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

International Meat Specialist

Assignment: Support for multiple trial shipments of boxed meat and carcass sections via sea to the Middle East

Project Description:

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity (USAID Contract # AID-391-C-1500003) in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through ‘Increased Economic Performance of Focus Enterprises’ to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in the Livestock, High Value Off Season Vegetables (HVOSV), Citrus, and Mango sectors. 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 marketing and sales efforts, both nationally and internationally. The objective of the AMD project is to encourage investments in the four target product lines through matching grants and to empower stakeholders by developing synergies among them to accomplish together what they cannot do alone. AMD will support upgrading, streamlining supply chains, optimizing profit margins, increasing participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately help make Pakistani meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes and citrus more profitable and more competitive.

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance:

The main objective of this consultancy is to work with up to 4 leading meat processors to build on the success of by-air trial shipments and customer acceptance of meat to destinations in the GCC region.  These would include Project grantees and other meat processing businesses selected through a competitive process. Earlier trials conducted in partnership with three private sector meat processors resulted in the development of draft operating protocols and innovative packaging for subsequent export orders.

 

AMD Project will continue to support additional trial shipments in partnership with private sector exporters. These trials will be the culminating phase of AMD’s support towards optimizing supply chain costs and targeting more rewarding market segments in the GCC region. The trials will consist of boxed meat shipment via sea in dedicated, full load containers. The STTA will review the results of previous trials and make recommendations for improvements in the draft operating protocols. The STTA will be an integral part of the trials and will be responsible for technical input and quality assurance spanning the complete supply chain. Further, the technical assistance (TA) provided by the international specialist is to enhance the plant efficiency and human resource capacity of the processors. The consultant will work with the processors to build in capacity cold chain management, variety in meat-cuts, packing techniques, and where applicable, optimization of vacuum packing and gas flushing.

 

The International STTA will also work with the AMD team in developing the EOI and RFA documents in addition to providing technical assistance for refining the operating protocols and suitable packaging for meat and carcass sections. The successful trails stand to have a tremendous impact on meat exports from Pakistan by reducing costs and increasing opportunity to export larger volumes as well as capitalizing on higher paying niche markets through the eventual shift to vacuum packaging.

 

Specific scope and deliverables for the assignment are given in the proceeding sections.   

Assignment Scope:

The STTA tasks will include but not be limited to:

·         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;

·         Gather and analyze market feedback on previously conducted trial shipments;

·         Review the draft operating protocols for boxed meat and carcass section shipments by sea;

·         Assist AMD in the development of solicitation documents for the selection of exporting firms for the trial shipment program;

·         Conduct background market research and international best practices for processing, packaging and transport of meat for exports via sea;

·         Identify compliance regimes and operating standards relevant to export shipments via sea for Pakistani meat exports to program target markets;

·         Work with selected abattoirs/meat exporters to gather data on local animal breeds from their respective slaughtering lines, including animal welfare, animal age, live weight, carcass weight, carcass grade, carcass breakdown/cuts percentage (by weight), marbling grade etc.;

·         Analyze the collected data to establish recommended benchmarks for carcass and meat cut grading for local beef animal breeds;

·         Draft recommended benchmarks for meat cut standards and grading for local animal breeds;

·         Assess operational capacity of selected exporters to execute sea shipments;

·         Conduct stakeholder consultation seminars and gather feedback on findings prior to the formulation of final recommendations;

·         Provide recommendations, where necessary, for augmenting operational capacity of selected abattoirs;

·         Assist the AMD team in developing a draft budget and timeline/milestones for each sea shipment under the program;

·         Assist the AMD team in expediting a sea container shipment of meat and carcass sections;

·         Any other tasks assigned by the COP or Senior Technical Advisor relating to meat processing plant operations including animal welfare.

 

Deliverables:

1)      Develop a detailed work plan including timeline for the STTA within 5 days of assignment commencement;     

2)      Provide 1-page bi-weekly update to the AMD Chief Technical Advisor;

3)      Draft meat cut standards and grading SOP document for local beef animal breeds;

4)      Final report which will include:

a.       A review of trial shipments conducted in the earlier phase of the program;

b.      Revised draft SOPs for sea shipment, final design packaging of boxes and types of cuts which are acceptable to buyers in international markets;

c.       Identification of relevant compliance regimes and operating standards for Pakistani meat exports (via sea) to program target markets;

d.      Assessment of operational capacity of selected abattoirs, and recommended remedial actions where necessary;

e.       Identification of potential logistics service providers with requisite capacity for boxed meat and carcass section shipments;

f.        Detailed documentation of each trial shipment, including specifications of meat cuts, packaging, cold chain configuration and transport;

g.      Recommendations on high-potential export destinations and respective market segments.

  

Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment:

60 working days including 2 days for international travel.

Timing of the Assignment:

The STTA period of performance will commence on or about October 10, 2016 and will continue through January 31, 2017.

Qualifications: The international consultant should have

  • An advanced degree in the field of agriculture;
  • Extensive experience of having worked with commercial livestock enterprises, abattoirs, processors and exporters as well as other players in the Livestock value chain both internationally and particularly in Pakistan;
  • More than 15 years of professional practical experience working in the field of livestock value addition and meat production, processing and marketing worldwide;
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with USAID funded projects in Pakistan with a focus on development of the livestock agribusiness value chain using an integrated supply chain approach;
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and implementation of livestock interventions;  
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Documented report writing skills in English;
  • Oral fluency in English;
  • Preferably have authorization to travel and work in Pakistan.

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