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Agronomist for greenhouse vegetable production (Bijeljina region)
|Location :||Home based with travel to BiH (90% of time for this assignment is field work), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA|
|Application Deadline :||20-Dec-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||February 2019 - November 2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 70 working days|
The purpose of the consultancy is to provide professional advisory services to small-scale agricultural producers who are project beneficiaries in the field of greenhouse vegetable production. This will result in strengthening their capacities to generate income through the application of modern production technologies and good agricultural practices.
The principal objective of this assignment is to support small-scale agricultural producers with advisory assistance in the field of greenhouse vegetable production with a focus on production of tomato, pepper, spinach and other vegetables usually produced in greenhouses in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Consultant is expected to prepare training curricula and training material in PowerPoint that includes examples from current greenhouse agricultural practice and examples/proposals of new approaches and specific measures for flood mitigation and adaptation in agriculture.
Through group classroom-based trainings, individual field trainings and regular monitoring field visits to the agricultural producers during the period from February 2019 to mid-November 2019, the selected Consultant will guide the producers towards sustainable yields and quality products through the usage of modern agriculture techniques and good agricultural practices in the newly established greenhouses.
The disaster that struck Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014 affected a quarter of the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina and approximately one million people, which is about 27% of the country’s population. Over 50% of local governments in the country were in some form affected by the event, with substantial damages recorded to the housing stock, infrastructure, vital service providers, and the country’s productive assets. The effect of the disaster on the most vulnerable merely exacerbated pre-existing problems and disproportionately impacted their lives.
In the aftermath of the disaster, the international community reacted swiftly, providing emergency and humanitarian assistance, as well as convening a donor conference in July 2014, pledging substantial funds for the rebuilding of the country. The first comprehensive recovery effort to hit the ground was the Flood Recovery Programme financed by the European Union (EU FRP), rolled out in August 2014 and spearheaded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Despite the intervention’s impressive outreach, with more than 610,000 people assisted, there remains a significant number of the most vulnerable yet to recover; UNDP estimates place that number at around 20,000 households that require further assistance in the form of durable housing solutions or livelihood support. With national and international recovery efforts winding down, the remaining caseload is largely left to its own limited capacities to self-recover.
Against this background and acting on behalf of the European Union as the principle donor, UNDP has been implementing a targeted recovery intervention across Bosnia and Herzegovina aimed at reaching out to the most vulnerable households within the most heavily affected communities. By the end of the Project, the following results are expected to be achieved:
This Terms of Reference (ToR) focuses on the implementation of the forth Project objective and aims to help small scale agricultural producers to generate additional income for their families and develop new skills related to vegetable production in greenhouses.
These skills are the key to successful production process, and they are expected to have motivating effect on the farmers to further increase greenhouse production in the future.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant will work under direct supervision of the Project manager to complete all activities in this Terms of reference.
Scope of work
Selected Consultant will be working closely with the beneficiaries who will receive support from the Project in the form of 100m2 green house with irrigation system, planting material, package of fertilizer and plant protection products and other agricultural inputs/small equipment.
An overview of the project beneficiaries distributed per municipalities is given in the table below:
The consultancy will consist of the following key tasks:
1. Technical assistance to the Project team:
2.Technical assistance to Project beneficiaries:
The Consultant is responsible for the following deliverables:
Task 1: Technical assistance to the Project team - 18 days, 26%:
• Accepted work plan - by 20 February 2019;
Task 2: Technical assistance to project beneficiaries - 50 working days, 71%:
Task 3: Reporting - 2 days, 3%:
Required Skills and Experience
Technical criteria (only those with minimum 70% of total technical evaluation score will be further considered for financial evaluation):
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Applicants are required to submit an application including:
Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.