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Agrifood Consulting International (ACI) added a life event from May 10: HORTICULTURE VALUE CHAIN INFRASTRUCTURE IN UZBEKISTAN.
Horticulture Value Chain Infrastructure Project in Republic of Uzbekistan ACI is a consulting firm based in the US with offices in Cambodia, Nepal, and Vietnam. Since 2001, ACI has been providing innovative practices and policies for the development of value chains and agribusiness in developing countries. Our clients include private enterprises, international development agencies, and governments of developing countries. Our vision is to be a center of excellence for value chains and agribusiness development in Southeast and South Asia. We believe that value chains based on sustainable and inclusive production and distribution of quality and safe food contribute to improved health and nutrition, income growth of the rural poor, and resilience to climate change. Our mission is to develop innovative food and agricultural practices and policies that enhance shared prosperity of our clients. ACI is preparing an EOI Horticulture Value Chain Infrastructure Project in Republic of Uzbekistan. We are seeking the following positions 1. Team leader/Wholesale Market Design Specialist (international: 6 person-months). The specialist must have at least a Master’s Degree in agriculture economics, rural development, business administration, project management, or a related field, with at least 15 years of continuous experience in designing and implementing wholesale market development projects, particularly physical holistic wholesale markets for perishable products in serval countries. Knowledge of and experience in horticulture value chain development, horticulture export promotion, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) in market infrastructure financing/operation are highly preferred. The specialist will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following: (i) lead and coordinate the project designing process in terms of project components and composition of the wholesale markets, conceptual/preliminary designs, and due diligence on various aspects as required by ADB and the Government; (ii) liaise frequently and work closely with government ministries, agencies, sector research institutes, and other relevant stakeholders including the private sector firms to ensure the proposed project design is practical and has a high likelihood of sustainability; (iii) lead the preparation of the detailed sector assessment as a solid background for the proposed project design; (iv) prepare the IFS report based on the ADB’s IFS Report Structure (to be provided by ADB) by providing his/her own inputs and consolidating relevant inputs provided by the team; and (v) ensure the IFS report addresses various due diligence aspects as stated in the scope of work and the IFS Report Structure, and as instructed by ADB and the Government from time to time. 2. Deputy Team Leader/Market Infrastructure Specialist (national: 6 person-months). The specialist must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering with 10 years of experience in designing and implementing similar market value chain infrastructure development projects in Uzbekistan. Past and/or ongoing experience in preparing/designing ADB-financed projects in the role of national (deputy) team leader is a must. Knowledge of and experience in the area of cold storage development for horticulture is highly preferred. The specialist will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following: (i) coordinate with and support the team leader in carrying out his tasks related to project design, liaising with the Government and stakeholders, report writing and compilation in accordance with ADB’s requirements; (ii) under the instruction of the team leader, conduct the consultations with horticulture farmers, business firms, and other stakeholders; (iii) sketch out preferred composition/components of the holistic wholesale markets; (iv) together with the Horticulture Trade Specialist and the Civil Engineer/Architect, assess and design the cold storage component and other associated fixtures for inclusion into the design of the holistic wholesale markets; and (iv) undertake other tasks related to the IFS as determined by the team leader. 3. Horticulture Trade Specialist (international: 3 person-months; national: 5 person months). The international specialist shall have at least a Master’s Degree in economics, commerce/trade, finance, business administration, or a related field, with 15 years working experience in agriculture/horticulture trade in several countries. The national specialist shall have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, finance, or commerce, with 10 years working experience with agriculture development/trade projects in Uzbekistan. Familiarity with current agricultural trade situation and horticulture value chain of Uzbekistan is highly preferred for both specialists. The specialists are responsible for, but not limited to, the following: (i) assist the team leader in preparing the detailed sector assessment as a solid background for the proposed project design; (ii) analyze the current source-to-destination flows of horticultural products for both domestic consumptions and export, and actual/potential business and market risks to help determine/suggest the optimal locations, and site development options (greenfield or brownfield), estimated development/investment costs, and expansion plan for the three holistic wholesale markets. 4. Civil Engineer/Architect (international: 2 person-months; national: 4 person-months). The international specialist shall have at least a Master’s Degree in civil engineering, spatial planning, planning and real estate management, interior/exterior design, architecture, or a related engineering field, with 15 years working experience in designing modern and comprehensive market structures in several countries. The national specialist shall have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering, spatial planning, planning and real estate management, interior/exterior design, architecture, or a related engineering field, with 10 years working experience with detailed design of infrastructure projects in Uzbekistan. Both specialists must be capable of handling/processing technical drawings with common graphic design softwares. The specialists are responsible for, but not limited to, the following: (i) prepare conceptual drawings of the floor plans of the three holistic wholesale markets with and without expansion plan based on inputs of relevant team members; (ii) provide narrative interpretation of the conceptual drawings and relevant inputs to the feasibility report for each holistic wholesale market; and (iii) archive, in an organized manner, the drawings and technical parameters of the conceptual designs to serve the purpose of the national feasibility study reporting and the detailed design. 5. Wholesale Market Management Specialist (international: 2 person-months). The specialist shall have at least a Master’s Degree in economics, commerce/trade, finance, business administration, or a related field, with 15 years working experience in management or management consulting for holistic wholesale market establishment/operation. Experience in PPP arrangements for market infrastructure operations is preferred. The specialist is responsible for, but not limited to, the following: (i) consult with various stakeholders including potential market management companies and lessees of the wholesale market floor space to inform the market design features, and technical and operational aspects; (ii) prepare a detailed market management document elaborating, among other things, the proposed organizational/ institutional structure for the holistic wholesale markets, practical business models including PPP contractual arrangements, detailed guidelines for market management based on the PPP contractual model, roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder involved, and cost recovery mechanisms; and (iii) recommend to the Government any legal and regulatory aspects that need to be adjusted/improved to sustain the market facilities. 6. Economist and Financial Specialist (international: 2 person-months; national: 4 person-months). The international specialist shall have at least a Master’s Degree in economics, or project finance, with 15 years working experience in preparing economic and financial analyses and/or designing of agriculture value chain projects in several countries. The national specialist shall have at least a Master’s Degree in economics, project finance, or business administration, with 10 years working experience for agriculture development/trade projects in Uzbekistan. Familiarity with cost estimation software programs such as COSTAB is preferred for both specialists. They are responsible for, but not limited to, the following: (i) assist the team leader in preparing the detailed sector assessment as a solid background for the proposed project design; (ii) prepare the project cost estimates and financing plan based on ADB formats; (iii) prepare the economic and financial analyses for the three holistic wholesale markets in compliance with ADB’s relevant guidelines; and (iv) provide inputs to and work with the Procurement Specialist in preparing the project procurement plan. 7. Procurement Specialist (international: 3 person-months; national: 3 person-months). The international specialist shall have at least a Master’s Degree in economics, finance, project procurement or a relevant field, with 15 years working experience in project management and procurement in developing countries and has extensive experience in Uzbekistan. The national specialist shall have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, finance, project procurement or a relevant field, with 10 years working experience in project management and procurement in Uzbekistan. Both specialists are required to be familiar with procurement guidelines and related procedures of ADB and the Government. They are responsible for the following: (i) prepare procurement workflow from the detailed design stage to the market commissioning stage; (ii) conduct a procurement capacity assessment for the executing agency in accordance with ADB’s guidelines; (iii) prepare an overview of supply market for the type of goods, works, and services required by the project; (iv) prepare the project procurement plan in collaboration with the other relevant team members including the Economist and Financial Specialist; and (v) assist the executing agency in undertaking advance actions in procurement, namely, (a) preparing the draft request for proposal (RFP) including the terms of references for the detailed design and supervision consultant, and (b) assisting the executing agency in short-listing interested firms. 8. Environmental Specialist (international: 2 person-months; national: 4 person-months). The international specialist shall have at least a Master’s Degree in environmental management or environmental engineering, with 15 years working experience in environmental safeguards in developing countries and has extensive experience in Uzbekistan. The national specialist shall have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental management or environmental engineering, with 10 years working experience as an environmental specialist, preferably in donor-financed projects. Both specialists are required to be familiar with ADB’s environmental safeguard policies and procedures. The specialists are responsible for the following: (i) prepare initial environmental examinations (IEEs) for the three holistic wholesale markets in compliance with ADB’s safeguards policy; (ii) examine the locations for the three holistic wholesale markets and assess whether the project will have any direct physical outputs that may result to climate change; and (iii) provide data and information to update environmental categorization and climate change screening. 9. Land Administration and Resettlement Specialist (international: 2 person-months; national: 4 person-months). The international specialist shall have at least a Master’s Degree in social sciences, sociology, anthropology, or other relevant disciplines for the assignment, with 15 years working experience in human settlement and safeguards in developing countries and has extensive experience in Uzbekistan. The national specialist shall have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, sociology, anthropology, or other relevant disciplines for the assignment, with 10 years working experience in the field of land management and human resettlement in Uzbekistan. Both specialists must be familiar with ADB’s safeguards policies and procedures. The specialists are responsible for the following: (i) assess potential land requirements for the three holistic wholesale markets; (ii) assess the likelihood of land acquisition/allocation causing involuntary resettlement (IR); (iii) provide data and information to update IR impact categorization; (iv) prepare land acquisition and resettlement plans (LARPs), and/or Social Safeguard Due Diligence Report (in case IR categorization is “C” – insignificant IR impacts) the for three holistic wholesale markets in compliance with ADB’s prevailing safeguards policy. 10. Social Development Specialist (national: 3 person-months). The specialist shall haveat least a Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, sociology, anthropology, or other relevant disciplines for the assignment. (S)he shall have at least 10 years of experience in socialdevelopment and/or gender development. Familiarity with ADB policies on social safeguards, gender development, and core labor standards is required. Working experience in agriculture and natural resource sector in Uzbekistan is highly preferred. The specialist is responsible for the following: (i) conduct a socioeconomic and gender assessment, highlighting: men and women's roles and tasks, their access to resources, technologies and services, gender-based inequalities, compliances with core labor standards, constraints faced by men and women involved in the horticulture value chain, and recommendations to address these issues through the project’s outputs or interventions; (ii) carry out field surveys and/or focus group discussions to inform the socioeconomic and gender assessment; and (iii) prepare the project-specific gender action plan, and the summary poverty reduction and social strategy based on ADB’s template, and provide inputs into other IFS documents in compliance with ADB’s social safeguards and gender mainstreaming policies. Expected commencement date: August/September, 2017 Application Qualified and interested candidates send most updated CV with indication of expected position and fees to acijobs@agrifoodconsulting.com Closing Date: 30 June 2017.

Agrifood Consulting International (ACI) added a life event from April 26: FOOD SAFETY IN CENTRAL ASIA.
FOOD SAFETY IN CENTRAL ASIA ACI is a consulting firm based in the US with offices in Cambodia, Nepal, and Vietnam. Since 2001, ACI has been providing innovative practices and policies for the development of value chains and agribusiness in developing countries. Our clients include private enterprises, international development agencies, and governments of developing countries. Our vision is to be a center of excellence for value chains and agribusiness development in Southeast and South Asia. We believe that value chains based on sustainable and inclusive production and distribution of quality and safe food contribute to improved health and nutrition, income growth of the rural poor, and resilience to climate change. Our mission is to develop innovative food and agricultural practices and policies that enhance shared prosperity of our clients. ACI is preparing a Proposal Strengthening International Food Safety Standards in Agricultural Value Chains in Central Asia. We are seeking the following positions Team Leader and Food Safety Risk Analysis Specialist Requirement Team leader shall have between 10-15 years international work experience including in developing countries (i.e., preferably in central Asian countries or CAREC Region) in food safety standard development, risk analysis and operationalization in value chain. The candidate shall have master’s degree in food science/food microbiology/food chemistry or related areas. ToR As an expert in the food safety standards the consultant will accomplish the following tasks: (i) Lead and develop a detailed plan of TA activities such as team mobilization, planning of field work, trainings, workshops, timeline for accomplishing key tasks, guide team’s communication and consultation with participating SPS agencies and border points in Central Asia; (ii) Liaise with international technical agencies and development partners active in the field in Central Asia and internationally; (iii) Develop methodology accomplish four outputs undertake the various components of the TA including (a) updating and harmonizing regulations to meet international standards (b) Up gradation of infrastructure and laboratory faculties (c) capacity building of food inspectors, laboratory services and value chain operators (d) Developing Regional networks and linking them with global networks; (iv) Prepare reports and conduct training in risk analysis and development of risk based inspection of both domestic and imported products; (v) Lead and coordinate in country and regional training and workshops; (vi) Prepare TA inception, midterm and final reports; and (vii) Assist the clientin development of knowledge products based on findings, success stories and best practices emanating from TA. Food Safety Technical Regulation Specialist Requirement The consultant shall have between 10- 15 years proven experience in reviewing and developing technical regulations on Food Safety at national and international levels. Work experience in CAREC countries will be an advantage. The candidate will have a master’s degree in a related field (food technology/food law and regulations). ToR i) Conduct needs assessment for regulations, strategies and guidelines to be developed; (ii) Develop and/or modify regulations, guidelines and codes of Practices as based on the needs assessment report in compliance to international food safety standards; and (iii) Provide implementation plan and support. Food Safety Laboratory Inspection Specialist Requirement The consultant shall have over 15 years international experience in setting up, operationalization and accreditation of food safety inspection laboratories. The candidate will have a master’s degree in a related field (food science/technology, food microbiology/biochemistry) Work experience in CAREC countries will be an advantage. ToR (i) Develop a cost estimate plan for upgrading of laboratories including national referral laboratories, border inspection laboratories and other infrastructure requirement; (ii) Assess and identify of National and Regional Referral Laboratories; (iii) Develop a cost estimate plan for regional referral laboratory, fixed and operations resources requirements; (iv) Prepare a financing plan for the implementation of the infrastructures, laboratories, and inspection services to international food safety standards; and (v) Prepare for accreditation of laboratories. Food Value Chain and HACCP Specialist Requirement The consultant shall have over 10 years experience in working with food value chain operators, implementation of GHP. The candidate will have a master’s degree in a related field (food science/technology, food microbiology/biochemistry). ToR (i) Train food inspectors in GHP and HACCP audit (ii) Develop inspection manual and checklist regarding on GHP and HACCP; (iii)Train value chain operators in implementation of GHP (iv)Train technical staff to develop and implement HACCP plan, monitoring, verification and internal audit. Food Safety Network Development Specialist Requirement The consultant shall have over 10 years experience collaborating with different national food safety institutions. The candidate will have a master’s degree in a related field (food science/technology, food microbiology/biochemistry) Work experience in CAREC countries will be an advantage. ToR (i) Prepare a framework for the National Food Safety Network and CAREC Food Safety Network; (ii) Provide technical support for the development of informative and interactive food safety website for the CAREC Food Safety Network; (iii) Provide technical support for regional workshops and developing platforms for information and expertise sharing in Central Asia; (iv) Support trainings, workshops, and seminars. Expected commencement date: June, 2017 Application Qualified and interested candidates send most updated CV with indication of expected position and fees to acijobs@agrifoodconsulting.com Closing Date: 30 May 2017.


ACI president, Francesco facilitated six national consultations in the GMS countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, PRC, Thailand, and Vietnam) during January to February 2017. The objective of the consultations was to elicit feedback about the Draft Strategy and Action Plan for SEAP (safe and environment-friendly agro-based products) value chains.

Agrifood Consulting International (ACI) added a life event from October 13, 2016: Drafting Committee from the Working Group for Agriculture (WGA) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand 13 - 14 October.
Between October 13 -14, the Drafting Committee from the Working Group for Agriculture (WGA) met in Bangkok to discuss the formulation of the Strategy and Action Plan for Promoting Safe and Environment Friendly Agro-based Value Chain in the Greater Mekong Subregion (2018-2022). An outline of the strategy has been prepared by WGA Secretariat including consultants from the TA 8163-REG Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Agriculture Support Program Phase 2 (CASP 2). Agrifood Consulting International (ACI) is implementing the TA in partnership with NIRAS


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