Cold Storage Advisor, Afghanistan
Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.
Cold Storage Advisor, Afghanistan
ACDI/VOCA is seeking a Cold Storage Advisor for the Afghanistan Value Chains – High Value Crops (AVC-HVC) project. The USAID-funded AVC-HVC project will work with anchor firms nationwide to reverse market failures, strengthen backward and forward linkages, drive growth, and create jobs for men, women, and youth along the fruit and nuts, high-value horticulture, spices, and medicinal crops value chains. The Project will contribute positive and measurable impacts to the sectors and will ensure that local market actors are involved at every stage of the value chain.
The Cold Storage Advisor will provide an eminently hands-on training for Trainer of Trainers (ToT) for AVC-HVC staff and local artisans, focused on building charcoal refrigeration units at collection centers throughout Afghanistan. The refrigeration units will be used to temporarily store fresh produce at collection centers. The advisor will assess the building environment in Mazar, Herat, and Kabul deliver ToTs on basic evaporation dynamics, constructing charcoal refrigeration units, common cold chain protocols, cold storage management, and maintenance. The advisor is expected to deliver practical training sessions to representatives of farmer organizations, carpenters and other artisans on how to build evaporative charcoal coolers. The training will be entirely hand-on and will entail the construction of a cooler in each of the three locations. The estimated level of effort for this assignment is 23 days, to take place on or about July - August.
- Research locally available materials suitable for charcoal cooler construction
- Collect training materials related to the assignment and relevant to target crops and location
- Develop a training plan for trainees on the assignment objectives
- Visit collection centers in Herat, Mazar, and Kabul to assess building environment and equipment
- Build an evaporative charcoal cooler in each of the AVC-HVC offices, or in enterprises, or collections centers nearby, while training AVC-HVC staff farmer representatives and local artisans on construction, management, and maintenance
- Other duties and deliverables as required by the SOW to carry out the assignment
- Working knowledge of cold storage requirements for fresh and dried fruits and nuts
- Strong working knowledge of charcoal cooler construction, use, maintenance, repair and operating principles; basic evaporation dynamics, common cold chain protocols, and cold storage management, and equipment maintenance
- Willing and able to teach by doing, experience teaching how to build use and
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
- Willingness to travel to and within Afghanistan
Please apply online at www.acdivoca.org/international-jobs. No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.