AVSI is an international non-profit organization founded and headquartered in Italy with long-term development and emergency relief projects in 30 countries around the world. In addition to considerable private funding. AVSI's presence and commitment in Iraq dates back to 1991 with emergency health activities and later educational projects between 2003 and 2006.
In the Nineveh Plains approximately 90,000 people are currently displaced as a result of the conflict. Many IDPs were relocated to camps, however, there is also a large number of IDPs, returnees, and vulnerable host community members in newly liberated non-camp areas, where very few services are available. According to the last assessments carried out by several humanitarian actors, the majority of IDPs expressed a desire to return to their areas of origin, as soon as it is deemed safe. Return requires restoration of a local economy and job market, as well as basic services. A negative cycle with severe limitations on both the supply and demand for goods and services that could kick-start economic activity is blocking return to many regions, including Qaraqosh.
The Nineveh Plains were Iraq’s most productive farming region before the arrival of the Islamic State, producing around 1.5 million tons of wheat a year, or 21% of Iraq’s total wheat output. Qaraqosh was one of the most active towns of the Nineveh Plains, with more than 250 farms which employed one third of the population. An estimated 70% of farmers fled when the Islamic State took over, and those who stayed faced heavy taxation. Agricultural and livestock losses have been steep; essential supplies such as seeds, fertilizers, electricity, sustainable agricultural equipment and irrigation channels, which enable farmers to restore their usual activities, are not available.
As humanitarian operations focus on Mosul, thousands of displaced families are returning home to other cities which were previously occupied by Islamic State (IS), like Qaraqosh in Nineveh Governorate. Donors are funding reconstruction of houses and churches in Qaraqosh, while other activities in the Nineveh Plains are concentrated on education, WASH and protection. Livelihood programs have been focused on immediate food security needs without bridging to recovery and the first phases of development. AVSI proposes an emergency livelihood provision and protection response that aims to enable both returnees/host community and IDPs to cope with the impact of the crisis in recently liberated areas.
AVSI, together with its local partner, the Church Supreme Board for Construction of Bagheda (BfCB), proposes a 2-year project in Qaraqosh and the surrounding region, focused on livelihoods as a means of immediate humanitarian assistance and a bridge to recovery and sustainable development.
As IDPs in Iraq return to their towns of origin and to their lands, it is in the interest of national and local stakeholders, and the international community, to facilitate their return and the recovery of vibrant local economies that can support a decent quality of life for the population. Today in many regions including Qaraqosh, a negative cycle continues with significant obstacles to activating the local economy, generating jobs, increasing consumption and demand, and therefore creating opportunities for progress out of poverty and restoration of livelihoods. The Theory of Change behind this project is as follows: if AVSI supports local civil society efforts at community-driven development and restores productive assets to family farms, the increase of agricultural production would generate income, create jobs and stimulate the local economy with the immediate effect of improving health and well-being, and the medium to long term effect of incentivizing IDPs to return home and contribute to rebuilding.
To ensure mid to long-term sustainability, AVSI, in full agreement with the Local community actors, has designed the Cooperative Profit-Sharing System to be managed by the Association of Farmers, Livestock Owner and Technicians (AFLT). The direct beneficiaries will receive assets and agricultural inputs and will sign a contract, in which they will commit to return 50% of the amount of the donation over a period of 5-7 years. This will allow for immediate refurbishing of the farms and put into place a mechanism to reinvest the original resources for the years following the completion of the project. Part of the money returned, will be used to cover the running costs of the AFLT and the Steering Committee, allowing them to continue to carry out their activities and to guarantee the continuity of the mechanism. Additionally, a set of technical trainings will be delivered to develop the knowledge and technical competencies of the farmers thus sustain a vigorous efficient production of fruits, vegetables and plants within the designated region of the project implementation.
1. Objectives of the Assignment
The overarching objective of this assignment is to implement professional technical vocational training sessions in Qaraqosh to cover better practices and intensification of the vegetables production.
Specifically, the assignment has following objectives:
1) Vegetables production: physiology of the most common vegetables production of the area open air and inside the green houses; best use of the green house;
2) Water management: optimization of the water resources; water management in order to minimize the salt accumulation in the soil; best use of the drop by drop and sprinklers irrigations systems;
3) Fertilizer and pesticides management: Introduction of good practices in order to reduce the use of chemical products; management of chemical products in order to reduce the risk for the operator and for the consumer; use of pesticides and fertilizers inside the green houses.
2. Responsibilities of the Parties
3.1 External Consultant: design and implement 1 of technical vocational trainings in Qaraqosh (Baghdeda) to assure for the farmers a clear understanding of best practices in order to increase the quantity and the quality of the vegetables productions reducing the use of chemical products.
3.2 AVSI: The main responsibility of AVSI IRAQ Regional Office is to provide all necessary support to the consultant to undertake the assignment as per given plan and time framework. Remaining within the main responsibility, followings are the specific responsibilities:
· Provide a detail overview of the project and the given assignment;
· Arrange field visit for consultant if needed;
· Facilitate consultant in field to travel;
· Release budget as per agreed payment schedule
. Eligibility/Professional Qualification
AVSI is ideally looking for an expert Agriculture engineer who has strong knowledge and skills in Plant production and preservation
Skills and Attributes:
· Degree in plant production from a recognized university
· Minimum 10 years of hands on experience
· Strong technical background
· Previous experience in delivering similar trainings within the designated area
· Excellent communications skills in Arabic, English, good Assyrian is a plus
· Understands the Business marketplace, its working principle, benefits and limitations
· Works well together with a team as well as independently