STTA: Business Advisor Consultant

STTA: Business Advisor Consultant

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About Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support Project (FAS)

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified Business Advisor Consultants for its FAS project. FAS is based in Luxor and focuses on agricultural value chain development targeting smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt.

Business Advisor Consultant

Working under the direct supervision of the FAS Grants Manager, the STTA Business Advisor Consultant will support the FAS Grant Team by working with the private sector companies being considered for FAS project grant funding.

Deliverables

STTA Assignment Report in English that:

1) contains the Full Proposal workshop training materials

2) lists the contact information for the companies that received Full Proposal preparation technical assistance

3) lists the lessons learned vis-à-vis the grant process and how FAS could work more effectively with the private sector

4) recommends improvements to the grant process and the assistance provided to the private sector

Duration

Up to four months’ depending on the magnitude of grant activity.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • FAS Project orientation: 1) read the project’s Technical Application and quarterly reports; and 2) meet with the project’s Chief of Party, four Component Team Leaders, Field Operations Manager, and Grant Team to learn what they do and understand how private sector grant funding serves the project’s goals.
  •  Contribute to training material development and participate in the Full Proposal training workshop for the selected private sector applicants.
  •  Assist the private sector Full Proposal applicants to correctly and accurately complete Annex A: Grant Application Form (Sections A-I and Attachments 1-4) with the aim of maximizing the applicants’ success vis-à-vis the Evaluation Criteria for Full Proposal found on pages 26 and 27 of the private sector grant solicitation (http://bit.ly/FASCNFA4).
  • Discuss the Full Proposal submissions with the FtF Egypt FAS technical review committee as a non-voting member.
  • Draft and submit STTA Assignment Report in English that: 1) contains the Full Proposal workshop training materials; 2) lists the contact information for the companies that received Full Proposal preparation technical assistance; 3) lists the lessons learned vis-à-vis the grant process and how FAS could work more effectively with the private sector; and 4) recommends improvements to the grant process and the assistance provided to the private sector.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master’s degree in relevant field is required.
  • Minimum of ten years working as a Business Advisor on donor funded projects.
  • Agribusiness experience is preferred.
  • Experience with assisting private businesses in preparing grant applications.
  • Knowledge of USAID regulations governing grant-funded activities.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required.
  • Willingness to travel and work anywhere in Egypt is required.

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Project Operations Manager

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Project Background

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the USAID funded Feed the Future Egypt, Food-Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) project.  This $23 million project focuses on agricultural value chain development targeting smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt.  

 

Position Summary

The Operations Manager supports the Chief of party (COP) in the overall administration and logistics of the program including management of personnel, reporting, finance, procurement, and compliance. In the absence of the COP, on a temporary basis, the Operations Manager assumes responsibilities for coordinating project management and implementation tasks. The position is based in Luxor, Egypt.

Qualifications

  • 10-15 years of experience managing USAID-funded projects of a similar size and scope is required. Specialization in administration and operations is required;
  • Egypt experience is required, with experience/knowledge of Egyptian laws and regulations. Upper Egypt experience is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage complex development projects;
  • Experience managing horticulture value chains and private sector marketing activities strongly preferred;
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field is required;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Composting Volunteer

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Assignment

Management of farm residuals and production of compost

Dates

April- May 2017

Objectives

Increase incomes of small farmers in Upper Egypt by producing organic fertilizer from farm residuals, improve soil fertility, water holding capacity, and irrigation efficiency 

The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support project (FAS) works to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmer in Upper Egypt using a market-driven approach that facilitate sustainable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. This market-driven approach is support by four interrelated components:

1.      Improved on-farm production

2.      More efficient post-harvest processes

3.      Improved marketing of agriculture crops and products

4.      Improved nutrition status, especially for women and children

 

Currently many Upper Egyptian farmers burn organic residuals from their horticulture production which is considered a source of environmental pollution while others leave residuals around their orchard which is considered a source of pests and disease. Compost production utilizes all farm residuals, improves the production, efficiency, and profitability of FAS small farmers for different value chains within their farmer associations as well as decreasing input costs for fertilizer. The key benefits compost production are as follows:

·         Increased agricultural productivity through:

o   Improved soil conditioning (i.e. physical and chemical characteristics)

o   Disease suppression

o   Pathogen destruction

·         Reduced waste disposal costs and water usage

·         More positive environmental impact

 

The host has therefore requested for a volunteer to train them in common practices to produce compost from farm residuals in Upper Egypt. The volunteer will visit farmer groups to assess the current needs and conduct trainings with farmer organizations on these topics, as well as work with the FAS technical team to put together a training regimen for future trainings for additional farmer groups. 

Deliverables

Horticulture Residual Composting Training Curriculum, CNFA’s Training Beneficiaries Record, Volunteer Value Reporting System Survey, and Trip Report. These documents must be completed no later than a week after assignment and preferably before the last day on assignment. 

Desired Outcomes

Improved technical knowledge of farm residuals management for both farmer associations and FAS technical staff

Desired Impacts

Increase in smallholder farmers’ income by producing organic fertilizer and improve environmental impact and disease and pest infection rates

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experienced managing farm residuals
  • Extensive practical experience in compost production
  • Knowledge of common organic fertilizers to horticulture crops
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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Sweet Potato Post-Harvest Volunteer

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Assignment Location:

Minia and Bani Suef  

 

Assignment:

Post-Harvest (Curing) for Sweet Potatoes

Dates:

June 2017

Objectives:

Improve farmer’s technical knowledge and practical applications for post-harvest handling and technologies, specifically relate to curing, of sweet potatoes in Upper Egypt.

Host Background:

Sweet potatoes are mainly grown in the governorates of Minia and Bani Suef. The volunteer will be based out of the FAS project office located in Minia with visits to sweet potato farmers in the surrounding area. 

Issue Description:

The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support project (FAS) works to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmer in Upper Egypt using a market-driven approach that facilitate sustaintable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. This market-driven approach is support by four interrelated components:

1. Improved on-farm production

2. More efficient post-harvest processes

3. Improved marketing of agriculture crops and products

4. Improved nutrition status, especially for women and children

Sweet potatoes are one of the key vegetable value chains in Upper Egypt that are targetted by FAS. It is widely grown in the governorates of Assiut, Aswan, Beni Suef, Menia, and Sohag of Upper Egypt. Due to Upper Egypt having both an ideal climate and soil for sweet potatoes, there are many opportunities for smallholder farmers to vertically integrate themselves into the sweet potato value chain by engaging in better production and post-harvest processes, most especially curing. However, there is a lack of both technical knowledge and infrastructure available to smallholder farmers that allow them to take advantage of simple post-harvest techniques that can increase the shelf life and profitability of their produce.  

The host therefore has requested for a volunteer to train FAS staff in post-harvest techniques that can increase the profitability and quality of sweet potatoes, mostly importantly related to curing. The volunteer will visit farmer fields that grow sweet potatoes to assess the current capacity and knowledge of farmers as well as identify any existing infrastructure that can be used for sweet potato curing. Once the volunteer has assessed the operating environment, they will develop a training plan that addresses relevant post-harvest handling techniques that farmers can use to increase the quality and production of their harvests and work with the FAS technical team to put together a training regimen for future trainings for additional farmer groups. These trainings should focus on producing sweet potatoes that are export quality to markets in the EU and Arab Gulf.

Desired Outcomes and Impacts:

Desired outcomes: Improved technical knowledge of sweet potato post-harvest handling techniques and technologies for both farmer associations trained and FAS technical staff

Desired impacts: Increase in the quality and production of smallholder farmers’ sweet potato harvest through the utilization of post-harvest techniques, including curing.

Accommodations: 

While in Minia, volunteers stay at the Grand Aton hotel which is located close to several food options and easy transport to the FAS office via taxi.

Volunteer Preparation:

The month of  June is the spring season in Egypt. Volunteers are encouraged therefore to bring some clothes for warm weather.

 

CNFA volunteer assignments require some pre-departure preparation by the volunteer, since time in country is limited. Please consult with your CNFA program officer or field staff for any information or assistance you need to properly prepare for your assignment. Needed materials can be discussed with in-country staff, via email, prior to departure.

The volunteer will have full access to an FAS laptop computer, flip-chart stand, and other office equipment. Please inform FAS staff if training will require additional resources.

The use of slides, videos, overheads, PowerPoint presentations and hands-on activities to emphasize main points are strongly recommended during your assignment.

Outreach:

CNFA requests each volunteer to complete outreach activities after returning from an assignment.  Volunteer outreach helps foster cultural understanding and spreads the word about U.S. international development efforts. Outreach activities include any conversations you have about your project, newspaper articles, presentations, social media posts, or other events.  Please keep this in mind during your project, and ensure that you are taking notes to correspond with photographs, meetings, or notable activities.  Your Washington DC coordinator will follow up with you both during debriefing and again several months after your assignment is completed to get an update of your outreach efforts.

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Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experienced managing post-harvest practices for sweet potatoes, specifically with utilizing and managing curing room technology
  • Extensive practical experience managing sweet potato farms
  • Knowledge of post-harvest techniques and technologies for sweet potatoes
  • Knowledge of private sector markets for sweet potatoes in Egypt, Arab Gulf, and Europe preferred
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Deliverables

  • A Sweet Potato Post-Harvest Needs Assessment Report
  • Sweet Potato Post-Harvest Training Curriculum
  • CNFA’s Training Beneficiaries Record, Volunteer Value Reporting System Survey, and Trip Report. These documents must be completed no later than a week after assignment and preferably before the last day on assignment. 

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