Team: Programs | Commitment: Consultant | Location: Lahore, Multan and Karachi, Pakistan
International Animal Nutrition Specialist
The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) is a USAID funded project that aims to improve the ability of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture and livestock sectors to compete in international and national markets in four targeted product lines: meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes and citrus. AMD will act as a catalyst for development and investment in its targeted product lines by actively promoting cooperation and coordination amongst the value chain actors and ancillary service providers. AMD’s implementation strategy is underpinned by a strictly commercial and market driven approach with a clear focus on strengthening market access for its partner organizations, and supporting international marketing and sales efforts.
AMD encourages investments in its four target product lines through offering matching grants and technical assistance, and empowering stakeholders by developing synergies, upgrading and streamlining supply chains, providing technical assistance to optimize profit margins, and increase participation of women entrepreneurs, thereby helping make Pakistani meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes and citrus more profitable and competitive.
Objectives of Technical Assistance: The objective of this assignment is to provide technical assistance to grantees and partner businesses in feedlot, backgrounding and dairy beef on least cost nutrition strategies and feed formulations for beef production. The Consultant will further support AMD team and local STTA for data base generation on nutrient profile of conventional and non-conventional feed ingredients available in Pakistan livestock industry. This feed database will be used to build library for ration balancing software programs and calibration of NIR machines with grantees.
Assignment Scope: In the duration of 23 days ISTTA assignment, the Consultant will conduct field visits to feedlot, backgrounding and dairy beef farms, feed testing labs in public and private sector, meetings with stakeholders of livestock / feed industry to suggest appropriate nutrition strategies for beef operations and develop protocol for data base generation assignment.
The ISTTA tasks will include but not be limited to:
1) Background reading of AMD Work Plan and published studies on previous feedlot studies conducted and marketing assessments of related businesses in Pakistan.
2) Onsite visits to feedlot operations to provide consultancy to ongoing business operations.
3) Micro level survey of feed industry including markets, feed testing labs , academia / R&Ds through detailed on site visits and held meetings with their key management personnel.
4) Field visits and held meetings with private companies / suppliers of feed, fodder and silage.
5) Visit to meet with progressive livestock farmers to understand the cropping patterns and collect required details of information about availability of feed ingredients in different geography of project areas across the year.
6) Visits to a few modern dairies in Pakistan to understand the existing patterns of male progeny marketing and cost effective nutrition strategies for developing dairy beef.
1. A final report that details the following ;
a) List of conventional / non-conventional feed and fodder ingredients needed to laboratory test for database generation in feeding industry.
b) Suggest appropriate laboratories from public / private sector inland or abroad for feed ingredients testing along with costing mechanism.
c) Suggest SOPs for sample collection, transportation, and lab testing.
d) Guide on library development for ration balancing software programs and NIR machines calibration.
e) Suggest multiple least cost feeding regimes for feedlot operating in industry with the substitutes of ingredients as per availability and costing variation in feed markets around the year.
2. Onsite consultancy visits to progressive feedlot, backgrounders and dairy beef businesses in Lahore, Multan, Karachi and Islamabad for support in adjusting their feeding regimes and overall management protocol.
3. Conduct technical workshops at least three venues in industry to guide the investors / existing feedlot on best cost nutritional strategies.
4. Support in selection of BSP / Vendor for procurement of programs for feedlot grantees.
5. Oversee the training session will conduct by BSP in Lahore on Management and ration balancing software programs operation.
Knowledge, Skill and Ability Requirements:
- An advanced degree in the field of Animal Nutrition.
- Extensive international experience of having worked with commercial Feedlot and feed industry.
- Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with donor funded projects with a focus on Feedlot Fattening and Meat Value Chain on cost sharing with private sector partners.
- Experience in developing countries on designing and development expertise/ experience in operating Feedlot Fattening farms and feed mill operations.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
- Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills;
- Documented report writing skills in English;
- Oral fluency in English.
LOE: 23 working days
Estimated Period of Performance: April 2018 through May 2018