Vegetable Packing-house Specialist

Vegetable Packing-house Specialist

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CNFA-AMD Project

US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development

SCOPE OF WORK

 

Project Name

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

Consultancy Assignment

Operation and Management of packing-house for vegetables

Consultant Title

Vegetable Packing-house Specialist

Reports to

Chief technical Advisor – AMD

Place of Performance

Pakistan with travel to grantee sites in Punjab and Sindh

LOE:

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

Est. Period of Performance

February 01, 2018 to March 31, 2018

Project Description:

 

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

Background:

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

 

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

 

Objectives of Technical Assistance:

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

Scope of the Assignment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

§  Any other related tasks assigned by the COP or CTA 

Deliverables:

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

Qualifications:

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

Timing of the Assignment:

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

Horticulture IPM Specialist

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CNFA-AMD Project

US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development

SCOPE OF WORK

 

 

Project Name

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

Consultancy Assignment

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

Consultant Title

Horticulture IPM Specialist

Reports to

Chief Technical Advisor – AMD

Place of Performance

Lahore, Punjab and Sindh

LOE

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

Est. Period of Performance

February 01, 2018 – March 31, 2018

Project Description:

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID-funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture. This is envisioned to be achieved through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demands and requirements in AMD’s four targeted product lines: Citrus, Mango, High Value/Off Season Vegetables and Livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector-led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrades, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, and an increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.

Background Information:

The horticulture sector contributes about 12% of GDP and provides employment and incomes to several actors along the value chains. An estimated 13.67 MMT of horticultural products are grown annually with post-harvest losses averaging about 25%. Only 4% of the annual production is exported, garnering less than 50% of average world prices due to both inferior quality of produce, and sales in low-value markets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Objective of the Technical Assistance:

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

Assignment Scope:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Record keeping of inputs and production;

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

 

Deliverables:

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

QUALIFICATIONS:

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

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

Consultant – Gender Integration

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Consultant – Gender Integration

 

Position:    Short-term Consultant – Gender Integration

Project:      Pakistan Agricultural Teachnology Transfer  Activity (PATTA)

Place of Performance:   Islamabad, Pakistan, with field travel

Level of Effort:   30 Days

 Period of Performance:  October – November 2017

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

 

About CNFA:

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

 

Project Description:

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

 

Expected Results of PATTA:

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

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

·         Scale up the adoption and use of agricultural technologies

 

Position Summary:

 

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

 

Specific Tasks:

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

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

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

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

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

·       Submit written gender analysis report

 

Deliverables:

 

          Inception report

          Weekly progress report

          Presentation and feedback from the project

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

 

Minimum Qualifications:

 

·         Pakistani national

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

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

·         Working knowledge of USAID policies, rules and regulations preferred

·         Previous project work experience in Pakistan

·         Familiarity with agricultural technologies and value chain constraints in Pakistan

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills required

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

·         Fluency in English required

·         Fluency in Urdu preferred

 

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Consultant – Baseline Analysis

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Position:                                  STTA – Consultant, Baseline Analysis

Project                                     Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA)  

Place of Performance:          Islamabad, Pakistan, with field travel

Level of Effort:                       30 Days

Period of Performance:         October – November 2017

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

About CNFA:

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

Project Description:

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

Expected Results of PATTA:

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

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

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

Position Summary:

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

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

Assignment Objectives

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

§  Baseline study relevant to PATTA interventions in agricultural technologies

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

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

Specific Tasks:

 

1.         Methodology

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

 

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

 

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

Specific Tasks

 

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

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

Conduct primary data collection, including interviews and focus group discussions

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

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

Analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data

Submission of data set on Excel and SPSS

Deliverables

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

Desired qualifications

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

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Consultant – Environmental Compliance

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Consultant – Environmental Compliance

 

Position:   Short-term Consultant, Environmental Compliance  

Project:     Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA)

Place of Performance:  Islamabad, Pakistan, with field travel

Level of Effort: 30 days

Period of Performance:  October – November

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

 

About CNFA:

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

 

Project Description:

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

 

Expected Results of PATTA:

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

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

·         Scale up the adoption and use of agricultural technologies

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

·        Evaluate the Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) of PATTA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Deliverables:

          Inception report

          Weekly progress report

          Presentation and feedback from the project

          Environment Assessment Guide for life of the project

 

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Pakistani national

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

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

·         Prior USAID and other international donor experience preferred

·         Strong interpersonal and communication skills

·         Computer literate in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe applications

·         Fluency in English required

·         Fluency in Urdu preferred

 

 

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

 

International E-Beam Food Irradiation Technology Specialist

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CNFA-AMD Project

US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development

SCOPE OF WORK

 

 

Project Name

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

Consultancy Assignment

Conduct an opportunity analysis to identify potential food products for eBeam irradiation and development of food irradiation processes

Consultant Title

International eBeam Food Irradiation Technology Specialist

Reports to

COP and Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) – AMD

Place of Performance

Karachi-Pakistan with likely travel to production areas

LOE

21 working days including 16 working days in Pakistan, 2-days int’l travel, 3-days review and final report submission.

Est. Period of Performance

Nov 27, 2017 – December 31, 2017

 

Project Description:

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) is a USAID funded project that aims to improve the ability of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture and livestock sectors to compete in international and national markets in four targeted product lines: meat, high value and off-season vegetables, mangoes and citrus. AMD will act as a catalyst for development and investment in its targeted 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 supporting international marketing and sales efforts.

AMD encourages investments in its four target product lines through offering matching grants and technical assistance, and empowering stakeholders by developing synergies, upgrading and streamlining supply chains, providing technical assistance to optimize profit margins, and increase participation of women entrepreneurs, thereby helping make Pakistani meat, high value and off-season vegetables, mangoes and citrus more profitable and competitive.

Objective of the Technical Assistance

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical assistance to AMD’s eBeam intervention by conducting an opportunity analysis to identify potential food products for the eBeam irradiation facility being supported by the AMD project. The analysis will be based on (1) capacity and specifications of the eBeam equipment and facility of AMD’s beneficiary grantee; (2) AMD’s product target lines; and (3) product availability and quantities in Pakistan. The further objective of the technical assistance includes development of food irradiation process for prioritized food products identified in the opportunity analysis and will include flow diagrams; identification of the critical control points; record keeping and documentation procedures; technical, regulatory, and quality assurance programs; list of compulsory international certifications. Potential export markets will also be identified.

Specific scope and deliverables for the assignment are given in the proceeding sections.

 

Assignment Scope:

The STTA tasks will include but not be limited to:

·         Develop work plan for the execution of the ISTTA assignment in consultation with AMD staff for COP and CTA for approval within the first week of engagement; 

·         Background reading of relevant documentation on AMD grantee’s eBeam equipment specifications and capacity (Provided);

·         Discussions and meetings with key stakeholders and onsite visit to eBeam facility at Karachi;

·         Based on visit and meetings and in collaboration with the AMD team, undertake an opportunity analysis to identify potential food products for an eBeam irradiation facility. The analysis to be based on:

o   capacity and specifications of the eBeam equipment and facility of AMD’s beneficiary grantee;

o   AMD’s product target lines; and

o   product availability and quantities in Pakistan.

·         Develop a detailed document on the food irradiation process for prioritized food products identified in the opportunity analysis. Process document to include flow diagrams; identification of the critical control points; record keeping and documentation procedures; technical, regulatory, and quality assurance programs; list of compulsory international certifications and potential export markets; and

·         Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to AMD supported eBeam activities.

Deliverables:

1.       Develop a detailed work plan for the ISTTA (first day of assignment commencement);             

2.       Draft report on the opportunity analysis to identify potential food products for an eBeam irradiation facility. Report to be based on: capacity and specifications of the eBeam equipment and facility of AMD’s beneficiary grantee, AMD’s product target lines and product availability and quantities in Pakistan;

3.       Draft report on the food irradiation process for five (5) of the prioritized food products identified in the opportunity analysis. Report to include flow diagrams; identification of the critical control points; record keeping and documentation procedures; technical, regulatory, and quality assurance programs; list of compulsory international certifications and potential export markets; and

4.       After review and input by the AMD team, submit final reports on the opportunity analysis and food irradiation processes for products identified along with a power point presentation(s) using the AMD template within 5 business days of completion of review by AMD.

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment:

21-total days as follows:

International travel from Europe Week 1 = 1 day; Week 3 = 1 day. Total of 2 days.

Data gathering, meeting with key stakeholders and site visit for Opportunity Analysis and Food Irridiation Processes documentation including draft report writing Week 1 = 5 days, Week 2 = 6 days; Week 3 = 5 days. Total 16 days.

Final report preparation (from home office) Week 4 = 3 days.

Total STTA days = 21.

 

Knowledge, Skill and Ability Requirements:

The international consultant should have:

·         Advanced degree in the field of radiation. Advanced degree in food sciences a plus;

·         Minimum of 5-years of experience with food irradiation and food safety on a commercial scale;

·         In-depth knowledge of irradiation regulatory and quality assurance programs;

·         Prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with a focus on irradiation technology a plus;

·         Willingness to travel to and in Pakistan

·         Demonstrated ability to work in a team;

·         Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills;

·         Documented excellent English writing skills and oral fluency.

Added Value Meat Products Specialist

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CNFA-AMD Project

US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development

SCOPE OF WORK

 

Project Name

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

Consultancy Assignment

AMD

Consultant Title

CNFA – Added Value Meat Products Specialist

Reports to

Chief Technical Advisor

Place of Performance

Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan

Est. Period of Performance

 24 days (21 in country; 3 Homebase) – ASAP

 

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 meat, HV/OSV, citrus and mango more profitable and more competitive.

 

Background Information:

 

Pakistan’s meat exports are marked by minimal value-addition, mostly dealing in chilled and frozen carcasses, quarters and some boneless meat. Geographical proximity and complicated compliance regimes of export partner countries remain the foremost factors driving market access and growth. At the moment, Pakistani exporters aggressively compete amongst each other for market share in the GCC region, where fresh/chilled whole carcass meat sourced from Pakistan accounts for almost 80% of the market share. In the absence of new marketing avenues and product diversification, the prevailing market dynamic has continued to erode profit margins and inhibit innovation.

 

The current project has identified many Pakistan beef  farmers that have put their labor and limited capital into the establishment of new beef feedlot farms. Farmers are now willing to buy some of the needed equipment and technology they need to produce and market high quality beef.  Further, improvements in the collection, distribution, and processing of beef in Pakistan will lead to added income throughout the rural sector. 

 

The beef sector can only be compeditive if they get the highest value for all parts of the beef animal.  This includes quality primal cuts plus added value items from other parts of the animal.  The added value meat production specialist will assist the Pakistan beef industry through the development of a new value added meat products that can be economically produced for by the Pakistan Meat Abattoirs.  The added value meat production specialist will identify  resources and technologies that will modernize the Pakistan beef industry and will transfer this information to the abattoirs.  This will  be done by focusing on the following:

 

·         Development of high value meat products from primal cuts of beef

·         Development high value meat products from by products of the beef animal

·         Value added opportunities for processors in the form of improved quality products commanding higher market values, such as sausages, cold cuts, cooked canned beef and frozen processed meat products; and

·         Increased consumer demand for beef products through educating and encouraging beef consumption at the consumer level.

 

The AMD project through a partnership with selected grantees will diversify their facilities and increase value addition for meat products and by-products. The induction of value-added meat processing will allow for a diversified product portfolio and will contribute to greater value addition during processing. Venturing into value added meat preparations such as making Polony, Corned beef products, Smoked products and Sausages,will enable the businesses to improve their overall business productivity and, through the induction of new technologies and demand-driven technical assistance, become more competitive in international markets.

 

Assignment Scope:

Assignment Scope:

  • The International consultant tasks will include but not be limited to:
  • Understanding of Pakistan’s livestock industry and Meat Value Chain
  • Held meetings with the value added businesses in meat industry and understand existing scenario of meat cuts and by products development.
  • Assist meat processors in value added meat preparations such as making Polony, Corned beef products, Smoked products.
  • Provide in site consultatncy to the interested processors to produce ready to cook meat cuts such as meat balls, burger patties and sausages.
  • Conduct trainings and technical workshops to educate and skill the industry on high value added product development.  

Deliverables:

  • The international consultant is expected to deliver following;
  • Present a report on finding and suggestions regarding high value added products development in Pakistani meat industry.
  • Conduct trails with potential meat processors to produce ready to cook meat cuts such as meat balls, burger patties and sausages.
  • Develop training program for the industry on high value products and by products development.
  • Oversee skill development program on high value added products development for industry.
  • Suggest cost cutting techniques and revenue generating plans in high value added business.
  • Able to create market linkages in international halal market.

Qualifications:

  • The international consultant should have:
  • Extensive international experience of having worked with commercial meat value added businesses on high value added products development.
  • Have a brief knowledge of meat industry internationally
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with USAID funded projects worldwide with a focus on the development of the high value meat products.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented report writing skills in English and oral fluency in English

All Qualified candidates should send their CVs to recruitment@pakistan-amd.org with subject line “High value added meat products development

STTA: International Specialist in FAO/OIE Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD)

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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:

“The Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD) has been developed by FAO to assist and facilitate countries where FMD is still endemic to progressively reduce the impact of FMD and the load of FMD virus. The PCP-FMD has been adopted by FAO as a working tool in the design of FMD country (and some regional) control programs,…it has become a joint FAO/OIE tool.”[1] Pakistan is currently at Stage-II incursion of the FMD virus as defined by the OIE PCP-FMD. It is mandatory for Pakistan to establish FMD free zones/compartments in line with the OIE guidelines to progress to the next Stage of FMD PCP i.e. Stage-III that will allow export of meat from these areas. Pakistan’s chilled meat exports are currently limited to GCC. Frozen meat is limited to Malaysia and Vietnam.. In order to expand into other markets like China, Indonesia and Russia, Pakistan must comply with the OIE regulations regarding FMD free zones/compartments. Once these zones/compartments are notified and accepted by OIE, Pakistan would be allowed to export meat to a number of countries including those mentioned above. The Government of Punjab has notified a few FMD control zones/compartments in Punjab province, however, The Government of Sindh has yet to take any steps in the FAO/OIE FMD-PCP process. The identified control zones/compartments become internationally acceptable only after ratification by OIE.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance:

The Senior Specialist in FAO/OIE Progressive Control Pathway for Foot and Mouth Disease, in collaboration with AMD team, will provide a recommended strategy and implementation plan of the OIE guidelines to support the provincial and federal regulatory authorities in Pakistan. In Punjab, the consultant will review identified areas and farms for suitability as PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines. In Sindh, the consultant will work with AMD staff and private sector stakeholders to identify suitable areas for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines

 

Based on the strategy and implementation plan, the ISTTA will conduct a training workshop to present the strategy and implementation mechanism to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers.

 

Assignment Scope:

The Senior Specialist on PCP-FMD Control Zones/Compartments for enhancing meat exports will have a background in veterinary sciences with sound practical experience in the developing veterinary services across the globe; particularly in Pakistan. Knowledge of animal health, disease control, designing and supporting capacity building initiatives, sound knowledge of FMD issues and relevant OIE regulations as well as government regulations, and an understanding of the Pakistani livestock and veterinary services will be an added advantage.

Estimated level of Effort (LoE) for the assignment:

38 work days, including intermittent travel as per the detail in the full description linked below.

Timing of the Assignment:

The ISTTA shall commence on or about August 15, 2017 and is expected to be completed by October 30, 2017.

[1] FAO Document PCP 2011: http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/commissions/docs/PCP/PCP-26012011.pdf

Specific Functions

  • Review current FMD status of Pakistan viz-a-viz FAO/OIE PCP-FMD Progressive Control Pathway Strategy;
  • Discussions with relevant provincial and federal regulatory authorities;
  • Discussions with public and private sector to review and identify areas and farms for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with the FAO/OIE PCP-FMD guidelines;
  • Development of a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines;
  • Present PCP-FMD strategy and implementation plan to relevant stakeholders;
  • Develop training modules for the proposedPCP-FMD strategy and implementation plan for selected technical stakeholders and impart awareness and training through a seminar / workshop;
  • Willingness to travel to project areas within Pakistan;
  • Any other relevant tasks assigned by the Chief of Party or the Chief Technical Advisor.

Deliverables

  • Final comprehensive report containing:
  • Review of current FMD status of Pakistan viz-a-viz FAO/OIE PCP-FMD Progressive Control Pathway Strategy;
  • List of stakeholders met with and summary of discussions held;
  • Areas and farms identified for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with the FAO/OIE PCP-FMD guidelines;
  • Comprehensive strategy and implementation plan for PCP-FMD control zones/compartments in line with OIE guidelines;
  • Review of training workshop
  • Training modules developed for workshop and seminar;
  • Conduct technical presentation in Islamabad of the strategy and proposed implementation mechanism for FMD control zones/compartments in Pakistan based on FAO/OIE global strategy guidelines to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers;
  • Develop Training modules for implementation of the proposed implementation mechanism.
  • Conduct Technical Workshop in Islamabad on the training modules including a Power point presentation to selected relevant technical specialists, stakeholders and service providers;

Minimum Qualifications

  • Above 20 years of international experience in veterinary services and veterinary policy legislations at both South Asian and global levels;
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in the livestock veterinary sector in Pakistan;
  • Experience working with USAID and other donor funded projects;
  • Degree in veterinary services (MRCVS/DVM);
  • Sound knowledge of FAO/OIE guidelines and regulations;
  • Experience in the design and implementation of capacity building activities in the livestock sector;
  • Experience working on regulatory and policy development in livestock sector;
  • Willingness to travel to Pakistan;
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills are required.

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ISTTA: On-farm Water Management (HEIS-Drip Irrigation) & Fertigation for HVOSV Sector

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

Consultancy Assignment: ISTTA Consultant  – High Value/Off Season Vegetable Program

Consultant Title: ISTTA for  On farm water management (HEIS-Drip Irrigation) &  fertigation for HVOSV sector. .

Reports to: Chief Technical Advisor& Senior Value Chain Specialist – AMD

Place of Performance: Punjab

LOE: 21 Days

Est. Period of Performance: July 17 to August 12,2017

Project Description

 

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture. This is envisioned to be achieved through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demands and requirements in AMD’s four targeted product lines: Citrus, Mango, High Value/Off Season Vegetables and Livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector-led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrades, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, and an increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.

Background Information

 

The horticulture sector contributes about 12% of GDP and provides employment and incomes to several actors along the value chains. An estimated 13.67 MMT of horticultural products are grown annually with post-harvest losses averaging about 25%.  Only 4% of the annual production is exported, garnering less than 50% of average world prices due to poor quality of produce and to sales in low-value markets.

Most fruits and vegetables are sold in fresh form.  Little value is added in the way of sorting, grading, or packaging and post-harvest losses are unsustainably high. A very low percentage of fruits and vegetables are processed.  Farmers face numerous challenges maintaining product value from harvest to market.  The limited availability of cold chain facilities is a major constraint, resulting in products with a short shelf life that quickly loses its freshness.

 

 

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.  Vegetable production in Pakistan, especially HV/OSV, faces marketing constraints due to a lack of post-harvest handling facilities for grading, sorting, packaging, pre-cooling and cold storage. According to estimates, up-to 40% of fresh produce is lost at post-harvest stage. Amongst other reasons, the prime reason for these losses is the absence of field heat removal and cold chain management at all levels. AMD aims to strengthen the HV/OSV value chain by partnering with private-sector investors to upgrade or establish centralized grading, packing and refrigerated cold storage hubs.

As part of an integrated strategy to formalize a consistent and improved supply of produce, where appropriate, AMD intends to support competitively selected businesses to establish/upgrade cold chain facilities at processor level, which will reduce post-harvest losses and increase marketing time for the fresh vegetables.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

AMD intends to hire an international Horticulture (specialized in vegetable production under controlled production systems with HEIS to support the fertigation).

LOE, Period and Place of Performance

The level of effort (LOE) and the periods for this consultancy include 21 days around July 15 onward.

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment::21 Days 

Assignment Scope

  • Demonstrate hands on training and TA for use of High efficiency irrigation systems particularly drip irrigation for the best use of water and water conservation as a resource. Also demonstrate the use of controlled fertilizer application through fertigation systems. 
  • Scoping for Greenhouse and semi controlled HVOSV for water management and HEIS systems at selected program sites
  • Detailed GAP analysis for technology use for precision irrigation and water management to enhance the water use efficiency  and precision in input use for fertilizers and nutrients.
  • High efficiency irrigation system- in the controlled and semi controlled green houses, vegetable tunnels
  • HEIS for open field and low tunnels of vegetable production systems at AMD selected sites.
  • Onsite trainings for irrigation requirements according to the environment and phonological stages of summer and winter vegetables.
  • Application dose and time of fertilizers and micro nutrients with safe use of water to enhance the quality and production of vegetables under controlled environment.
  • Develop appropriate strategies to assist program beneficiaries for better water harvest under HEIS systems for high value vegetable to enhance the quality and meet the food safety standards for high end export markets.

Deliverables

  • Develop a detailed plan and a brief suggested methodology during the period of assignment and get it approved by AMD COP or his designee.  This should be finalized prior to travel to Pakistan;   
  • Evaluate present issues of the vegetable sector and make commendations to stakeholders in Pakistan;
  • Assist the HV/OSV grantees to link with value added businesses for the marketing of B & C grade natural produce for value addition;
  • Provide 1-page biweekly updates to the COP, or his designee;
  • Submit the draft of the final report along with power point presentation to CNFA within 10 business days after the Design and Recommendations of the Horticulture Value Chain activity    
  • Submit Final Report along with power point presentation to CNFA, using AMD template, within 5 business days upon completion of the assignment.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Chief Technical Advisor relating to design and development of vegetable production, processing, and handling practices interventions.

Qualifications

  • Graduate or doctorate degree in Agriculture, horticulture, Agribusiness or other related field;
  • Over 10 year’s practical industry experience in use of Drip Irrigation and controlled environment plant production systems including greenhouses, shade-houses.
  • Work experience with international donors, preferably with USAID-sponsored programs or other similar development projects;
  • Demonstrated understanding of Pakistan and/or the region, a plus.
  • Hands on experience in sourcing of raw material, nutrients, growth regulators, packaging material, washing, grading, transportation and marketing both local as well as international markets.
  • Hands on experience in Good Agricultural practices and Global GAP certification for individual growers and groups.
  • Understanding of phyto sanitary practices and regulations for compliance.
  • Experience in training and development of workers in greenhouse production

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