Team: Programs | Commitment: Consultant | Location: Cote d'Ivoire


1.       Position: PERSUAP Expert     

2.       Project: MOCA Côte d’Ivoire

3.       Place of Performance: Washington, D.C.

4.       Period of Performance: 7/1/2018 – 8/31/2018

5.       Reporting to: Marc Steen, CoP



The Maximizing Opportunities for Cacao Activity (MOCA) is a three year, $14,6 million USDA funded activity implemented by CNFA in Cote d’Ivoire. The goal of MOCA is to

–          increase productivity and efficiency of actors in the cocoa value chain through strengthening the capacities of cooperatives/producer groups, research institutions, input suppliers and processors of cocoa.

–          Improve and expand the trade of cocoa and cocoa products through improving the overall quality of the crop, the processing and post-harvest handling techniques, and strengthening market linkages and organization of groups to supply product to fulfil market demands.


The activity will achieve these goals by implementing a demand-driven approach that facilitates sustainable cacao production, and invest in cacao quality, processing and postharvest handling. The approach will focus on capacity building, improved access to financial services, the provision of grants, improve the availability and sue of improves inputs and input services and access to markets and consists out of eight interrelated activity areas:

1)      Capacity Building: Producer groups/cooperatives

2)      Capacity Building: Government Institutions

3)      Capacity Building: Provide business development services

4)      Financial Services: Facilitate agricultural lending

5)      In-Kind Grants: Equipment and Inputs

6)      Inputs: Develop agrodealers and/or other input suppliers

7)      Training: Improved agricultural production techniques

8)      Market Access: Facilitate buyer-seller relationships


Risks are inevitably present with the use of pesticides and similar chemicals used for agricultural production and processing. In addition to required compliance, the PERSUAP provides project implementers with the most common risks likely to be encountered. It contains or references recommended mitigation measures and international best practices to reduce each risk. Beyond compliance, this document offers best practices and helps ensure that projects reduce the chances for errors and liability. Before errors (such as human poisonings) occur, it is the responsibility of USDA project implementers to put these mitigation recommendations into action. Implementers will then monitor changes in risks, impacts and mitigation success using EMMPs (Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plans).


The PERSUAP evaluates background and risks across the inputs sectors in Cote d’Ivoire including treatment of seed, seedlings, trees, field crops, spraying services as well as processing. It promotes the use of preventive   and  curative  Integrated   Pest Management  (IPM)  and  Good  Agriculture  Practices  (GAPs).  It analyzes pesticide active ingredients registered  for  use  in  Cote d’Ivoire  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 objective of this assignment is to revise and update the West Africa Regional Programmatic

Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safe Use and Action Plan (P-PERSUAP) Covering Nine Target Countries with USAID West Africa Programs prepared in 2014 for the USAID West Africa Mission. The goal of this PERSUAP is to bring MOCA into compliance with USG’s environmental regulations (22 CFR 216) on pesticide use. The PERSUAP developed under this scope of work is expected to be applicable to other crops and USG projects that may be involved with pesticide recommendations, distribution or sale.


The PERSUAP will identify available pesticides and their applicability to the current cacao regimes in Cote d’Ivoire, as well as provide recommendations and information about their handling, use and disposal. 


There are two specific objectives for this assignment: 


Objective 1.  Revise and update a Pesticide Evaluation Report (PER).  The (PER) section addresses the 12 informational elements required in USAID’s Pesticide Procedures, which include:

• 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


Objective 2.  Complete a Safer Use Action Plan (SUAP). 

The SUAP puts the conclusions reached in the PER into a plan of action, including assignment of responsibility to appropriate parties connected with USAID project pesticide activities.




Under this Scope of Work the consultant will complete a PERSUAP that is compliant with USAID’s Pest Management Guidelines and that provides a detailed plan for safe and responsible project implementation. 


Objective 1

• Review relevant project documents and procedures, including the list of products requested by MOCA and partners for evaluation, as well as expected lists of products from other USAID project partners.  

• Conduct research to address the 12 informational elements of USAID’s Pesticide Procedures.

• Complete PER. 

Objective 2

The SUAP must:

• Define and recommend safe use practices, considering the large scale of the various USAID programs, as well as the involvement of independent, private-sector retailers in storage, distribution and usage of pesticides.

• Advise on accessibility of protective clothing and equipment needed. 

• Emphasize monitoring & evaluation

• Identify Roles and Responsibilities 

• Integrate Mitigation Measures

• Present guidelines for safe agrochemical storage

• Outline disposal provisions for used pesticide containers




The substance of, findings, and recommendations with respect to the above-mentioned tasks shall be delivered by the consultant in a written deliverable:  

• An outline and calendar for preparation of the PERSUAP  

• Draft PERSUAP for USAID review and comment

• Final PERSUAP for USAID approval



The required qualifications for the expert are the following:

• Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in one or more of the following; agronomy/horticulture, entomology, integrated pest management/integrated crop management agricultural economics, soil science, or related;

• Eight to ten years working experience in IPM;

• Experience leading and developing PERSUAP reports for USG programs;

• French Proficiency;

• Experience in West Africa.