STTA: Berry Sector Consultant

STTA: Berry Sector Consultant

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BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

OBJECTIVE:

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

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

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

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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

DELIVERABLES:

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

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 

This assignment is planned to take place on or about 1/15/2018 through 1/29/2018. This consultancy will be provided offsite and will not exceed 10 days.

Senior Program Officer

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Position Summary:

CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C.-based Senior Program Officer (SPO) to oversee, manage and backstop a portfolio of international development programs in Francophone West Africa. Responsibilities include providing leadership related to project planning, providing administrative and technical support to field staff, and monitoring and evaluating field project activities and results. This position reports to the Vice President of Programs, works closely with program Chiefs of Party and supervises junior program staff.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assist with program implementation by providing technical support that includes, but is not limited to: input toward program strategy development; assistance developing technical program materials and deliverables; monitoring and evaluation of program activities; development of strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders; leadership in critiquing and reviewing project documents such as grant and project proposals; development of scopes of work for short-term assistance and other technical contributions;
  • Backstop programs, including reviewing/editing program documents and reports, tracking and reports program events;
  • Maintain electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables;
  • Coordinate field travel for long-term and short-term staff – including visa procurement and processing, travel and accommodation logistics, briefings related to security and travel;
  • Prepare or review project documentation that requires home office and USAID approval;
  • Support the Communications Department by ensuring production and updating of high quality project communication tools;
  • Monitor projects to ensure programmatic compliance and contractual and financial compliance in collaboration with the Operations and Compliance Department, as well as achievement of project deliverables and impact;
  • Field travel for site visits, temporary assignments to assist in field office work efforts, general evaluation of program progress and potential, and collection of program information will be required;
  • Manage sub-contractors contractual and technical deliverables;
  • Liaise with USAID to provide timely updates on program activities and impact and engage donors on development and implementation of programs;
  • Supervise one HQ based coordinator and two field based positions; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in a relevant field (Business, agricultural economics, international relations) required; a Master’s Degree is strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience backstopping complex international economic development programs is required; experience in West Africa is desired.
  • Experience managing USAID contracts of $20 million or more in value is strongly preferred;
  • Experience managing USAID compliance issues specific to contracts is required;
  • Experience managing USDA compliance issues is preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience with backstopping grants-under-contract programs and in working with programs to build local partner capacity required;
  • Demonstrated expertise in project budget development and management, including experience conducting operational and financial audits of field offices;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, and clear, concise written communication skills required;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity is expected;
  • Outstanding organization skills with a high level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to maintain composure and flexibility under tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively and manage multiple competing priorities;
  • Ability to engage with organizations and individuals from various cross-cultural contexts;
  • Fluency in French is required;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • MS Office proficiency required;
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

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.

Monitoring and Evaluation Support- Consultancy

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Project Background:

The Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) program is a five year, $23 million USAID funded program implemented by CNFA in Egypt. The goal of FAS is to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt. The program will achieve this goal by implementing a market-driven approach that facilitates sustainable, pro-poor value chain development, and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. The market-driven approach will be supported by four interrelated components: 1) improved on-farm production, 2) more efficient post-harvest processes, 3) improved marketing of agriculture crops and products, and 4) improved nutritional status, especially for women and children.  

Assignment Objectives and background: 

CNFA considers monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to be an essential management support function that facilitates evidence-based program management through rigorous identification, testing, and scaling-up of interventions that maximize impact and cost-effectiveness, all of which are a core part of the FAS project adaptive management approach to market system development. The FAS project is a Feed the Future project; therefore, it is vital that the FAS M&E system conform to Feed the Future monitoring and evaluation standards, including the use of Feed the Future standard indicators. In addition, FAS has established a number of custom indicators, to complement FAS’ monitoring and measurement of progress and impact in increasing agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt.

FAS has recently significantly updated the project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Plan, both to incorporate the new Feed the Future indicators as well as revise the data collection plans for many indicators to improve data quality. In addition, FAS is currently developing a new cloud-based, data management platform to improve data management, analysis, and reporting. In parallel, FAS has developed an M&E Field Guide that documents the data flow for each indicator from the point of data collection to calculation of the indicator result, and provides detailed guidance to the field implementation teams responsible for collecting, managing, analyzing and using data.

FAS must now roll out the new MEL system including the updated indicators and data collection plans to the FAS staff, with a focus on the M&E, programs, and grants units.

This consultancy will provide face-to-face, ongoing support to the FAS project to strengthen project  M&E functions and build the capacity of the team to collect, manage and report indicator data that meets USAID requirements for data quality. 

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

The consultant will provide technical expertise to support the FAS project by building the capacity of new M&E Manager, M&E support staff, and other FAS technical staff in their respective roles related to M&E. Specifically, the consultant will;

•Support rollout of the updated FAS MEL Plan and the M&E Field Guide. 

oProvide tailored trainings to staff to explain purpose of the FAS M&E system, framed within the the context of measuring the project’s progress towards achieving the project goals and objectives per the FAs Results Framework, and contributions to the overall Feed the Future goals and objectives. framework, and the FAS indicators including Feed the Future standard indicators.

oTrain relevant staff to build their comprehension of the indicator defintions, and how to use the Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS). 

oTrain M&E, programs, and grants staff on the new protocols for data collection and management (data flows), including specifically how to use FAS data collection and monitoring forms and the M&E database. 

oTrain FAS staff on principles of data quality, and provide practical examples of how to maintain data quality.

oProvide tailored training to staff on best practices for using data for reporting

•Review FAS grant program and individual grant objectives and train grants, M&E, and other technical staff on grant-specific M&E processes.

oSupport design of customized grant M&E indicators using current grant M&E plan template. 

oProvide Training of Trainers to FAS M&E staff to support them in providing training and ongoing support to grantees on their M&E requirements for data collection and reporting, according to the grant M&E plans. In addition, there may be need for direct training of grantees on how to adhere to their M&E requirements.

•Support finalization of FAS M&E database in collaboration with CNFA HQ staff, ensuring synchronicity with the FAS MEL Plan and M&E Field Guide

•Provide support and management of FAS M&E functions as needed during the transition to the new M&E Manager. Anticipated tasks include preparation of results for quarterly reporting and managing ongoing data collection. 

•Identify opportunities for strengthening FAS M&E systems and implement solutions. 

•Provide ad hoc survey support in line with FAS M&E systems

•Provide ad hoc analysis of FAS indicator data and quarterly results, as needed

•Support hiring process for any upcoming FAS M&E staff recruitment, on as-needed basis

•Identify additional areas for M&E capacity building and provide formal, ongoing recommendations to FAS Senior Management

For all trainings, consultant will design tailored curricula, with input from FAS Senior Management. Trainings to be combination of group and one-on-one trainings.

Deliverables

•Training Plan, to be submitted within first 2 weeks of assignment, after briefing from FAS Senior Management and HQ team, and meeting with FAS M&E, programs, and grants staff

•Curricula for trainings, to be approved by FAS Senior Management and HQ team

•Final report with final recommendations, including actionable suggestions for  improvement to FAS M&E systems

Resources for Assignment

For this assignment, CNFA will provide the following;

•Desk space in main FAS office in Luxor, as well as satellite offices in Aswan and Minya

•Facilitation of logistics for travel to Luxor, Egypt and between FAS project offices

•Office materials and supplies to support trainings

For this assignment, the consultant will need to provide the following;

•Working computer with MS Word and Excel (preferably a licensed version) 

•Mobile phone and credit for regular communications with staff throughout zone of implementation

Timing, Location and Level of Effort

This assignment is expected to be carried out over 3 month period, with an option for 3 additional months based on the need for additional support. Intermediate and Final deliverables dates will be agreed upon with the selected candidate and will be included in the final scope of work. The consultancy will be based in the FAS head office in Luxor with regular travel to FAS satellite offices in Minya and Aswan, upon request by CNFA. 

CNFA will facilitate and cover costs of international and work-related local air travel, lodging, and Meals and Incidental Expenses (M&IE). Rates must be in accordance with US State Dept rates. You can find the full list of Egypt per diem rates in this link. Lodging will be reimbursed base upon actual costs, and receipts must be provided for reimbursement.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least eight (8) years of relevant experience, including significant M&E experience with USAID Feed the Future programs.
  • Experience operationalizing program M&E plans.
  • Experience managing teams and providing training and hands-on capacity building support for M&E.
  • High level of proficiency in statistical analysis and data management.
  • English proficiency and excellent written communications skills; Arabic proficiency preferred.

To express interest in this assignment, please reach out by email to Brett Aronson at baronson@cnfa.org and Deanna Burns at dburns@cnfa.org 

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

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

RFQ: Delivery of Global G.A.P compliance items for 650 Farmers in 6 Associations

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RFQ Number: RFQ GAP Tools 2018

Issuance Date: November 30 2018

Deadline for Questions: December 9 2018

Deadline for Offers: 4:00 PM CLT December 9, 2018

Description: Delivery of Global G.A.P compliance items for 650 Farmers in 6 Associations

For: Feed the Future Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) Project

Funded By: USAID AID-216-A-15-00022

Implemented By: CNFA

Point of Contact

FAS Procurement Manager

Villa Taie, Gezira Gardens Street, Ramla, El Bairat, West Bank, Luxor, Egypt

procurement@egyptfas.org

 

1. Introduction: The Egypt FAS is a USAID program implemented by CNFA in Egypt. The goal of the FAS project is to Support smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt.

As part of project activities, the FAS Project will train and assist 2,000 farmers in gaining Global GAP and Fair trade certification. For this purpose, FAS Project is procuring safety tools & kits with this RFQ, please refer to Section 4 the technical requirements of this document.

 

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

 

2.  Offer Deadline and Protocol: Offers must be received no later than 4:00 PM CLT December 4, 2018 Offers must be submitted by email. Any emailed offers must be emailed to procurement@egyptfas.org. Any hard copy deliveries must be stamped and signed by the offeror’s authorized representative and delivered to the FAS procurement team.

 

 Please reference the RFQ number 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. The cover page of this solicitation summarizes the important dates of the solicitation process. Offerors must strictly follow the provided deadlines to be considered for award.

 

3. Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFQ may be submitted no later than 1:00 pm CLT on December 9, 2018 by email to Procurement@egyptfas.org. 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.

 

Only the written answers issued by CNFA will be considered official and carry weight in the RFQ process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of CNFA or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFQ.

 

4.  Technical Requirements: The table below contains the technical requirements of the commodities. Offerors are requested to provide quotations containing the information below on official letterhead or official quotation format in accordance with the following assumptions:

All the specifications mentioned here in this document are the minimum specifications. 

Sample or Brochures and catalogues, or pictures submission with the RFQ are highly encouraged.

Offerors should submit their “best offer” for each item in full compliance with the technical specifications, i.e. one quotation per item, and should not provide multiple varieties for consideration. 

Offerors must offer the entire quantity or quantities indicated

CNFA intends to award a Blanket Purchase Agreement, which will allow CNFA to make recurring purchases from the selected vendor. Accordingly, the quantities indicated in the table below are quantities that FAS project plans to procure on a rolling basis through use of a blanket purchase agreement signed with the selected offeror. CNFA expects offerors to indicate their ability to provide the requested items at the required specifications listed. CNFA will then issue individual Purchase Orders of varying quantities on a recurring basis during the life of the Blanket Purchase Agreement of 12 months. 

Offerors must submit quotations with clearly specified unit prices, and these unit prices should

remain unchanged should CNFA request to increase or decrease the quantity of items proposed in      

the table included in the full RFQ. CNFA will not consider offers which provide quotations without unit prices.

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RFP: Assets Evaluation Services – Oct 2018

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RFP Number: RFP Assets Evaluation Services – Oct 2018

Issuance Date: 18 November 2018

Deadline for Questions: 25 November 2018

Deadline for Offers: 02 December  2018

Description: Fixed Assets Evaluation Services

For: Feed the Future Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) Project

Funded By: USAID AID-216-A-15-00022

Implemented By: CNFA

Point of Contact

FAS Procurement Manager

Villa Taie, Gezira Gardens Street, Ramla, El Bairat, West Bank, Luxor, Egypt

procurement@egyptfas.org

 

Section 1: Introduction, Technical Background and Scope of Work

 

1.1 Introduction: The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) is a USAID program implemented by CNFA in Egypt. The goal of the FAS project is to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt.

 

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

1.2: Scope of Work: CNFA is soliciting proposals from property evaluation agencies to provide a comprehensive set of evaluations for land, property, equipment/machinery owned by businesses and farmers in Upper Egypt.  The External Evaluator Agency should be able to:

·         Perform property valuation and provide current estimated value of the evaluated property in EGP or USD;

·         Determine the price of specific land plots per square meter in Upper Egypt. The land plot locations will be identified by the project;

·         Evaluate existing constructions and provide estimated value in EGP or USD;

·         Evaluate the price of constructions works and provide estimated value in EGP or USD;

·         Assign the current market value to equipment that was purchased up to 10 years prior to this evaluation;

·         Identify Market Risk and price volatility for evaluated items for upcoming 2 years. 

 

Property evaluation agencies are expected to submit offers according to the proposal instructions contained in this RFP.

1.3: Period of Performance: the anticipated period of performance starts on the date of signing a contract with CNFA and will end on June 1, 2020. The allocated time for evaluating each site is up to a maximum of 10 working days. There is an estimated amount of 28 sites to be evaluated. These sites are situated throughout Upper Egypt. 

 

Section 2: Instructions to Offerors

2.1 Offer Deadline and Protocol: Offers must be received no later than December 02, 2018, 14:00 Cairo Local Time. Offers must be submitted by email. Any emailed offers must be emailed to Procurement@egyptfas.org.

Please reference the RFP number in any response to this RFP. Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA. The box at the top of this solicitation summarizes the important dates of the solicitation process. Offerors must strictly follow the provided deadlines to be considered for award.

 

2.2 Questions: Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFP may be submitted no later than November 25, 2018 – 13:00 Cairo Local Time by email to Procurement@egyptfas.org. Questions must be submitted in writing via email; 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 RFP recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding.

 

Only the written answers issued by CNFA will be considered official and carry weight in the RFP process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of CNFA or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFP.

 

2.3 Evaluation and Award: The award will be made to a responsible offeror whose offer follows the RFP instructions, meets the eligibility requirements, and is determined via a trade-off analysis to be the best value based on application of the below evaluation criteria. Best value determination will consider both technical and financial proposals, i.e., the best approach and anticipated results in combination with a reasonable cost. Proposed costs must reflect and clearly match the degree of sophistication of the technical approach. 

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RFP: Procurement of local legal counsel services

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Issuance Date: November 16, 2018

Deadline for Offers: November 26, 2018

Description: Procurement of local legal counsel services

For: Farmer-to-Farmer Program – Southern Africa

Funded By: USAID, No. 7200AA18LE00005

Implemented By: CNFA

Point of Contact

Mr. Jerrel Gilliam

Project Coordinator

1828 L St NW #710, Washington, DC 20036, USA

jgilliam@cnfa.org

 

 

Section 1: Introduction, Technical Background and Scope of Work

 

1.1 Introduction: CNFA is a non-profit international development organization based in Washington D.C. which currently implements the Farmer-to-Farmer project in Southern Africa. As a part of project start-up activities, CNFA is seeking the services of local legal counsel to provide guidance pertaining to local labor law, registration requirements, tax exemption, and similar operational tasks.

 

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

1.2: Scope of Work: CNFA requires the services of local legal counsel to advise the organization in setting up operations in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe including registration, guidance on the labor law, review of labor contracts, review of policy manuals, and guidance on tax exemption requirements.

 

1.3: Period of Performance:  December 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019.   Note that upon excellent performance, a contract for general legal services may be extended for the duration of the five-year project (2018-2023). 

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STTA: Identify and Establish Collaborative and Horizontal Business Linkages Between U.S. and Azerbaijani Companies

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BACKGROUND

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

Since its launch, ASAP has benefited not only Azerbaijani agribusinesses, but U.S. agribusinesses as well and in the process has reduced Russian influence on Azerbaijani agribusiness. By introducing American technologies, purchasing U.S. goods and services, engaging American experts, facilitating trips to the U.S. that have led to purchases by Azerbaijani agribusinesses from American companies and the establishment of other types of linkages, agriculture in both countries has benefited from these new ties and exposure. While U.S. agribusiness manufacturers and suppliers have gained new markets, Azerbaijani agribusiness have gained access to innovative new technologies that were previously unavailable or unknown to local producers and processors. These efforts will continue during PY5 of the project through work to build the capacity of local dealers and representatives to identify local needs that U.S. agribusinesses can supply and support their efforts to raise awareness among local growers and processors that could benefit.

The U.S. linkages that ASAP will continue to facilitate will include both academic and commercial linkages between Azerbaijan and the United States. Academic linkages can serve several purposes, including expanding the scope and experience of U.S. institutions, while orienting overseas partners toward U.S. technologies, which can help create demand for American educational and research institutions as well as commercial technologies. This can increase, through “soft power,” goodwill toward the U.S. and counter malign foreign influence in line with the USAID objective of Countering Kremlin Influence (CKI). Commercial linkages in turn open new markets for American businesses, thereby increasing their revenues and creating jobs. They can also help increase the profitability of Azerbaijani businesses through distribution contracts for Azerbaijan and even Central Asia, thereby creating jobs in Azerbaijan. Third, helping make new and innovative products and technologies available to Azerbaijani agribusiness improves the quantity and quality of their agricultural production. This in turn improves the revenues and profitability of farmers and in turn creates jobs in such areas as harvesting as well as second and third-tier jobs in processing, packaging, and transportation.

OVERVIEW

With the aforementioned context in mind, ASAP is searching for a consultant to identify and establish linkages between U.S. and Azerbaijani companies. This assignment includes development of a list of U.S. companies to be identified based on several factors, foremost among them being specific expressed interest by ASAP’s recipients and other partners and contacts. Having identified the prospective linkages, the consultant is expected to facilitate introductions between these prospective linkage partners, and, where necessary, assist in negotiations between these Azerbaijani and U.S. enterprises/entrepreneurs with the purpose of establishing local distributorships or representation of American agribusinesses in Azerbaijan.

This consultancy will require an experienced authority with relevant experience in the U.S. and Azerbaijan to research potential collaborative and horizontal business linkages between the actors in related industries in both countries. 

OBJECTIVES

• To promote collaborative and horizontal business linkages between U.S. and Azerbaijani companies across a multitude of sectors;

• To identify and establish working relationships with large, international American companies interested in reaching out through distributorships, representation, or any other legal form of partnership in Azerbaijan (and possibly in the wider South Caucasus, Central Asia and other parts of the former USSR as well);

• To empower local communities by expanding existing and/or initiating new economic activities;

• To help Azerbaijani suppliers to increase income through sales of new American machinery, equipment, input, and/or other resources and thus to help Azerbaijani agribusinesses increase production, productivity, and quality through access to an expanded and diversified array of  innovative U.S. technologies.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Work from the U.S. to:

 

• Conduct desktop research to identify potential demand-driven collaborative and horizontal business linkages;

• Employ knowledge of both countries’ business environments to outline and select the most promising leads, i.e., those entrepreneurs and enterprises that have interest in and the greatest potential for collaboration;

 Hold meetings/electronic communication with key personnel from parties in both countries to evaluate their technical capacity to enter into a business partnership and establish direct communication between the beneficiary, including continuous ongoing coordination with ASAP representatives; and

• Submit a final report to ASAP regarding the findings of the consultant. Include a list of actual and potential linkages and recommendations for improving the linkage identification strategies employed by the Project and lay out a road map to identify and facilitate such business linkages in the future.

MEETINGS RELATED TO UNDERSTANDING AND PERFORMING THE WORK

 

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

 

• David G. Blood, ASAP Chief of Party

• George Melton, Agribusiness Advisor

• Yashar Farajov, US Linkages and Marketing Specialist, Hazelnut VC Coordinator

• Samir Hamidov, USAID ASAP Contracting Officer’s Representative

• Key personnel of candidate U.S. and Azerbaijani companies

DELIVERABLES

• Written summary of contacts, meetings and findings

• Final report of findings on:

o Desktop research for identification of potential demand-driven collaborative and horizontal business linkages;

o   A list at least ten companies interested and able to launch a legal partnership with Azerbaijani agribusiness stakeholders;

o   A list of actual and potential linkages and recommendations for improving the linkage identification strategies employed by the project laying out a road map to identify and facilitate such business linkages in the future.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

This assignment is proposed to take place, beginning as soon as the candidate is selected, for a duration of the equivalent of up to 15 eight-hour consulting days. This consulting assignment would extend over an overall time period of up to 45 days, in order to allow for the latent periods between when potential U.S. linkage partners are contacted and when responses are received and/or between when required feedback from the Azerbaijani side is requested and when it is received by the consultant. 

MANDATORY AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The Consultant must be an experienced business linkages, trade and marketing expert with extensive experience in brokering, trade/linkage facilitation and consulting. The Consultant is expected to hold a university degree in business management, international trade, international relationships, corporate finance or the equivalent. The focus of the experience should be on import/export promotion and international trade. Experience with Azerbaijani agribusiness companies is preferred. Proficiency in Azerbaijani and/or Russian languages is preferred.

Program Officer

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Program Description:

The USAID-supported Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program combines volunteer consultancies with highly skilled target country-based staff to deliver technical assistance and business development services to farmer organizations, and agricultural Small and Medium Enterprises. Our volunteer consultants are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents and comprise of farmers, agribusiness professionals, cooperatives managers, bankers, agricultural educators, and others with expertise in agriculture. The primary goal of the F2F program is to generate rapid, sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector; the secondary goals is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs as well as international understanding of the US and US development programs.  

 

Position Summary: 

CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C.-based Program Officer (PO) to backstop international development programs in the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) portfolio, primarily focused on Southern Africa. Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Program Officer will work on a dynamic team to support CNFA’s F2F portfolio of agricultural development programs based in Southern Africa and Eastern Europe.  Responsibilities include providing administrative and technical support to the Country Teams to achieve results and ensure compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations and participating in the volunteer recruitment, assignment and travel preparation, as well as post-travel arrangements. This position works closely with Country Directors and other staff in six countries as well as with the headquarters-based F2F Program Coordinator, F2F interns, and other CNFA staff

Responsibilities:

  • Support the Program Director in technical implementation including, but not limited to: work planning; assistance developing technical program materials and deliverables; monitoring and evaluation of program activities in a learning framework; development of strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders; and revision of scopes of work for short-term assistance.
  • Provide administrative and financial leadership to program functions in the headquarters, including in contracting, funds requests, invoicing, maintaining budget trackers and projections, and travel logistics for volunteers and program staff.  Monitor projects to ensure compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations in collaboration with the Awards and Compliance Unit.
  • Participate in the recruitment of new volunteers.
  • Represent, as requested, the F2F program in diverse fora, including at USAID meetings and in various events to promote the program and recruit volunteers for it. 
  • Participate in the development of communications products and ensure maintenance of an electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables.
  • Participate actively in the F2F Community of Practice.
  • As requested, support new business development activities.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director.  

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in a relevant field (business, agriculture, agricultural economics, international relations) required; a master’s Degree is strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience backstopping international development programs is required, experience in Africa and with F2F desired;
  • Experience managing USAID activities is strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with agriculture and market-driven development programing preferred;
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and managing project budgets required;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, team work, and oral presentation skills, and clear, concise English written communication skills required;
  • Outstanding organization skills with a high level of attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively and manage multiple competing priorities;
  • MS Office proficiency required;
  • International travel is required up to 25%; and
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

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

RFP: Annual Program Statement (APS) for Innovative Agri-business in Upper Egypt Governorates

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Issuance date: November 1, 2018

All submissions should be written in English

Dear Applicant:

The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) is releasing an Annual Program Statement (APS), inviting proposals from existing small and medium size Egyptian private businesses and entrepreneurs in the following Upper Egypt Governorates; Minya, Beni Suef, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, and Aswan to establish, expand and/or pilot innovative business ideas and technologies that may have a transformative effect on agriculture in Upper Egypt. Instructions for completing the proposals can be found in Annexes 1 and 2. The grants will be awarded bv the Feed the Future-funded Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) project. The grants will be governed by USAID, US Government regulations, and FtF Egypt FAS’s grant management policies.

This solicitation is open only to small and medium size Egyptian private businesses and entrepreneurs, including but not limited to: processors, logistics firms, and other value chain actors working in the FtF FAS Project crop value chains in the Upper Egypt Governorates (The definition of small and medium business is per Egyptian Law # 141 for the Year 2004). It is preferred that private business entities have previous experience working with small farmers in Upper Egypt. 

The Government of Egypt is keen to develop the governorates of Upper Egypt and encourage investment and upgrading of services through expansion of development projects to achieve integrated development.  Nevertheless, recent studies have shown that investment opportunities are still very weak in Upper Egypt. bearing in mind that Upper Egypt has many investment opportunities in a number of sectors, especially the agriculture sector as well as the assets, wealth and human resources.  

The goal of The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) project is to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt. Therefore, the FAS project is announcing for an Annual Program Statement (APS) to support small and medium size Egyptian private businesses and entrepreneurs in the following Upper Egypt Governorates; Minya, Beni Suef, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan, in piloting or introducing services, technologies, or practices that could have a transformative effect on Upper Egyptian horticulture..

The FtF Egypt FAS Project crop value chains include: 

Tomato

Okra

Anise

Sweet Potato

Mango

Cumin

Green Bean

Table Grape

Coriander

Pepper

Date

Palm

Fennel

Baby Garlic

Pomegranate

Henna

Onion

Other herbs and spices

These in-kind grants will provide support to small- and medium-size Egyptian private businesses and entrepreneurs, including: processors, logistics firms, and other value chain actors working in the FtF FAS Project crop value chains. The following are some examples of agri-business activities that could be considered for funding:

•Offering sorting and grading services,

•Laser land leveling,

•Market information,

•Machinery services,

•Digital extension,

•Expanding value added products or convenient semi-processed food products;

•Producing and processing organic products.

Investment scale – ranging from $10,000 – $150,000 – The final number of awards will be decided based on the availability of funds and resources.

FtF Egypt FAS grant awards are made under the authority of the U.S. Foreign Affairs Act, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 2 CFR 200, and USAID’s Advanced Directive System (ADS) Chapter 303, “Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Non-Governmental Organizations.” Grants administered under FtF Egypt FAS will adhere to the terms of the USAID Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Non-Governmental Recipients, as well as the FAS grants procedures.

FtF Egypt FAS is required to ensure that all organizations receiving USAID grant funds comply with the guidance found in these regulations, as applicable to the respective terms and conditions of their grant awards.

Under the FtF Egypt FAS grant program, USAID retains the right at all times to terminate, in whole or in part, any FtF Egypt FAS grants. The issuance of this APS does not obligate FAS to make any awards. FAS reserves the right to fund any or none of the Applications submitted.

Please note that concept notes are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the APS period of November 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 (please refer to ‘Section II Application and Submission Information’ for more information).

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