The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received a financing from the French Development Agency (AFD) for the Irrigated Agriculture Inclusive Development Project (IAIDP), and intends to use part of the funds thereof for payments under the following contract package: Consulting Services for the Agricultural Development Unit (ADU).
The Consultant services of the Agricultural Development Unit (ADU) will be responsible for providing technical assistance to the Department of Agriculture (DOA) at the Union, regional, district and township levels to implement a range of activities under Output 1 of the project to support agricultural value chain development, coordinated services to farmers and private sector development within farming and landless communities and other key project participants, including the establishment and development of Frontline Centers over a 6-year period.
The consultancy service is divided into two (2) stages. The 1st stage is the preparation of the “Agricultural Support Assessment and Delivery Strategy” and preparation of 5 Frontline centers (FCs)’ construction. Stage 1 will be under a lump sum type of contract with an implementation period of 8 months. The 2nd stage will consist in supporting DOA in its role of implementation agency of Output 1. In particular, it will include the provision of support for the establishment and operationalization of FCs and associated activities according to the approved Agricultural Support Assessment and Delivery Strategy. Stage 2 services will commence after successful completion of Stage 1 and will be implemented under a time-based contract with implementation period 60 months.
The ADU Consultant will preferably be a consortium that may involve a combination of consulting firms, international and/or local NGOs, and possibly a research organization. The Consultant will provide the following range of technical and managerial skills:
(i) donor-funded project management and coordination;
(ii) agronomy, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), including water management and agricultural mechanization;
(iii) agricultural research, particularly on seed development and multiplication;
(iv) models of integrated, innovative and bottom-up public services and advice to farmers and farmer groups;
(v) agricultural value chain development, including agribusiness development, public-private partnerships, access to finance;
(vi) the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and rural and agriculture information systems development.
Agroeconomist / Good Agricultural Practice Specialist (international) will:
(i) Participate to the development of the methodology for operationalization of FCs and associated activities with DOA, DAR and AMD counterparts under Project output 1. In particular, he/she will carry out the technical and financial feasibility study of Good Agrocultural Practices activities and the implementation arrangement to set up the activities (detailed activities, institutional set up, financial management and circuit, etc) that will be financed under EU funds ;
(ii) Ensure the support to i) environmentally friendly, climate-smart and economically feasible technologies and approaches for sustainable
agricultural outcomes in the central dry zone and
(iii) support crop diversification and promotion of extensive non-rice crop productions that have much higher water productivity and of good agricultural practices which are appropriate to the CDZ, especially with regards to Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) ;
(iii) Ensure that adaptation to climate change, environmental protection, landless and gender issues are mainstreamed in the methodology and activities under output 1.
(i) a bachelor’s degree at minimum, and preferably a master’s degree or equivalent qualification in their field of specialization or a related field;
(ii) a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience;
(iii) demonstrated experience working on projects in Southeast Asia, preferably in Myanmar;
(vi) strong interpersonal and communication skills in English; and (v) a working knowledge of donor-funded requirements.