Feedlot Association Development Consultant

Feedlot Association Development Consultant

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Project Description:

 

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) 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 meat, HV/OSV, citrus and mango more profitable and more competitive.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical and management support to the AMD team in developing Feedlot Farmers Association for the growing meat industry of Pakistan.  This association is needed for the feedlot farmers to get them on united platform so as to strive for common issues. 

 

The meat value chain and the meat market in Pakistan are underdeveloped. Meat export industry is facing numerous challenges in established markets. These include the increase in production costs, increased freight charges and lack of proper grading, standardization. Furthermore, the backward supply of animals from markets (Mandies) has a below average carcass weight and quality, and both make it more difficult to compete in the high value export markets.

 

Meat production in the informal sector is unregulated. Despite having large number of animals, Pakistan has low per animal yield, mainly due to the absence of right animal varieties. lack of disease control are also affecting the meat sector. Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs) are prevalent in the country and constitute a notable barrier for Pakistan to register itself as a meat export country. 

 

The mechanism for controlling the meat prices in Pakistan at district and provincial level is ineffective and weak. Pakistan’s meat sector has great potential given the rising demand in both domestic and international markets. The demand for halal meat has been growing globally but to take advantage of this, high standards of quality have to be met. There is also the need to develop complete meat value chain and move towards value addition in meat market this will benefit both consumers and farmers/producers.

 

With organizing all stakeholders of the Meat sector on single platform and through government support and proper regulations, the meat sector can be an important source of foreign exchange earnings. Feedlot fattening is now a growing business and large number of large, medium and large scale farmers are investing in this sector to develop businesses.  These feedlot farms linked with abattoirs for sourcing high quality , healthy and traceable animals will enable the industry shift to high value export market.

 

Technical assistance of an International Feedlot Association development Specialist is needed to develop an association through uniting feedlot farmers and value added businesses on a combine platform that would represent the stakeholders of whole industry and strive for their issues.

 

This STTA assignment is scheduled for a period of 30 days, during which the Consultant will develop a workable plan to develop the feedlot farmers / Meat Association in the growing Meat industry.

 

Estimates Level of Effort: 30 Days

Assignment Scope

  • Background reading of AMD Work Plan and published studies on value chain and marketing assessments of related agriculture in Pakistan;
  • Hold meetings with major feedlot farmers and processors and relevant stakeholders from public and private sector;
  • Work with major stakeholders of the industry and identify ways to establish a feedlot Association in the livestock industry;
  • Develop productive ideas on how feedlot owners can work together to exchange information on improved feedlot management;
  • Work with feedlot owners to integrate data collected from their feedlots using software provided by the project to the cloud;
  • Determine ways that as an association they can determine how to improve genetics within the industry;
  • Assist feedlot owners to work together to identify high quality inputs that can used within their feedlots;
  • Determine if there are economic benefits to members of the feedlot association to do group buying to reduce the cost of their inputs or to obtain inputs from suppliers that normaly would not be available because of limited demand for the products;
  • Determine methods that social media can be used by the association to share market  information, management techniques, new innovative technologies and regulatory changes that will enhance the industry.  
  • Meet with the regulatory agencies to identify governmental policies that can support to develop the association in meat sector.
  • Develop the association as a representative of the farmers before the government . The association will assist in the development and implementation of the Meat grading and standards, sale and purchase of cattle and lambs on live weight basis in cattle markets, retail pricing through professional regulatory bodies and facilitation to the farmers / investors  in developing feedlot  businesses in the industry.
  • Suggest the body of Association and its organogram, objectives and methodology.
  • Suggest a sustainable financial system of the association and its services for the stakeholders of the industry.
  • Assist in the registration of the association from Gov. and regulatory bodies.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Senior Technical Advisor.

Qualifications

  • Extensive international experience of having worked on Integrated Supply Chain of Meat sector.
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with donor funded projects with a focus on developing  Business Association for Feedlot Fattening farmers and value added private sector business community.
  • Experience of working in developing countries, especially on developing feedlot farmers association in Meat industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team with interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented report writing skills and Oral fluency in English.

International Postharvest and Cold Chain Specialist with experience in shipping vegetables via sea freight shipment using refer containers

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Project Description

US-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 Information

Pakistan currently exports vegetables to many countries in the Gulf States and the European Union. These vegetables include chilies, Okra, bitter gourd, round gourd, long gourd, brinjal, peas, carrots, cabbage, and cauliflower.  Currently Pakistani faces numerous challenges in the export of fresh vegetables including limited infrastructure for cold storage and the technology and know-how for extending shelf life. Part of AMD’s strategy is to facilitate continuous support in critical technical assistance along the product supply line to improve quality, extend shelf life and thereby increase market share and access to new markets.

AMD intends to explore the possibility of developing a strategic framework for exporting vegetables in refrigerated sea containers. Since this will be a new era for sea freighted vegetable exports, technical support will be required in the harvest and post-harvest sectors and specific on developing product lines for leafy and other vegetables.

The successful introduction of this technology has the potential to initiate a new era of vegetable exports for Pakistan. Assistance will be required  in following areas;

·         Product pre harvest handling for sea shipment; including field handling and transport to pack house for selected vegetables

·         Cleaning, sorting, grading, and waxing requirements for each identified product

·         Cold chain requirements as well as transportation and humidity requirements

·         Ethylene sensitivity and product competitiveness

·         Packaging requirements of different products

·         Important post-harvest diseases, their management and SPS measures

This intervention will help AMD to support the private sector to upgrade, streamline and make the supply chain competitive and cost economic. It will optimize the profit margins and encourage the women participation. Moreover it will reduce the shipping cost and enable the Pakistan exporters to export larger volumes to the products to the high end markets.

Objective of the Technical Assistance

The technical assistance (TA) provided by AMD will be delivered through an international specialist and will include the preparation and oversight of trial shipments of mixed vegetables (excluding onion and potatoes) via refrigerated sea containers to international markets identified by AMD’s team and export partners. The international STTA will provide onsite technical guidance and supervision in the preparation of vegetables for a trial shipment under managed atmosphere conditions. The consultant will recommend grading, packing, loading and shipping of mixed vegetables for the trial shipments to ensure compatibility and will develop the SOPs for the technical personnel to manage, operate, and dispatch future sea shipments of mixed vegetables under managed atmosphere conditions. Trainings will also include technical support and knowledge sharing on ethylene production, ethylene compatibility and sensitivity, , international labeling and packaging requirements. The SOP’s will include guidelines on the shelf life of products in refer containers or under cold chain.

Estimated Level of Effort (LOE) for the Assignment

24 working days including 3 travel days.

Timing of the Assignment

The STTA will commence on or about December 7, 2016 and is expected to be completed by the end of January, 2016. 

Assignment Scope

  • Background reading of AMD work plan and published studies on previous value chain and marketing assessments of related agriculture in Pakistan
  • Develop work plan for execution of STTA in consultation with AMD staff and submit to COP and CTA for approval within 1 day of assignment commencement
  • Develop post-harvest handling procedures for chilies, okra, bitter gourd, long and round gourd, brinjal, peas, carrot, cauliflower, cabbage and leafy vegetables including coriander and mint.
  • Provide training to the stakeholders on executing the SOP’s developed for each of the product lines.
  • Develop and deliver recommended procedures for receiving and  packaging of the specified products keeping in view the temperature, relative humidity and ventilation requirements
  • Provide guidelines on ethylene levels and ethylene sensitivity and product compatibility in case of mixed vegetables’ sea shipments
  • Provide guidelines on hygro-thermic sensitivity and requirements  for extended period  for compatible vegetables in case of mixed shipments
  • Suggest the most suitable market destinations for these sea shipments
  • Evaluate the existing cooling units of identified stakeholders for the suitability to utilize for cool chain export
  • Provide a briefing to AMD staff on relevant finding and composition of final reports
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) relating to design and development of managed atmosphere interventions for each of the four target value chains

Deliverables

  • Develop a detailed work plan to execute the STTA within 1 day of assignment commencements
  • Submit a written report identifying appropriate mixes of vegetables that can be exported together in a refrigerated sea container keeping in view their temperature requirements and ethylene sensitivity as well as suitable international destinations with sizeable profit margins
  • Develop the SOP’s for exporting the identified products in refrigerated sea containers including post-harvest handling, recommended packaging, temperature requirements and loading.
  • Evaluation of the existing cold chain of the identified stakeholders for their suitability for utilizing them for export with recommendations for improvements
  • Conduct a two day training session on post-harvest handling, processing, packaging and proper utilization of cold chain facilities for the export of a mixed vegetables in a refrigerated sea container.
  • Submit final report on technical assistance given under STTA with power point presentation using AMD templates within 5 business days on completion of assignment

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of crop sciences;
  • Extensive experience of having worked with agriculture value chains across the world;
  • More than 10 years of professional practical experience working with the farmers or agribusiness projects;
  • More than 10 years of capacity building experience.
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with USAID funded projects;
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and development of Agribusiness;  
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English.
  • Ability to travel to Pakistan

This is a current and active recruit. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

STTA to Assess the Competitiveness of Ethiopian Beef Export Value Chains

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AGP-LMD Project Overview

The Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development (AGP-LMD) project is a five-year, $41 million USAID-funded project aiming to 1) foster the growth and competitiveness of meat, live animal and dairy sectors; 2) ensure an enabling environment to support the growth and competitiveness of these livestock value chains, and 3) address the needs of the chronically vulnerable through nutrition-based interventions and linkages with other USAID-funded programs in Ethiopia. AGP-LMD’s overall objective is to improve smallholder incomes and nutritional status through investments in selected livestock value chains. These investments must in turn generate increased productivity and competitiveness of these value chains to the benefit of smallholders, both men and women.

In keeping with the principles of the U.S Feed the Future Initiative, AGP-LMD will draw upon a skilled consortium of leading Ethiopian and international development organizations, combining proven livestock and dairy value chain development experience, with expertise in health, nutrition, gender equality, and information and communication technologies. By joining international expertise and worldwide best practices with a leading role by seasoned local partner organizations, the AGP-LMD team will support local partners to spur sustainable economic growth in Ethiopia by leading interventions through existing cooperatives, associations, government agencies, and private firms.

Background:

The AGP-LMD project, under IR2, Strategy 4, supports active research in order to strengthen its evidence-based advocacy and lobby for policy change that would create an enabling environment for milk, meat and live-animal value chains in which to operate optimally. Hence, the overall objective of this assignment is to support the Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute (EMDIDI) and Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MoLF) to improve the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef export industry versus international competitors in similar markets. The results of the study are expected to lead to informed decision making and practical action taken to enhance the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef export industry.

Ethiopia’s overall strategic goal for industrial development is to bring about structural change in the economy through industrial development. Specifically, by the year 2025, it aims to increase the share of the industrial sector as a percentage of GDP from the current 13% to 27%, and to increase the share of the manufacturing sector as a percentage of GDP from the current 4% to 18% by the year 2025.

In recent years, livestock products have been identified as one of the priority export products that play a major role in industrial development. As a result, EMDIDI was established with the aim of building and developing a globally competitive industry in the subsector by providing necessary capacity building, investment support, and market facilitation.

Currently, Ethiopia exports about 20,000 tons of chilled small ruminant carcasses worth 93 million USD per year (10% of which is variety meat/offal). It is the leading small ruminant meat exporting country in Africa, but its world market share remains very small (1.3%). The meat export volume increased remarkably over the last seven years, and revenue from the meat export trade, primarily shoat carcasses, is on the rise. There are already 10 functional export abattoirs, with 8 more under construction. The plan on the part of the government is to focus on the meat export business rather than export live animals. Major destinations are the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

According to the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) for the period 2015/16-2019/20, the Ethiopian Government has set a target to increase exports to 94,240 tons of meat by 2020. The overwhelming majority of this increase will need to be achieved through the export of beef products, since the quantity (and average carcass weight) of sheep and goat meat required to achieve this figure is not feasible in light of domestic demand for such products.

The size of Ethiopia’s cattle herd, together with ongoing efforts to improve production and productivity in the sector, suggest that Ethiopia has the potential to significantly increase its beef production. There are a number of new, modern, export-oriented meat-processing facilities with cattle kill lines which have started to emerge around the country. Some of these facilities are nearing completion and are expected to begin operations soon. As opposed to sheep and goat meat exports, competitiveness in beef export is a major challenge that Ethiopia should address.

 

The main competition for the Middle East beef export markets comes from South America, Oceania, Eastern Europe and the European Union. The disease-free status of most of these countries and more efficient production and marketing system they have attained are major competitive advantages which these countries hold over others. The companies use the approach of market and product segmentation with advanced promotion in order to be competitive in the marketplace.

For Ethiopia to be able to expand its market share in beef, it needs to produce products more competitively than its larger international competitors. It is thus important and necessary to assess the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry and to develop strategies to stay nationally and internationally competitive. How competitive is the Ethiopian beef industry today, and will it be competitive ten years from now? If not, what are the implications for industry stakeholders at the various levels of the vertical meat supply chain? Important questions, all deserving of answers, but highly dependent upon thoughtful research and analysis.

 

Hence, this SoW was prepared at the request of EMDIDI to conduct an assessment and develop appropriate recommendations to address these issues.

 

Assignment Objective:

The goal of the Consultancy will be to assess, compare and report on the competitiveness of the export value chain of Ethiopian beef to Middle East and North African (MENA) countries, as well as Southeast Asia and other potential markets with internationally competitive beef export value chains. It will also make recommendations on potential actions to increase the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry.

 

Specific objectives

1)      Describe the Ethiopian beef export industry structure and characteristics; and evaluate the contribution in volume and value of the different market destinations for Ethiopian beef;

2)      Describe the income, cost, and profit structures of each actor in the beef value chains;

3)      Benchmark such value chains against international competitor countries;

4)      Recommend and substantiate clear and practical solutions (actions) to implement, and suggest policy options to improve competitiveness;

5)      Contribute to an understanding of and consensus on opportunities for, and challenges to increasing Ethiopia’s beef industry competitiveness; and

6)      Recommend potential destination markets for Ethiopian beef considering the current health and sanitary-phytosanitary (SPS) status (detailed information of those countries, including from which country are they importing? at what price and volume? by which mode of transport? who are the major importer companies? etc.)

 

To conduct this study, AGP-LMD will hire one competent international consultant with an economics or marketing background for a period of about 30 days. EMDIDI will assign an expert to serve as a counterpart to the consultant. The final draft report of the study will be presented at the stakeholder workshop for feedback. This assignment is expected to result in a clear understanding of the factors affecting the competitiveness of Ethiopian beef exports, and appropriate recommendations to address the problem. This in turn will contribute to achieving three major project-related outcome level indicators:

– Improvements in the enabling environment

– Decrease in the costs of doing business

– Identifying the factors that make the sector more competitive

 

AcTivities to be conducted by AGP-LMD

1.       Provide the contractor with relevant government documents on the livestock master plan, standards and guidelines for review.

2.       Arrange meetings with public officials and experts in MoLF, Ministry of Trade, MoI and other relevant public and private institutions.

3.       Organize all local logistics, meetings, and field visits associated with the assignment. This involves identifying and arranging meetings with feedlot operators, live animal traders and producers association, meat exporters association and other relevant stakeholders.

4. Organize a wrap-up workshop and debriefing session at the end of the assignment. Relevant stakeholders from the public and private sectors will be invited to attend the briefing and make comments on the findings

5. Disseminate draft and final report to EMDIDI and the federal MoLF for review and feedback.

6. Review the draft study report and provide feedback/comments to the consultant for integration into the final report.

 

Performance Activities to be conducted by Consultant

The scope of work for this consultancy details the work to be conducted by an international consultant to be contracted to assess factors affecting Ethiopian competitiveness in beef export and the measures to be taken to address those challenges. The following activities shall be carried out under this scope of work:

1.       Analyse and describe the characteristics of the Ethiopian beef industry including the macro- and micro- economic policy framework;

2.       Review previous work/studies on end market, value chain, and competitiveness related to Ethiopian beef export;

3.       Assess the current competitiveness of the beef supply and demand value chain with specific emphasis on the production, manufacturing (slaughtering and processing), marketing and input sectors through a comprehensive value-chain analysis;

4.       Benchmark Ethiopia’s beef value chains against similar value chains of competitive countries with regards to:

a.       Production: size and carrying capacity, land price versus stocking rate production per unit area (kg/ha), population and turnoff, cost and revenue per farm unit/hectare, cost and revenue per head produced, cost and revenue per kg produced (kg/live weight) until offloading at abattoir, livestock price comparison, input and financing costs;

b.       Processing: comparing processing costs, labour productivity, co-product values –inclusive hides & skins, offal, carcass meal etc., comparing revenues (FOB), input and financing costs;

c.       Market and Trade: comparative prices for chilled and frozen products (wholesale & retail), market access arrangements, tariff comparisons, value addition opportunitiesInput and Financing costs, comparison of cost from producer to consumer: primary production, value addition, logistics, wholesale, retail;

d.       Critical issues for success: evaluate Ethiopia’s competitive position in terms of: animal disease status, consumer expectations, supply chain efficiencies, and market access (agreements and quality assurance schemes); and

e.       Opportunities: determine the opportunities for the beef industry in terms of increasing its competitive potential (innovation and branding, marketing channels, production costs, input costs, supply chain, trade barriers).

5.       Recommend potential destination markets for Ethiopian beef, considering current health and SPS status. (Detail information of those countries, including from which country they are importing? at what price and volume? by which mode of transport? who are the major importer companies? etc.)

  

Outcome of the study

 

Detailed report including:

 

·         Analysis and description of Ethiopia’s competitive position for beef export;

·         Clear recommendations to the Government of Ethiopia on actions to enhance the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry in international markets;

·         Advice to EMDIDI on innovation and branding to enhance the competitive position of the beef industry; and

·         Advice to EMDIDI on future macroeconomic policy guidelines with respect to increasing the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry.

 

Performance Deliverables Summary

·         Review documents on beef end market study, value chain analysis and competitiveness (3 days) (Consultant, assisted by LMD and EMDIDI, from home location)

·         Conduct field visit and hold discussions with VC actors including livestock keepers, traders, feedlots, export abattoirs, live animal and meat export associations, and public institutions at both federal and regional level (10 days) (LMD to organized field visit)

·         Carry out a detailed assessment on factors affecting the competitiveness of Ethiopian beef export and possible solutions to address the challenges (14 days). Deliverables: A report on the assessment, PowerPoint presentation.

·         LMD to organize a stakeholders’ workshop, provide input and feedback on the draft assessment report – Workshop (1 day) Deliverables: consolidated feedback from LMD and EMDIDI (assisted by LMD and EMDIDI).

·         Consolidate inputs to prepare final document (2 days) (from home location). Deliverables: Final document on Ethiopian beef competitiveness study

 

Proposed Level of Effort: This assignment requires 30 days’ LOE

Required qualifications and experience:

 

·         A university degree, a Master’s or PhD in Agricultural Economy / Economy or Marketing;

·         At least 10 years of experience in agricultural economics with respect to the meat industry;

·         An expert who has a practical experience and understanding of the global beef market;

·         Experience with meat value chains, marketing, or knowledge of global market requirements is advantageous.

Assignment supervisor

The AGP-LMD Project’s Deputy Chief of Party will oversee the overall performance of the assignment and ensure the activities are executed in accordance with the terms and conditions in the SoW. Furthermore, AGP-LMD policy advisor, will provide day-to-day coordination support and monitor the proper execution of the consultancy. 

Market Systems Development Specialist

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Background Information: CNFA is preparing to bid on a USAID Feed the Future opportunity in Nepal. As CNFA endeavors to enter Nepal as a new implementer, we seek expertise to strengthen particular areas of the design of our proposed project.

 

Objective of the Consultancy:The objective of this assignment is to provide quality technical leadership in the design of CNFA’s proposal, specifically around market systems.  

Assignment Scope:

  • Through an analysis of Nepal’s agricultural market systems relevant to USAID’s Request for Proposals (RFP), identify opportunities to strengthen productivity, competitiveness and inclusion.
  • Propose market systems approaches and activities for CNFA’s proposal to USAID, in collaboration with CNFA’s lead writer and proposal manager. Proposed activities and approaches should be responsive to USAID’s RFP guidance while bringing in new ideas and innovative approaches. In addition to active participation in design meetings, consultant should provide draft narrative text and work plan inputs around proposed market systems activities.
  • Consult with proposal manager and/or pricer to determine proposed activity costs.
  • Contribute to the design of project indicators related to market systems and estimate targets that can be achieved with the project budget.
  • Participate in two review discussions with CNFA’s home office team to receive and respond to feedback.
  • Provide input and support to other aspects of the proposal, as requested.

Deliverables:

  • Several drafts of narrative text describing the proposed market systems rationale, approach and activities, incorporating feedback from the larger CNFA team.
  • Work plan for market systems activities, updated in response to feedback.
  • Indicators and targets for market systems activities, updated in response to feedback. 

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of development economics or related field;
  • Significant experience in analyzing market systems, identifying opportunities, designing and implementing interventions to improve market systems’ productivity, competitiveness and inclusion;
  • Experience using major strategies relevant to market systems, including the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach and DCED standards;
  • Previous experience in / knowledge of market systems or related areas in Nepal an advantage;
  • Experience designing new, winning development projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results as part of a team;
  • Fluency in English required, Nepali language skills an advantage;
  • Current presence in or ability to travel to Nepal.

Estimated Level of Effort (LOE) for the assignment: Approx. 15 days

 

Timing of the Assignment: Contingent on release date of RFP; expected November 2016.

International Feedlot Management Software Expert

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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 the four targeted product lines: citrus, mango, high value/off season vegetables and livestock. AMD envisions transformation of these 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, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.

 

Objective

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical support and system management skills to the AMD team with developing a Traceability database for the integrated supply chain of the meat sector. This database is intended for the private sector AMD grantees from the beef-producing commercial feedlot fattening farms and meat processing businesses. The consultant will design and develop the system with a workable model parallel to the needs of each individual business, and then link all data to a central database. The consultant will also be required to submit detailed, step-wise implementations manuals for both usage levels: access at business level and access to centrally held data.

 

Technical assistance of an International Traceability Specialist is needed to develop a user-oriented database system for feedlot and value added businesses that would trace the backward supply of animals, supply chain of feed and feed ingredients, and animal health/weight-gain/breed. The system should have the capacity to manage data from feedlot farms with a production capacity of 500+ steers per batch, and value added businesses on a commercial scale.

 

This STTA assignment is scheduled for a period of 30 days, during which the Consultant will develop a workable plan to implement the Traceability system from Feedlot Operations level to Packaging at processing plants. 

Assignment Scope

  • Background reading of AMD Work Plan and published studies on value chain and marketing assessments of related agriculture in Pakistan;
  • Hold meetings with relevant feedlot farmers and processors pre-selected through the AMD grant program, and relevant stakeholders from public and private sector;
  • Recommend and develop a system to record incoming and outgoing animal data, including weight, bos-taurus/bos-indices character to allow the feedlot to capture and monitor data, all the way to carcass weight. This will be for all feedlot and value added businesses at an individual level, and then at the central database level;
  • Assist in developing the software to allow the feedlot and value added businesses to capture meat quality parameters;
  • Implement usage of software that will trace where the cows are purchased, weight, age, body type, and genetics to assist the feedlot owner to be able to better informed when purchasing cattle in the future;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Senior Technical Advisor.

Qualifications

  • Extensive international experience of having worked on Integrated Supply Chain of Meat sector;
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with donor funded projects with a focus on developing Traceability database for Feedlot Fattening farms and value added private sector partners;
  • Experience of working in developing countries, especially possessing design and development expertise/ experience in developing Traceability in Feedlot and Value added business of Meat Supply Chain;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team with interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented report writing skills and Oral fluency in English.

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

Almond Production Consultant

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Background:  

The USAID Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP) implemented by CNFA is an integrated enterprise development program designed to identify promising entrepreneurs, promote increased investment and support that investment with improved business and technical skills through its technical assistance program. For non-grant beneficiaries, REAP operates a 50% cost-share program. The companies apply for this program and REAP identifies the assistance for the agribusinesses that have a real growth potential, promote new technologies, and contribute to the creation of jobs.

 

One of the agribusinesses competitively selected by REAP for the 50% cost-share program is SP Irakli Arjevanidze who owns 2.5 ha of land in village Shilda, Kakheti region, where 400 almond trees of Italian Variety Super Nova are planted. The firm promotes development of Almond orchards in the region. Based on preliminary discussions and negotiations with the farmers, it is expected that total area of almond orchards in the region will be expanded by 30-50 hectares within the period of one year. The firm itself plans to plant 600 more trees by the fall season of 2018. The firm intends to arrange a modern almond production facility to process almonds consolidated from its own and neighboring orchards, thereby generating income for smallholder farmers. The firm has some experience in primary production, however, needs to strengthen overall knowledge of its designated staff in modern agricultural practices, as well as post-harvest handling and processing technologies. To this end, REAP plans to identify an international consultant that will provide SP Irakli Arjevanidze with tailored assistance in primary production and processing technologies.

 

Objectives: 

The purpose of this assignment is to build capacity of the applicant firm as a whole in almond production technologies and practices to enable the agribusiness grow sustainably and disseminate sector-specific knowledge in the region. The assignment will be implemented through REAP’s cost-shared TA program.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under this scope of work, the Specialist shall work closely with REAP and SP Irakli Arjevanidze to perform the following tasks: 

·         Advise SP Irakli Arjevanidze on almond production practices and processing technologies covering but not limited to the following topics:

1.       Almond orchard development practices (planting, crown formation, pruning, plant protection measures, etc.);

2.       Harvesting and post-harvest handling best practices;

3.       Almond processing technologies (shell cracking, drying, grading, storing, oil and milk refining technologies).

·         Raise awareness of local farmers on almond production agricultural practices through a half-day training sessions to be organized at applicant firm’s premises;

·         Develop brief review of almond sector, highlighting current market trends;

·         Develop Final Report including expert’s findings and recommendations to introduce modern technologies and practices;

Period of Performance:  

This assignment is planned to take place between 11/30/2016 and 03/30/2017. The consultant will provide online consultations during the whole period of performance and conduct at least 2 visits to Georgia, with the maximum of 1 week in the field per visit. Total LOE for this assignment is not to exceed 21 days.

Deliverables:

  • Half-day training for local farmers and follow-up consultations as needed;
  • A written handout on best practices in almond production applicable to Georgia.
  • Final Report highlighting recommendations on: a) potential improvements to be made to increase the efficiency of the existing and planned almond orchards; b) almond processing technologies
  • Brief review of almond sector, highlighting current market trends

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Proven experience in delivering similar consultancies and trainings in the required field; and
  • Strong communication skills.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Chili Oleoresin and Chili Paste Market Research Analysis

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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 meat, HV/OSV, citrus and mango more profitable and more competitive.

 

Background Information:

In Pakistan, Sindh has been the major producer of chilies, followed by Punjab and Baluchistan. According to the Pakistan Crop Reporting Services Statistics, in the year 2011-12 Pakistan produced 40,414 tons of red chilies on around 24,776 hectares, out of which Sindh had a production share of about 24,113 tons from an area of 13,853 thousand hectares, with an average yield of 1.74 tons per hectare. In Sindh, a small town of Kunri, once called the “chili capital of Asia” alone produces 55% of the province’s entire produce. Other cultivation hubs are Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, Khairpur, Shikarpur, and Ghotki. The main varieties from Kunri are desi, mexi, and nageena while talhari, a winter variety, comes from Badin.

The varieties grown in Pakistan are of high quality but the country has realized only a fraction of its potential as a producer of red chilies. Sindh in particular, has recorded a decrease in chili production from its record high level in the year 2009-10. According to the Pakistan Crop Reporting Services Statistics, Sindh production in 2011-12 was only 21% as compared to total production of around 188,859 tons in 2009-10 on 74,784 hectares. Pakistani red chilies fetch lower prices than the Indian varieties, despite the market attesting to being of better quality & flavor. The decrease in production is attributed to improper harvest techniques, handling, drying and post-harvest handling.

The dried chili industry in Pakistan has previously been one of the major success stories for smallholders in semi-arid areas under low-tech irrigation. Smallholders often lack the means to improve their crops with modern methods, and dried chilies have added to their annual income. However, during the past 10 years, food safety regulations have come into play in international markets with the result of limiting the participation of Pakistani dried chilies.

The drastic decline is associated with one specific problem: Aspergillus infection in chili and the subsequent poisonous fungal metabolites generally called aflatoxins. Most export markets have specific threshold limits for aflatoxin toxicity. Around 35% of the rejections of chili exports were solely due to excessive levels of aflatoxins found in the chili from Pakistan. After the initial setback, exporters and processors, as well as national agricultural research institutions, worked hard to solve this complicated issue. The menace of aflatoxins can be brought under control through a mix of good agricultural practices and proper harvest and post-harvest management.

To provide an alternative market and confront the issue of aflatoxin in chilies and other horticulture products produced in Pakistan, AMD proposes to mobilize private sector investment in either the commercial production of chili paste or the commercial extraction of oleoresins from fresh products with a critical focus on chilies. In order to equip the Pakistani Chili industry and provide an alternate viable business solution. Supporting investments in establishing commercial processing of chilies will help streamline the supply chain, optimize profit margins, possibly increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani vegetable sector more profitable and more competitive.

Oleoresins are extracted natural aromatic liquid containing essential oils and resin. They are the concentrated liquid form of the spice/herbs/plants and reproduce the character of the respective spice and spice oil fully. They are obtained by the solvent extraction of the powdered dried spices with the subsequent removal of solvent or through the supercritical CO2 extraction method. Oleoresins are highly concentrated and hence provide a very economical method of flavoring products. They are also easier to control for quality, cleaner than the equivalent ground spices and are more stable when heated. The main products in a spice oleoresin plant are oleoresins of chili, pepper, ginger and turmeric. The co-products are the corresponding spice oils, which are widely used in food and pharmaceutical industries.

 

Oleoresins provide a more complete flavor profile than essential oils. Further advantages are the concentration at source of the product and the minimizing of color losses (capsanthin breakdown). The color loss in paprika oleoresin is reduced to approximately 1-2 % per year only as opposed to 2-4 % per month in compressed whole pods and up to 5 % per month in paprika powder. These color losses are caused by oxidation and are greatly influenced by exposure to oxygen, light and heat.

Chili paste is a value addition normally for B & C grades of chili sorted out from the fresh and dried chili packing process. The lower grade chilies are processed through a grinding and milling process, then adding water and boiling the mix to a concentrate without losing the aroma and flavor of the natural hot chili peppers. Chili paste is a condiment that adds spice and flavor to a sundry of food products, from Asian recipes to Western favorites.

Seeking out and understanding sustainable and rewarding markets for the value added oleoresin and chili paste will be critical towards realizing the full potential of the new product. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the international oleoresin and chili paste market place will be necessary to identify suitable market positioning and price points.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

The objective of this consultancy is to conduct detailed primary and secondary research on oleoresin and chili paste export markets. The scope of work of the consultant would entail analysis and recommendations for high potential market destinations, based on empirical evidence, stakeholder consultation and industry insights.

 Assignment Scope:

The Associate STTAs tasks will include but not be limited to:

 

·         Conduct a thorough literature review of existing reports and market studies relating to chili oleoresin markets;

·         Schedule assignment orientation meetings with relevant AMD product-line specialist, Value Chain Director and Chief Technical Advisor

·         Draft the research design, identifying kay primary and secondary data sources and collection methodology

·         Research reputable trade data repositories and extract oleoresin and chili paste market information and conduct analysis, identifying major varieties, market shares, growth trends, niches, major players etc.

·         Conduct interviews with key industry players and identify product quality parameters and potential placement on the value spectrum in the international market

·         Identify tariff and non-tariff barriers for leading export destinations for processed chili products

·         Identify prevailing practices relating to product packaging and supply chain management for commercial trade of chili oleoresin and chili paste

·         Conduct a SWOT analysis in light of the research and empirical evidence gathered under the assignment scope

·         Identify top five potential export competitors for Pakistani chili oleoresin, chili paste based on current and proposed varieties;

·         Identify top five export markets for Pakistani chili oleoresin, chili paste;

·         Provide product demand estimate and growth forecast

·         Provide indicative unit value for the respective destination markets

 

Deliverables:

      I.        Draft research methodology and report outline;

    II.        Chili oleoresin and chili paste trade data for past five years, complete with analytics in excel;

   III.        Final report on market assessment of both chili pepper oleoresin and chili pepper paste, covering:

a.    Market size

b.    Chili varieties

c.     Pricing

d.    Major players

e.    Leading markets

f.      Market niches

g.    Tariff and non-tariff barriers

h.    Leading importing businesses

i.      Packaging and logistics

j.      Recommendations on priority markets, product positioning and pricing

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment: 22 Working days 

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of Economics, Business, Food Science / Technology or proven equivalent experience;
  • Experience of having worked on research projects, especially related to trade and export development;
  • Experience in the chili pepper fresh and processed industry and related international trade
  • Prior experience of working on consulting assignments with USAID or donor funded projects in a developing country will be an advantage;
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English.

Gender Training 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: 

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) is a USAID funded, four-year project which aims to improve the ability of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture and livestock sectors to compete in international and national markets in the four target product lines; meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes and citrus. Agricultural Market Development (AMD) is a market driven and results oriented enterprise development activity that will increase incomes and employment in rural areas through business analysis and customized technical assistance to agribusiness enterprises producing, processing, marketing and supplying services to four target product lines: livestock, mangos, citrus and high-value, off-season vegetables (HV/OSV). AMD will catalyze private investment and commercial finance to the agricultural sector and mitigate investment risks by delivering technical assistance and expanding commercially sustainable linkages between producers, post-harvest enterprises, marketers and service providers. To ensure the long-term sustainability and success of these investments, AMD will also strengthen the commercial linkages between farmers and post-harvest enterprises and provide technical assistance and training on strategically important production inputs and practices.Overall, AMD targets a 50 percent female participation rate at all levels of the packing and processing sectors.

 

In support of AMD Project’s wider objectives and to align all proposed interventions with gender integration requirements, our gender integration strategy seeks to achieve two primary gender specific project objectives:

 

Objective 1: Equip Women Entrepreneurs and Laborers with the resources they need to increase agricultural productivity and

Objective 2: Works towards an environment that encourages, supports, and respects women’s inclusion and entrepreneurship. 

 

Our effort to achieve these gender specific objectives will translate into the following gender Inclusion goals:

 

·         Assist in linking or organizing women into clusters so that women can collectively access resources such as extension and inputs, markets, information and peer support

·         Establish more formal agreements between buyers and women farmers

·         Engage successful women entrepreneurs and women’s associations to act as role models and mentors to women clients and fledgling women’s groups/associations.

·         Ensure that all grants administered integrate gender and prevent incidence of child labor into grant design, evaluation, and implementation.

·         Promote contract farming that effectively reaches women.

·         Ensure that women receive appropriate and women friendly technologies, e.g. that reduce burden of land preparation and cultivation, water collection, irrigation, harvesting, and processing and enable women to save valuable time and increase productivity

·         Continuously engage male community leaders and family members through a culturally sensitive process that garners their support for women’s new or different roles.

·         Provide trainings to private sector commercial agriculture partners and all grantees on appropriate codes of conduct and gender-sensitive workplace standards.

 

An important pre requisite to achieve the goals outlined above is gender sensitization of AMD Project grantees and their existing staff through gender sensitization training and code of conduct training sessions. AMD Project will use a local subcontractor to conduct initial gender sensitization trainings for AMD Project grantees within each product line. These trainings will be followed by gender assessments of AMD Project grantee organizations and capacity building workshops that provide a platform for grantees to share experiences about their respective gender integration practices, challenges and learn how to effectively mainstream gender into their organizations.

 

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance 

The objective of this assignment is to work with AMD Project’s Gender Advisor and conduct gender assessment reports for 29 AMD Project Grantees and conduct follow up capacity building workshops.  The technical assistance (TA) provided by the international specialist will include collaborating with the Gender Advisor to assess the status of women’s integration at AMD Project grantee workplace sites and office premises, identify achievements and challenges and conduct follow up capacity building workshops for all AMD grantees. The consultant will visit offices and operational sites of AMD Project Grantees in three sectors – Citrus, High Value/Off Season Vegetables and Livestock for initial gender assessment meetings, compile findings and observations from these meetings as individual gender assessment reports for each grantee. Based on findings and recommendations of gender assessment reports, the consultant and Gender Advisor will conduct capacity building workshops to overcome challenges identified in gender assessment reports and encourage adoption of international and local best practices for effective gender integration.

 

It is envisioned that the STTA will spend 1-2 working days to conduct site visits for each of the 28 AMD Project grantees, 5-7 days to compile individual gender assessment reports for each grantee and spend 10-20 days to prepare and conduct capacity building workshops for groups of grantees in each sector in collaboration with the Gender Advisor. Out of a total of 29 grants, 1 grant has been awarded to 13 mango sector beneficiaries. Mango Sector beneficiaries do not require gender assessments however capacity building workshops will be conducted for them.

 

Assignment Scope:

The ISTTA tasks will include but not be limited to:

·         Background reading of AMD Work Plan, AMD Gender Implementation Strategy, Grant Agreement contracts for each individual grantee Gender Sensitization Training material prepared and delivered to AMD Project Grantees;

·         Carrying out gender assessment of each AMD Project grantee through site visits;

·         Compile individual gender assessment reports for each AMD Project Grantee based on findings and observations of each site visit. These gender assessment reports should highlight status of gender integration, challenges and recommended areas for improvement;

·         Based on gender assessment reports, collaborate with AMD Project Gender Advisor to prepare relevant material, design and conduct capacity building workshops for AMD Project grantees in High Value/Off Season Vegetables, Citrus and Livestock Sectors.

·         Collaborate with Gender Advisor to prepare material and conduct capacity building workshops for mango sector beneficiaries;

·         Any other tasks assigned by the Gender Advisor related to gender assessment reports and/or capacity building workshops. 

 

Deliverables:

I.        Provide individual gender assessment reports for 28 AMD Project grantees which include the following sections;

a.     Status of gender integration in AMD Project Grantee workplace premises and extent of compliance with gender integration guidelines specified in AMD Project Grant Agreements;

b.     Achievements and Challenges.

c.     Recommendations for areas of improvement and proposed solutions

d.     Pictorial evidence of best practices and areas for improvement

II.        Prepare material and conduct capacity building workshops for grantees in all 4 sectors.

III.        Submit the Summary STTA report for the AMD project’s COR with power point presentation(s) using the AMD template within 5 business days of completion of the assignment along with other deliverables listed in this section for review.

 

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment:

66 Days, Including 2 days for background review, 2 travel days, 2 days for meetings with AMD officials, 34 days for gender assessments of grantees, 20 days for capacity building workshops, and 5 days for report writing.

 

Timing of the Assignment:

The STTA assignment will commence in February 2017 and may end in May 2017 with a total LOE of 66 days, that assignment will be broken up into two 33 day segments.

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of gender studies, sociology, psychology, or any other relevant field;
  • Extensive experience of expertise in gender assessments and sensitization, experience in South Asia and/or Muslim majority countries will be an added advantage;  
  • At least 10 -15 years of professional practical experience in gender related activities and capacity building experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English.
  • Ability to travel to Pakistan

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

Food Safety Systems 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:

The Pakistan meat sector is poised to take a giant step forward in the increased production of high quality meat.  This production must be accompanied by the manufacturing and marketing of high quality meat products.  The meat sector is a prime example of how an industry must progress in terms of technology and management systems or be left behind in the world market.  To launch the meat industry in Pakistan to the next level of competitiveness, a focused approach that introduces technology and modern management techniques to the meat processor is critical.  

 

Currently there are six moderately-sized meat processing companies that AMD is working with.  These companies supply a limited range of meat products to the domestic market.  These firms have expressed an interest in getting their processing facilities in line with The Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) standards and obtaining the requisite certifications so that they can produce a better product and sell to regional wholesalers that are demanding certification.  

 

The FSSC covers ISO 22000 and Hygine 22002-1 together with three additional requirements: 1-Inventory of laws, 2- Purchase of services and 3- Supervision of personnel. ISO 22000 covers the requirements of HACCP. The introduction and compliance with FSSC would provide the coverage of all food safety standards including HACCP, ISO 22000 & Hygine 22002-1.

 

AMD is seeking a short term international consultant to conduct an audit/ gap analysis of six selected abattoirs/meat processing plants (Abattoirs selected for AMD grants and financially supported for meat export to Malaysia) for operational review for the implementation of The Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) standards. The consultant wiill also be required to develop SOPs for each abattoir to improve the operational processess and allow for the implementation of the FSSC standards.

 

Objective and Scope of the Technical Assistance

The STTA is aimed at auditing, analysizng gaps and recommending improvements to the food safety regime that is currently being practisced in each of the meat processing plants. By improving food safety compliance and moving towards obtaining the FSSC certifications, Pakistani abbatoirs will be able to increased production of high quality meat products, increase quality value-adding processing and access new markets. 

 

AMD requests the services of an international consultant who can conduct gap analysis of six selected abattoirs/meat processing plants (Abattoirs selected for AMD grants and financially supported for meat export to Malaysia) for Food Safety System management and compliance with FSSC standards. The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor and report to the Chief of Party (COP). The post of assignment is the AMD Lahore office.

 

The consultant first will conduct audit of food safety management system already in place and being practiced at the abattoirs, then based on gap analysis and international requirements, especially the requirements of meat importing countries, will recommend modifications to comply with the Food Safety System (FSSC) standards to be adapted by the Pakistani export abattoirs. The consultant will then develop SOPs and protocols for the implementation of the Food Safety System standards together with providing trainings and technical backstopping to each of the AMD selected abattoirs personals.

 

Deliverables:

  I.            Provide a detailed work plan for gap analysis and technical assistance for each of the AMD selected six meat processors within two working days of inception;

 II.            Submit (in editable report form) six distinct reports labeled by abattoir covering the following:

a.       Detailed audit and gap analysis for audit of the food safety management system already in place and being practiced at the abattoirs;

b.       Based on the gap analysis will recommend modifications to the food safety management system to comply with the Food Safety System (FSSC) standards to be adapted by the Pakistani export abattoirs; 

c.       SOPs and protocols for implementing and maintaining of the food safety management system standards;

d.       Undertake capacity building measures needed for plant personnel in complying with the Food Safety System standards at each abbatoir;

e.       Detail of training and technical backstopping provided to each of the AMD selected abattoirs;

  III.            Submit the Summary STTA report for the AMD project’s COR with power point presentation(s) using the AMD template within 5 business days of completion of the assignment along with other deliverables listed in this section for review.

 

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment:

45 working days, including 1 day for background review, up to 4 days for int’l travelling, 1 day for meetings with AMD officials, 12 days for gap analysis and food safety audit, 17 days for capacity building, 6 days for SOPs development, 5 days for report writing and incorporating AMD edits and comments.

 

Timing of the Assignment:

The STTA assignment will commence at the end of October / beginning of November with a total LOE of 45 working days. The assignment could be conducted in 2 phases depending upon the availability of the consultant. If the international consultant cannot commit to 48 consecutive days, 2 extra days will be added for international travel.

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of food processing;
  • Extensive experienceo of having worked with food processors and other related value chain actors;
  • More than 10 years of professional practical experience carrying out performance audit of food processors;
  • More than 10 years of capacity building experience.
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with USAID funded projects in Pakistan;
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and development of livestock sector interventions;  
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English.
  • Ability to travel to Pakistan

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