Land O’Lakes Venture37 is implementing a five-year project to increase the capacity of smallholder farmers to manage Fall Armyworm in maize, a staple crop for many rural households. The project has three main components as follows:
Component 1: Safe and cost-effective IPM technologies are developed, validated, and scaled for the local context.
Component 2: Farmers and other local agricultural system actors adopt GAP-IPM practices to combat FAW and reduce the use of toxic pesticides.
Component 3: Policies, learning, and systems are in place to create an enabling environment for access to and safe use of GAP-IPM technologies
The project will promote IPM practices such as provided in USAID’s Fall Armyworm in Africa, A Guide for IPM and emphasize non-chemical pesticide use. However, the project anticipates using some pesticides for research purposes under Component 1, especially as conducted by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
The Venture37 Project Team developed a draft Safer Use Action Plan (SUAP) for pesticide-related project activities, submitted it to USAID, and received comments from USAID Regional and Mission Environmental Officers. As required in Venture37’s Cooperative Agreement this Project SUAP should serve as a guide for proper environmental implementation, in alignment with Code 22 of Federal Regulation 216.
The DRC M-FAW team drafted this SUAP and submitted it to USAID on April 30, 2020. USAID’s Environment officer provided detailed and highly technical comments on August 9, 2020. The project seeks the services of a qualified pesticide and regulatory expert to work with the project team to revise and and finalize the SUAP leading to USAID approval. The Mission-wide PERSUAP provides a template SUAP, example SUAP, and SUAP activity tracker.
Scope of Work
The draft SUAP provides an overview of how the DRC M-FAW project intends to implement the compliance requirements and best practices outlined in the USAID/DRC Mission-wide PERSUAP and the 2017 USAID Fall Armyworm Programmatic PERSUAP. However, this draft needs to be technically reviewed, and finalized so that all USAID’s comments are addressed.
It is understood that the project will provide non-toxic pesticides and, when necessary, low toxic pesticides only for research and the provision of technical advice to maize farmers. This will be done through demonstrations and extension services, or direct pesticide use on demonstration plots, as well as during farmers’ field schools and field days for training on safer use, as per the recommendations of the DRC PERSUAP.
Objectives of the Assignment
The assignment has two objectives. A will be conducted completed first and B if needed as confirmed by USAID.
A: Revision of the SUAP, which summarizes DRC M-FAW’s Integrated Pest Management Plan for FAW control and demonstrates the intent to reduce toxicity and quantities of pesticides to be used.
B: Elaboration a SUAP Tracker (sometimes referred to as EMMP in this case).
Specific Tasks to be Accomplished and Outcomes
The volunteer will need to accomplish the following tasks:
Desk review on DRC FAW context and FAW control in the project Zones of Intervention
Participate in an orientation call with the project team to further understand the project and intended role of pesticides in the project
Review the SUAP draft and USAID comments and provide a revision version that addresses all USAID’s comments provided by the MEO and the REA.
Develop an Activity Specific SUAP Tracker (EMMP)
Once approved, conduct an orientation with the project team on approaches to comply with the SUAP and prepare for future revisions.
Assignment Tasks and Deliverables
Orientation on DRC M FAW and discussion of SOW
Review of USAID's comments with the DRC M FAW Team
Online communication with the DRC M FAW Team
Online submission of the revised SUAP
Report Preparation Day, complete with specific and actionable recommendations for hosts. Final debriefing session with F2F team.
Level of Efforts (LOE)
Target Completion Date
Desk review of DRC FAW project description and FAW control in project Zones of Intervention
Second draft of SUAP
Revision of existing SUAP that addresses all USAID’s comments and feedback. This version will be submitted to USAID.
Finalization of SUAP for DRC M-FAW
If necessary, upon receipt of USAID’s comments and feedback, finalization of the SUAP for DRC M- FAW
Determined after USAID comments
Presentation of revised SUAP
Elaboration and remote presentation that summarizes the Final SUAP
Follows from above
Develop Activity Specific SUAP Tracker (EMMP)
Revise Tracker to address USAID comments.
Follows from above
Review of the Activity Specific SUAP tracker
Presentation of Activity Specific SUAP and Tracker (EMMP) to the project team and orient on approaches to its implementation
Follows from above
Advanced degree in entomology, international development, environmental management, or other related field required
Experience in development of PERSUAPs
Ability to work against tight deadlines
Strong writing skills
Must be independent but collaborative, willing to share thoughts and ideas, and able to give constructive feedback
Experience working for international donors, development organizations, and/or PVOs
Fluency in English required
Professional knowledge of French reading preferred