International Technical Consultant- AgriBusiness Investment Project

International Technical Consultant- AgriBusiness Investment Project

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the USAID/Nigeria Agri-Business Investment Project. The Agribusiness activity will strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture in four broad but inter-related areas a) promote smart and efficient regulation in agriculture; b) expand access to finance by mitigating credit risks of agribusinesses and supporting the growth of innovative financing schemes; c) provide firm level assistance to agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale and; d) integrate various cross-cutting themes into all Agribusiness activities.

 

Position Description:

The International Technical Consultant will support the capture effort and proposal technical design for the Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Project, including conducting field research, providing written input, and supporting logistics and recruitment throughout the entire bid. 

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience in agribusiness development with a focus on agribusiness investment;
  • Experience engaging public and private sector institutions to promote private sector investment in agriculture;
  • Experience designing and/or managing agribusiness development projects;
  • Regional experience required, Nigeria experience highly desired;
  • International donor experience required, USAID program experience preferred;
  • Master’s Degree in related field required, PhD preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal English language skills required.

ISTTA: On-farm Water Management (HEIS-Drip Irrigation) & Fertigation for HVOSV Sector

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Project Name: CNFA-AMD/ Project Number AID-391-C-15-00003

Consultancy Assignment: ISTTA Consultant  – High Value/Off Season Vegetable Program

Consultant Title: ISTTA for  On farm water management (HEIS-Drip Irrigation) &  fertigation for HVOSV sector. .

Reports to: Chief Technical Advisor& Senior Value Chain Specialist – AMD

Place of Performance: Punjab

LOE: 21 Days

Est. Period of Performance: July 17 to August 12,2017

Project Description

 

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture. This is envisioned to be achieved through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demands and requirements in AMD’s four targeted product lines: Citrus, Mango, High Value/Off Season Vegetables and Livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector-led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrades, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, and an increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.

Background Information

 

The horticulture sector contributes about 12% of GDP and provides employment and incomes to several actors along the value chains. An estimated 13.67 MMT of horticultural products are grown annually with post-harvest losses averaging about 25%.  Only 4% of the annual production is exported, garnering less than 50% of average world prices due to poor quality of produce and to sales in low-value markets.

Most fruits and vegetables are sold in fresh form.  Little value is added in the way of sorting, grading, or packaging and post-harvest losses are unsustainably high. A very low percentage of fruits and vegetables are processed.  Farmers face numerous challenges maintaining product value from harvest to market.  The limited availability of cold chain facilities is a major constraint, resulting in products with a short shelf life that quickly loses its freshness.

 

 

Over 35 kinds of vegetables are grown in various ecological zones in Pakistan. At the moment Pakistan is exporting very limited number and quantity of vegetables mainly to GCC, some European countries and neighboring Afghanistan.  Vegetable production in Pakistan, especially HV/OSV, faces marketing constraints due to a lack of post-harvest handling facilities for grading, sorting, packaging, pre-cooling and cold storage. According to estimates, up-to 40% of fresh produce is lost at post-harvest stage. Amongst other reasons, the prime reason for these losses is the absence of field heat removal and cold chain management at all levels. AMD aims to strengthen the HV/OSV value chain by partnering with private-sector investors to upgrade or establish centralized grading, packing and refrigerated cold storage hubs.

As part of an integrated strategy to formalize a consistent and improved supply of produce, where appropriate, AMD intends to support competitively selected businesses to establish/upgrade cold chain facilities at processor level, which will reduce post-harvest losses and increase marketing time for the fresh vegetables.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

AMD intends to hire an international Horticulture (specialized in vegetable production under controlled production systems with HEIS to support the fertigation).

LOE, Period and Place of Performance

The level of effort (LOE) and the periods for this consultancy include 21 days around July 15 onward.

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment::21 Days 

Assignment Scope

  • Demonstrate hands on training and TA for use of High efficiency irrigation systems particularly drip irrigation for the best use of water and water conservation as a resource. Also demonstrate the use of controlled fertilizer application through fertigation systems. 
  • Scoping for Greenhouse and semi controlled HVOSV for water management and HEIS systems at selected program sites
  • Detailed GAP analysis for technology use for precision irrigation and water management to enhance the water use efficiency  and precision in input use for fertilizers and nutrients.
  • High efficiency irrigation system- in the controlled and semi controlled green houses, vegetable tunnels
  • HEIS for open field and low tunnels of vegetable production systems at AMD selected sites.
  • Onsite trainings for irrigation requirements according to the environment and phonological stages of summer and winter vegetables.
  • Application dose and time of fertilizers and micro nutrients with safe use of water to enhance the quality and production of vegetables under controlled environment.
  • Develop appropriate strategies to assist program beneficiaries for better water harvest under HEIS systems for high value vegetable to enhance the quality and meet the food safety standards for high end export markets.

Deliverables

  • Develop a detailed plan and a brief suggested methodology during the period of assignment and get it approved by AMD COP or his designee.  This should be finalized prior to travel to Pakistan;   
  • Evaluate present issues of the vegetable sector and make commendations to stakeholders in Pakistan;
  • Assist the HV/OSV grantees to link with value added businesses for the marketing of B & C grade natural produce for value addition;
  • Provide 1-page biweekly updates to the COP, or his designee;
  • Submit the draft of the final report along with power point presentation to CNFA within 10 business days after the Design and Recommendations of the Horticulture Value Chain activity    
  • Submit Final Report along with power point presentation to CNFA, using AMD template, within 5 business days upon completion of the assignment.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to design and development of vegetable production, processing, and handling practices interventions.

Qualifications

  • Graduate or doctorate degree in Agriculture, horticulture, Agribusiness or other related field;
  • Over 10 year’s practical industry experience in use of Drip Irrigation and controlled environment plant production systems including greenhouses, shade-houses.
  • Work experience with international donors, preferably with USAID-sponsored programs or other similar development projects;
  • Demonstrated understanding of Pakistan and/or the region, a plus.
  • Hands on experience in sourcing of raw material, nutrients, growth regulators, packaging material, washing, grading, transportation and marketing both local as well as international markets.
  • Hands on experience in Good Agricultural practices and Global GAP certification for individual growers and groups.
  • Understanding of phyto sanitary practices and regulations for compliance.
  • Experience in training and development of workers in greenhouse production

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ISTTA: Controlled Atmosphere Vegetable Production

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Project Name: CNFA-AMD

Consultancy Assignment: ISTTA Consultant  –  High Value/Off Season Vegetable Program

Consultant Title: ISTTA for Controlled Atmosphere Vegetable production for quality improvement, and food safety standards to high end export markets..

Reports to: Chief Technical Advisor & Senior Value Chain Specialist – AMD

Place of Performance: Lahore  and adjoining production areas -Punjab

LOE: 21 Days

Est. Period of Performance: July 17 to August 12,2017

Project Description

 

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture. This is envisioned to be achieved through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demands and requirements in AMD’s four targeted product lines: Citrus, Mango, High Value/Off Season Vegetables and Livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector-led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrades, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, and an increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.

Background Information

 

The horticulture sector contributes about 12% of GDP and provides employment and incomes to several actors along the value chains. An estimated 13.67 MMT of horticultural products are grown annually with post-harvest losses averaging about 25%.  Only 4% of the annual production is exported, garnering less than 50% of average world prices due to poor quality of produce and to sales in low-value markets.

Most fruits and vegetables are sold in fresh form.  Little value is added in the way of sorting, grading, or packaging and post-harvest losses are unsustainably high. A very low percentage of fruits and vegetables are processed.  Farmers face numerous challenges maintaining product value from harvest to market.  The limited availability of cold chain facilities is a major constraint, resulting in products with a short shelf life that quickly loses its freshness.

The challenges faced by the horticulture sector include low quality inputs and lack of knowledge of modern farming practices; limited value addition; poor post-harvest handling; inadequate storage and transport facilities; weak market linkages and lack of market information; limited access to finance by agribusinesses; lack of compliance in grading, sorting and quality assurance standards; and limited farmer organization/associations.

The Pakistani horticulture sector is currently unable to meet the stringent phyto-sanitary requirements of the major markets of Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, the European Union and the US, which limits its exports to regional and global markets. 

Over 35 kinds of vegetables are grown in various ecological zones in Pakistan. At the moment Pakistan is exporting very limited number and quantity of vegetables mainly to GCC, some European countries and neighboring Afghanistan.  Vegetable production in Pakistan, especially HV/OSV, faces marketing constraints due to a lack of post-harvest handling facilities for grading, sorting, packaging, pre-cooling and cold storage. According to estimates, up-to 40% of fresh produce is lost at post-harvest stage. Amongst other reasons, the prime reason for these losses is the absence of field heat removal and cold chain management at all levels. AMD aims to strengthen the HV/OSV value chain by partnering with private-sector investors to upgrade or establish centralized grading, packing and refrigerated cold storage hubs.

As part of an integrated strategy to formalize a consistent and improved supply of produce, where appropriate, AMD intends to support competitively selected businesses to establish/upgrade cold chain facilities at processor level, which will reduce post-harvest losses and increase marketing time for the fresh vegetables.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

AMD intends to hire an international Horticulture (specialized in vegetable production, harvest and Post-harvest handling of vegetables under controlled and semi controlled systems.)

LOE, Period and Place of Performance

The level of effort (LOE) and the periods for this consultancy include 21 days around July 15 onward.

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment: :21 Days 

Assignment Scope

  • Demonstrate hands on training and TA in controlled vegetable production for summer and winter vegetables, harvest, processing, post-harvest handling and market linkage development in local and export market.. Also demonstrate the use of computer for data recording and cost benefit analysis.
  • Scoping for Greenhouse and semi controlled HVOV production at selected program sites
  • Detailed GAP analysis for technology use and efficiency, input supplies, post-harvest practices, cold chains, local and international markets.
  • Best High value and off season vegetable farming and production at AMD identified farms (s)
  • Integrated farm management  and establishment of green house
  • Onsite trainings for production practices, nutrients and input applications under SPS regime and  according to the environment and phonological stages of summer and winter vegetables.
  • Onsite handling and grading of vegetables on the basis of size and appearance as A, B & C grades for high end local market and export markets.
  • Post- harvest best practices (Packing, labelling and branding)
  • Develop appropriate strategies to assist program beneficiaries in improved and best management practices in vegetable field operations, moreover, link them to the packinghouses to get a better price for their product

Deliverables

  • Develop a detailed plan and a brief suggested methodology during the period of assignment and get it approved by AMD COP or his designee.  This should be finalized prior to travel to Pakistan;   
  • Evaluate present issues of the vegetable sector and make commendations to stakeholders in Pakistan;
  • Assist the HV/OSV stakeholders  to link with value added businesses for the marketing of B & C grade natural produce for value addition;
  • Provide 1-page biweekly updates to the COP, or his designee;
  • Submit the draft of the final report along with power point presentation to CNFA within 10 business days after the Design and Recommendations of the Horticulture Value Chain activity    
  • Submit Final Report along with power point presentation to CNFA, using AMD template, within 5 business days upon completion of the assignment.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to design and development of vegetable production, processing, and handling practices interventions.

Qualifications

  • Graduate or doctorate degree in Agriculture, horticulture, Agribusiness or other related field;
  • Over 10 year’s practical industry experience in use of Drip Irrigation and controlled environment plant production systems including greenhouses, shade-houses.
  • Work experience with international donors, preferably with USAID-sponsored programs or other similar development projects;
  • Demonstrated understanding of Pakistan and/or the region, a plus.
  • Hands on experience in sourcing of raw material, nutrients, growth regulators, packaging material, washing, grading, transportation and marketing both local as well as international markets.
  • Hands on experience in Good Agricultural practices and Global GAP certification for individual growers and groups.
  • Understanding of phyto sanitary practices and regulations for compliance.
  • Experience in training and development of workers in greenhouse production

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STTA: Maize and Soy Value Chain Consultant

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Project background:

 

CNFA is seeking local or international candidates for a short-term consultancy to support a public-private program in northern Nigeria. The recently awarded USAID Feed-the-Future program will improve the supply chain of maize and soy, reducing aflatoxin and other contaminants by working with farmers, supply chain intermediaries, and input providers.

 

Consultancy Summary:

 

The goal of this assignment is to provide support and leadership to immediately begin developing technical program activities upon program award. The consultant will work jointly with Nigerian and international technical specialists and the CNFA start-up team to meet early program deliverables as detailed below. This consultancy has an estimated level of effort of 40 days and will require travel to Kaduna State, Nigeria. The anticipated timing of the assignment is mid-June to mid-August 2017

Specific tasks include:

  • Participate in program workplanning sessions, providing technical expertise for working with smallholder farmers and other value chain players to reduce aflatoxin contamination in maize. 
  • Identify and review existing aflatoxin training materials from USAID, the program’s private sector partner, and other sources.
  • Support the development of aflatoxin training curriculum for lead farmers and develop plan for conducting lead farmer training of trainers. 
  • Conduct outreach and rapid training of maize aggregators and input suppliers using existing training materials through a stakeholder workshop.
  • Identify actionable recommended next steps.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience planning and implementing aflatoxin-related programming for maize and/or soy with smallholder farmers required.
  • Experience developing training materials for use by smallholder farmers required.
  • Previous experience in Nigeria preferred.
  • English proficiency and excellent written communications skills.

STTA: LADA PERSUAP and Environmental Management

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A.    BACKGROUND

 

LADA is a four-year, $19.3 million USAID-funded project that aims to improve the agricultural development and food security initiatives at the community- and national-level in Liberia. The LADA project aims to strengthen “aggregation clusters” through facilitating business relationships that link suppliers, producers, processors, buyers, and investors so that all actors along the value chain can benefit from sustainable growth. The goal of LADA is to increase the incomes of smallholder farmers through increased private sector investment in the Liberian agribusiness sector. To achieve this goal, CNFA will improve access to finance, quality inputs, mechanization, agricultural advice, and market linkages so that Liberian smallholder farmers can increase their production and participation in the market, using a value chain approach.

 

Risks are inevitably present with the use of pesticides and similar chemicals used for agricultural crop and livestock production and processing. In addition to required compliance, the PERSUAP provides project implementers with the most common risks likely to be encountered. It contains or references recommended mitigation measures and international best practices to reduce each risk. Beyond compliance, this document offers best practices and helps ensure that projects reduce the chances for errors and liability. Before errors (such as human poisonings) occur, it is the responsibility of USAID project implementers to put these mitigation recommendations into action. Implementers will then monitor changes in risks, impacts and mitigation success using EMMPs (Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plans).

 

LADA is currently working in five value chains: Rice, Cassava, Vegetable, Cocoa, and Aquaculture. The Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) did not cover cocoa and aquaculture and therefore, activities under these two new value chains cannot be undertaken until an amendment is made to the current IEE. The main objective of LADA’s interventions in the cocoa value chain is to enable the production of reliable quantities of certified, high-quality cocoa for a range of uses, thereby ensuring sustainable livelihoods for more Liberian cocoa farmers and other value chain participants. To achieve this objective, LADA will catalyze private sector investment and commercial finance to the cocoa sub-sector and expand commercially sustainable linkages between agro-input dealers, smallholder farmer groups, and post-harvest enterprises through implementation of the following activities.

 

Activities under the aquaculture value chain will include access to improved breeding stock, fingerlings, locally produced fish feed, and best production practices (stock management and post-harvest handling practices) are major challenges hindering the ability of SHF to increase production to meet household consumption levels and market demand. To address these challenges, LADA will work with smallholder aquaculture farmers and other sector actors, including non-farm SMEs to increase access to finance for enterprise development, and will provide technical assistance to fish farmers and aggregators on topics such as local fish feed formulation, processing, and use; post-harvest handling; and business development services.

 

CNFA is required to prepare an Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan, based on the proposed activities and the findings in the Initial Environmental Evaluation (IEE), and a Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safe Use and Action Plan (PERSUAP). The PERSUAP evaluates background and risks across the inputs sectors in Liberia, including treatment of seed, field crops, greenhouse crops, and livestock as well as processing. It promotes the use of preventive and curative Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs).  It analyzes pesticide active ingredients registered for use in Liberia and recommends against use of pesticides containing active ingredients that are: Not EPA-registered, Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs), Class I, Known Carcinogens, and Known Water Pollutants. 

 

OBJECTIVES 

The objective of this assignment is review and finalize LADA Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safe Use and Action Plan (PERSUAP), currently in draft. The goal of this PERSUAP is to bring the LADA activity into compliance with USAID’s environmental regulations (22 CFR 216) on pesticide use. The PERSUAP finalized under this scope of work is expected to be applicable to other CNFA/ Liberia projects that may be involved with pesticide recommendations, distribution or sale.

 

The draft PERSUAP identifies available pesticides and their applicability to the current crop regimes in Liberia, as well as provides recommendations and information about their handling, use and disposal. 

 

C.    PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

A local or international consultant will be coupled with one or more local staff of LADA to support him/her in development and delivery of the following tasks:

 

Objective 1. Review LADA Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP)

·         Review design procedures for Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) to be carried out at sites or facilities of organizations identified as potential recipients for support under LADA to document any potential environmental concerns and integrate any environment-related liability into final planning documents. The EDD must include any design work and engineering studies in support of post-harvest investments in equipment/infrastructure.

 

·         Review design procedures and questionnaire for Cleaner Production and Pollution Prevention (CP/P2) Assessments that may need to be conducted in case production and processing facilities receive project support to upgrade production quality to meet domestic and export market requirements.

·         Identify and describe the actions required to address all IEE conditions pertaining to LADA activities for inclusion in the project work plan.

 

Objective 2.  Revise and update a Pesticide Evaluation Report (PER).The PER section addresses the 12 informational elements required in USAID’s Pesticide Procedures, which include:

·         USEPA registration status of the proposed pesticide;

·         Basis for selection of the pesticide;

·         Extent to which the proposed pesticide use is, or could be, part of an IPM program;

·         Proposed method or methods of application, including the availability of application and safety equipment;

·         Any acute and long-term toxicological hazards, either human or environmental, associated with the proposed use, and measures available to minimize such hazards;

·         Effectiveness of the requested pesticide for the proposed use;

·         Compatibility of the proposed pesticide use with target and non-target ecosystems;

·         Conditions under which the pesticide is to be used, including climate, flora, fauna, geography, hydrology, and soils;

·         Availability of other pesticides or non-chemical control methods;

·         Host country’s ability to regulate or control the distribution, storage, use, and disposal of the requested pesticide;

·         Provision for training of users and applicators; and

·         Provision made for monitoring the use and effectiveness of this pesticide.

 

Objective 3. Complete a recognizable Safer Use Action Plan (SUAP). The SUAP puts the conclusions reached in the PER into an action plan, including assignment of responsibility to appropriate parties connected with USAID project pesticide activities.

Period of Performance: ASAP – 5 days of LOE anticipated  

Deliverables

  • Revised outline for a LADA EMMP and PERSUAP; 
  • Revised amendment to current IEE, covering cocoa and aquaculture, and include Climate Risk Management Summary;
  • Approval Factsheet and summary recommendations section;
  • Finalized EMMP and PERSUAP documents for submission to USAID for approval; and
  • A brief report outlining main aspects and key takeaways of the consultancy.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences or equivalent;
  • Minimum of 10 years of work experience in Environmental and social assessments;
  • Have carried out or participated in at least one mission to the field for environmental and social assessments of projects in West Africa during the last five years;
  • Deep knowledge of environmental and social safeguard policies and a good knowledge of Liberia’s related laws and regulations;
  • Fluent in English;
  • Experience in Liberia preferred;
  • Experience working with USAID and other donors;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; and
  • Capacity to interact effectively with people from different cultures and work with governments and donor agencies.

We are seeking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

STTA: Input Supplier Development Consultant

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About FtF Egypt FAS Project

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified Input Supplier Development Consultants for its USAID-funded Feed the Future Egypt, Food-Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) Project.  FtF Egypt FAS is based in Luxor and focuses on agricultural value chain development targeting smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt.

Input Supplier Development Consultant

Working under the direct supervision of the FtF Egypt FAS Chief of Party, and in close coordination with FtF Egypt FAS Grant Team, the STTA Input Supplier Development Consultant will map and survey the input suppliers who support FtF Egypt FAS farmers with the aim of developing grant interventions that will expand the input suppliers’ business model(s) to better support FtF Egypt FAS farmers with higher-quality inputs and enhanced services (e.g. equipment, machinery and demonstration plots) on a commercially viable basis.

Deliverables

STTA Assignment Report in English that: 1) lists the contact information for the farmers and input suppliers visited; 2) the input supplier map; 3) the input supplier questionnaire and presentation; and 4) the Input Supplier Grant Solicitation.

Duration

Up to eight weeks.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • FtF Egypt FAS Project orientation: 1) read the Project’s Technical Application, Quarterly Reports, and CNFA’s Farm Service Center Model; 2) meet with the Project’s Chief of Party, four Component Team Leaders, and Grant Team to learn what they do and understand how input supplier grant funding serves the Project’s goals; 3) meet with Grant Team to learn more about Grants component and understand how grants will provide financial support to input suppliers, as one of value chain actors, with the ultimate goal of filling gaps and improving competitiveness in FtF Egypt FAS crop value chains; and 4) read and discuss the Private Sector solicitation document that was recently developed by FAS Grants Team.
  • Conduct site visits with at least ten FtF Egypt FAS farmer associations/cooperatives in the seven governorates – e.g. one association/cooperative per governorate with the remaining three or more selected during the STTA assignment – served by the Project to identify their respective input suppliers and confirm both the inputs and services that they currently procure and those that they want to procure if they were available. 
  • Develop a map of the input suppliers serving FtF Egypt FAS farmers that shows their location and contact information in Upper Egypt.
  • Draft an input supplier questionnaire to: a) identify the inputs and services they sell; and, b) assess their willingness and financial/technical capacity to expand their business to offer improved inputs and services to FtF Egypt FAS farmers.
  • Interview at least twenty small input suppliers and up to ten large input/equipment/machinery suppliers (Egyptian and international) serving/or potentially serving FtF Egypt FAS farmer associations/cooperatives in all/most of the governorates served by the Project.
  • Present input supplier interview findings to senior FtF Egypt FAS Project staff and recommend at least five opportunities, in priority order, where the Project’s grant program could effectively assist input suppliers’ efforts to offer improved inputs and services to FtF Egypt FAS farmers.
  • If the consultant’s recommendations are approved by the FtF Egypt FAS Chief of Party, draft the Input Supplier Grant Solicitation based on the consultant’s recommendations and in concert with the Project’s Chief of Party and Grant Team.
  • Draft and submit STTA Assignment Report in English that: 1) lists the contact information for the farmers and input suppliers visited; 2) the input supplier map; 3) the input supplier questionnaire and presentation; and 4) the Input Supplier Grant Solicitation.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master’s degree in relevant field is required.
  • Minimum of ten years working in input supplier development in emerging markets.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of USAID regulations governing grant-funded activity.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required. 
  • Willingness to travel and work anywhere in Egypt is required.

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STTA: Development of Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP)

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Background

The Strengthening Agricultural Value Chains and Youth (SAVY) project, is a 5-year, $11 million project that began on October 5, 2016. The goal of SAVY is to facilitate improved agricultural inputs and credit tools, and increased market information and flows along the rice, horticulture, and livestock value chains in Guinea. In close collaboration with the Guinea Agricultural Services (GAS) program (ACDI/VOCA, CNFA, DAI, JSI, OIC, Winrock International), the SAVY project is taking the lead in facilitating and improving agricultural input supply services, financial inclusion, and market facilitation for rural agro-dealers, rural agro-producers, local enterprises, and the Government of Guinea.

 

Project Statement

The Guinea Agricultural Services (GAS) Project, developed by the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Guinea, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Agriculture of Guinea respectively, supports the Development Objective of sustained economic growth for poverty reduction as well as the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative, by applying a value chain approach for increased competitiveness of the Guinean agricultural sector that contributes significantly to economic growth and social progress in rural communities.

 

Funded by USAID, the GAS Project involves partnerships among six international NGOs including ACDI/VOCA, CNFA, DAI, JSI, OICI and Winrock International implementing the GRAND, SAVY, AfricaLead, SPRING, ILADP and SMARTE projects, respectively. Private sector partner organizations SAREF, Rio Tinto Foundation, and SIMFER are built into the project design through USAID GDA mechanisms and support GAS activities related to 1) creation of a wide range of agricultural inputs and credits, 2) development of a network of existing private agricultural service providers, and 3) agricultural training institutions that respond to market needs. The project also seeks partnerships with other private sector and development actors involved in target value chains to strengthen interventions and facilitate youth’s access in the labor market. The overall goal of the GAS project is to enable more Guineans to participate more in, and benefit more from, improvements in the utilization of the country’s natural resources for a sustainable increase in agricultural productivity and profitability in the Guinean small farm sector.

Objective of Consultancy

The SAVY project is looking for an Environmental Management Specialist to conduct initial training for GAS staff on environmental monitoring and reporting; and develop an Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) for the GAS project based on field interviews with stakeholders and observations. The EMMP will identify, based on the Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan (PERSUAP) under development by CADEMUS, aspects of the GAS project that have the potential for adverse impacts on the human and animal health and environment. These anticipated impacts will primarily involve assistance for the use or procurement of agricultural inputs such as pesticides, fertilizers, etc. and therefore activities in this area must comply with the conditions set forth in the PERSUAP. 

 

Due to their potential for adverse environmental impacts, activities under agricultural extension, R&D, training (Component 1), input supply, financial inclusion and market facilitation (Component 2), enabling environment for private sector investment in agricultural sector (Component 3) and nutrition – sensitive agricultural and youth capacity building and women empowerment (Component 4), will require special considerations and actions to identify and mitigate these potential impacts.

 

The potential for adverse environmental impact may include among others habitat conversion, threats to critical habitats for endangered species, soil erosion, use of fertilizers, and water pollution. The EMMP will provide guidance on these potential impacts, appropriate mitigation measures, monitoring measures and a reporting schedule for the responsible parties. Additional GAS activities will be analyzed to identify unpredicted potential for adverse environmental impact. 

 

In order to establish a strong foundation in this area for GAS implementing partners, CNFA is seeking to use a consultancy service of an Environmental Management Specialist to develop an EMMP for the GAS implementation.

 

The mitigation actions to be recommended by the consultant may be supplemented with guidance from the USAID/Africa Bureau Environmental Guidelines for Small-Scale Activities, which can be found at http://www.encapafrica.org/egssaa.htm.

Period of Performance

Timeline: This assignment is planned to take place from June to July 2017. Total LOE for this assignment will not exceed 30 days.

 

Level of Effort: The consultant will have a short-term consultancy agreement with CNFA/SAVY of 1 month (June-July 2017 depending on start date) to complete the tasks.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • An international consultant will be coupled with one or more local staff of SAVY in order to support him/her in development and delivery of the following tasks:
  • Literature review – review existing literature (GAS/Guinea, USAID’s PERSUAP and EMMP, SAVY and SMARTE technical proposals, etc.);
  • Pre-trip kickoff call – teleconference with SAVY and SMARTE project teams prior to field visit to confirm meeting times, mission objectives, interview tools, reporting formats, communication protocols, etc.
  • In- country scoping exercise – in coordination with SAVY and SMARTE teams:
  • Conduct interviews with in-country stakeholders Governmental officials, farm-based organizations, input suppliers, and other actors as necessary to 1) better understand the landscape of agricultural input provision and usage in the country, and 2) identify the level of environmental risk resulting from program activities and assess the status on the ground in terms of existing local environmental policies, mitigation and enforcement practices. This will include travels to GAS intervention area (Mamou, Faranah and Kindia regions of Guinea);
  • Conduct initial training of GAS staff on environmental impacts, compliances and mitigation measures/strategies and reporting.
  • Final report – Based on the findings from the scoping exercise, develop an environmental mitigation monitoring plan (EMMP).

Deliverables

  • A Literature Review report;
  • Summary of interviews conducted;
  • Training Agenda, Materials, and report;
  • Draft report (within 1 week of concluding the scoping mission) – including list of interviews completed, analysis of current state of agricultural input provision and usage in Guinea and provide a framework for environmental compliance reporting to USAID
  • Final report (within 1 week of receiving CNFA comments and feedback) – finalized version of the draft report incorporating comments and feedback provided by CNFA.
  • A brief report outlining main aspects and key takeaways of the consultancy.

Qualifications

  • Have a University degree (or higher) in Environmental Sciences (Bac + 5) or equivalent;
  • Have at least ten (10) years of overall experience including five (5) years in ​​environmental and social assessments;
  • Have participated in at least three (3) environmental and social projects’ impact assessments as the lead in the last ten (10) years;
  • Have carried out or participated in at least one (1) mission to the field for environmental and social assessments of projects in West Africa during the last five (5) years;
  • Deep knowledge of environmental and social safeguard policies and a good knowledge of Guinea’s related laws and regulations;
  • Experience working with USAID
  • Have a perfect command of written and spoken French and English;
  • Knowledge of local languages a plus.
  • Experience in Guinea preferred.

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STTA: Contract Farming Specialist for Citrus, HV/OSV and Mango

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Project Description

The U.S. -Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID-funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in Citrus, Mango, High value/off season vegetable and livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together these approaches will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and more competitive.

 

Background

Exporters of Mango, Kinnow and HV/OSV purchase all, or nearly all, their commodities directly from farmers without oral or written contracts based on crop quality and volume assessments made during the growing season by in-house purchasing agents. The exporters report they have very high annual turnover in the farmers, from whom they make purchases, usually exceeding 50%. Exporters also purchase significant volumes of commodities from wholesale markets. As a consequence, exporters face unknown volumes of products available due to which they are unable to make commitments and assure delivery to their buyers in international markets.

 

The use of contracts between packer/exporter and farmer that specify a base (minimum) price, quantity, quality and timing of the delivery could be a solution to overcome the long-standing informal business model that does not promote a transfer of technology, efficiencies or improvements of quality. Contract farming is based on three main premises:

The exporter commits in advance to purchase a crop or volume and the farmer/producer commits to delivering it.

The contract rests on specific crop production practices to be conducted by the farmer in growing the crop and on

 inputs or services provided by the exporter.

There is an implied differential allocation and sharing of production risk and market risk.

 

When undertaking contractual farming, exporters also need to mitigate their risks. To mitigate their risk, exporters need to provide farmers, at a minimum, with technical advice on crop production practices. As time passes and trust is established, this support can be expanded to include agro-inputs: seeds, fertilizers and crop protection chemicals. To mitigate production risk, farmers need to avail themselves of the inputs offered and be willing to adapt new practices.

 

Objectives of the Technical Assistance

The prime objective of this consultancy assignment is for the ISTTA to work with AMD’s partner exporters in Citrus, Mango and HV/OSV and build their capacity so that they can undertake contractual farming. Key in this capacity building will be to show exporters the benefits and importance of contractual farming.

 

It is envisioned that the ISTTA will spend 6 working days on each of the three product lines (Citrus, Mango and HV/OSV). This will include the development of training modules, visits to exporters for one on one meeting to discuss contractual farming and review the training modules developed.

Place of Performance

Pakistan with travel to grantee sites in Punjab and Sindh

Estimated Period of Performance

May 1st to June 15th 

LOE

24 working days (including 2 travel days, 19 days in country and 3 days report writing and planning from home base)

Assignment Scope

  • Coordinate with the AMD marketing and program team for development of work plan including exporter visit schedule;
  • Develop training modules for Citrus, Mango and HV/OSV to build capacity of exporters on contractual farming;
  • Conduct visits and one on one meetings with exporters of Citrus, Mango and HV/OSV to discuss the benefits and need for contractual farming including overview of the training modules developed as well as what kind of inducements exporters should offer to farmers (technical information, inputs etc.);
  • Conduct at least one training session for each of the 3 product lines (Mango, Citrus and HV/OSV);
  • Final report on modules developed, trainings delivered and future recommendations/ steps;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP and CTA relating to the evaluation of fresh vegetables via sea shipment at importing country. 

Deliverables

  • Submit a detailed work plan and site visit plan within 1st week of arrival in country;
  • Training modules to undertake capacity building workshops for contract farming for each of the 3 product lines;
  • Submit a comprehensive Final Report which includes a report of the training modules developed; # of trainings conducted, # of attendees, details on the training sessions including outcomes of the sessions; and Recommendations and Next Steps.
  • Any other task assigned by COP and CTA. 

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STTA: Seedless Watermelon Cultivation in Pakistan

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Project Description:

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in citrus, mango, high value/off season vegetables and livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and more competitive.

 

Background Information:

Over 35 kinds of vegetables are grown in various ecological zones in Pakistan. At the moment, Pakistan is exporting very limited number and quantity of vegetables mainly to GCC, some European countries and neighboring Afghanistan.  Watermelon is cultivated throughout Pakistan mostly for domestic consumption where the soil and climatic conditions are favorable for its cultivation. It prefers sandy loam soils with good drainage and a soil pH of 7.5 to 8. It cannot tolerate extremes of temperatures; low temperature affects its growth while severe higher temperatures affect the pollination process resulting in reduced yields.

Local supply of watermelons starts in April and continues till September from different areas of Pakistan. It’s high in demand during summer season leading to appreciable profit margins for farmers and traders.

Seedless watermelons are more difficult to grow as they require much higher levels of inputs and managerial skill, but in terms of prices they can command a premium of up to 200% over the larger, seeded varieties. Pakistani watermelon production calendar synchronizes well with the peak demand season in Europe which has experienced very strong growth in imports, indicating increasing demand from the watermelon producing countries, which, include China, Turkey, Iran, USA, Brazil and Albania etc. In the European market, Spain is also a major exporter. Pakistan’s easy access to GCC provides a competitive advantage for export of seedless watermelons to GCC countries. With the operationalization of Gwadar port and CPEC, exports to Europe through sea are also competitive for Pakistani producers. Additionally, no SPS requirements are in place for export of watermelons to EU, making it an easily exportable commodity. The value of watermelon imports in the EU last year (2014-15) was €485.78 million

However, despite having favorable climatic conditions for the cultivation of seedless watermelon, along with an increasing demand in international markets, limited effort has been made to produce seedless watermelon in Pakistan. The primary reasons include; unavailability of seeds, lack of production technology at the local level, and international market linkages.

The AMD project, in line with its objective of innovation, intends to support the introduction of commercial production of seedless watermelons for high end markets, through working with Pakistani private sector investors on a limited scale for trial production. The initial areas for trial production are intended to be in Sindh (Qambar, Larkana, Shehdadkot and/or adjoining areas).

Objective of the Technical Assistance

The technical assistance (TA) provided by the ISTTA is aimed at providing the technical oversight for crop husbandry of seedless watermelon to the selected farmers from land selection & preparation till harvesting and marketing of the produce. The local STTA will work closely with the ISTTA to design a complete package of technology for seedless watermelon production for the selected area/s to augment well within the existing cropping system with increased profit margins.

 

Assignment Scope:

The ISTTA tasks will include but not be limited to:

1.       Background reading of AMD Work Plan for HVOSV and published studies on watermelon and seedless watermelons’ crop husbandry, with a comparative analysis with other countries of the similar agro climate.

2.       With support from STTA, design a complete crop husbandry protocol including harvest and post-harvest practices for Seedless Watermelons.

3.       Provide regular guidance to the STTA and CTA by Skype on issues arising with selected farmers, when not on-site

4.       Instruct and mentor STTA on day to day vigilance of crop.

5.       Provide production economics to AMD and the selected farmers

6.       With assistance from the STTA design a training program for the Seedless Watermelon farmers; if needed.

7.       Comment regularly on recorded data on various agronomic crop parameters for these trials supplied by STTA and main growers

8.       Identify better paying markets for B&C category of Seedless Watermelon locally.

9.       Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to design and development of the Seedless Watermelon production interventions.

10.   Supply support to any relevant tasks within AMD initiatives at the request of CPO and/or CTA

11.   Assignment to be undertaken in 2 parts to coincide with:

a.       the ground preparation and sowing of the crop

b.       the harvesting, grading and marketing of the crop

 

Deliverables:

1.       A detailed work plan for the period of this assignment within two days after the commencement of this consultancy.

2.       Complete crop husbandry protocols for seedless watermelon.

3.       Comparative analysis of Pakistan’s specific crop growing climate and market access viz a viz other seedless watermelon producing/exporting countries.

4.       Production economics of seedless watermelons

5.       UAE Rapid Market Assessment for seedless watermelon

6.       Training program and SOPs for producing seedless watermelon

7.       Agronomic data of trials

8.       Report on remote technical support and guidance provided from home office; .5 days per week during months 3 and 4

9.       Customer Acceptance Report of trail shipments

10.   Submit a detailed report with all the above cited deliverables and recommendations within 5 days of assignment completion.

 

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment: 65 Days LOE between Mth-1 and Mth-6

 

Timing of the Assignment:

The ISTTA assignment will commence in February 2017 and end in July 2017.

First part of the assignment will begin on or about February 14th until on or about March 31st, including a 48-hour stop-over in Dubai for market appraisal.

Second part of the assignment will begin on or about June 22nd until on or about July 31st including a 48-hour stop-over in Dubai for appraisal of market acceptance.

Qualifications

  • A university degree in the field of agriculture or equivalent experience;
  • Practical knowledge of watermelon crop husbandry.
  • Extensive experience of having worked with commercial vegetable growers
  • Extensive experience in fresh vegetable value chain and marketing
  • Hands on experience in Pakistan’s agriculture sector will be an added advantage;
  • More than 10 years of professional practical experience working in the field of commercial horticulture production.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English; knowledge of local language will be an added advantage
  • Possession of a valid visa for travel to Pakistan is an added advantage