Team: Programs | Commitment: Consultant | Location: Lahore, Pakistan

Butcher and Carcass Breakdown Specialist

Project Description:

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture. This is intended to be achieved through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic market demand and requirements in its four targeted product lines (TPLs): citrus, mango, high value/off season vegetables and livestock. AMD envisions a transformation of the four TPLs 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 is expected to leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support the upgrade and 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 product lines more profitable and competitive.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

The objective of this assignment is to work with 6 leading meat processors (4 AMD grantees and 2 selected through an EOI) to enhance their plant efficiency and human resource capacity.

 

The international consultant with work in conjunction with a local export, covered under a separate scope of work, to design and deliver hands-on training to six (6) select abattoirs’ operational staff across multiple disciplines including carcass chilling, carcass handling breakdown, isolation of primal cuts, processing offal, packaging, labeling, hygiene and equipment maintenance. The scope of technical assistance will also include the development and draft of training manuals, documenting the best practice protocols developed and delivered during the training exercise. The training programs will be guided by the Australian Meat Standards (AMS) and the same will be referenced in the manuals developed under this consultancy. The technical assistance will develop the capacity of target abattoirs in complying with international best practices in processing meat and enable them to diversify product and enhance quality.

Assignment Scope:

1.       The technical assistance to be provided by the consultant will include an assessment of the following operational areas at each of the selected abattoir and design a hands-on training program to augment the capacity of the respective operations staff: 

a.     Carcass chilling, tender stretch, electrical stimulation and ageing

b.       Carcass breakdown     

c.       Isolation of Primal cuts

d.       Processing of Offal’s

e.       Vacuum packing

f.        Labeling

g.       Freezing to required temperature gradient

h.       Hygiene and Health and Safety

i.         Equipment maintenance 

2.       Background study of AMD Work Plan and published studies of previous value chain and meat processing plant operations in Pakistan;

3.       Visit and review existing operations of selected abattoirs;

4.       Design and develop an on-site training program outline in conjunction with AMD’s local STTA;

5.       Draft a comprehensive training module covering all the operational areas mentioned above. 

Delivarables

  • Detailed Work plan for execution of planned activities;
  • Deliver six (6) training sessions, one each at each of the selected abattoir;
  • Assessment report for each abattoir siting the specific gaps in the operational areas addressed under this SOW.
  • Training manual customized for each abattoir

Qualifications

  • A degree in the field of food safety and food processing or equivalent experience;
  • Extensive experience with meat processors and other meat value chain actors;
  • More than 10 years of professional experience in meat processing and carcass breakdown;
  • More than 5 years of capacity building experience;
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments in meat processing;
  • Experience in developing countries on design and development of meat sector interventions;
  • Demonstrable interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Excellent English writing skills;
  • Oral fluency in English;
  • Ability to travel to Pakistan.

Timing of the Assignment:

The STTA assignment will commence in November with a total LOE of 48 working days. The assignment could be conducted in 2 phases depending upon the availability of the consultant. If the international consultant cannot commit to 48 consecutive days, 2 extra days will be added for international travel. 

We are seeking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis. Deadline for submission is September 23rd.