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Human Resources Development Expert to UNNATI

UNNATI - Inclusive Growth Programme in Nepal is at national level, but with focus on seven districts in the Eastern Development Region (EDR). The programme focuses on support to the private sector, and to local government through the Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads (DoLIDAR) and the District Development Committees (DDCs) in the programme districts. The budget for the programme is approximately USD 70 million for the five-year period. The overall objective is promotion of sustainable inclusive growth that reduces poverty and raises living standards. UNNATI builds on three pillars of The Value Chain Component; The Infrastructure Component and The Enabling Environment Component. The three components are interlinked with the Value Chain Component as the core of the programme. ORGUT is contracted by Danida as the Management Contractor (MC) and provides the technical assistance to one sub-component of the Value Chain Component (1.1 Selected Value Chains) and to the entire Infrastructure Component (Component 2).

A key feature of the Programme is to build capacity and develop human resources. A framework for capacity building and HRD was therefore commenced during the Inception Period. The HRD expert was to provide support in designing a range of capacity development services such as organisational support and training, to support cooperatives and businesses to access new markets, linking processors and exporters to farmer’s organisations, and promoting business arrangements between processors and exporters on one hand and farmers on the other. The aim was to design a capacity building plan through which smallholders could gain better access to market information, benefit from reduced transaction costs and boost their bargaining power to influence policy and law making through their producer organisations.