Team: Programs | Commitment: Consultant | Location: The Republic of Georgia

STTA: Orchard Management Consultant

BACKGROUND: 

The USAID Agriculture Program is a five-year activity that aims to accelerate growth of agricultural sub-sectors that demonstrate strong potential to create jobs and increase micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) revenues. 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 to foster inclusive and sustainable market systems development.

 

The USAID Agriculture Program provides competitive cost-shared grants and technical assistance to address identified gaps in targeted value chains (VCs) 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.

 

Sector selection and VC analysis recently finalized by the USAID Agriculture Program proved significant potential in apple and stone fruit production growth, provided structural changes in the production are continued and sector leaders invest in modern intensive production oriented towards the fresh market, which has the opportunity to lead the development of the fruit sector. In line with this it is essential to equip orchard operators and farmers with modern knowledge and skills to help them pursue best orchard management practices, including pruning, formation, disease prevention, etc.

 

In order to create a better knowledge platform at farmer level and to stimulate taking appropriate farm management decisions the USAID Agriculture Program plans to engage international consultant who will provide individual consultancies and group trainings to the targeted farmers in Shida Kartli region, which is characterized with the highest numbers in the production of apples (10.7 thousand tons in 2017, according to Geostat) among all regions of Georgia.

 

 

OBJECTIVE: 

The purpose of this assignment is to build capacity of farmers and fruit orchard operators to enable them follow modern fruit tree management practices thereby stimulating sustainable growth of apple and stone fruit production in Georgia.  

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Under this scope of work, the Consultant shall work closely with the USAID Agriculture Program Value Chain Specialist to perform the following tasks: 

Develop Fruit Tree Management Guidelines (in PPT format) focused on those techniques and practices to be pursued in the first 3 years of tree growth. The guidelines will be widely disseminated among targeted fruit growers, private and state extension agents. These Guidelines should be focused on pruning and formation practices and include recommendations for introducing best IPM practices

·         Provide individual consultancies and coaching to fruit tree (apples, plums, cherries) growers operating in Shida Kartli region.

·         Conduct practical pruning /formation session for the broader audience of farmers selected in coordination with local ICCs.  

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

–  A bachelor’s degree in agronomy with a focus on fruit tree production;

–  Minimum 10 years of working as an agronomy practitioner;

–  Proven experience in developing practical production guides; and

–  Strong communication skills.

DELIVERABLES:  

–  Fruit Tree Management Guidelines

–  Report summarizing conducted activities (consultancies and coaching to up to 12 fruit tree growers operating in Shida Kartli region; practical pruning /formation session for the broader audience of farmers)

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 

This assignment is planned to take place between 02/15/2019 and 10/10/2019. This consultancy will be provided through off-site and field work. Total LOE will not exceed 10 days.

Deadline for submission is February 13, 2019.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.