warehouse certification and related insurance products.
    • Experience in technology application with integrated functionalities to support WRS financing, market information and commodity exchange trading.
    • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and on long-term planning.
    • Demonstrated capacity to analyze complex issues, draw relevant conclusions and produce a comprehensive technical report.
    • Cultural sensitivity, particularly in multiethnic and multi-religious contexts.
    • Fluency in English required.

    Please apply directly online at The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.  


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