Technical Lead for USAID Orora Wihaze – Rwanda

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.

AVIS DE RECRUTEMENT DE 3 CONSEILLERS EN GESTION DE L’ENTREPRISE AGRICOLE

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Dans le cadre de la mise en eouvre du projet sésame financé par l’USDA,Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) recherche pour le volet dévéloppement des coopératives agricoles, 3 conseillers en gestion de l’entreprise agricole pour les Régions de l’Est, de la Boucle du Mouhoun et des Cascades- Hauts Bassins.

Le Projet SESAME (Sésame Marketing and Export est exécuté par un consortium de partenaires, notamment, Lutheran World Relief (chef de file), Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, Rongead, Afrique Verte Burkina,  Ecobank  et Orange. Financé par l’USDA et d’une durée de cinq ans (2016-2021), ce projet est mis en œuvre au Burkina Faso et couvre les grandes régions productrices de sésame, que sont, l’Est, les Cascades, la Boucle du Mouhoun et les Hauts Bassins.

Il vise les objectifs suivants : accroitre la production et l’exportation de sésame de bonne qualité à travers une plateforme TIC (Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication) dans le but de faciliter la circulation de l’information et les transactions ; renforcer les capacités des producteurs, des associations et des exportateurs ; améliorer l’accès aux services financiers.

 

Au sein du Projet SESAME, CNFA a pour mission de créer un environnement favorable à la commercialisation du sésame. Pour ce faire, il a en charge 3 grandes activités, notamment : faciliter les relations entre les acheteurs et les vendeurs pour un meilleur accès au marché; promouvoir l’amélioration des politiques et du cadre règlementaire à travers le renforcement des capacités des acteurs; renforcer les capacités des promoteurs d’entreprises agricolessur les bonnes pratiques de gestion des affaires de production.

Pour la mise en œuvre de cette dernière activité (renforcer les capacités des promoteurs d’entreprises agricoles sur les bonnes pratiques de la gestion des affaires de production) CNFA souhaite recruter 3  conseillers en gestion des coopératives agricoles en qualité de prestataires. Ils interviendront dans les régions de l’Est des Hauts Bassins couplés aux Cascades et de la Boucle du Mouhoun.

 

 Responsabilité générale

Placés sous l’autorité hiérarchique de la Conseillère Principale en Développement Organisationnel, les conseillers en gestion des entreprises agricoles seront principalement chargés de former les promoteurs d’entreprises agricoles du projet ainsi que les coopératives de producteurs sur le module Farming As Business (FAAB).

 

 Tâches

1-      former et recycler les promoteurs d’entreprises agricoles des 4 régions d’interventions du Projet SESAME sur les techniques de gestion de la coopérative agricole à travers les thématiques suivantes : l’élaboration du carnet de champs, l’élaboration du compte d’exploitation, la recherche et la gestion des micro-crédits, etc.

Ils auront ainsi à leur disposition un outil de formation comportant ces thématiques à  aborder;

2-      collecter des informations auprès des acteurs pour améliorer  en continue le contenu du module FAAB;

3-      former les coopératives agricoles sur les thématiques ci-dessus citées en des termes simples et dans les langues locales;

4-      suivre, coacher et superviser les coopératives agricoles dans l’application du module FAAB;

5-      élaborer et mettre en œuvre des outils simplifiés de suivi des entreprises agricoles montrant les progrès observés ;

6-      documenter les succès des coopératives agricoles dans la mise en œuvre des modules FAAB;

7-      appuyer la Conseillère Principale en Développement Organisationnel dans l’organisation des activités de formation et de toutes autres activités jugées nécessaires;

8-      exécuter d’autres tâches en fonction des besoins du moment. 

 

 Compétences et qualités requises

o   être titulaire d’un BAC+2 en développement agricole, développement rural, marketing, entreprenariat ou tout autre diplôme jugé équivalent;

o   avoir une expérience d’au moins deux ans dans le milieu du développement rural ;

o   avoir une connaissance de la filière sésame et de ses problématiques serait un atout ;

o   avoir des connaissances en gestion des exploitations agricoles;

o   avoir une expérience démontrée de collaboration avec des partenaires multisectoriels

o   (gouvernement, ONG, secteur privé, etc.) ;

o   avoir une expérience dans la formation en milieu paysan ;

o   bonne capacité d’adaptation et aptitude à travailler sur le terrain ;

o   bonne capacité à produire des rapports d’activités dans les délais ;

o   maîtrise des outils informatiques Office ;

o   accepter résider dans les régions d’intervention citées;

o   bonne maîtrise des langues locales : mooré, gourmantché, dioula et autres langues selon la région;

o   être capable de travailler dans un environnement multiculturel ;

o   faire preuve de flexibilité et d’innovation.

 

 Pièces à fournir pour la candidature

o   CV comportant les contacts de 3 personnes de référence ;

o   lettre de motivation;

o   copie légalisée du dernier diplôme.

 

Nature du contrat et durée de la mission

Les personnes retenues exécuteront la mission sous la forme de contrat de prestation tel que défini par la législation burkinabé.

La durée du contrat sera de 8 mois, soit d’août 2018 à mars 2019 avec possibilités de renouvellement en cas de disponibilité de budget, et bonne performance.  

 

Date limite de réception des dossiers de candidature : 23 juillet 2018

 

NB : Tous les dossiers de candidature doivent être envoyés au contact suivant : dzeba@cnfa.org

Gender Consultant

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Consultant Title: Gender Consultant 

Program Objective: To conduct a gender review of the Amalima program

Level of Effort: 21 days

Amalima requires the services of an experienced Gender Consultant to conduct a gender review in the four Amalima districts of Bulilima, Mangwe, Gwanda, and Tsholotsho.  The consultant will review the strengths and weaknesses of the Amalima gender mainstreaming strategies and identify factors that can enhance gender equality and women empowerment during program implementation and beyond. The consultant will document any observed evidence of change (intended and unintended) due to gender mainstreaming in Amalima interventions, and will provide recommendations on how to enhance the program’s gender strategy during the extension period.   

The goal of this assignment is to better understand if the current gender strategy of the program is achieving the desired results and to receive practical recommendations, based on best practices, of additional actions that can be taken by the project in the remaining two years of implementation to enhance the impact of program activities as they relate to gender. 

TASKS

The Gender Consultant will work closely with the Amalima Gender Specialist, Field Program Coordinator, and other relevant Amalima staff to conduct a gender review covering the following components:

1. Conduct a desk review of literature and Amalima program documents and reports and then develop a work plan for the gender review. (5 days)

2. Travel to Zimbabwe and conduct qualitative research in the field through key informant interviews and focus group discussions with program beneficiaries, and key stakeholders. (10 days)

3. Before leaving Zimbabwe, present the initial findings to Amalima staff (including the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Gender Advisor, and Field Program Support Coordinator) (1 day)

4. Write a draft report of the findings and recommendations for program improvement for review and comments from Amalima staff in DC and Bulawayo (3 days)

5. Finalize report of the findings and recommendations for program improvement in a clear, concise, and usable written report. (2 days)

DELIVERABLES

The expected outputs will include the following components:

1. Work Plan for the Gender Review written in Microsoft Word. The Work plan should include:

• Research questions/objective

• Literature review

• Methodology

• Data collection tools

2. Debrief with Amalima COP and relevant program staff to formally present and share findings and recommendations prior to completion of assignment in Zimbabwe

3. Draft gender review report, written in Microsoft Word and no longer than 15 pages, excluding annexes.  The report should include:

• Executive summary

• Research methodology

• Gender review of findings and recommendations

• References

• Work plan as an annex

• Data collection tools as an annex

4.Final gender review report, written in Microsoft Word and no longer than 15 pages, excluding annexes. The report should include:

• Executive summary

• Research methodology

• Gender review of findings and recommendations. The review should focus on the gender-related actions the program has taken, their effectiveness, and the extent to which the gender strategy is achieving the desired results. Recommendations should be practical and implementable given the scope of the program, remaining length of project, and budget. 

• References

• Work plan as an annex

• Data collection tools as an annex

Qualifications

• At least Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences or other development related fields (e.g. women’s economic empowerment);

• 7+ years of experience in the area of gender-integration and women’s empowerment, preferably on projects in the agricultural sector;

• Professional experience in conducting gender analyses or evaluations of development projects funded by international donor, USAID project experience preferred;

• Strong written and verbal English required;

• Prior experience in Southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe, 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.

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: 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.