Cold Chain Consultant

Job Description

Position: Cold Chain Consultant
Start Date: Estimated to commence January 01, 2017
End Date: January 31, 2017
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Roots of Peace is a humanitarian organization whose mission is to rid the world of landmines and other remnants of war by transforming toxic minefields into thriving farmland and communities through a focus on sustainable, organic farming practices. Roots of Peace is implementing the Commercial Horticulture & Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP) in Afghanistan for USAID, along with two smaller programs. CHAMP recently received a three-year extension from USAID to implement a program along the lines described below.

CHAMP will provide focused attention to supply chains, marketing, and export promotion of Afghan fruits, nuts, vegetables and other high market value crops to international markets. CHAMP will help Afghan traders and agribusinesses export high value crops to wholesale markets and supermarkets in the region by focusing on two major components: 1) Supply Chain Improvement and 2) Export Market Development to strengthen commercial horticultural exports from Afghanistan.

Purpose of Consultancy:

The overall objective of the consultancy is to conduct an assessment of the Afghan cold chain for horticulture value chains.  The assessment will mainly target fresh and/or stored horticultural, as well as processed, products.

An efficient cold chain system in Afghanistan would help reduce high post-harvest/production losses, increase production surplus, extend product shelf life, stabilize fluctuations in supply, offer quality produce to the market, attract premium prices, and ultimately lead to higher incomes for suppliers along the value chains.  The availability of, and access to, cold chain systems will boost the competitiveness of horticultural products in both the domestic and foreign markets.

Description of Role:

The Consultant shall perform, but is not limited to, the tasks specified under the following categories:

  1. Conduct the field studies, undertake data collection and research of the horticulture sub-sector;
  2. Review the existing geographical distribution and components of the cold chain infrastructure in Afghanistan, including:
  • Post-harvest losses of perishables and semi-perishables
  • Factors affecting the storability of the perishables
  • Cold Storage Technology Development and Transfer
  • Cold storage energy costs, provided on a daily basis
  • The viability of operating solar based cold storage facilities
  • Cold and atmosphere controlled facilities
  • Packing and grading facilities
  • Enhancing cold storage efficiency
  • Refrigerated containers
  • Short and long-term storage facilities
  • Electricity/energy requirements
  • Current governmental policy and regulations for cold chain
  • Compliance issues, such as quality standards, food safety, and traceability
  1. Identify cold chain market gaps, key constraints, and opportunities in the supply chain;
  2. Identify realistic and targeted cold chain related activities for CHAMP that will link with the project’s objectives and ultimate goal;
  3. Review the current work of other USAID-funded and other projects on developing cold chain infrastructure in Afghanistan and identify areas of collaboration;
  4. Finalize data collection and research with the local cold chain consultant and incorporate findings into the recommendations.

Deliverables:

  1. Present a detailed methodology for conducting the assignment for approval by the Chief of Party within one week of undertaking the assignment.
  2. Design the model interventions, set of strategies and required documentation for the Consultancy.
  3. Provide 1-page biweekly updates to the COP, or his designee.
  4. Submit the Final Report, which will include detailed assessments, findings and recommendations called for under these Terms of Reference and Scope of Work to the Chief of Party.

Required qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Business Management or other related field with a Master’s preferred;
  2. Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in supply chain management or logistics, particularly with cold chain management, in which 7 years are required.
  3. Work experience with international donors, preferably with USAID-sponsored programs or other similar development projects;
  4. Experience in leading teams;
  5. Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including smallholder farmers, business associations, national and local government, donors, community-based organizations, universities, and the private sector;
  6. Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to build and manage cooperative high-level relationships and motivate subordinates;
  7. Demonstrated understanding of Afghanistan and/or the region,
  8. Fluent in English both orally and written.

Application:

We will be accepting applications through email to Kelly McKinnon, kelly.mckinnon@rootsofpeace.org.  Please send your current CV and USAID biodata form, with the title of the position you are applying for in the email subject line.  Only finalists will be notified.  Applicants that do not meet the minimum requirements will be rejected. ROP will continue to consider candidates until the position has been filled.

 

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