Value Chain Specialist - Poultry Equipment Engineer
|Position Location:||Asia - Afghanistan|
Position: Value Chain Specialist - Poultry Equipment Engineer
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party
Level of Effort: 35 Working Days
The Regional Agriculture Development Program – East (RADP-E) aims to expand sustainable agriculture-led economic growth in eastern Afghanistan. The Program will provide technical services to the private sector and producers in order to increase the competitiveness of selected value chains, ensuring increased sales of agricultural goods and services in the selected value chains. RADP-East aims to lead the transformation to growth-oriented agricultural markets where knowledge and innovation continue to flow into the marketplace from the private sector.
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RADP-East, in its 4th year of implementation, has received grant applications for complex machineries in poultry value chain. The names and function of machines are known to applicants but they face problems in the development of technical specifications and in the identification of pre-requisites i.e. power requirement, space/area, raw material formulation, etc. to have in their processing centers. Currently, a number of grant applications from potential poultry agribusinesses are received and evaluated as eligible for grants but due to their lack of knowledge on the technical specification of requested machines, there are delays in the grant clarification process. RADP-East team also lacks the required technical knowledge needed to identify and procure complex equipment. This includes verifying the need, creating specifications, and advising the procurement bid committee. To avoid delays, ensure appropriate decisions are made, accelerate successful grant implementation, and protect US government money, RADP-East proposes to hire an international STTA who can support the poultry team to verify the need of the requested poultry equipment, assist the project in the development of technical specifications, support the procurement bidding process, and ensure successful implementation.
Work Station / Location: The STTA will be utilized on an as needed basis and will work remotely and in-country. The in-country work will include the first 10 working days. In country work will include meeting with RADP-East technical staff and beneficiaries to learn about the problems associated with machineries in past grants, and to assess what kind of machineries will be needed in the grants under clarification as well as in future grants. The remaining duration of the STTA will work remotely to advise RADP-East on specifications, technology selection, origin/price of machines, function of machines, requirements for various machines through phone, email and Skype.
Duration: 35 Working Days
Conditions of Work Requirements
Work and living facilities are in high security zones with frequent security drills and protocols and limited access to medical facilities. General work environment and living quarters requires ability to walk numerous flights of stairs on a daily basis. Security protocols require the individual in this position to be able to quickly climb multiple flights of stairs while wearing 30 lbs. of personal protective equipment, walk swiftly or run across uneven terrain without assistance, and enter and exit project vehicles without assistance.
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