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Consultancy on Access to Finance in Kosovo – Sustainable and Inclusive Rural Economic Development, SIRED project in Kosovo
Please note that this is a short version of the Terms of Reference (ToR) for this assignment. The full version incl. application procedure and annex 1 (log frame) can be found on the marked links. Caritas Switzerland is an independent Swiss NGO, engaged in Switzerland and in more than 20 countries worldwide, including Kosovo. Our mission is to prevent, combat and eradicate poverty in a sustainable manner. To achieve this goal, Caritas employs a policy of equity: we support inclusive communities with opportunities for everyone regardless of their ethnic background, group affiliation or gender. Caritas Switzerland has been working in Kosovo since 1999, focusing on social inclusion, rural development and rehabilitation. Based on the Strategy 2021-2025, our central themes are Income, Climate Change and Migration. Caritas Switzerland in Kosovo is implementing a highly regarded agricultural project which aims at contributing to socio-economic development of the country by supporting farmers and the sector in income generation and new employment opportunities, funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation and Prishtina municipality. In particular, the SIRED project contributes to more sustainable and inclusive market systems through increasing participations of producers and market actors and enhancing their income and productivity, thus contributing to poverty reduction for rural populations, particularly women and marginalized groups. The main Objective/Purpose of this assignment is facilitating Access to Finance for approximately 40 agribusinesses to increase financial capital and sustainable investments and to coach smaller agribusinesses in financial literacy and to help them regarding self-financing their businesses. In particular, the assignment comprises within the value chains of berries, non-timber forest products and medicinal and herbal plants.
Deliverables and Timeframe 
The assignment is planned to start beginning of February 2022 earliest and to be completed by November 2022. The submission of the final report until 30 November 2022. A maximum of 76 working days are foreseen for a team of an international and local expert jointly (each with 38 days). Deliverables (in English) include an inception report, the presentation of preliminary findings and a final consultancy report. 

Qualifications (international expert) 
  • At least 7 years overall professional experience and Master degree in a relevant field such as International Finance, Economics/Planning, Agriculture, Management and any other related university degree; 
  • At least 5 years of experience in working with international development cooperation; 
  • Experience in at least 3 countries with access to finance as team leader; 
  • Working experience in the Balkans is preferred; Knowledge of Albanian or Serbian is a plus; 
  • Profound technical expertise in the field of access to finance in the agriculture sector; 
  • Ability to train in access to finance; 
  • Fluency in English. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. 
  • Knowledge on the MSD approach is considered an asset. 

Offer Submission 
Please submit your application in line with the ToR by 20.01.2022 with the subject REF: “Access to Finance” to kosovo@caritas.ch with vrruka@caritas.ch in cc.

Please find the ToR for further information on the consultancy and the application procedure on the marked links above.
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