Team: Programs | Commitment: Consulting | Location: Republic of Georgia

International Consultant for PERSUAP

BACKGROUND:

The USAID Agriculture Program is a USAID program implemented by CNFA in Georgia. The goal of the USAID Agriculture Program is to accelerate growth of agricultural sub-sectors that demonstrate strong potential to create jobs and increase micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) revenues. The Program selected the following sub-sectors: berries, culinary herbs, perishable vegetables, pome fruits (apples), stone fruits, table grapes, and mandarins. The USAID Agriculture Program plans to deliver firm-level investment and tailor-made technical assistance to entrepreneurial, market-driven enterprises, production clusters and supporting associations and service/information/extension providers in the selected value chains to foster inclusive and sustainable market systems development. The USAID Agriculture Program provides competitive matching grants and technical assistance to address identified gaps in targeted value chains that will result in the improved productivity and productive capacity of MSMEs, strengthened value chain linkages, increased access to markets, and improved capacity of MSMEs, cooperatives, associations and service/information/extension providers.

In 2011, USAID/Georgia developed a Pesticide Evaluation Report (PER)  and Safer Use Action Plan (SUAP) for all USAID projects. Serving as a guiding document to implementers, Contracting Officer Representatives and the Mission Environmental Officer, the PERSUAP informs all parties of the acceptable pesticides and their appropriate application and safe usage. Last updated for and under the direction of USAID’s Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP) Activity in 2017, the goal of the PERSUAP is to bring USAID-supported projects into compliance with USAID’s environmental regulations (Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 216, or Regulation 216) on pesticide usage. The PERSUAP evaluates background and risks across the inputs sectors in Georgia, including treatment of seed, field crops, greenhouse crops, and livestock as well as processing, and promotes the use of preventive and curative Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Global Gap and Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs). The PERSUAP analyzes pesticide active ingredients (AI) registered for use in Georgia and recommends against use of pesticides containing active ingredients that are: not EPA registered, Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs), Class I, Known Carcinogens, and Known Water Pollutants. The PERSUAP identifies available pesticides and their applicability to the current crop regimes in Georgia, based on its registration status,  as well as provides recommendations, and information about their handling, use and disposal. PERSUAP provides information on WHO acute toxicity and EU registration status of each AI,  In 2017 Government of Georgia in cooperation with USAID launched the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) State Program. The aim of the program is to introduce BMSB monitoring and management activities to combat the BMSB outbreak in Georgia. Updates of the PERSUAP in 2017 included special instructions and recommendations related with the BMSB. Revision of the PERSUAP in 2019 has to provide updated information related with the best practices, strategies for monitoring and management of BMSB  to support Government of Georgia in  implementation of BMSB State Program.

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this assignment is to contract qualified International consultant to develop and revise the Pesticide Evaluation Report (PER) and Safe Use Action Plan (SUAP) to bring USAID/Georgia-funded projects into compliance with USAID’s environmental regulations (Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 216, or Regulation 216.3) on pesticide use.  

Beyond compliance, this document should offer a selection of best practices and pest prevention tools that build on the current programs in Georgia to help ensure that projects can use as a base for adapting and adoption, with their own local best practices and pest monitoring levels. If a project desires to promote or use a pesticide rejected and/ restricted (RUP) by this PERSUAP analysis, it will be required to perform a Scoping Statement and Environmental Assessment (SS/EA) to evaluate, in detail, the potential environmental and human health impacts of the use of those chemicals, as well as how to reduce those risks. USAID must approve the SS/EA prior to use of such pesticide(s) being evaluated. The PERSUAP developed under this scope of work is expected to be applicable to all USAID/Georgia projects that may be involved with pesticide recommendations, distribution or sales.

Specific Objective: 

Revise and update USAID/Georgia’s Pesticide Evaluation Report (PER),  and complete a Safer Use Action Plan (SUAP)1, which puts the conclusions reached in the PER into a plan of action, including assignment of responsibility to appropriate partiers connected with USAID-supported project’s pesticide activities. The (PER) section addresses the below listed informational elements required in USAID’s Pesticide Procedures:

•USEPA registration status of the proposed pesticide

•Basis for selection of the pesticide

•Extent to which the proposed pesticide use is, or could be, part of an IPM program

•Proposed method or methods of application, including the availability of application and

safety equipment

•Any acute and long-term toxicological hazards, either human or environmental, associated

with the proposed use, and measures available to minimize such hazards

•Effectiveness of the requested pesticide for the proposed use

•Compatibility of the proposed pesticide use with target and non-target ecosystems

•Conditions under which the pesticide is to be used, including climate, flora, fauna,

geography, hydrology, and soils

•Availability of other pesticides or non-chemical control methods

•Host country’s ability to regulate or control the distribution, storage, use, and disposal of

the requested pesticide

•Provision for training of users and applicators

•Provision made for monitoring the use and effectiveness of this pesticide etc.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

To fulfil the objectives of this consultancy, the Consultant is expected to complete the following

tasks.

•Research Georgia’s pesticide regulations on import, transport, wholesales storage, spill

clean-up, safety, retail safety and sale, farm storage, farm use, farm first aid, farm clean-up

and disposal of leftover pesticides and empty pesticide containers.

•Research issues of risks, via interviews with wholesale, retail, and on-farm use with each of

the following for pesticides: import, transport, wholesales storage, spill clean-up, safety, retail sale, farm storage, farm use, farm first aid, farm clean-up and disposal of leftover

•pesticides and empty pesticide containers, buying amounts on an as-needed basis as well as producing, marketing and selling of counterfeit and illegal pesticides.

•Research Georgian crops (including greenhouse crops) and livestock for risks from different pest insects (including BMSB), mites, nematodes, rodents, birds, fungi, viruses, bacteria, protozoans, rickettsia, spirochetes, and annual, perennial and sedge weeds.

•Research IPM tools and pesticides useful for improving soil microbial health and soil structure, controlling crop and livestock pest insects, mites, nematodes, rodents, birds, fungi, viruses, bacteria, protozoans, rickettsia, spirochetes, and annual, perennial and sedge weeds.

•Emphasize safety measures with spraying of pesticides, as required by Regulation 216.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

•Advanced (at least Master’s) degree in entomology, biology, chemistry or other related field is required; PhD preferred

•Track record of developing PERSUAPs or similar documents for USAID programs

•Strong writing skills

•Familiarity with USAID’s Pest Management Guidelines and EPA regulations

•Experience of working in Georgia or in Eastern European countries is an advantage

DELIVERABLES: 

In accordance with this consultancy, the Consultant shall present the following deliverables:

•An outline for the revised PERSUAP

•Draft revised PERSUAP for USAID’s review and comments

•Final revised PERSUAP for USAID’s approval

•Implementation plan for listed in REPRSUAP, USAID funded projects, detailing

efforts to ensure compliance with the PERSUAP.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:

The consultancy will require in-country travel as well as remote work. The consultancy is expected

to begin on/around July 1st and will be completed on/around September 1st, 2019.  In-country

travel is expected on/around July 15, 2019 through August 15, 2019. Total LOE for this assignment

shall not exceed 20 days, inclusive of travel.