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.
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
- 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.
- 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.