STTA – International E-Beam Food Irradiation Technology Specialist & Horticulturalist

STTA – International E-Beam Food Irradiation Technology Specialist & Horticulturalist

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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:

Irradiation of food is the application of ionizing radiations from accelerators that produce controlled amounts of beta rays or x-rays on food. Benefits of E-beam irradiation treatment are dramatic and impact a wide cross section of agricultural products by extending shelf life. Irradiation extends the shelf life of certain foods by deactivating molds, killing spoilage organisms and, in some products, delaying ripening. Irradiated foods are kept fresh for longer periods of time. Moreover, by interfering with cell division, irradiation inhibits sprouting in tubers, bulbs, and root vegetables (potatoes, onions). Extended shelf life directly helps in food security by holding stocks safely for extended periods and also for extended delivery range for the domestic and international markets. Irradiation also decreases post-harvest food losses due to spoilage and deterioration in quality. Large amount of agriculture produce is wasted due to insect infestation, molds and premature germination — all of which irradiation can eliminate or control. Irradiation presents an effective and safe alternative to traditionally used fumigants and pesticides, resulting into a reduction of chemical residues in food and preventing the health hazards associated with them. Furthermore, irradiation is an effective plant quarantine treatment against possible infestations in foods. It is an accepted official post-harvest quarantine treatment for products such as fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, cereals, legumes, spices and dried vegetable seasonings, as well as other stored foods. For instance, USA had allowed market access to irradiated Pakistani mangoes in Ohio. Australia is also considering irradiation as quarantine treatment for allowing access to Pakistani mangoes.


AMD proposes to encourage private sector investment in this technology by mitigating risks through matching grants and the provision of technical assistance. This cross-cutting activity has the potential to transform the agriculture sector in Pakistan by decreasing post-harvest food losses due to spoilage and deterioration in quality and increasing market access by extending the shelf life of foods. Extended shelf life directly helps in food security by holding stocks safely for extended periods and for extended delivery range for the domestic and international markets.


Objective of the Technical Assistance

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical input to the AMD team to design and develop recommendations for E-Beam technologies appropriate for Pakistan, that meet international norms with implementation strategies and timelines for setting up an E-Beam irradiation facility. During the international consultant’s field work, the consultant will conduct working sessions with stakeholders who have indicated a willingness to participate in the AMD program. As part of the STTA assignment, the international consultant will develop a turnkey proposal for an E-beam facility, which, includes an indicative list of equipment and assets required for efficient and competitive operations. Home office work days will be coordinated with the AMD sector specialist and will be completed by February, 2017. The target issue date for the E-beam RFA is March 01, 2017.  Specific scope and deliverables for the assignment are given in the proceeding sections.  


Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment:

25 working days


Timing of the Assignment:

The STTA will commence on or about January 24, 2017 and will continue through the end of February 2017.

Assignment Scope:

  • Background reading of AMD Work Plan and published studies on previous value chain and marketing assessments of related agriculture in Pakistan (Provided);
  • Assist the AMD team in designing and developing the working model, budget and program implementation strategy for developing the RFA / grant for setting up an E-Beam food irradiation facility;
  • Provide technical support to AMD’s Horticulture Specialist and Grants Manager in the development of the technical part of the RFA document;
  • Along with E beam irradiation facility development process the International consultant will conduct demonstrations of the shrink-wrap packaging technology for Kinnow;
  • Meet with stakeholders to identify potential cost share partners for investing in an E-beam facility;
  • Development of SoPs for Kinnow fruit shrink-wrapping technology and appropriate packinghouse storage recommendations;
  • Provide a briefing (via Skype) to AMD staff on relevant findings and composition of final report;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Chief Technical Advisor relating to design and development of interventions for an E-beam irradiation facility & shrink-wrap packaging technology for Kinnow 


  • Finalize working model options for recommended e-beam facilities including recommended technology, capacity, potential product mix, programmatic budget, operational details, technical specifications for setting up an E-Beam Food Irradiation plant in Pakistan;
  • Report identifying possible mix of products that can be processed through E Beam irradiation with identified markets;  
  • Assist AMD’s Business & Financial Analyst to develop a detailed cost benefit analysis for proposed E Beam facility with IRR or ROI;;
  • Submit a power point presentation of the proposed E-beam facility for discussions with potential investors;
  • Submit final report on technical assistance provided under the STTA within 5 business days of completion of the assignment along with other deliverable listed in this section.
  • Detailed work plan and SOPs forKinnow fruit shrink-wrapping technology


  • An advanced degree in the field of food sciences or horticulture;
  • Extensive experience in the field of food irradiation and E-beam technology, irradiation facilities, and familiarity with manufacturers, processors and exporters of products suitable for E-beam treatment
  • More than 15 years of professional practical experience working in the field of horticulture and 5 years in field of food sciences and food irradiation;
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with USAID
  • In-depth knowledge of environmental requirements for food processing and their proper mitigation;
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and development of food processing facilities, horticultural projects;
  • Excellent English writing skills and oral fluency.

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.



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.



·         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)


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.



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


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.


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


1. Audiovisual training event materials

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





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.

Russian & Central Asian Market Access Specialist

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Project Description:

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.

Background Information:

Over the last few months, due to a number of external factors, Pakistani meat exports to its traditional markets have witnessed a decline. It is imperative to look for new markets.  Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan having identical import requirements for meat could provide a lucrative market for Pakistani meat. Recent trade barriers of import from the European Union by these states have opened up a unique window of opportunity for Pakistani meat exporters to establish themselves in these markets.

AMD has been working closely with the meat exporters to increase their competitiveness, market linkages and access to new markets for enhancing the profitability on a sustainable basis. AMD has facilitated b2b and b2g linkages which has led to the recent progress by the Pakistan Quarantine Department in identifying FMD Control Zones and compartments to meet international FMD requirements. This effort has the promise of opening lucrative market opportunities in countries such as Indonesia, Russia, Belarus and Kazahkstan. To launch the meat industry in Pakistan to the next level of competitiveness, a focused approach that introduces technology and modern management techniques along with reaching out to non traditional markets is imperative for the meat processors.  

Objective and Scope of the Technical Assistance

With the development of the FMD Control Zones, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and other Central Asian States could provide an excellent opportunity to be capitalized for expanding into non traditional meat markets for Pakistan. AMD is planning to support participation of up to four qualified meat exporters to attend the 2017 PRODEXPO; a prime food expo in Moscow.

AMD is seeking a short term international consultant to carry out a Rapid Market Assessment of the Russian Federation, Belarus and Kazahkstan markets. The international consultant, in coordination with AMD staff, will carry out a systematic rapid market assessment clearly chalking out market segmentation for different categories of meat (fresh, frozen, vacuum packed), identifying preferred cuts and other value added products, import regulation requirements, analysis of competing countries, analysis of various trade routes (road, sea and air) for cost effectiveness, travel duration, destination ports, freight and other charges related to transportation, Central Asian Halal market segment and possible niche pricing, acceptable Halal certification, cold chain management, recommendations for best handling product distribution channels and network of local distribution for imported meat. Based upon the analysis marketing mechanism and local distribution networks at destination markets.

The consultant will identify import regulations, market access and market constraints to these countries with recommendations to make the Pakistani meat products more competitive.

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and report to the Chief of Party (COP). The place of assignment is Lahore, Pakistan with travel to Karachi, Pakistan and Moscow, Russia.


  I.            Provide a detailed work plan for this technical assistance within two working days;

  II.            Submit (in editable report form) a detailed report for the target markets including but not limited to:

a.      Rapid Market Assessment for fresh and frozen meat in the Russian Federation, Belarus and Kazhakstan markets including market segmentation for various meat categories;

b.      Regulatory requirements for market access to these countries;

c.       Pricing mechanism and competition;

d.      Analysis of trade routes and conveyance alternatives with cost, duration and reliability;

e.      Assessment of Halal branding and possible market advantages/niche markets;

f.        Cold chain maintenance and marketing mechanism at destination markets;

g.      Recommendations to increase Pakistani meat competitiveness.

h.      Detailed daily itinerary for AMD’s support exporters to attend PRODEXPO in Moscow;

i.        List of potential importers and buyers with contacts to setup B2B meetings during PRODEXPO;

j.        Setup and lead B2B meetings for future linkages

k.       Conduct pre-show orientation session with supported exporter

l.        Detail report of the meetings arranged at PRODEXO.

   III.            Submit the Summary ISTTA report for the AMD project’s COR with power point presentation(s) using the AMD template within 5 business days of completion of the assignment along with other deliverables listed in this section for review.

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment:

24 working days including 1 day for work plan development, 3 international travel days including 1 travel day for attending PRODEXPO in Moscow, 13 days for completing the rapid market assessment, 6 for PRODEXPO.

Timing of the Assignment:

The ISTTA assignment will commence on or around January 23, 2017 and be completed by the end of February 2017. 


  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience in the field of meat and food processing, and food safety;
  • Extensive experienceo of having worked  in the international meat sector and with meat processing value chains actors in Russia or Central Asia;
  • More than 10 years of professional marketing experience in developing b2b linkages, market access and complying with regulatory requirements; Knowledge of Pakistani meat processing industry is a plus;
  • Preferred prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with USAID funded projects;
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and development meat sector interventions;  
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English.
  • Ability to travel to and within Pakistan, and Russia.

Application Deadline: January 17, 2016.

STTA Rice Paddy Assessment for LADA CIF Milling Grants

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The Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) is being implemented by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) and is supported and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the auspices of the US Feed the Future (FTF) Program. The LADA activity takes place in four counties Bong, Nimba, Lofa & Upper Montserrado and focuses on three components, namely:  


C1:      Increase private sector investment in agriculture inputs

C2:      Increase private sector investment in post-harvest handling support, packaging, marketing, storage and auxiliary services,

C3:      Strengthened facilitation, market information, advocacy and support


LADA works to catalyze increase private sector investment and commercial finance to agribusiness sector and expand commercially sustainable linkages between consumers, producers and post-harvest enterprises. LADA is designed to provide broad support to agricultural development and food security initiatives at the community and national levels in Liberia. It supports forging partnerships with the private sector to leverage resources and maximize impact in support of its development efforts. The activity supports USAID/Liberia IR 2.1: Food Security Enhanced, including Sub IR 2.1.2: Agricultural Sector Growth Supported, Sub IR 2.2: Selected Value Chains Strengthened and IR 2.3: Enabling Environment Supports Private Sector Growth.


Project Statement:


LADA’s Co-Investment Fund (CIF) is a segregated $3 million fund within the activity that has been created by CNFA. The goal of the fund is to provide matching investment grants for the private investment in different agricultural projects of selected Liberian value chains. These value chains include Rice, Cassava, Fisheries/Aquaculture, Cocoa, and Horticulture/Vegetables


LADA financing through the CIF focuses on investment projects in the areas of agricultural processing, and not production. In order to ensure that LADA’s CIF promotes buy-in from beneficiaries and ensures long-term sustainability, the selection criteria for recipients have been carefully crafted with a focus on the strengthening of agro-dealers, processing, service providers, small-scale storage and processing enterprises, and medium-scale storage and processing enterprises. Successful applicants demonstrate market demand for their project at the local level.


A number of the more sophisticated rice millers in Nimba and Lofa counties have recently been selected for CIF financing to upgrade their mills. To facilitate the structuring with a local commercial bank for the needed co-financing, a rapid survey now needs to be conducted in these counties to verify the rice paddy estimates that have been provided by the millers. This is to verify a second time the information about the rice that is available, so as to ensure that sufficient rice paddy is available in the area to be purchased and milled by the facilities.

Objectives of Scope


As mentioned above, LADA requires a specific service from the consultant to supplement earlier activities and surveys to support the CIF beneficiaries in the rice sector.  The CIF will be financing three rice mills to the selected three enterprises, on in Nimba and two in Lofa. LADA now needs services under a short-term consultancy framework for these future mills that assesses the following:

1.      Estimated needs of each processing facility for the inputs of rice paddy, assuming a 10-ton a day processing capacity (taking into account seasonal variations);

2.      The need for sufficient manpower and transport vehicles to bring the paddy rice to each of the CIF beneficiary rice mill locations (taking into account farmer location, road conditions and fuel costs);

3.      Any other operational and input needs that are required for the mill to function properly.


The above-mentioned consultancy will help LADA adequately put planning mechanisms into place as quickly as possible and to keep CIF implementation and the mill donations on track. The consultant will supplement the efforts of LADA staff and work closely and fairly with the CIF beneficiaries and all of the consortium members. This is to ensure a high level of responsiveness to this SOW, to ensure that the most accurate level of input rice is assessed, and to serve as a resource for the business planning needs for each of the individual rice millers.


Activities of Scope


The consultant will implement the above-mentioned activities to achieve the goals and objectives of the scope for the LADA activity. The implementation will be in partnership with the CNFA/LADA Team responsible for the CIF under Component 2.


The main activities follow below:

Travel to each county rice mill location (three are foreseen) and provide a detailed analysis of the rice availability, transport costs and requirements for the mills;

Provide direction and recommendations to LADA and the miller beneficiaries as needed;

Submit a report with the estimates that are needed for the CIF and develop a plan for the supervision of the rice mill management, under the auspices of the LADA activity.


The consultant will work closely with the CIF beneficiaries and CNFA staff members to implement the activities above. In full consultation with CNFA and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the consultant will provide the necessary expertise and experience to deliver the above.




The implementation will focus on key deliverables that measure the implementation of the assignment to inform LADA on achievements during the assignment. These follow below:

1.      Trip report with photos and paddy estimates (in MT) for each rice mill location;

2.      A final report of all activities and detailed recommendations under the consultancy;

3.      Response after report submission to any clarification questions by CIF and MoA leadership.


Timeline and Logistics

The applicable deliverable days are approximately 40-50 days for the assignment, to be started in mid-January 2017. The vast majority of this assignment will be conducted in the field, i.e. in Lofa and Nimba counties.  Adequate hotels, drivers and internet are the responsibility of LADA.   

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in coordination of rice production, processing or aggregation in West Africa, preferably Liberia.
  • Solid awareness of seed and fertilizer inputs for rice production.
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in USAID donor-funded projects
  • Previous or current residency in Liberia and experience in the up-country areas
  • Ability to conduct travel in the target counties
  • Complete fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to write reports and operate in an independent and high-energy manner.
  • Immediate availability

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor

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Program Description REGIS-AG

The Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG) program is a five-year Feed the Future program funded by USAID. It aims to strengthens cowpea, small ruminant and poultry value chains in agro-pastoralist and marginal agricultural zones of Niger and Burkina Faso. By transforming value chain relationships and dynamics to increase their inclusiveness as well as their competitiveness, REGIS-AG is increasing the incomes of vulnerable households and building the resilience of families and communities to shocks such as drought, conflict and economic crises. The CNFA team is implementing innovative “pull” strategies linking smallholders to cash markets, in close cooperation with REGIS-Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) production-level “push” strategies to propel vulnerable households from subsistence to food security and surplus.

Position Description

The MEL Advisor will be based in Niamey, Niger. This is a Short Term position for a period of 18 months. The MEL Advisor will provide expert technical advice and oversee all activities related to MEL in Niger and Burkina Faso.  The MEL Advisorwill review and analyze the program and activities and recommend methodologies for evaluations and the delivery of evaluation products. The MEL Advisor will also provide technical supervision to the project staff on their responsibilities in monitoring and evaluation. The MEL Advisor will provide technical assistance with daily activities related to monitoring and evaluation as well as support the reporting activities. He/she will be under the supervision of the Chief of Party.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance, implements, and monitors M&E systems, to achieve programmatic goals.
  • Ensure that appropriate M&E mechanisms are built into work plans and reporting structures, and oversee data quality and reporting.
  • Lead structured capacity building on data utilization to improve programming.
  • Lead the performance monitoring of the program based on the performance monitoring and evaluation, work, and environmental and mitigation plans.
  • Assume responsibility as other monitoring, evaluation and reporting duties are identified over the life of the project this position.
  • To contribute to the coordination and implementation of activities of the Monitoring and Evaluation of the project,
  • Accompany the conduct of the collection of data on project indicators and other information needs in the project areas,
  • Facilitate and support the missions of evaluation studies, surveys and case studies as well as monitoring and supervision visits,
  • Ensure the regular back up of data;
  • Manage data on various project activities and contribute to their validation;
  • Participate in the preparation and updating of data collection tools;
  • Supervise the input and verification of data from records and surveys conducted by the project;
  • Ensure the maintenance of the database designed by the Project;
  • Participate in any activity related to the project objectives;
  • Document the results and lessons learned and present the results to the local team and the team of CNFA in Washington, DC.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s degree preferred in a related specialization including but not limited to International Development, Statistics, etc.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, preferably on Feed the Future projects;
  •   Professional experience in the evaluation of development projects funded by USAID and other development partners ;
  • Professional experience in the agricultural sector;
  • Experience in West Africa, particularly in the Sahel region;
  • Proven skills in mentoring, leadership and networking.
  • Proficiency in English and French is required
  • Database management experience
  • Proficiency in computers
  • Ability to meet deadlines with strong attention to consistency, detail, and quality.
  • Ability to travel within country or region and internationally if needed.
  • Proficiency in both French and English (preferred)
  • Experience in survey design and data collection and analysis
  • Experience with USAID M&E rules and regulations (also preferred)

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

Deputy Chief of Party

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Position Summary:

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) supports the Chief of party (COP) in the overall administration and financial management of the program including management of personnel, reporting, budgeting and procurement. In the absence of the COP, on a temporary basis, the DCOP assumes responsibilities for coordinating award management and implementation tasks.


  • 8+ years of experience in managing donor-funded agricultural development projects is required. Specialization in finance and operations is preferred;
  • West Africa experience is required;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage complex development projects with policy elements;
  • Experience managing USAID-funded projects and managing gender/youth activities strongly preferred;
  • Experience using accounting programs such as Costpoint and Quickbooks preferred;
  • Master’s degree in related field is required;
  • Fluency in English is required.

STTA Development of Processing and Export Opportunities

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Program Description of LADA

LADA is a four-year project that aims to improve the agricultural development and food security initiatives at the community- and national-level in Liberia. The LADA project aims to strengthen “aggregation clusters” through facilitating business relationships that link, suppliers, producers, processors, buyers, and investors so that all actors along the value chain can benefit from sustainable growth. To achieve this vision, CNFA will provide its Co-Investment Fund (CIF) to finance quality inputs, mechanization, agricultural equipment, and markets so that Liberian smallholder farmers (SHF)can increase their participation in the market. In order to participate in the processing that will be needed to transform the production of the SHF into saleable good, more attention needs to be paid to food safety standards and public health issues, particularly under new ECOWAS regulations.


To adopt a production-to-consumption (farm-to-table) perspective, requires traceability of animals, products, and raw materials. Responsible food businesses use Codex standards and guidelines as important references in setting product specifications and company policies, to ensure good safety and quality of products when trading in multiple countries and where systems are still in development. The private sector plays an important role in the development of Codex standards and guidelines.


The standards are developed for both primary production in the field and manufacturing in the factory and concentrates on building capacity. The food industry drives the development of standards in food labelling and the principles of food hygiene and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). They are based on practical operational experiences and alignment to international guidelines that can facilitate the flow of food products across borders and open new markets within and between regions.


The key to food safety is prevention at the source. The facilitation of safe production, handling, storage and transport of crops produced in developing countries allows the introduction of safe food to the public and exporting possibilities to developed country markets and elsewhere. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, HACPP, can be used to guide businesses through the process of identifying food safety hazards and controls and leads to a system that increases production and safe food. The Codex gives specific standards and guidelines for the post-harvest handling, transporting, processing, packaging and labeling for each industry. By following these guidelines and standards the food value chain will be compliant with International Standards and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to allow for growth and trade in Liberia and the industry.


In this vein, by improving the ability of Liberia to meet food quality and safety standards for horticulture products, LADA can facilitate greater international market access, reduce the impact of price competition, stimulate investment and mitigate risk, leading to increased exports. This increase in exports will stimulate commercial production and thus encourage employment creation and increased productivity, benefiting the poor through higher incomes and more jobs.


To achieve this vision and to remedy the above-mentioned constraints, training and capacity-building is required in the areas of good agricultural practices, good manufacturing practices, business development, and knowledge of national food law to function as sustainable businesses, which can attract additional capitalization and maximize profits.


Therefore, the assignment described above will be carried out in four components:

1. Assessment of Existing Laboratory Capacity in Liberia

  • The consultant will provide an assessment of the current laboratories in Liberia and their capacities. This will include a focus on the needs of the producers to receive nationally recognized certification necessary for increased markets.
  • The consultant will assess the types of crops being grown by LADA partners and examine the possibility of these to be examined in domestic laboratories. The tests necessary for each, to enable the safety of food produced and allowing potential exporting within the African Union and abroad, will be presented to LADA with recommendations about how to pursue this testing in line with the CNFA mandate.
  • Gaps in existing laboratory capacity will be assessed, and a mitigation strategy to address these will be presented to LADA, MOCI and LOA.

2. HACPP and Codex Code of Practice (COP) Development for CIF Beneficiaries

  • The consultant will train and assist LADA staff in developing a decision matrix for determining model interventions as needed or required by the program for CIF recipients. 
  • The consultant will conduct a summary assessment of HACPP and Codex COP for each CIF grant beneficiary, as needed.
  • If merited, the consultant will train CIF recipients in these COPs, utilizing a Trainer of Trainer approach to increase the sustainability of the intervention, 

3. HACPP and Codex Code of Practice (COP) Development for LADA Capacity

  • The consultant will work with the MOCI, MOA and MOH to develop an acceptable program for local aggregators that reflects Liberia’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary goals.
  • The consultant will also train these Liberian entities and LADA staff on how using the Codex regulations and procedures to evaluate existing processors and how to work with owners to implement improvements.
  • The consultant will work closely with staff on how to involve women and youth in the process. and with assistance from the M&E staff how to record the various activities.
  • With the assistance of the staff, MOCI, and MOA initiate meetings with aggregators on the goals and purpose of incorporating the Codex tools such as:
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • Good Hygienic Practices (GHP)
  • Good Agricultural Practice (GAP)
  • Good Aquaculture Practice (GAqP)
  • Review the existing CNFA Business Management Training for aggregators to include HACCP and Codex practices to improve production quality.

4. Conduct Organizational Capacity Assessments for LADA partners

  • Conduct OCA assessments as needed for CIF grantees and/or new LADA partners

Duties and Responsibilities: In-country

  • Conduct activities in accordance with the above tasks.
  • Provide training and support services as outlined.
  • Draft recommendations with consensus from MOCI, MOA and LADA on the requirements for implementation of HACCP and Codex practices, as it relates to Liberia’s food laws and WTO.
  • Provide compulsory specifications and regulations needed for the producing, manufacturing, and exporting of agriculture products as being requested by LADA partners.
  • Submit recommendations to add testing kits to CIF recipients, to do in-house pesticide and contaminant residue testing, ensuring the safe production of food.
  • Provide training and support to LADA staff to increase the safety of agriculture in LADA projects.
  • Design, coordinate and evaluate value chains using international best practices and incorporating into LADA project activities.
  • Provide recommendations on the next steps for LADA partners to increase food safety and export guidelines, and give briefing to LADA COP and HQ on results and next steps.

Duties and Responsibilities: Post-assignment

  • Write a final report detailing the results of the assignment, schedule, etc. (no more than 20 pages) detailing the achievements of the consultancy.
  • Report to include recommendations to LADA, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Minister of Commerce and Industry on next steps.

Required Qualifications

  • A master of science degree in Administration, Public Health or Food Law, with a knowledge of Codex including Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) guidelines and procedures
  • At least 5+ years of experience working within Africa with a USAID or other donor-funded projects.
  • Experience and interaction with Liberia’s Ministries of Commerce and Industry, Agriculture and Health
  • Previous experience in African agricultural/agribusiness development programs
  • Fluency in English, with excellent verbal and written communications skills as well as strong facilitation skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience with projects that used the value chain approach
  • Prior experience evaluating organizational capacity systems
  • Familiarity with FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius  

Timeline:  Duties to be conducted over a period of 75 work days from early January-late March 2017.


Location: Monrovia, Liberia and field locations (Bong, Nimba and Lofa Counties) 

Senior Dairy Technical Officer- FFPR Cambodia

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The overall role of the Senior Dairy Technical Officer (SDTO) will be to lead, support and advise on dairy technical components for the USDA Food for Progress Cambodia program with an emphasis on the dairy sector, agricultural productivity and trade of agricultural products (domestic, regional and international).  The individual will work within the parameters of CNFA’s Policy and Procedures and will work closely with the CNFA’s HQ team on the Food for Progress program in Cambodia. Please note that this position is contingent on donor funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advise and support the value chain design, strategy inputs for the USDA Food for Progress Cambodia program
  • Advise on technical components for the USDA Food for Progress Cambodia program, specifically the dairy sector in Cambodia
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to improve program quality and impact
  • Lead development of tools, system, processes and approaches
  • Support resource mobilization efforts within the program and others initiatives to advance CNFA’s work
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of the dairy sector, ideally in Cambodia
  • A degree in agriculture, dairy, animal science, agribusiness, agricultural economics, or other related field is required; Masters or equivalent work experience preferred;
  • At least ten years of professional work experience in agriculture value chain development, with a minimum of 5 years in the private sector. This experience should include capacity building with community-based organizations (e.g. out-grower operations, co-ops, producer associations, marketing associations), improving market linkages with value chain actors, and improving value chain actors’ access to financial and business development services
  • Experience in developing and strengthening the dairy industry;
  • Experience working in Southeast Asia preferred, ideally in Cambodia
  • Knowledge of financial analysis for farm management, non-farm rural enterprise, agribusiness and/or food marketing companies in Southeast Asia
  • Demonstrated experience with gender mainstreaming in agriculture projects, ideally dairy related
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills (writing samples are required), and strong facilitation skills
  • Previous experience on USDA funded agricultural/agribusiness development programs

Applicants will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, but please submit all documents by 12/31/16.

Feedlot Association Development Consultant

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Project Description:


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


Objective of the Technical Assistance


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Estimates Level of Effort: 30 Days

Assignment Scope

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


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