Team: Programs | Commitment: Consulting | Location: Republic of Georgia

STTA:Raspberry/Blackberry Production Specialist

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 incomes and revenues of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). The USAID Agriculture Program will 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 will provide competitive cost- shared grants and technical assistance to address identified gaps in targeted value chains that will result in the improved productivity and production capacity of MSMEs, strengthened value chain linkages, increased access to markets, and improved capacity of MSMEs, cooperatives, associations and service/information/extension providers.

 

The Georgian agribusinesses across all target VCs demonstrate a lack of technical knowledge regarding the use of modern production practices, an inability to maintain a competitive advantage, and have limited access to modern market-demand varieties. In November 2019, the USAID Agriculture Program organized a study tour to Italy to identify reputable nurseries for potential cooperation. One of the nurseries targeted for such cooperation is It Berry Plant LLC that provided recommendations on competitive raspberry and blackberry varieties that are best suited to Georgia’s soil and weather conditions. In line with these recommendations, the Program assisted seven beneficiaries from Kakheti, Imereti, Shida Kartli, and Kvemo Kartli regions to purchase and plant 25,400 raspberry and 11,800 blackberry seedlings of these varieties that have higher average yields and longer shelf-life.

 

Over the next years, the Program intends to further popularize these varieties among berry growers across Georgia and equip them with technical knowledge on modern propagation and production practices that will lead to a positive transformation of the Georgian raspberry/blackberry cluster.

 

Objectives:

The purpose of this assignment is to further support sustainable development of the Georgian raspberry/blackberry cluster through development of resource materials, strengthening technical skills of the private and state extension specialists, and build the capacity of farmers to follow best propagation practices.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop production guides for raspberry/blackberry varieties identified as best suited for Georgia;
  • Deliver TOT workshops for the private and state extension specialists in Kakheti, Imereti, Shida Kartli, and Kvemo Kartli regions;
  • Onsite visits and tailored recommendations to raspberry/blackberry growers who grow modern varieties tofollowbest practices of integrated pest management;
  • Coach relevant beneficiaries onspecific technicalworksrelated tonursery development;
  • Conduct at least four technical days and follow-up Q&A sessions at the orchards, where new varieties were planted (in Kakheti, Imereti, Shida Kartli and Kvemo Kartli) to further promote these varieties and increase awareness among Georgian berry growers;

Deliverables:

  • Short production guides for selected raspberry/blackberry varieties
  • Training handouts for TOT sessions and technical days
  • Tailored written recommendations for raspberry/blackberry growers who planted the recommended modern varieties

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in agronomy with a focus on fruit tree production;
  • Minimum 7 years of working as an agronomy practitioner;
  • Proven experience in developing practical production guides; and
  • Strong communication skills.

Period of Performance:

The consultancy will provide support to the USAID Agriculture Program throughout Project Year 2 between March 15, 2020 and September 30, 2020. The consultancy will be provided offsite and onsite, not exceeding 50 days during Project Year 2. It is anticipated that the consultant will make up to 5 visits to Georgia, with the duration of maximum seven working days each.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals 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. This is an immediate opening and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.