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.