Vertical Biodiversity Fund

Marketing Consultant

Vertical Biodiversity Fund

Marketing Consultant

The Vertical Biodiversity Fund (VBF) is a non-profit making company based in the Eastern Region of Nepal registered in 2017. We are working with farmers, youth, and local communities across a vertical gradient from Koshi Tappu to Kanchenjunga to protect the natural environment and to support farmers to grow organic and nutritious fruits and vegetables. In collaboration with KTK-BELT, the goal of the VBF is to become the Nepali operational entity to run the “Vertical University project” in collaboration with other local partners and stakeholders. 

Marketing Consultant

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Timing: The position will be for one month 
Remuneration: Please send your expected salary
Duty Station: Kathmandu primarily with one time travel to the field

Job Description:

We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible to help coordinate and plan our practical and technical agriculture work on the ground in eastern Nepal. The position requires at least 5 years of experience in sales and marketing of agriculture, particularly organic agriculture, in Nepal. The incumbent must be able to do market research, survey, find markets and develop business plans. 

The position requires a passion for agro-forestry and a high degree of sensitivity to biodiversity and ecological approaches to agriculture, as per the Vertical Farm model and principles. The incumbent must possess sensitivity also to caste, gender, and economic class. Strong communications skills and an ability to work with farmers on the ground is essential.  

Vertical Farm Marketing 

  • Establish proper systems of information flow and linkages between the farms and the sales and marketing in Kathmandu so that there is a proper system in place with checks and balances for production to reach market
  • Draft overall business plan and strategy to ensure revenue flows, while eventually making the farms self-sustaining and also profitable so that the programs can start to be funded by farm revenue
  • Make sure production is tied to product demand
  • Communicate with the sales and marketing team in Kathmandu to give or receive updates, ensuring that production and sales are harmonized
  • Supervise the storage, packaging and shipment of farm produce in line with the project’s sustainability values
  • Provide the sales and marketing team with regularly updated production forecasts so they can plan their client base and sales approach accordingly
  • Lead with marketing and outreach efforts of Vertical Farm

Qualification, Experience & Attributes Desired

  • Strong technical background on sales and marketing
  • Minimum: Masters in Agriculture, Botany, or related field with 5 years’ experience in managing an organic farm
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in successfully managing all operations of a working organic farm including farm design, livestock and compost systems, fruit and vegetable farming, seasonal staple crops farming, and creating market linkages
  • Extensive knowledge of local varieties and their properties
  • Strong expertise in fruit and vegetable farming and growing crops from seed
  • Strong in creating forecasts of production and developing strategies linked to farmers markets and home delivery in Kathmandu
  • Skilled in value chain design and implementation to ensure quality and hygiene of products
  • Ability to take direction and feedback from senior staff and ensure/monitor that activities are in line with outlined project goals
  • Energetic, hard-working, and team player who thinks ahead is goal oriented
  • Permaculture Design Course certification a plus. Organic agriculture training coursework required
  • Women and indigenous minorities highly encouraged to apply
  • Able to work in the field, outdoors carrying out repetitive physical work a must (good physical fitness required)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with farmers
  • Incumbents owning Laptop and two wheeler are given preference

Applying Procedure

Please submit a one-page cover letter, updated CV, and 3 references of those directly familiar with your agriculture work history, with a range for salary expectations to [email protected]

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