Chief of Party – US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD)

Chief of Party – US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD)

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AMD Program Description

AMD will support the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture sector by providing technical, marketing, and infrastructure (equipment) development services. The primary objective of AMD is to improve the ability of Pakistan’s Agriculture and Livestock Sector to meet both International and domestic demand in targeted product lines. AMD will contribute to achieving a more competitive agricultural sector and allow for increased access to both export and domestic markets of select high value products. AMD will also assist in the development of market systems, quality standards, marketing associations, and better cooperation/coordination among traders, buyers and growers.

Position Overview

The Chief of Party will act as the key liaison between CNFA and USAID/Pakistan, (funding mechanism) and all other counterparts, implementing partners and Government of Pakistan officials involved with the program.  You will provide overall leadership management, general technical direction, and finance and administrative guidance to ensure accurate, timely compliance with USAID regulations and CNFA policies, thus ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract.  You will identify issues and risks related to the program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments.


  • Program Management, manages all operations related to the project according to the work plan, project document and implementation strategy.
  • Troubleshoot, as needed, to prevent disruptions in daily program activities – provides overall supervision for the implementation and integration of all program activities and provides overall direction to daily implementation plans to ensure all program goals are met.
  • Develop and implement a work plan using the technique of logical framework to guarantee the application of the results and objectives of the project, within budget and timing set.
  • Ensure and support the correct identification of the target areas of the project and oversee the development.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of the project’s integrated components and make appropriate recommendations for improvement.
  • Monitor the achievement of results, ensuring compliance of project indicators.
  • Monitor and manage the budget and financing expenses ensuring that they are within the framework of regulations and procedures.
  • Ensure active participation and representation at different levels of the project nationally and internationally.


  • Master’s degree in, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, rural development economics, or related field of study or equivalent work experience.  
  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience leading multi-sector development programs with demonstrated strong management and coordinating skills.
  • Preferred experience in market development, value addition, agribusiness development, or value chain development;
  • Seven (7) years of management experience of projects of similar complexity with experience with direct supervision of professional managing teams and support staff and assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs. 
  • Strong technical expertise in agriculture development, horticultural production and marketing, with experience in the region and demonstrated ability to engage with private sector partners.
  • Demonstrated, excellent writing and oral presentation skills in English is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations required; experience managing a USAID funded program highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage senior level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff to identify and resolve key barriers to progress.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals 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.

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

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Project Description

US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in Citrus, Mango, High value/off season vegetable and livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together these approaches will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and more competitive.

Background Information

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

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

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

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

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

·         Cold chain requirements as well as transportation and humidity requirements

·         Ethylene sensitivity and product competitiveness

·         Packaging requirements of different products

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

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

Objective of the Technical Assistance

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

Estimated Level of Effort (LOE) for the Assignment

24 working days including 3 travel days.

Assignment Scope

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


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


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

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