AECOM Dairy Value Chain Development Consultant in Cairo, Egypt

Requisition/Vacancy No. 143933BR

Position Title Dairy Value Chain Development Consultant

Job Category International Development

Business Line Government

Country Egypt

State/Province/Region EG - Al Qâhirah

City Cairo

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AECOM’s Global Support Services (GSS) organization resides within AECOM’s Government business line and is comprised of three divisions — International Development, Operations and Mission Support, and Global Programs. GSS has the international presence, personnel networks and procurement infrastructure to deliver support for any mission, anywhere. We optimize the reliability, availability and sustainability of equipment, logistics systems and facilities for clients around the world. GSS supports the U.S. Government, non-U.S. Governments and industry clients with worldwide program management, planning, design, operations and maintenance, logistics, aviation services, security, international development, environmental and civil engineering and mission and intelligence support.

Job Summary

USAID’s Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (SEED) in Egypt project is part of the United States – Government of Egypt Trade and Investment Promotion in Egypt (TIPE) Bilateral Agreement. This Agreement focuses on strengthening the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and entrepreneurship. More specifically, the purpose of the SEED contract is to increase employment and income of MSMEs and entrepreneurs, especially those owned by women and youth in disadvantaged areas, by: (1) stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation; (2) enhancing formalization of private enterprises; (3) improving financial and non-financial services to MSMEs; (4) integrating MSMEs and entrepreneurs in progressive value chains; and (5) addressing enabling environment policy reform initiatives to facilitate MSME development that is aligned to the Government of Egypt’s (GOE) socio-economic development strategy.

SEED provides technical assistance, capacity building, and training to relevant stakeholders and counterparts in order to support the growth of MSMEs and promote entrepreneurship in Egypt. Stakeholders and counterparts include public sector reform champions, universities, BDS providers, mentors, business associations, investors, financial institutions, public organizations, MSMEs, and entrepreneurs. SEED will collaborate with other development partners (donors) and other USAID contractors to take full advantage of synergistic opportunities in achieving results. Special focus will be given to disadvantaged areas and population groups such as women and youth. Youth is defined for the purpose of this activity as individuals who are between ages of 15 and 29 years old.


Integrating SMEs and entrepreneurs in progressive value chains is one of the goals of SEED. To achieve this goal, SEED has a five-phase structured approach for value chains development:

  • Phase I: Sector selection. In this phase, SEED defined objectives and targeted groups; set qualitative and quantitative criteria for selection, conducted rapid assessment of economic sectors and conducted interviews with a sample of stakeholders. Phase I has concluded in identifying the following subsectors to work on: dairy, fisheries, plastics, automotive parts and accessories, and RMG

  • Phase II: Mapping and assessment. In this phase II, the subject of this SOW, SEED will conduct mapping of value chains which includes identifying key constraints and proposing realistic and actionable interventions;

  • Phase III: Interventions Design

  • Phase IV: Intervention Implementation

  • Phase V: Monitoring and evaluation


The objective of this SOW is two-fold:

  • to conduct and draw a detailed mapping of the dairy products sub sector value chain; and

  • to conduct value chain assessment to provide SEED with foundation for designing and implementing needed interventions effectively and efficiently with sustainable impact on the targeted groups


  • Meet with SEED COP and Component Leads to get understanding of SEED’s focus, activities, and constraints relevant to the objectives expressed in this SOW

  • Work closely with the Component C Team to develop an action plan and timeline for the assignment

  • Review all available prior reports, including the Dcode value chain assessment report and those funded by the donor community, relevant to the value chain

  • Develop a physical mapping of the sub sector value chain that includes, among others

  • Illustration of the process and flow of a product from raw material through final sale, showing all of the key participants and stages of the VC

  • Identifying and categorizing the key market players and supporting organizations including Governmental entities, quasi government, private sector large and SME businesses, business and sector associations and institutions; service providers, consumer groups, etc.

  • Profile MSMEs in the value chain; illustrate estimated numbers, types and sizes of contribution in the value chain, geographic distribution, formal and organic clusters, representing associations/institutions

  • Illustration of market channels through which products reach the final customer and end markets; o For the end markets, collect and present statistics on imported/exported products within the value chain and illustrate applicable tariff structure to conclude whether domestic products are protected

  • with high tariff and whether exported products are subsidized/supported by the Government.

  • Illustration of possible bottlenecks, constraints, and opportunities

  • Conduct an in-depth sub sector analysis to assess possible bottlenecks, constraints and opportunities. This would include among others, conducting interviews and consultation sessions, focus group discussions, roundtable meetings with representatives of key VC stakeholders to:

  • Identify the underlying reasons for bottlenecks/constraints that are preventing the value chain from creating and offering opportunities for MSMEs to develop and integrate into the value chain

  • Identify opportunities that have the potential to expand the engagement and integration of

  • MSMEs in the value chain

  • Define required interventions to address the real reasons identified for bottlenecks and constraints and highlight if there are any interventions are currently underway by Governmental entities, quasi-governmental organizations, private sector companies, NGOs, and/or donor or development partners of Egypt

  • Assess the capacity of (and incentives for) key stakeholders to respond and engage in potential interventions as defined below; and

  • Highlight pathways to leverage opportunities identified and sustain defined interventions

  • Give recommendations to SEED on proposed interventions, with as much specificity as possible

  • Recommend names of entities and/or individual stakeholders to act as champions or to join an informal task force to facilitate and support SEED managing and implementing the recommended interventions.

  • Participate in a workshop organized and facilitated by SEED with broader representation of value

  • chain stakeholders to present the mapping, assessment findings and conclusions, and proposed interventions by SEED. The purpose of the workshop is to validate the results of the study and to articulate SEED’s development interventions approach

  • Develop a report on the overall assignment findings, conclusions, and recommendations for follow on

  • work by SEED

  • Be available to the COP, Component C Leader, and SEED Team to contribute to meetings, presentations, including a presentation to USAID, and other activities as requested


  • A physical mapping of the dairy products value chain as detailed in “Main Tasks” above

  • An end of assignment report for SEED and USAID management describing work done and results of the assignment, including names and contact information of the people and entities met during the assignment, participants in the interviews and consultations, focus groups, and roundtable meetings. The report should also include the main findings, conclusions including bottlenecks, constraints, required and on-going interventions, stakeholder engagement and incentives, sustainability pathways, and recommendations for future SEED interventions

  • An end of assignment PowerPoint presentation to SEED and USAID management

Minimum Requirements

  • A minimum of master’s degree in management, administration, economics, agribusiness/economics, social science, business or any other related fields.

  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in food industries, including dairy.

  • Must have prior experience in value chains development including mapping, assessment and analysis.

  • Excellent attention to detail demonstrated through strong analytical skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience working in dynamic and developing contexts.

  • Experience as a facilitator of professional meetings, forums and events.

  • Must be proficient in writing, reading and speaking in English and Arabic.

  • Awareness of and experience with gender-related aspects of value chain development is preferable.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous USAID experience

What We Offer

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