ACDI/VOCA

Post-Harvest Handling and Storage Specialist, Egypt

EG-Cairo
Type
Long-term

Overview

ACDI/VOCA is an economic development organization that fosters broad-based economic growth, raises living standards, and creates vibrant communities. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA has worked in 146 countries since 1963. Its expertise is in catalyzing investment, climate smart agriculture, empowerment & resilience, institutional strengthening, and market systems.

Post-Harvest Handling and Storage Specialist, Egypt

ACDI/VOCA is currently seeking a Post-Harvest Handling and Storage Specialist for the anticipated USAID funded Feed the Future Egypt Value Added Solutions (EVAS) Activity. EVAS will have a strong focus on assisting Egypt's small farmers export horticulture produce that meet international standards. The Post-Harvest Handling Specialist and Storage is expected to develop and manage post-harvest production, transportation and storage activities using appropriate technologies and methods in targeted horticulture value chains. Program will work through market participants as drivers of change and are likely to target improved competitiveness and trade, increased farm household productivity and market access, improved nutrition-related, and building the sustainability local organizations.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the senior field-level manager and representative with primary responsibility for coordinating, planning, and implementing technical interventions in Post-Harvest Handling and Storage.
  • Support the Chief of Party in program management including ensuring integration and coordination across consortium teams and the establishment of a “one team” approach to implementation.
  • Train producers and others in the management of storage facilities, including usage, accounting for product deposit and withdrawal, maintenance of facilities, etc.
  • Identify, involve and catalyze stakeholders (farmers, banks, insurers, warehouse managers and traders) for warehouse receipts system and encourage private sector investment in post-harvest handling techniques, equipment and storage facilities.
  • Provide expertise and training on post-harvest and warehouse receipts value, approaches, systems, procedures and processes.
  • Promote strong relationships with USAID, the Government of Egypt, other donor, multi-lateral, and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Qualifications

  • 10 years’ international experience with post-harvest handling and storage projects with significant management responsibility. Familiarity with horticulture in Egypt is required.
  • 10 years’ experience on projects with similar magnitude and complexity in developing countries.
  • Experience working in or providing capacity building services to the private sector is desired.
  • Master’s Degree in a field relevant to agricultural development such as: agricultural economics, marketing, post-harvest handling, agribusiness management or related fields.
  • Willingness to travel required. Applicants may be expected to relocate to regional offices depending on solicitation requirements.
  • Fluency in Arabic required. Proficiency in English preferred.

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