SCOPE OF WORK
Afghanistan Value Chains – High Value Crops
Short-term Logistics Expert/Trade Economist
Period of Performance On/About (From – To)
Remote work: 10 days remote work for developing research plan and finalizing report and presentation
Trip 1: 27 LOE October 1-31
Trip 2: 5 LOE days December 7-12 presentations in Kabul and Karachi
Base of Operations
Kabul, Afghanistan, and Karachi, Pakistan
position reports to
Chief of Party
- Project Background:
The Afghanistan Value Chain (AVC)-High Value Crops (HVC) Project works with anchor firms nationwide to reverse market failures, strengthen backward and forward linkages, drive growth, and create jobs for men, women, and youth along, while supporting the rapid growth of the fruit and nuts, high-value horticulture, spices, and medicinal crops value chains. The Project contributes positive and measurable impacts to the sectors and will increase the efficiency of market actors involved at every stage of the value chain.
- Role’s Purpose:
The short-term logistics expert/trade economist will work closely with local logistics companies, large commercial traders and a pre-identified representative from the international shipping company, Maersk, to conduct a feasibility study for the establishment of a repair and maintenance facility for dry and refrigerated containers in Afghanistan. This will require close interaction with large-scale exporters, logistics companies, importers of fresh and frozen produce, government agencies and private sector associations.
- Objectives and Duties
- Produce a general methodological framework for data collection and analysis
Kabul based work
- Work closely with project supported firms, logistics companies, large traders and relevant stakeholders to establish baseline demand for refrigerated containers.
- Interview logistics and transportation companies to validate capabilities for existing companies to handle refrigerated containers into and throughout the five main economic regions of Afghanistan and identify potential local partners for the establishment and operation of the R&M facility.
- Identify technical, policy and regulatory bottlenecks and work with Maersk representative to find solutions as needed.
- Develop a written report detailing findings and actionable steps for moving forward. The report should include:
- Demand analysis
- Technical feasibility
- Investment requirements
- Potential local partners
- Financial feasibility
- Prioritized policy and regulatory constraints
- A detailed action plan
- Develop a high-quality presentation based on report findings.
- A minimum of 10 years of experience in quantitative analysis related to agriculture
- Master’s Degree in logistics/trade economics or similar field, PhD preferred.
- Previous experience structuring trade infrastructure and trade logistics deals
- In-depth understanding of agricultural value chains and their logistical needs
- Highly organized with attention to detail
- Able and willing to work under pressure and adapt to changing environment/priorities
- Excellent organizational, writing and presentation skills