Chemonics seeks a pesticide evaluation report and safer use action plan (PERSUAP) specialist for the Agriculture and Rural Empowerment (ARE) Activity, a multi-year activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Lebanon (USAID/Lebanon) to develop rural economies in Lebanon through support to the agro-food sector and other industries. ARE seeks to unlock local and export sales potential while also creating jobs and increasing farmers’ and workers’ incomes. The Lebanese economy and agro-food sector face unique challenges during the current crisis period. Given the critical need for Lebanese medium-, small-, and micro-enterprises (MSMEs) and farmers to generate export earnings in light of the currency crisis, ARE places a particular emphasis on the use of both buyer-led and market systems development (MSD) lenses to shape the overall technical approach to implementation.
It is expected that under various ARE interventions, technical assistance for the procurement or use, or both, of pesticides will be provided and therefore, the project seeks to create a pesticide evaluation report and safer use action plan in accordance with 22 CFR 216.3(b)(I). The main objective of this assignment is to review past and current PERSUAP documentation produced for other similar USAID/Lebanon agricultural development activities and develop the ARE-exclusive PERSUAP that shall serve as ARE’s Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan and therefore guide all activities that may entail use of, or training in the use of, pesticides. The PERSUAP Specialist will develop the ARE-specific PERSUAP through evaluating or updating previous iterations of PERSUAPS developed for other USAID/Lebanon activities to address the specific needs of the ARE activity, including the economic, social and environmental risks and benefits of the planned pesticide use. The PERSUAP Specialist will liaise directly with ARE’s environmental compliance specialist, key stakeholders, USAID, and other project staff, to draft the PERSUAP and Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan for reducing pesticide risks.
- Perform a desk-based review of ARE Activity, related work planning materials, the ARE IEE, and relevant sector prioritization reports. Desk review should also review existing PERSUAPs for other USAID Activities under implementation (LINQ) as well as those recently completed (LIVCD)
- Review and update EPA registration status of all PERSUAP recommended pesticides by crop/ livestock/commodity. This includes pesticides within the current PERSUAP and any ARE- or USAID-proposed pesticides
- Work with the ARE team, COP, and the COR to review expectations, background documentation, including Activity’s Year 1 work plan, scope of work, and deliverables
- Work closely with the USAID/Lebanon MEO and BEO during the development of the PERSUAP
- Work with the ARE environmental compliance specialist and/or technical staff in the preparation of the PERSUAP
- List local restrictions on use of pesticides, and conditions required following an analysis of EPA registration of the same pesticides
- Acquire from ARE information on the extent to which pesticide use is and could be part of an integrated pest management (IPM) program; and Recommend mitigation measures for project activities (in addition to training), identified in concert with project personnel, which involve pesticide use. Mitigation measures should be described following USAID’s ERAC/EMMP table format
- Develop a pesticide database in Excel that includes registration by USEPA, EU and GOL, active ingredients, commercial names, major sources of origin, toxicity levels by organization
- Provide an annex with preliminary Pest Management Plans (PMPs) for each crop-pest combination, including extensive preventive tools/tactics that can be used, as well as recommended curative pesticides
- Provide information on GOL’s obligations related to pesticides under the Stockholm Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Rotterdam Prior Informed Consent (PIC) conventions
- Draft Programmatic IEE amendment to reflect the PERSUAP’s recommendations and respond to feedback from USAID on substantive technical material involving crop-pest-IPM-pesticide issues
- Bachelor or Master’s degree in one or several of the following areas: Agricultural Engineering, Environmental management or other degree relevant to the above SOW
- Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, especially on pesticides use and management
- Experience in agricultural donor-funded projects
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
- Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic required
How to apply
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Applicants must write in the email application subject line: “ Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan (PERSUAP) Specialist “Applications must be submitted by Friday December 04, 2020, any applications after the submission deadline will not be considered. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.
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