Request for Quotations (RFQ): Catering and Associated Services for Branding Dinner in Dubai

Request for Quotations (RFQ): Catering and Associated Services for Branding Dinner in Dubai

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1.       Introduction:

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) is a USAID funded project which aims to improve the ability of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture and livestock sectors to compete in international and national markets in the four target product lines; meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes and citrus. AMD will act as a catalyst for development and investment in target product lines by actively promoting cooperation and coordination amongst the value chain actors and ancillary service providers. AMD’s implementation strategy is underpinned by a strictly commercial and market driven approach with a clear focus on strengthening market access for its partner organizations, and support international marketing and sales efforts. The objective of the AMD project is to encourage investments in the four target product lines through matching grants and technical assistance, and empower stakeholders by developing synergies among them to accomplish together what they cannot do alone. AMD will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, provide technical assistance to optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately help make Pakistani meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes and citrus become more profitable and competitive.

 

In line with the overarching goal of AMD and the marketing strategy developed, participation in trade shows and other marketing events is a key element of the Project’s international marketing strategy.  AMD will work towards facilitating participation of partner businesses at leading trade exhibitions and marketing events. The Project’s support will include targeted technical assistance for preparatory work prior to each show, facilitation for B2B interactions at the event itself and subsequent support for follow-up upon conclusion of the same.

 

In 2016, AMD organized a dinner at the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai on Sunday, February 21, hosting 130 guests and trade envoys from over 8 countries. The event featured delicious Pakistani halal meat and high value, off-season vegetables. The event provided the perfect setting for a more intimate interaction between Pakistani exporters and leading wholesalers and importers from the GCC region. The Chief Executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Mr. S.M Munir was the chief guest at the event. This year once again, the AMD project will organize a dinner to showcase Pakistan as a source of Halal, traceable and high quality meat, high value vegetables, citrus and mango. The dinner will be organized to showcase, launch and raise awareness of Pakistan as a Halal hub for these products. AMD’s facilitated exporters will be invited to showcase their products during the event. An international butcher/ carcass specialist is scheduled to be engaged to prepare cuts for the event as well as to do a live demo for participants. The dinner will also serve as an informal venue where some of the key actors from the global and Pakistani meat value chain can come together to exchange information and discuss opportunities & challenges and become aware of the unique opportunity offered by the Pakistani meat sector. Approximately 150 invitees consisting of key perspective buyers for meat from Pakistan, government trade attachés and AMD staff members will be attending the dinner.  In order to support this activity, AMD project requires the purchase of Event Management Services/Catering for Branding Dinner in Dubai on February 27, 2017.

 

2.       Offer Deadline and Protocol: : Offers must be received no later than 3 PM local Pakistan time on February 16, 2017 by email to solicitations@pakistan-amd.org with a subject line RFQ No. AMD-039 Catering and Associated Services for Branding Dinner in Dubai.

 

 

Please reference the RFQ number (AMD-039) in any response to this RFQ. Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA.

 

3.       Questions: Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFQ may be submitted no later than 12 PM local Pakistan time on February 14, 2017 by email to procurement@pakistan-amd.orgwith a subject line Questions: RFQ No. AMD-039 Catering and Associated Services for Branding Dinner in Dubai. Questions must be submitted in writing; phone calls will not be accepted. Questions and requests for clarification—and the responses thereto—that CNFA believes may be of interest to other offerors will be circulated to all RFQ recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding. 

 

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The deadline for accepting bids will be 18:00 Baku time on September 22, 2016.

 

STTA: Seedless Watermelon Cultivation in Pakistan

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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, 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 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, 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:

Over 35 kinds of vegetables are grown in various ecological zones in Pakistan. At the moment, Pakistan is exporting very limited number and quantity of vegetables mainly to GCC, some European countries and neighboring Afghanistan.  Watermelon is cultivated throughout Pakistan mostly for domestic consumption where the soil and climatic conditions are favorable for its cultivation. It prefers sandy loam soils with good drainage and a soil pH of 7.5 to 8. It cannot tolerate extremes of temperatures; low temperature affects its growth while severe higher temperatures affect the pollination process resulting in reduced yields.

Local supply of watermelons starts in April and continues till September from different areas of Pakistan. It’s high in demand during summer season leading to appreciable profit margins for farmers and traders.

Seedless watermelons are more difficult to grow as they require much higher levels of inputs and managerial skill, but in terms of prices they can command a premium of up to 200% over the larger, seeded varieties. Pakistani watermelon production calendar synchronizes well with the peak demand season in Europe which has experienced very strong growth in imports, indicating increasing demand from the watermelon producing countries, which, include China, Turkey, Iran, USA, Brazil and Albania etc. In the European market, Spain is also a major exporter. Pakistan’s easy access to GCC provides a competitive advantage for export of seedless watermelons to GCC countries. With the operationalization of Gwadar port and CPEC, exports to Europe through sea are also competitive for Pakistani producers. Additionally, no SPS requirements are in place for export of watermelons to EU, making it an easily exportable commodity. The value of watermelon imports in the EU last year (2014-15) was €485.78 million

However, despite having favorable climatic conditions for the cultivation of seedless watermelon, along with an increasing demand in international markets, limited effort has been made to produce seedless watermelon in Pakistan. The primary reasons include; unavailability of seeds, lack of production technology at the local level, and international market linkages.

The AMD project, in line with its objective of innovation, intends to support the introduction of commercial production of seedless watermelons for high end markets, through working with Pakistani private sector investors on a limited scale for trial production. The initial areas for trial production are intended to be in Sindh (Qambar, Larkana, Shehdadkot and/or adjoining areas).

Objective of the Technical Assistance

The technical assistance (TA) provided by the ISTTA is aimed at providing the technical oversight for crop husbandry of seedless watermelon to the selected farmers from land selection & preparation till harvesting and marketing of the produce. The local STTA will work closely with the ISTTA to design a complete package of technology for seedless watermelon production for the selected area/s to augment well within the existing cropping system with increased profit margins.

 

Assignment Scope:

The ISTTA tasks will include but not be limited to:

1.       Background reading of AMD Work Plan for HVOSV and published studies on watermelon and seedless watermelons’ crop husbandry, with a comparative analysis with other countries of the similar agro climate.

2.       With support from STTA, design a complete crop husbandry protocol including harvest and post-harvest practices for Seedless Watermelons.

3.       Provide regular guidance to the STTA and CTA by Skype on issues arising with selected farmers, when not on-site

4.       Instruct and mentor STTA on day to day vigilance of crop.

5.       Provide production economics to AMD and the selected farmers

6.       With assistance from the STTA design a training program for the Seedless Watermelon farmers; if needed.

7.       Comment regularly on recorded data on various agronomic crop parameters for these trials supplied by STTA and main growers

8.       Identify better paying markets for B&C category of Seedless Watermelon locally.

9.       Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to design and development of the Seedless Watermelon production interventions.

10.   Supply support to any relevant tasks within AMD initiatives at the request of CPO and/or CTA

11.   Assignment to be undertaken in 2 parts to coincide with:

a.       the ground preparation and sowing of the crop

b.       the harvesting, grading and marketing of the crop

 

Deliverables:

1.       A detailed work plan for the period of this assignment within two days after the commencement of this consultancy.

2.       Complete crop husbandry protocols for seedless watermelon.

3.       Comparative analysis of Pakistan’s specific crop growing climate and market access viz a viz other seedless watermelon producing/exporting countries.

4.       Production economics of seedless watermelons

5.       UAE Rapid Market Assessment for seedless watermelon

6.       Training program and SOPs for producing seedless watermelon

7.       Agronomic data of trials

8.       Report on remote technical support and guidance provided from home office; .5 days per week during months 3 and 4

9.       Customer Acceptance Report of trail shipments

10.   Submit a detailed report with all the above cited deliverables and recommendations within 5 days of assignment completion.

 

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment: 65 Days LOE between Mth-1 and Mth-6

 

Timing of the Assignment:

The ISTTA assignment will commence in February 2017 and end in July 2017.

First part of the assignment will begin on or about February 14th until on or about March 31st, including a 48-hour stop-over in Dubai for market appraisal.

Second part of the assignment will begin on or about June 22nd until on or about July 31st including a 48-hour stop-over in Dubai for appraisal of market acceptance.

Qualifications

  • A university degree in the field of agriculture or equivalent experience;
  • Practical knowledge of watermelon crop husbandry.
  • Extensive experience of having worked with commercial vegetable growers
  • Extensive experience in fresh vegetable value chain and marketing
  • Hands on experience in Pakistan’s agriculture sector will be an added advantage;
  • More than 10 years of professional practical experience working in the field of commercial horticulture production.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English; knowledge of local language will be an added advantage
  • Possession of a valid visa for travel to Pakistan is an added advantage

Feedlot Association Development Consultant

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Project Description:

 

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) 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 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, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani meat, HV/OSV, citrus and mango more profitable and more competitive.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical and management support to the AMD team in developing Feedlot Farmers Association for the growing meat industry of Pakistan.  This association is needed for the feedlot farmers to get them on united platform so as to strive for common issues. 

 

The meat value chain and the meat market in Pakistan are underdeveloped. Meat export industry is facing numerous challenges in established markets. These include the increase in production costs, increased freight charges and lack of proper grading, standardization. Furthermore, the backward supply of animals from markets (Mandies) has a below average carcass weight and quality, and both make it more difficult to compete in the high value export markets.

 

Meat production in the informal sector is unregulated. Despite having large number of animals, Pakistan has low per animal yield, mainly due to the absence of right animal varieties. lack of disease control are also affecting the meat sector. Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs) are prevalent in the country and constitute a notable barrier for Pakistan to register itself as a meat export country. 

 

The mechanism for controlling the meat prices in Pakistan at district and provincial level is ineffective and weak. Pakistan’s meat sector has great potential given the rising demand in both domestic and international markets. The demand for halal meat has been growing globally but to take advantage of this, high standards of quality have to be met. There is also the need to develop complete meat value chain and move towards value addition in meat market this will benefit both consumers and farmers/producers.

 

With organizing all stakeholders of the Meat sector on single platform and through government support and proper regulations, the meat sector can be an important source of foreign exchange earnings. Feedlot fattening is now a growing business and large number of large, medium and large scale farmers are investing in this sector to develop businesses.  These feedlot farms linked with abattoirs for sourcing high quality , healthy and traceable animals will enable the industry shift to high value export market.

 

Technical assistance of an International Feedlot Association development Specialist is needed to develop an association through uniting feedlot farmers and value added businesses on a combine platform that would represent the stakeholders of whole industry and strive for their issues.

 

This STTA assignment is scheduled for a period of 30 days, during which the Consultant will develop a workable plan to develop the feedlot farmers / Meat Association in the growing Meat industry.

 

Estimates Level of Effort: 30 Days

Assignment Scope

  • Background reading of AMD Work Plan and published studies on value chain and marketing assessments of related agriculture in Pakistan;
  • Hold meetings with major feedlot farmers and processors and relevant stakeholders from public and private sector;
  • Work with major stakeholders of the industry and identify ways to establish a feedlot Association in the livestock industry;
  • Develop productive ideas on how feedlot owners can work together to exchange information on improved feedlot management;
  • Work with feedlot owners to integrate data collected from their feedlots using software provided by the project to the cloud;
  • Determine ways that as an association they can determine how to improve genetics within the industry;
  • Assist feedlot owners to work together to identify high quality inputs that can used within their feedlots;
  • Determine if there are economic benefits to members of the feedlot association to do group buying to reduce the cost of their inputs or to obtain inputs from suppliers that normaly would not be available because of limited demand for the products;
  • Determine methods that social media can be used by the association to share market  information, management techniques, new innovative technologies and regulatory changes that will enhance the industry.  
  • Meet with the regulatory agencies to identify governmental policies that can support to develop the association in meat sector.
  • Develop the association as a representative of the farmers before the government . The association will assist in the development and implementation of the Meat grading and standards, sale and purchase of cattle and lambs on live weight basis in cattle markets, retail pricing through professional regulatory bodies and facilitation to the farmers / investors  in developing feedlot  businesses in the industry.
  • Suggest the body of Association and its organogram, objectives and methodology.
  • Suggest a sustainable financial system of the association and its services for the stakeholders of the industry.
  • Assist in the registration of the association from Gov. and regulatory bodies.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Senior Technical Advisor.

Qualifications

  • Extensive international experience of having worked on Integrated Supply Chain of Meat sector.
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with donor funded projects with a focus on developing  Business Association for Feedlot Fattening farmers and value added private sector business community.
  • Experience of working in developing countries, especially on developing feedlot farmers association in Meat industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team with interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented report writing skills and Oral fluency in English.

International Feedlot Management Software Expert

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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, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in the four targeted product lines: citrus, mango, high value/off season vegetables and livestock. AMD envisions transformation of these 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, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.

 

Objective

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical support and system management skills to the AMD team with developing a Traceability database for the integrated supply chain of the meat sector. This database is intended for the private sector AMD grantees from the beef-producing commercial feedlot fattening farms and meat processing businesses. The consultant will design and develop the system with a workable model parallel to the needs of each individual business, and then link all data to a central database. The consultant will also be required to submit detailed, step-wise implementations manuals for both usage levels: access at business level and access to centrally held data.

 

Technical assistance of an International Traceability Specialist is needed to develop a user-oriented database system for feedlot and value added businesses that would trace the backward supply of animals, supply chain of feed and feed ingredients, and animal health/weight-gain/breed. The system should have the capacity to manage data from feedlot farms with a production capacity of 500+ steers per batch, and value added businesses on a commercial scale.

 

This STTA assignment is scheduled for a period of 30 days, during which the Consultant will develop a workable plan to implement the Traceability system from Feedlot Operations level to Packaging at processing plants. 

Assignment Scope

  • Background reading of AMD Work Plan and published studies on value chain and marketing assessments of related agriculture in Pakistan;
  • Hold meetings with relevant feedlot farmers and processors pre-selected through the AMD grant program, and relevant stakeholders from public and private sector;
  • Recommend and develop a system to record incoming and outgoing animal data, including weight, bos-taurus/bos-indices character to allow the feedlot to capture and monitor data, all the way to carcass weight. This will be for all feedlot and value added businesses at an individual level, and then at the central database level;
  • Assist in developing the software to allow the feedlot and value added businesses to capture meat quality parameters;
  • Implement usage of software that will trace where the cows are purchased, weight, age, body type, and genetics to assist the feedlot owner to be able to better informed when purchasing cattle in the future;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Senior Technical Advisor.

Qualifications

  • Extensive international experience of having worked on Integrated Supply Chain of Meat sector;
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with donor funded projects with a focus on developing Traceability database for Feedlot Fattening farms and value added private sector partners;
  • Experience of working in developing countries, especially possessing design and development expertise/ experience in developing Traceability in Feedlot and Value added business of Meat Supply Chain;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team with interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented report writing skills and Oral fluency in English.

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