Vegetable Packing-house Specialist

Vegetable Packing-house Specialist

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CNFA-AMD Project

US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development

SCOPE OF WORK

 

Project Name

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

Consultancy Assignment

Operation and Management of packing-house for vegetables

Consultant Title

Vegetable Packing-house Specialist

Reports to

Chief technical Advisor – AMD

Place of Performance

Pakistan with travel to grantee sites in Punjab and Sindh

LOE:

23 days, including 2 international travel days, 18 days in-country and 3 days for report writing

Est. Period of Performance

February 01, 2018 to March 31, 2018

Project Description:

 

U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID-funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in Citrus, Mango, High Value/Offseason 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 and streamlining supply chains, optimizing profit margins, increasing participation of women entrepreneurs, to ultimately make Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and more competitive.

Background:

A packing-house is a physical structure, where harvest produce is consolidated and prepared for transport and distribution to market. Packing is the main activity from which the name ‘packing-house’ is derived. But there are activities before and after packing — together they are called packing-house operations. Packing-house operations include cleaning, sorting/grading, pretreatments, packing, cooling, storage and dispatch to market. Managing the packing-house is a business venture and much more complex and risky than operating a collection center, where farmers bring their produce for traders to collect.

 

A packing-house is an alternative way out for individual farmers, traders and exporters dealing with fresh produce at any link of the value chain. A packing-house enables quality assurance activities that ensure product quality and quantity meet market requirements, and minimize postharvest losses due to better handling and processing, inclusive of transport in better and more safely-packed vehicles.

 

Objectives of Technical Assistance:

The Technical Assistance (TA) provided by AMD will be delivered through an international consultant and will include capacity building of packing-house owners, operators and exporters on best practices for the operation and management of fresh vegetables and cool chain essential for exporting high value horticulture crops. The international STTA will provide onsite technical guidance on the operation and management of packing-houses and will conduct capacity building sessions on efficient utilization and management of the packing-house facility for vegetables. A step-by-step guidebook will be developed and supported by illustrations on the operation and management of the packing-house and cool chain, identifying tools and support equipment essential for packing-house operation and cool chain management. Food safety and worker health and safety will also be addressed.

Scope of the Assignment

The consultant’s tasks will include, but not be limited to, the following:

§  Coordinate with the AMD program team for development of work plan including visit schedule to AMD grantees’ packing-houses;

§  Conduct on-site inspection and situational analysis for grantees and interaction with other stakeholders for better understanding of supply and value chains;  

§  Design and develop a Guidebook for best practices including illustrations on the operation and management of a packing-house for fresh vegetables, identifying required support equipment essential for optimum packing-house operation and cool chain management;

§  Food safety, health and safety precautions of workers and environmental compliances should also be addressed;

§  Based on visits to packing houses and interviews with stakeholders, identify the minimum amount of equipment and tools, with specifications, essential for the efficient operation of the packing-house; 

§  Any value addition to B&C grade products segregated during the grading and packing process for the local market and processing industry, via packaging and cost-effective means for transport;

§  Conduct two stakeholder capacity building sessions, one in Karachi and one in Lahore, on best practices for operating and managing a vegetable packing-house with cool chain customized to address the constraints found during site visits and stakeholder interactions;

§  Any other related tasks assigned by the COP or CTA 

Deliverables:

  • The specific deliverables of this assignment are;
  • Submit a detailed work plan and site visit plan within 2 days of arrival in country;
  • In coordination with the AMD technical staff, conduct two capacity building sessions for stakeholders on the operation and management of packing-house with cool chain for vegetables;
  • Develop a step-by-step Best Practices Guidebook with illustrations on operation and management of a vegetable packing-house with cool chain. The guidebook will cover all aspects of operation including, but not limited to, cool chain management, food safety measures, health and safety of workers, environmental mitigation, organic waste removal and value addition of products;
  • Develop a list of tools and equipment, with specifications, essential for the smooth operation of packing-house and incorporate into the guidebook;
  • Also develop a guideline on best utilization of organic waste;
  • Provide recommendations to stakeholders on the best use of ‘B’ & ‘C’ grades of fresh produce;
  • Submit a comprehensive final report which includes:
  • Report on the training delivered;
  • Sites visited and technical support provided;
  • Guidebook developed, reviewed by AMD technical team and annex with the final report;
  • List of tools and equipment, with specifications, required for smooth operation of packing-house, incorporated in the report;
  • Food safety measures, health & safety of workers and environmental mitigation plan for packing-house, developed and incorporated in the guidebook;
  • Deliver presentation to AMD team on activities conducted on operation and management of packing-house;
  • Recommendations and steps forward;
  • Any other task assigned by COP and CTA 

Qualifications:

  • The consultants should have:
  • An advanced degree in the field of food safety, food processing management, or equivalency in experience;
  • 5-10 years’ experience of having worked with commercial agriculture traders or exporters as well as experience in handling and postharvest handling of vegetables;
  • Sound knowledge of cold chain management, good processing practices with agricultural products, food safety and employee safety and hygiene;
  • Proven experience in working with HACCP principles, food safety record-keeping and documentation procedures;
  • Prior experience working as a consultant with USAID or donor-funded projects a plus;
  • Prior experience in capacity building trainings for good manufacturing practices, HACCP principles;
  • Excellent computer skills, in particular: Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point;
  • Demonstrable interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English;
  • Oral fluency in English

Timing of the Assignment:

The consultant will commence working on this assignment on or about February 1, 2018

Horticulture IPM Specialist

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CNFA-AMD Project

US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development

SCOPE OF WORK

 

 

Project Name

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

Consultancy Assignment

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) capacity building for HVOSV crops/systems

Consultant Title

Horticulture IPM Specialist

Reports to

Chief Technical Advisor – AMD

Place of Performance

Lahore, Punjab and Sindh

LOE

23 days, including 2 international travel days, 18 days in country, 3 days for report preparation

Est. Period of Performance

February 01, 2018 – March 31, 2018

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 both inferior quality of produce, and sales in low-value markets.

The Pakistani economy has grown steadily over the last 60 years at an average annual rate of 4.9% and has nearly doubled in size in only the last 10 years from a national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of USD 137 billion in 2006 to over USD 270 billion in 2015. The country’s growth, however, has been inconsistent, with many cycles of booms and busts. Pakistan is considered an emerging market economy, but it lags on many development metrics, including being ranked 147th out of 188 countries on the 2016 Human Development Index. Agriculture remains the second largest economic sector in Pakistan, contributing approximately 25% to the national GDP and absorbing roughly 42% of the labor force, mainly composed of women. The sector is not only the largest employer in the country, but also generates over 75% of export revenue through agri-based textiles (cotton) and agri-food products. The country is among the world’s largest textile and rice exporters, and imports significant quantities of palm oil used in cooking.

To meet domestic and export demand for agriculture products inclusive of fruits and vegetables, pesticide/herbicide/fungicide is another major input which plays a crucial role in ensuring crop productivity and the quality of produce by protecting crops from diseases and pests. Putting aside environmental issues and residual effects hazardous to human health, the cost-benefit ratio of pesticide dictates that farmers use them. Pakistan imports generic as well as branded chemicals, mostly in form of concentrates, worth billions of rupees every year. Excessive use of pesticide increases the immunity of pests to future treatments, toxicant elements in eco-system, and hazards to applicators (farmer or laborers), as well as to other human beings and animals who consume contaminated food, or encounter such chemical application. In the US, herbicide constitutes 85% of total pesticide applied, whereas in Pakistan insecticide ranks first with 85% of total pesticide use, in which 60 – 65% of insecticide is used only for cotton crop, followed by paddy, cereals and sugar cane with 7%, 4%, and 2%, respectively. Herbicide usage in Pakistan is around only 10% of total pesticide application.

Over the years, per-hectare spending on chemical spray for various crops, except Bt cotton, rose due to the following reasons:

a)      Climactic changes are resulting in abrupt rains, developing greater humidity and favourable conditions for pests.

b)      Due to indiscriminate spraying of chemicals on crops, the immunity level of pests has increased, requiring more frequent, higher potency and more advanced chemicals, which are relatively more expensive.

c)      The incidence of pest attack is higher on plants nurtured by fertilizers, and sown by high yielding varieties (HYV) seeds. With the increasing use of HYVs and fertilizers, use of pesticide is also growing.

Objective of the Technical Assistance:

To formalize a consistent and improved supply of HV/OSV produce, AMD intends to support competitively selected businesses in establishing/improving their contractual farming through interventions with commercial players in the horticulture sector to substantially support food safety. As part of AMD’s integrated strategy, awareness of best practices in IPM techniques will help to reduce the cost of production, improve quality, and support the natural biosphere of the area. AMD intends to hire an International Horticulture/Entomologist/Plant Protection Specialist (specialized in Integrated Pest Management (IPM)) to conduct a situational HV/OSV sectoral analysis of current IPM techniques utilized by AMD identified stakeholders and conduct capacity building sessions in Punjab and Sindh.

Assignment Scope:

The consultant’s tasks will include but not be limited to:

Demonstrate hands on training and TA for use of various techniques to identify, control and mitigate the pest attack on vegetables under controlled conditions and open field conditions. The consultant will conduct capacity building sessions to guide the identified stakeholders in the importance of integrated pest management and suggest improved technologies/techniques based on the situational analysis, including tools and equipment as cost-effective measures in the Integrated Management system (IPM). Analyze and design a quick-reference poster illustrating the most common pest types (insects & diseases of HV/OSV crops) predominant in Pakistan along with preventive measures. Identify IPM technologies being used in other countries that could be relevant in Pakistan, for example RIDL (Release of Insects carrying a Dominant Lethal), to control mosquitos, fruit fly and pink bollworm. Conduct capacity building sessions in Sindh and Punjab, which should include the following:

      Preventive techniques such as cultural practices, proper planting and selecting resistant/tolerant verities to avoid pest infestation;

      Techniques used to identify the economical pest threshold levels and pest scouting techniques and their benefits for cost-effective and food safe produce that meets international and national requirements;

      How to monitor and identify target pests in vegetable crops, under both field and controlled conditions;

      How to reduce chemical usage and promote mechanical and cultural practices for controlling pests;

      Appropriate actions to be taken in case of pest threshold level exceeding the economical limits;

      Record keeping of inputs and production;

      Demonstration of a computer based program system for daily, monthly and annual recording of pest activity and trend analysis;

 

Deliverables:

  • Develop a detailed work plan and a brief suggested methodology during the period of assignment for approved by AMD COP; 
  • Poster layout depicting the most common pest types (insects & diseases) of relevant HV/OSV crops globally in comparison with the pests predominant in Pakistan, with preventive measures; 
  • Report on methods and techniques devised for the identification and determination of the threshold level for economically viable control measures of predominant pests in Pakistan; 
  • Report of new IPM technologies from other countries outlining the awareness campaign and adoption of those technologies;
  • Provide details on recent advanced techniques, tools and practices for IPM which are adapted worldwide
  • Develop the curriculum, documents and Power Point presentation for conducting capacity building sessions that includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
  • Preventive techniques such as cultural practices, proper planting and selecting resistant/tolerant verities to avoid pest infestation;
  • Techniques used to identify the economical pest threshold levels and pest-scouting techniques and their benefits for cost-effective and food safe produce that meets international and national requirements;
  • How to monitor and identify target pests in vegetable crops.;
  • How to reduce chemical usage and promote mechanical and cultural practices for controlling pests;
  • Appropriate actions to be taken in case of pest threshold level exceeding the economical limits;
  • Record keeping of inputs and production;
  • Demonstration of a computer based program system for daily, monthly and annual recording of pest activity and trend analysis;
  • With support from the AMD technical team, conduct two capacity building sessions for HV/OSV stakeholders, one in Sindh and one in Punjab;
  • Submit a final draft report along with Power Point presentation used in the capacity building sessions to CNFA within 10 business days after completion of the assignment;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to IPM/ ICM

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduate or doctorate degree in agriculture, horticulture, entomology, or related field;
  • Over 10 years’ practical experience in modern commercial agriculture practices for controlling the pest population within threshold level;
  • Work experience with international donors, preferably with USAID-sponsored programs or other similar development projects a plus;
  • Demonstrated understanding of Pakistan and/or the region a plus;
  • Proven hands-on experience in capacity building of good agricultural practices and Global GAP for individual growers, groups, exporters;
  • Understanding of phyto-sanitary practices and regulations for compliance;
  • Experience in training and capacity building in IPM/ICM in controlled environment production

  • LOE and Period of Performance:
  • The period of performance for this consultancy begins on or about February 01, 2018 through March 31, 2018.
  • The estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment is 23 days (detail given below)

Call for Experts – Georgia

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About CNFA:

Founded in 1985, CNFA manages a portfolio of nearly $300 million in 18 countries. CNFA applies market-system approaches that engage local stakeholders to strengthen value chains and increase incomes, competitiveness, and employment for smallholder farmers and agribusinesses. CNFA programs strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of agribusinesses, cooperatives, and associations (including women’s and youth groups) to support farmers and promote the uptake of improved technologies and techniques to enhance productivity and natural resource management. We improve business and management practices of farmers and agribusiness and increase their access to affordable financial services. We also facilitate strong business linkages between smallholders and suppliers of quality inputs, service providers, buyers, and profitable markets.

 

Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded economic growth and competitiveness project in Georgia.

 

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

·         Nutrition Specialist

·         Associations Specialist

·         Supply Chain Specialist

·         Value Chain Specialist

·         Export Marketing Specialist

·         Market Linkages Specialist

·         International Standards and Certifications Specialist

·         Agribusiness Development Specialist

·         Production Agriculture Specialist

·         Irrigation Specialist

·         Workforce Development Specialist

·         Policy Reform Specialist

·         Technical Training Specialist

Ideal Candidate:

  • 5+ years experience in rural agriculture and agribusiness is required, experience in private sector work is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree or higher is preferred;
  • Experience working on USAID or other major international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Experience working in Georgia is highly preferred;
  • Fluency in English is required; fluency in Georgian preferred

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

Local Technical Consultant: USAID/Nigeria Agri-Business Investment Project

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Project Background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the upcoming USAID/Nigeria Agri-Business Investment Project.

Role:

The Local Technical Consultant will support the capture effort, including establishing contact with Nigerian agribusinesses, banks, and government agencies, and coordinating meetings between contacts and the CNFA Capture Team.  The Consultant will also assist in the technical design for proposal development, including leading and facilitating the development of the design concept for the proposal; writing programmatic sections of the document in close collaboration with the Lead Technical Writer; and collaborating closely with the Budget/Contracts Manager to ensure that the technical program comports with the budgetary and contractual requirements.

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience in Nigerian agriculture and agribusiness development is required;
  • Experience in the development and empowerment of Nigerian agribusinesses, including working with private- and public-sector actors to foster greater inclusiveness and collaboration, is required;
  • Experience designing and/or managing agribusiness development projects is preferred;
  • Experience in proposal writing is preferred;
  • International donor experience required;
  • USAID program experience preferred;
  • Master’s Degree in related field required, PhD preferred;
  • Full proficiency in writing and speaking English is required.

Consultant – Gender Integration

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Scope of Work

Consultant – Gender Integration

 

Position:    Short-term Consultant – Gender Integration

Project:      Pakistan Agricultural Teachnology Transfer  Activity (PATTA)

Place of Performance:   Islamabad, Pakistan, with field travel

Level of Effort:   30 Days

 Period of Performance:  October – November 2017

 Reporting to:   Chief of Party/Deputy Chief of Party or his designee

 

About CNFA:

CNFA is an enterprise development organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, to expand exports, and to develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

 

Project Description:

CNFA is currently seeking a Gender Integration Consultant for the USAID-funded PATTA project in Pakistan. The purpose of the Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Project (PATTA) is to identify, support and bring to scale private sector solutions to improve agricultural productivity in Pakistan, through a four-year activity. PATTA will partner with agricultural technology companies to commercialize products and services that can increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers and mobilize private sector investment in agricultural technology. PATTA’s partnerships will give small holder farmers broader access to affordable technologies to increase productivity, build resilience to climate change and reduce postharvest losses.

 

Expected Results of PATTA:

·         Increase smallholder farmers’ access to affordable appropriate and effective agricultural technologies

·         Enable agricultural technology related businesses to expand and adapt their products and services to meet small holders’ needs

·         Scale up the adoption and use of agricultural technologies

 

Position Summary:

 

This short-term STTA position will be based in Islamabad (with potential travel to the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, KPK, and GB). The Gender Consultant will conduct a gender analysis of PATTA in close coordination with the Social & Behavior Change and Gender Integration Specialists.  The Gender Consultant will identify gender-based constraints facing women and men in the targeted communities and steer program activities to directly address these issues. S/he will be expected to engage with all areas of program implementation in order to complete the gender assessment. Additional responsibilities will include:

 

Specific Tasks:

·       Conduct a concise gender analysis of target populations with approaches to boost commercialization of gender-sensitive technologies

·       Collect gender-disaggregated data and evaluate gender impact of technologies

·       Design and conduct the PATTA project’s gender assessment in close coordination with the Agriculture Extension and Gender Integration Specialist, and Social and Behavior Change and Communication (SBCC) Specialist

·       Advise staff on ways to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality through program interventions, and advise on how to tailor each intervention to ensure that women are able to attend and participate fully

·       Support in the M&E collection and interpretation for gender-specific indicators and support external participants (such as external evaluators or consultants) in doing the same

·       Submit written gender analysis report

 

Deliverables:

 

          Inception report

          Weekly progress report

          Presentation and feedback from the project

          Gender analysis report, incorporation of project comments and final report submission

 

Minimum Qualifications:

 

·         Pakistani national

·         A Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Development Studies or similar degree required

·         8-10 years of work experience with gender development project required, experience with USAID-funded projects is highly desirable

·         Working knowledge of USAID policies, rules and regulations preferred

·         Previous project work experience in Pakistan

·         Familiarity with agricultural technologies and value chain constraints in Pakistan

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills required

·         Demonstrated ability to manage multi-component projects, junior staff and multifunctional teams with international personnel required

·         Fluency in English required

·         Fluency in Urdu preferred

 

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Consultant – Baseline Analysis

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Position:                                  STTA – Consultant, Baseline Analysis

Project                                     Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA)  

Place of Performance:          Islamabad, Pakistan, with field travel

Level of Effort:                       30 Days

Period of Performance:         October – November 2017

Reporting to:                           Chief of Party/Deputy Chief of Party or his designee

About CNFA:

CNFA is an enterprise development organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, to expand exports, and to develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

Project Description:

CNFA is currently seeking a short-term technical assistance [JG1] (STTA) to help conduct a baseline study for the USAID-funded PATTA project in Pakistan. The purpose of the PATTA is to identify, support and bring to scale private sector solutions to improve agricultural productivity in Pakistan, through a four-year activity. PATTA will partner with agricultural technology companies to commercialize products and services that can increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers, and mobilize private sector investment in agricultural technology. PATTA’s partnerships will give smallholder farmers broader access to affordable technologies to increase productivity, build resilience to climate change and reduce postharvest losses.

Expected Results of PATTA:

·         Increase smallholder farmers’ access to affordable appropriate and effective agricultural technologies

·         Enable agricultural technology-related businesses to expand and adapt their products and services to meet smallholders’ needs

Scale up the adoption and use[JG1]  of agricultural technologies

Position Summary:

This short-term STTA position will be based in Islamabad (with potential travel to the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, KPK, and GB). The baseline analysis STTA will conduct baseline analysis of PATTA in close coordination with the Monitoring and Evaluation team.

Outdated and ineffective agricultural technologies are among the leading causes of Pakistan’s inability to reach its agricultural potential. Scaling up the production, distribution, and adoption of agricultural technologies in Pakistan is made challenging by lack of information, difficulty in accessing credit, a wide dispersion of smallholders, as well as the diversity of challenges facing different subsets of smallholder farmers, including women and other marginalized groups.

Assignment Objectives

The PATTA project seeks the services of a qualified short-term senior consultant for a period of 30 days to assist the project in undertaking a baseline and benchmarking study for PATTA and will carry out:

§  Baseline study relevant to PATTA interventions in agricultural technologies

Generate primary data on key indicators to be maintained and updated for the study and put in to the database over the course of project implementation and afterwards

Statistical data on key performance indicators including but not limited to; use of agricultural technologies by the smallholder, proportion of females engaged in the agricultural activities, agricultural machinery companies, volume of their sales, and potential for private sector investments in widespread, affordable technologies. 

Specific Tasks:

 

1.         Methodology

The consultant will, within the framework of PATTA, review the existing data and reports including published documents. The consultant will work in close collaboration with the M&E team in designing, planning, implementing and reporting the baseline activity.

 

The consultant, in collaboration with the PATTA team, will pre-test tools that could be used to undertake the baseline study in the project’s targeted areas. PMP indicators related to impact, outcome and output level will be grouped into themes to bring consistency and continuity in the flow of questions in the questionnaires. Keeping in view the diverse nature of the product line, questionnaires will be developed.

 

The M&E and PATTA technical teams will provide backstopping and coaching throughout the implementation of the baseline study. The M&E team will be remained involved in facilitating & providing technical guidance. The consultant(s) will undertake validation, verification and monitoring of the field investigations. The collected data will be analyzed in the SPSS software and in MS Excel using pivot tables and the cross-tabulation option. 

Specific Tasks

 

The baseline study consultant and M&E team will assist in baseline data collection relevant to PATTA scope and activities related to target agricultural technologies. The consultant will assist in collecting primary data on key indicators to be maintained and updated in a database during project implementation and afterwards and will collect performance data from PATTA beneficiaries. The following are the major tasks: 

·         Engage in baseline data collection in close coordination with the M&E team

Conduct primary data collection, including interviews and focus group discussions

Arrange the data collection efforts, ensuring the accuracy of data collection, the timely collection of data and the quality of data collected.

Data management and consolidation through prescribed data collection tools and trackers, and making sure that data is reliable and authentic

Analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data

Submission of data set on Excel and SPSS

Deliverables

  • Generate baseline data on the key PMP indicators to be collected and maintained in project database throughout the study based on the outputs/outcomes/impact of the program interventions:
  •  Inception report and approval of assignment tasks from the project
  • Conduct data collection in the field and capture data through set tools.
  • Maintain and clean datasets with data captured from fieldwork and labeled data sets in SPSS
  • Consolidated data set against PMP Indicators  
  • Debriefing session about key findings from the baseline study
  • Assist in Final report -Must at the minimum include: a clear statement of the objective of the baseline study.
  • Present and share findings of baseline analysis with PATTA team and partners.

Desired qualifications

  • The consultant should have:
  • Advanced degree in the field of Business Management, Economics, Finance or related field with more than 7 years of professional experience in conducting value chain and baseline studies with USAID funded projects with a focus on the agribusiness & agriculture sector;
  • Experience conducting baseline & research studies in agriculture and value chain analysis, and financial analysis;
  • Considerable experience in directly conducting and leading baselines, and research projects, in developing countries, preferably in Pakistan.
  • In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis tools and methods.
  • Excellent computer skills (Word Processing, Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint);
  • Excellent data interpretation skills through SPSS, and advanced data management and analysis abilities
  • Excellent report writing skills and proven track record of generating baseline, research and other reports for donors.
  • Experience working in complex environments
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written English communication skills.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Consultant – Environmental Compliance

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Consultant – Environmental Compliance

 

Position:   Short-term Consultant, Environmental Compliance  

Project:     Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA)

Place of Performance:  Islamabad, Pakistan, with field travel

Level of Effort: 30 days

Period of Performance:  October – November

Reporting to: Chief of Party / Deputy Chief of Party or his designee

 

About CNFA:

CNFA is an enterprise development organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, to expand exports, and to develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

 

Project Description:

CNFA is currently seeking an Environmental Compliance Consultant for the USAID-funded PATTA project in Pakistan. The purpose of PATTA is to identify, support and bring to scale private sector solutions to improve agricultural productivity in Pakistan, through a four-year activity. PATTA will partner with agricultural technology companies to commercialize products and services that can increase the productivity and competiveness of smallholder farmers and mobilize private sector investment in agricultural technology. PATTA’s partnerships will give small holder farmers broader access to affordable technologies to increase productivity, build resilience to climate change and reduce postharvest losses.

 

Expected Results of PATTA:

·         Increase smallholder farmers’ access to affordable appropriate and effective agricultural technologies

·         Enable agricultural technology related businesses to expand and adapt their products and services to meet small holders’ needs

·         Scale up the adoption and use of agricultural technologies

 

Position Summary: This position will be based in Islamabad is open to Pakistani nationals only. The STTA will be based in Islamabad (with potential travel to the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, KPK, and GB). The Environmental Coordinator will be responsible for guiding the environmental compliance of all activities under PATTA per USAID and Pakistani environmental regulations.

 

The Environmental Consultant will report directly to the Chief of Party/Deputy Chief of Party or his designated Manager.

 

 

Specific Tasks: The Environmental Consultant will be required to perform the following:

 

·        Evaluate the Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) of PATTA

·        Guide the project on approved Initial Environmental Examination (IEE)

·        Develop guidelines to promote safe, effective, and efficient use of the agricultural technologies, in compliance with USAID environmental compliance regulations

·        Suggest PATTA programmatic and project-level compliance with USAID environmental guidelines, in coordination with the MEO

·         Suggest programmatic and project-level compliance with all host country environmental regulations

·         Guide PATTA team on environmental mitigation activities for first year work plan and anticipated for life-of-project compliance requirements

·         Work with the Monitoring and Evaluation Director in assessing the environmental impact of all project activities and suggest mitigation measures

·         Develop Environmental guidelines, Health and Safety guidelines for agricultural tools and machinery manufacturers and their staff

 

Deliverables:

          Inception report

          Weekly progress report

          Presentation and feedback from the project

          Environment Assessment Guide for life of the project

 

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Pakistani national

·         Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field required, Master’s Degree in relevant field preferred

·         8-10 years of relevant work experience providing similar support

·         Prior USAID and other international donor experience preferred

·         Strong interpersonal and communication skills

·         Computer literate in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe applications

·         Fluency in English required

·         Fluency in Urdu preferred

 

 

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

 

Technical Expert for USAID Development Food Aid Program (DFAP) FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

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About CNFA:

CNFA is a not-for-profit international agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to increasing rural incomes by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record of implementing agricultural development programs in 45 countries.

CNFA is seeking the services of a technical expert for a short- to medium-term assignment to support our business development team in anticipation of the 2018 Food for Peace funding opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for conducting research and for providing the written inputs, writing, editing, and reviewing application technical sections from pre-solicitation through submission. CNFA anticipates the position to start immediately and continue through February 2018. The selected consultant will be required to travel to West Africa on a mutually agreed timeline for this opportunity.

Tasks & Deliverables

  • Lead the proposal team in the development of the strategic approach, including preliminary objectives, and preliminary activities during the capture phase
  • Interview stakeholders and contribute to design of problem analysis and activities
  • Contribute to the drafting, editing, and review of the application sections, as assigned
  • Conduct desk and other field research, as required
  • Conduct the capture trip as agreed with the team.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural value chains, market systems, trade, and exports required, some of which must include West Africa
  • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of 8 years of proposal writing experience and providing technical oversight and leadership on development projects required; experience with Food for Peace and USAID strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of Food for Peace conceptual and results framework and indicators, and experience in developing a milestone plant for results areas required;
  • Experience in leading the early stages of proposal design and provision of the technical “roadmap” required;
  • Strong writing and editing skills required;
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and communication skills required;
  • Knowledge and experience of agricultural and nutrition in West Africa strongly preferred;
  • Experience working with different partners, staff, and experience in developing organizational charts and staffing approaches strongly preferred.
  • English fluency

Lead Writer for Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) and Eastern Europe USDA Food for Progress (FFPr) FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

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About CNFA:

CNFA is a not-for-profit agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, DC and dedicated to increasing rural incomes by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs. CNFA assists smallholders to increase household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record implementing agricultural development programs in 45 countries.

CNFA is seeking the services of a lead writer for a short- to medium-term assignment to support the development of a proposal for the FY 2018 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress (FFPr) funding opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for conducting research and for drafting, editing, and reviewing proposal technical sections from pre-solicitation through submission. CNFA anticipates the position to start immediately and continue through January 2018. The selected consultant will be required to travel to MENA and/or Eastern Europe on a mutually agreed timeline for this opportunity.

Tasks & Deliverables

  • Conduct background review to learn the context and donor priorities in the target technical area.
  • Support the proposal team with the development of the strategic approach, including results framework, preliminary objectives, guiding principles, and preliminary activities.
  • Responsible for writing the technical application including the introduction summary, and strategic analysis.
  • Support the team in writing other sections of the proposal, as required.
  • Conduct the capture trip as agreed with the team. 

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural value chains, market systems, trade, and exports required, some of which must include MENA and Eastern Europe.
  • 8+ years of proposal writing and/or project management experience in the international development field required; USDA experience strongly preferred.
  • A Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, management, international development, or a related field of study or equivalent work experience required.
  • Knowledge of USDA regulations, especially for compliance on the proposal writing required.
  • Strong writing and editing skills required.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills required.
  • Knowledge of the USDA M&E structure and indicators required.
  • Familiarity with CNFA’s technical and geographic program areas preferred.
  • Experience in devising an approach for graphic designs strongly preferred.