STTA: Berry Sector Consultant

STTA: Berry Sector Consultant

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BACKGROUND:

The USAID Agriculture Program is a five-year activity that aims to accelerate the growth of agricultural sub-sectors that demonstrate strong potential to create jobs and increase micro, small and medium enterprises’ (MSME) revenues. The USAID Agriculture Program plans to deliver firm-level investment and tailor-made technical assistance to entrepreneurial, market-driven enterprises, production clusters and supporting associations and service/information/extension providers to foster inclusive and sustainable market systems development. 

The USAID Agriculture Program provides competitive cost-shared grants and technical assistance to address identified gaps in targeted value chains (VCs) that will result in the improved productivity and productive capacity of MSMEs, strengthened value chain linkages, increased access to markets, and improved capacity of MSMEs, cooperatives, associations and service/information/extension providers.

One of the high potential VCs that the USAID Agriculture Program will focus on is a berry VC. Berry production in Georgia has been gradually increasing, and in 2017 about 6,000 tons were produced on 2,000 ha. As of 2017, new berry orchards were arranged on an additional 400 ha through the support of the Agriculture Projects Management Agency (APMA). 

However, yield is considerably low since new orchards contain over 90% old varieties, which are well adapted but not able to provide competitive yield and quality for export. In addition, smallholder and commercial farmers engaged in berry production lack knowledge of modern technologies, new varieties, inputs and good farming practices.  This is a key challenge named by most players of the berry VC. Therefore, there is a need for equipping berry producers with technical knowledge and expertise in order to improve the knowledge base at the farmer level for making appropriate farm management decisions and adopting modern technologies. To this end, the USAID Agriculture Program plans to develop detailed berry production guides in line with the best international practices, which will then be widely disseminated among berry growers, private and state extension agents and academia. 

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this assignment is to develop comprehensive production guides for the following berries: raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. These guides are aimed to assist Georgian berry growers to adopt the best international practices to maximize fruit quality and harvest. 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop comprehensive production guides for raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. These guides should at a minimum cover the following areas:

  • Biology of the cultivated berries (raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and blueberry)
  • Site selection and land preparation for different types of soil
  • Plant selection (new varieties for fresh and frozen consumption)
  • Trellising and pruning brambles
  • Water management
  • Soil and nutrient management
  • Insect and mite scouting and management
  • Disease management and physiological disorders
  • Provide specific recommendations to follow the best IPM practices
  • Spray application technology
  • Harvesting, handling and transportation of fresh berries

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A bachelor’s degree in agronomy with a focus on berry production;
  • Minimum of 10 years of work experience as an agronomy practitioner;
  • Proven experience in developing practical production guides; and
  • Strong communication skills.

DELIVERABLES:

  •  Production guide structure and format agreed with the USAID Agriculture Program; and
  •  Production guides for raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 

This assignment is planned to take place on or about 1/15/2018 through 1/29/2018. This consultancy will be provided offsite and will not exceed 10 days.

Monitoring and Evaluation Support- Consultancy

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Project Background:

The Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) program is a five year, $23 million USAID funded program implemented by CNFA in Egypt. The goal of FAS is to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt. The program will achieve this goal by implementing a market-driven approach that facilitates sustainable, pro-poor value chain development, and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. The market-driven approach will be supported by four interrelated components: 1) improved on-farm production, 2) more efficient post-harvest processes, 3) improved marketing of agriculture crops and products, and 4) improved nutritional status, especially for women and children.  

Assignment Objectives and background: 

CNFA considers monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to be an essential management support function that facilitates evidence-based program management through rigorous identification, testing, and scaling-up of interventions that maximize impact and cost-effectiveness, all of which are a core part of the FAS project adaptive management approach to market system development. The FAS project is a Feed the Future project; therefore, it is vital that the FAS M&E system conform to Feed the Future monitoring and evaluation standards, including the use of Feed the Future standard indicators. In addition, FAS has established a number of custom indicators, to complement FAS’ monitoring and measurement of progress and impact in increasing agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt.

FAS has recently significantly updated the project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Plan, both to incorporate the new Feed the Future indicators as well as revise the data collection plans for many indicators to improve data quality. In addition, FAS is currently developing a new cloud-based, data management platform to improve data management, analysis, and reporting. In parallel, FAS has developed an M&E Field Guide that documents the data flow for each indicator from the point of data collection to calculation of the indicator result, and provides detailed guidance to the field implementation teams responsible for collecting, managing, analyzing and using data.

FAS must now roll out the new MEL system including the updated indicators and data collection plans to the FAS staff, with a focus on the M&E, programs, and grants units.

This consultancy will provide face-to-face, ongoing support to the FAS project to strengthen project  M&E functions and build the capacity of the team to collect, manage and report indicator data that meets USAID requirements for data quality. 

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

The consultant will provide technical expertise to support the FAS project by building the capacity of new M&E Manager, M&E support staff, and other FAS technical staff in their respective roles related to M&E. Specifically, the consultant will;

•Support rollout of the updated FAS MEL Plan and the M&E Field Guide. 

oProvide tailored trainings to staff to explain purpose of the FAS M&E system, framed within the the context of measuring the project’s progress towards achieving the project goals and objectives per the FAs Results Framework, and contributions to the overall Feed the Future goals and objectives. framework, and the FAS indicators including Feed the Future standard indicators.

oTrain relevant staff to build their comprehension of the indicator defintions, and how to use the Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS). 

oTrain M&E, programs, and grants staff on the new protocols for data collection and management (data flows), including specifically how to use FAS data collection and monitoring forms and the M&E database. 

oTrain FAS staff on principles of data quality, and provide practical examples of how to maintain data quality.

oProvide tailored training to staff on best practices for using data for reporting

•Review FAS grant program and individual grant objectives and train grants, M&E, and other technical staff on grant-specific M&E processes.

oSupport design of customized grant M&E indicators using current grant M&E plan template. 

oProvide Training of Trainers to FAS M&E staff to support them in providing training and ongoing support to grantees on their M&E requirements for data collection and reporting, according to the grant M&E plans. In addition, there may be need for direct training of grantees on how to adhere to their M&E requirements.

•Support finalization of FAS M&E database in collaboration with CNFA HQ staff, ensuring synchronicity with the FAS MEL Plan and M&E Field Guide

•Provide support and management of FAS M&E functions as needed during the transition to the new M&E Manager. Anticipated tasks include preparation of results for quarterly reporting and managing ongoing data collection. 

•Identify opportunities for strengthening FAS M&E systems and implement solutions. 

•Provide ad hoc survey support in line with FAS M&E systems

•Provide ad hoc analysis of FAS indicator data and quarterly results, as needed

•Support hiring process for any upcoming FAS M&E staff recruitment, on as-needed basis

•Identify additional areas for M&E capacity building and provide formal, ongoing recommendations to FAS Senior Management

For all trainings, consultant will design tailored curricula, with input from FAS Senior Management. Trainings to be combination of group and one-on-one trainings.

Deliverables

•Training Plan, to be submitted within first 2 weeks of assignment, after briefing from FAS Senior Management and HQ team, and meeting with FAS M&E, programs, and grants staff

•Curricula for trainings, to be approved by FAS Senior Management and HQ team

•Final report with final recommendations, including actionable suggestions for  improvement to FAS M&E systems

Resources for Assignment

For this assignment, CNFA will provide the following;

•Desk space in main FAS office in Luxor, as well as satellite offices in Aswan and Minya

•Facilitation of logistics for travel to Luxor, Egypt and between FAS project offices

•Office materials and supplies to support trainings

For this assignment, the consultant will need to provide the following;

•Working computer with MS Word and Excel (preferably a licensed version) 

•Mobile phone and credit for regular communications with staff throughout zone of implementation

Timing, Location and Level of Effort

This assignment is expected to be carried out over 3 month period, with an option for 3 additional months based on the need for additional support. Intermediate and Final deliverables dates will be agreed upon with the selected candidate and will be included in the final scope of work. The consultancy will be based in the FAS head office in Luxor with regular travel to FAS satellite offices in Minya and Aswan, upon request by CNFA. 

CNFA will facilitate and cover costs of international and work-related local air travel, lodging, and Meals and Incidental Expenses (M&IE). Rates must be in accordance with US State Dept rates. You can find the full list of Egypt per diem rates in this link. Lodging will be reimbursed base upon actual costs, and receipts must be provided for reimbursement.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least eight (8) years of relevant experience, including significant M&E experience with USAID Feed the Future programs.
  • Experience operationalizing program M&E plans.
  • Experience managing teams and providing training and hands-on capacity building support for M&E.
  • High level of proficiency in statistical analysis and data management.
  • English proficiency and excellent written communications skills; Arabic proficiency preferred.

To express interest in this assignment, please reach out by email to Brett Aronson at baronson@cnfa.org and Deanna Burns at dburns@cnfa.org 

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.

STTA: Identify and Establish Collaborative and Horizontal Business Linkages Between U.S. and Azerbaijani Companies

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BACKGROUND

The USAID Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan Project (ASAP) aims to increase incomes and employment in rural areas by delivering firm-level investment and technical assistance to agribusiness enterprises that wish to engage with commercial markets as private businesses. Implemented by CNFA, the 63-month project was initiated in June 2014. 

Since its launch, ASAP has benefited not only Azerbaijani agribusinesses, but U.S. agribusinesses as well and in the process has reduced Russian influence on Azerbaijani agribusiness. By introducing American technologies, purchasing U.S. goods and services, engaging American experts, facilitating trips to the U.S. that have led to purchases by Azerbaijani agribusinesses from American companies and the establishment of other types of linkages, agriculture in both countries has benefited from these new ties and exposure. While U.S. agribusiness manufacturers and suppliers have gained new markets, Azerbaijani agribusiness have gained access to innovative new technologies that were previously unavailable or unknown to local producers and processors. These efforts will continue during PY5 of the project through work to build the capacity of local dealers and representatives to identify local needs that U.S. agribusinesses can supply and support their efforts to raise awareness among local growers and processors that could benefit.

The U.S. linkages that ASAP will continue to facilitate will include both academic and commercial linkages between Azerbaijan and the United States. Academic linkages can serve several purposes, including expanding the scope and experience of U.S. institutions, while orienting overseas partners toward U.S. technologies, which can help create demand for American educational and research institutions as well as commercial technologies. This can increase, through “soft power,” goodwill toward the U.S. and counter malign foreign influence in line with the USAID objective of Countering Kremlin Influence (CKI). Commercial linkages in turn open new markets for American businesses, thereby increasing their revenues and creating jobs. They can also help increase the profitability of Azerbaijani businesses through distribution contracts for Azerbaijan and even Central Asia, thereby creating jobs in Azerbaijan. Third, helping make new and innovative products and technologies available to Azerbaijani agribusiness improves the quantity and quality of their agricultural production. This in turn improves the revenues and profitability of farmers and in turn creates jobs in such areas as harvesting as well as second and third-tier jobs in processing, packaging, and transportation.

OVERVIEW

With the aforementioned context in mind, ASAP is searching for a consultant to identify and establish linkages between U.S. and Azerbaijani companies. This assignment includes development of a list of U.S. companies to be identified based on several factors, foremost among them being specific expressed interest by ASAP’s recipients and other partners and contacts. Having identified the prospective linkages, the consultant is expected to facilitate introductions between these prospective linkage partners, and, where necessary, assist in negotiations between these Azerbaijani and U.S. enterprises/entrepreneurs with the purpose of establishing local distributorships or representation of American agribusinesses in Azerbaijan.

This consultancy will require an experienced authority with relevant experience in the U.S. and Azerbaijan to research potential collaborative and horizontal business linkages between the actors in related industries in both countries. 

OBJECTIVES

• To promote collaborative and horizontal business linkages between U.S. and Azerbaijani companies across a multitude of sectors;

• To identify and establish working relationships with large, international American companies interested in reaching out through distributorships, representation, or any other legal form of partnership in Azerbaijan (and possibly in the wider South Caucasus, Central Asia and other parts of the former USSR as well);

• To empower local communities by expanding existing and/or initiating new economic activities;

• To help Azerbaijani suppliers to increase income through sales of new American machinery, equipment, input, and/or other resources and thus to help Azerbaijani agribusinesses increase production, productivity, and quality through access to an expanded and diversified array of  innovative U.S. technologies.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Work from the U.S. to:

 

• Conduct desktop research to identify potential demand-driven collaborative and horizontal business linkages;

• Employ knowledge of both countries’ business environments to outline and select the most promising leads, i.e., those entrepreneurs and enterprises that have interest in and the greatest potential for collaboration;

 Hold meetings/electronic communication with key personnel from parties in both countries to evaluate their technical capacity to enter into a business partnership and establish direct communication between the beneficiary, including continuous ongoing coordination with ASAP representatives; and

• Submit a final report to ASAP regarding the findings of the consultant. Include a list of actual and potential linkages and recommendations for improving the linkage identification strategies employed by the Project and lay out a road map to identify and facilitate such business linkages in the future.

MEETINGS RELATED TO UNDERSTANDING AND PERFORMING THE WORK

 

The Consultant shall meet online, but is not limited to meeting, the following individuals or groups of individuals in order to fully perform the work specified under this Consultancy:

 

• David G. Blood, ASAP Chief of Party

• George Melton, Agribusiness Advisor

• Yashar Farajov, US Linkages and Marketing Specialist, Hazelnut VC Coordinator

• Samir Hamidov, USAID ASAP Contracting Officer’s Representative

• Key personnel of candidate U.S. and Azerbaijani companies

DELIVERABLES

• Written summary of contacts, meetings and findings

• Final report of findings on:

o Desktop research for identification of potential demand-driven collaborative and horizontal business linkages;

o   A list at least ten companies interested and able to launch a legal partnership with Azerbaijani agribusiness stakeholders;

o   A list of actual and potential linkages and recommendations for improving the linkage identification strategies employed by the project laying out a road map to identify and facilitate such business linkages in the future.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

This assignment is proposed to take place, beginning as soon as the candidate is selected, for a duration of the equivalent of up to 15 eight-hour consulting days. This consulting assignment would extend over an overall time period of up to 45 days, in order to allow for the latent periods between when potential U.S. linkage partners are contacted and when responses are received and/or between when required feedback from the Azerbaijani side is requested and when it is received by the consultant. 

MANDATORY AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The Consultant must be an experienced business linkages, trade and marketing expert with extensive experience in brokering, trade/linkage facilitation and consulting. The Consultant is expected to hold a university degree in business management, international trade, international relationships, corporate finance or the equivalent. The focus of the experience should be on import/export promotion and international trade. Experience with Azerbaijani agribusiness companies is preferred. Proficiency in Azerbaijani and/or Russian languages is preferred.

Lead Writer – USAID Development Food Aid Program (DFAP) Malawi

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CNFA is seeking the services of a lead writer for a short- to medium-term assignment to support the development of a proposal for the FY 2018 Food for Peace funding opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for conducting research and for drafting, editing, and reviewing proposal technical sections from pre-solicitation through submission. CNFA anticipates the position to start immediately and continue through May 2018. The selected consultant will be required to travel to West Africa on a mutually agreed timeline for this opportunity.

Tasks & Deliverables:

  • Conduct research as required to develop the proposal and provide evidence; identify research needs to be completed by CNFA staff; and work collaboratively with the Technical Lead and CNFA staff to develop response
  • Conduct capture trip, as decided upon with the proposal team
  • Support the proposal team with the development of the strategic approach, including results framework, preliminary objectives, guiding principles, and preliminary activities.
  • Responsible for writing the technical application including the introduction summary, strategic analysis, and reviewing or ensuring integration of other sections.
  • Maintain the formatting of the original document and work within CNFA’s formatting

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field or equivalent work experience required
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural development, maternal and child health and nutrition, and resiliency required
  • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of 5 years of proposal writing experience and providing technical oversight and leadership on development projects required; experience with Food for Peace and USAID strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of Food for Peace conceptual and results framework and indicators, and experience developing a milestone plan required;
  • Experience leading the early stages of proposal design and provision of the technical “roadmap” required; experience leading or participating in theory of change workshops preferred;
  • Strong proposal writing and editing skills required;
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and communication skills required;
  • Familiarity with CNFA’s technical and geographic program areas preferred.
  • Experience in devising an approach for graphic designs strongly preferred.

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.

Technical Lead for USAID Orora Wihaze – Rwanda

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CNFA is seeking the services of a Technical Lead for a short- to medium-term assignment to support the development of a proposal in response to the RFP for the USAID Rwanda Orora Wihaze opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for providing technical input to CNFA’s proposal. 

Tasks & Deliverables:

  • Read the RFP for the Orora Wihaze Activity and review existing capture research on this opportunity.
  • Support the proposal team in the development of the strategic approach, including win themes, results framework, objectives, and activities.
  • Provide written technical input into the development of the proposal, including conducting research and working collaboratively with the Lead Writer and CNFA staff to develop the technical sections of the proposal.
  • Conduct a capture trip, as decided upon with the proposal team.
  • Identify and recommend potential local partners, organizations, and personnel that the proposal team should meet for gathering contextual information, discussing opportunities for collaboration, and obtaining buy-in to the CNFA proposal and bidding strategy.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field or equivalent work experience required.
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural development, livestock productivity, market systems development, and nutrition required.
  • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of 5 years providing technical oversight and leadership on development projects required, experience with USAID projects preferred.
  • Experience working in Rwanda preferred.
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and communication skills required.
  • Familiarity with CNFA’s technical and geographic program areas preferred. 

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.

Lead Writer for USAID Orora Wihaze – Rwanda

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CNFA is seeking the services of a Lead Writer for a short- to medium-term assignment to support the development of proposal in response to the RFP for the upcoming USAID Rwanda Orora Wihaze opportunity. The selected consultant will work closely with CNFA staff and will be responsible for conducting research and for drafting, editing, and reviewing the full proposal. The consultant should reflect the tone and writing style of the CNFA team and should work within CNFA formatting and templates. 

Tasks & Deliverables:

  • Read the RFP for the Orora Wihaze Activity and review existing capture research on this opportunity.
  • Conduct research as required to develop the proposal and provide evidence; identify research needs to be completed by CNFA staff; and work collaboratively with the Technical Lead and CNFA staff to develop the responses.
  • Conduct a capture trip to Rwanda, as decided upon with the proposal team.
  • Responsible for writing the technical sections of the proposal and support the proposal team in the writing of other sections, as needed.
  • Review and edit field inputs for the proposal, as needed in collaboration with the field team and under the leadership of HQ.
  • Collaboratively incorporate inputs and address comments from color draft reviews.
  • Support the team in the development of a strategy for developing the design of the full proposal.
  • Maintain the formatting of the original document and work within CNFA’s formatting.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or a related field or equivalent work experience required.
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural development, livestock productivity, market development, and nutrition required.
  • Demonstrated expertise and a minimum of 5 years of proposal writing experience and providing technical oversight and leadership on development projects required.
  • Experience leading the early stages of proposal design and provision of the technical “roadmap” required.
  • Strong proposal writing and editing skills required.
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and communication skills required.
  • Familiarity with CNFA’s technical and geographic program areas preferred.
  • Experience in devising an approach for graphic designs strongly preferred.

 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.

Farm and Post-Harvest Production Consultant – Senegal

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Farm and Post-Harvest Production Consultant to support proposal development on the upcoming USAID/Senegal Agricultural Value Chain Services for the rice, maize, millet/sorghum and horticulture value chains. A key objective of the future project will be to increase the targeted value chains’ productivity and quality management system, including by reducing production costs and post-harvest losses and supporting the adoption of higher quality standards.

 

The position will be based in Senegal.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Combine field visits throughout Senegal with a desk review of existing literature to identify critical equipment that reduces production cost and/or improves quality standards at the farm production and post-harvest levels, in the rice, maize, millet/sorghum and horticulture value chains.
  • Conduct an in-depth cost-benefit analysis of relevant current and potential facilities, machines, and technologies that are cost-effective, time-saving, and easy to use, within these value chains.
  • Identify technical, financial, social, and related limitations that prevent the procurement of appropriate technology and suggest ways to overcome these barriers.
  • Recommend organizations and service providers that can participate in the upcoming project as partners, or who require business development services to better support smallholder farmers increase post-harvest production.
  • Develop a concise and clear strategy brief that succinctly illustrates all aspects of this study.

Key Qualifications:

  • At least 5 – 7 years’ experience in conducting cost and benefit analyses, farm production, post-harvest and handling management, and creating business plans for agricultural mechanization and industrialization
  • Demonstrated understanding of food safety and quality control is required;
  • Proven track record in analyzing or preparing feasibility study reports, market research, and agriculture value chain analyses is required;
  • Familiarity with the analytical tools for cost-benefit and investment analysis needed to conduct the assignment is required;
  • Familiar with relevant food safety issues, institutions, and standards (local, regional, and international) that affect the rice, corn, millet, and sorghum value chains in Senegal is strongly preferred;
  • International donor experience, especially with USAID, is strongly preferred;
  • Fluency in French and English 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.

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.