Technical Consultant – Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)

Technical Consultant – Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)

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Position Description:

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Technical Consultant for a long-term consultancy to support the New Business Development department explore new opportunities for agriculture international development programs and partnerships in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

 

The Technical Consultant will be responsible for the overall management of research and business development activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, including (1) monitoring agriculture development activities and new opportunities, (2) conducting extended capture trips, (3) coordinating research and outreach plans with CNFA headquarters staff, and (4) identifying key value chains, sub-sectors and partners in the LAC region.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct a desk study to identify USAID priorities and forthcoming opportunities and develop a potential opportunity list;
  • Develop competitive analysis of programs and potential opportunities for CNFA in LAC and make recommendations for strategies;
  • Provide leadership on technical direction of LAC research, outreach, and other business development activities;
  • Conduct outreach to potential partners and staff;
  • Act as key liaison between CNFA and USAID Missions, national government ministries, implementing partners and all other counterparts;
  • Communicate regularly with the home office CNFA Program Director about progress and findings;
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning unit to integrate findings and promote thought leadership and learning on off-farm agribusiness finance, investment, business development services, policy, and other relevant topics;
  • Conduct potential travel to selected countries;
  • Represent CNFA at meetings and events.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in international development, preferably in agriculture or a related sector;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of management experience of proposals, strategy development, market analysis and/or research of similar complexity;
  • Demonstrated experience in business development, proposal writing or management, and field research in the LAC region;
  • Strong technical expertise in agribusiness, private sector development, development finance, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and funding mechanisms required;
  • Knowledge and understanding of USAID and other donor funding priorities and strategies preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage senior-level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff to identify opportunities and form partnerships
  • Master’s degree or higher in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field
  • Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean is required
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required, knowledge of Spanish is strongly preferred 

Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant to support proposal development on multiple US Government proposals. The position will be based in Washington, DC.The Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for writing M&E and logical framework sections on assigned proposals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review assigned solicitations and ensure responsiveness to all solicitation requirements regarding M&E;
  • Write all M&E and logical framework sections on assigned proposals within the schedule established by CNFA, address feedback, and provide inputs for the reviews of each color draft;
  • Work with the technical team to set beneficiary and other targets, including the identification of relevant indicators and the creation of custom indicators, for each assigned proposal and;
  • Coordinate activities with the technical team and writers to ensure M&E is fully integrated throughout each assigned proposal

Key Qualification:

  • Minimum of six (6) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Proven track record in the evaluation and assessment of agricultural development projects and Ease of Doing Business indicators is required;
  • Master’s degree, or higher, in economics, business administration, statistics, social sciences, or a related field, is required, and;
  • Complete technical familiarity with USAID evaluation methods and standards is required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

 

International Animal Nutrition Specialist

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Project Description:

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) is a USAID funded project that aims to improve the ability of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture and livestock sectors to compete in international and national markets in four targeted product lines: meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes and citrus. AMD will act as a catalyst for development and investment in its targeted product lines by actively promoting cooperation and coordination amongst the value chain actors and ancillary service providers. AMD’s implementation strategy is underpinned by a strictly commercial and market driven approach with a clear focus on strengthening market access for its partner organizations, and supporting international marketing and sales efforts.

 

AMD encourages investments in its four target product lines through offering matching grants and technical assistance, and empowering stakeholders by developing synergies, upgrading and streamlining supply chains, providing technical assistance to optimize profit margins, and increase participation of women entrepreneurs, thereby helping make Pakistani meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes and citrus more profitable and competitive.

 

Objectives of Technical Assistance: The objective of this assignment is to provide technical assistance to grantees and partner businesses in feedlot, backgrounding and dairy beef on least cost nutrition strategies and feed formulations for beef production. The Consultant will further support AMD team and local STTA for data base generation on nutrient profile of conventional and non-conventional feed ingredients available in Pakistan livestock industry. This feed database will be used to build library for ration balancing software programs and calibration of NIR machines with grantees. 

Assignment Scope: In the duration of 23 days ISTTA assignment, the Consultant will conduct field visits to feedlot, backgrounding and dairy beef farms, feed testing labs in public and private sector, meetings with stakeholders of livestock / feed industry to suggest appropriate nutrition strategies for beef operations and develop protocol for data base generation assignment.

The ISTTA tasks will include but not be limited to: 

1)      Background reading of AMD Work Plan and published studies on previous feedlot studies conducted and marketing assessments of related businesses in Pakistan.

2)      Onsite visits to feedlot operations to provide consultancy to ongoing business operations. 

3)      Micro level survey of feed industry including markets, feed testing labs , academia / R&Ds  through detailed on site visits and held meetings with their key management personnel. 

4)      Field visits and held meetings with private companies / suppliers of feed, fodder and silage.

5)      Visit to meet with progressive livestock farmers to understand the cropping patterns and collect required details of information about availability of feed ingredients in different geography of project areas across the year.

6)      Visits to a few modern dairies in Pakistan to understand the existing patterns of male progeny marketing and cost effective nutrition strategies for developing dairy beef.  

 

Deliverables:

1.      A final report that details the following ;

a)      List of conventional / non-conventional feed and fodder ingredients needed to laboratory test for database generation in feeding industry.

b)      Suggest appropriate laboratories from public / private sector inland or abroad for feed ingredients testing along with costing mechanism.

c)      Suggest SOPs for sample collection, transportation, and lab testing.

d)      Guide on library development for ration balancing software programs and NIR machines calibration.

e)      Suggest multiple least cost feeding regimes for feedlot operating in industry with the substitutes of ingredients as per availability and costing variation in feed markets around the year.

2. Onsite consultancy visits to progressive feedlot, backgrounders and dairy beef businesses in Lahore, Multan, Karachi and Islamabad for support in adjusting their feeding regimes and overall management protocol.

3.  Conduct technical workshops at least three venues in industry to guide the investors / existing feedlot on best cost nutritional strategies.

4. Support in selection of BSP / Vendor for procurement of programs for feedlot grantees. 

5. Oversee the training session will conduct by BSP in Lahore on Management and ration balancing software programs operation.

Knowledge, Skill and Ability Requirements:

  • An advanced degree in the field of Animal Nutrition.
  • Extensive international experience of having worked with commercial Feedlot and feed industry.
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with donor funded projects with a focus on Feedlot Fattening and Meat Value Chain on cost sharing with private sector partners.
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and development expertise/ experience in operating Feedlot Fattening farms and feed mill operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented report writing skills in English;
  • Oral fluency in English.

LOE: 23 working days

Estimated Period of Performance: April  2018 through May  2018

STTA: International Livestock and Meat Specialist

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Project Description:

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:

Pakistan’s meat exports are marked by minimal value-add, mostly dealing in chilled and frozen carcasses, quarters and some boneless meat. Export shipments are heavily reliant on airfreight services and therefore geographical proximity and complicated compliance regimes of export partner countries remain the foremost factors driving market access and growth. At present, high freight cost and limited market outreach has led Pakistani meat exporters to aggressively compete amongst each other for market share in the GCC region, especially UAE, where meat sourced from Pakistan accounts for almost 85% of the market share. In the absence of new market avenues and diversified products, the prevailing market dynamics continues to erode profit margins and breed mistrust amongst industry players.

In the year 2014, Pakistan’s meat exports totaled $210 million. These exports comprised of chilled and frozen meat of both bovine animals ($130 million) and that of small ruminants (sheep/goat, $80 million). Over 77% of the total exports were made to the GCC countries, where Saudi Arabia and UAE accounted for 31% and 22% of exports, respectively. The only significant export destination outside of the Middle East region was Vietnam, representing 10% of total Pakistani exports in 2014.

 

Sustainable growth of exports and greater profitability will hinge on the sector’s ability to leverage sea freight services for existing markets and target more rewarding segments with value added, quality product. In order to do so, measures will need to be taken to improve phyto-sanitary controls, introduce innovative packaging, employ controlled/managed atmosphere supply chain solutions, and market higher value meat cuts.

To promote Pakistani meat in the GCC region, AMD facilitates attendance in Gulfood each year and organizes a branding dinner on the sidelines of the expo for key buyers, stakeholders and trade attaches of target countries. The branding dinner and participation in Gulfood will allow AMD to promote quality Pakistani meat in the regional market and will enable the branding and re positioning of improved quality high value meat cuts for more rewarding market segments.

Objectives of the Technical Assistance:

The objective of this assignment is to provide support to the AMD staff in organizing the 2018 Gulfood in Dubai in general, and in particular with the annual branding dinner held on the sidelines of the event, which, is a flagship initiative of the AMD program. The consultant will work with the AMD team to ensure that the meat procured for the branding dinner is of the highest quality available and is as per the specifications developed. The consultant will work closely with the vendors engaged by AMD for identifying the animals in Pakistan, proper slaughtering, proper ageing, packing, exporting, coordination with the event organizer for proper preparation and finally, preparation of the dinner cuts to be consumed at the Product Branding Dinner. The consultant will also mentor participants in technical matters including the benefits of slaughtering heavier carcasses from younger animals the products from which are the competitive range for vacuum packing and boneless exportin the next phase of market development. The consultant will also be available to assist facilitated exporters in technical discussions in B2Bs during the expo.

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment:

10 working days (including 2-travel days)

 

Timing of the Assignment:

The consultant will commence working on this assignment on or about February 15, 2018 with completion by March 05, 2018.

Assignment Scope:

  • Coordinate with the AMD marketing and program team for development of work plan;
  • Assist AMD marketing team in preparations for and during Gulfood 2018 particularly for the branding dinner held during the expo;
  • Development of a Power Point presentation documenting the trail shipment by sea for presentation at Gulfood 2018.
  • Any other technical support related to this assignment as per CTA / COP requirements.  

Deliverables:

  • Develop a detailed work plan for the STTA assignment within 1 days of assignment commencement;
  • Final report on assistance provided to the AMD team during Gulfood 2018 including details of meat exporters mentored, technical role provided in b2b and b2g discussions;
  • Power Point presentation documenting the trail shipment by sea for presentation at Gulfood 2018; and
  • Any other related tasks assigned by the COP or CTA. 

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of agriculture;
  • Experience of having organized and participated in international agricultural/ food related expos in the Middle East particularly Gulfood;
  • Extensive experience of having worked with commercial livestock entities and commercial farms as well as other players in the Livestock value chain. Experience in Pakistan; particularly in Punjab, Sindh and KPK a plus;
  • More than 15 years of professional practical experience working in the field of livestock meat production and marketing worldwide;
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with USAID funded projects in Pakistan with a focus on development of the livestock agribusiness value chain using an integrated supply chain approach;
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and development of livestock interventions;  
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Documented report writing skills in English;
  • Oral fluency in English.

Proposal Development Consultant – Senegal

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking an Proposal Development Consultant – Senegal tosupport CNFA on the USAID/Senegal Value Chains Service Activity. The position will be based in Senegal.   The Consultant will support the capture effort and technical design for proposal development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and facilitate the development of the overall design approach and concept for the proposal
  • Writing programmatic sections of the document in close collaboration with the Lead Technical Writer and Lead Technical Program Developer
  • Participation in Focus Group discussions, design workshops, and strategy sessions
  • Facilitating meetings with Senegalese government agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant points of contacts

Key Qualification:

  • 10+ years of experience in agribusiness development with a focus on agribusiness investment is required;
  • Experience in the engagement and coordination of stakeholders throughout an agricultural value chain is required;
  • Experience designing and/or managing agribusiness development projects is required;
  • Regional experience is required, Senegal experience is strongly preferred;
  • International donor experience is required, USAID program experience is preferred;
  • Master’s Degree in related field is required, PhD is preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal English language skills is required.

Local Technical Consultant – Burkina Faso

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Project Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the upcoming FY 2018 Food for Peace Development Food Security Activity (DFSA). These activities work at the individual, household, and systems level to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations.  

Position Summary:

The Local Technical Consultant will support the capture effort and technical design of the upcoming proposal by providing broad, short-term support to the proposal team.  In collaboration with the International Consultants, this position will develop a network of Burkina Faso contacts and organize logistics for proposal team members.  The consultant will participate in group meetings and may also conduct independent meetings on behalf of the team. Responsibilities will include organizing interviews with Burkinabe development implementers and local partners; creating meetings with regional- and commune-level government officials, the private sector, and national-level government ministries; summarizing meetings into clear and concise notes; identifying the cost of various items (including vehicles, salaries, and office space) identified by the Costing Director, organization of field trips, participation in Focus Group discussions, and generally advising the proposal team.  The individual will also participate in design workshops and strategy sessions.  

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience working in Burkina Faso within a development context
  • Experience working with Burkinabe government agencies, including the Ministries of Agriculture & Water Resources, Animal Resources, Promotion of Women, Employment and Youth, Health, Environment, and/or Trade
  • Knowledge of livelihood and/or food security programming in-country;
  • Experience designing and/or managing development projects is preferred;
  • Experience in proposal writing is preferred;
  • International donor experience required, USAID program experience, particularly with Food for Peace funding, preferred;
  • Bachelor’s Degree is required, a Master’s Degree is preferred;
  • Strong French and English ability is required, understanding of local languages preferred.

Request for Experts/Specialists – West Africa

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Project Background

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the USAID Development Food Aid Program (DFAP) 2018 Food for Peace opportunity in West Africa.

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for the following types of experts:

  • Environmental and Climate Change Specialist 
  • Gender Specialist 
  • Commodity Management/Cash Transfer Specialist 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field is required, Master’s degree or higher is preferred; 
  • 5+ years experience in subject matter is required; 
  • Demonstrated proposal development experience, including providing technical oversight and leadership; knowledge of Food for Peace preferred; 
  • Knowledge of Food for Peace conceptual and results framework and indicators, and experience in developing a milestone plan for results areas preferred; 
  • Experience working in West Africa is required; 
  • Ability to travel; 
  • English fluency and French proficiency required

Women and West African nationals are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Horticulture Value Chain Analysis

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Introduction

The objective of the five-year USAID Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.     

In response to this economic reality, Hinga Weze will adapt its approach to help smallholder producers in the horticulture sector become better-informed decisionmakers for production, processing, and marketing processes. To do so, Hinga Weze must focus its efforts on a relatively-small subset of all possible horticulture interventions, so as not to dilute its efforts too widely and to increase its impact by reaching a large group of Rwandan farmers. 

Hinga Weze will engage a consultant to conduct an analysis that will help prioritize its horticulture value chain interventions, and identify which products and technologies have the greatest potential to make an impact in the near-term on contractual deliverables. The consultant will be asked to identify the most appropriate commodities that offer potential to increase incomes, improve nutritional outcomes, and increase market access for Rwandan agricultural producers.

Duration

The STTA ValueChain Advisor is anticipated to be on the ground in Rwanda for 20 days, and have 5 days of home-office research, preparation and post-travel report writing, for a total of 25 LOE days.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Economics, International Development, Business or a related field, is preferred. Or, Bachelor’s degree with an additional five years of relevant experience.
  • A minimum of 10 years work experience in agricultural value chain development, with 5 years of experience in market analysis, research and agricultural development practices.
  • Experience identifying opportunities for value chain development which promote market linkages, improve access to markets at the processor and household level, and positively impact the entire value chain.
  • Proven understanding of nutrition-sensitive value chain programming.
  • Acquainted with agricultural and rural development conditions in emerging markets. Priority will be given to knowledge of Rwandan or East African market conditions.
  • Holder of a post-graduate degree in finance, banking or business-related fields.
  • Experience in value chain methodologies and techniques, horticulture promotion, monitoring/evaluation, and other relevant areas.
  • Experience working with USAID and other donors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Rwandan citizenship an advantage but not required.
  • Experience in using excel-based financial analysis to solve problems is desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills in Kinyarwanda.
  • Fluency in English and excellent technical report writing skills in English.

Deliverables

  • An inception report within 5 days of contract signature with an outline of the proposed methodology and the approach to be used, also including a workplan of activities to be carried out during the assignment.
  • A draft final report outlining the methodology used, the results, and the primary recommendations to Hinga Weze about which six commodities with the horticulture value chain to focus on, and upgraded strategies for the Hinga Weze approach.  Report to include eight commodities of secondary focus.
  • A final report taking into account comments by Hinga Weze, USAID, and the GoR.
  • The consultant/team will provide a draft report of the assignment including a comprehensive cost and benefit analysis within 30 days of contract signature. The final report can be submitted once the draft report has been reviewed and accepted by CNFA and other stakeholders.

Interested candidates should submit an application containing technical and financial proposals through the following e-mail address: c2.stta@cnfarwanda.org  The deadline of submission of applications is November 29, 2017.

Seedless Watermelon Production Specialist

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Objectives of Technical Assistance:

The international STTA will provide technical guidance and recommendations in designated fields, for the production of quality seedless watermelon for commercial sales. The consultant will chalk out SOPs related to harvesting best practices for the commercial distribution of seedless watermelon including established and tested grading standards, recommended packaging material for the target markets, proper stowage in containers, and cold management of temperature and humidity requirements. The ISTTA will work with the AMD technical team to combine existing production best practices SOPs with the post-harvest SOPs developed in this assignment into a guidebook that covers pre and post-harvest best practices for the commercial production and sale of seedless watermelon. 

Qualifications

– An advanced degree in the field of Horticulture, Agriculture, Post-harvest Technology, Agriculture marketing, Business Management and/or Food Engineering;

– 5-10 years’ experience of having worked with commercial agriculture traders or exporters as well as other players in the HV/OSV;

– Sound knowledge of cold chain and Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) in processing agricultural products and maintaining quality standards;

– Prior experience of working as a consultant with USAID or donor funded projects in Pakistan with Good Agriculture Practices, SPS, Post-harvest handling of fresh produce, pre-cooling, cold storage and international marketing;

– Excellent computer skills, in particular: Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point;

– Demonstrable interpersonal and communication skills;

– Documented excellent writing skills in English;

– Good know how of financial modeling of a crop.

– Excellent market knowledge.

– Oral fluency in English

To view full Consultancy Scope of Work, click here: https://uploads.cnfa.org/2017/11/21044706/SOW-Commercial-Prod-Seedles-Watermelon-FINAL-Submitted1.docx