Cold Chain Engineer (Kabul, Afghanistan) 140 views

Job Description

The Cold Chain Engineer will review the cold storage and packhouse construction plan for CBARD targeted areas, (Balkh, Heart, Kandahar, Farah, Badghis, Nangarhar, and Kabul) and make recommendations on facility design, the capacity of the cooling system, as well as management, proper operation and maintenance of the facilities. The engineer will also deliver training to Afghan agribusinesses who have established a cold chain facility that covers key management and operational issues and critical maintenance activities. Follow-up support can be provided via zoom calls. Deliverables:Training presentations and materials;Guidance on cold chain pre-cooling and storage conditions for fresh fruits and vegetables;Recommendations to CBARD grantees and CBARD team on the management, operation, and maintenance of newly constructed cold storage facilities.Provision of a clear and concise maintenance plan for each cold storage facility.  


Roots of Peace is a humanitarian organization that has worked in war-torn countries around the world with our partners to remove the remnants of war, landmines and unexploded ordinance, and restore the land in order to rebuild peaceful communities for generations to come. For the past twenty years, the Roots of Peace award-winning “Mines to Vines” approach has impacted one million farmers and families, enabling the exports worth over $150 million to international markets. Since beginning our work in Afghanistan in 2003, Roots of Peace has worked with agricultural value chains in every province of the country resulting in 100,000 tons of exports, creating over 9,000 full-time agribusiness jobs that benefited more than 38,000 families from these value chain approaches. From farmers to exporters, Roots of Peace develops entire agricultural value chains by implementing the ROP Development Model which is designed to serve as a catalyst to generate much broader impact industry-wide – improving incomes for smallholder farmers, bringing peace to rural communities, transforming national industries.

Job Requirements

Duties and Responsibilities:

Review the grantees application and their cost analysis to ensure that the cold storage facility is economically viable.Review the Request for Quotation (RFQ) for all the cold storage facilities equipment and provide direction on equipment specification including capacity and the specific brand of the machinery before purchase.Deliver a one-day group training to Afghan agribusinesses on cold chain technologies and solutions. The training should take account that some of the participants will have little or no knowledge of cold chain infrastructure,  while others may have some basic knowledge. Also take into account that the size of the businesses will vary.The assessment should include technologies that can be used at different scales – e.g. ranging from small-scale affordable pre-cooling units in rural areas to larger commercial scale facilities. The training should cover the entire cold chain starting at the farm (pre-cooling to remove field heat) transport to the cold chain facility, and final export of produce using refrigerated reefer containers.Provide additional guidance on establishing and managing a cost-effective and efficient cold chain facility that includes controlled atmospheric units. The training should provide a basic understanding of typical cold chain equipment including compressors, evaporators, humidifiers and scrubbers. Consider possible green technologies, including using different types of refrigerants, which are safest and best, and any other factors that should be considered when designing, planning and constructing a cold chain facility;Provide one-on-one consultations for Afghan agribusinesses working with CBARD-AIM/ALL who are engaged in establishing and operating cold chain facilities;Provide guidance on the appropriate conditions (temperature, humidity and controlled atmosphere) for precooling and storing Afghan fresh fruits and vegetables produced in and exported from Afghanistan. These products will include grapes, apples, peaches, plums, apricots, melons, watermelons, cherries, pomegranates, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflowers and eggplants;Provide written guidelines on cold chain development for Afghan agribusinesses considering the challenges of the Afghan environment.Develop a clear and concise maintenance plan for cold storage facility.

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Minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience on cold chain design, technologies and consulting;


As per NTA salary scale

Submission Guideline

Interested qualified afghan national Male/female candidates are requested to submit their CVs and cover letter to no later than 26.07.2021. clearly mention the vacancy number ROP-CBARD-039-2021 in the subject line, applications not mentioning the vacancy number will not be considered.

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