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

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Effort 30 days

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

Period of Performance July – September 2018

About Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity

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

Background Information:

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

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

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

Overview of Technical Assistance:

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

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

Specifically, the assessment should achieve the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deliverables:

A comprehensive report indicating the following: 

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

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

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

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

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

Reporting Requirements and Task Duration:

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

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

• Workplan of activities to be carried out during the assignment

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

Qualifications and experience:

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Excellent communication skills in Kinyarwanda.

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

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

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

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

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Project Name: Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

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

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

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

Level of Effort: Approximately 25 days

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

Estimated Period of Performance: July – September  2018

Program Overview

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

Overview of the Assignment

a. Task Description

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

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

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

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

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

b. Task Duration

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

c. Expected Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deliverables:

The consultant will provide the following deliverables:

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

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

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

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

Required Qualifications and Experience:

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

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

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

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

• Proven understanding of nutrition-sensitive value chain programming

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

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

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

• Experience working with USAID and other donors

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Excellent communication skills in Kinyarwanda.

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

• Rwandan citizenship an advantage but not required 

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

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

Horticulture Value Chain Analysis

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Introduction

The objective of the five-year USAID Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.     

In response to this economic reality, Hinga Weze will adapt its approach to help smallholder producers in the horticulture sector become better-informed decisionmakers for production, processing, and marketing processes. To do so, Hinga Weze must focus its efforts on a relatively-small subset of all possible horticulture interventions, so as not to dilute its efforts too widely and to increase its impact by reaching a large group of Rwandan farmers. 

Hinga Weze will engage a consultant to conduct an analysis that will help prioritize its horticulture value chain interventions, and identify which products and technologies have the greatest potential to make an impact in the near-term on contractual deliverables. The consultant will be asked to identify the most appropriate commodities that offer potential to increase incomes, improve nutritional outcomes, and increase market access for Rwandan agricultural producers.

Duration

The STTA ValueChain Advisor is anticipated to be on the ground in Rwanda for 20 days, and have 5 days of home-office research, preparation and post-travel report writing, for a total of 25 LOE days.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Economics, International Development, Business or a related field, is preferred. Or, Bachelor’s degree with an additional five years of relevant experience.
  • A minimum of 10 years work experience in agricultural value chain development, with 5 years of experience in market analysis, research and agricultural development practices.
  • Experience identifying opportunities for value chain development which promote market linkages, improve access to markets at the processor and household level, and positively impact the entire value chain.
  • Proven understanding of nutrition-sensitive value chain programming.
  • Acquainted with agricultural and rural development conditions in emerging markets. Priority will be given to knowledge of Rwandan or East African market conditions.
  • Holder of a post-graduate degree in finance, banking or business-related fields.
  • Experience in value chain methodologies and techniques, horticulture promotion, monitoring/evaluation, and other relevant areas.
  • Experience working with USAID and other donors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Rwandan citizenship an advantage but not required.
  • Experience in using excel-based financial analysis to solve problems is desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills in Kinyarwanda.
  • Fluency in English and excellent technical report writing skills in English.

Deliverables

  • An inception report within 5 days of contract signature with an outline of the proposed methodology and the approach to be used, also including a workplan of activities to be carried out during the assignment.
  • A draft final report outlining the methodology used, the results, and the primary recommendations to Hinga Weze about which six commodities with the horticulture value chain to focus on, and upgraded strategies for the Hinga Weze approach.  Report to include eight commodities of secondary focus.
  • A final report taking into account comments by Hinga Weze, USAID, and the GoR.
  • The consultant/team will provide a draft report of the assignment including a comprehensive cost and benefit analysis within 30 days of contract signature. The final report can be submitted once the draft report has been reviewed and accepted by CNFA and other stakeholders.

Interested candidates should submit an application containing technical and financial proposals through the following e-mail address: c2.stta@cnfarwanda.org  The deadline of submission of applications is November 29, 2017.

ICT Officer

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Brief Project Overview:

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience providing information communications technology (ICT) support in a development context;
  • Bachelors in information technology or a relevant field required;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Experience working on USAID or other international donor-funded programs a plus;

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.

Small Livestock Production and Processing Advisor

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The USAID/Rwanda Feed the Future Orora Wihaze- Increased Protein for Dietary Diversity Activity will sustainably increase the availability of, access to, and consumption of animal-source foods (ASF) to improve the dietary diversity scores of women of reproductive age (15-49 years), especially pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children between the age of 6-23 months (CU2) in poor rural households. The target value chains for the activity are poultry, egg, pig, goat and fish.

 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Small Livestock Production/Processing Advisor. Women and Rwandan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required; advanced degree preferred;
  • At least 5 years of experience leading activities that increase small animal production and improve quality of processing required;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred;
  • Strong English and Kinyarwandan skills required; knowledge of French preferred.