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STTA Technical Farming Trainer

Job Overview

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

The purpose of the USAID-funded Iraq Governance and Performance Accountability (IGPA/Takamul) project is to advance effective, accountable, and transparent governance in Iraq. This USAID effort, implemented by DAI, is working with the Government of Iraq (GOI) at all levels to better respond to citizen needs by supporting reform initiatives and Iraqi change agents on inclusive governance and public sector transparency, accountability, and economy. Reform initiatives include support to improve service delivery functions, public financial management, and open government initiatives. IGPA/Takamul supports the GOI and the citizens of Iraq in forming partnerships and collaborative efforts to solve problems jointly.

IGPA/Takamul has four (4) objectives:

  1. Enhance GOI service delivery capacity
  2. Improve public financial management (PFM)
  3. Strengthen monitoring and oversight of service delivery and public expenditure
  4. Support Iraqi change agents (cross-cutting objective)

 

Under a separate Task Order 4, the IGPA Ninewa Investment Facilitation Initiative (NIFI) aims to increase employment and economic opportunities by helping the private sector, including small and medium enterprises.

The focus of TO4 in year 3 is to move beyond Ninewa Province and to conduct support to the agribusiness sector in the additional provinces of Basrah, Anbar, Wasit, Najaf and Baghdad.

Purpose OF THE CONSULTANCY:

While the problems facing Iraqi agriculture are significant, there are numerous opportunities to improve the agribusiness sector, thereby helping to rebuild communities and create employment opportunities.

 

Agriculture-based livelihoods are adversely affected by severe constraints across the value chains. Major constraints include poor irrigation systems and heavily salinated water; restricted access to land; reduced availability and increased cost of farming inputs; physical damage to land, farming equipment and infrastructure including storage facilities; the disruption of markets; limited knowledge and access to modern production technology; increased cost of and reduced access to animal feed sources; and reduced veterinary supplies and services. Importantly, limited access to finance for rehabilitation purposes or new investments severely constrains development in this sector.

There is a dearth of modern agribusiness information and knowledge in Iraq for all agriculture sub-sectors such as field crops, horticulture, fruit production, poultry and animal breeding, feeding, and fattening, and food processing.  There is a clear lack of access to information and technology that can be used to increase productivity, improve quality, and create profitable and sustainable agribusinesses that will generate long-term employment.  As a consequence, irrigation water is over-used, agro-chemicals including pesticides are mis-applied, and agricultural waste is improperly drained to the surrounding countryside, leading to ecological damage.

The GOI has neglected to provide any significant assistance to mitigate the negative consequences of these challenges.

Farmers and agribusinesses need tailored technical assistance in the form of structured trainings to address the above deficiencies.

Objectives:

The main objectives of the Technical Farming Trainer (LN) short-term technical assistance assignment is to:

  • Improve the technical capacity and knowledge of farmers concerning modern farming techniques in select high-value crops.
  • Introduce and train farmers in specific ways they can increase their yields and profitability to include improved fertilizer options and use, appropriate and safe pesticide use, optimal water allocation and irrigation practices (sprinklers and drip irrigation), ways to address high water salinity levels, seed varieties, planting and harvesting timings and methodologies, equipment and machinery introduction, and optimal post-harvest crop handling.

Responsibilities and Key Tasks of the Consultant:

The Technical Farming Trainer will work under the direction and guidance of the TO4 Team Leader, Agribusiness Expert, and Agriculture Sector Coordinator in the development, organization, and delivery of structured technical farming trainings.

Specific tasks of this consultancy include:

Task  1:  Advise the Agribusiness Expert in the selection of farmer groups in select high-value crops to assist with technical farming trainings.

 

Task  2:  Assist the Agribusiness Expert to identify specific technical farming needs of farmers and agribusinesses in select high potential crops.

 

Task  3:   Devise a training plan to include the production of training materials to address the identified technical farmer needs in high potential crops.

 

Task  4:   Deliver the trainings in organized farmer field days as directed.

 

Task 5: Provide follow-up application and implementation advice to include the use of demonstration plots.

Deliverables:

The consultant will prepare brief bulletized weekly reports with updates on progress towards the scope of work completion and success stories to show results and impact of activities. The consultant will contribute to TO4 weekly report submissions to USAID.

 

  1. Training plan (3 pages maximum in English).
  2. Training presentation materials.
  3. Farmer Field Day trainings – two (2) as directed by the Agribusiness Expert.
  4. Training report in English covering event activities no longer than 2 pages in length.
  5. Final Report in English highlighting assignment achievements, success stories, and recommended next steps (approximately 5 pages).

 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering or related fields.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in agribusiness or agricultural engineering.
  • Demonstrated experience and track record conducting technical farming trainings.
  • Experience in USAID private sector-oriented projects preferred.
  • Prior experience in Iraq and former contact with agricultural producers, Provincial Agriculture Directorates, and Producers Associations highly preferred.
  • Languages: Fluency in Arabic is required.  English (speaking, reading and writing) required.
  • Technical report writing skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to a changing operating environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout Iraq.

Conditions AND Work Requirements:

The local national Technical Farming Trainer will be based in Erbil and Baghdad and will travel within Iraq.  There is also the possibility of some remote work. Under this SOW, the IGPA/Takamul project will be responsible to cover all other indirect implementation costs including air and ground transportation, lodging, per-diem, and phone communications.

 

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