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

International Vegetable Evaporative Cooling Specialist

Assignment: Support to HVOSV Hubs 

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. 

 

Objective of the Technical Assistance

The technical assistance (TA) provided by the international specialist is aimed at reviewing the existing status of cold chain management for HVOSV grantees/stakeholders with a focus on field heat removal at farm level utilizing low cost evaporative cooling technologies. The ISTTA will work with AMD specialists and grantees/stakeholders to design and develop practical low cost evaporative cooling technology that can be utilized with the product mix, and in the environmental conditions, prevailing with the AMD grantees/stakeholders geographic areas under HVOSV product line. The ISTTA will develop the SOPs for cost effectively running the evaporative cooling facility.

 

Assignment Scope:

The STTA tasks will include but not be limited to:

·         Background reading of AMD Work Plan for HVOSV and published studies on previous cold chain and evaporative cooling initiatives in Pakistan and comparative analysis with other countries.

·         Work with AMD staff and grantees/stakeholders through site visits and consultative meetings to develop a low cost evaporative cooling system for current fresh vegetables being exported by each grantee with recommendations (if applicable) for expanding the product mix.

·         Chalk out the cost effectiveness of each evaporative cooling facility based on the identified vegetable mix.

·         Provide a detailed cost estimation along with the design specifications and schematic for installation of evaporative cooling facilities based on the applicable grantee’s product mix.

·         Develop SOPs for cost effectively running the evaporative cooling facility. 

 

Deliverables:

1)    A detailed work plan for the period of this assignment within two days after the commencement of this consultancy.

2)    Through field visits and consultative meetings, identify the products applicable for evaporative cooling that are currently being exported by grantees with recommendations for expanding the product mix

3)    Comparative analysis of viability of evaporative cooling for fresh vegetables in Pakistan with other countries.

4)    Design of the evaporative cooling facility with recommended capacity and cost estimates for each applicable grantee based on their relevant products

5)    Discuss (in report form) the steps and methodology to be used for evaporative cooling of the identified fresh vegetables including SOPs for cost effective operation of the evaporative cooling facility.

6)    Finalize working model, programmatic budget, and timetable for implementing strategy for proposed intervention;

7)    Present findings in Power Point to grantees and stakeholders

8)    Submit a detailed report with all of the above cited deliverables, recommendations and future course of action.

 

Timing of the Assignment:

The STTA assignment will commence in September 2016 and close in November 2016 with 1-day for the review of background material at the home office prior to travel to Pakistan on or about September 23, 2016 for a period of 20 working days and 1 travel day for back journey. 

  

Qualifications: The international consultant should have

  • A university degree or equivalent experience in the field of agriculture or cold chain management;
  • Proven practical experience and knowledge of low cost evaporative cooling facilities
  • Hands on knowledge of Pakistani high value fresh vegetables and their period of production will be an added advantage
  • Extensive experience of having worked with commercial vegetable growers and packers as well as other players in the value chain at an international level
  • At least 15 years of professional practical experience working in the field of commercial horticulture production and its handling in cold chain with particular emphasis on evaporative cooling;
  • Prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with USAID funded projects in Pakistan with a focus on development of the horticulture agribusiness value chain using an integrated supply chain approach is preferred;
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and development of cold chain interventions;
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English.
  • Ability to travel to Pakistan with travel in the provinces of Punjab and Sindh.

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