Donau Soja is seeking for a part time Agronomist

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Date of issuing ToR: 13 of February 2019

Deadline for submission of the offers: 23 of February 2019

  1. Background and Introduction:

In April 2018, the implementation of EU financed, and ADA managed project: “Increasing the competitiveness of the agri-food sector through integration to domestic and global value chains in particular in the soya sector” started. The three years (April 2018- April 2021) project is implemented by consortium partners international Donau Soja Organisation and Moldovan NGO Pro Didactica. 

The project has focus on the following four components:

 Component 1: Enhancing capacities for innovation and education in agriculture in Moldova

 Component 2: Increasing access to market and advancing the demand for certified and organic agri-food products on national and foreign markets. 

 Component 3: Use of standards and certification to raise the performance of value chains 

 Component 4: Promoting an enabling environment for ensuring quality standards in the agri-food sector (including organic agriculture and products) and alignment of Moldova’s legal framework and policy documents to EU quality standards

Successful implementation of the foreseen activities and quality assurance throughout the project implementation are one of the priorities for implementation. In this respect, social and environmental standards and safeguards as well as gender equality will be considered. The project will directly and indirectly contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 15.

The direct project beneficiaries consist of approximately 300 soya producers, 4 collectors, 15 feed and food producers, the Moldovan Centre of Excellence in Horticulture and Agricultural Technologies as well as 6 VET institutions. Additionally, 550 employees from all value chain actors, 150 teachers from all involved schools and 150 students will gain direct benefits from the project.

The activities are implemented through management of a grant agreement and entail procurement of goods, works and services. 

These terms of reference have been prepared by consortium partner Donau Soja Organisation.

Consortium Partner, Donau Soja is an independent, international, non-profit, multistakeholder organisation aiming to effectively meet protein market demand and to provide a baseline for the development of a high-quality soy cultivation in the Danube region (www.donausoja.org). The Organisation seat is in Vienna, Austria. 

For further development and implementation of above-mentioned Project, Donau Soja Organisation has registered Public Association Representative Office in the Republic of Moldova of   VEREIN DONAU SOJA Association from Austria (DS Representative office in Moldova).

  1. Objective:

The service provider is engaged to contribute directly to the fulfilment of the Donau Soja project Indicators.

Relatively low productivity of soy crops is a fundamental challenge to be overcome by this project. The project needs to gather the best available practices and ensure easy transfer of these practices to producers. It is proposed to complement the project team in Component 1 with a position of a local part time agronomist with the following tasks:

  • Contribute to the development of the Concept for on-farm demonstration to be organised in 2019 and 2020, and related knowledge dissemination activities under the guidance of international experts - Dragos Dima, Leo Rittler, and Dr Donal Murphy-Bokern, in close collaboration with the local Coordinator on Agro and R&D, and in conjunction with the new EU Horizon 2020 project ‘Legumes Translated’.
  • Participate in selection of identified farm demonstration plots.
  • Conduct the Baseline survey of proposed on-farm demonstration plots: screening of the field history, availability of machinery, identification of critical points in soya cultivation on each plot; and other relevant indicators.
  • Organisation of soil analysis for each site.
  • Supervision of critical points/ stages for soya cultivation over the total production process. These will be linked to key farm operations such as seeding, or chemical and mechanical weed control, or irrigation etc.
  • Regularly and closely communicate with agronomists at each on-field demonstration site.
  • Preparation of practical workshops for each critical point. Organization of speakers and the practical demonstration in the related Demo field.
  • Analysis of results at a certain critical point.
  • Serve as a resource of agronomic knowledge.
  • Monthly report on crop development during vegetation period and produce synthesis reports including results from demonstration sites in 2018 and in 2019.
  • Contribute to organization of 3 on-farm demonstrations each year (one with Selecta, one with organic soya production and one with conventional soya production).
  • Support the field days based at the demonstration sites as a speaker at events such as field days, training events etc.
  • Actively collaborate with other Donau Soja colleagues to support value-chain development and Donau Soja certification.
  1. Time schedule and organisation

3.1.      It is estimated that consultant will be involved from February to October on average 7 days/month up to 63 days per year.

3.2.      The assignment will last till December 2020. 

3.3.      We propose he/she be engaged for 2 years, i.e. 126 days in total.

3.4.      The assignment is part-time/ short term, and the services shall be provided based on operational plan mutually agreed between expert and Donau Soja Moldova Agro, R&D Project Coordinator.    

  1. Requirements/ key qualification

The following qualifications and experiences are required:

  • Academic study with master’s degree in agriculture, Sustainability or related;
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in agriculture or sustainability management in agriculture;
  • Experience in conventional/ organic soya cultivation, soya sustainability issues,
  • Demonstration of social standards, gender, diversity, and environmental competencies.
  1. The evaluation will be done based on following criteria:

5.1. Motivation of service provider

5.2. Qualification and skills (from CV)

  1. Reporting

The service provider will report directly to the Donau Soja Moldova Project Coordinator on Agro, R&D and Innovation. 

Close cooperation is required with Donau Soja Moldova Director, Mr. Viorel Gherciu.

Close cooperation (and guidance) with the Donau Soja Project Team in Chisinau and Donau Soja Team international in general, as well as other national and international experts is required.

The service provider is expected to keep record of his/her time tracking and do reporting according to project requirements.

  1. Payment

Payments will be done based on issued invoices.

The contractor can accept offer including following cost items:

  1. Fees
  2. Travel costs (if applicable)
  3. Other costs related to the tasks (subject of the offer)

The fees will be paid based on services provided - against accepted time tracking

Travel costs and other cost can be paid directly by the contractor or by the service provider - against proof of evidence - (incl. written confirmation of contractor, invoices for transportation, etc

  1. Documents to be provided

Please submit your application to leasenco@donausoja.org  by 23.02.2019, indicating “Part time Agronomists” in the subject, with the following documents (in English):

  1. Letter of motivation
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Reference list
  1. Additional notes:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited.

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