RFQ: Fruit Drying Factory Food Safety and Quality Initiative

RFQ: Fruit Drying Factory Food Safety and Quality Initiative

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CNFA announces a Request for Quotations (RFQ) #CNFA-AZ-75 through an open tender for procurement of water purification and laboratory eequipment for a fruit drying facility.

 

1. Purchaser Information:

Purchaser: CNFA 

City: Baku 

Email: procurement@asapaz.org 

 

2. Subject of Procurement:  

Water purification and laboratory eequipment for a fruit drying  facility. 

3. Other Conditions:

All tender documentation, including terms and conditions for this procurement, will be provided upon request by email upon CNFA’s receipt of email requests from interested vendors at the following address: procurement@asapaz.org. Tender documentation will not be provided after 18:00 Baku time on April 30, 2018. The deadline for accepting bids will be 18:00 Baku time on May 4, 2018.

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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Consultant

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Program Description

The Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG) program strengthens cowpea, small ruminant and poultry value chains in agro-pastoralist and marginal agricultural zones of Niger and Burkina Faso. By transforming value chain relationships and dynamics to increase their inclusiveness as well as their competitiveness, REGIS-AG is increasing the incomes of vulnerable households and building the resilience of families and communities to shocks such as drought, conflict and economic crises. The CNFA team is implementing innovative “pull” strategies linking smallholders to cash markets, in close cooperation with REGIS-Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) production-level “push” strategies to propel vulnerable households from subsistence to food security and surplus.

Assignment Objectives

CNFA sees M&E as an area requiring significant support and technical expertise over the life of project due to the poor capacity of local staff, and the ongoing need to have clear leadership over this component to ensure the project is employing data quality and monitoring is strong. CNFA also envisions this role to be a strong liaison between REGIS-AG and SAREL. By having a strong point of contact to lead REGIS-AG’s M&E and participate more fully in SAREL activities, we believe that we will be better able to capture learning, document successes, and promote further linkages between the projects and with the community. Given the emphasis on learning for the RISE initiative, REGIS-AG believes that bringing in an expert will elevate the learning agenda greatly so that the market-oriented, trade focused- activities and their collaboration with the ‘push’ partners will be better captured than it has been to date. CNFA believes that the investment is important to ensure that the M&E system for REGIS-AG is strong and that learning on the projects activities and with other partners is captured for USAID and its resilience project community. To support the REGIS-AG project during this exercise and provide technical expertise to the project, a consultant will be recruited and mobilized to Niger and/or Burkina Faso.

Specific Tasks

CNFA proposes fielding an expatriate Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor for Short Term Technical Assistance assignments in order to improve REGIS-AG M&E systems. Specific tasks include:

1-            In close coordination with the REGIS-AG Chief of Party and staff, ensure that any recommendations/findings of the mid-term evaluation, as well as the Contractor’s Performance Reporting System of 2018 are addressed and implemented.

2-            Appuyer l’équipe de suivi-évaluation à la construction de la nouvelle base de données de suivi-évaluation

3-            Appuyer l’équipe du projet à la révsion de la méthodologie et à l’organisation de l’enquête annuelle

4-            Appuyer l’équipe du projet à l’élaboration des rapports trimestriels et annuel d’activités

5-            Former l’équipe de suivi-évaluation   sur tout outil utile à  son efficacité dans le suivi, l’évaluation et l’apprentissage

6-            Follow up with REGIS-AG senior leadership and the M&E staff on the implementation of the recommendations of the previous assignment

7-            Advise and present to REGIS-AG leadership team and M&E staff on recommended improvements and follow up activities if needed.

8-            Conduct field trips to Niger and Burkina Faso.

This position would start in April 2018. The LOE will be up to 100 days. It may be extended further depending on the need.

Key Outcomes/Deliverables

Write trip reports detailing every trip, lessons learned from the trainings, recommendations to REGIS-AG on next steps.

Qualifications

  • Have a university degree with at least a Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Minimum 15 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, preferably on food security projects;
  •   Professional experience in the evaluation of development projects funded by USAID and other development partners;
  • Professional experience in the agricultural sector;
  • Experience in West Africa, particularly in the Sahel region;
  • Excellent communication and supervision teams.
  • Proficiency in English is required; the mastery of French is an asset.
  • Database management experience
  • Experience on USAID/Feed the Future Projects
  • Proficiency in Excel, Statistics software (SPSS), and data management tools such as ACCESS

M&E Advisor

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Project background: 

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the USAID funded Food-Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) project.  This project focuses on agricultural value chain development targeting smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt. 

 

Consultancy Summary:

  • The goal of this assignment is to provide long term intermittent technical support to the FAS M&E team by conducting quarterly visits to Egypt as well as regular remote support.
  • Review of FAS M&E system (data collection and reporting practices) and recommend improvements to meet USAID Data Quality standards, observing best practices and following guidance provided by CNFA headquarters and USAID. This may include but is not limited to developing or updating: data flow protocols/staff responsibilities; a filing system for hard copy files; data collection and management templates and Excel forms. 
  • Updating the project M&E Plan including Project Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS) as needed to reflect any revisions to the M&E System protocols.
  • Developing an M&E Field Guide for the project to document the field-level, FAS-specific M&E processes.
  • Develop training materials for FAS staff on M&E and project-specific.
  • Provide support and assistance to the FAS M&E staff with regular reporting requirements, as well as the yearly Data Quality Assessment and Project Indicator Report.
  • Work with FAS M&E staff to build their capacity by identifying areas of weakness and providing coaching and support where needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Significant M&E experience with USAID Feed the Future programs.
  • Experience operationalizing program M&E plans.
  • English proficiency and excellent written communications skills; Arabic proficiency preferred.

This assignment is envisioned to cover one calendar year with 15-20 billable days each quarter (approximately 60-80 total days). Support will entail quarterly field visits to FAS offices in Egypt as well as remote support in collaboration with the CNFA Director of M&E and FAS M&E Manager. The consultant will report to the CNFA headquarters Director of M&E. 

CFA Supervising Engineer

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 Program Background :

Amalima, a USAID Office of Food for Peace funded program seeks to improve livelihoods through increased agricultural productivity, income diversification, increased access to financial services, and strengthened community-managed disaster risk reduction systems. Amalima also seeks to improve household nutrition through improved diets for women and children, improved caring practices for children, improved availability and use of water and sanitation, and facilitate better distribution of nutritious foods. The project will benefit over 200,000 individuals in the districts of Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North province; Bulilima, Mangwe, and Gwanda in Matabeleland South province in Zimbabwe. A combination of capacity building, training and mentoring, food rations, vouchers, matching grants, and community-based messaging and mobilization strategies will be employed to achieve the results.

Program Objective:  Design and supervise dam construction and rehabilitation and dip tank rehabilitation as specified by Amalima, design and supervise implementation of catchment protection works around specified dams and dip tanks in Tsholotsho, Mangwe, Gwanda and Bulilima districts.  

Period of Performance: 1st May to September 2018  

Expected Start Date:      1st May  2018

 

Assignment Objective: The main objective of this assignment is to survey, design and implement plans for establishing a dam and rehabilitating dams and dip tanks in Bulilima, Mangwe, Tsholotsho and Gwanda districts. The consultant will also be required to assess the damage caused by rains to completed dams and non-Amalima supported dams and produces plans for rehabilitating these dams and supervising the rehabilitation process; and conducts environmental assessments of catchment areas of selected dams and dip tanks, produce implementation plans and supervise implementation of the plans using CFA labor. The consultant will be required to provide operation and training guidelines. The material should be available for use by Amalima project officers in training beneficiary farmers.

Scope of Work: Amalima requires the services of 2 Supervising Engineers/Consultants to assess selected Cash for Assets projects and supervise rehabilitation and catchment area protection works on the identified assets in Lot 1 (Gwanda and Mangwe) and Lot 2 (Bulilima and Tsholotsho) districts from 1st May 2018 to 30 September 2018.  The rehabilitation/protection processes will be labour intensive targeting vulnerable and able bodied members of the community. The consultants will produce a narrative of the works to be done, design plans to rehabilitate works and provide technical support over the period indicated below in close collaboration with program staff.

 

Detailed Technical Requirements: The Supervising Engineers will be expected to work closely with the Environment and Resilience Specialist and the Natural Resources Management Team Leaders and Field Officers in the field to monitor quality of work, ensure good workmanship by all workers, ensure adherence to designs, and ensure best practices and norms during rehabilitation/construction/protection of assets. 

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Qualifications

  • The consultant ideally to be in possession of a relevant first degree in Civil/Agricultural Engineering studies or closely related field.
  • With minimum of 5 years’ experience in small to medium dams design and works supervision
  • Minimum five years’ experience in designing and implementing land rehabilitation works particularly in the context of Title II or other USAID and USDA programs.

Submit cover letter and CV to Amalima.consultancy.services@gmail.com and write title of the position they are applying for in the subject line by end of day  on 16th April  2018.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

International Gender and Economic Development Advisor

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BACKGROUND:

Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP) activity is a five year inclusive enterprise development program that aims to increase incomes and employment in rural areas by delivering firm-level investment and technical assistance to agribusiness enterprises that provide inputs, services, training and cash markets to smallholders. REAP catalyzes increased private sector investment and commercial finance to the agribusiness sector, mitigates risk for rural SMEs and entrepreneurs, and expands commercially sustainable linkages between service providers, producers, post-harvest enterprises and local business consulting firms.

REAP mainstreamed gender throughout program activities through gender transformative enterprise development programming that focused on women’s economic empowerment and the promotion of gender equitable agriculture and agribusiness development including men’s engagement. Through REAP’s matching grants and technical assistance program, REAP-supported a large cohort of emerging women entrepreneurs to access financing, network, develop business plans, improve their marketing and launch agribusinesses. Concurrently, REAP worked with its entire portfolio of grantees to design and implement enterprise development interventions that transform unequal gender relations to promote shared power, control of resources and decision-making within the firm.

 

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this assignment is to work closely with REAP’s Gender Specialist to develop a gender impact assessment report. The report is aimed to review and capture REAP’s impact on the engendering of agribusiness development programming. The selected international consultant shall lead the development of the report while providing coaching and mentoring to REAP’s Gender Specialist. The reports should be completed no later than July, 2018 and will be utilized in REAP’s Final Report.

The gender impact assessment report shall include case studies and good practices that effectively illustrate example methodologies to facilitate the proper development of de facto women-owned agribusinesses[1] in Georgia.

 

[1]An agriculture business that is at least 51% owned by one or more women, and management and daily business operations controlled by one or more women (in line with the USAID definition: http://www.usaid.gov/business/small_business/small-business-program).

De facto women-owned agribusinesses are those agribusinesses where women are not included as token/pro forma women, but do have the real authority and power as described in the definition of ‘woman-owned agribusiness’.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Act as a resource person and coach on international development focused interventions in the area of agribusiness-related gender integration and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Review and analyze REAP’s gender strategy, project documents and specifically, REAP’s gender-related materials and gender activities conducted to-date;
  • In collaboration with REAP’s Gender Specialist, propose to REAP’s management the methodology and design for the gender impact assessment, including illustrative case studies illustrating REAP’s support to women-owned agribusinesses;
  • Provide high-level technical guidance and recommendations throughout the drafting of the reports;
  • In collaboration with REAP’s Gender Specialist, draft the agreed upon reports;
  • During the assignment, provide necessary coaching to REAP’s Gender Specialist.

QUALIFICATIONS and SKILLS:

  • At least Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences (gender and economic development, development economics) or other development­ related fields (e.g. gender and agribusiness development, women’s economic empowerment).
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the area of gender-integration and women’s economic empowerment focused on economic development/private sector development and/or agribusiness development.
  • Completion of USAID Gender 103 training for gender advisors will be an advantage.
  • Proven technical expertise in the field of gender and economic development/agribusiness development, including conducting analysis of projects/programs from a gender perspective.
  • Thorough knowledge of gender-related methodologies and best practices for promoting women’s economic empowerment at the global level.
  • Fluency in English is required. 

TIMING and LEVEL OF EFFORT:

The assignment is expected to be carried out over the period of May – July, 2018, with final deliverables submitted no later than July 31, 2018. Intermediate deliverables will be agreed upon with the selected candidate and will be included in the final scope of work. The consultancy is expected to combine remote work for the review of documentation and report writing as well as field trips throughout Georgia to meet with beneficiaries. Total level of effort is expected to not exceed 20 days, inclusive of travel.

 

DEADLINE:

Qualified candidates should submit their resumes highlighting relevant experience with contact details of at least three professional referees along with writing samples from reports and or assessments authored by the candidate that is similar to the given scope no later than April 9, 2018. Only candidates with proven similar experience will be shortlisted and contacted for the interview. 

Deltek Capture Manager Consultant

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Consultant to modify CNFA’s Deltek Capture Manager software.  The position will be based in Washington, DC.  The Consultant will be responsible for adapting the current Deltek Capture Manager software configuration and ensuring that the system aligns with CNFA’s internal business development system.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review of the existing Deltek Capture Manager configuration;
  • In-depth consultations with CNFA leadership regarding desired features and custom fields;
  • Adaptation of existing configuration to align more closely with the internal business development system;
  • Thorough testing of configuration to ensure that the system is error-free and secure.

Key Qualification:

  • 5+ years of experience programming and modifying Deltek products is required;
  • Experience modifying Deltek Capture Manager software is required;
  • 7+ years in systems architecture and design is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated capability to work and excel in a customer-facing role is required;
  • Knowledge of database programming languages, such as SQL, is required;
  • Experience working in international development, US-government proposal development, and/or in a related field is preferred;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, or a related field, is required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals 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.

STTA: Salinity Assessment

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I. BACKGROUND

ASAP is a five-year, USAID-funded project to increase the incomes of agribusinesses and agricultural producers along the entire berry, hazelnut, orchard, pomegranate, and vegetable value chains. By supporting the growth and expanded exports of agribusiness SMEs through technical assistance by international experts and local Business Service Providers (BSPs), increased access to new technologies, marketing services, and finance, and strengthened international linkages, ASAP is contributing to the accelerated development of Azerbaijan’s rural and non-oil economy.

Since its launch in June 2014, ASAP has benefited not only Azerbaijani agribusinesses, but U.S. agribusinesses as well. By introducing American technologies, purchasing U.S. goods and services, engaging American experts, facilitating trips to the U.S. that have led to purchases by Azerbaijani agribusinesses from American companies or the establishment of other types of linkages, agriculture in both countries has benefited from these new ties and exposure. This has included specific work to facilitate increased sales of John Deere equipment in Azerbaijan through capacity-building work of the staff and clients of its distributor in the country, AzTekhnika.

In August 2017, ASAP fielded a U.S. agronomist with extensive experience in cotton and grain crops on a short-term assignment to Azerbaijan. These crops were selected because they are the only ones that AzTekhnika/John Deere serves in Azerbaijan. This is due to the size of equipment that the large-scale production of these crops requires. A U.S. cotton and grain agronomist and the ASAP Agribusiness Advisor worked in the field for two weeks to assess needs, make on-site recommendations, and collect data for a series of technical recommendations to help John Deere and its local distributor better understand and communicate to the local farmers and agribusiness how their machinery and equipment could benefit their operations.

One of the most significant findings from that STTA was the extensive soil and water salinity problem that is present in the cotton and feed grain production areas of Azerbaijan. It is clear that saline irrigation water significantly reduces yields in the affected areas. To date, the problem has not been fully explored or documented and there is no national strategy to mitigate the effects of the problem.

II. OBJECTIVES

o Assist AzTekhnika/John Deere to improve the yields of their customers and potential customers; and

o Assist the Government of Azerbaijan to achieve the goal of developing the non-oil economy of the nation in the agricultural sector.

III. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

o Review requested reports prior to arrival in Baku;

o Meet with key personnel of ASAP and AzTekhnika/John Deere in Baku upon arrival;

o Travel throughout the affected cotton and feed-grain production areas with ASAP, AzTekhnika/John Deere, and AgroCenter technical representatives;

o Collect such data and samples as are required by the consultant to complete the final report; and

§ Submit a final report to ASAP/AzTekhnika/John Deere that characterizes the salinity problem in these areas and include both a 1) national-level mitigation strategy and 2) a farm level mitigation strategy.

§ John Deere plans to hold a media event with the President or one of his team to formally hand over the Salinity Assessment and Mitigation Strategy upon its completion to the Government of Azerbaijan.

IV. MEETINGS RELATED TO UNDERSTANDING AND PERFORMING THE WORK

In order to fully perform the work specified under this consultancy, the Consultant shall meet with representatives from CNFA, USAID, AzTekhnika/John Deere, the Ministries of Agriculture and Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani private sector cotton production representatives, and cotton faculty from the Azerbaijan State Agricultural University (ASAU) in Ganja, Azerbaijan.

V. DELIVERABLES

o Final report that fully characterizes the soil and water salinity of the defined regions of Azerbaijan

o National mitigation strategy focusing only on the designated cotton and feed-grain production areas

o Farm-level mitigation protocol

VI. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

This assignment is proposed to take place over 12 consulting days during a 14-calendar-day period beginning as early as the assignment and candidate are approved by USAID. An Azerbaijani visa will be required.

VII. MANDATORY AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The Consultant must be an experienced Post-Doctoral level research scientist with a PhD in Soil Science and with extensive experience with salinity effects on cotton and feed grains and mitigation techniques at a national and field level under similar soil and water conditions as those found in Azerbaijan, and preferably from Texas A&M University or another institution renowned

for research and education in conditions similar to those that prevail in the cotton-growing areas of Azerbaijan.

CNFA GDPR Readiness Consultant

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Project Description:

Starting on May 25, 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect. This new Regulation, created by the European Commission, intends to strengthen data protections for EU nationals and increases the obligations of organizations that interact with personal information of EU nationals. CNFA’s objective is to meet all applicable GDPR requirements before May 25, 2018. 

 

Position Summary

CNFA’s GDPR Readiness Consultant will be responsible for all development and implementation of GDPR requirements. The GDPR Readiness Consultant will guide, advise on, and develop new policies and procedures through data mapping, conducting a gaps analysis, drafting policy content, and training to support CNFA in ensuring GDPR compliance before the May 25, 2018 deadline.   

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with and advise CNFA on GDPR requirements, and assess compliance gaps and risks;
  • Develop schedule and track compliance progress including issue and risk management;
  • Draft content to develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with GDPR requirements;
  • Deliver training to CNFA HQ staff on new GDPR regulation and how to maintain GDPR compliance;
  • Keep up to date with GDPR guidance and enforcement;
  • Report on GDPR compliance progress to executive leadership, and other units, as required;
  • Proactively raise trends, potential threats, concerns or other information with the COO and the Awards and Compliance Unit.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • 5+ years of experience in project management/ audit/ compliance/ information security;
  • Experience with GDPR Privacy and Governance, security governance services, and data protection practices;
  • Data privacy experience (working globally with EU policies);
  • CISSP/CIPP/CIPM/CIPT Certification preferred;
  • Ability to complete multiple, simultaneous projects with minimal supervision and prioritize incoming work appropriately;
  • English language proficiency;
  • Demonstrated problem solving, data analysis, and mapping skills;
  • Good organization, self-motivation, and project management skills. 

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants are requested to submit their CV; a cover letter summarizing the individuals’ capacity to implement the required tasks; and an indication of estimated level of effort to complete the required tasks. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals 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.

Seedless water melon marketing specialist

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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:

Pakistan is blessed with wide climatic diversity which offers opportunities for growing variety of vegetables throughout the year in various agro-ecological zones of Pakistan. Watermelon is cultivated throughout Pakistan mostly for domestic consumption where the soil and climatic conditions are favorable for its cultivation and is cherished well in the local markets. Domestic supply of seeded water melons 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, middle man and traders.

 

Another superior variant of watermelons is seedless watermelon which is demands higher managerial skills to grow as they require much higher levels of hard and soft inputs. In terms of prices seedless watermelons can command a premium of up to 200% over their seeded counterparts. Pakistani watermelon production calendar synchronizes well with the peak demand season in Europe and GCC 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.

Pakistan’s easy access to GCC provides a competitive advantage for export of seedless watermelons to these countries. With the operationalization of Gwadar port, exports to Europe through sea are also competitive for Pakistani producers. Additionally, at the moment no SPS requirements are in place for export of watermelons to EU, making it an easily exportable commodity.

 

However, despite having favorable agro-climatic conditions for the cultivation of seedless watermelon which has high demand in international markets and can lead to higher profit margins, no or very limited efforts have been made to promote cultivation of seedless watermelon in Pakistan. The primary reasons being unavailability of seeds of seedless watermelon and relevant production technology at local level. The initial efforts of AMD to support commercial production of seedless watermelons for high end markets, working with Pakistani private sector investors on a limited scale for trial production met encouraging success depicting the promise to fetch higher returns in the export markets.

 

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

The technical assistance (TA) provided by the ISTTA  is aimed at reviewing the existing status of seedless watermelon marketing in the GCC and/or EU with potential competitors, competitive advantage for Pakistani produce, suggest suitable packing and packaging for seedless watermelon for GCC and EU markets along with the developing a suitable marketing strategy.  The ISTTA will work in close collaboration with AMD’s technical team and meetings with relevant stake holders including producers, exporters and seed companies for developing an understanding of the production dynamics of seedless watermelon production in Pakistan as well as appropriate marketing channels.

 

Assignment Scope:

The STTA tasks will include but not be limited to:

§  Background reading of AMD Work Plan for seedless watermelon;

§  Work with AMD marketing and VC teams to assess production regime of seedless watermelon;

§  Meetings with relevant stake  holders for assessing packing, packaging and marketing requirements;

§  Assess competitiveness of Pakistani seedless watermelon in the GCC and EU markets’

§  Develop a comprehensive marketing strategy for seedless watermelon.

 

Deliverables:

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

2.      Suggest appropriate packing and packaging for GCC and EU;

3.      Conduct a one day training for seedless watermelon exporters in its marketing;

4.      A comprehensive marketing strategy for Pakistani seedless watermelons for GCC and EU markets;

5.      Submit a detailed report with all of the above cited deliverables, recommendations and future course of action;

6.      Any other duty assigned by CTA/COP.

Qualifications

  • A university degree in the field of Agri economics, marketing, or any other relevant field;
  • Practical knowledge of watermelons’ packing, packaging and marketing;
  • Hands on knowledge of major seedless watermelon supplier in GCC and EU and their marketing strategies;
  • Extensive experience of practical marketing of seedless watermelons;
  • Knowledge of Pakistan agriculture sector will be an added advantage;
  • More than 10 years of professional practical experience working in the field fresh produce marketing;
  • Prior experience of working on consulting assignments with USAID funded projects in Pakistan will be an added advantage;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English.
  • Ability to travel to project sites in Pakistan.