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

Specialist Meat Plant Operations and Vacuum Packing

Assignment: Operational Gap Analysis / Audit of Processing Systems and Animal Welfare with Recommendations

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 technical assistance (TA) provided by the international specialist will include a detailed audit of the current status of operations at the meat processing plant including animal welfare, carry out a detailed gap analysis, identify areas of improvement, and train the human resource of meat processing plants for optimized plant operations. The consultant will oversee both ante-mortem and post-mortem stages of animals, including animal handling, the slaughtering process, de-skinning, offal management, cold chain management, the variety in meat-cuts, packing techniques, and where applicable, optimization of vacuum packing and gas flushing.


It is envisioned that the STTA will spend 7 working days with each of the six abattoirs. The workflow is expected to encompass one day on gap analysis/processing flow audit, three days on capacity building, one day on vacuum pack analysis, one day for capacity building of vacuum packing, and one day for SOP development. The international specialist will identify these gaps and help the processors improve the efficiency of their plant operation by providing hand-hold, real-time training to human resources. The specialist will develop SOPs for optimization of all operational areas in the processing plants to meet international standards and increase competitiveness of Pakistani exporters. 

Assignment Scope:

The ISTTA tasks will include but not be limited to:

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

·         Carry out gap analysis of the selected meat processing plants for the efficiency optimization of their operations;

·         Where applicable, work with the processors for optimized vacuum packing;

·         Provide technical backstopping and hand-hold training in the identified gaps to the human resource of meat processors;

·         Provide technical assistance in vacuum packing operations, gas flushing and packing;

·         Develop SOPs for plant operations for efficiency optimizations;

·         Any other tasks assigned by the Chief Technical Advisor connected to meat processing plant operations. 



 1.            Provide a detailed work plan for gap analysis and technical assistance for each of the 6 AMD selected meat processors within 5 working days of inception;

2.            Submit report, with read/write permissions, including 6 distinct sections labeled by abattoir:

a.       Detailed gap analysis for each of the 6 selected meat processors;

b.       SOPs for each meat processor for optimization of operational efficiency;

c.       Detailed capacity building program for the meat processors’ human resources, narrating steps and methodologies to be used for hand-hold training and capacity building;

d.       Planned measures for capacity building;

e.       Future needs of the meat processing operations.

  3 .         Submit STTA summary report for AMD Project’s COR for review, along with power point presentation(s) using the AMD template, and any other deliverables listed in this section within 5 business days of completion of the assignment. 


Timing of the Assignment:

The STTA assignment will commence in September 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. 

Qualifications: The international consultant should have:

  • An advanced degree in the field of food safety and food processing;
  • Extensive experience with meat processors and other value chain actors across the world;
  • More than 10 years of professional experience in meat processing;
  • 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 ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrable interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Excellent English writing skills;
  • Oral fluency in English;
  • Ability to travel to 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.