Finance, Compliance and Administration Support Manager (Consultant)

Finance, Compliance and Administration Support Manager (Consultant)

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Level of Effort: Up to 50% initially, with potential for full-time employment in the future, dependent on organizational growth

General Responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise on EU and other European Donor (preferably GIZ, KfW, NL Agency, DFID, and EIB experience) financial reporting and compliance rules and regulations to field and HQ staff and teams:
  • Work seamlessly and in coordination with CNFA’s US-based Operations & Compliance Team to build CNFA Europe’s finance, compliance and administration systems to be financially sound and competitive amongst peer organisations.
  • Working with program management teams, ensure that project and financial reporting is timely and compliant with CNFA Europe’s various European donor rules and regulations.
  • Initiate the process of developing CNFA Europe’s logistics and procurement systems that ensure compliance with respective EU donors and private sector partners;
  • Ensure the smooth implementation of project accounting activities, including (but not limited to): timely and accurate bank reconciliations, invoicing, monitoring of expenditure levels against budget and funding obligations, financial projections and submission of monthly financial reports to CNFA HQ;
  • Ensure organized and complete accounting file documentation is maintained by the field office and Headquarters and develop procedures for the systematic transfer of all original documentation to Headquarters;
  • Act as point on HR Systems development, primarily developing and operationalizing a CNFA Europe Expert Database and Recruitment Process, in addition to developing our contract terms and conditions for experts on the various EU Contracts we are bidding on. 
  • Project portal: manage the project portal relating to financial issues, including uploading financial reporting and deliverable reports;
  • Provide the field finance teams with information and guidance on program financial performance;
  • Regularly prepare and present financial reports, analysis, and recommendations concerning relevant financial issues;
  • Review partner spending in relation to budgets, and develop monthly budget pipelines for CNFA and partner expenditures;
  • Ensuring contract compliance with EU donors and CNFA policies and procedures by reviewing and approving subcontracts, grants, consultant agreements, and procurement documents for final approval and signature;
  • Facilitate timely, accurate month-end closing, cash requests and cash reconciliations;
  • Researching EU/GIZ regulatory issues and staying up-to-date on revisions to relevant regulations;

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Finance or related field. Master’s Degree preferred. May substitute work experience to meet education requirement.
  • Minimum 5 years of project level accounting or finance experience with EU funded and other donor funded projects, preferably including GIZ, KfW, EIB and others.
  • Experience with European donors in the areas of finance and compliance;
  • Understanding of EU reporting rules and regulations;
  • A high degree of integrity, accountability, energy and flexibility;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives; 

Seed Systems Support – Lead Technical Consultant

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Project Background:

 

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidatesfor the USAID/Bureau of Food Security Seed Systems Support. The Seed Systems Support activity will focus on inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, and strengthened resilience among people and systems.  This activity will achieve these results through the development of innovative and sustainable seed systems that are responsive to the needs of smallholder farmers and adaptive to climate and economic change.

 

Role:

 

The Technical Writer will support the capture effort and technical design for the Seed Systems Support proposal development, including leading and facilitating the development of the overall design approach and concept for the proposal; writing programmatic sections of the document closely with the Lead Technical Writer; leading technical design from capture to the final submission, including research, partnering, and supporting writers of all proposal sections; and collaborating closely with the Budget/Contracts Manager to ensure that the technical program comports with the budgetary and contractual requirements.

Qualifications

  • 15 plus years in the agriculture sector with at least 5 years of experience in seed and seed systems in Africa and other emerging markets. The seed specific expertise will include experience on 1 or more of the following areas: private sector seed production and marketing, seed policy and regulatory environment development, increasing small holder access to seed, varietal development, seed multiplication and/or seed certification.  
  • Experience designing and/or managing agribusiness development projects is preferred;
  • Experience in proposal writing as lead technical writer is preferred.
  • International donor experience required, USAID program experience preferred;
  • Master’s Degree in related field required, PhD preferred;
  • Strong written and verbal English language skills required

STTA: Maize Value Chain Consultant

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Project Background:

 

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

 

Consultancy Summary:

 

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

Specific Tasks

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

Minimum Qualifications

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

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STTA: International Specialist in FAO/OIE Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD)

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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:

“The Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD) has been developed by FAO to assist and facilitate countries where FMD is still endemic to progressively reduce the impact of FMD and the load of FMD virus. The PCP-FMD has been adopted by FAO as a working tool in the design of FMD country (and some regional) control programs,…it has become a joint FAO/OIE tool.”[1] Pakistan is currently at Stage-II incursion of the FMD virus as defined by the OIE PCP-FMD. It is mandatory for Pakistan to establish FMD free zones/compartments in line with the OIE guidelines to progress to the next Stage of FMD PCP i.e. Stage-III that will allow export of meat from these areas. Pakistan’s chilled meat exports are currently limited to GCC. Frozen meat is limited to Malaysia and Vietnam.. In order to expand into other markets like China, Indonesia and Russia, Pakistan must comply with the OIE regulations regarding FMD free zones/compartments. Once these zones/compartments are notified and accepted by OIE, Pakistan would be allowed to export meat to a number of countries including those mentioned above. The Government of Punjab has notified a few FMD control zones/compartments in Punjab province, however, The Government of Sindh has yet to take any steps in the FAO/OIE FMD-PCP process. The identified control zones/compartments become internationally acceptable only after ratification by OIE.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance:

The Senior Specialist in FAO/OIE Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease, in collaboration with AMD team, will provide a recommended strategy and implementation plan of the OIE guidelines to support the provincial and federal regulatory authorities in Pakistan. In Punjab, the consultant will review identified areas and farms for suitability as PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines. In Sindh, the consultant will work with AMD staff and private sector stakeholders to identify suitable areas for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines

 

Based on the strategy and implementation plan, the ISTTA will conduct a training workshop to present the strategy and implementation mechanism to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers.

 

Assignment Scope:

The Senior Specialist on PCP-FMD Control Zones/Compartments for enhancing meat exports will have a background in veterinary sciences with sound practical experience in the developing veterinary services across the globe; particularly in Pakistan. Knowledge of animal health, disease control, designing and supporting capacity building initiatives, sound knowledge of FMD issues and relevant OIE regulations as well as government regulations, and an understanding of the Pakistani livestock and veterinary services will be an added advantage.

Estimated level of Effort (LoE) for the assignment:

38 work days, including intermittent travel as per the detail in the full description linked below.

Timing of the Assignment:

The ISTTA shall commence on or about August 15, 2017 and is expected to be completed by October 30, 2017.

[1] FAO Document PCP 2011: http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/commissions/docs/PCP/PCP-26012011.pdf

Specific Functions

  • Review current FMD status of Pakistan viz-a-viz FAO/OIE PCP-FMD Progressive Control Pathway Strategy;
  • Discussions with relevant provincial and federal regulatory authorities;
  • Discussions with public and private sector to review and identify areas and farms for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with the FAO/OIE PCP-FMD guidelines;
  • Development of a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines;
  • Present PCP-FMD strategy and implementation plan to relevant stakeholders;
  • Develop training modules for the proposedPCP-FMD strategy and implementation plan for selected technical stakeholders and impart awareness and training through a seminar / workshop;
  • Willingness to travel to project areas within Pakistan;
  • Any other relevant tasks assigned by the Chief of Party or the Chief Technical Advisor.

Deliverables

  • Final comprehensive report containing:
  • Review of current FMD status of Pakistan viz-a-viz FAO/OIE PCP-FMD Progressive Control Pathway Strategy;
  • List of stakeholders met with and summary of discussions held;
  • Areas and farms identified for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with the FAO/OIE PCP-FMD guidelines;
  • Comprehensive strategy and implementation plan for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines;
  • Review of training workshop
  • Training modules developed for workshop and seminar;
  • Conduct technical presentation in Islamabad of the strategy and proposed implementation mechanism for FMD control zones/compartments in Pakistan based on FAO/OIE global strategy guidelines to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers;
  • Develop Training modules for implementation of the proposed implementation mechanism.
  • Conduct Technical Workshop in Islamabad on the training modules including a Power point presentation to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers;

Minimum Qualifications

  • Above 20 years of international experience in veterinary services and veterinary policy legislations at both South Asian and global levels;
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in the livestock veterinary sector in Pakistan;
  • Experience working with USAID and other donor funded projects;
  • Degree in veterinary services (MRCVS/DVM);
  • Sound knowledge of FAO/OIE guidelines and regulations;
  • Experience in the design and implementation of capacity building activities in the livestock sector;
  • Experience working on regulatory and policy development in livestock sector;
  • Willingness to travel to Pakistan;
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills are required.

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Private Sector Horticultural Marketing Expert

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Scope of Work:

1.       Position: Private Sector Horticultural Marketing Expert

2.       Project: Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) Program

3.       Place of Performance: Egypt

4.       Level of Effort: 3 – 6 months

5.       Period of Performance:  August 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018

6.       Reporting to: Chief of Party

 

Background and Purpose

 

The Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) program is a five year, $23 million USAID funded program implemented by CNFA in Egypt. The goal of FAS is to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt. The program will achieve this goal by implementing a market-driven approach that facilitates sustainable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. The market-driven approach will be supported by four interrelated components: 1) improved on-farm production, 2) more efficient post-harvest processes, 3) improved marketing of agriculture crops and products, and 4) improved nutritional status, especially for women and children. 

 

CNFA seeks an international or Egyptian Private Sector Horticultural Marketing Expert to engage as a consultant for a period of 3-6 months to provide senior level expertise to the FAS Marketing Team as well as strengthen and supervise marketing component activities. The expert will oversee and manage the Marketing Team staff and ensure all relevant targets are met.

 

Project marketing interventions aim to fill critical gaps that impede access to EU, Gulf, and high value Egyptian markets. Fresh-packed horticulture will be exported through existing exporter-importer business relationships as well as new relationships formulated through trade show participation. Striving for EU quality (i.e., GlobalGAP) will help ensure that FAS-supported production can also access high-value domestic markets, including hypermarkets, hotels, and restaurants.

 

This position reports directly to the Chief of Party and is based in Luxor. Specific duties include:

Tasks

  • Identify buyers and markets for smallholder horticultural exports to EU and Gulf regions as well as high value markets within Egypt
  • Facilitate forward contracting technical assistance and contracts between Upper Egyptian producers and buyers (domestic and export), including market identification and overseeing the implementation of buyer contracts
  • Facilitate and develop connections and relationships with processors and exporters that can be linked with Upper Egyptian smallholder farmers
  • Develop and monitor the quality of marketing related trainings for buyers, processors, and exporters
  • Advise on marketing related aspects of the program strategy and plan for meeting targets
  • Support the Chief of Party with timely and accurate reporting to USAID
  • Ensure high-quality performance of all relevant activities
  • Perform other tasks as assigned;

Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in marketing or at least 20 years’ experience in private sector horticultural value chain marketing
  • Experience in designing and supervising agriculture marketing activities;
  • Experience working with export/end markets, particularly in Western Europe and the Gulf markets;
  • Previous experience in Egypt preferred;
  • Strong communication, analytical, writing, and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent team management skills;
  • Professional proficiency in written and spoken English required

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International Technical Consultant- AgriBusiness Investment Project

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Project background:

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

 

Position Description:

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

Qualifications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Place of Performance: Punjab

LOE: 21 Days

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

Project Description

 

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

Background Information

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

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

LOE, Period and Place of Performance

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

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

Assignment Scope

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

Deliverables

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

Qualifications

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

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ISTTA: Controlled Atmosphere Vegetable Production

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Project Name: CNFA-AMD

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

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

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

Place of Performance: Lahore  and adjoining production areas -Punjab

LOE: 21 Days

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

Project Description

 

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

Background Information

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

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

LOE, Period and Place of Performance

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

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

Assignment Scope

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

Deliverables

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

Qualifications

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

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STTA: LADA PERSUAP and Environmental Management

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A.    BACKGROUND

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

OBJECTIVES 

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

 

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

 

C.    PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

·         USEPA registration status of the proposed pesticide;

·         Basis for selection of the pesticide;

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

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

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

·         Effectiveness of the requested pesticide for the proposed use;

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

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

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

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

·         Provision for training of users and applicators; and

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

 

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

Period of Performance: ASAP – 5 days of LOE anticipated  

Deliverables

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

Qualifications:

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

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