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Job Description

Position: Fruit & Vegetable Packaging Consultant
Start Date: May 01, 2017 (estimated)
End Date: June 30, 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 purpose of this assignment is to provide for a systematic approach for improvement of local packaging products including cardboard, plastic boxes, clamshells, paper and plastic fruit trays for fruit, vegetables and nuts through specific technical interventions and capacity building of local packaging manufacturers.

Description of Role

The Consultant will lead an initiative to improve Afghan packaging manufacturers so that they can provide quality cardboard boxes, plastic basket/carton, clamshells, fruit trays for fruit, vegetables and nuts for local and export markets.

The Consultant will provide world class expertise in post-harvest handling and export packaging, comprehending aspects of product quality, presentation and cost effectiveness.

Among other aspects, The Consultant will be responsible for assessing packaging manufacturing practices used by local companies and provide training sessions to help address any weaknesses uncovered for the sector.

The Consultant will also work closely with one or two firms assessed to determine the technical improvements and capacity building aspects that can be supported through CHAMP’s small grants programs.

The Consultant will work closely with CHAMP’s Deputy Chief of Party and Post-harvest and Trade Specialist in implementing this assignment.

Deliverables

  1. Detailed methodology for conducting the assignment for approval by the Chief of Party within one week of undertaking the assignment.
  1. Interim Report outlining preliminary findings and recommendations 20 working days after arrival in Afghanistan.
  1. Detailed final assessment report including current packaging in usage, comprehensive assessment of local packaging manufacturers and recommendation for improvement of local produced packaging. The assessment will include an evaluation of the capacity of local manufacturers and a concrete plan for strengthening their capacity. Draft Final Report to be submitted one week before departing the country.
  1. Design and implement appropriate training courses for packaging manufacturers. Course content to be submitted within one month of undertaking the assignment. Courses to be delivered during second month of Consultancy as agreed with COP.
  1. Provide packaging equipment requirements and technical specifications for one or two firms to support their application under CHAMP’s small grants program. To be delivered during the first week of the second month of Consultancy, as agreed with COP.

 

Required Qualifications:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, industrial engineering, agricultural economics, marketing or other related field with a Master’s preferred.
  • Have at least 7 years’ work experience in export packaging
  • Have at least 10 years’ work experience in supply chain management or logistics, demonstrating positions of progressive responsibility.
  • Past experience working in fruit and vegetable packaging industry t
  • Knowledge of international quality standards for packaging, including aspects related to product preservation and presentation.
  • Private sector experience working with fruit and vegetable packaging manufacturers; especially in the areas of cardboard, plastic packaging, clamshell and fruit trays.
  • Practical knowledge of the South Asia, Gulf Countries’ and Central Asian markets, i.e. CHAMP target markets;
  • Both spoken and written fluency in the English language;
  • Have excellent communication, leadership, presentation, training, and interpersonal skills.

Application

We will be accepting applications through email to Kelly McKinnon.  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.

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.  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.

Job Description

Position: Fruit & Vegetable Packaging Consultant
Start Date: May 01, 2017 (estimated)
End Date: June 30, 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 purpose of this assignment is to provide for a systematic approach for improvement of local packaging products including cardboard, plastic boxes, clamshells, paper and plastic fruit trays for fruit, vegetables and nuts through specific technical interventions and capacity building of local packaging manufacturers.

Description of Role

The Consultant will lead an initiative to improve Afghan packaging manufacturers so that they can provide quality cardboard boxes, plastic basket/carton, clamshells, fruit trays for fruit, vegetables and nuts for local and export markets.

The Consultant will provide world class expertise in post-harvest handling and export packaging, comprehending aspects of product quality, presentation and cost effectiveness.

Among other aspects, The Consultant will be responsible for assessing packaging manufacturing practices used by local companies and provide training sessions to help address any weaknesses uncovered for the sector.

The Consultant will also work closely with one or two firms assessed to determine the technical improvements and capacity building aspects that can be supported through CHAMP’s small grants programs. 

The Consultant will work closely with CHAMP’s Deputy Chief of Party and Post-harvest and Trade Specialist in implementing this assignment.

Deliverables

  1. Detailed methodology for conducting the assignment for approval by the Chief of Party within one week of undertaking the assignment.
  1. Interim Report outlining preliminary findings and recommendations 20 working days after arrival in Afghanistan.
  1. Detailed final assessment report including current packaging in usage, comprehensive assessment of local packaging manufacturers and recommendation for improvement of local produced packaging. The assessment will include an evaluation of the capacity of local manufacturers and a concrete plan for strengthening their capacity. Draft Final Report to be submitted one week before departing the country.
  1. Design and implement appropriate training courses for packaging manufacturers. Course content to be submitted within one month of undertaking the assignment. Courses to be delivered during second month of Consultancy as agreed with COP.
  1. Provide packaging equipment requirements and technical specifications for one or two firms to support their application under CHAMP’s small grants program. To be delivered during the first week of the second month of Consultancy, as agreed with COP. 

Required qualifications

  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, industrial engineering, agricultural economics, marketing or other related field with a Master’s preferred.
  • Have at least 7 years’ work experience in export packaging
  • Have at least 10 years’ work experience in supply chain management or logistics, demonstrating positions of progressive responsibility.
  • Past experience working in fruit and vegetable packaging industry t
  • Knowledge of international quality standards for packaging, including aspects related to product preservation and presentation.
  • Private sector experience working with fruit and vegetable packaging manufacturers; especially in the areas of cardboard, plastic packaging, clamshell and fruit trays.
  • Practical knowledge of the South Asia, Gulf Countries’ and Central Asian markets, i.e. CHAMP target markets;
  • Both spoken and written fluency in the English language;
  • Have excellent communication, leadership, presentation, training, and interpersonal skills.

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.

Call for Resumes

Position: College Students & Graduate Students
Start Date: As needed/proposed
End Date: Assignment/availability dependent
Location: San Rafael, CA / from home/ International

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.

Purpose

We welcome proposals or offers of work from college or graduate students interested in gaining experience in International Development; non-profit management; agriculture; agri-business; value chain work; supply chain work; international trade development

Description of Role

This role can be crafted to suit individuals looking to gain experience in a particular area or projects that would contribute to ROP programs or operations.

We are often in need of people with strong writing and analytical skills to assist with studies and reports written by experts who may not come from native English speaking background.

Other areas of common need may be related to logistics and project management; non-profit administration; fundraising and donor relations; business development and proposal writing.

Qualifications

  • A current undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduate with studies or interests in a relevant field.
  • Own computer and reliable internet connection; familiarity with Skype, document sharing services and typical office suite applications and software.
  • Ability to dedicate agreed upon amount of time per assignment.
  • Ability to work independently toward completion of goal(s).
  • Interest in ROP project locations and cultural contexts.
  • Fluency in English with added interest in language(s) skills of regions where we work.

Application

If you are interested in working with ROP, we are accepting resumes/CVs through email to Kelly McKinnon.  Please send your current resume or CV indicating your interest in working with ROP in the email subject line.

Call for Resumes

Position: Senior Consultants, Specialists & Chiefs of Party
Start Date: As needed
End Date: Assignment/availability dependent
Location: International

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.

Purpose

Roots of Peace is a small, fast moving organization with frequent needs for technical expertise in a variety of fields. We are interested in working with professionals with senior level experience in agribusiness; trade development; agriculture; value chains for high value fruits and vegetables; trade logistics; food safety; project management; and other relevant fields.

Qualifications

  • At least 10 years’ experience in your field. Of particular relevance to ROP is expertise in agribusiness; trade development; agriculture; value chains for high value fruits and vegetables; trade logistics; food safety; project management; and other relevant fields.
  • Experience with USAID and other international donors.
  • Experience in the private sector of related fields.
  • Practical knowledge of ROP project locations and cultural contexts.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and spoken.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

Application

If you are interested in working with ROP, We are accepting resumes/CVs through email to Kelly McKinnon.  Please send your current CV and USAID biodata form, indicating your interest in working with ROP in the email subject line.