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Saffron Agronomist - USAID Afghanistan Value Chains – High Value Crops
SCOPE OF WORK
Saffron Agronomy Specialist
Level of effort: 51 Total LOE days (12 LOE days in country including travel & 39 Remote LOE days)
Period of Performance: TBC
Base of Operations: Remote + 1 trip to Afghanistan
Afghanistan Value Chains – High Value Crops (AVC-HVC) is a market-oriented project that operates throughout the country, with regional offices in Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, and Kandahar. AVCHVC promotes sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, in line with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock's National Comprehensive Agricultural Development Priority Program. Afghanistan’s high value crops sector contributes significantly to the country’s economic growth and employment.
Building on past U.S. Government investments in agriculture, AVC-HVC represents USAID’s shift towards private-sector and agriculture-led economic growth by building the capacity of individual high value crop-related enterprises to be profitable and competitive. The activity provides the enterprises with business development services and advice, driving profits and employment in a sector that supports approximately 80 percent of the Afghan population.
Objectives and tasks
The purpose of this assignment will be to profile the selection of saffron mutants with commercial potential and to produce a corresponding saffron production crop management manual. The saffron specialist will deploy their expertise in saffron to engage in the following tasks:
Below are the deliverables that the Specialist will complete and the anticipated number of days to complete each.
AVC-HVC will make available a local Saffron Specialist to implement the activities in collaboration with the consultant. AVC-HVC will also make available the land, agricultural inputs and materials for the establishment of the evaluation plots.
The Specialist will report to the project COP.
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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