Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) is a non-profit international development organization aiming at creating value for smallholders in Asia, Africa and Latin America by promoting sustainable agriculture technologies and activation of value chains that help farmers to increase food production, improve access to markets, and mitigate risks. SFSA, with its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland focuses on scalable innovations and act as a catalyst and incubator. Syngenta Foundation’s presence in Bangladesh since 2011 and has been implementing several cutting edge agricultural development projects for improving the income and livelihood opportunities of smallholders in Bangladesh.

SFSA Bangladesh is implementing a project titled ‘Promoting Risk Management Measures for Climate Change Adaptation (Surokkha)’ envisions that enhance the resilience of small farmer through climate insurance. Project aims to adequate risk mitigation measures, farmers’ literacy trainings and agricultural extension services and to disseminate the knowledge and experiences of crop insurance pilots. Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture Bangladesh (SFSA Bangladesh) will act as a facilitator for climate change adaptation on crop production through extension service, appropriate crop insurance product design, distribution, awareness partnering with insurer, aggregator and other related stakeholders. Surokkha, a 4-years long project is co-funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA).

SFSA Bangladesh is looking for an experienced and proven business leader to fill up the position of
Insurance Technical Coordinator - Bangladesh

Department or Function : SFSA Agriculture Insurance Solutions
Contract Type : Regular Position of the Project; Initially for one year
Reports to : SFSA Head of Global Insurance Solutions & SFSA Bangladesh Country Director
Location : Dhaka, Bangladesh

Role Profile:

The position is the focal contact point for Syngenta Foundation’s Agricultural Insurance Team in Bangladesh and the responsibilities are;

  • To drive the assessment of opportunities for agricultural insurance in Bangladesh
  • Coordinating diverse stakeholders and clients
  • Co-designing & implementing innovative products to mitigate risks for smallholder farmers
  • Supporting new country expansion
  • Project End-to-End management, including impact assessment to foster improvements & sustain product implementation.

ACCOUNTABILITIES in coordination and under supervision of SFSA - Head of Global Insurance Solutions and SFSA Bangladesh Country Director

1. Strategy

  • Help SFSA AIS team shape their mission, vision, and short/long term goals in Bangladesh
  • Develop and implement Insurance strategy in Bangladesh

2. Organization

  • Create and strengthen business systems and standard operating processes
  • Provide general oversight of all company activities, manage the day-to-day operations and ensure a smoothly functioning, efficient organization.

3. Commercial Operations

  • Oversee development and implementation of further innovative agricultural micro-insurance products
  • Build sustainable relationships with insurers, reinsurance, Agri-sector partners, regulators, donors and investors
  • Ensure program/service quality and organization stability through implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures and regular evaluation.

4. Financial Performance

  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, regularly evaluate product portfolio to assess success and take corrective action where needed

5. Financial & Back Office Management

  • Financial management of the annual budget
  • Manage compliance and internal communications

6. Governance

  • Communicate to the internal AIS team, funders, and other constituents on Company performance
  • Lead the insurance team in Bangladesh
  • Motivate and build the capacity of the senior team to attain Company goals

7. Stakeholder Engagement & Influencing

  • Primary focus to support the development of agricultural insurance in conjunction with local partners in Bangladesh.
  • Interface with and coordinate diverse national stakeholders as needed to enact meaningful country impact in agricultural insurance led by SFSA. Stakeholders and partners include:
    • Public sector (development banks, donors, governments, NGOs);
    • Private sector (input companies, investors, MFIs, banks, agribusinesses, reinsurers, insurers);
    • Financial sponsors; and
    • Partners with technical expertise and field teams

Key Skills and Competencies:

1. Strategy Execution

  • Proven ability to shape and implement a clear business strategy
  • Track record of delivering bottom line performance against plans
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set and experience in setting up greenfield or start-up operations; self-starter

2. Leadership

  • Provide inspiration, passion and enthusiasm
  • Prior experience in managing and motivating a diverse group of employees
  • Lead others towards high level of performance

3. Understanding of Social Business, Government & Industry Processes

  • Deep commitment to social change through innovative/impact business
  • Demonstrate understanding of agriculture industry, financial industry including insurance and the role of government and regulators

4. Communication Skills

  • Good communication skills, including writing and presentation ability, are essential
  • Good listener with an ability to understand new customers’ concerns and an ability to translate this into new products/product modifications or support services

Required Technical, Professional and Personal Skills:

1. Relevant Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of senior executive management position in a commercial business or development organization
  • Experience of working in businesses serving low income customers and/or beneficiaries in Bangladesh is strongly preferred
  • Experience of leading start-ups through to stable growth phase is strongly preferred
  • Experience within the financial services (including Insurance) industry is strongly preferred
  • Experience in Agri-business will be a significant added advantage

2. Skills & Abilities

  • Strong sales and marketing background
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building and management skills
  • Good financial governance and planning skills
  • Interest/ability to recognize client needs and drive product definition and development

3. Knowledge

  • Advanced degree, ideally an MBA or other high level business or financial qualification
  • Good understanding of social enterprises and their operating environment

Must be a Bangladeshi national with strong understanding of agricultural sector and prepared to work with smallholders in Bangladesh.  

Application Instruction:

Only those who meet the above requirements are requested toemail CV along with one-page motivational letter and a recent passport size photograph to the mentioning the position applied on the subject line by close of business (COB) of 20 January 2019. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. Women are encouraged to apply.
SFSA Bangladesh is an equal opportunity employer.

All applications will be treated according to the merit and with strict confidentiality.
No phone call will be entertained.