US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development
SCOPE OF WORK
CNFA-AMD/ Project Number AID-391-C-15-00003
Project Field Specialist – High Value/Off Season Vegetable Program
Consultant – Project Field Specialist High Value/Off Season Vegetables (HVOSV) Production Hubs
Chief Technical Advisor – AMD
Place of Performance
Lahore, South Punjab and Sindh
120 working days
Est. Period of Performance
April 15, 2017 through December 31, 2017
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 envisioned to be achieved through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demands and requirements in AMD’s four targeted product lines: 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 upgrades, streamlining of supply chains, optimization of profit margins, and an increase in the participation of women entrepreneurs, ultimately making Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and competitive.
Over 35 kinds of vegetables are grown in various ecological zones in Pakistan. At the moment Pakistan is exporting very limited number and quantity of vegetables mainly to GCC, some European countries and neighboring Afghanistan. Vegetable production in Pakistan, especially HV/OSV, faces marketing constraints due to a lack of post-harvest handling facilities for grading, sorting, packaging, pre-cooling and cold storage. According to estimates, up-to 40% of fresh produce is lost at post-harvest stage. Amongst other reasons, the prime reason for these losses is the absence of field heat removal and cold chain management at all levels. AMD aims to strengthen the HV/OSV value chain by partnering with private-sector investors to upgrade or establish centralized grading, packing and refrigerated cold storage hubs.
As part of an integrated strategy to formalize a consistent and improved supply of produce, where appropriate, AMD intends to support competitively selected businesses to establish/upgrade cold chain facilities at processor level, which will reduce post-harvest losses and increase marketing time for the fresh vegetables.
Objective of the Technical Assistance:
The objective of this assignment is to outline strategies for developing linkages between farmers and AMD-assisted commercial packinghouses in Lahore, South Punjab and Sindh. The consultant will further oversee project activities in these regions, including training activities, association development, and grant implementation.
The consultant’s tasks will include but not be limited to:
Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment:
120 Days (detail given below) including background review, discussions with AMD staff, and travel to Project sites in Pakistan.
Review of back ground information, reports reading, contacts for meetings and work plan development
Development of appropriate strategies to assist program beneficiaries in improved and best management practices in vegetable field operations.
Business linkage development between program beneficiaries to the packinghouses to get a better price for their product
Technical oversight provided to the training programs in the project area;
Technical input and oversight provided to the HVOSV grants management in the project region
Submit a final report covering all aspects of the STTA using the AMD template within 10 business days of completion of assignment.
Power Point presentation and first draft review with AMD team
Total STTA days
Timing of the Assignment:
The consultants will commence working on the assignment on or about April 15, 2017 and will continue till December 31, 2017.
The Consultant should have:
All qualified applicants should send their CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position title "Project Field Specialist – HVOSV production hubs" in subject line.