Economic Analysis Consultant

Economic Analysis Consultant

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking an Economic Analysis Consultant to support our proposal for the Development Food Security Activity in Malawi. The position will be based in Washington, DC, with remote work possible. The Economic Analysis Consultant will provide preliminary economic analysis to justify proposed project interventions and which detail their expected effect on food security in Malawi. CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has more than 15 years of experience in Malawian agriculture.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and analyze financial, economic, and food security impact of proposed interventions.

Key Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in Economics, Agriculture, or relevant subject
  • Demonstrated success conducting economic analyses for international development projects; and
  • Experience working in similar capacities for USAID or other donor proposals;

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: conducting an investigation on performance of the installed irrigation system at Kamabuye, Bugesera District

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About Hinga Weze

 

Hinga Weze is a five- year activity of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by CNFA. The primary objective of Hinga Weze is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. The program is comprised of the following three interrelated components:

Component 1: Increasing agricultural productivity

Component 2: Increasing farmers’ access to markets

Component 3: Improving nutritional outcome of agriculture interventions

 

Introduction

In 2009, the Government of Rwanda through Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and Luxembourg Development (Lux-Dev) Cooperation jointly installed different irrigation systems at locations throughout Bugesera District, Rwanda. A total of 240 ha of hillside irrigation schemes were completed around the lakes of Rilima, Gashora and Cyohoha, including one site at Kamabuye where infrastructure was installed but remains unutilized to date. The farmers requested assistance to rehabilitate the project with a focus on reducing energy costs, which are currently extremely high due to high costs of diesel fuel to operate the installed pumps. The total cost of fuel to fill the installed 6 reservoirs is approximately 80,000 RWF over the course of two days;.

 

These projects are facing serious operational and maintenance challenges resulting in a non-functional system. During a meeting between Hinga Weze, RAB, local authorities, and farmers, stakeholders identified an opportunity to upgrade the installed system by connecting solar panels  and solar powered pumps, thus potentially making the system operational. However, RAB tried to rehabilitate the site by installing 6 dam sheets of around 1,960 m3 (4 of 250 m3 and 2 of 480 m3) but still the farmers are not able to buy the required fuel to irrigate their crops.

 

Consultant Scope of Work – Investigation of the installed system

Hinga Weze is ready to install the solar system with solar pumps to resolve the fuel cost which has resulted in the failure of the existing irrigation system; however, before Hinga Weze can install this system, project staff need to know the status of the existing infrastructures and their current performance.

 

Therefore, Hinga Weze is recruiting an expert in irrigation for approximately 10 days of LOE to conduct a full assessment, including a field visit and testing and reporting of the current irrigation system. The consultant will test all existing systems and will provide a thorough report of any remaining issues, next steps, and potential costs. 

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting field visits to projects in order to test the irrigation infrastructure
  • Establishing project boundaries to be irrigated by the existing infrastructures which using Garmin GPS equipment
  • Investigating the performance of  existing infrastructures
  • Reviewing the installed irrigation system, including review the design for the projects
  • Conducting an assessment of the irrigation network
  • Analyzing the status of existing installed irrigation pipe lines
  • Analyzing the capacity of the existing dam sheet
  • Measuring the outflow (discharge and pressure) of all existing hydrants 
  • Making necessary observations/recommendations on soil erosion and its impact to the installed irrigation system
  • Assessing the pump and engine supplied by RAB and its related fuel consumption per ha/ per day or per hour
  • Tracing the delivery network installed underground using the above ground observable structures, like the valve boxes and hydrants

Key qualifications

  • A BSc graduate in Irrigation Engineering (or equivalent), having no less than ten years’ experience in the field of irrigation, out of which minimum of five years shall be in irrigation design and investigation.
  • The consultant must have proven track record in small scale irrigation projects
  • The consultant must have proven track record of successful organization of small-scale irrigation farmers
  • Fluency in English, both in technical report writing and speaking is a requirement.

Reporting and payment

  • The consultant will report in 10 days from the starting date.
  • The client will pay the consultant a negotiated daily basis contract amount.

How to Apply

All interested and qualified candidates are invited to send their applications with a cover letter, detailed CV, names of three references, and a copy of all degrees and certificates, and send in PDF or Word format to hingaweze@cnfa.org with subject: APPLICATION FOR IRRIGATION STTA, no later than 3:00 PM, Kigali City time, on April 17th, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

STTA: Business development under the Ghana business linkages Programme and the ECOWAS export market generation.

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Background Information

he Investment Promotion and Business Linkages Activities project in Ghana falls under Key Result 4 of Ghana Employment and Social Protection programme and focus on the following interventions:

·         Key activity c) promoting equity and quasi equity-based investment into small and medium-sized enterprises with a focus on the agribusiness value chain following a structured sequence of investment promotion activities, such as identifying potential investors, preparing investment briefs to key target investors, supporting promotion campaigns, providing investor management. A preferred target of this activity will be ‘Impact Investment Funds’, which measure their return on investment not only in financial terms, but also in terms of jobs created as well as social and environmental impact; and

·         Key activity d) promoting business linkages in selected value chains between large companies and local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

·         The above-mentioned activities will follow a structured approach, including identifying lead companies and viable local suppliers of goods and services, which will be strengthened to ensure specifications for service and product delivery can be met and contractual business relationships with large corporations can be established as well as to facilitate access to finance for the participating local SMEs.

·         The project which is based in Accra but will cover the whole of Ghana has a focus on the agri-business sector and is to be implemented in close cooperation with the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), building on their significant network of SMEs in Ghana.

·         The direct beneficiaries of the contract are the Small and Medium sized Enterprises, large companies and investors (foreign and domestic notably impact investors). Other stakeholders include Private Sector organisations and the European Business Organisation in Ghana (EBO Ghana) as well as Public institutions such as the Ghana Investments Promotion Centre (GIPC) which should be involved at all steps.

Overall objective, Purpose and Results of the Project

The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to the holistic approach of the Ghana Employment and Social Protection programme by supporting employment and social protection and supporting the agenda of the Government of Ghana (GoG) as far as MSMEs and their development with business development services, advocacy and access to finance predominantly along the agricultural value chain given its employment potential.

The Project is to be delivered in close cooperation with the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and its purpose is two-fold:

1.     Organise and implement an Investment Promotion campaign; and

2.     Implement business linkages programmes and generate exports to ECOWAS markets.

Main results to be achieved are as follow:

Result 1: Equity based investment in Ghanaian Agribusiness Value Chains is promoted, and in particular the presence of Impact Investment Funds is increased in Ghana;

Result 2: Business between large companies at the top of a value chain and new suppliers is generated; and

Result 3: Export development in the ECOWAS region is promoted.

All in all, the Investment Promotion and Business Linkages Activities project in Ghana subsidizes the implementation of the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II (GSGDA II) with specific inputs to the Private Sector Development Agenda and the National Export Strategy.

Objective 

The assignment falls under the scope of the Ghana Business Linkages Programme (GBLP) and the ECOWAS export market generation initiative and has the objective of contributing to the implementation of these project’s main activities, namely the latter whose start up activities are yet to be kick started in a consistent way.

Results to be achieved

The Non-Key Expert’s inputs and outputs will contribute to the following results:

1.     Ensure the ECOWAS export market generation initiative is back on track as by the workplan of the project;

2.     Companies commit to the ECOWAS export market generation initiative and due diligences are performed and export proposals duly drafted for consideration by the project and ensuing match-making with demand from potential importers;

3.     Confirm the viability ofthe ECOWAS export market generation initiative’s original approach and propose eventual corrective measures of technical and/or operational nature. May it not be the case propose a sustainable and realistic alternative.

Under the GBLP the Non-Key Expert may contribute to the drafting of cooperation agreements and assist in the conceptualisation and drafting of proposals for the setup of business linkages programmes. 

Assumptions

·         The TA creates an enabling environment for the easy and swift integration of the Non-Key Expert;

·         The Non-Key Expert understands the focus of her/his intervention and implements all required tasks in a consistent and timely fashion;

·         The Key Expert 3 provides all necessary information and guidance to the Non-Key Expert; and

·         The Non-Key Expert does not commit to decisions or arrangements without discussing them with the TA.

Risks

·         The Non-Key Expert fails to understand the relevance of her/his inputs to the continuation of the ECOWAS export market generation initiative; and

·         The Non-key Expert does not report on actual information and disrupts or misleads implementation and/or effective decision-making.

Scope of the Assignment

Description

The ECOWAS export market generation is a methodical and structured approach to assist companies to enter and penetrate new regional ECOWAS markets. The challenges in Ghana are typical of those facing business in developing economies. Firms are reluctant to undertake major initiatives, such as entering export markets, which can be due to economic factors (excessive risk arising from the perceived high cost in relation to extremely uncertain outcomes), psychological factors (insufficient information and lack of confidence) or comfort in an uncompetitive domestic market. Structured support helps companies overcome these obstacles and the Technical Assistance is implementing a technical approach to generate exports which follows a systematic process.

However, the implementation of the above-mentioned approach has been delayed due to a certain difficulty to manage planned activities timely, prioritise focus and tasks and avoid scattering of efforts. After almost one year into the implementation of the project, there are no tangible inputs-outputs and it is even unclear whether pre-selected companies are willing to export to the ECOWAS region and meet the project’s requirements for assistance. Demand for Ghanaian food products on the side of ECOWAS importers and consumer is yet to be determined which makes it difficult to build an interesting portfolio of potential exporters prior to any pre-selection process. For the time being, the project has only managed to attract companies which attended investment seminars and have submitted applications but do not necessarily have a full-blown profile for exporting. Some are interested in the EU markets while others see it as an alternative to economic and financial viability as the local market’s demand for their products decreases. Regardless, it is still unclear which are or may be potential beneficiaries of the ECOWAS export market generation initiative and whether interest real exists and in what way. In fact, it is likely that agribusinesses are not interest in the ECOWAS region and this should be clear to enable an eventual reorganisation of the approach or even the main activity itself.

The business linkages programme has moved at a slightly faster pace and only some assistance may be required, namely during the discussion process leading to the development and setup of and commitment to a business linkages programme proposal.

The present assignment should, therefore, lay solid foundations for the continuity of the ECOWAS export market generation initiative or to justify eventual changes, either in terms of approach or attractiveness and all within realistic timelines.

Geographical area to be covered

The Non-Key Expert may intervene in all regions of Ghana. 

Deliverables

The assignment should lead to the following deliverables:

·         Workplan of the assignment;

·         A list of companies contacted and status of relation with the project;

·         Due diligences performed and export proposals outlined;

·         Support the drafting of a market study proposal in the ECOWAS region (to be confirmed);

·         Contribute to the identification of 6 selected target markets in ECOWAS countries and develop ToR for specific market researches;

·         Coach AGI staff and suitable and attend / contribute to subject related workshops; and

·         Produce draft MoU to be signed by companies which committed to the project.

Management and coordination

The short-term Expert and Trainer works under the overall management of the Team Leader.

However, her/his scope of interventions and support to the Ghana Business Linkages programme and/or the ECOWAS export market generation shall be agreed in a kick off meeting and coordinated with the Key Expert 3 and supervised by the Team Leader.

Regardless, s/he ultimately reports to the Project Manager at AESA, the Contractor.

Logistics and Timing

Location

The office and operational base for this contract is Accra, Ghana. However, travel to the regions may be required and discussed and agreed on a need basis.

Start date & Contract duration

The intended start date is the 01st of May 2019 and the intervention is for an estimated total of 25 working days in-country. 

Reports

Reporting requirements

The short-term Expert is required to submit one final report at the end of the intervention (see Deliverables section).

Moreover, if necessary, the short-term Expert is required to make contribution to the Service Contract reporting process, namely in her/his own area of intervention.

Submission and approval of reports

End of mission report(s) and other relevant contributions will be submitted to the Team Leader for approval.

Regardless the short-term Expert is responsible for her/his own contributions. As such s/he will be required to provide clarifications or enhance contributions as seen fit by the team leader and or AESA, the contractor, and, ultimately, the Contracting Authority.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Definition of indicators

Satisfactory performance reflected in the timely and professional accomplishment of the activities and tasks falls under her/his responsibility. 

Requirements

  • Higher education degree in Management, Econ Business management, international marketing or other relevant University degree. Alternatively, a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the main topics of the intervention;
  • Competences in the MSME sector and familiar with matters pertaining to rural and agri-business development;
  • Professional experience in the ACP region. Prior working experience in Ghana and ECOWAS region could be an asset;
  • Comprehensive MS/Office literacy (MS/Word 2013, MS/PowerPoint, MS/Excel, MS/Access) skills;
  • Understanding of market economy principles, notions of distribution and value chains; and
  • Practical and pro-active character with good team spirit and communication skills and prepared for or used to assignments in remote rural areas.
  • International experience relating to agricultural value chain development and provision of support to agribusiness industries, namely through (1) export initiatives and (2) business linkages projects:
  • Consistent practical experience in the field of the MSME sector and perform business development services, namely: market studies, due diligences, strategic management, business planning, international marketing strategies and models and their operationalisation;
  • Experience in public and private stakeholder engagement, including the agribusiness private sector;
  • Training capacity and experience to tutor potential replicators;
  • Previous professional experience in Africa in the fields of export promotion and business linkages development. Experience in Ghana and/or ECOWAS region may be an advantage; and
  • Effective ability to work (speak, read and write) in English is mandatory

Short Term Expert- Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Consultant for the Legal and Regulatory Framework for Cocoa Value Chain

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Project Background

 

The Technical Assistance to the Coffee and Cocoa Value Chain in Uganda is an EU funded project, with the scope to assist Uganda in the upgrading its coffee and cocoa value chains, with a quality export perspective and with focus on small holders.

The project supports both private and public sectors, who are the beneficiaries, and involves research activities.

In order to achieve the expected results, the activities are implemented covering three result areas:

Result 1. Improved policy ang regulatory framework for cocoa value chain

Result 2. Improved production, post-harvesting and marketing of coffee and cocoa value chains and

Result 3. Marked-led research in coffee and cocoa, trade analysis and market surveillance strengthened.

Description of the Assignment

Background of position

Cocoa is a relatively new crop in the country, with favorable environment and climatic conditions; its cultivation is encouraged by the Government, as a diversification income opportunity, especially for small holders. The produce is exported raw, as the country has no sufficient volume production to justify investments in processing; furthermore, specific post-harvest technologies are required for ensuring quality standards for export, which are not presently available in a consolidate management system in the country.

Currently there is no official legal system regulating and monitoring cocoa production, including a National Cocoa Policy, nor a public framework set up, with the mandate to promote the development and export of the sector.

Cabinet Secretariat has advised that the development of a cocoa policy should start with a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA), to inform on the best options for sustainable national cocoa development, so to ensure that the cocoa sub sector is developed to its full potential.

Responsibility and core functions

This assignment is related to implementation of Part 1 Result 1:

Draft the policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework, including standards, guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain. A particular focus will be set on women’s empowerment and on mitigation of climate change/environmental impacts.

Specific tasks

To carry out a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) to inform on the best option for sustainable national cocoa development.The options to consider may include harmonization of existing frameworks or development plan or strategy or policy or amendment of existing policies or laws. In other words, the RIA may recommend to have a specific policy for cocoa or the amendment of a coffee policy/law to take care of cocoa.

Specifically, working closely with MAAIF/UCDA technical staff and the Technical Assistance Team (TAT), the consultant will undertake the following duties:

1.       Read and internalize key documents in relation to policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework of cocoa in Uganda.

2.       Consult key informants including actors along the entire cocoa value chain: relevant public institutions, including ministries, departments and agencies; academia and training institutions; research institutions; farmers’ organizations and cooperatives; private sector and civil society organizations and cocoa farmers.

3.       Determine the problem/s that the cocoa policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework will address and define the goal/s of the legislation.

4.       Estimate the costs and benefits of implementing the cocoa strategy/implementation plan.

5.       Analyse the impacts of the cocoa policy on various stakeholders and determine the likely losers and winners.

6.       Draft the RIA report based on information gathered from various stakeholders, inputs from the National Steering Committee and documents reviewed.

7.       Organize and facilitate a validation and consensus building meeting with stakeholders to review the draft RIA report and clarify any issues arising, including any new information for discussion and consensus building.

8.       Finalize the RIA report and present it to UCDA for TPM review and clearance and on onward submission to Cabinet for approval.

Deliverables

The RIA consultant shall deliver the following during the assignment:

1.       An inception report by the end of the first week of assignment outlining methodology, work plan and roles and responsibilities of various parties during the assignment.

2.       Report highlighting on the best option(s) for sustainable national cocoa development.

3.       A draft RIA report that elaborates the core problems to be addressed by the cocoa policy, its impacts on various stakeholders, options for solving the problem, cost-benefits analysis and other requirements as outlined in the Guide to Policy Development.

4.       Final validated RIA report

 Methodology

The realisation of the expected result will be achieved through reviewing and updating the existing policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework of cocoa documents, including standards, guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain, against international requirements, the National Development Plan II, National Export Development Strategy and other development strategy guiding documents.  

An inclusive consultation and validation process, taking into account gender and climate change/environment mainstreaming, will be conducted to determine the problems that the cocoa policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework will address and define the goals of the legislation and its impacts on various stakeholders.

 

A first draft of RIA report will be circulated for review and internal presentations will be organised at the Uganda Coffee Development Authority and MARKUP National Steering Committee. Comments and suggestions received will be included in the final document that will be presented to UCDA for MAAIF-TPM for review and clearance and on onward submission to Cabinet for approval.

 

The RIA consultant will work closely with UCDA technical staff/National Programme Coordinator MARKUP and the Technical Assistance Team (TAT).She/he will report to the Managing Director, UCDA for technical issues and to the CTA-Chief Technical Advisor for contractual matters.

Partners

The RIA Consultant will assist and work in close collaboration with NPC MARKUP, the UCDA Legal office and other pertinent Directorates of UCDA, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Department and staff of UNBS, Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development/National Authorizing Office (NAO) and cocoa farmers’ organizations and cooperatives apex body. 

Duration

The assignment will be for a maximum of 15-20 working days, extendable based on justified needs.

Period

April – May 2019

Location

Premises of the Uganda Coffee Development Authority Headquarters, Jinja Road, Kampala, Uganda will be the primary location, with visits to MAAIF, UNBS and other pertinent institutions on demand. Missions outside of Kampala will be organized as needed in collaboration with the UCDA and CTA.

Reporting

Inception workplan

The short-term Expert will submit a work plan within the first two days of the assignment, specifying the details of the activities and deliverables, in accordance with the tasks indicated above and agreed upon in consultation with the National Project Coordinator and the team leader of Technical Assistance.

Verbal reports

The incumbent will report progress to the TA on a daily basis and to the Project Coordinator on demand.

6.3 Draft end of assignment Report

The expert shall submit a draft report within 15 days after the end of his/her assignment, according to the template provided by the TL.

The report shall include, but not be limited to the following:

·         Scope of the assignment

·         Listing of (key) meetings and persons encountered

·         Day to day journal with activities performed

·         Findings and results achieved

·         Recommendations for further actions

·         Description of any difficulties encountered in performing the mission

·         Relevant annexes and supporting data

·         The RIA will be an annex of the report

The reports and annexes shall be delivered as electronic file(s) in MS Word and MS Excel, as required

Final Report

Comments will be submitted to the expert by the Project Coordinator and the TA within one week from the submission of the draft mission report. The final report will be delivered by the expert within two weeks from the transmission of the comments on the draft version.

 Language

The working language of the project and the language used in all reports and communications between the consultant and the Project management shall be English (UK spelling preferred).

Responsible KE

Team Leader Technical Assistance

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advance university degree (or equivalent) in finance, economics, management, policy analysis, public administration, business or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of specific working experience in the subject of policy and regulatory framework development for agricultural commodities value chains.
  • A relevant experience in the legal, policy and regulatory framework development for agricultural commodities value chains or related fields. This experience must be demonstrated with previous consulting assignments that involved regulatory impact assessments.  
  • Deep knowledge of the legal framework in Uganda.
  • Proven familiarity with standard setting bodies (ISO, Codex, etc.).
  • Experience in writing policies and negotiation skills.
  • Good report writing, communication and presentation skills.
  • A good team player
  • High level of proficiency in English

Short Term Expert- Legal Advisor Cocoa Value Chain

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Project Background

The Technical Assistance to the Coffee and Cocoa Value Chain in Uganda is an EU funded project with the scope to assist Uganda in the upgrading its coffee and cocoa value chains, with a quality export perspective and with focus on small holders.

The project supports both private and public sectors, who are the beneficiaries, and involves research activities.

In order to achieve the expected results, the activities cover the following three result areas:

Result 1. Improved policy ang regulatory framework for cocoa value chain.

Result 2. Improved production, post-harvesting and marketing of coffee and cocoa value chains and

Result 3. Marked-led research in coffee and cocoa, trade analysis and market surveillance strengthened.

Description of Assignment

Cocoa is a relatively new crop in the country, with favourable environment and climatic conditions; its cultivation is encouraged by the Government, as a diversification income opportunity, especially for small holders. The produce is exported raw, as the country has no sufficient volume production to justify investments in processing; furthermore, specific post-harvest technologies are required for ensuring quality standards for export, which are not presently available in a consolidate management system in the country.

Currently there is no official legal system regulating and monitoring cocoa production, nor a public framework with the mandate to promote the development and export of the sector.

Promotion, regulatory framework and coordination of activities are therefore weak as a result. The private sector is operating without defined regulations and guidelines. The Ministry of Agriculture (MAAIF) has the mandate to regulate and guide the sector. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards has developed some standards for coca beans, processed cocoa and ochratoxin contamination and is working on updating them and in participation in the ISO technical committee for the ISO 34101 Sustainable and traceable cocoa.

Responsibility and core functions

This assignment is related to implementation of Part 1 Result 1:

Draft the policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework, including standards, guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain. A particular focus will be set on women’s empowerment and on mitigation of climate change/environmental impacts.

Specific tasks

To define or update national cocoa policy, legal, regulatory and institutional set up, including SPS requirements, traceability, rules of origin, quality control, while mainstreaming climate change, environment and gender opportunities.

Deliverables

The short-term expert will submit an inception work plan within the first 5 days of the assignment, specifying the details of the activities and deliverables, in accordance with the tasks indicated above; the workplan will be agreed in consultation with the National Project Coordinator and the team leader for the Technical Assistance.

Expected outputs include:

1.       Draft Cocoa National Policy

2.       Cocoa national implementation strategy

Methodology and Collaboration

The results of the Regulatory Impact Assessment for cocoa shall be the basis in drafting the Policy and regulatory documents.

The realisation of Result 1 will go through an inclusive consultation and validation process, taking into account gender and climate change/environment mainstreaming.

 

It will be implemented by phases according to the Terms of Reference of the TA service; it will include reviewing the National Development Plan II and other development strategy guiding documents, reviewing and updating existing policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework documents, including standards and best practices along the cocoa value chain, against international requirements.

The Project Management Unit will invite key government organisations and private operators/organisations to nominate competent officers and representatives to participate in a working group, divided in panels, to undertake the revision/draft process. This will ensure ownership and sustainability and active commitment by relevant public and private agencies.

 

The overall task will be accomplished by phases:

·         Phase 1 Consultations + First review and update + Disseminationof the first review and update to both public and private cocoa stakeholders. Duration: 2.5 months

·         Pause 3 weeks

·         Phase 2 Consultations on first review and update (workshop) + Second review and update + Dissemination. Duration: 1.5 months

·         Pause 3 weeks

·         Phase 3 Final review and update + Validation Duration 1 month

 

Partners

The Expert will assist and work in close collaboration with the Legal office and other pertinent Directorates of Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries; the standard component will be developed in close collaboration with the pertinent Department and staff of UNBS, following their established process and procedures, management of technical committees, consultation with stakeholders and validation.  For technical production aspects, he/she will work in close collaboration with the Cocoa Value Chain Expert.

Duration

The assignment will be for a maximum of 50 working days, extendable based on needs.

The expert will plan his/her mission(s) in consultation with the beneficiaries and the technical assistance team.

Period

The total duration for the realisation of Result 1/Area a) is 6.5 months

Distribution of working days shall be determined in consultation with the beneficiaries and the TA Team Leader: between January 2019 and the end of June 2019.

Location

Premises of the Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Kampala, Uganda;

a part of the work will be carried out at UNBS with some field visits to the cocoa growing areas, if required and visits to MAAIF offices on demand.

Reporting

Inception workplan

The short-term Expert is expected to submit an inception work plan at the end of the first week of the assignment, specifying the details of the activities and deliverables, in accordance with the tasks indicated above and agreed upon in consultation with the National Project Coordinator and the team leader of Technical Assistance.

Monthly reports

The Expert shall submit timely monthly reports to the Team Leader following the template provided, describing progress in carrying out the assignment against these Terms of Reference and the specific initial workplan.

Draft end of assignment Report

The expert shall submit a draft report within 15 days after the end of his/her assignment, according to the template provided by the TL.

The report shall include, but not be limited to the following:

·         Scope of the assignment

·         Listing of (key) meetings and persons encountered

·         Day to day journal with activities performed

·         Findings and results achieved

·         Recommendations for further assistance

·         Description of any difficulties encountered in performing the mission

·         Relevant annexes and supporting data, including the documents produced (National coca policy and implementation strategy)

The reports and annexes shall be delivered as electronic file(s) in MS Word and MS Excel.

Final Report

Comments will be submitted to the expert within two weeks from the submission of the draft mission report. A final report will be delivered by the expert within two weeks from the transmission of the comments from the representatives of the PMU and other vested stakeholders.

Language

The working language of the project and the language used in all reports and communications between the consultant and the Project management shall be English (UK spelling preferred).

Responsible KE

Team Leader Technical Assistance

 

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in law or any other relevant field.
  • Advance university degree will definitely be preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 years of specific working experience in the subject of legal framework of agricultural sector and trade
  • Excellent team player with a proven track record of working with multi stakeholder community
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Deep knowledge of the legal framework in Uganda.
  • Proven familiarity with standard setting bodies (ISO, Codex, etc.)
  • Experience in writing policies and negotiation skills
  • High level of proficiency in English 

STTA: Data Quality Advisor

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Project Name Hinga Weze/Project Number AID-696-C-17-00001

Consultancy Assignment Review of Project Data Management & Data Quality Assessment

Consultant/team of consultant Title Data Quality Advisor

Reports to HQ Director of Monitoring & Evaluation

Level of Effort 18 days

Place of Performance Kigali, Rwanda

Period of Performance April 15 – April 29, 2019

  

1.  About CNFA

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is an international agricultural development organization that specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural, agribusiness and livestock initiatives. CNFA builds strong local and global partnerships, incorporates innovative approaches in its programs, and fosters inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to underserved groups. Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $600 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 44 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia. 

2. About Hinga Weze

The objective of the five-year 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, Bugesera, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamasheke, Karongi (Western Province); and Nyamagabe (Southern Province).

Hinga Weze is currently in its second year of implementation and intends to directly benefit over 535,000 participants through 2022.

3.      Background Information

The component of the Hinga Weze activity include:

1.      Component 1:Agriculture productivity sustainably increased. HingaWeze is supporting the Government of Rwanda to increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate in order to sustainably increase agricultural productivity in the program’s target districts.

2.      Component 2:Farmers’ market access improved. The smallholder farmers who were assisted in increasing their yields through the Component 1 activities described above will also benefit from assistance to increase their sales by increasing access to and use of post-harvest handling services, improving negotiating positions with buyers through cooperative marketing, and accessing financial services to access these post-harvest and marketing services.

3.      Component 3:Nutrition outcome of agriculture interventions improved. In order to strengthen the integration of services, the same smallholder farmers in the ten targeted districts who received assistance under the activities in Component 1 and Component 2 will also be targeted with assistance to improve nutritional practices and outcomes.

 

4.      Overview of Assignment

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. In addition, the Hinga Weze program falls under the Feed the Future initiative, and it is vital that the Hinga Weze M&E system conform to Feed the Future monitoring and evaluation requirements, and that the performance indicator data that is collected and reported meets all dimensions of USAID data quality standards documented in ADS 201.3.5.8: 1. Validity: Data should clearly and adequately represent the intended result. 2. Integrity: Data should have safeguards to minimize risk of transcription error or data manipulation. 3. Precision: Data should have a sufficient level of detail to permit management decision making. 4. Reliability: Data should reflect consistent data collection processes and analysis methods over time. 5. Timeliness: Data should be available at a useful frequency, should be current, and should be timely enough to influence management decision making.

To meet this standard, Hinga Weze is seeking a consultant to review the project’s monitoring and evaluation system and identify improvements to increase efficiency of data collection and improvements on all five dimensions of data quality, with a particular emphasis on timeliness of data collection to ensure sufficient time for project managers to review results for improved reporting to USAID and use for adaptive management, as well as integrity and reliability of data particulary where data are reported through the Farmer Field School cascade training model.

 

Specific tasks include:

The consultant will conduct a data quality assessment (DQA) including a data verification exercise for previously reported data. The specific methodology will be proposed by the consultant and approved by CNFA. The DQA will focus particularly on data collection and management processes in the district offices, which are the main source of performance indicator data collection and therefore the driver of data quality. The consultant will also review past conducted DQA by the project teams and propose recommendations.

 

Based on the DQA findings, the consultant will provide recommendations to adjust data collection and management protocols to improve the system in place. These recommendations may include but are not limited to:

·         Revising data collection roles and protocols for greatest efficiency and accuracy of data, including improved procedures for checking data validity;

·         Training for staff and partners (including Farmer Promoters) responsible for reporting and verifying data;

·         Digitization of systems for data collection related to activities and results, including the use of tablets as well as recommendations to improve the data management system;

·         Improvements to the reporting templates.

 

5.      Level of Effort (LOE), Period and Place of Performance

The consultancy will take place from approximately March 25 – April 15, 2019. The level of effort for this assignment is 18 days. The consultant will be based in Kigali with travel to district offices.

6.      Deliverables

·         Proposed methodology for the DQA and data verification exercise. Methodology must be approved by CNFA prior to field work.

·         Report with findings of data verification exercise and the Data Quality Assessment Report. For the DQA, the consultant will use USAID recommended template, provided by CNFA.

·         Report with recommendations for mitigation of any DQA findings and recommendations for improving the Hinga Weze Monitoring & Evaluation system.

 

7.      Reporting Requirements and Task Duration:

·         Proposed DQA and data verification exercise methodology: 3 days, due prior to travel to Kigali.

·         Data verification and DQA: 15 days. Reports due with 2 weeks of conclusion of field work. 

Application Deadline is April 1st.

Proposal Technical Lead Consultant

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Proposal Technical Lead Consultant to support proposal development activities. The consultancy will be based in Washington, DC or remotely but will include international travel. The Consultant will serve as a technical lead or advisor for proposal development for agribusiness and private sector development, the facilitation of investment, export promotion and competitiveness. 

The Consultant will work closely with the assigned CNFA Proposal teams to produce inputs. All deliverables will be completed by the Consultant in compliance with relevant donor standards and CNFA’s processes, including maintaining CNFA formatting rules and timelines.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducting research to develop context and priorities in target technical or geographic areas
  • Leading or participating in international trips as required
  • Identifying and setting up meetings with private sector firms, consultants, government, local organizations and other key stakeholders to realize opportunities for collaboration
  • Working with proposal teams to contribute to proposal design and provide inputs
  • Identifying and recommending relevant qualified personnel
  • Identifying and recommending relevant qualified international and/or local partners
  • Providing written inputs and consolidated trip/meeting notes as required
  • Other assignments to be determined as mutually agreed

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years of relevant experience in agribusiness and/or investment facilitation, export promotion and competitiveness in a development context;
  • Proven track record of successful technical design, analysis, and solutions facilitation for development projects in relevant components, including working in developing country;
  • Master’s degree in agronomy, agriculture, economics, or related field is required;
  • Experience working on USAID or other donor-funded proposals or projects of similar scope/size;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required.

STTA: To assist the SMB Development Agency and provide recommendations on establishment of SMB Houses

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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.

The Government of Azerbaijan (GOA) recognizes that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the backbone of the private sector, play a significant role in the economic development of any country, and especially Azerbaijan with its high dependency on natural resources, such as oil and gas. Historical evidence shows that high economic growth, such as Azerbaijan enjoyed over the past decade, does not guarantee sustainable development on a long-term basis. Sectoral development, particularly in the sphere of SMEs, is of great importance to insure sustainable economic development. SMEs make up over 95% of all of Azerbaijan’s registered enterprises and tend to lead to a more equitable distribution of income than larger companies. In December 2017, the President of Azerbaijan signed a decree establishing the Agency for Development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMB) under the Ministry of Economy. According to the decree, the Agency is a public legal entity that supports the development of small and medium-sized businesses in the country, provides a range of services to SMEs, and coordinates and regulates the services of state bodies in this field. Also, in accordance with the decree, SMB will open and run several SMB Houses, which will render a range of services, including training, consulting, information, financial and other services to SMEs. Recently, SMB requested that USAID provide it with an international consultant to serve as an advisor to help them plan for and launch the first SMB House, which is planned to initiate operations by the end of 2019.

 

OVERVIEW

 

With the aforementioned context in mind, ASAP seeks a consultant with an expert background in public service provision to help SMB to design the first SMB House and plan for its establishment and launching from a technical perspective (i.e., physical layout, location of various services, infrastructural and logistical solutions), training needs, policy and procedures, and ongoing operations. Below is a brief description on the first SMB House planned to be built.

 

The Central SMB House will be a type of “one-stop shop” for SMEs. It will be built in an active economic zone at the southwest entrance to the city of Baku, which will serve as a favorable location from both a geographical and logistical point of view. Another positive feature of that location is the opportunity it presents to expand if more space is needed and its potential to attract additional investors. The facility for the Central SMB House will be built in accordance with modern architectural design principles and using a lightweight construction in order to enable completion of the project in a shorter period of time and, if necessary, allow for the launching of the SMB House’s operations in several phases.

 

In all, 34 government authorities, including all departments and agencies that govern SME establishment and operations, will provide more than 100 Government-to-Business (G2B) services and private entities will provide more than 1000 Business-to-Business (B2B) services in the Central SMB House. These services will cover all five periods in an SME’s life cycle, including:

 

1.         Planning the business

2.         Starting the business

3.         Running the business

4.         Developing the business

5.         Closing the business

 

Planning the business envisages services supporting the launch of start-up projects, development of business and marketing plans, improvement of business skills, and support to register patent rights. Through this section, the services of the Agency for Intellectual Property Rights, business incubators, business accelerators, consulting companies, and other entities will be provided.

 

Starting the business envisages the services supporting the full registration of entrepreneurship activity, obtaining licensees, banking, insurance, leasing, ICT, notary and legal support, as well as support for operating in preferential tax and regulatory regimes, and support for accessing preferential financial sources. Through this section, the services of the Ministry of Taxes, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Emergency, the Baku Transportation Agency, banks, insurance companies, notaries, and other entities will be provided.

 

Running the business envisages services supporting day-to-day recordkeeping for small and medium enterprises, reporting to tax and other government authorities, customs clearance during import-export operations, comprehensive support on access to infrastructure and logistics chains. Through this section, services will be provided by the State Customs Committee, Ministry of Taxes, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Food Safety Agency, State Advertisement Agency, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transportation, communications and modern technologies, Azerbaijan Airlines, Azerbaijan Railways, Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company, as well as other entities related to logistics, law, and auditing.

 

Developing the business envisages assistance to enhance participation of small and medium business in the domestic market, access to foreign markets, export promotion, participation in procurement conducted by government entities and blue chips; and access to finance. Through this section, the services of the Azerbaijan Investment Company, Entrepreneurship Development Fund, ITC Fund, Youth Fund, Knowledge Fund, Aqrolizinq (Agroleasing), Foodstuff Procurement and Supply, Agrocredit, AzPromo, and other entities will be provided.

 

Closing the business envisages legal and technical processes regarding termination of entrepreneurship activity through a single window. Through this section, the services of the Ministry of Taxes, notaries, legal consultancies, and other entities are to be provided.

 

Along with a comprehensive range of services to be provided by the public and private sector in the Central SMB House, infrastructure such as office spaces, auditoriums, meeting rooms, conference halls for banks, insurance companies, microcredit entities, business associations, women entrepreneurs and family businesses as well as startups and enterprises started by youth will be provided, which in turn will serve to foster a comfortable and favorable business environment. Cafeterias and waiting rooms, both indoors and outdoors, will be comfortable places for conducting private and public business meetings.

 

Currently, SMB is in the process of finalizing a feasibility analysis. Thus, the Agency is keen to engage an expert acquainted with best international practices. This assignment includes provision of ad-hoc technical recommendations on design of the first SMB House and its facilities from a technical standpoint (physical layout, location of various services, infrastructural and logistical solutions, e.g.), training needs, policies, and operations.

 

This consultancy will require an experienced authority with international experience with relevant public and private development agencies and organizations.

 GENERAL OBJECTIVES

 

·         Conduct field analysis of the SMB’s plans to establish the first SMB House and provide evaluation and specific recommendations regarding the modeling of the physical layout of the facility, location and function of various services represented at the House;

·         Employ knowledge of international experience in enhancing the business environment, liberalization of trade, improvement of investment climate, enabling assess to finance by the SMEs, using one-shop stop model for entrepreneurs to be able to benefit from the “Green Corridor” system to help optimize customs control procedures, contribute to more flexible and transparent implementation of customs clearance and solving problems arising in the course of import-export operations, to outline and select the most relevant practices and help apply those having the greatest potential for improvement of SME business operations; and

·         Hold meetings/electronic communication with key personnel of the SMB and establish direct communication with the Agency and ongoing coordination with ASAP representatives.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

·         Perform a robust assessment of the SMB’s plans to establish the SMB House and provide evaluation and specific recommendations regarding the modeling of the physical layout of the facility, location, and function of various services represented at the House;

·         Review SMB personnel job responsibilities, interview SMB staff, and provide specific recommendations regarding their capacity building and training needs;

·         Provide specific recommendations on the SMB House’s customer interface/communications platform to facilitate interaction with customers/beneficiaries, streamline the process for accessing the facility and the offered services, making service requests, and rating the services received by the government agencies represented at the House;

·         Draft a concept paper regarding the services that USAID should rendered to private entrepreneurs, agribusinesses, and other SMEs through its own window or service center to be established in the SMB House; and  

·         Support the SMB to identify, design, and implement additional measures to incentivize and facilitate SME creation and their successful operation.

 

The Consultant is also expected to advise the SMB more broadly by:         

 

·         Providing recommendations for a more coherent SME policy linked to broader economic and social goals;

·         Suggesting appropriate institutional arrangements for implementation and monitoring of policy measures and support programs;

·         Recommending a design of a public-private sector partnership in policy formulation and implementation by enhancing the dialogue between representative business organizations and public bodies on SME policy;

·         Recommending specific support policies for SME development to facilitate access to crucial resources such as finance and information;

·         Introducing a commercial orientation in the delivery of support services: cost-share with customers/beneficiaries whenever possible to enhance the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of projects; and

·         Providing recommendations on the system of monitoring of progress in line with performance indicators: analyzing performance and impact periodically with the stakeholders as defined in the design of SMB Houses.

 

MEETINGS RELATED TO UNDERSTANDING AND PERFORMING THE WORK

 

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

 

§  Key personnel of the SMB

§  David G. Blood, USAID Agribusiness Consultant

§  George Melton, USAID Agribusiness Consultant

§  Yashar Farajov, USAID Agribusiness Consultant

§  Samir Hamidov, USAID Contracting Officer’s Representative

 

  DELIVERABLES

 

§  Written summary of meetings and findings;

§  Final report with recommendations on:

o   Assessment of the SMB’s technical personnel including the recommendations for capacity building and outlining areas of desired increase of competences;

o   A recommendation on full design of the first SMB House, including its physical and operational layout and interactions;

o   A concept paper regarding the USAID’s services rendered to the private entrepreneurs, agribusinesses and other small and medium sized businesses through the SMB House.

 

Note: While the aforementioned reports are expected to provide an essential summary of the efforts, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the consultant, the overall priority of the assignment should be to serve as a resource for SMB management and staff with whom they can solicit and discuss ideas and from whom they can receive immediate feedback as they move toward finalizing plans for SMB House design and implementation.      

 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 30 eight-hour consulting days. This consulting assignment envisions 25 field-based consulting days and up to 5 days allocated for developing deliverables and travel.

 

MANDATORY AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

International legal and SME development experts who are interested at the assignment should meet the requirements below:

·         Strong professional background in relation to law or political science, public administration or related fields, at least 10 years of professional experience in design and delivery of public sector services for the private sector;

·         Strong academic record in relation to law or political science, public administration or related fields, including advanced degree;

·         Demonstrated track record in research or other writing on measurement and governance analysis on public and economic sector, or in direct development of policy for private sector development, desirable;

·         Demonstrated expertise in law and local governance with emphasize on SME development

·         Proven command of spoken and written English language, some knowledge of Azerbaijani, Turkish, or Russian a plus.

Deadline for applications is February 22, 2019.

Post-Sale Monitization Assessment

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RFP Number: 02/2019

Issuance Date: January 7, 2019

Deadline for Questions: January 8, 2019

Deadline for Offers: January 14, 2019

Description: Post-Sale Monetization Assessment

For: Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA)

Funded By: USDA FCC-681-2017/029-00

Implemented By: CNFA

Point of Contact

Mr. Alex Brandes

Program Coordinator

1828 L St NW, Washington DC 20036

202-296-3920

abrandes@cnfa.org

 

Section 1: Introduction, Technical Background and Scope of Work

 

1.1 Introduction: The MOCA project is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program implemented by CNFA in Cote d’Ivoire. The goal of the MOCA project is to implement activities to enhance the production, post-harvest and trade skills of 5,625 cocoa producers through the introduction of high-yield planting materials, enhanced group functionality, and expanded position of harvesting facilities and improved business practices. These activities will be supported by proceeds realized from the market sale (monetization) of U.S. agricultural commodities. The purpose of this RFP is to procure services from an independent evaluator to complete a post-sale monetization assessment and document the effects of monetization in Mozambique.

 

Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received by CNFA in accordance with the instructions, terms, and conditions described in this RFP. Failure to adhere with instructions described in this RFP may lead to disqualification of an offer from consideration.

1.2: Scope of Work:

 

BACKGROUND 

 

While the original proposal was to monetize rice in Cote d’Ivoire, due to market changes CNFA had to reassess and USDA approved the monetization of crude degummed soybean oil in Mozambique, while the proceeds remain for Cote D’Ivoire. The first sale is due to arrive in Mozambique on January 1, 2019.  CNFA anticipates two additional sales within the 2019 calendar year.

 

Before monetization occurred, a pre-monetization market analysis was conducted to comply with federal regulations that mandate against the displacement of normal commercial imports and disincentives to domestic production, while also requiring the availability of adequate storage facilities in the recipient country.

 

OBJECTIVE

The primary objective of this study is to complete a post-sale monetization assessment to document the effects of monetization in Mozambique and to determine whether monetization sales caused any adverse market impacts.  Adverse impacts may include: displacing commercial trade and discouraging local food production. The purpose of this RFP is to identify a qualified, independent consultant or firm to conduct the stated assessment.  

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