Proposal Technical Lead Consultant

Proposal Technical Lead Consultant

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Proposal Technical Lead Consultant to support proposal development activities. The consultancy will be based in Washington, DC or remotely but will include international travel. The Consultant will serve as a technical lead or advisor for proposal development for agribusiness and private sector development, the facilitation of investment, export promotion and competitiveness. 

The Consultant will work closely with the assigned CNFA Proposal teams to produce inputs. All deliverables will be completed by the Consultant in compliance with relevant donor standards and CNFA’s processes, including maintaining CNFA formatting rules and timelines.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducting research to develop context and priorities in target technical or geographic areas
  • Leading or participating in international trips as required
  • Identifying and setting up meetings with private sector firms, consultants, government, local organizations and other key stakeholders to realize opportunities for collaboration
  • Working with proposal teams to contribute to proposal design and provide inputs
  • Identifying and recommending relevant qualified personnel
  • Identifying and recommending relevant qualified international and/or local partners
  • Providing written inputs and consolidated trip/meeting notes as required
  • Other assignments to be determined as mutually agreed

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years of relevant experience in agribusiness and/or investment facilitation, export promotion and competitiveness in a development context;
  • Proven track record of successful technical design, analysis, and solutions facilitation for development projects in relevant components, including working in developing country;
  • Master’s degree in agronomy, agriculture, economics, or related field is required;
  • Experience working on USAID or other donor-funded proposals or projects of similar scope/size;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required.

STTA: Orchard Management Consultant

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BACKGROUND: 

The USAID Agriculture Program is a five-year activity that aims to accelerate growth of agricultural sub-sectors that demonstrate strong potential to create jobs and increase micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) revenues. The USAID Agriculture Program plans to deliver firm-level investment and tailor-made technical assistance to entrepreneurial, market-driven enterprises, production clusters and supporting associations and service/information/extension providers to foster inclusive and sustainable market systems development.

 

The USAID Agriculture Program provides competitive cost-shared grants and technical assistance to address identified gaps in targeted value chains (VCs) that will result in the improved productivity and productive capacity of MSMEs, strengthened value chain linkages, increased access to markets, and improved capacity of MSMEs, cooperatives, associations and service/information/extension providers.

 

Sector selection and VC analysis recently finalized by the USAID Agriculture Program proved significant potential in apple and stone fruit production growth, provided structural changes in the production are continued and sector leaders invest in modern intensive production oriented towards the fresh market, which has the opportunity to lead the development of the fruit sector. In line with this it is essential to equip orchard operators and farmers with modern knowledge and skills to help them pursue best orchard management practices, including pruning, formation, disease prevention, etc.

 

In order to create a better knowledge platform at farmer level and to stimulate taking appropriate farm management decisions the USAID Agriculture Program plans to engage international consultant who will provide individual consultancies and group trainings to the targeted farmers in Shida Kartli region, which is characterized with the highest numbers in the production of apples (10.7 thousand tons in 2017, according to Geostat) among all regions of Georgia.

 

 

OBJECTIVE: 

The purpose of this assignment is to build capacity of farmers and fruit orchard operators to enable them follow modern fruit tree management practices thereby stimulating sustainable growth of apple and stone fruit production in Georgia.  

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Under this scope of work, the Consultant shall work closely with the USAID Agriculture Program Value Chain Specialist to perform the following tasks: 

Develop Fruit Tree Management Guidelines (in PPT format) focused on those techniques and practices to be pursued in the first 3 years of tree growth. The guidelines will be widely disseminated among targeted fruit growers, private and state extension agents. These Guidelines should be focused on pruning and formation practices and include recommendations for introducing best IPM practices

·         Provide individual consultancies and coaching to fruit tree (apples, plums, cherries) growers operating in Shida Kartli region.

·         Conduct practical pruning /formation session for the broader audience of farmers selected in coordination with local ICCs.  

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

–  A bachelor’s degree in agronomy with a focus on fruit tree production;

–  Minimum 10 years of working as an agronomy practitioner;

–  Proven experience in developing practical production guides; and

–  Strong communication skills.

DELIVERABLES:  

–  Fruit Tree Management Guidelines

–  Report summarizing conducted activities (consultancies and coaching to up to 12 fruit tree growers operating in Shida Kartli region; practical pruning /formation session for the broader audience of farmers)

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 

This assignment is planned to take place between 02/15/2019 and 10/10/2019. This consultancy will be provided through off-site and field work. Total LOE will not exceed 10 days.

Deadline for submission is February 13, 2019.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

STTA: To assist the SMB Development Agency and provide recommendations on establishment of SMB Houses

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BACKGROUND

 

The USAID Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan Project (ASAP) aims to increase incomes and employment in rural areas by delivering firm-level investment and technical assistance to agribusiness enterprises that wish to engage with commercial markets as private businesses. Implemented by CNFA, the 63-month project was initiated in June 2014.

The Government of Azerbaijan (GOA) recognizes that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the backbone of the private sector, play a significant role in the economic development of any country, and especially Azerbaijan with its high dependency on natural resources, such as oil and gas. Historical evidence shows that high economic growth, such as Azerbaijan enjoyed over the past decade, does not guarantee sustainable development on a long-term basis. Sectoral development, particularly in the sphere of SMEs, is of great importance to insure sustainable economic development. SMEs make up over 95% of all of Azerbaijan’s registered enterprises and tend to lead to a more equitable distribution of income than larger companies. In December 2017, the President of Azerbaijan signed a decree establishing the Agency for Development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMB) under the Ministry of Economy. According to the decree, the Agency is a public legal entity that supports the development of small and medium-sized businesses in the country, provides a range of services to SMEs, and coordinates and regulates the services of state bodies in this field. Also, in accordance with the decree, SMB will open and run several SMB Houses, which will render a range of services, including training, consulting, information, financial and other services to SMEs. Recently, SMB requested that USAID provide it with an international consultant to serve as an advisor to help them plan for and launch the first SMB House, which is planned to initiate operations by the end of 2019.

 

OVERVIEW

 

With the aforementioned context in mind, ASAP seeks a consultant with an expert background in public service provision to help SMB to design the first SMB House and plan for its establishment and launching from a technical perspective (i.e., physical layout, location of various services, infrastructural and logistical solutions), training needs, policy and procedures, and ongoing operations. Below is a brief description on the first SMB House planned to be built.

 

The Central SMB House will be a type of “one-stop shop” for SMEs. It will be built in an active economic zone at the southwest entrance to the city of Baku, which will serve as a favorable location from both a geographical and logistical point of view. Another positive feature of that location is the opportunity it presents to expand if more space is needed and its potential to attract additional investors. The facility for the Central SMB House will be built in accordance with modern architectural design principles and using a lightweight construction in order to enable completion of the project in a shorter period of time and, if necessary, allow for the launching of the SMB House’s operations in several phases.

 

In all, 34 government authorities, including all departments and agencies that govern SME establishment and operations, will provide more than 100 Government-to-Business (G2B) services and private entities will provide more than 1000 Business-to-Business (B2B) services in the Central SMB House. These services will cover all five periods in an SME’s life cycle, including:

 

1.         Planning the business

2.         Starting the business

3.         Running the business

4.         Developing the business

5.         Closing the business

 

Planning the business envisages services supporting the launch of start-up projects, development of business and marketing plans, improvement of business skills, and support to register patent rights. Through this section, the services of the Agency for Intellectual Property Rights, business incubators, business accelerators, consulting companies, and other entities will be provided.

 

Starting the business envisages the services supporting the full registration of entrepreneurship activity, obtaining licensees, banking, insurance, leasing, ICT, notary and legal support, as well as support for operating in preferential tax and regulatory regimes, and support for accessing preferential financial sources. Through this section, the services of the Ministry of Taxes, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Emergency, the Baku Transportation Agency, banks, insurance companies, notaries, and other entities will be provided.

 

Running the business envisages services supporting day-to-day recordkeeping for small and medium enterprises, reporting to tax and other government authorities, customs clearance during import-export operations, comprehensive support on access to infrastructure and logistics chains. Through this section, services will be provided by the State Customs Committee, Ministry of Taxes, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Food Safety Agency, State Advertisement Agency, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transportation, communications and modern technologies, Azerbaijan Airlines, Azerbaijan Railways, Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company, as well as other entities related to logistics, law, and auditing.

 

Developing the business envisages assistance to enhance participation of small and medium business in the domestic market, access to foreign markets, export promotion, participation in procurement conducted by government entities and blue chips; and access to finance. Through this section, the services of the Azerbaijan Investment Company, Entrepreneurship Development Fund, ITC Fund, Youth Fund, Knowledge Fund, Aqrolizinq (Agroleasing), Foodstuff Procurement and Supply, Agrocredit, AzPromo, and other entities will be provided.

 

Closing the business envisages legal and technical processes regarding termination of entrepreneurship activity through a single window. Through this section, the services of the Ministry of Taxes, notaries, legal consultancies, and other entities are to be provided.

 

Along with a comprehensive range of services to be provided by the public and private sector in the Central SMB House, infrastructure such as office spaces, auditoriums, meeting rooms, conference halls for banks, insurance companies, microcredit entities, business associations, women entrepreneurs and family businesses as well as startups and enterprises started by youth will be provided, which in turn will serve to foster a comfortable and favorable business environment. Cafeterias and waiting rooms, both indoors and outdoors, will be comfortable places for conducting private and public business meetings.

 

Currently, SMB is in the process of finalizing a feasibility analysis. Thus, the Agency is keen to engage an expert acquainted with best international practices. This assignment includes provision of ad-hoc technical recommendations on design of the first SMB House and its facilities from a technical standpoint (physical layout, location of various services, infrastructural and logistical solutions, e.g.), training needs, policies, and operations.

 

This consultancy will require an experienced authority with international experience with relevant public and private development agencies and organizations.

 GENERAL OBJECTIVES

 

·         Conduct field analysis of the SMB’s plans to establish the first SMB House and provide evaluation and specific recommendations regarding the modeling of the physical layout of the facility, location and function of various services represented at the House;

·         Employ knowledge of international experience in enhancing the business environment, liberalization of trade, improvement of investment climate, enabling assess to finance by the SMEs, using one-shop stop model for entrepreneurs to be able to benefit from the “Green Corridor” system to help optimize customs control procedures, contribute to more flexible and transparent implementation of customs clearance and solving problems arising in the course of import-export operations, to outline and select the most relevant practices and help apply those having the greatest potential for improvement of SME business operations; and

·         Hold meetings/electronic communication with key personnel of the SMB and establish direct communication with the Agency and ongoing coordination with ASAP representatives.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

·         Perform a robust assessment of the SMB’s plans to establish the SMB House and provide evaluation and specific recommendations regarding the modeling of the physical layout of the facility, location, and function of various services represented at the House;

·         Review SMB personnel job responsibilities, interview SMB staff, and provide specific recommendations regarding their capacity building and training needs;

·         Provide specific recommendations on the SMB House’s customer interface/communications platform to facilitate interaction with customers/beneficiaries, streamline the process for accessing the facility and the offered services, making service requests, and rating the services received by the government agencies represented at the House;

·         Draft a concept paper regarding the services that USAID should rendered to private entrepreneurs, agribusinesses, and other SMEs through its own window or service center to be established in the SMB House; and  

·         Support the SMB to identify, design, and implement additional measures to incentivize and facilitate SME creation and their successful operation.

 

The Consultant is also expected to advise the SMB more broadly by:         

 

·         Providing recommendations for a more coherent SME policy linked to broader economic and social goals;

·         Suggesting appropriate institutional arrangements for implementation and monitoring of policy measures and support programs;

·         Recommending a design of a public-private sector partnership in policy formulation and implementation by enhancing the dialogue between representative business organizations and public bodies on SME policy;

·         Recommending specific support policies for SME development to facilitate access to crucial resources such as finance and information;

·         Introducing a commercial orientation in the delivery of support services: cost-share with customers/beneficiaries whenever possible to enhance the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of projects; and

·         Providing recommendations on the system of monitoring of progress in line with performance indicators: analyzing performance and impact periodically with the stakeholders as defined in the design of SMB Houses.

 

MEETINGS RELATED TO UNDERSTANDING AND PERFORMING THE WORK

 

The Consultant shall meet, but is not limited to meeting, the following individuals or groups of individuals in order to fully perform the work specified under this Consultancy:

 

§  Key personnel of the SMB

§  David G. Blood, USAID Agribusiness Consultant

§  George Melton, USAID Agribusiness Consultant

§  Yashar Farajov, USAID Agribusiness Consultant

§  Samir Hamidov, USAID Contracting Officer’s Representative

 

  DELIVERABLES

 

§  Written summary of meetings and findings;

§  Final report with recommendations on:

o   Assessment of the SMB’s technical personnel including the recommendations for capacity building and outlining areas of desired increase of competences;

o   A recommendation on full design of the first SMB House, including its physical and operational layout and interactions;

o   A concept paper regarding the USAID’s services rendered to the private entrepreneurs, agribusinesses and other small and medium sized businesses through the SMB House.

 

Note: While the aforementioned reports are expected to provide an essential summary of the efforts, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the consultant, the overall priority of the assignment should be to serve as a resource for SMB management and staff with whom they can solicit and discuss ideas and from whom they can receive immediate feedback as they move toward finalizing plans for SMB House design and implementation.      

 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

 

This assignment is proposed to take place, beginning as soon as the candidate is selected, for a duration of the equivalent of up to 30 eight-hour consulting days. This consulting assignment envisions 25 field-based consulting days and up to 5 days allocated for developing deliverables and travel.

 

MANDATORY AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

International legal and SME development experts who are interested at the assignment should meet the requirements below:

·         Strong professional background in relation to law or political science, public administration or related fields, at least 10 years of professional experience in design and delivery of public sector services for the private sector;

·         Strong academic record in relation to law or political science, public administration or related fields, including advanced degree;

·         Demonstrated track record in research or other writing on measurement and governance analysis on public and economic sector, or in direct development of policy for private sector development, desirable;

·         Demonstrated expertise in law and local governance with emphasize on SME development

·         Proven command of spoken and written English language, some knowledge of Azerbaijani, Turkish, or Russian a plus.

Deadline for applications is February 22, 2019.

International Cotton Processing Consultant

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1        BACKGROUND

 

Azerbaijan Agriculture Training and Development Center (AgroCenter) helps decisionmakers in government agencies, development organizations, and agribusiness units through advisory and research services related to food, agriculture, and rural development. Established in 2017, the company was founded and is managed by a team of international professionals in education, agriculture, and project management. Based on strong relations with key government and private stakeholders in Azerbaijani agriculture, AgroCenter is cooperating with world-leading academic institutions and industry leaders in agriculture in countries such as the U.S., Israel, and Spain.

 

Utilizing industry experience and functional expertise, AgroCenter provides services and consulting on agricultural training and education; research and development; and public promotion of agriculture and agricultural professions. Also, AgroCenter presents a platform for dialog and cooperation for agribusiness units. AgroCenter is actively assisting in the development of national professional standards for agricultural consultants and agronomy specialists.

 

AgroCenter has established partnerships with leading academic institutions and international organizations around the world, such as Ben-Gurion University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ramat Negev Agricultural Training Center, Texas A&M University, Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute, Queensland Agricultural Colleges Association, CNFA, USAID, and the FAO.

 

In 2018, the USAID Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan Project (ASAP) helped to link AgroCenter to two key U.S. academic institutions to improve the skills of Azerbaijan State Agrarian University’s (ASAU) faculty in Ganja. The two U.S. universities that were selected were Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the University of California at Davis (UC Davis).

 

2        OVERVIEW

 

History of Cotton Production in Azerbaijan

 

Cotton has an ancient historical record in Azerbaijan as evidenced by archaeological excavations in Mingachevir region, where burned cotton and cotton seeds were unearthed dating to the 5th and 6th centuries AD. It has also been mentioned that Barda, Nakhchivan, Ganja, Shamkir and other cities in Azerbaijan exported textiles made of cotton. Cotton growing areas have generally been the Mil-Mughan and Shirvan plains, and Salyan-Mugan, Mil-Karabakh, Shirvan and Ganja-Gazakh in the central region.

 

Until the late 1980s, Azerbaijan was one of the world’s leading cotton producers, producing high yields of raw cotton up to 2.5 MT/ha and a gross annual production of 400,00–500,000 MT. Azerbaijan has the necessary climatic and soil conditions to support such an industry and make it thrive.

 

Cotton Industry at Present

 

The cotton industry is considered as one of the important industries in the country. Currently, the country intends to grow the cotton industry further and a number of steps have been taken in this direction. President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on state support of cotton production on September, 2016. The Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan developed a State Cotton Growing Program for the 2017-20 period. According to the program, it is planned to produce cotton on the 120,000-hectare area in 27 districts of the Republic. The purpose of the State Program is to develop cotton growing, increase export potential in this sphere, ensure employment of the rural population and increase the production of cotton. Around 132,000 ha of cotton were planted and 260 000 MT were harvested in 2018. The current goal of the government is to increase yields in order to boost production using roughly the same area of land.

 

With the aforementioned context in mind, AgroCenter and MKT are searching for a consultant cotton processing specialist to work with to provide TA on all the aspects of restructuring and reconstruction of the old cotton gins.

 

3        OBJECTIVES

 

·         The Consultant shall perform a gap analysis surveys of selected ginning mills in the project areas. Gap analysis survey includes following:

Profiling of the mill with respect to production, energy consumption, environmental, health and safety conditionProfiling of working practices with respect to machine parameters, machine operation, quality parameters etc.Performance monitoring of electrical motors, machine rpm and air pressure/volume at pneumatic ductsSolid waste profilePrepare gap analysis survey report documenting the profile of the mill on above aspects, findings and recommendations to improve productivity, energy efficiency, environmental, health and safety condition  Present/discuss the survey findings and recommendations with each ginning mill management

·         To establish business diagnosis in order to collect appropriate information for assessment of existing value chain of the cotton producer;

·         To get expert assessment of existing value chain of the cotton producer and propose recommendations on improvements points;

·         To generate business development plan including various scenarios of testing, deployment and final assessment of outcomes;

·         Acceptance of accomplishment of stated objectives by all stakeholders will be determined as a success point of this project.

 

4        MEETINGS RELATED TO UNDERSTANDING AND PERFORMING THE WORK

 

The Consultant shall meet online, but is not limited to meeting, the following individuals or groups of individuals in order to fully perform the work specified under this Consultancy:

 

§  Uzeyir Topchibashev, AgroCenter, Head of Project Management

§  Key personnel of MKT Cotton LLC,

 

5        DELIVERABLES

 

§  A business development plan including a definition and prioritization of cotton products based on sales results versus targets and quality requirements

§  A final recommendation is the existing ginning mills need to be reconstructed and providing a rational for go or no-go decision.

§  Recommendations on the logistic plan

§  Cost definition and structure of the all aspects of cotton processing

§  Company structure, management and human resources

§  Submit a final report to AgroCenter regarding the findings of the consultant, including a list of critical interventions and recommendations.

 

6        PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

 

This assignment is proposed to take place, beginning as soon as the candidate is selected. The exact duration of the assignment will be discussed and agreed upon with the selected consultant.  

 

7        MANDATORY AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

·         Selected consultant should have an advanced degree in agriculture, business administration, with long standing field experience at an international level in planning, implementation and monitoring of cotton production, storage and marketing.

·         Consultant should have extensive experience of conducting such types of assignments in different parts of the world in the cotton industry and should be well versed with business management practices and technical aspects of the production facilities

·         Consultant should be equipped with all the requisite audit tools 

·         Special preference will be given to the experts from the U.S.

 

 

Post-Sale Monitization Assessment

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RFP Number: 02/2019

Issuance Date: January 7, 2019

Deadline for Questions: January 8, 2019

Deadline for Offers: January 14, 2019

Description: Post-Sale Monetization Assessment

For: Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA)

Funded By: USDA FCC-681-2017/029-00

Implemented By: CNFA

Point of Contact

Mr. Alex Brandes

Program Coordinator

1828 L St NW, Washington DC 20036

202-296-3920

abrandes@cnfa.org

 

Section 1: Introduction, Technical Background and Scope of Work

 

1.1 Introduction: The MOCA project is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program implemented by CNFA in Cote d’Ivoire. The goal of the MOCA project is to implement activities to enhance the production, post-harvest and trade skills of 5,625 cocoa producers through the introduction of high-yield planting materials, enhanced group functionality, and expanded position of harvesting facilities and improved business practices. These activities will be supported by proceeds realized from the market sale (monetization) of U.S. agricultural commodities. The purpose of this RFP is to procure services from an independent evaluator to complete a post-sale monetization assessment and document the effects of monetization in Mozambique.

 

Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received by CNFA in accordance with the instructions, terms, and conditions described in this RFP. Failure to adhere with instructions described in this RFP may lead to disqualification of an offer from consideration.

1.2: Scope of Work:

 

BACKGROUND 

 

While the original proposal was to monetize rice in Cote d’Ivoire, due to market changes CNFA had to reassess and USDA approved the monetization of crude degummed soybean oil in Mozambique, while the proceeds remain for Cote D’Ivoire. The first sale is due to arrive in Mozambique on January 1, 2019.  CNFA anticipates two additional sales within the 2019 calendar year.

 

Before monetization occurred, a pre-monetization market analysis was conducted to comply with federal regulations that mandate against the displacement of normal commercial imports and disincentives to domestic production, while also requiring the availability of adequate storage facilities in the recipient country.

 

OBJECTIVE

The primary objective of this study is to complete a post-sale monetization assessment to document the effects of monetization in Mozambique and to determine whether monetization sales caused any adverse market impacts.  Adverse impacts may include: displacing commercial trade and discouraging local food production. The purpose of this RFP is to identify a qualified, independent consultant or firm to conduct the stated assessment.  

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Market Systems, Agribusiness, and Finance Consultant

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Market Systems,Agribusiness, and Finance Consultant to support both new business development activities and active projects. The consultancy will be based in Washington, DC, but will include international travel. Some work from a remote home base may also be acceptable. The Consultant will serve as a technical lead or advisor for proposal development or program implementation for agribusiness development and the facilitation of finance and investment in line with CNFA agricultural development objectives.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Consultant will work closely with the assigned CNFA Proposal or Program teams to produce inputs. All deliverables will be completed by the Consultant in compliance with relevant donor standards and CNFA’s processes, including maintaining CNFA formatting rules and timelines.

The Market Systems, Agribusiness, and Finance Consultant will be responsible for:

  • Conducting research to develop context and priorities in target technical or geographic areas for proposal development and/or program activities
  • Leading or participating in international trips for proposal capture or program activities as required
  • Identifying and setting up meetings with private sector firms, consultants, government, local organizations, and other key stakeholders to gather information and realize opportunities for collaboration
  • Working with proposal and/or program teams to contribute to project design or provide inputs for proposal development or project implementation processes
  • Identifying and recommending relevant qualified personnel
  • Conducting brief assessments or analysis in target technical areas as required and assigned by the programs team
  • Providing written inputs and consolidated trip/meeting notes as required
  • Other assignments to be determined as mutually agreed

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience in agribusiness and/or finance and investment facilitation in a development context;
  • Proven track record of successful technical design, analysis, and solutions facilitation for development projects with access to finance, investment, agribusiness, or market systems components;
  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, agriculture/agribusiness, finance, economics, or related field is required; Master’s a plus;
  • Experience working on USAID or other donor-funded proposals and projects of complex scope and large size preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a developing country context;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required.

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

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Short-Term Expert Cocoa Value Chain – Uganda

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Position Description:

This Short-Term Legal Advisor Cocoa Value Chain will define or update the cocoa framework package, which includes standard (under HS 1801), policy, legal, regulatory and institutional set up, production guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain, including SPS requirements, traceability, rules of origin, quality control, while mainstreaming climate change, environment and gender opportunities. The selected consultant will draft the policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework, including standards, guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain. A particular focus will be set on women’s empowerment and on mitigation of climate change/environmental impacts.  The Cocoa Value Chain Short-Term Expert is expected to support three (3) core functions during this assignment; 1)  Regulation framework: production component, 2) Matching grant scheme: technical assistance to operators with the development of proposals and monitoring implementation, and 3) Research technical advice on best practices in cocoa production and comparison of financial viability. Expected outputs:

Deliverables:

  • Assist the cocoa legal advisor on technical matters related to cocoa national standards, production, post-harvesting and export, in particular to set guidelines on good agricultural practices and code of conduct
  • Assist private operators in technical aspects related to application and implementation of matching grant projects, in collaboration with the Matching grant Expert; be consulted by the matching grant evaluation commission for technical aspects, on request
  • Provide technical advice to NACORI (Cocoa research) to implement their programme estimate, in the three thematic areas of variety evaluation, good agricultural practices (plant production and plant protection) and financial viability. 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advance university degree and relevant experience which includes cocoa sector
  • A minimum of 10 years of specific working experience in the subject
  • Experience in value chain strategies
  • Knowledge in cocoa processing
  • Experience in cocoa certification issues
  • Experience in workshop facilitation
  • Experience in adaptive management of natural resources
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • A good team player
  • High level of proficiency in English and good report writing skills
  • Experience in community mobilization will be valued
  • Knowledge on quality and regulatory aspects related to export will be an asset
  • Previous experience in Uganda will be regarded

Short-Term Legal Advisor Cocoa Value Chain – Uganda

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Position Description:

This Short-Term Legal Advisor Cocoa Value Chain will define or update the cocoa framework package, which includes standard (under HS 1801), policy, legal, regulatory and institutional set up, production guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain, including SPS requirements, traceability, rules of origin, quality control, while mainstreaming climate change, environment and gender opportunities. The selected consultant will draft the policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework, including standards, guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain. A particular focus will be set on women’s empowerment and on mitigation of climate change/environmental impacts.

Deliverables:

The short-term expert is expected to submit an inception work plan at the end of the first week of the assignment, specifying the details of the activities and deliverables, in accordance with the tasks indicated above and agreed upon in consultation with the National Project Coordinator and the team leader for the Technical Assistance.  Guidelines on requirements and procedures for export to EU and other international markets. Expected outputs include:

– Draft Cocoa National Policy

– Cocoa national implementation strategy

– Draft Cocoa national standards

– Production and post-harvesting guidelines – Codes of conduct

– Quality control requirements for export of cocoa (including organic management)

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advance university degree and relevant experience in the legal, policy and regulatory food value chains, food commodities export, or related fields
  • Deep knowledge of the legal framework in Uganda
  • A minimum of 7 years of specific working experience in the subject of legal framework of food sector and trade
  • Proven familiarity with standard setting bodies (ISO, Codex, etc.)
  • Experience in writing policies and negotiation skills
  • Good report writing, communication and presentation skills
  • A good team player
  • High level of proficiency in English (UK Spelling preferred

STTA: Berry Sector Consultant

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BACKGROUND:

The USAID Agriculture Program is a five-year activity that aims to accelerate the growth of agricultural sub-sectors that demonstrate strong potential to create jobs and increase micro, small and medium enterprises’ (MSME) revenues. The USAID Agriculture Program plans to deliver firm-level investment and tailor-made technical assistance to entrepreneurial, market-driven enterprises, production clusters and supporting associations and service/information/extension providers to foster inclusive and sustainable market systems development. 

The USAID Agriculture Program provides competitive cost-shared grants and technical assistance to address identified gaps in targeted value chains (VCs) that will result in the improved productivity and productive capacity of MSMEs, strengthened value chain linkages, increased access to markets, and improved capacity of MSMEs, cooperatives, associations and service/information/extension providers.

One of the high potential VCs that the USAID Agriculture Program will focus on is a berry VC. Berry production in Georgia has been gradually increasing, and in 2017 about 6,000 tons were produced on 2,000 ha. As of 2017, new berry orchards were arranged on an additional 400 ha through the support of the Agriculture Projects Management Agency (APMA). 

However, yield is considerably low since new orchards contain over 90% old varieties, which are well adapted but not able to provide competitive yield and quality for export. In addition, smallholder and commercial farmers engaged in berry production lack knowledge of modern technologies, new varieties, inputs and good farming practices.  This is a key challenge named by most players of the berry VC. Therefore, there is a need for equipping berry producers with technical knowledge and expertise in order to improve the knowledge base at the farmer level for making appropriate farm management decisions and adopting modern technologies. To this end, the USAID Agriculture Program plans to develop detailed berry production guides in line with the best international practices, which will then be widely disseminated among berry growers, private and state extension agents and academia. 

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this assignment is to develop comprehensive production guides for the following berries: raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. These guides are aimed to assist Georgian berry growers to adopt the best international practices to maximize fruit quality and harvest. 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop comprehensive production guides for raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. These guides should at a minimum cover the following areas:

  • Biology of the cultivated berries (raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and blueberry)
  • Site selection and land preparation for different types of soil
  • Plant selection (new varieties for fresh and frozen consumption)
  • Trellising and pruning brambles
  • Water management
  • Soil and nutrient management
  • Insect and mite scouting and management
  • Disease management and physiological disorders
  • Provide specific recommendations to follow the best IPM practices
  • Spray application technology
  • Harvesting, handling and transportation of fresh berries

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A bachelor’s degree in agronomy with a focus on berry production;
  • Minimum of 10 years of work experience as an agronomy practitioner;
  • Proven experience in developing practical production guides; and
  • Strong communication skills.

DELIVERABLES:

  •  Production guide structure and format agreed with the USAID Agriculture Program; and
  •  Production guides for raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 

This assignment is planned to take place in late February 2019 and early March 2019. This consultancy will be provided offsite and will not exceed 10 days.