Technical Resource Person – Dubai, UAE

Technical Resource Person – Dubai, UAE

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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.

 

Overview of HV/OSV Product Line / Problem Statement / Rationale

All of the products exported from Pakistan are neither processed in the cool chain system nor transported to distant market in their optimum storage environment and hence they only possess a shelf life of few hours to few days depending on the perishability of crops. They reach to the destination in poor quality due to its inability to retain the product, the exporters are forced to sell the produce at the throw away prices. The produce which is processed satisfactory using cool chain facilities can be retained for 2-3 weeks without any problem.  The introduction of cold chain system in the export of vegetables in reefer container will not only ensure maintaining quality, enhance shelf life but will turn out economically as well. It is anticipated that transportation cost shall be reduced several folds resulting in to direct benefit to exporters.

The exporters of fresh produce around the world are mainly dependent on air freight, because of the quickest and more reliable transportation methods for fresh produce. Capacity to transport and cost accrued while transporting fresh produce are the major bottleneck, in transporting fresh fruits and vegetables via air freight. The introduction of shipments via refrigerated sea containers holds the potential to significantly impact vegetable exports from Pakistan. AMD aims to strengthen the HVOSV product line by supporting the private sector investors to maximize their profit margin using inexpensive sea freight shipment for less perishable vegetables of winter crops. Through this intervention, winter vegetables with the same storage requirement and ethylene productivity/sensitivity will be shipped via refrigerated marine containers to middle east. Technical support will be provided by AMD technical team. Sea freight shipment of mix vegetables would be the first of its kind and selected exporters and processors will be briefed technically on handling and post-harvest handling of vegetables for export market. First consignment through 2040 feet reefer container will be shipped on trial basis and will be evaluated for quality.

Benefits of the sea freight shipment:

In Pakistan and around the world, air freight is the most common transport method that allow products to be transported quickly over a long distance. The short transit times allow producer/exporters to respond quickly to market needs. Air freight transportation also allows distributors to ship highly perishable products to distant markets that cannot be serviced by highway or marine transport.

Because air transport is considerably more expensive than land or sea transport, only a small proportion of perishable products that are shipped travel by air. The per unit cost for air freight can be up to ten times that of sea freight depending on destination, season of the years and market cycle.

A lack of temperature control is the most serious disadvantage when shipping perishable commodities by air. Cold storage is not dependably available at air ports, and even if it is present it may not be available for use by horticultural products. Before it is loaded on to plane, the cargo will be positioned outdoors, near the plane. Wait time at ambient conditions may be anything from high temperature to freezing conditions, wind or precipitation.

Similarly, local highway transport time to and from the originating and destination airports and wait times at both airports can add many hours or even days to the total transport time. Often, produce must be delivered to the airport 6 to 8 hours before the flight so it can be weighed, properly inspected by the relevant departments and loaded on to freight container or pallets. At the destination airport, internationally shipped product may have held for many hours before it can be cleared by local authorities.   

With technological advancement and alternative to air freight, refrigerated marine transport can be used efficiently depending on the perishability of fresh produce, traveling times and optimum storage requirement.

Objectives of the Technical Assistance

 

The prime objective of this consultancy assignment is to evaluate the arrival quality of fresh vegetables shipped via marine reefer container at the final destination in Dubai, UAE and to assess buyers’ acceptance along with market acceptability.

This trial shipment has been organized by AMD in collaboration with vegetables exporters.

 

Assignment Scope:

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

 

§  Coordinate with AMD program team for development of engagement plans and strategies;

§  Work with AMD VC Manager (HV/OSV) to specify the transportation requirements of certain fresh produce.

§  Coordinate with AMD staff and vegetables exporters for Identification of key importers, especially engage in importing and marketing of vegetables in UAE;

§  Develop an in-term and final report with recommendations on the sea freight shipment of mix vegetables;

§  Any other tasks assigned by the COP and CTA relating to the evaluation of fresh vegetables via sea shipment at importing country.

 

Deliverables:

The specific deliverables of STTA are;

1.    Evaluate the quality of vegetables delivered via sea freight shipment in Dubai, UAE. Parameters includes discoloration, disease/insect occurrence, shriveling, wilting, chilling/freezing injury, ethylene damage, physical and physiological damage etc.

2.    Conduct a buyer/market acceptance survey of the produce imported from Pakistan via sea freight

3.    Assess the container/vegetables handling procedures at arrival destination.

4.    Record the methods of transportation from importers to distributors and retail out-let

5.    Record the data from the temperature data logger. Temperature and humidity data would be of prime importance. Also, conduct a systematic sample check of product internal temperatures using probe thermometer.

6.    Evaluate the strength and market acceptability of packaging materials used for shipment including onward to retail outlets.

7.    Submit an interim rapid analysis report immediately after assessment of product arrival.

8.    Submit a comprehensive Final Report of the above deliverables with recommendations within 7 days after the evaluation.

9.    Any other task assigned by COP and CTA.

 

Qualifications:

 

The consultants should have:

§  An advanced degree in the field of Agriculture, Agriculture marketing, Business Management and/or Food Engineering;

§  5-10 years’ experience of having worked with commercial agriculture traders or exporters as well as other players in the HV/OSV;

§  Sound knowledge of cold chain and Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) in processing agricultural products and maintaining quality standards;

§  Prior experience of working as a consultant with USAID or donor funded projects in Pakistan with Good Agriculture Practices, SPS, Post-harvest handling of fresh produce, pre-cooling, cold storage and international marketing;

§  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;

Assignment Location

Dubai, UAE

LOE: 6 working days

Estimated Period of Performance

February 22th to 28th, 2017

 

 

Closing date: Friday, February 24th, 2017

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STTA: Kiwi Pollination Consultancy Nergeta

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Background

USAID/Georgia’s Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP) is a five year, $19.5 million program that is designed to increase income and employment in rural areas by delivering firm-level investment and technical assistance to expand the operation of existing smallholder farmers and rural enterprises. The project facilitates the entry of new agribusinesses and input suppliers, including machinery service providers, storage facilities, sorting/grading centers, and small and medium processors to improve the availability of high-quality inputs and services, and strengthen markets for agricultural goods and services.

Established in 2009, Nergeta is a producer, collector and exporter of high quality kiwi based in Zugdidi, Georgia. A global gap certified producer, Nergeta owns and operates a cold store and pack house and in 2015, received International Featured Standard (IFS) certification. Recognized for their high quality kiwi, Nergeta began exporting Georgian kiwifruit to Germany in early 2015.

In February 2016, REAP and Nergeta launched a cooperative program to improve the productivity and quality of Georgian kiwis. Comprised of trainings in improved production and postharvest handling practices, the cooperative program will work towards improving the productivity and incomes of Georgian kiwi growers.

One factor necessary for the expansion of kiwi growing in Georgia is to increase the number of fruit bearing flowers through ensuring successful pollination. To address this issue and promote kiwi growing in Georgia, Nergeta, in cooperation with the Government of Georgia’s Plant the Future Program, is introducing artificial pollination, which is proven to significantly increase yields and help growers overcome the challenge of high humidity and precipitation during the flowering season. While artificial pollination is a known practice, due to limited knowledge and experience, its usage is limited throughout Georgia.  

Objectives

The objective of this consultancy is to provide a tailored consultancy to assist Nergeta in introducing artificial pollination. The selected consultant will be responsible for advising Nergeta to develop artificial pollination, introducing pollen collection, and recommending dry and wet pollination techniques. Once successfully introduced on Nergeta’s orchard, Nergeta’s trained specialists will host a field day to demonstrate these techniques and the benefits to local growers.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

The selected consultant will work closely with Nergeta to introduce artificial pollination. This is anticipated to require, but is not limited to, the completion of the following tasks:

1)      Providing expert advice to Nergeta on introducing artificial pollination.

Advice should include:

a)       Timing of pollen collection from male plants;

b)      Method of pollen collection;

c)       Drying and storage of pollen;

d)      Loading and using pollen distributors;

e)      Applying pollen, in dry and wet climates; and,

f)        Developing quality controls.

 

2)      Developing a manual and providing subsequent training to Nergeta’s team to successfully apply these techniques.

Deliverables

In accordance with the consultancy, the consultant shall present the following deliverables:

·         Trip Report submitted to REAP containing a summary of the consultancy and the recommendations provided. These recommendations will be made available to a wider audience; and,

·         A mini pollination manual for Nergeta that provides, at a minimum, practical steps and checklists for artificial pollination, list of recommended equipment, photo illustrations, and instructions for overcoming common challenges and problems.

Period of Performance

The consultancy is expected to take place in early to mid-May; however, the consultant should remain flexible with regards to timing as he/she will need to be available during the flowering of the kiwifruit. The consultant will provide onsite technical assistance and remote consultations to Nergeta. Total LOE will not exceed 15 days, with approximately one week in-country. 

How to Apply

To apply, please include your CV, Cover letter and USAID Biodata 1420 form with your application. Deadline for submission is February 28, 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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

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1.       Introduction:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Agribusiness and Private Sector Advisor, Short-Term

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Project Description:

The USAID Feed the Future Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (FTF LADA) is designed to provide broad support to agricultural development and food security initiatives at the community and national levels in Liberia. The Activity supports forging innovative partnerships with the private sector to leverage new resources and maximize impact in support of its development efforts. The goal of the Activity is to expand access and use of agricultural inputs, and post-harvest handling, processing, packaging and marketing services, broadly applicable to raising incomes for Liberian small-holder farmers (SHF).

Position Summary:

The FTF LADA Agribusiness/Private Sector Advisor (A/PSA) serves as the principal advisor to the Chief of Party (COP) on agribusiness, private sector, and small enterprise development. The PSA provides technical leadership for activities that cover production, processing, and marketing of agricultural products, including value-added manufactured products. The PSA works closely with relevant partners and line ministries to enhance and engage private sector development and investment in activity field sites.

The A/PSA plays a key role in facilitating agricultural investment and access to finance for SME’s. The position reports to the Chief of Party and supervises the Component 1 and 2 Leads, as well as a team of approximately 25 field office staff. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee Components 1 and 2 of LADA implementation, including planning and execution of trainings, activities and program outreach with and through the program technical staff;
  • Manage the development of grant applications and assessments of potential grantees under the Co-Investment Fund and facilitate pipeline development;
  • Ensure supervisees are coordinating effectively with the program operations team to guarantee smooth execution of activities in compliance with USAID and CNFA regulations and policies;
  • Coordinate and review weekly and quarterly report contributions from the technical team for submission to USAID;
  • Provide a strong focus on business planning and access to finance facilitation for agribusinesses in the up-country areas of Liberia;
  • Assist in the development of the agro-input association and contribute to efforts to improve the for-profit delivery of agro-inputs by local businesses;
  • Upon request, represent the LADA team and the project’s interests/activities at public functions and coordination meetings, serving as lead technical advisor. 

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience in the technical areas of agribusiness and/or small enterprise development (production agriculture, processing, and marketing of agricultural products) is required; experience in rice, cassava, cocoa, horticulture, or aquaculture value chains is preferred;
  • Experience in business planning and access to finance facilitation for agribusinesses in rural areas, with a focus on value chain development;
  • Liberia or West Africa experience is required;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead private-sector interventions to foster increased agribusiness sales and growth;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required; Master’s degree is strongly preferred;
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of local languages is preferred.

Location: Monrovia, Liberia with frequent travel to Bong, Nimba, and Lofa counties

Period of performance: March 16 – May 31, 2017

STTA: Seedless Watermelon Cultivation in Pakistan

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Project Description:

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

 

Background Information:

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

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

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

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

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

Objective of the Technical Assistance

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

 

Assignment Scope:

The ISTTA tasks will include but not be limited to:

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

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

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

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

5.       Provide production economics to AMD and the selected farmers

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

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

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

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

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

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

a.       the ground preparation and sowing of the crop

b.       the harvesting, grading and marketing of the crop

 

Deliverables:

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

2.       Complete crop husbandry protocols for seedless watermelon.

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

4.       Production economics of seedless watermelons

5.       UAE Rapid Market Assessment for seedless watermelon

6.       Training program and SOPs for producing seedless watermelon

7.       Agronomic data of trials

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

9.       Customer Acceptance Report of trail shipments

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

 

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

 

Timing of the Assignment:

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

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

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

Qualifications

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

STTA: International Nutrition and Feedlot Specialist

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Project Description:

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

Objective of the assignment:

The objectives of this assignment is to provide technical assistance and management knowledge to the AMD team for the continued backstopping grantees to establish commercial feedlot fattening farms for beef production. The Consultant will further suggest best cost ration formulation and educate the farmers on Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) on feedlot fattening to establish a profitable business.  

Consultant will technically assist the feedlot investors on the critical success factors for a feedlot business e.g. least cost feed formulation, fodder production, backward supply of cattle, health program, performance monitoring and marketing of finished cattle through suggesting real based strategies within the fattening business. Furthermore, Standard Operating Procedure for a commercial feedlot fattening farm will also be developed for continued operation of the business.  

The consultant will conduct onsite visit to 12 Feedlot Farms approved / shortlisted for AMD in kind grant program. The consultant will also conduct Technical Sessions with in Farmers in Seminars organized in the industry to educate the farmers on Best cost nutrition and improved management practices in feedlot fattening.    

In the duration of 25 days STTA assignment, the Consultant will conduct field visits, meetings with stakeholders, Develop Technical protocol and financial model for feedlot fattening. 

Tasks 

The STTA tasks will include but not be limited to: 

1.       Background reading of AMD Work Plan and published studies on previous feedlot studies conducted and marketing assessments of related businesses in Pakistan.

2.       On site visits to all AMD granted feedlot businesses and provide consultancy on best cost nutrition through management software program. 

3.       Oversee Training sessions through BSPs on different modules of Feedlot fattening.

4.       Conduct Technical sessions in Farmers Meetings and Seminars in the industry.

5.       Field visits and held meetings with private companies / suppliers of feed and silage.

6.       Visit in Punjab and Sindh to meet with progressive livestock farmers to understand the cropping patterns and collect required details of information about  availability of feed ingredients in different geography of project areas across the year.

7.       Visits to a few modern dairies in Pakistan to understand the existing patterns of male progeny marketing and possibility of developing their linkages with the feedlots. 

8.       Review Technical Material to be published for Farmers through AMD program.

 

Deliverables

A final report that details the following:

1.       Techno feasibility model for developing feedlot business @ 500 animals including farm building and fodder cultivation.

2.       Animal species and breed with preferred age and weight.

3.       Suggest best cost feed requirements/silage/fodder production for commercial feedlot businesses.

4.       Induction health program for the farm against common and most prevalent diseases.

5.       Determine best suitable optimal fattening farm management strategies in commercial feedlot taking into account procurement cost, fattening cost, sales price, availability of human resources, compliance of international standards, etc.

6.       Technical review of Trainings program on commercial feedlot fattening for key management staff of AMD granted businesses. 

7.       Review and Produce Technical Material to be published for Feedlot Farmers for their guidance in business management.

8.       Evaluate and obtain feedlot management and ration formulation software for feedlots with the capacity of 500-2000 heads. The consultant will further educate the farmers on application of software program in their businesses.

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of Agriculture or livestock.
  • Extensive international experience of having worked with commercial Feedlot Fattening Farms.
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with donor funded projects with a focus on Feedlot Fattening and Meat Value Chain on cost sharing with private sector partners.
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and development expertise/ experience in developing/ operating Feedlot Fattening farms.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Documented report writing skills in English;
  • Oral fluency in English.

STTA: Cost analysis for processed products of canned vegetable processors

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BACKGROUND

USAID supports economic growth in Kosovo through programs that strengthen and improve competitiveness of Kosovo agribusinesses, improve the business environment, and encourage local economic development.  Accordingly, USAID/Kosovo has awarded TT the Agriculture Growth and Rural Opportunities, AGRO (the Program). 

The goal of the Program is to increase economic growth in Kosovo through expanded, environmentally sustainable production and sales of value-added agricultural products by enabling strategic partner (SP) processors linked to producers to compete regionally and globally. The Program has the following three objectives:

1.Improved farm production and food processing:

2.Increased linkages to domestic regional and international markets

3.Strengthened strategic partners

PURPOSE 

Costs analyses of the processed fruit and vegetable products is important information for decision making for the processors of such products. 

The beneficiary fruit & vegetable processors use three main vegetable crops: peppers, gherkins and cabbage as raw material to produce over 50 different varieties of processed products. These processors are planning to expand operations and expand their access to market, particularly to export markets. However, the processors have never done proper and comprehensive cost analysis of their processed products; The current practice of the cost calculation is based on “normative” (recipes) and is rather an estimate than scientifically calculated sum. Both processors have requested for technical assistance from AGRO to conduct analysis of the costs of final products: raw material as well as the overhead cost and to develop “analytical tools” (e.g. excel tables) to use in decision making on which products to keep producing and which products to drop based on their profitability. Ideally, the analysis will show the profitability of every product line, enabling processors to make better decisions based on actual costs subsequently increasing their profitability.   

The objectives are to:

1.Increase capacity of the fruit and vegetable processors for production decision making based on financial analysis;

2.Develop tool/s for cost analysis (excel spreadsheet).

TASKS

1.Analyze the capacities of the processors to conduct financial analysis;  

2.Analyze all the costs for processing fruit and vegetables at processors level;

3.Break down the costs and attribute them to each product;

4.Develop analysis tool/s for financial analysis of the product lines;

5.Create a list of most profitable products;   

6.Develop capacities of the processors to do analyses and use the developed tool/s by themselves in the future; 

DELIVERABLES

The final deliverables of the consultancy will provide the Program with:

•Financial analysis of the processed products; 

•Analytical tools developed as a result of this consultancy;

•De-brief with the Program on findings and recommendations.

METHODOLOGY

The consultant will work with the processors on financial analysis of products. The processors will be asked to assign a person that will work closely with the consultant.  

The Schedule: 

                        What                                             Where                                                      

Day 1:  Preparatory work                           AGRO Office/ Consultant’s home of record      

Day 2-7: Work at Processor                     Fushe Kosova                                                    

Day 8-11: Work at Processor                     Prizren                                                                

Day 12: Preparation of the final report with recommendations   AGRO Office                                                  

                  Debriefing presentation

LOCATION OF ASSIGNMENT

The assignment will take place in Pristina, and Prizren cities of Kosovo.  The consultant will be lodged at Hotel Sirius and work space will be at the AGRO Program office in Pristina with visits to the processors in Pristina and Prizren. 

LEVEL OF EFFORT [LOE]

The level of effort for this assignment is 12 days, exclusive of travel time. Included in the LOE is one day for pre-arrival preparation for the assignment (gathering relevant data from the beneficiaries) and one day for short-report writing and the cost analytical tool presentation in Kosovo.  

SCHEDULE

Start work on February 15th to March 5th, 2017.  

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should include their CV, cover letter and USAID 1420 biodata form. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for submission is February 7, 2017. 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should include their CV, cover letter and USAID 1420 biodata form. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for submission is February 7, 2017. 

Procurement of an Electronic Truck Scale

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Request for Quotations (RFQ) #CNFA-AZ-51 through an open tender for procurement ofan Electronic Truck Scale for a Hazelnut Processing Facility

Description

The Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan Project (ASAP) Project is a four-year, USAID-funded program implemented by CNFA in Azerbaijan. The objective of ASAP is to support the diversification of the economy through initiatives that assist small and medium-sized agribusinesses and farmers to grow. As part of its project activities, ASAP requires the procurement and installation of an Electronic Truck Scale equipment to provide more efficient proper weighing of lots and shipments at the Project’s beneficiary’s facility located in Zagatala, Azerbaijan. The purpose of this RFQ is to solicit quotations for procurement and installation of the Electronic Truck Scale in the hazelnut processing plant.

 

The proposed project activity entails building of a 350-ton capacity cold storage and installation of necessary equipment on 600 m2 of land next to the client’s existing storage facilities in order to provide for proper long-term storage of vegetables and fruits, thereby enabling sales of produce in and out of season to increase profitability. 

 

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.

 

Purchaser Information:

 

Purchaser: CNFA

City: Baku

Email: procurement@asapaz.org

Subject of Procurement:

The subject of the procurement is a purchase of a Electronic Truck Scale for a Hazelnut Processing Facility.

 

Other Conditions:

All tender documentation, including terms and conditions for this procurement, will be provided upon request by email upon CNFA’s receipt of email requests from interested vendors at the following address: procurement@asapaz.org. Tender documentation will not be provided after 18:00 Baku time on February 6, 2017. The deadline for accepting bids will be 18:00 Baku time on February 8, 2017.

 

DOWNLOAD: Request for Quotations (RFQ) #CNFA-AZ-51

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

 

STTA Training on Meat Processing, Fabrication, & Quality Control

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Project Overview

The Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development (AGP-LMD) project is a five-year, $41 million USAID-funded project aiming to 1) foster the growth and competitiveness of meat, live animal and dairy sectors; 2) ensure an enabling environment to support the growth and competitiveness of these livestock value chains, and 3) address the needs of the chronically vulnerable through nutrition-based interventions and linkages with other USAID-funded programs in Ethiopia. AGP-LMD’s overall objective is to improve smallholder incomes and nutritional status through investments in selected livestock value chains. These investments must in turn generate increased productivity and competitiveness of these value chains to the benefit of smallholders, both men and women.

In keeping with the principles of the U.S Feed the Future Initiative, AGP-LMD will draw upon a skilled consortium of leading Ethiopian and international development organizations, combining proven livestock and dairy value chain development experience, with expertise in health, nutrition, gender equality, and information and communication technologies. By joining international expertise and worldwide best practices with a leading role by seasoned local partner organizations, the AGP-LMD team will support local partners to spur sustainable economic growth in Ethiopia by leading interventions through existing cooperatives, associations, government agencies, and private firms.

 

Background: 

The AGPLMD project, under IR2, Strategy 2 is focusing on building the capacity of public and private institutions working in the livestock sector by creating an enabling environment for the value chain to operate and develop in. LMD is working with EMDIDI (Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute) to develop more competitiveness in the market, and to improve meat production, fabrication, and the marketing system.

 

Ethiopia’s overall strategic goal for industrial development is to bring about structural change in the economy through industrial development. Specifically, by the year 2025, it aims to increase the share of the industrial sector as a percentage of GDP from the current 13% to 27%, and to increase the share of the manufacturing sector as a percentage of GDP from the current 4% to 17%. Although Ethiopia has the largest livestock inventory in Africa, it still has some of the lowest levels of meat production and per capita consumption, as well as a comparatively small global export market share. Ethiopia has seen appreciable growth in the meat processing industry during the period from 2005 to 2016. There are more than 18 meat processing plants that are either already established or under construction.

 

Currently, abattoirs and other processors in Ethiopia can be found in different states of functionality. Some are non-functional, while others are under construction. In addition, functional abattoirs are working under-capacity (on average at about 34% of capacity). Moreover, despite the increase in the number of abattoirs and corresponding capacities, the value addition has not proportionately increased due to the fact that none of the current functional meat processing plants or export abattoirs produce semi-processed or processed meat products. Instead, most slaughter shoats and export chilled meat without additional processing. Meat fabrication and processing for beef is not yet developed. The slaughterhouses in the country have inadequate trained human resources and facilities for processing. Of the meat produced, there is little or no meat converted into value-added products. Thus, in order to increase the value added, Ethiopia needs to invest in modern abattoirs with suitable meat processing facilities and human resources.

 

The Ethiopian government established EMDIDI (Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute) to support the meat industry in enhancing their competitive capacity in the growing meat market. The Institute has the mandate to make relevant technology and human resources available to the meat industry. The capacity gap assessment conducted by AGP-LMD in 2013 indicated that technical support provided to the industry by EMDIDI is below requirement due to the limited practical knowledge of EMDIDI meat experts. EMDIDI also believes that to make the meat industry competitive in the global market, the human resource capacity of the Institute must be enhanced. Its experts need to be equipped with modern technologies and practical knowledge that can support the meat industry. Therefore, this SoW has been prepared on the request of EMDIDI to conduct meat fabrication, processing, and quality control training by hiring an international STTA.

 

Assignment Objective:  

The general objective of the assignment is to enhance the capacity of EMDIDI meat experts to support the meat industry in diversifying their products through processing and value addition.

 

Specific objectives:

 

·         To build the capacity of 25 professionals from the Institute and other pertinent organizations in the meat sector in order to provide better service to private enterprises.

·         To familiarize trainees with new ideas, technologies, skills, and knowledge in the meat processing sector, and develop a quality assurance system, promote product diversification.

·         To facilitate technology transfer in the country related to meat processing and quality assurance systems, and to maximize the benefit that the country could gain from the huge number of its animals and the meat sector.

 

To conduct this training, AGP-LMD will hire an international consultant with practical experience in meat technology, fabrication, and quality assurance systems. The training will be a 10-day, hands-on, intensive training. This assignment is expected to improve the capacity of EMDIDI and meat industry in meat processing and producing quality products. This will in turn contribute to achieving two major project-related outcome level indicators: 1) improvements in the enabling environment, and 2) decrease in costs of doing business.

 

Activities to be conducted by AGP-LMD and EMDIDI

 

1.      Selection of international STTA

 

AGP-LMD will solicit and contract an international STTA for the training and will cover all training costs. The training session will be guided by both EMDIDI staff members and the AGP-LMD DCoP and staffs representing the IR1 and IR2 teams.

 

2.       Preparing invitation letter and inviting trainees: 

 

EMDIDI will prepare an invitation to send to potential participants. The list of participants will first be approved by AGP-LMD and USAID. The invitation letter will be sent by e-mail or fax to this list, two weeks before the date of the training. AGP-LMD must receive confirmation from the invitees’ respective offices of their receipt of the invitation letter and attendance.

Timetable: two weeks before the training date

Deliverables: list of participants confirming attendance at the training workshop

 

3.       Training venue

 

AGP-LMD and EMDIDI will arrange for a training venue in Addis which is suitable for such training, preferably Modjo. Modjo is a hub for export abattoirs where meat is processed mostly for Middle Eastern countries. Participants will be hosted on a half-board basis (i.e. lodging with breakfast and lunch or dinner) in the training center or a hotel conducive to such training. These arrangements will help participants to concentrate on the training rather than lodging issues.

Timetable: the training venue shall be identified and confirmed two weeks before the date of the training.

Deliverable: contractual agreement between AGP-LMD and the hotel or venue manager.

 

Activities to be conducted by Consultant

 

1.      Developing content for training module 

 

The contractor will develop content for the training module tailored for the Institute staff. The training will be supported with practical sessions, the logistics of which will be organized by the Institute and AGP-LMD. The contractor should focus on the training content below.  

 

Content of the Training

The training should be more practical than theoretical. Recent innovations in the sector must be incorporated into the training. The trainer should consider the existing expertise of the trainees, as most of them will be from the meat technology department at the Institute. The training should also be supported by practical sessions, making use of some of the available slaughterhouses. The training must be prepared in an understandable and easily applicable manner in order to bring about the desired changes in attitude in the trainees. Other training participants will include those from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, those from small and medium enterprises, meat and meat product quality certifiers for export abattoirs, and local slaughterhouse representatives. More specific guidelines will be provided once the consultant is chosen.

 

The contractor will organize and make available all the necessary training materials for the training outlined above, including handouts, audiovisual equipment, and other teaching aids.

 

Timetable:

·         Two weeks before the training –  First Draft due of Deliverables, for AGP-LMD input (roughly 3.5 days LOE)

·         One week before the training – Final Draft due of Deliverables (roughly 1 day LOE)

Deliverables:

1) List of training materials, including supporting videos and external links

2) Hard and soft copies of Training Manual

3) Detailed Training Module (both soft and hard copies)

 

2. Facilitating or conducting the training workshop

 

The contractor must demonstrate a proven track record of knowledge and experience in conducting similar training at the international level. If the contractor chooses to utilize additional support staff to facilitate the workshop, the contractor must submit the names and CVs of training facilitators to AGP-LMD at the time of application. The contractor will be responsible for facilitating the training (theoretical and practical) starting from the eve of the training day until the end of the training. The contractor will also prepare certificates of participation for the trainees using AGP-LMD templates which will be jointly signed by EMDIDI and AGP-LMD higher-ranking officials.

 

Timetable:

·         One week before the training – one week before the training date (roughly .5 day LOE)

Deliverables:

1. Names and CVs of trainers/facilitators and letter of commitment from the trainers

2. Certificates of Participation for the trainees using AGP-LMD template (to be filled in, signed and awarded at the end of training)

 

Training Facilitation – 2 days of travel, 10 days training (12 days total LOE) – assisted by EMDIDI/LMD

 

3.  Submitting the Training Report

The contractor must document the training audio visually and prepare a training report to be submitted to AGP-LMD (both hard copy and electronically). These will be copied by AGP-LMD and distributed to each trainee and their respective organizations.

Timetable:

·         Maximum of one week after the end of the training – Final Deliverables (roughly 3 days LOE)

Deliverables:

1. Audiovisual training event materials

2. Final Report on Training Outcomes (per AGP-LMD template)

 

 

Qualifications

 

Trainer qualifications:

 

·         A university degree, preferably a Master’s or PhD, in meat technology and fabrication

·         An expert with more than 10 years’ practical experience in meat cutting, processing, and fabrication

·         Experience in conducting similar training internationally (outside his or her country)

·         Experience with meat value chains, marketing, and knowledge of global market requirements are advantageous.

 

1.    Participants’ background

 

The trainees that will participate in the training are expected to be professionals are working in the meat sector at the Institute or in export abattoirs. Many of them have been working in the sector for a minimum of 4 years, while some are new to the sector. The educational back ground of the majority of trainees is a BSc degree in animal science, while a few are professionals holding MSc degrees in food science, nutrition, or other related subjects. These trainees are future trainers of the plants engaged in the meat industry.

 

Proposed Level of Effort

 

This assignment requires 20 days LOE. Daily rate will be subject to consultant background and years of experience. M&IE, accommodations and transportation are covered by AGP-LMD.

Assignment Supervisors

 

The AGP-Livestock Market Development (AGP-LMD) Project’s Deputy Chief of Party, Girma Kassa, will oversee the overall performance of the assignment and ensure the activities are executed in accordance with the terms and conditions in the Action Memo. AGP-LMD will provide day-to-day coordination support and monitor the proper execution of performance deliverables during the trip. Furthermore, Tesfaye Haile from the IR2 team and Dr. Girma Ababe from the IR1 team will oversee development of the training module and follow-up strategies to ensure that the deliverables and expected outcomes are met.