Milling Facility Assessment ExpertVacancy Announcement Milling Facility Assessment ExpertAVCF Project, SNV LaosSNV Laos is currently seeking for Milling Facility Assessment Expert (1 position). Based in Vientiane Capital with frequently travels to Khammouane, Bolikhamxay, Xayabouly and Vientiane Province. BackgroundSNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, SNV has built a long-term, local presence in 38 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. SNV’s global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.The AVCF project is funded by the World Bank and implemented by SNV and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The objective of the project is to increase the competitiveness of selected agricultural value chains in the project areas. The project comprises four components as: (a) Improved Agricultural Efficiency and Sustainability, (b) Enhanced Agricultural Competitiveness, (c) Project Management, and (d) Contingent Emergency Response. The project has been implementing since 2018-2024 in Khammouane, Bolikhamxay, Xayabouly, Vientiane Province, and Vientiane Capital.The AVCF will extend technical and financial services to agribusinesses, including the provision of technical assistance to establish and operate the facility and provide advisory and support to agribusinesses, and matching grants of the selected agribusinesses to carry out projects for upgrading their processing and post-harvested handling facilities and their management capacities to improve product quality, increase operational efficiency (including improved energy efficiency), reduce physical losses, and link with FPGs to improve marketing of the farm produce. Some 30 agribusinesses operating in rice, maize, and vegetables are being selected, and will be provided with matching grants. The eligible items that will be financed by ACVF include; goods, consulting services and civil works, as defined by project operation manual (POM). SNV is recruiting expert(s) to assess the rice milling facilities of the selected millers to provide recommendations and improve rice quality.Purpose of this positionThe main objective of this assignment is to assess milling facilities and prepare a detailed plan including investments to increase the quality of milled rice through improving milling recovery/milling efficiencies. The consultant will also monitor and support the implementation of the facility improvement of the selected rice mills. The number of targeted rice mills is max 30 rice mills, located in the five afore mentioned provinces. Key responsibilitiesThe Milling Facility Assessment Expert will be in close cooperation with the National Project Management Office (NPMO), the 5 targeted Provincial Project Coordination Implementation Offices (PICO) and the AVCF management team to conduct rice mills assessments and provide technical support to targeted rice millers;Comprehensive review of the technical improvements required to improve the rice quality of the selected mills in the 5 target provinces.Paddy rice production,Post-harvested handling of paddy riceRice milling processProcess packing, storage and transportationProvide detailed report with recommendations including implementation plan for the necessary technical improvements needed to produce high quality milled rice.Support a simple financial analysis for proposed investments (i.e. estimated budget for equipment and activities).Provide off-site and on-site monitoring during implementation of milling facility improvement.Provide technical support on milling techniques to targeted rice mills.Conduct 3 milling technique training with 2 days per training for selected millers.Support milling techniques training completion report.Expected outputsConduct rice milling facilities assessment to 30 rice mills in 5 project targeted provincesDeliver milling facilities assessment report and plan of action including required investmentsPeriodic reports the progress of milling facilities improvingConduct 3 milling technique training with 2 days per training;Deliver rice milling training reportQualificationA degree, at least at diploma level, preferably in Engineering or Agri-engineeringAt least ten years of work experiences, preferably mainly in rice milling machineriesExperience in advising individual businesses on how to improve rice mill facilitiesExperience in facilitating training, in particular, participatory training approachFull computer literacy, including use of Word and ExcelWorking method and location Through the NPMO, the rice mills machinery expert will closely collaborate with PICO and the AVCF team in conducting the rice mill assessments and the rice millings techniques training, and in supporting individual rice mills to improve their milling techniques. The rice mills machinery expert will work from the NPMO in Vientiane and frequently travel to the project provinces. The consultant will directly report to AVCF Manager.Time FrameThis service is intermittent basic and will last over 15 months from October 2020 to December 2021 with a maximum of 75 working days. The rice mills machinery experts may propose their own planning to achieve the highest productivity and cost-efficiency.Type of contract: Time-based contract.Language of Contract: The language of the contract shall be English. The rice millings facilities assessment, training materials and training report can be in Lao.How to ApplyIf you are interested in this position, please send a letter of motivation and a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, expected daily rate of the consultant along with any relevant documentations to Beunh Sayaphimphone by email; firstname.lastname@example.org before 30 September 2020. 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