RFP: Scoping study of green technology and quality management systems (QMS) of poultry value chains in Zimbabwe

RFP: Scoping study of green technology and quality management systems (QMS) of poultry value chains in Zimbabwe

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RFP Number: RFP-ZAGP-IVPC-Scoping Study

Issuance Date:  August 8, 2019

Deadline for Questions: August 16, 2019

Deadline for Offers: August 30, 2019

Description: Scoping study of green technology and quality management systems (QMS) of poultry value chains in Zimbabwe

For: Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Project (ZAGP): Inclusive Poultry Value Chain (IPVC) Activity

Funded By: European Union -EuropeAid/157821/DD/ACT/ZW

Implemented By: CNFA Europe

Point of Contact

Carlo Abuyuan, cabuyuan@cnfa.org

Nega Berecha, nberecha@cnfa.org

 

Terms of Reference

Section 1: Introduction and Technical Background

 

1.1 Introduction: The Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP) Inclusive Poultry Value Chain (IPVC) is an EU program implemented by CNFA Europe in Zimbabwe and is a 3-year project implemented by a consortium led by the Cooperation for the Development in Emerging Countries (COSPE). Consortium partners include CNFA Europe, Livestock and Meat Advisory Council (LMAC), Welthungerhilfe (WHH), and Sustainable Agriculture Technology (SAT). The overall objective of the intervention is to promote an efficient poultry value chain that contributes to inclusive green economic growth in Zimbabwe. The intervention will support activities to improve economic, social and environmental performance and the enabling environment for sustainable and inclusive poultry value chains. The activity will work with small scale and medium producers of broilers and table eggs, retailers, financing institutions, private sector integrators, and public and civil society bodies to:

 

1.       Improve profitability (net profit) of small and medium producers (SMP);

2.       Increase the adaption of Decent Rural Employment (DRE) enhancing practices;

3.       Increase the adoption of quality management system for improved biosecurity and natural resource management;

4.       Develop replicable models to lower feed production/distribution costs for SMP;

5.       Provide business development services to SMP for inclusive VC development; and

6.       Collaborate with relevant government ministries for improved, responsive and efficient sub-sector specific regulatory, agricultural and livestock policies.

 

IPVC works to develop Quality Management System (QMS) to ensure poultry value chain actor’s activities meet customer and regulatory requirements as well as improve their effectiveness and efficiency on a continuous basis. Specifically, IPVC supports proper animal management and biosecurity, adherence to cold chain and food handling regulations, as well as a specific focus on improving the environmental performance of the value chain (VC) for improved efficiency, reduced costs and reduced environmental impact. IPVC works with private sector integrators to build the capacity of their extension team to promote emerging QMS minimum standards.

 

In Zimbabwe, frequent power outages force producers to use diesel-based generators to generate the necessary energy. This increases the costs of production while at the same time contributing more to environmental pollution. Preliminary research has identified potential limitations for adapting biogas technology for broiler production and warrants more in-depth research (through the QMS/green technology scoping study) to identify viable solutions for reduced emissions and sustainable/renewable energy usage for heating poultry houses. Preliminary research has identified options that range from locally constructed small-scale systems to specially manufactured biogas technology. Biogas has strong potential synergies for integrated farming systems where poultry SMPs may also keep cattle, for example, which contributes an improved energy source for gas production from cow dung, which is more efficient and viable than biogas from poultry production alone. This study will also rapidly assess the effectiveness of existing biogas digesters owned by SMPs. Another key area of interest for research will be to assess the financial viability of solar powered fans and heaters (in replacement of charcoal/fuelwood), solar powered incubators (in replacement of scarce electricity and petrol/diesel powered generators) or production/purchase of biomass briquettes as possible solutions for better poultry house climate control and FCR management.

 

IPVC will eventually develop viable and bankable business models for innovative solutions identified by the scoping study.

 

Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received by CNFA Europe 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.

 

CNFA Europe will consider proposals in response to this RFP from both individual consultants and firms.

1.2: Terms of Reference: IPVC seeks to promote the identification and adoption of QMS and green technology along the value chain to ensure resilience and sustainability and stimulate green economic growth in the poultry value chain. This study will contribute to IPVC outcome 3: “100% of integrators and 50 % of SMPs and butcheries adopt Quality Management System enhancing practices for better biosecurity and Natural Resource Management”. The study will identify high-potential innovations to be adopted by poultry value chain actors for implementing QMS and the use of green technology, such as biogas waste-to-energy solutions and solar powered climate control systems for poultry houses. Business models will eventually be developed for each green technology pilot site, to demonstrate potential for viable return on investment and facilitate financial product development in collaboration with financial institutions supporting the poultry sector. The identified innovative QMS and green technology solutions will be supported under IPVC’s objective to improve SMP business services. The scoping study will compare the possible options as well as the specific requirements and limitations.

 

The study will contribute to the promotion of replicable innovative technical solutions for facilitating green economic growth in the poultry VC and for SMP productivity.

 

1.3: Period of Performance: This assignment is expected to be carried out during August/September 2019. Deliverable dates will be agreed upon with the selected offeror. The assignment will be carried out through a combination of field work in Zimbabwe and remote desk work.

 

1.4: Tasks: The selected offeror will identify high-potential innovations for implementing and scaling QMS and green technologies for the poultry value chain.

Specifically, the selected offeror will:

·         Conduct preliminary desk research on viable green technology and QMS models globally and more specifically in the Zimbabwe context

·         Identify innovative green technology or productivity-enhancing innovations to reduce bottle-necks in the poultry VC

·         Advise on what technologies are appropriate for SMPs and how they can best adopt them to adhere to QMS, NRM and DRE standards developed through IPVC

·         Identify viable and profitable innovative solutions for poultry value chain infrastructure and activities including but not limited to chicken houses, storage, and waste-management

·         Recommended solutions should prioritize viable green technologies such as solar fans, solar cold storage, solar freezers, solar incubators and biogas

·         Study should look carefully at the pros and cons of biogas as a solution to reducing emissions for heating poultry houses

·         For all analyzed technologies, scoping study will compare the possible options as well as the specific requirements and limitations of each option

·         Clearly articulate how each green innovation contributes to environmental performance of the VC

·         Clearly articulate promotion/marketing strategy for each innovative technology

·         Provide pros and cons and challenges for financial investment in each technology

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Short term Expert Trainer in Personal Effectiveness Skills

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1.      BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The 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 and export development programme

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.

2. OBJECTIVE AND EXPECTED RESULTS OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The Association of Ghana industries (AGI) is the implementation partner of the Project and a relevant private sector entity whose institutional and present business models are consistent with its purpose of promoting national industries in the country and abroad and supporting the development of the sector. However, the AGI feels its business model should evolve into more demand driven pro-active activities and the project has agreed to support such intention.

The objective of the present assignment is to strengthen and improve professional effectiveness in the work environment and, therefore, increase the AGI’s overall performance capacity.

Target groups

The training will target middle and senior level managers and project managers and technical staff from AGI and other Project counterpart entities, namely Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), the Ghana Export Promotion Agency (GEPA) and the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX).

 

Results to be achieved

It is expected the assignment attains the following results:

1.       Participants have a consistent understanding of effectiveness at work and how to use it in a consistent and logical way; and

2.       Participants are capable of improve their own professional effectiveness and getting the maximum out their collaborators and fellow Colleagues for purposes of a result-oriented working environment.

3. ASSUMPTIONS AND RISKS

Assumptions

  The training – foremost for AGI staff – attracts sufficient interest and AGI management promotes the Action;

 Participants have the educational background and level of responsibility in AGI to benefit from the training in an effective way; 

 Selected staff from the AGI and other project stakeholders are willing to participate in coaching sessions and interested in improving their effectiveness; and

The training course is attractive and methodologically realistic and incites to implementation of effectiveness leads.

 

Risks

 The training programme fails to respond to the expectations of the participants in terms of practical use;

 Some Beneficiary entities may have a top down management system which disregards or reduces personal initiative and, therefore, restrains effectiveness; and

Participants are too junior too immediately benefit from the training.  

4. SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Description

The assignment consists of delivering a two-days training course on developing Personal Effectiveness Skills. It is expected the Trainees have a level of responsibility in their workplace and are therefore supervising other staff and assuming functions which may be: general management, human resources, business services delivery, customer / counterpart relations, finance, monitoring and evaluation.

More specifically, the Trainer should perform a quick one-day assessment of AGI’s functional flow-chart and procedures in place to engage on actions and profile nominated Participants in the fundamentals of the subject matter by, among other tools, using a checklist and interview AGI nominated staff to the training.

Subsequently, the Trainer will develop a training outline to introduce the subject matter and address detected constraints and respond to needs for improvement and this task should not take more than 1,5 working-days. The training course should avoid long theoretical inputs and remain as active and dynamic as possible to capture the attention of the Participants. To this effect, short duration videos, practical exercises and addressing real-life professional situations or other methods are suitable methods/tools.

The complete final version of the training course which should be shared with the Technical Assistance of the Project for comments and/or endorsement. For general reference the training may cover the following sub-subjects (but not limited to):

         i.            Developing skills for personal effectiveness (clarity of purpose, communication, anticipating and planning, conflict management, meet timelines, inspiring)

        ii.            Diagnosing one’s time management and sources of inefficiencies

      iii.            Prioritizing in function of one’s responsibilities, objectives and expectations from his/her partners

      iv.            Problem solving

        v.            Managing individual agendas and meetings, active listening practice

      vi.            Optimizing professional writings

     vii.            Managing and communicating in situations of professional stress

   viii.            Preparing and making presentations which make an impact

The training course will be followed by a one-day of coaching of selected staff of AGI at their workplace and the final coaching process and methodology and planning will be defined by the Trainer and confirmed by the Technical Assistance. However, the process should ensure targeted Trainees are provided specific guidance for improvements and the coaching process remain positive and avoids embarrassing situations.

Trainees who are open to the coaching initiative should also agree to the presence of third parties from entities invited to the training and have express interest in sending their most committed Participants to attend such sessions. These should be confirmed by the Trainer to make sure they are / can be suitable replicators.

 

Geographical area to be covered

Training shall be delivered in Accra (Ghana) at a location decided by the Project.

 

Technical Deliverables

The Trainer is expected to produce the following outputs:

A concise yet consistent analysis on the effectiveness of AGI’s management model and a basic profile of Participants working environment nominated by AGI and stakeholders.A complete training programme including but not limited to: schedule, programme outline and contents, methodological approach and necessary support and training material and tools and quick assessment exercise (individual questionnaires);A consolidated document analysing results/feedback of a post-training evaluation of the training based on individual questionnaires distributed at the end of the training programme;A methodological proposal for engaging the coaching process;A consolidated document with conclusions and recommendations after the coaching sessions subsequent to the training programme;A final report with all above documents in annex.

Note: The report template shall be provided by the Project office and all technical documents produced by Trainer must comply with the Project’s requirements for Communication and Visibility and templates may be provided as suitable.

 

Management and coordination

The non-key short-term Expert Trainer works under the supervision of the Team Leader and instructions from the Key Expert responsible for the sub-activity under which falls the assignment. The Team Leader will replace the Key Expert as and if need.

However, non-key short-term Expert Trainer ultimately reports to the Project Manager at AESA.

The non-key short-term Expert Trainer may liaise with the Project office prior to the commencement of the training assignment in order to clarify the objectives and logistic arrangements.

The reasonable reproduction costs for the training material shall be covered by the Project. However, the training materials shall be provided within a reasonable timeframe.

   LOGISTICS AND TIMING

The operational base for this contract is Accra, Ghana. More specifically, the short-term Expert Trainer will liaise with the Project Office established at AGI – Association of Ghana Industries, Trade Fair Centre, La-Accra, Accra North.

Furthermore, unless special authorisation granted by the Team Leader, the Trainer will work from the Project office or at training venues throughout the duration of the assignment.

Start date & Contract duration

The intended start date is late July 2019 and the intervention is for an estimated total of 5 working days in-country. The breakdown of working days can be, as follows:

         i.            Up to 1,5 working days for the preparation of the assignment;

        ii.            A maximum of 2 working days for the delivery of the training course;

      iii.            Not more than 1 working day for the coaching sessions; and

      iv.            Final report and annexes (see Technical Deliverables section) produced over 0,5 working day.

The operational base for this contract is Accra, Ghana. More specifically, the short-term Expert Trainer will liaise with the Project Office established at AGI – Association of Ghana Industries, Trade Fair Centre, La-Accra, Accra North.

Furthermore, unless special authorisation granted by the Team Leader, the Trainer will work from the Project office or at training venues throughout the duration of the assignment.

Start date & Contract duration

The intended start date is late July 2019 and the intervention is for an estimated total of 5 working days in-country. The breakdown of working days can be, as follows:

         i.            Up to 1,5 working days for the preparation of the assignment;

        ii.            A maximum of 2 working days for the delivery of the training course;

      iii.            Not more than 1 working day for the coaching sessions; and

      iv.            Final report and annexes (see Technical Deliverables section) produced over 0,5 working day.

 REQUIREMENTS

Expert profile

The contract will be implemented by one Expert capable of meeting the following requirements:

General

-Higher education degree in Management, Economics, Psychology, or other relevant degree;

-A minimum of 5 years of relevant and mixed professional experience in human resources management, functional management as well as -Developing training curricula and delivery as well as on the job coaching;

-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

-Computer literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);

-Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Specific

-At least 3 years of specific experience in training on Personal Effectiveness Skills;

-Having conducted at least three times training in Personal Effectiveness Skills;

-Having conducted coaching sessions in the context of change management and institutional development / strengthening.

-Previous training experience in Africa and, specifically, in Ghana is considered an advantage.

  REPORTS

Reporting requirements

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

 

Submission and approval of reports

Approval of report(s) is secured by the Team Leader at the end of the assignment and following initial endorsement of all technical products (see Technical Deliveries section) by the Key Expert responsible for the coordination of the assignment.

However, AESA is the ultimate responsible for the approval of the report.

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

STTA: Administrative Support

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Position Summary:

This consultant will provide administrative backstopping support and recruitment support to CNFA Europe’s program backstopping team.

General Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the Program Management Unit in overseeing operational and programmatic success;
  • Draft scopes of work for consultants; assist in recruitment of highly qualified consultants, including reviewing applicant CV’s, conducting interviews, and processing contracts per CNFA Europe policies and processes;
  • Support home office and field-office procurement efforts and ensuring compliance with donor, CNFA, and project procurement policies
  • Facilitate procurement of visas for travelers and other consultant travel mobilization logistical efforts;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness or related field.
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required; and

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.

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 

Short-Term Expert Cocoa Value Chain

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Position Description:

This Short-Term Legal Advisor Cocoa Value Chain will define or update the cocoa framework package, which includes standard (under HS 1801), policy, legal, regulatory and institutional set up, production guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain, including SPS requirements, traceability, rules of origin, quality control, while mainstreaming climate change, environment and gender opportunities. The selected consultant will 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.  The Cocoa Value Chain Short-Term Expert is expected to support three (3) core functions during this assignment; 1)  Regulation framework: production component, 2) Matching grant scheme: technical assistance to operators with the development of proposals and monitoring implementation, and 3) Research technical advice on best practices in cocoa production and comparison of financial viability. Expected outputs:

Deliverables:

  • Assist the cocoa legal advisor on technical matters related to cocoa national standards, production, post-harvesting and export, in particular to set guidelines on good agricultural practices and code of conduct
  • Assist private operators in technical aspects related to application and implementation of matching grant projects, in collaboration with the Matching grant Expert; be consulted by the matching grant evaluation commission for technical aspects, on request
  • Provide technical advice to NACORI (Cocoa research) to implement their programme estimate, in the three thematic areas of variety evaluation, good agricultural practices (plant production and plant protection) and financial viability. 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advance university degree and relevant experience which includes cocoa sector
  • A minimum of 10 years of specific working experience in the subject
  • Experience in value chain strategies
  • Knowledge in cocoa processing
  • Experience in cocoa certification issues
  • Experience in workshop facilitation
  • Experience in adaptive management of natural resources
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • A good team player
  • High level of proficiency in English and good report writing skills
  • Experience in community mobilization will be valued
  • Knowledge on quality and regulatory aspects related to export will be an asset
  • Previous experience in Uganda will be regarded