Feedlot Association Development Consultant

Feedlot Association Development Consultant

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Project Description:

 

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

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Estimates Level of Effort: 30 Days

Assignment Scope

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

Qualifications

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

Program Officer

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Program Overview

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 can increase their participation in the market. CNFA will also deliver its celebrated Business Management Training (BMT) so as to certify agro-dealers with the Ministry of Agriculture starting in early 2017.

Position Description

Working under direct supervision of the Value Chain Advisor, the Program Officer is responsible for overseeing all project grant activities in their respective regions. The Program Officer will also backstop component 2 as needed.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance, as needed, to grant applicants on the grant application process.
  • Disseminate CIF RFAs to insure that potential applicants are informed.
  • Assist applicants by indicating potential local consultants that can help them to develop both concept notes and business plans
  • Maintain regular contact with grantees to facilitate grant implementation, identify potential problems and solutions, and to oversee the timely achievement of milestones.
  • Provide support to national and international STTAs, and Monrovia-based Account Managers who are providing technical assistance to the grantee.
  • Provide monthly grant updates to the, Co-Investment Fund Manager and Private-Sector Advisor on the status of grant applications and grantees.
  • Work with LADA monitoring and evaluation team to assess and measure the achievements of grantees and identify challenges.
  • Work with the County Coordinators to help implement other LADA program activities as required.  Supply administrative, proposal writing, and other services.
  • Assist the communications and M&E team in writing and proofing communications and reporting materials such as success stories, periodic reports, and other materials as requested. 

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field. Master’s preferred, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a relevant competency area, including agricultural/livestock development, business management or other.
  • Minimum of 3 years implementing and/or managing programs, grants or business development activities for donor funded projects.
  • Proven knowledge of USAID’s rules and regulations governing grant processes. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Complete fluency in English is required, written and verbal

Salary and Terms: One-year term, salary based on salary history (USAID biodata form)

Conditions of Employment:  Subject to completion of a probationary period. 

 

Supervisor: The Position will be supervised by the Private Sector Advisor

International Postharvest and Cold Chain Specialist with experience in shipping vegetables via sea freight shipment using refer containers

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Project Description

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

Background Information

Pakistan currently exports vegetables to many countries in the Gulf States and the European Union. These vegetables include chilies, Okra, bitter gourd, round gourd, long gourd, brinjal, peas, carrots, cabbage, and cauliflower.  Currently Pakistani faces numerous challenges in the export of fresh vegetables including limited infrastructure for cold storage and the technology and know-how for extending shelf life. Part of AMD’s strategy is to facilitate continuous support in critical technical assistance along the product supply line to improve quality, extend shelf life and thereby increase market share and access to new markets.

AMD intends to explore the possibility of developing a strategic framework for exporting vegetables in refrigerated sea containers. Since this will be a new era for sea freighted vegetable exports, technical support will be required in the harvest and post-harvest sectors and specific on developing product lines for leafy and other vegetables.

The successful introduction of this technology has the potential to initiate a new era of vegetable exports for Pakistan. Assistance will be required  in following areas;

·         Product pre harvest handling for sea shipment; including field handling and transport to pack house for selected vegetables

·         Cleaning, sorting, grading, and waxing requirements for each identified product

·         Cold chain requirements as well as transportation and humidity requirements

·         Ethylene sensitivity and product competitiveness

·         Packaging requirements of different products

·         Important post-harvest diseases, their management and SPS measures

This intervention will help AMD to support the private sector to upgrade, streamline and make the supply chain competitive and cost economic. It will optimize the profit margins and encourage the women participation. Moreover it will reduce the shipping cost and enable the Pakistan exporters to export larger volumes to the products to the high end markets.

Objective of the Technical Assistance

The technical assistance (TA) provided by AMD will be delivered through an international specialist and will include the preparation and oversight of trial shipments of mixed vegetables (excluding onion and potatoes) via refrigerated sea containers to international markets identified by AMD’s team and export partners. The international STTA will provide onsite technical guidance and supervision in the preparation of vegetables for a trial shipment under managed atmosphere conditions. The consultant will recommend grading, packing, loading and shipping of mixed vegetables for the trial shipments to ensure compatibility and will develop the SOPs for the technical personnel to manage, operate, and dispatch future sea shipments of mixed vegetables under managed atmosphere conditions. Trainings will also include technical support and knowledge sharing on ethylene production, ethylene compatibility and sensitivity, , international labeling and packaging requirements. The SOP’s will include guidelines on the shelf life of products in refer containers or under cold chain.

Estimated Level of Effort (LOE) for the Assignment

24 working days including 3 travel days.

Timing of the Assignment

The STTA will commence on or about December 7, 2016 and is expected to be completed by the end of January, 2016. 

Assignment Scope

  • Background reading of AMD work plan and published studies on previous value chain and marketing assessments of related agriculture in Pakistan
  • Develop work plan for execution of STTA in consultation with AMD staff and submit to COP and CTA for approval within 1 day of assignment commencement
  • Develop post-harvest handling procedures for chilies, okra, bitter gourd, long and round gourd, brinjal, peas, carrot, cauliflower, cabbage and leafy vegetables including coriander and mint.
  • Provide training to the stakeholders on executing the SOP’s developed for each of the product lines.
  • Develop and deliver recommended procedures for receiving and  packaging of the specified products keeping in view the temperature, relative humidity and ventilation requirements
  • Provide guidelines on ethylene levels and ethylene sensitivity and product compatibility in case of mixed vegetables’ sea shipments
  • Provide guidelines on hygro-thermic sensitivity and requirements  for extended period  for compatible vegetables in case of mixed shipments
  • Suggest the most suitable market destinations for these sea shipments
  • Evaluate the existing cooling units of identified stakeholders for the suitability to utilize for cool chain export
  • Provide a briefing to AMD staff on relevant finding and composition of final reports
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) relating to design and development of managed atmosphere interventions for each of the four target value chains

Deliverables

  • Develop a detailed work plan to execute the STTA within 1 day of assignment commencements
  • Submit a written report identifying appropriate mixes of vegetables that can be exported together in a refrigerated sea container keeping in view their temperature requirements and ethylene sensitivity as well as suitable international destinations with sizeable profit margins
  • Develop the SOP’s for exporting the identified products in refrigerated sea containers including post-harvest handling, recommended packaging, temperature requirements and loading.
  • Evaluation of the existing cold chain of the identified stakeholders for their suitability for utilizing them for export with recommendations for improvements
  • Conduct a two day training session on post-harvest handling, processing, packaging and proper utilization of cold chain facilities for the export of a mixed vegetables in a refrigerated sea container.
  • Submit final report on technical assistance given under STTA with power point presentation using AMD templates within 5 business days on completion of assignment

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of crop sciences;
  • Extensive experience of having worked with agriculture value chains across the world;
  • More than 10 years of professional practical experience working with the farmers or agribusiness projects;
  • More than 10 years of capacity building experience.
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with USAID funded projects;
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and development of Agribusiness;  
  • 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 Pakistan

This is a current and active recruit. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

Program Officer/Senior Program Officer

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

Specific Responsibilities

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

Candidate Qualifications

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

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

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.

STTA to Assess the Competitiveness of Ethiopian Beef Export Value Chains

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AGP-LMD 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 AGP-LMD project, under IR2, Strategy 4, supports active research in order to strengthen its evidence-based advocacy and lobby for policy change that would create an enabling environment for milk, meat and live-animal value chains in which to operate optimally. Hence, the overall objective of this assignment is to support the Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute (EMDIDI) and Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MoLF) to improve the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef export industry versus international competitors in similar markets. The results of the study are expected to lead to informed decision making and practical action taken to enhance the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef export industry.

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 18% by the year 2025.

In recent years, livestock products have been identified as one of the priority export products that play a major role in industrial development. As a result, EMDIDI was established with the aim of building and developing a globally competitive industry in the subsector by providing necessary capacity building, investment support, and market facilitation.

Currently, Ethiopia exports about 20,000 tons of chilled small ruminant carcasses worth 93 million USD per year (10% of which is variety meat/offal). It is the leading small ruminant meat exporting country in Africa, but its world market share remains very small (1.3%). The meat export volume increased remarkably over the last seven years, and revenue from the meat export trade, primarily shoat carcasses, is on the rise. There are already 10 functional export abattoirs, with 8 more under construction. The plan on the part of the government is to focus on the meat export business rather than export live animals. Major destinations are the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

According to the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) for the period 2015/16-2019/20, the Ethiopian Government has set a target to increase exports to 94,240 tons of meat by 2020. The overwhelming majority of this increase will need to be achieved through the export of beef products, since the quantity (and average carcass weight) of sheep and goat meat required to achieve this figure is not feasible in light of domestic demand for such products.

The size of Ethiopia’s cattle herd, together with ongoing efforts to improve production and productivity in the sector, suggest that Ethiopia has the potential to significantly increase its beef production. There are a number of new, modern, export-oriented meat-processing facilities with cattle kill lines which have started to emerge around the country. Some of these facilities are nearing completion and are expected to begin operations soon. As opposed to sheep and goat meat exports, competitiveness in beef export is a major challenge that Ethiopia should address.

 

The main competition for the Middle East beef export markets comes from South America, Oceania, Eastern Europe and the European Union. The disease-free status of most of these countries and more efficient production and marketing system they have attained are major competitive advantages which these countries hold over others. The companies use the approach of market and product segmentation with advanced promotion in order to be competitive in the marketplace.

For Ethiopia to be able to expand its market share in beef, it needs to produce products more competitively than its larger international competitors. It is thus important and necessary to assess the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry and to develop strategies to stay nationally and internationally competitive. How competitive is the Ethiopian beef industry today, and will it be competitive ten years from now? If not, what are the implications for industry stakeholders at the various levels of the vertical meat supply chain? Important questions, all deserving of answers, but highly dependent upon thoughtful research and analysis.

 

Hence, this SoW was prepared at the request of EMDIDI to conduct an assessment and develop appropriate recommendations to address these issues.

 

Assignment Objective:

The goal of the Consultancy will be to assess, compare and report on the competitiveness of the export value chain of Ethiopian beef to Middle East and North African (MENA) countries, as well as Southeast Asia and other potential markets with internationally competitive beef export value chains. It will also make recommendations on potential actions to increase the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry.

 

Specific objectives

1)      Describe the Ethiopian beef export industry structure and characteristics; and evaluate the contribution in volume and value of the different market destinations for Ethiopian beef;

2)      Describe the income, cost, and profit structures of each actor in the beef value chains;

3)      Benchmark such value chains against international competitor countries;

4)      Recommend and substantiate clear and practical solutions (actions) to implement, and suggest policy options to improve competitiveness;

5)      Contribute to an understanding of and consensus on opportunities for, and challenges to increasing Ethiopia’s beef industry competitiveness; and

6)      Recommend potential destination markets for Ethiopian beef considering the current health and sanitary-phytosanitary (SPS) status (detailed information of those countries, including from which country are they importing? at what price and volume? by which mode of transport? who are the major importer companies? etc.)

 

To conduct this study, AGP-LMD will hire one competent international consultant with an economics or marketing background for a period of about 30 days. EMDIDI will assign an expert to serve as a counterpart to the consultant. The final draft report of the study will be presented at the stakeholder workshop for feedback. This assignment is expected to result in a clear understanding of the factors affecting the competitiveness of Ethiopian beef exports, and appropriate recommendations to address the problem. This in turn will contribute to achieving three major project-related outcome level indicators:

– Improvements in the enabling environment

– Decrease in the costs of doing business

– Identifying the factors that make the sector more competitive

 

AcTivities to be conducted by AGP-LMD

1.       Provide the contractor with relevant government documents on the livestock master plan, standards and guidelines for review.

2.       Arrange meetings with public officials and experts in MoLF, Ministry of Trade, MoI and other relevant public and private institutions.

3.       Organize all local logistics, meetings, and field visits associated with the assignment. This involves identifying and arranging meetings with feedlot operators, live animal traders and producers association, meat exporters association and other relevant stakeholders.

4. Organize a wrap-up workshop and debriefing session at the end of the assignment. Relevant stakeholders from the public and private sectors will be invited to attend the briefing and make comments on the findings

5. Disseminate draft and final report to EMDIDI and the federal MoLF for review and feedback.

6. Review the draft study report and provide feedback/comments to the consultant for integration into the final report.

 

Performance Activities to be conducted by Consultant

The scope of work for this consultancy details the work to be conducted by an international consultant to be contracted to assess factors affecting Ethiopian competitiveness in beef export and the measures to be taken to address those challenges. The following activities shall be carried out under this scope of work:

1.       Analyse and describe the characteristics of the Ethiopian beef industry including the macro- and micro- economic policy framework;

2.       Review previous work/studies on end market, value chain, and competitiveness related to Ethiopian beef export;

3.       Assess the current competitiveness of the beef supply and demand value chain with specific emphasis on the production, manufacturing (slaughtering and processing), marketing and input sectors through a comprehensive value-chain analysis;

4.       Benchmark Ethiopia’s beef value chains against similar value chains of competitive countries with regards to:

a.       Production: size and carrying capacity, land price versus stocking rate production per unit area (kg/ha), population and turnoff, cost and revenue per farm unit/hectare, cost and revenue per head produced, cost and revenue per kg produced (kg/live weight) until offloading at abattoir, livestock price comparison, input and financing costs;

b.       Processing: comparing processing costs, labour productivity, co-product values –inclusive hides & skins, offal, carcass meal etc., comparing revenues (FOB), input and financing costs;

c.       Market and Trade: comparative prices for chilled and frozen products (wholesale & retail), market access arrangements, tariff comparisons, value addition opportunitiesInput and Financing costs, comparison of cost from producer to consumer: primary production, value addition, logistics, wholesale, retail;

d.       Critical issues for success: evaluate Ethiopia’s competitive position in terms of: animal disease status, consumer expectations, supply chain efficiencies, and market access (agreements and quality assurance schemes); and

e.       Opportunities: determine the opportunities for the beef industry in terms of increasing its competitive potential (innovation and branding, marketing channels, production costs, input costs, supply chain, trade barriers).

5.       Recommend potential destination markets for Ethiopian beef, considering current health and SPS status. (Detail information of those countries, including from which country they are importing? at what price and volume? by which mode of transport? who are the major importer companies? etc.)

  

Outcome of the study

 

Detailed report including:

 

·         Analysis and description of Ethiopia’s competitive position for beef export;

·         Clear recommendations to the Government of Ethiopia on actions to enhance the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry in international markets;

·         Advice to EMDIDI on innovation and branding to enhance the competitive position of the beef industry; and

·         Advice to EMDIDI on future macroeconomic policy guidelines with respect to increasing the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry.

 

Performance Deliverables Summary

·         Review documents on beef end market study, value chain analysis and competitiveness (3 days) (Consultant, assisted by LMD and EMDIDI, from home location)

·         Conduct field visit and hold discussions with VC actors including livestock keepers, traders, feedlots, export abattoirs, live animal and meat export associations, and public institutions at both federal and regional level (10 days) (LMD to organized field visit)

·         Carry out a detailed assessment on factors affecting the competitiveness of Ethiopian beef export and possible solutions to address the challenges (14 days). Deliverables: A report on the assessment, PowerPoint presentation.

·         LMD to organize a stakeholders’ workshop, provide input and feedback on the draft assessment report – Workshop (1 day) Deliverables: consolidated feedback from LMD and EMDIDI (assisted by LMD and EMDIDI).

·         Consolidate inputs to prepare final document (2 days) (from home location). Deliverables: Final document on Ethiopian beef competitiveness study

 

Proposed Level of Effort: This assignment requires 30 days’ LOE

Required qualifications and experience:

 

·         A university degree, a Master’s or PhD in Agricultural Economy / Economy or Marketing;

·         At least 10 years of experience in agricultural economics with respect to the meat industry;

·         An expert who has a practical experience and understanding of the global beef market;

·         Experience with meat value chains, marketing, or knowledge of global market requirements is advantageous.

Assignment supervisor

The AGP-LMD Project’s Deputy Chief of Party will oversee the overall performance of the assignment and ensure the activities are executed in accordance with the terms and conditions in the SoW. Furthermore, AGP-LMD policy advisor, will provide day-to-day coordination support and monitor the proper execution of the consultancy. 

Mango Pest and Disease Volunteer

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I.                   Host Background

 

In the Aswan governorate of Upper Egypt, mango ranks the second fruit crop after date palms as it occupies more than 1,500 feddans of land which produces 6,075 tons of mangoes each year. Small farmers need training on IPM and good agriculture practices in order to improve the productivity and quality of their orchards, which will result in an increase in smallholder farmers’ incomes. Mango groves are generally located in Wady Elnokra, Wady Elsaaida, Nasser Alnoba and Edfu districts in the Aswan governorate. In each of these regions, there are mango farmer groups identified by the FAS agronomy team and Technical Advisor for Associations who will benefit from different project activities.

 

II.                 Issue Description

 

The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support project (FAS) works to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmer in Upper Egypt using a market-driven approach that facilitate sustainable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. This market-driven approach is support by four interrelated components:

1.      Improved on-farm production

2.      More efficient post-harvest processes

3.      Improved marketing of agriculture crops and products

4.      Improved nutrition status, especially for women and children

 

Mangoes are one of the key fruit value chains in Upper Egypt that are targeted by FAS. There are a substantial number of groves throughout the area and there are numerous opportunities for smallholder farmers to vertically integrate themselves into the mango value chain by engaging in better production and post-harvest processes, as well as processing of mangoes like drying. However, mango trees in Egypt are subject to numerous pests and diseases that hinder the profitability of this value chain and limit the productivity of smallholders. One key example of a disease that affects local varieties of mango tree is Mango Malformation Disease (fusarium mangiferae). Local farmers’ knowledge of disease and pest management is limited and management plans generally do not exist. Farmers do not have the technical knowledge to identify common diseases  and pests as well as what treatments and/or protective measures should be done to minimize the disease or pest’s effects.

 

The host therefore has requested for a volunteer to train them in identifying common diseases and pests that affect mangoes in Upper Egypt as well as the most effective treatments and protective measures to mitigate their effects. The volunteer will visit farmer mango groves to assess the current needs and conduct trainings with farmer organizations on these topics, as well as work with the FAS technical team to put together a training regimen for future trainings for additional farmer groups.

 

IV.             Deliverables

 CNFA’s Training Beneficiaries Record, Volunteer Value Reporting System Survey, and Trip Report. These documents must be completed no later than a week after assignment and preferably before the last day on assignment.

 

V.                Desired Outcomes and impacts

 Desired Outcomes

Improved technical knowledge of disease and pest management for both farmer associations trained and FAS technical staff

Desired Impacts

Increase in smallholder farmers’ ability to manage and mitigate the effects of common mango diseases and pests

 

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experienced managing pests and disease in fruit trees, especially mango
  • Extensive practical experience managing fruit trees, especially mango
  • Knowledge of common pests and diseases (e.g. Mango Malformation Disease) for fruit trees and treatment and mitigation methods
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

This is an active recruit, with candidates being interviewed on a rolling basis. Application close date is December 14, 2016.

International Feedlot Management Software Expert

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Project Description

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

 

Objective

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

 

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

 

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

Assignment Scope

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

Qualifications

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

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

Almond Production Consultant

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Background:  

The USAID Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP) implemented by CNFA is an integrated enterprise development program designed to identify promising entrepreneurs, promote increased investment and support that investment with improved business and technical skills through its technical assistance program. For non-grant beneficiaries, REAP operates a 50% cost-share program. The companies apply for this program and REAP identifies the assistance for the agribusinesses that have a real growth potential, promote new technologies, and contribute to the creation of jobs.

 

One of the agribusinesses competitively selected by REAP for the 50% cost-share program is SP Irakli Arjevanidze who owns 2.5 ha of land in village Shilda, Kakheti region, where 400 almond trees of Italian Variety Super Nova are planted. The firm promotes development of Almond orchards in the region. Based on preliminary discussions and negotiations with the farmers, it is expected that total area of almond orchards in the region will be expanded by 30-50 hectares within the period of one year. The firm itself plans to plant 600 more trees by the fall season of 2018. The firm intends to arrange a modern almond production facility to process almonds consolidated from its own and neighboring orchards, thereby generating income for smallholder farmers. The firm has some experience in primary production, however, needs to strengthen overall knowledge of its designated staff in modern agricultural practices, as well as post-harvest handling and processing technologies. To this end, REAP plans to identify an international consultant that will provide SP Irakli Arjevanidze with tailored assistance in primary production and processing technologies.

 

Objectives: 

The purpose of this assignment is to build capacity of the applicant firm as a whole in almond production technologies and practices to enable the agribusiness grow sustainably and disseminate sector-specific knowledge in the region. The assignment will be implemented through REAP’s cost-shared TA program.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under this scope of work, the Specialist shall work closely with REAP and SP Irakli Arjevanidze to perform the following tasks: 

·         Advise SP Irakli Arjevanidze on almond production practices and processing technologies covering but not limited to the following topics:

1.       Almond orchard development practices (planting, crown formation, pruning, plant protection measures, etc.);

2.       Harvesting and post-harvest handling best practices;

3.       Almond processing technologies (shell cracking, drying, grading, storing, oil and milk refining technologies).

·         Raise awareness of local farmers on almond production agricultural practices through a half-day training sessions to be organized at applicant firm’s premises;

·         Develop brief review of almond sector, highlighting current market trends;

·         Develop Final Report including expert’s findings and recommendations to introduce modern technologies and practices;

Period of Performance:  

This assignment is planned to take place between 11/30/2016 and 03/30/2017. The consultant will provide online consultations during the whole period of performance and conduct at least 2 visits to Georgia, with the maximum of 1 week in the field per visit. Total LOE for this assignment is not to exceed 21 days.

Deliverables:

  • Half-day training for local farmers and follow-up consultations as needed;
  • A written handout on best practices in almond production applicable to Georgia.
  • Final Report highlighting recommendations on: a) potential improvements to be made to increase the efficiency of the existing and planned almond orchards; b) almond processing technologies
  • Brief review of almond sector, highlighting current market trends

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Proven experience in delivering similar consultancies and trainings in the required field; and
  • Strong communication skills.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Chili Oleoresin and Chili Paste Market Research Analysis

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

 

Background Information:

In Pakistan, Sindh has been the major producer of chilies, followed by Punjab and Baluchistan. According to the Pakistan Crop Reporting Services Statistics, in the year 2011-12 Pakistan produced 40,414 tons of red chilies on around 24,776 hectares, out of which Sindh had a production share of about 24,113 tons from an area of 13,853 thousand hectares, with an average yield of 1.74 tons per hectare. In Sindh, a small town of Kunri, once called the “chili capital of Asia” alone produces 55% of the province’s entire produce. Other cultivation hubs are Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, Khairpur, Shikarpur, and Ghotki. The main varieties from Kunri are desi, mexi, and nageena while talhari, a winter variety, comes from Badin.

The varieties grown in Pakistan are of high quality but the country has realized only a fraction of its potential as a producer of red chilies. Sindh in particular, has recorded a decrease in chili production from its record high level in the year 2009-10. According to the Pakistan Crop Reporting Services Statistics, Sindh production in 2011-12 was only 21% as compared to total production of around 188,859 tons in 2009-10 on 74,784 hectares. Pakistani red chilies fetch lower prices than the Indian varieties, despite the market attesting to being of better quality & flavor. The decrease in production is attributed to improper harvest techniques, handling, drying and post-harvest handling.

The dried chili industry in Pakistan has previously been one of the major success stories for smallholders in semi-arid areas under low-tech irrigation. Smallholders often lack the means to improve their crops with modern methods, and dried chilies have added to their annual income. However, during the past 10 years, food safety regulations have come into play in international markets with the result of limiting the participation of Pakistani dried chilies.

The drastic decline is associated with one specific problem: Aspergillus infection in chili and the subsequent poisonous fungal metabolites generally called aflatoxins. Most export markets have specific threshold limits for aflatoxin toxicity. Around 35% of the rejections of chili exports were solely due to excessive levels of aflatoxins found in the chili from Pakistan. After the initial setback, exporters and processors, as well as national agricultural research institutions, worked hard to solve this complicated issue. The menace of aflatoxins can be brought under control through a mix of good agricultural practices and proper harvest and post-harvest management.

To provide an alternative market and confront the issue of aflatoxin in chilies and other horticulture products produced in Pakistan, AMD proposes to mobilize private sector investment in either the commercial production of chili paste or the commercial extraction of oleoresins from fresh products with a critical focus on chilies. In order to equip the Pakistani Chili industry and provide an alternate viable business solution. Supporting investments in establishing commercial processing of chilies will help streamline the supply chain, optimize profit margins, possibly increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani vegetable sector more profitable and more competitive.

Oleoresins are extracted natural aromatic liquid containing essential oils and resin. They are the concentrated liquid form of the spice/herbs/plants and reproduce the character of the respective spice and spice oil fully. They are obtained by the solvent extraction of the powdered dried spices with the subsequent removal of solvent or through the supercritical CO2 extraction method. Oleoresins are highly concentrated and hence provide a very economical method of flavoring products. They are also easier to control for quality, cleaner than the equivalent ground spices and are more stable when heated. The main products in a spice oleoresin plant are oleoresins of chili, pepper, ginger and turmeric. The co-products are the corresponding spice oils, which are widely used in food and pharmaceutical industries.

 

Oleoresins provide a more complete flavor profile than essential oils. Further advantages are the concentration at source of the product and the minimizing of color losses (capsanthin breakdown). The color loss in paprika oleoresin is reduced to approximately 1-2 % per year only as opposed to 2-4 % per month in compressed whole pods and up to 5 % per month in paprika powder. These color losses are caused by oxidation and are greatly influenced by exposure to oxygen, light and heat.

Chili paste is a value addition normally for B & C grades of chili sorted out from the fresh and dried chili packing process. The lower grade chilies are processed through a grinding and milling process, then adding water and boiling the mix to a concentrate without losing the aroma and flavor of the natural hot chili peppers. Chili paste is a condiment that adds spice and flavor to a sundry of food products, from Asian recipes to Western favorites.

Seeking out and understanding sustainable and rewarding markets for the value added oleoresin and chili paste will be critical towards realizing the full potential of the new product. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the international oleoresin and chili paste market place will be necessary to identify suitable market positioning and price points.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

 

The objective of this consultancy is to conduct detailed primary and secondary research on oleoresin and chili paste export markets. The scope of work of the consultant would entail analysis and recommendations for high potential market destinations, based on empirical evidence, stakeholder consultation and industry insights.

 Assignment Scope:

The Associate STTAs tasks will include but not be limited to:

 

·         Conduct a thorough literature review of existing reports and market studies relating to chili oleoresin markets;

·         Schedule assignment orientation meetings with relevant AMD product-line specialist, Value Chain Director and Chief Technical Advisor

·         Draft the research design, identifying kay primary and secondary data sources and collection methodology

·         Research reputable trade data repositories and extract oleoresin and chili paste market information and conduct analysis, identifying major varieties, market shares, growth trends, niches, major players etc.

·         Conduct interviews with key industry players and identify product quality parameters and potential placement on the value spectrum in the international market

·         Identify tariff and non-tariff barriers for leading export destinations for processed chili products

·         Identify prevailing practices relating to product packaging and supply chain management for commercial trade of chili oleoresin and chili paste

·         Conduct a SWOT analysis in light of the research and empirical evidence gathered under the assignment scope

·         Identify top five potential export competitors for Pakistani chili oleoresin, chili paste based on current and proposed varieties;

·         Identify top five export markets for Pakistani chili oleoresin, chili paste;

·         Provide product demand estimate and growth forecast

·         Provide indicative unit value for the respective destination markets

 

Deliverables:

      I.        Draft research methodology and report outline;

    II.        Chili oleoresin and chili paste trade data for past five years, complete with analytics in excel;

   III.        Final report on market assessment of both chili pepper oleoresin and chili pepper paste, covering:

a.    Market size

b.    Chili varieties

c.     Pricing

d.    Major players

e.    Leading markets

f.      Market niches

g.    Tariff and non-tariff barriers

h.    Leading importing businesses

i.      Packaging and logistics

j.      Recommendations on priority markets, product positioning and pricing

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment: 22 Working days 

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in the field of Economics, Business, Food Science / Technology or proven equivalent experience;
  • Experience of having worked on research projects, especially related to trade and export development;
  • Experience in the chili pepper fresh and processed industry and related international trade
  • Prior experience of working on consulting assignments with USAID or donor funded projects in a developing country will be an advantage;
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English.