Azerbaijan Republic

Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

Loan No.8286-AZ

Assignment Title: Establishment of the Veterinary Statutory Body (Chamber)

Reference No. A3/CS-7

 

The Government of Azerbaijan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The Project support strengthening the State Veterinary Services (SVS) and promotion of a complementary private veterinary sectors as key elements being considered to provide a suitable environment for improving and securing animal production. A strategic plan for upgrading Azerbaijan Veterinary Services has been developed with assistance of OIE. The plan is to provide a roadmap for future interventions and investments in the animal health sector. The strategic plan is built mainly upon the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) assessment and subsequent Gap Analysis conducted by the OIE. To provide a comprehensive and independency evaluation of the veterinary services and identify the main weaknesses and investment priorities.

The Animal Health and Veterinary Services sub-component would (a) further enhance access to quality-assured veterinary services by supporting privatization of village level veterinary units of the State Veterinary Service (SVS); (b) further strengthen the disease surveillance and preparedness functions of the SVS through investments aimed at optimizing the efficiency of animal disease control program in accordance with OIE recommendations; (c) further development of a national veterinary information system (NVIS AZVET); and (d) support for veterinary education. The Ministry of Agriculture intends also to use the projects funding for preparing a strategy for Animal Identification and Registration System (AIRS) in Azerbaijan.

Rationalization of the SVS field staffing assignments. The Azerbaijan Veterinary Services Strategic Plan (prepared in December 2011 with strong input from OIE) envisages and argues in favor of certain reforms, notably, (i) the delegation of field veterinary activities of public interest form the state to the private sector; and (ii) the regulation of veterinary profession through the establishment of Veterinary Statutory Body (or Veterinary Chamber). These strategic objectives address recommendations made by OIE (OIE-OVS Report/2008 and OIE-PVS Gap Analysis/2011).

The concept of the Private Veterinary Service is the transfer of contractual public services (compulsory vaccinations, diagnostic examinations, meat inspections, animal identification, etc.)of veterinarians working in 753 field veterinary units currently funded by the state budget to private veterinarians. Additionally, treatment and prophylactic measures financed by the owners’ funds can be freely negotiated between farmers and private veterinarians on a contractual basis.

Under the privatization program, the field veterinary units (offices) would be handed over to the current veterinary staff which would be released from the SVS. ACIP would support privatization program in two phases. Initially, the project would support the delivery of government veterinary services through a contract arrangement which would include (i) basic support such as essential field equipment for vacation and blood testing, (ii)SVS financed fee-for-service to carry out the public god elements of the veterinary services in accordance with their contract with the SVS. The second phase would include comprehensive training and a more complete set of equipment and medications to field veterinarians who would be committed to in full time work as private veterinarians to provide, in addition to the public goods, on-farm ambulatory veterinary services. These selected veterinarians would receive a higher level of support, including (i) comprehensive ongoing training, technical assistance, supervision, mentoring support to ensure that they are achieving sustainability.

In addition, the sustainability of the private veterinarians would require the establishment of a veterinary statutory body (veterinary chamber) as mandated by the OIE guidelines. Therefore, along with the transfer of public services to the private sector, simultaneous establishment of the Veterinary Statutory Body (Veterinary Chamber) is essential. The essence of this approach is that well trained and professional private veterinary sector ensures the quality of services provided and creates a constructive partnership with the state. The Veterinary Chamber will promote the excellence of the veterinary profession through licensing or registering veterinary professionals and providing minimum standards for initial/continuing education and professional conduct.

The objectives of this assignment are to (i) review the existing legal and regulatory framework with regard to establishing and functioning the Veterinary Statutory Body (Chamber)l and (ii) draft the necessary amendments to the legislative framework within which a Veterinary Statutory Body can exercises its regulatory capacity is defined in Article 3.2.12 of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code. Care must be taken to ensure the autonomy of Veterinary Statutory Body from any political or commercial interests. So as to safe-guard and promote the excellence of the veterinary profession through licensing or registering veterinary professionals and providing minimum standards for initial/continuing education and professional conduct.

The consulting services include:

  1. Analysis of National Veterinary Legislation and rules on the Veterinary of Azerbaijan for establishment of Veterinary Chamber;
  2. Drafting of Charter and internal procedures of the Veterinary Chamber;
  3. Recommendations for determining the competences of the Chamber of Veterinary Medicine, including proposal for granting practical certificates, based on establishment a score system for the evaluation of knowledge and competencies of private veterinarians;
  4. Preparation of “Professional Ethic Code of Conduct” for Private Veterinarians and rules on obligations of private vets;
  5. Considering that Veterinary Chamber is a new intuitional development in the country it I of paramount importance to ensure the continuous support and guidance form the experienced similar institution form other country. Therefore, preparing memorandum to cooperate with the Veterinary Chamber of the selected country, which is more suitable for Azerbaijan.

The task is estimated that a total input of forty-five (45) work/days will be required, deployed in 1 mission on site during the period November 2018. Possible home0based work may be 25 days. As determined during contractual negotiation. The Consultant will work in close collaboration with the designated staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, the SVS and PMU veterinary personnel.

 

The Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services, interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

 

The shortlisting criteria are:

  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine;
  • At least 15 years of professional experience in the relevant field;
  • Experience as a senior policy maker in a Private Veterinary Service would b an asset;
  • Member of a Veterinary Chamber, preferably having served in an elected board/management post;
  • Documented track record in legal drafting and/or preparing strategic documents;
  • Previous national and/or international experience relevant to the TOR will be an asset;
  • Excellent command of English (written and spoken)

 

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 edition, revised July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interests.

 

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultancy method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

 

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 09:00 TO 18:00.

 

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by October 3, 2018.

 

 

The State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan/Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

Attn: Mr. Anar Azimov

Project Director

80, U. Hajibeyli Str., Government House AZ1000, Baku, Azerbaijan

Tel: (+99412) 4937108

E-mail: anarazim@gmail.com; yegana.acip@gmail.com; nargiz.acip@gmail.com

Web:agrocredit.gov.az

STATE SERVICE ON MANAGEMENT OF AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS AND CREDITS UNDER THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
/AGRICULTURAL COMPETITIVENESS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

                                                                         ANNOUNCEMENT

The Government of Azerbaijan and the World Bank is implementing “Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project” (ACIP) in Azerbaijan. The overall objective of the “Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project” is to facilitate the access of agricultural producers to markets by strengthening sanitary and phyto-sanitary services, enhancing selected value chains and providing financial services to agribusiness enterprises. The Project would further promote agribusiness/food processing through providing the access to finance to improve their technologies and increase production and upgrade and modernize the plant protection service and veterinary services. The Project would also facilitate development of selected high-value chains through a series of activities and interventions targeted at key constraints in the functioning of marketing chains of agricultural commodities. Finally, the Project will support a focused food safety capacity building program for both public and private sector.

 

The project consists of four components:

(i)             Component A – Support for sanitary and phytosanitary services;

(ii)           Component B - Agribusiness value chain development;    

(iii)          Component C – Financial services to agribusiness;

(iv)          Component D - Project Management.

 

Management responsibility for the Project will come under the State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits (SSMAPC) within the Ministry of Agriculture. The PMU functions will include among others, implementation of project activities, financial management, procurement, project monitoring and evaluation.

State Agency for Agricultural Credits under the Ministry of Agriculture/Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project is announcing a competition to the following vacant position under the Project.

The attention of interested candidates is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 edition revised July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.  

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Section V, Selection Individual Consultants set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Financial Specialist

PMU Financial Specialist will be responsible for the effective organization and operation of the financial management function of project under supervision of the PMU Director. The Financial Specialist will work closely with the PMU Accountant, Procurement Specialists and other specialists.

 

Required qualifications:

  • resident of Azerbaijan, with ability to communicate in Azerbaijani;
  • university degree in accounting or finance;
  • five years of professional experience in accounting and financial management (the IFI related experience is preferred);
  • excellent knowledge of 1C accounting software);
  • excellent written and spoken English would be an advantage;

 

Deadline:

 

All the documents will be accepted up to 17:00, June 8, 2018

Required Documents:

 

1)    Signed copy of CV prepared in English language;

2)    Copy of diplomas, certificates etc.

Please indicate the position you apply for in the subject line of the email.

Contact person:

Further information can be obtained at the address below during working days office hours 09: 00-18: 00

Anar Azimov

Project director

 

Parvana Ismailova

Procurement analyst

Tel:   (012) 497 13 01

(012) 493 71 08

E-mail: anarazim@gmail.com pervaneismayilova82@gmail.com

 

The candidates meeting the above requirements can submit their documents to the following address or send them through e-mail:
Address: Azerbaijan, Baku, 80 U. Hajibeyov Str. Government House, Room 801
Project Management Unit

 

STATE SERVICE ON MANAGEMENT OF AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS AND CREDITS UNDER THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE/AGRICULTURAL COMPETITIVENESS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

                                                 ANNOUNCEMENT

 

The Government of Azerbaijan and the World Bank is implementing “Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project” (ACIP) in Azerbaijan. The overall objective of the “Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project” is to facilitate the access of agricultural producers to markets by strengthening sanitary and phyto-sanitary services, enhancing selected value chains and providing financial services to agribusiness enterprises. The Project would further promote agribusiness/food processing through providing the access to finance to improve their technologies and increase production and upgrade and modernize the plant protection service and veterinary services. The Project would also facilitate development of selected high-value chains through a series of activities and interventions targeted at key constraints in the functioning of marketing chains of agricultural commodities. Finally, the Project will support a focused food safety capacity building program for both public and private sector.

 

The project consists of four components:

(i)             Component A – Support for sanitary and phytosanitary services;

(ii)           Component B - Agribusiness value chain development;    

(iii)          Component C – Financial services to agribusiness;

(iv)          Component D - Project Management.

 

Management responsibility for the Project will come under the State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits (SSMAPC) within the Ministry of Agriculture. The PMU functions will include among others, implementation of project activities, financial management, procurement, project monitoring and evaluation.

State Agency for Agricultural Credits under the Ministry of Agriculture/Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project is announcing a competition to the following vacant position under the Project.

The attention of interested candidates is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 edition revised July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.  

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Section V, Selection Individual Consultants set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Plant Health Specialist

Plant Health Specialist will carry out project activities on upgrading the plant health system and seed sector development. Plant Health Specialist will be responsible for liaison with the State Phytosanitary Control Services (SPCS)   He would work closely with the State Phytosanitary Control Service and seed sector institutions on technical matters and report administratively to the PMU Director.

 

Required qualifications:

·      Higher education with university degree in agriculture related field;

·      Good command of English;

·      At least 5 years of experience in related field;

·      Work experience with international organizations;

·      Experience in preparation of training and workshop programs and in organization of information campaign and simposiums;

·      Excellent communication skills;

·      Problem solving and administrative skills;

·      Strong computer literacy especially in MS Office software.

 

Deadline:

 

All the documents will be accepted up to 17:00, June 8, 2018

Required Documents:

 

1)    Signed copy of CV prepared in English language;

2)    Copy of diplomas, certificates etc.

Please indicate the position you apply for in the subject line of the email.

Contact person:

Further information can be obtained at the address below during working days office hours 09: 00-18: 00

Anar Azimov

Project director

 

Parvana Ismailova

Procurement analyst

 

Tel:   (012) 497 13 01 (012) 493 71 08

E-mail: anarazim@gmail.com pervaneismayilova82@gmail.com

 

The candidates meeting the above requirements can submit their documents to the following address or send them through e-mail:
Address: Azerbaijan, Baku, 80 U. Hajibeyov Str. Government House, Room 801
Project Management Unit

   

    

STATE SERVICE ON MANAGEMENT OF AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS AND CREDITS UNDER THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE/AGRICULTURAL COMPETITIVENESS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

                                                 ANNOUNCEMENT

 

The Government of Azerbaijan and the World Bank is implementing “Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project” (ACIP) in Azerbaijan. The overall objective of the “Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project” is to facilitate the access of agricultural producers to markets by strengthening sanitary and phyto-sanitary services, enhancing selected value chains and providing financial services to agribusiness enterprises. The Project would further promote agribusiness/food processing through providing the access to finance to improve their technologies and increase production and upgrade and modernize the plant protection service and veterinary services. The Project would also facilitate development of selected high-value chains through a series of activities and interventions targeted at key constraints in the functioning of marketing chains of agricultural commodities. Finally, the Project will support a focused food safety capacity building program for both public and private sector.

 

The project consists of four components:

(i)             Component A – Support for sanitary and phytosanitary services;

(ii)           Component B - Agribusiness value chain development;    

(iii)          Component C – Financial services to agribusiness;

(iv)          Component D - Project Management.

 

Management responsibility for the Project will come under the State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits (SSMAPC) within the Ministry of Agriculture. ACIP will be managed by the Project Management Unit (PMU) located in the SSMAPC. The PMU functions will include among others, implementation of project activities, financial management, procurement, project monitoring and evaluation.

State Agency for Agricultural Credits under the Ministry of Agriculture/Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project is announcing a competition to the following vacant position under the Project. The attention of interested candidates is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 edition revised July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.  

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Section V, Selection Individual Consultants set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Procurement Manager

The objective of the assignment is to ensure that goods and services under the Loan are procured in accordance with the provisions of the Loan Agreement, applicable World Bank Guidelines and Azerbaijan Public Procurement Law;

 

Required qualifications:

  • Education in the field of procurement, economy, or finance;
  • Minimum five (5) years practical experience in the field of procurement, preferably with the previous similar experience in the World Bank projects;
  • Be able to work under pressure, be determined and hard-working and ability to work as team;
  • Experience in procedures and regulations of the World Bank or other international organizations will be an advantage;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Fluent in Azerbaijani and English.
  • Profound computer literacy (at least standard MS Office applications: Word, Excel, Outlook);

 

Deadline:

 

All the documents will be accepted up to 17:00, June 8, 2018

Required Documents:

 

1)    Signed copy of CV prepared in English language;

2)    Copy of diplomas, certificates etc.

Please indicate the position you apply for in the subject line of the email.

Contact person:

Further information can be obtained at the address below during working days office hours 09: 00-18: 00

Anar Azimov

Parvana Ismailova

Procurement analyst

Tel:   (012) 493 71 08

E-mail: anarazim@gmail.com pervaneismayilova82@gmail.com

 

The candidates meeting the above requirements can submit their documents to the following address or send them through e-mail:
Address: Azerbaijan, Baku, 80 U. Hajibeyov Str. Government House, Room 801
Project Management Unit