FSCP-GIAF-Ethiopia Grant Application

FSCP-GIAF-Ethiopia Grant Application

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Program Description

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is implementing the 34-month Farm Service Center Program (FSCP) in partnership with the GIZ Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector in Ethiopia (GIAF-Ethiopia). The project will establish five private retail input supply stores known as Farm Service Centers (FSCs). These Ethiopian-owned and operated enterprises are designed to improve the productivity, food security and incomes of smallholder famers in the Arsi zone of Ethiopia by linking them to high-quality agricultural inputs and extension services. The project is strategically aligned to build the role of the private sector and is connected to CNFA’s other initiatives in Ethiopia, which also work in the development of FSCs. In addition, and in line with the larger GIAF-Ethiopia initiatives the project will establish FSCs in the following five woredas recommended by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture – Hitosa, Lude-Hitosa, Arsi-Robe, Digelu-Tijo and Tiyo. The project will also focus on up-scaling of innovations and best practices for wheat and faba bean production.

FSCP-GIAF-Ethiopia is a follow-on to the successful Commercial Farm Service Program, which piloted CNFA’s Farm Service Center (FSC) Model in Ethiopia for the first time. CNFA’s Farm Service Center Model is a market-based, private sector model that applies matching grants and training methodology to establish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that deliver farm supplies and services. FSCs are located in larger townships and serve as rural development centers that meet the needs of private farmers in their communities. These centers provide a range of agricultural inputs (crop protection materials, fertilizers and seeds), machinery services, veterinary services and products, marketing assistance for agricultural outputs, training and information, and access to credit. FSCP-GIAF-Ethiopia’s distinguishing feature is a focus on the adoption of innovative technologies and a focus, which will impact over 25,000 smallholders over the life of the project.

Partner: Deutche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Closing date: April 5, 2017

For the full details of the FSCP-GIAF-Ethiopia grant application process, please download the Grant Application Guide and Grant Application Form following the links provided below.

Click here to download the Grant Application Guide and here to download the Grant Application Form.

Senior Administration Manager

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Background

The objective of the proposed Yeshiwogen Project is to develop locally acceptable dietary diversification methods for the refugee and host communities in the Northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia for the U.S. State Department Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The main goal is to bring long-term changes in the targeted Woredas regarding the consumption of high-nutritional food by analyzing gaps in the current access to and utilization of food systems in the targeted Woredas.

 

Position Description 

Working under the direct supervision of the Chief of Party, the Senior Administration Manager will be responsible for supporting the program’s overall administration functions including human resources management, project asset and inventory management, transportation and vehicles management, management of international visitors’ logistics, relationship building with project goods and services vendors, and general office administration. The key function of this position is to oversee the proper implementation of the internal Standard Operating Procedures and Systems across project operations.

 

Job location

Personnel must be willing to live in Shire Endasillasie, in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain personnel files and ensure completeness;
  • Manage the full long term and short term personnel recruitment cycle;
  • Manage employees’ insurance and project asset coverage cycle;
  • Manage program administration trackers such as vendor service agreement expiration, monthly employee head count, short-term consultants LOE, etc.;
  • Provide expert interpretation of the program’s field personnel manual and Ethiopian labor law (to the best ability possible or, to seek a legal opinion);
  • Maintain program calendar for events and activities and provide support for vendor recruitment;
  • Lead administration aspects of events and workshops including hotel booking, and facilities;
  • Coordinate project personnel travel logistics requests;
  • Oversee monitoring of Project vehicle’s Global Positioning Systems;
  • Conduct monthly vehicle log analysis and provide updates to the project management team;
  • Manage vehicles periodic maintenance and inspections;
  • Maintain project assets inventory and assets log;
  • Oversee inventories stock card and manage project office supplies and procurement orders;
  • Provide   all   in-country   logistic   support   for   international   visitors   including    consultants;
  • Facilitate visas procurement for international travels as required; and
  • Other duties as required by Chief of Party.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum of   Bachelors’ degree required in business administration, supply chain management, or other relevant field;
  • Minimum of seven years’ work experience in relevant responsibilities,
  • Previous experience in USAID or other donor-funded programs is a strong advantage;
  • Strong interpersonal, communications, and leadership skills, especially in dealing with those from other countries;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to details; and
  • Fluency in English and fluency in Amharic is required, fluency in Tigrigna is strongly preferred

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Social Behavior Change Communication Specialist

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About CNFA:

 

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C and Brussels, Belgium that is dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, expand exports and develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

 

The objective of the proposed Yeshiwogen Project is to develop locally acceptable dietary diversification methods for the refugee and host communities in the Northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia for the U.S. State Department Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The main goal is to bring long-term changes in the targeted Woredas regarding the consumption of high-nutritional food by analyzing gaps in the current access to and utilization of food systems in the targeted Woredas.

 

Job location:

Tigray Region of Ethiopia

 

Position Description:

 

Reporting to the Project’s Nutrition Advisor, the SBCC Specialist will review and provide nutrition-focused technical input for the training syllabus, lesson plans, supportive supervision tools and SBC materials with messages to targeted beneficiaries. The SBCC Specialist will observe trainings and support supervision visits in relevant woredas for Implementing Partners and Health Extension Workers. This will permit the SBCC Specialist to make recommendations to the Project staff and relevant stakeholders on their training and supervision approach and material content.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Develop a Social Behavior Change Communication Strategy and implement it throughout the life of the project, aiming at improving dietary diversity in target woredas;

·         Develop nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific training and SBC materials to be delivered through various communication channels and SBC models;

·         Provide trainings on developing SBC materials and campaigns, as well as support monitoring activities to measure reach and effectiveness of these activities;

·         Consistently review the approach used to disseminate SBC nutrition messages, as well as provide technical input with the development of quality and appropriate messages;

·         Visit refugee camps and host communities to observe dissemination of the materials, and speak with beneficiaries to identify the effectiveness of the dissemination method with regards to reach and uptake;

·         Conduct Monitoring and Evaluation of nutrition related surveys and program results;

·         Develop tools for measuring reach and effectiveness of different channels of communication;

 

Qualifications/Requirements:

     Minimum of Bachelors’ degree required in health and nutrition, agronomy or other relevant field. Master’s degree is preferred.

     Minimum of 3-5 years’ social behavior change communication research and implementation experience, preferably in agriculture or agribusiness.

     Experience in USG donor-funded programs a plus.

     Strong interpersonal, communications, and leadership skills.

     Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  Fluency in English and fluency in Amharic is required, fluency in Tigrigna is strongly preferred. 

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Nutrition Advisor

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About CNFA

CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, expand exports and develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

 

The objective of the proposed Yeshiwogen Project is to develop locally acceptable dietary diversification methods for the refugee and host communities in the Northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia for the U.S. State Department Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The main goal is to bring long-term changes in the targeted Woredas regarding the consumption of high-nutritional food by analyzing gaps in the current access to and utilization of food systems in the targeted Woredas.

 

Position Description

Working under direct supervision of the Chief of Party, the Nutrition Advisor is responsible for providing technical advisory support to the Project to ensure the nutrition components of the project are developed and implemented thoroughly. The Nutrition Advisor will lead delivery of new nutrition practices and innovations through SBC nutrition strategies to smallholder farmers both in refugee camps and in host communities via the newly established FSC and collaborate with other relevant development projects in the region to ensure proper coordination between program components.

Job location

Personnel must be willing to live in Shire Endasillasie, in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

 

 

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of nutrition assessment tools and nutrition SBC indicators;
  • Review and interpret the nutrition assessment results of the relevant woredas;
  • Organize nutrition strategy development and message with stakeholders about message standardization and coordination workshops
  • Develop a nutrition SBC strategy focused on Children Under 2 (CU2) and Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLWs), targeting key behavioral determinants;
  • Develop nutrition SBC text and picture messages for the SBC models/care group model, posters, leaflets, billboard etc. based on the context of the target woredas and the type of targets;
  • Liaise with Social Behavior Change Communication Specialist on nutrition-specific activities;
  • Assist consultants and technical advisors on conducting the SBC methodology training to the Project stakeholders and regional implementing partners, and continue providing the training when there is a need;
  • Work with the technical team to organize and conduct training programs and seminars to industry stakeholders on best practices and innovations in nutrition and provide technical services to FSC owners to ensure the FSC conducts nutrition messaging and inputs demand assessments in the areas around the FSC;
  • Interface with Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (GFDRE) officials working in the livestock sector, and other nutrition value chain stakeholders;
  • Support input suppliers and FSC to organize and conduct trainings and farm demonstrations on new nutrition innovations and best practices for smallholder farmers and DAs on the value and use of improved inputs;
  • Develop success stories related to smallholder’s best nutrition practices and innovations applications as a result of the Project’s interventions;
  • Participate or lead the development of training manuals, tools, procedures, materials in nutrition management and dietary diversification practices;
  • IEC (picture and written message) materials for different SBC methods;
  • In conjunction with the Chief of Party, provide thorough and timely reports to the US Department of State and CNFA on nutrition-related training activities of the program; and
  • Other duties as required by Chief of Party.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • The Nutrition Advisor should preferably hold a post-graduate degree in nutrition/public health or a related discipline.
  • Tangible work experience on nutrition-related SBC methodology development is required
  • Possess documented experience in developing a nutrition strategy
  • Must be familiar with nutrition and SBC related strategies/best practices and IEC materials available in Ethiopia
  • Experience in positive deviance and the care group model is an advantage 
  • Should have relevant computer applications skills
  • S/he must have strong analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
  • Fluency in English and fluency in Amharic is required, fluency in Tigrigna is strongly preferred

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Grants Management Officer

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About CNFA

 Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C and Brussels, Belgium that is dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, expand exports and develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

 

The objective of the proposed Yeshiwogen Project is to develop locally acceptable dietary diversification methods for the refugee and host communities in the Northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia for the U.S. State Department Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The main goal is to bring long-term changes in the targeted Woredas regarding the consumption of high-nutritional food by analyzing gaps in the current access to and utilization of food systems in the targeted Woredas.

 

Job location

Personnel must be willing to live in Shire Endasillasie, in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

 

Position Description

Workingunderdirectsupervisionofthe Senior Administration Officer,theGrants ManagementOfficerwillberesponsiblefor supporting activities toidentify projectgrantees,and upongrantaward,willberesponsibleforensuring that thegrantagreementisbeing implemented(both technically andfinancially.)TheGrants Management Officerwillparticipate in the design of grants solicitation, grantapplicationreview,andoncesuccessfulapplicants are identified, helpthe granteesdesignimplementation timelines, milestones, grant fundspending plansandbudgetandfinancial projections. This position is also responsible for tracking cost share requirements of the Project.

Major DutiesandResponsibilities

·         Organize andparticipatein grantoutreach, grantevaluationand grantaward processes.

·         Lead the developmentandmaintenanceofgrantagreementdocuments and support business plan developments for grantees.

·         Develop a grants implementation timeline/calendar/milestonesfor each grantee and follow up accordingly. Ensure timely construction/renovation of FSCs.

·         Closely collaborate with the Finance and Administrative team to facilitate and support the procurementofgoods and services undergrantfunds.

·         EnsureFSCstaffare adequatelytrained, which includes participating in Terms of Reference preparation, selection, review training modules and organizing logistics for trainings (business management, marketing/communications, environment, agriculturalexpertise, etc.).

·         Facilitate networkingbetween FSCstaffandGoE DevelopmentAgents, EGAAPLC,and Addis-based agriculturalinputsuppliers for strong market linkages

·         Develop, update and follow the project Grants Manual

·         Conductandfacilitate site visitsto FSCsthroughout theirestablishment.

·         Support and follow up with grantees to implement activities according to the approved business plan.

·         Support in preparation for FSC Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies and FSC-led Field Days

·         Develop and update grant filing system including Grant Budget Tracker and ensure proper documentation of grant files and expenditures in hardcopy and softcopy.

·         Provide agrants update summary, to beincludedinallreportsto US Department of State.

·         Support the developmentofFSC-specific marketing/communication materials.

·         Support regular program activities and other duties as required by Senior Administration Manager and Chief of Party.

 

Qualifications/Requirements

·         A Masters or Bachelor degree in business, agronomy, economics or equivalent industry preferred.

·         At least 3 years’ experience for MA/MSC holders and 5 years’ experience for BA/BSC holders in agribusiness and/or grant implementation.

·         Ability to write concise and clear reports.

·         Strong organizational and time management skills.

·         Strong intrapersonal skills.

·         Ability to foster and maintain a team environment.

·         Experience in US Department of State or other donor-funded programs a plus.

·         Strong awareness of northern Tigray (and agriculture production in northern Tigray) is strongly preferred.

·         Fluency in English and fluency in Amharic is required, and fluency in Tigrigna is strongly preferred.

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Deputy Chief of Party/Livestock Advisor

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Background 

The objective of the proposed Yeshiwogen Project is to develop locally acceptable dietary diversification methods for the refugee and host communities in the Northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia for the U.S. State Department Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The main goal is to bring long-term changes in the targeted woredas regarding the consumption of high-nutritional food by analyzing gaps in the current access to and utilization of food systems in the targeted woredas.

Position Description

Working under direct supervision of the project’s Chief of Party, the Deputy Chief of Party/Livestock Advisor is responsible for providing technical advisory support to the Project to ensure that host communities and refugee communities receive high quality support regarding small ruminant and poultry husbandry management. The Deputy Chief of Party/Livestock Advisor will lead delivery of new livestock practices and innovations through farm demonstrations to smallholder farmers both in refugee camps and in host communities via the newly established Farm Service Center (FSC) and collaborate with other relevant development projects in the region to ensure proper coordination between program components. The Deputy Chief of Party/Livestock Advisor will represent the Project in the absence of the Chief of Party.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and oversee trainings for refugees and host community members on small ruminant and poultry production, forage production, basic farm technology identification and selection;
  • Work with the technical team to organize and conduct training programs and seminars to industry stakeholders on best practices and innovations in small ruminants and poultry industry;
  • Interface with livestock value chain actors and service providers, Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (GFDRE) officials working in the small ruminants and poultry sector, and other small ruminants and poultry value chain stakeholders;
  • Develop success stories related to smallholder’s best practices and innovations as a result of the Project’s interventions;
  • Participate or lead development of training manuals, tools, procedures, and materials in small ruminants and poultry management and husbandry practices;
  • Participate in grant application reviews committee and provide technical assistance in grant application selection processes;
  • Lead the development of technical Scopes of Work for recruitment of international consultants as required. This task also requires the management of consultant’s recommendations and follow-up on the implementation of consultant’s recommendations;
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees during grants implementation of both small grants and voucher programs;
  • In conjunction with the Chief of Party, provide thorough and timely reports to the US Department of State and CNFA on small ruminants and poultry-related training activities of the program;
  • Acts as Chief of Party in the absence of the Chief of Party; and
  • Other duties as required by Chief of Party.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • BSc or Master’s degree in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Production, Animal Nutrition or other relevant field
  • At least 5 – 7 years (for BSc) or 3 – 5 years (for MSc) experience in livestock or agribusiness capacity building, extension and outreach services and livestock input supply value chains.
  • Understanding of Ethiopia’s agricultural system, with a broad perspective on veterinary drug usage and supply system. 
  • Experience in USG funding or other donor-funded programs a plus.
  • Strong management, communications, and leadership skills.
  • Excellent adaptive problem-solver in challenging environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Fluency in English and in Amharic is required, and fluency in Tigrigna is strongly preferred
  • Proficient Microsoft Office user

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Community Mobilization Specialist

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About CNFA

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C and Brussels, Belgium that is dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, expand exports and develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

 

The objective of the proposed Yeshiwogen Project is to develop locally acceptable dietary diversification methods for the refugee and host communities in the Northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia for the U.S. State Department Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The main goal is to bring long-term changes in the targeted Woredas regarding the consumption of high-nutritional food by analyzing gaps in the current access to and utilization of food systems in the targeted Woredas.

 

Job location

Personnel must be willing to live in Shire Endasillasie, in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

 

Position Description

Workingunder the directsupervisionofthe Nutrition Advisor,theCommunity Mobilization Specialistwillberesponsiblefor executing capacity building, training and extension activities related to community mobilization in refugee camps and host communities.The Community Mobilization Specialistwill also participate in the design of beneficiary satisfaction surveys, training kits, needs assessments, and other materials as necessary.

Major DutiesandResponsibilities

·         Responsible for executing training and extension activities, including capacity building for beneficiaries, government extension agents, and camp personnel

·         Conduct capacity building training needs assessments

·         Organize and oversee training kit delivery to project beneficiaries

·         Liaise with ARRA and the Bureau of Agriculture to develop and validate beneficiary selection criteria

·         Conduct beneficiary satisfaction survey

·         Oversee beneficiaries cost share

·         Assists the project in identifying key counterparts, stakeholders, contributors and private-sector partners who are instrumental in the implementation and achievement of goals

·         Organizes program review meetings with field staff and communities

·         Works closely with community stakeholders to develop and execute mobilization activities

·         Successfully supports the project’s relationship with local governments/Ministries and other stakeholders

·         Participates and organizes public events such as outreach campaign, training events, stakeholder’s meetings and workshops

·         Support regular program activities and other duties as required by Senior Administration Manager and Chief of Party.

 

Qualifications/Requirements

·         A Masters or Bachelor degree in sociology, community-based agricultural development or equivalent industry preferred.

·         At least 3 years’ experience for MA/MSC holders and 5 years’ experience for BA/BSC holders on community dynamics and mobilization.

·         Ability to write concise and clear reports.

·         Strong organizational and time management skills.

·         Strong intrapersonal skills.

·         Ability to foster and maintain a team environment.

·         Experience in US Department of State or other donor-funded programs a plus.

·         Strong awareness of northern Tigray (and agriculture production in northern Tigray) is preferred.

·         Fluency in English and fluency in Amharic is required and fluency in Tigrigna is strongly preferred.

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Finance Manager

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About CNFA

 

CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, expand exports and develop skills in the rural workforce. By generating higher incomes for farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.

 

The objective of the proposed Yeshiwogen Project is to develop locally acceptable dietary diversification methods for the refugee and host communities in the Northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia for the U.S. State Department Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The main goal is to bring long-term changes in the targeted Woredas regarding the consumption of high-nutritional food by analyzing gaps in the current access to and utilization of food systems in the targeted Woredas.

Position Description

 

Working under the direct supervision of the Senior Administration Manager, the Finance Manager will be responsible for overseeing project budgets and financial projections, prepare monthly financial reports and regularly communicates with CNFA HO to troubleshoot financial issues. 

 

Job location

Personnel must be willing to live in Shire Endasillasie, in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties of the Finance Manager are to:

·         Manage the program accounting cycles for timely reporting of financial statements;

·         Coordinate with CNFA’s HO Operations and Compliance to troubleshoot accounting discrepancies;

·         Oversee accounting and invoicing of managed funds from other sources;

·         Oversee programs advance payment and settlements;

·         Identify accounting and financial management gaps and provide solutions for the program management team;  

·         Assist in grants implementation systems development;

·         Coordinate with the regional grants implementation team to provide daily financial and compliance oversight;  

·         Provide technical assistance to grants accounting and compliance;

·         Provide accounting trainings to Farm Service Centers;

·         Develop Peachtree Accounting Systems/Quick Book users’ trainings for Farm Service Centers;

·         Serve as internal review personnel in accounting and financial expenses including petty cash transactions;

·         Participate in the evaluation of program applicants, including performance of documentary and in-person due diligence of the applicant’s historical financial records;

·         Assist program beneficiaries access outside sources of trade credit and commercial finance, including to help meet their matching investment requirements;

·         Provide financial management and business planning technical assistance to program beneficiaries over the life of the project;

·         Other duties as required by Senior Administration Officer.

 

Qualifications/Requirements

·         Minimum of Bachelors’ degree in finance or relevant field required. Master’s degree is preferred.

·         Minimum of 5 years’ experience in finance and accounting for donor funded programs. USAID experience is a plus.

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required and QuickBooks accounting system is preferable.

·         Fluency in English and fluency in Amharic is required, fluency in Tigrigna is strongly preferred.  

 

 

 

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STTA to Assess the Competitiveness of Ethiopian Beef Export Value Chains

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The Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development (AGP-LMD) project is a five-year, $41 million USAID-funded project aiming to 1) foster the growth and competitiveness of meat, live animal and dairy sectors; 2) ensure an enabling environment to support the growth and competitiveness of these livestock value chains, and 3) address the needs of the chronically vulnerable through nutrition-based interventions and linkages with other USAID-funded programs in Ethiopia. AGP-LMD’s overall objective is to improve smallholder incomes and nutritional status through investments in selected livestock value chains. These investments must in turn generate increased productivity and competitiveness of these value chains to the benefit of smallholders, both men and women.

In keeping with the principles of the U.S Feed the Future Initiative, AGP-LMD will draw upon a skilled consortium of leading Ethiopian and international development organizations, combining proven livestock and dairy value chain development experience, with expertise in health, nutrition, gender equality, and information and communication technologies. By joining international expertise and worldwide best practices with a leading role by seasoned local partner organizations, the AGP-LMD team will support local partners to spur sustainable economic growth in Ethiopia by leading interventions through existing cooperatives, associations, government agencies, and private firms.

Background:

The AGP-LMD project, under IR2, Strategy 4, supports active research in order to strengthen its evidence-based advocacy and lobby for policy change that would create an enabling environment for milk, meat and live-animal value chains in which to operate optimally. Hence, the overall objective of this assignment is to support the Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute (EMDIDI) and Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MoLF) to improve the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef export industry versus international competitors in similar markets. The results of the study are expected to lead to informed decision making and practical action taken to enhance the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef export industry.

Ethiopia’s overall strategic goal for industrial development is to bring about structural change in the economy through industrial development. Specifically, by the year 2025, it aims to increase the share of the industrial sector as a percentage of GDP from the current 13% to 27%, and to increase the share of the manufacturing sector as a percentage of GDP from the current 4% to 18% by the year 2025.

In recent years, livestock products have been identified as one of the priority export products that play a major role in industrial development. As a result, EMDIDI was established with the aim of building and developing a globally competitive industry in the subsector by providing necessary capacity building, investment support, and market facilitation.

Currently, Ethiopia exports about 20,000 tons of chilled small ruminant carcasses worth 93 million USD per year (10% of which is variety meat/offal). It is the leading small ruminant meat exporting country in Africa, but its world market share remains very small (1.3%). The meat export volume increased remarkably over the last seven years, and revenue from the meat export trade, primarily shoat carcasses, is on the rise. There are already 10 functional export abattoirs, with 8 more under construction. The plan on the part of the government is to focus on the meat export business rather than export live animals. Major destinations are the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

According to the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) for the period 2015/16-2019/20, the Ethiopian Government has set a target to increase exports to 94,240 tons of meat by 2020. The overwhelming majority of this increase will need to be achieved through the export of beef products, since the quantity (and average carcass weight) of sheep and goat meat required to achieve this figure is not feasible in light of domestic demand for such products.

The size of Ethiopia’s cattle herd, together with ongoing efforts to improve production and productivity in the sector, suggest that Ethiopia has the potential to significantly increase its beef production. There are a number of new, modern, export-oriented meat-processing facilities with cattle kill lines which have started to emerge around the country. Some of these facilities are nearing completion and are expected to begin operations soon. As opposed to sheep and goat meat exports, competitiveness in beef export is a major challenge that Ethiopia should address.

 

The main competition for the Middle East beef export markets comes from South America, Oceania, Eastern Europe and the European Union. The disease-free status of most of these countries and more efficient production and marketing system they have attained are major competitive advantages which these countries hold over others. The companies use the approach of market and product segmentation with advanced promotion in order to be competitive in the marketplace.

For Ethiopia to be able to expand its market share in beef, it needs to produce products more competitively than its larger international competitors. It is thus important and necessary to assess the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry and to develop strategies to stay nationally and internationally competitive. How competitive is the Ethiopian beef industry today, and will it be competitive ten years from now? If not, what are the implications for industry stakeholders at the various levels of the vertical meat supply chain? Important questions, all deserving of answers, but highly dependent upon thoughtful research and analysis.

 

Hence, this SoW was prepared at the request of EMDIDI to conduct an assessment and develop appropriate recommendations to address these issues.

 

Assignment Objective:

The goal of the Consultancy will be to assess, compare and report on the competitiveness of the export value chain of Ethiopian beef to Middle East and North African (MENA) countries, as well as Southeast Asia and other potential markets with internationally competitive beef export value chains. It will also make recommendations on potential actions to increase the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry.

 

Specific objectives

1)      Describe the Ethiopian beef export industry structure and characteristics; and evaluate the contribution in volume and value of the different market destinations for Ethiopian beef;

2)      Describe the income, cost, and profit structures of each actor in the beef value chains;

3)      Benchmark such value chains against international competitor countries;

4)      Recommend and substantiate clear and practical solutions (actions) to implement, and suggest policy options to improve competitiveness;

5)      Contribute to an understanding of and consensus on opportunities for, and challenges to increasing Ethiopia’s beef industry competitiveness; and

6)      Recommend potential destination markets for Ethiopian beef considering the current health and sanitary-phytosanitary (SPS) status (detailed information of those countries, including from which country are they importing? at what price and volume? by which mode of transport? who are the major importer companies? etc.)

 

To conduct this study, AGP-LMD will hire one competent international consultant with an economics or marketing background for a period of about 30 days. EMDIDI will assign an expert to serve as a counterpart to the consultant. The final draft report of the study will be presented at the stakeholder workshop for feedback. This assignment is expected to result in a clear understanding of the factors affecting the competitiveness of Ethiopian beef exports, and appropriate recommendations to address the problem. This in turn will contribute to achieving three major project-related outcome level indicators:

– Improvements in the enabling environment

– Decrease in the costs of doing business

– Identifying the factors that make the sector more competitive

 

Activities to be conducted by AGP-LMD

1.       Provide the contractor with relevant government documents on the livestock master plan, standards and guidelines for review.

2.       Arrange meetings with public officials and experts in MoLF, Ministry of Trade, MoI and other relevant public and private institutions.

3.       Organize all local logistics, meetings, and field visits associated with the assignment. This involves identifying and arranging meetings with feedlot operators, live animal traders and producers association, meat exporters association and other relevant stakeholders.

4. Organize a wrap-up workshop and debriefing session at the end of the assignment. Relevant stakeholders from the public and private sectors will be invited to attend the briefing and make comments on the findings

5. Disseminate draft and final report to EMDIDI and the federal MoLF for review and feedback.

6.       Review the draft study report and provide feedback/comments to the consultant for integration into the final report.

Performance Activities to be conducted by Consultant

The scope of work for this consultancy details the work to be conducted by an international consultant to be contracted to assess factors affecting Ethiopian competitiveness in beef export and the measures to be taken to address those challenges. The following activities shall be carried out under this scope of work:

1.       Analyse and describe the characteristics of the Ethiopian beef industry including the macro- and micro- economic policy framework;

2.       Review previous work/studies on end market, value chain, and competitiveness related to Ethiopian beef export;

3.       Assess the current competitiveness of the beef supply and demand value chain with specific emphasis on the production, manufacturing (slaughtering and processing), marketing and input sectors through a comprehensive value-chain analysis;

4.       Benchmark Ethiopia’s beef value chains against similar value chains of competitive countries with regards to:

a.       Production: size and carrying capacity, land price versus stocking rate production per unit area (kg/ha), population and turnoff, cost and revenue per farm unit/hectare, cost and revenue per head produced, cost and revenue per kg produced (kg/live weight) until offloading at abattoir, livestock price comparison, input and financing costs;

b.       Processing: comparing processing costs, labour productivity, co-product values –inclusive hides & skins, offal, carcass meal etc., comparing revenues (FOB), input and financing costs;

c.       Market and Trade: comparative prices for chilled and frozen products (wholesale & retail), market access arrangements, tariff comparisons, value addition opportunities Input and Financing costs, comparison of cost from producer to consumer: primary production, value addition, logistics, wholesale, retail;

d.       Critical issues for success: evaluate Ethiopia’s competitive position in terms of: animal disease status, consumer expectations, supply chain efficiencies, and market access (agreements and quality assurance schemes); and

e.       Opportunities: determine the opportunities for the beef industry in terms of increasing its competitive potential (innovation and branding, marketing channels, production costs, input costs, supply chain, trade barriers).

5.       Recommend potential destination markets for Ethiopian beef, considering current health and SPS status. (Detail information of those countries, including from which country they are importing? at what price and volume? by which mode of transport? who are the major importer companies? etc.)

 

Outcome of the study

 

Detailed report including:

 

·         Analysis and description of Ethiopia’s competitive position for beef export;

·         Clear recommendations to the Government of Ethiopia on actions to enhance the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry in international markets;

·         Advice to EMDIDI on innovation and branding to enhance the competitive position of the beef industry; and

·         Advice to EMDIDI on future macroeconomic policy guidelines with respect to increasing the competitiveness of the Ethiopian beef industry.

 

Performance Deliverables Summary

·         Review documents on beef end market study, value chain analysis and competitiveness (3 day)

o   Delivered by: Consultant

o   Assisted by: LMD and EMDIDI

o   Location: Home location 

·         Conduct field visit and hold discussions with VC actors including livestock keepers, traders, feedlots, export abattoirs, live animal and meat export associations, and public institutions at both federal and regional level (10 days)

o   Delivered by: Consultant

o   Assisted by: LMD to organize field visit

o   Location: Ethiopia (multiple locations) 

·         Carry out a detailed assessment on factors affecting the competitiveness of Ethiopian beef export and possible solutions to address the challenges (14 days)

o   Deliverables: A report on the assessment and Power point presentation

o   Delivered by: Consultant

o   Location: Ethiopia (multiple locations)

·         LMD to organize a stakeholders’ workshop, provide input and feedback on the draft assessment report; Workshop (1 day)

o   Deliverables: (1) consolidated feedback from LMD and EMDIDI

o   Delivered by: Consultant

o   Assisted by: LMD and EMDIDI

o   Location: Ethiopia (multiple locations)

·         Consolidate inputs to prepare final document (2 days)

o   Deliverables: (1) Final document on Ethiopian beef competitiveness study

o   Delivered by: Consultant

o   Location: Home location

 

Proposed Level of Effort

This assignment requires 30 days’ LOE

Required qualifications and experience

 

·         A university degree, a Master’s or PhD in Agricultural Economy / Economy or Marketing

·         At least 10 years of experience in agricultural economics with respect to the meat industry

·         An expert who has a practical experience and understanding of the global beef market

·         Experience with meat value chains, marketing, or knowledge of global market requirements is advantageous

Assignment supervisor

The AGP-LMD Project’s Deputy Chief of Party will oversee the overall performance of the assignment and ensure the activities are executed in accordance with the terms and conditions in the SoW. Furthermore, AGP-LMD policy advisor, will provide day-to-day coordination support and monitor the proper execution of the consultancy.