Ukraine is one of the most important producers and exporters of cereals and oilseed crops in the world and a country with abundant natural resources for fisheries and aquaculture. Ukrainian farms and other value chain actors nevertheless lack production capital and financing for equipment, storage and related infrastructure. Agreement between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Government of Ukraine on the "Ukraine Agri-food APEX Loan" makes available very substantial resources for investments in these value chains.
To facilitate the on-lending of the EIB funds, a consortium led by NIRAS A/S (Denmark) and including Agriconsulting Europe SA (Belgium), TA Consult Partners Ltd. (United Kingdom) and Unicon (United Kingdom) has been contracted for a three-year project, "Technical Assistance to Support the Implementation of the 'Ukrainian Agri-food APEX Loan' Operation" (UAFATA).
The UAFATA project is, among other tasks, to facilitate the application of potential final beneficiaries for funds and to assist loan recipients in their use of the funds. It is also, based on that work, to support the improvement of agricultural productivity and profitability through general exposure of those improved techniques and technologies. These activities will strengthen existing, pluralistic agricultural extension and advisory systems by training extension and advisory personnel in technical and financial/business management skills and training techniques; facilitating the productive and profitable activity of actors throughout the subject value chains; and helping to network agricultural research, training and advisory activities to support loan beneficiaries.
The consultant will particularly focus on the organizational and institutional development of the aquaculture and fresh/littoral waters fishery value chain(s) and the provision of extension services to that chain.
Scope of Services and Responsibilities
Activities to be performed by the Consultant will include but not be limited to the following:
Qualifications and Experience
Qualifications and skills
Duration of the assignment
A total of 323 paid working days may be allocated to this position over the life of the project. The initial consultancy contract will be for six months. Extension of the contract is conditional on successful completion of deliverables, in particular on the focus on aquaculture and the project's continuing need for the consultant's services.