STTA: M&E Advisor

STTA: M&E Advisor

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the USAID funded Food-Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) project.  This project focuses on agricultural value chain development targeting smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt.  

Consultancy Summary:

• The goal of this assignment is to provide technical support to strengthen the M&E System’s data collection, management and reporting components. Specific duties include:

Review of FAS M&E system (data collection, management and reporting practices) and recommend improvements to meet USAID Data Quality standards, observing best practices and following guidance provided by CNFA headquarters and USAID. This may include but is not limited to developing or updating, and documenting: data flow protocols/staff responsibilities; a filing system for hard copy files; and data collection and management templates and Excel forms.  

• Updating the project M&E Plan including Project Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS) as needed to reflect any revisions to the M&E System protocols. 

• Developing an M&E Field Guide for the project to document the field-level, FAS-specific M&E processes including data flows for each indicator 

• Develop training material for FAS staff on MEL and project-specific MEL processes.

• Work with FAS M&E staff to build their capacity by identifying areas of weakness and providing coaching and support where needed.

The consultant will report to the CNFA headquarters Director of M&E. This assignment will require travel to Luxor, Egypt as soon as possible. The estimated anticipated level of effort is 18 workdays. 

Minimum Qualifications:

• Significant M&E experience with USAID Feed the Future programs.

• Experience operationalizing program M&E plans.

• English proficiency and excellent written communications skills; Arabic proficiency preferred.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

STTA: Cost Proposal (Budget) Preparation Support

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Consultancy Overview

CNFA requires the services of an independent contractor for a period of between five and eight weeks to support proposal budget preparation.

General Responsibilities:

  • Prepare assigned cost proposals (budget and budget notes) with respect to pricing, solicitation compliance, internal CNFA requirements, and the evolving technical proposal; 
  • Create/adapt assigned budget templates to meet solicitation requirements; 
  • Review and provide feedback on subcontractor budget submissions. 

Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in international development, agriculture, economics, finance, or other pertinent field; Master’s preferred; 
  • Minimum of three years’ experience with financial and/or programmatic management of USAID-funded programs; 
  • Ability to independently read and interpret contractual documents, and grants, operating instructions, policies, and procedure manuals; 
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines; 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; 
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Excel and MS Word; 
  • Authorization to work in the United States required. 

Please include a completed 1420 with your application.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted

STTA to conduct a Cost-benefit Analysis and Supply-and-Demand Assessment for Post-Harvest Equipment, Facilities, and Delivery Models.

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Project Name: Feed the future Rwanda Hinga Weze/ Project Number AID-696-C-17-00001

Consultancy Assignment: Local STTA Consultant/team of consultant – Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze   

Consultant/team of consultant Title: Local STTA to Conduct a Cost-benefit analysis and supply-and-demand assessment for post-harvest equipment, facilities, and Delivery Models

Reports to: Business, Market, and Finance Development Director (BMFD)

Level of Effort 30 days

Place of Performance Kigali with frequent field visits to Hinga Weze target districts

Period of Performance July – September 2018

About Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity

The objective of the five-year USAID Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. These outcomes will be achieved through combining capacity building with in-kind matching grants and technical support to strengthen agricultural extension, improve agricultural infrastructure, and facilitate linkages among value chain actors.  To achieve the goals of the Activity, five value chains will be specifically targeted: high-iron beans, orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP), Irish potato, maize, and horticulture. The Activity is being implemented in the following ten districts of Rwanda: Gatsibo, Kayonza, Kirehe, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamasheke, Karongi (Western Province); and Nyamagabe (Southern Province).

Background Information:

Post-harvest loss refers to the degradation of agricultural product quantity and quality anywhere along the supply chain – from harvest to consumption. Whereas quantity loss is straightforward, quality loss refers to a reduction in the nutrient availability and acceptability – or edibility – of agricultural products.  

In Rwanda, a key challenge in improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers is increasing income and agricultural productivity, while reducing the burden of physical labor and reducing post-harvest losses. The successful adaptation of smallholder farmers to labor-saving technologies and tools that address these issues will require sensitization efforts and training, as well as measures to increase accessibility and affordability. As such, improving access to post-harvest handling and labor-saving technologies and tools will be a focus of the FTF Rwanda Hinga Weze activity.

Reliance on non-mechanized, labor-intensive agricultural tools for onerous tasks such as weeding, planting, harvesting, and food processing can be a major productivity barrier for many farmers. With minimal access to mechanized farm equipment that utilizes alternative or affordable energy, operating equipment, and tools that are improved (mechanized farm equipment), many smallholders remain dependent on human labor for cultivation and agri-processing. The lack of access to more efficient technology can perpetuate poverty among farmers, especially women smallholders, who typically have the least access to formal education and finance, and whose production means and methods may also be limited by societal or cultural norms. 

Overview of Technical Assistance:

CNFA is seeking a consultant or team of consultants to conduct an assignment that consists of three components: 1) a cost-benefit analysis, 2) a supply-and-demand assessment for post-harvest equipment and facilities, and; 3) feasibility study of effective delivery models in ten Hinga Weze target districts (Gatsibo, Kayonza, Ngoma, Bugesera, Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Karongi, Nyamasheke and Nyamagabe). The overall objective of the assignment is to determine how smallholder farmers and other stakeholders acquire and use post-harvest handling equipment. Findings will help prioritize effective Hinga Weze interventions for the first year of the program and will influence strategy throughout the five-year activity. 

The supply and demand assessment will determine current supply, demand, accessibility, and affordability of select post-harvest tools and equipment for smallholder farmers. The cost-benefit analysis will provide Hinga Weze with a better understanding of farmers’ priorities through a comparison of more expensive, improved technologies to existing, inexpensive, labor-intensive practices. The feasibility of different delivery models of the cost-effective post-harvest handling equipment will inform the business development and access to finance support Hinga Weze will provide to smallholder farmers and value chain actors to establish farmer-centered post-harvest handling services to reduce post-harvest losses while increasing returns of both the service providers and farmers. 

Specifically, the assessment should achieve the following:

• Identify post-harvest and handling facilities and technologies that have high potential to reduce post-harvest losses, and increase the market value of produce per value chain type. 

• Gauge the demand of these facilities and technologies by smallholder farmers in general, and specifically by smallholder farmers located in the Hinga Weze targeted districts. This will entail assessing smallholder farmer priority needs concerning post-harvest equipment and tools. Additionally, assess the availability, accessibility and affordability of these technologies, and the resources required to meet these needs.

• Assess existing post-harvest and handling equipment that smallholder farmers use, and determine how this equipment was acquired (e.g., through loans, grants, personal savings, leasing) and through which delivery mechanisms or business models (e.g., renting, shared infrastructure, external services, embedded services from aggregators) farmers have acquired and accessed post-harvest and handling equipment and services before recommending the most cost-effective business model to provide post-harvest and handling services to farmers

• Analyze PHH equipment and technology that are climate smart and energy efficient and offer cost- and labor-savings, and recommend the most appropriate and beneficial for smallholder farmers, especially women and youth in different value chains in the districts.

• Recommend best interventions and approaches to engage financial institutions willing to design financial products for acquiring identified equipment and technology.

• Provide recommendations for a request for applications (RFA) identifying cooperatives/agribusinesses best positioned to cost-share and acquire identified equipment and technologies through Hinga Weze’s grant mechanism.

The consultant/team of consultant’s tasks will include but are not limited to:

• Combined field visit to Hinga Weze targeted Districts and desk review of the existing literature such as UC Davis Horticulture Post Harvest Assessment to assess the critical points for post-harvest losses in the targeted value chains and possible technological solutions,

• Conduct, together with District BMFD Officers, a focus group discussion with value chain actors to assess the demand (users) and supply (equipment suppliers or other actors) of PHH equipment/technology to determine current and potential adoption levels and availability and adequacy of facility, machinery, technology and delivery services that can help in reducing post-harvest handling and storage losses. The BMFD team will guide the consultant/team of consultant how to identify cooperatives and businesses in targeted districts. 

• Conduct an in-depth cost-benefit analysis of identified facility, machinery, and technology found to be beneficial to Hinga Weze beneficiaries. The cost and benefit analysis will recommend which current or potential facility, machinery and technology are cost and time effective and are easy to use by local company/cooperatives and in which appropriate business model can boost adoption, reduce losses and improve quality and income. The consultant/team of consultants will use the results of the demand and supply together with the cost-benefit analysis to recommend which facility, machinery, and technology company/cooperative may acquire.

• Assess technical, financial, social and other limitations to accessing loans and funding elsewhere to procure appropriate technology and suggest ways to overcome these barriers.

• Recommend Hinga Weze key elements of to be considered for the Grants Request for Application as well as Business development services required to facilitate adoption and to improve operational capacity and business sound models to provide post-harvest handling services to farmers.

Level of Effort (LOE), Period and Place of Performance:

The consultancy will take place from June-July 2018. The level of effort for the short-term assignment is estimated at 30 days. The consultant/team of consultant or team of consultant/team of consultants will be based in Kigali with frequent field visits to Hinga Weze target districts.

Deliverables:

A comprehensive report indicating the following: 

•The current PH Losses and PHH equipment and facility used in Rwanda with particular focus in Hinga Weze targeted districts with an emphasis on the following value chains: Maize, Beans, Potatoes, Orange Flesh Sweet Potatoes, fruits, and vegetables.

• Demand and Supply assessment of PHH equipment, facilities and Services to determine options that will provide Hinga Weze with the best approach to promote farmers adoption of PHH Practices to reduce losses

• Feasibility of PHH technologies and their delivery models considering the PHH Ecosystem: Users, Suppliers (Equipment), Suppliers (Services), Financing options, grants options, and others as identified by the consultant. 

• Perform cost and benefit analysis and determine the return on Investment on the recommended equipment and Business Models, and 

• Recommendations on HW approach to PHH Equipment acquisition by cooperatives and value chain actors and PHH Practices adoption by farmers. 

Reporting Requirements and Task Duration:

The consultant/team of consultants will provide an inception report within five days upon signing of the contract with the following elements:

• Outline the proposed methodology and approach to be used to carry-out the assignment.

• Workplan of activities to be carried out during the assignment

The consultant/team of consultant/team of consultant/team of consultants will provide a draft report of the assignment including a comprehensive cost and benefit analysis within 25 days upon contract signing. A final report must be submitted once the draft report has been accepted by CNFA.

Qualifications and experience:

• Masters degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness, food technology/engineering, or similar 

• At least 5 – 7 years’ experience in developing a minimum of 3 successful business plans in agriculture mechanization or industry setting, and conducting cost and benefit analyses, post-harvest and handling management, an understanding of capacity building in food safety and quality control. 

• Proven track record in analyzing or preparing feasibility study reports, market research, and agriculture value chain analysis

• Familiarity with analytical tools such as cost-benefit analysis, investment analysis, strong research and analytical skills to conduct a similar assignment

• Proven record of working with rural smallholder farmers especially conducting PHH training in the Kinyarwanda language;

• Familiar with relevant food safety issues and standards (local, regional and international) that affect products that are being produced by HW the beneficiaries.

• Excellent communication skills in Kinyarwanda.

• Fluency in English and excellent technical report writing skills in English.

To apply: Interested candidates should submit an application containing technical and financial proposals through the following e-mail address: c2.stta@cnfarwanda.org The deadline for submission of applications is June 15, 2018.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

STTA to Conduct a Selection of Nutrition Sensitive Horticulture Value Chains and Rapid Market Analysis

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Project Name: Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

Consultancy Assignment: Local STTA Consultant – Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze   

Consultant/team of consultant Title: Local STTA to Conduct Selection of Nutrition-Sensitive Horticulture Value Chains and Rapid Market Analysis

Reports to: Business, Market, and Finance Development Director (BMFD Director)

Level of Effort: Approximately 25 days

Place of Performance: Kigali with frequent field visits to Hinga Weze target districts

Estimated Period of Performance: July – September  2018

Program Overview

The objective of the five-year USAID Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. These outcomes will be achieved through combining capacity building with in-kind matching grants and technical support to strengthen agricultural extension, improve agricultural infrastructure, and facilitate linkages among value chain actors.  To achieve the goals of Hinga Weze, five value chains will be specifically targeted: high-iron beans, orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP), Irish potato, maize, and horticulture. The Activity is being implemented in the following ten districts of Rwanda: Gatsibo, Kayonza, Kirehe, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamasheke, Karongi (Western Province); and Nyamagabe (Southern Province).

Overview of the Assignment

a. Task Description

Horticulture is grown by over half of the rural households in Rwanda, as a result of diverse geography that has created unique agro-ecological opportunities for production of a wide range of horticultural crops. These crops are often grown in household gardens and on very small plots. Vegetables represent an estimated 2% of total GDP, and about 7% of total agricultural output in 2013, while only accounting for 3% of the total cultivated land. Most vegetables are grown on very small plots within household gardens. While household consumption is an important objective of these household gardens, a significant amount of the production is sold for cash, mostly by women. For example, 50% of cabbage and more than 60% of tomatoes, onion, and carrots were sold into the marketplace for cash, which are important sources of income for farmers. 

As a result of this environment, Hinga Weze will adapt its approach to horticulture to take the above context into account and work to make smallholders better-informed decision-makers for production, processing, and marketing processes. To do so, Hinga Weze must focus its efforts on a relatively small subset of all possible horticulture interventions, so as not to dilute its efforts too widely and to increase its impact on a large group of Rwandan farmers. 

Therefore, Hinga Weze will engage a consultant to conduct an analysis that will help prioritize its interventions around the horticulture value chain, identifying which products, technologies, and market support have the greatest potential to make an impact in the near-term on contractual deliverables. Within this scope, the consultant will analyze a range of 20 commodities within the horticulture value chain and select six of them as key focus areas for Hinga Weze.  The consultant will be asked to identify the most appropriate commodities that have the potential to increase incomes, to increase nutritional outcomes, and increase access to markets for Rwandan agricultural producers. The consultant will then make recommendations to USAID and to CNFA about which focus areas are recommended within horticulture over the remaining 4-5 years of the activity.

The STTA Value Chain Advisor, with support from CNFA, will first review a previous horticulture value chain analyses, UC Davis Horticulture Assessments, the various other Rwanda assessments and Hinga Weze baseline study report to identify needs for additional research. He/She will coordinate with stakeholders to determine whether existing data and analyses provide sufficient information to guide private investments and project interventions. He/She will then provide summary Value Chain Analyses (or Market Profile) of at least ten crops in the horticulture sector which will incorporate end-market analysis information along with other factors of the value chain. Then he/she will recommend six with the highest nutritional value and marketability, key market actors (especially buyers) and strategic interventions for Hinga Weze focus.

The STTA Value Chain Advisor will not work alone. He/she will be supported, by CNFA/Hinga Weze local field staff will also assist and participate in the implementation of the assignment, especially in the organization of the stakeholder’s consultations, key informants interviews and focus group discussions. The results of the analyses will be shared with public and private sector stakeholders, and with other donor programs. As mentioned, of the horticulture value chains to be analyzed, the consultant will recommend six priority value chains and eight secondary value chains (in consultation with GoR and USAID) for Hinga Weze to focus its activities.  The criteria for the assessment and selection of the priority commodities will be jointly developed by Hinga Weze and the consultant during the first few days of the assignment and highlighted in the inception report.  

b. Task Duration

The STTA Value Chain Advisor is anticipated to be on the ground in Rwanda for 20 days, and have five days of desk research, preparation and post-field report writing, for a total of 25 LOE days.

c. Expected Results

The analysis for the nutrition-sensitive horticulture value chain in Rwanda will include:

• Desk analysis of similar initiatives of USAID/other donors in Rwanda, with an aim of leveraging existing value chain and nutrition-sensitive value chain research in making recommendations to Hinga Weze and USAID about which value chains are most appropriate to support (i.e. increase positive nutrition outcomes of agriculture interventions and also support income generation for resource-poor households);

• In-country interviews with Hinga Weze, GoR, USAID and other donors, agricultural producers and processors and anyone else needed to focus the research; 

• Analysis of potential horticulture contributions to Hinga Weze contractual deliverables and MEL targets, by commodity, using gender, youth, and climate-smart agriculture lenses.

• Analysis to cover at a minimum the following commodities; amaranth, beetroot, cayote, onion, eggplant, cabbage, mushroom, green pepper, red/hot pepper, speeder plant, squash, carrots, peas, okra, pumpkin, garlic, watermelon, pears, mango, avocado, citrus, passion fruits, tree tomato, papaya, and pineapple. This analysis should focus on the nutritional benefits and income-generating potential for each commodity. The consultant may also add any other commodity that could serve as a potential focus area for the activity. 

• A market profile of each of the pre-selected 14 commodities highlighting key market dynamics such as price trend, volume flow, actors like lead buyers and processors in the Hinga Weze targeted district as well as a recommendation of a strategic market solution.

The output will be a written report in the English language of approximately 25-30 pages, with a PowerPoint presentation required to communicate elements of the analyses.

Deliverables:

The consultant will provide the following deliverables:

a. An inception report within five days of contract signature with an outline of the proposed methodology and the approach to be used, also including a work plan of activities to be carried out during the assignment.

b. A draft final report outlining the methodology used, the results, and the primary recommendations to Hinga Weze about which six commodities with the horticulture value chain to focus on, and upgrading strategies for the Hinga Weze approach.  Report to include eight commodities of secondary focus and market profile for each of the 14 pre-selected. 

c.A final report taking into account comments by Hinga Weze, USAID, and the GoR.

The consultant/team will provide a draft report of the assignment including a comprehensive cost and benefit analysis within 30 days of contract signature. The final report can be submitted once the draft report has been reviewed and accepted by CNFA and other stakeholders.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

• Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, business or related field is preferred. Alternatively, bachelor’s degree and an additional five years of relevant experience.

• A minimum of 10 years of work experience in agricultural value chain development, with five years of experience in market analysis, research and agricultural development practices.

• Experience in identifying opportunities for value chain development which will promote market linkages and better access to markets at the processor and household level that positively impact the entire value chain;

• Practical skills in value chain analysis, market analysis, and food pricing;

• Proven understanding of nutrition-sensitive value chain programming

• Acquainted with agricultural and rural development conditions in emerging markets. Priority will be given to knowledge of Rwandan or East African market conditions.

• Holder of a post-graduate degree in finance, banking or business related fields;

• Experience in value chain methodologies and techniques, horticulture promotion, monitoring/evaluation, and other relevant areas;

• Experience working with USAID and other donors

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Excellent communication skills in Kinyarwanda.

• Fluency in English and excellent technical report writing skills in English.

• Rwandan citizenship an advantage but not required 

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit an application containing technical and financial proposals through the following e-mail address: c2.stta@cnfarwanda.org. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, June 15, 2018. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Short-Term Technical Assistance for Promotion of Farmers Solidarity groups’ Model and Linkages to Financial Service Providers

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Hinga Weze Project Background 

Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze project is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA. The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. This is envisioned to be achieved through the sustainable increase of agriculture productivity, improving farmers’ access to market and improving nutrition outcomes of agriculture interventions.  The Activity is being implemented in the following ten districts of Rwanda: Gatsibo, Kayonza, Bugesera, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamasheke, Karongi (Western Province); and Nyamagabe (Southern Province).

To achieve the goals of the activity, five nutrient-rich value chains will be specifically targeted: high-iron beans, Orange Flesh Sweet Potato (OFSP), Irish potato, maize, and horticulture. Recognizing the importance of accessing affordable financial services for market-oriented smallholder farmers, Hinga Weze (HW) will collaborate with a range of stakeholders, including financial service providers and other USAID-funded projects, to facilitate men and women farmers’ access to credit and markets. Hinga Weze will actively explore opportunities to leverage private-sector resources to create market opportunities for beneficiaries. 

The agricultural financing landscape analysis (products and activities in the market) that Hinga Weze undertook in 2017 has identified the lack of collateral, the high cost of accessing finance, lack of banking history, high level of financial illiteracy rate and inadequate credit management skills and knowledge among other barriers to smallholder farmers financial inclusion. The same analysis has also identified the promotion of financial services usage combined with technical assistance as possible solutions to smallholder farmer’s exclusion to financial services. 

In addition to supporting financial service providers in tailoring their products to the needs of these underserved small holder farmers, the promotion of solidary groups model, which is one of the focus activity of some of microfinance institutions and SACCOs in Hinga Weze zone of influence, if implemented within the cooperatives and farmer groups could be a channel through which small holder farmers embark into financial transformation journey where they learn and adopt saving and loan practices with a strategic purpose to improve either an agricultural productivity (through timely access to inputs) or nutrition status (animal protein production assets). 

Objective of assignment 

The objective of the assignment is to provide technical assistance to Hinga Weze to implement the solidary group model (pilot phase) within the farmers’ cooperatives and provide the capacity building to solidary groups’ members and Hinga Weze district staff.  The pilot phase will focus on four districts (Karongi, Rutsiro, Ngororero in Western province and Bugesera in Eastern province) in Irish potatoes, Maize and Horticulture value chains. 

Scope of the Short-Term Technical Assistance 

The purpose of Solidary group model is to provide simple savings and loan facilities in a community that does not have easy access to formal financial services. The TA will in general, help HW identified beneficiaries to form solidarity groups.

More specifically the TA will cover the following assignment:

a)Conduct  quick financial and business analysis for the selected cooperatives;

b)Facilitate the formation of groups within the cooperatives/ zones.  Each group is composed of 10 self-selected individuals. Groups will meet on a weekly basis, and members save;

c)Monitor (Intensive and routine coaching and monitoring) the solidarity groups’ activities and support to put in place the internal rules and regulations;

d)Train solidarity groups facilitators and leaders cooperatives in financial literacy and solidarity groups’ model. This activity aims at promoting the savings and credits culture in the entire cooperative starting with cooperative management;

e)Facilitate the linkage of solidarity groups to financial service providers;

f)Provide coaching to BMFD and Outreach officers on solidarity groups concepts and methodology.

Deliverables and expected outcomes 

Hinga Weze is expecting the following deliverables 

1.Financial and Business Analysis Report produced;

2.50 Farmers solidarity groups formed in each district with a minimum of 2,000 farmers reached;

3.BMFD Officers and Outreach officers from the four targeted districts trained in solidary groups model through coaching process;

4.Solidarity groups facilitators and leaders trained;

5.Coaching (intensive and routine) and monitoring of the formed solidary groups provided until their maturity;

6.Established linkage of solidarity groups to at least three financial service providers.

Competencies Required 

Applicants are required to provide profiles for all proposed technicians, clearly stating their roles and responsibilities, level of effort, and including their technical expertise and practical experience. 

This assignment expected to carry out by experienced individuals/firm with the following qualifications:

1. A Bachelor’s degree in management, Business Administration/Agriculture Economics/Finance/ Agriculture/Agri-business or related field; 

2.Must have strong experience in coaching and follow up of the solidary groups in Rwanda;

3.Expertise in financial inclusion through linkages of smallholder farmers to  non-financial and  financial service providers;

4. Minimum 5 years’ experience in microfinance business in Rwanda;

5. Must have good knowledge of the Rwandan agricultural finance context, especially for smallholder farmers; 

6. Strong analytical skills, report writing and ability to triangulate data from multiple sources; 

7. Strong communication and facilitation skills backed by knowledge of adult learning techniques and speaking local language speakers where necessary;

8. Track record in conducting solitary groups capacity building related activities in the agriculture sector.

Required level of effort and time frame 

The required level of effort is 80 working days for the above deliverables.

Confidentiality of information and language  

All documents and data will be treated as confidential and used solely to facilitate the work in this assignment. The deliverables of this work will be the responsibility of the consultant and will be aligned with all the aspects as outlined in these terms of reference.  Hinga Weze will be responsible for the coordination role and will be the owner of the deliverables. The reports will be produced in English and should be simple in expression and easy to understand. 

Instructions to prospective bidders   

Preparation of Proposals: You are requested to submit separate technical and financial proposal. You are advised to carefully read the complete Scope of Work. Where an electronic copy of the scope of work is issued, the paper or hard copy is the original version. In the event of any discrepancy between the two, the hard copy shall prevail  

Technical Proposals: Technical proposals should contain the following documents and information and should not exceed 10 pages (proposals exceeding these pages will not be considered): 

1. The consultant profile/CV;

2. An approach and methodology for performing the services; 

3. A detailed work plan;

4. Copies of previous contracts;

5. A summary of your experience in similar assignments with supporting documents;

Financial Proposals: Financial proposals should contain the following document and information and should not exceed 2 pages:

1.A copy of the breakdown showing all costs for the assignment, broken down into fees and reimbursable and miscellaneous costs. The costs associated with the assignment shall be estimated in US dollars.

Validity of Proposals: Proposals must remain valid for 30 days.  

Submission of Proposals: The technical and financial proposals should be submitted separately in the same email, both marked with “Technical Proposal” or “Financial Proposal” as appropriate.   

Proposals (both technical and financial) should be submitted in Word/Excel or PDF formats by email to c2.stta@cnfarwanda.org by June 15, 2018 at 5.00 PM (Kigali Time) clearly indicating the subject line: “Call for proposals for Short-Term Technical Assistance for promotion of farmers’ solidary groups’ model and linkage to financial service providers”

Local Consultant (Facilitator) – FtF Uganda

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Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity in Uganda. The purpose of this Activity is to increase incomes and improve livelihoods of households through agricultural-led inclusive economic growth. The Activity will increase the institutional capacity of Government institutions, the private sector, and civil society organizations, and will create incentives for agribusinesses to invest in the market system and be more responsive to changes in it. 

Position Description:

The Local Facilitator will support field research for ongoing capture efforts and technical design. He/she will set up meetings with local organizations/partners/agencies/experts according to project needs (including translation if necessary), identify and recommend candidates for proposed positions, and provide logistical support as needed to the CNFA proposal team. The Local Facilitator may also be required to provide technical design support and local context information. 

Preferred Experience:

  • Significant experience managing logistics and administrative tasks and facilitating business relationships in Uganda;
  • Significant network of Government entities, private sector organizations and civil society is required;
  • Familiarity with the agribusiness and political climate in Uganda;
  • Strong research experience and demonstrated ability to capture and articulate in writing salient points from business meetings;
  • Expertise in at least one technical sub-sector of agriculture is required. 

STTA : Value Chain Researcher / Geomapping

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Project: MOCA Côte d’Ivoire

Place of Performance: Washington, D.C. / Cote D’Ivoire

Period of Performance: 7/1/2018 – 8/31/2018

Reporting to: Marc Steen, CoP

BACKGROUND

The Maximizing Opportunities for Cacao Activity (MOCA) is a three year, $14.6 million USDA funded activity implemented by CNFA in Cote d’Ivoire. The goal of MOCA is to increase productivity and efficiency of actors in the cocoa value chain through strengthening the capacities of cooperatives/producer groups, research institutions, input suppliers and processors of cocoa. Improve and expand the trade of cocoa and cocoa products through improving the overall quality of the crop, the processing and post-harvest handling techniques, and strengthening market linkages and organization of groups to supply product to fulfil market demands.

The activity will achieve these goals by implementing a demand-driven approach that facilitates sustainable cacao production, and invests in cacao quality, processing and postharvest handling. The approach will focus on capacity building, improved access to financial services, the provision of grants, improve the availability and sue of improves inputs and input services and access to markets and consists out of eight interrelated activity areas: 

1)Capacity Building: Producer groups/cooperatives

2)Capacity Building: Government Institutions

3)Capacity Building: Provide business development services

4)Financial Services: Facilitate agricultural lending

5)In-Kind Grants: Equipment and Inputs

6)Inputs: Develop agrodealers and/or other input suppliers

7)Training: Improved agricultural production techniques

8)Market Access: Facilitate buyer-seller relationships

The study will contribute to program design by evaluating key gaps and opportunities which can make a difference in supporting the cacao value chain in Cote D’Ivoire.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of this study is to map cocoa value chain actors (cooperatives, village cooperative delegates, producers, transporters, exporters, input suppliers and input service providers etc.) in MOCA targeted cocoa production zones and their business, support and information relationships with other value chain actors and supporters. The geomapping exercise will allow MOCA to understand the cacao value chain in the three intervention regions of MOCA (Abengourou, Daloa, Soubre), as well as permit to monitor the impact on cacao production of MOCA over the LoP. The study will include the following key components:

(1) Geomapping of MOCA targeted Cooperatives, Producer groups, other actors before export and traders, their village level delegates, their members and suppliers as well as in cases cacao producers that can become farmer group or cooperative members and/or suppliers.  

Production areas around targeted MOCA cooperatives, producer groups, cacao traders, financing institutions and surrounding conservation areas will be geo-located with GIS mapping including the famers location, the location and use of their fields and the estimated cacao and other production in volumes per year. The geomapping will also include buyers/exporters from outside of the area, the traceability and certification schemes the different cooperatives and producer groups adhere to. 

The mapping will also include at regional level agroecological information like soil description using the Centre National de Recherche Agronomique’s (CNRA) soil mapping results, altitude/slope, water availability/pluviometry and protected areas for each geomapped production area. 

The exercise will also include the presence of cacao diseases and pests in the target areas. 

(2 ) Input supplier mapping: the exercise will map the input suppliers and input service providers available and/or used by the geomapped producers under component (1).  The input supplier mapping will include a description of the nature of the relationships between the input supplier and the cooperatives, farmer groups and/or farmers. Support services providers for cacao producers will also be included in the stakeholder mapping as well as the use of these services by producers.

(3) Market relationship and local processing/value addition actors: the mapping exercise will include the location of the cacao producers’, cooperative representatives and cooperatives first point of sales of cacao. It will include the nature of the relationship: exclusively buying-selling, provision of embedded services (market information, advance payments, credit facilities, input supply and services provision, coaching etc). 

(4) Local processing of cacao and products.  Geomapping will account for cacao coming from the targeted areas and producers, cooperatives and farmer groups include downstream value chain actors who transport, store, process and in any other manner add value to the cacao. The analysis will also include pests, diseases and other agro-ecological characteristics.

(5) Availability of financial services: The geomapping will include the location of financial service providers (mobile money agents and MFI branches), banks and insurance companies. It will include the nature of the relationship with the cacao producers, the cooperatives and their rural representations. The exercise will include the use of mobile banking or mobile money transfer by cacao producers. 

(6) Assessment of climate trends impacting cacao regions. Localized climate trends, their accompanying limitations and opportunities will be described for each region of project operations (ie. changes in pluviometry, evaporation rates). The assessment will include how these trends will impact cacao production in each zone as well as how it will impact other crop compliments of cacao systems to better understand diversification options. This assessment will be conducted using existing study data in project intervention areas. Analyses will be produced from a thorough desk review.

RELEVANCE

The consultancy is part of a USDA Food for Progress award managed by CNFA aimed to improve the cacao value chain in Cote D’Ivoire as described above. This consultancy will focus on developing the cocoa global value chain analysis.

Cote D’Ivoire is the largest cocoa producing country in the world with production valued at $3.58 billion annually. It is the country’s number one export and foreign exchange earner contributing roughly 15% of the country’s GDP, and represents one-third of the world’s cocoa supply

Earnings from the cultivation and sale of cocoa support 3.5 million people in Cote D’Ivoire, including 600,000 smallholder farmers and their families. The smallholder farmers have limited capacity to increase the amount of quality beans they can sell which is of great concern to the Government of Cote D’Ivoire which has engaged in its own efforts to strengthen country-wide capacity to meet rising demand and improve domestic processing operations. The government maintains a goal of keeping 50% of cocoa processing in-country by 2020 keeping a larger portion of the value addition from its production in-country. 

The majority of exports are done by major international commodity traders like Cargill, Olam and used by large chocolate processors like Cadbury, Hershey’s and Nestle. Bean sourcing is managed through the various large cacao cooperatives throughout the country whose membership can arrive at the thousands, as well as through informal traders operating in-country during the production season. The high volumes and complicated logistics make selling and sourcing a difficult and vulnerable operation. 

Moreover, national production has also attracted the attention of conscious consumers exerting greater pressure for sustainable production and fair trade in response to the increased encroachment of cocoa production into conservation areas. Several certification and traceability mechanisms exist in country including Rainforest Alliance which recently merged with UTZ, FairTrade, Organic, etc. The prevalence of these certification schemes varies throughout the country and in accordance with marketing channels. 

Cacao farmgate prices are established seasonally by the national government’s agency overseeing the commodity, the Conseil-Café-Cacao. Prices vary and reflect annual cycles of production shortage and surplus. The expansion of the agricultural production frontier for cacao production has increased the surplus and emphasized the need for the growth of local processing sector. 

The report will provide detailed information on the location of different actors in the value chain in MOCA targeted cocoa production zones and analyze their interactions.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The consultant shall lead a multidisciplinary team of researchers to refine the data collection methodology, manage a research team, manage data, analyze, interpret and present the finding of the study to provide recommendations for the MOCA project.

Deliverables. 

The substance of findings and recommendations with respect to the above-mentioned tasks shall be delivered by the consultant in a written deliverable: 

• An outline for the study and presentation of the proposed methodology to the project team including a sampling industry representatives, cooperative leaders and producers. 

• An electronic geodatabase with geospatial information using proper metadata tagging and attributes of cocoa value chain actors (cooperatives, cooperative village and section representatives, producers, transporters, rural cacao purchasers and traders, government extension workers, cacao supporting local and international civil society organizations, exporters, input suppliers (producers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers), input service providers, government representatives, research and planter support centers, banks and microfinance institutions, mobile money providers in MOCA targeted cocoa production zones;

• An interactive map of cocoa value chain actors (cooperatives, cooperative village and section representatives, producers, transporters, rural cacao purchasers and traders, government extension workers, agriculture support local and international civil society organizations, exporters, input suppliers (producers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers), input service providers, government representatives, research and planter support centers, banks and microfinance institutions, mobile money providers in MOCA targeted cocoa production zones; The map will be for project internal use only and will remain confidential. The map should show the location of value chain actors and supporters, the relationships between them, indicate the nature of the relationship (trade relationship, financing relationship, membership relationship, advisory and support relationship, supply relationships, service provision relationships) and the content of the relationship in terms of monetary value, volumes traded and types products and services traded. 

• Spatial Analysis of cocoa value chain actors cooperatives, village cooperative village and section representatives, producers, transporters, rural cacao purchasers and traders, government extension workers, cacao supporting local and international civil society organizations, exporters, input suppliers (producers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers), input service providers, government representatives, research and planter support centers, banks and microfinance institutions, mobile money providers in MOCA targeted cocoa production zones;

• The Spatial analysis will result in spatial characterization of soil, climate and main agricultural production (cacao, other perineal crops, annual food, staple and cash crops) and spatial dependency of the value chain actors in terms of monetary value, volumes traded and types of products and services traded. 

The applicant is requested to propose a suitable software tool for the interactive map and spatial analysis electronic geodatabase with geospatial information.

Expected Due Dates

The study will be conducted over a 3-month period including desk research, research in country and reporting writing and presentation. The consultant/consultant team will work collaboratively with MOCA project, MOCA partners and other ongoing studies to exchange research findings and combine data collection efforts. 

Deadline for Submission

The deadline for submission is June 30th, 2018. Questions should be submitted no later than June 20th 2018.

Estimated Budget

The estimated budget for the study is $50,000.

Qualifications

  • The consultant/consultant team will have a master’s degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, supply chain management, or other relevant field.
  • Knowledge of and experience in Cote d’Ivoire and with the cacao sector are required.
  • Significant relevant experience, including farm/processing management, and research and data analysis experience
  • The consultant will be knowledgeable about national and international cacao markets
  • The consultant will have a proven track record experience with agricultural value chain studies and economic analyses
  • Fluency in English and French required. The final draft and final report will need to be presented in both French and English.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills to work with a small technical team
  • Experience in basic economic data analysis
  • Experience in computerized database mapping
  • Experience in climate research and adaptation to climate trends in agriculture. If the firm does not have this experience on staff, the applicant is required to bring on short term technical assistance to add this expertise to the proposed team.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Lead Technical Writer – MCC Niger

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This position will serve as the lead technical writer to provide major proposal development support on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Niger Livestock project.  The successful candidate will take a lead role in the preparation of the technical proposal and should demonstrate mastery of both English and French.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead proposal teams in the development of strategic technical approaches and activities, and write the technical proposal by incorporating oral and written inputs from technical experts and responding to comments provided from reviewers;
  • Draft original content as needed, ensuring all drafts are complete and within page limits in advance of reviews;
  • Support proposal teams in writing other sections of the proposal, developing graphics and text boxes, and reviewing all proposal sections for consistency and compliance;
  • Align with CNFA best practices for developing proposal outlines, strategies, and approaches, and adhere to CNFA outline and other templates and tools;
  • Participate in the selection of best candidates for key personnel positions, and;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • At least six years of proposal writing experience, including for MCC, USAID, and other donor institutions solicitations, is required; expertise in agricultural development or other relevant technical areas is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics, journalism, or a related field is required;
  • Familiarity with MCC/MCA and/or other donor regulations for proposal compliance is required;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills is required;
  • Experience devising concepts for graphic designs and text boxes is strongly preferred;
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and a demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints is required;
  • Excellent written and oral abilities in French is required;
  • Ability to travel to both Washington, DC and Senegal is required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Information Security Consultant

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Background:

The security of computer networks is of growing concern to organizations with global operations due to the fact that organizations increasingly find themselves working in unstable environments.  As such CNFA has recognized the need to review and strengthen existing measures and take appropriate actions to better meet the information technology security needs.  These tools will be specifically adapted to best meet the needs of CNFA utilizing a common-sense approach to manage potential risk and help mitigate crisis situations.

Project Description:

We are currently seeking a highly experienced information security consultant to conduct security assessments of our internal information systems. The consultant will review current structure and help develop strategic and tactical plans for a comprehensive enterprise-wide information security program for our Washington, DC home office location.

Position Summary:

The Information Security Consultant will be responsible for all development of strategic and tactical plans for a comprehensive enterprise-wide information security program. 

Working with the Senior Information Technology Officer, the consultant will guide, advise on, and develop new policies and procedures through conducting a gaps analysis.  

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct information security assessments in line with the organization’s methodology;
  • Identity and communicate key control deficiencies;
  • Assist with recommendations to address and rectify control deficiencies;
  • Validate evidence of closed security risks;
  • Draft content to develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with requirements;
  • Provide a report on compliance progress to executive leadership, and other units, as required;
  • Proactively raise trends, potential threats, concerns or other information with the Vice President, Talent Engagement & Senior IT Officer;
  • Develops strategic and tactical plans for a comprehensive enterprise-wide information security program;
  • Leads the development of policies, technical standards, guidelines, procedures, and other elements of an infrastructure necessary to support information security in compliance with established company policies, regulatory requirements, and generally accepted information security controls;
  • Leads development of an information security risk management program that includes business, regulatory, industry practices and technical environment considerations;
  • Develops enterprise-wide security incident response plans and strategies that includes integration with business, compliance, privacy, and legal constituents and requirements; and
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Security, Tech or related field;
  • 6 or more years’ experience in information security audits in corporate environments;
  • Experience with large, complex global organizations;
  • Strong understanding of the compliance mechanisms required (GLBA, SOX, PCI, HIPAA etc.);
  • Strong knowledge of both internal and external audit functions;
  • Knowledge of IP networks infrastructure (topology, firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention);
  • Knowledge of Databases (SQL, Oracle, DB2);
  • Knowledge of vulnerability and compliance scanning instruments (Qualys, Imperva, eIQ Nessus, etc.);
  • Knowledge of security standards (CoBIT 5, ITIL, ISO 15504, ISO 20000, ISO 27000, ISO 31000, ISO 38500, NIST series 800 guidance) ;
  • Good knowledge of IAM control;
  • A thorough understanding of logging systems (System Event and Audit log collection);
  • Knowledge of data masking and encryption mechanisms (at-rest, in-motion, in-transit);
  • Knowledge of physical security principles;
  • Ideally an advanced network or security certification (CISM, CISSP, CRISC, CISA, CIA);
  • Ability to complete multiple, simultaneous projects with minimal supervision and prioritize incoming work appropriately;
  • English language proficiency;
  • Demonstrated problem solving, data analysis, and mapping skills; and
  • Good organization, self-motivation, and project management skills

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants are requested to submit their CV; a cover letter summarizing the capacity to implement the required tasks; and a requested daily rate.  Submissions are due by June 30, 2018 at 5:00PM EST.

 

Level of Effort:

The level of effort for this project is expected to be 5 days (40 hours).

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.