Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning Specialist

Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning Specialist

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Position Description

Reporting to the M&E Director, the MEL Specialist will support all Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities. S/he will be responsible for implementing M&E systems including indicator targeting, tracking and reporting according to USAID and CNFA standards, managing data collection systems, leading impact assessments, and contributing to a knowledge management and learning strategy.

Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas. As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises. Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new lending and $100 million in new investment across the 5 crops in the following 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.  The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.  The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components. First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations. Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the development and implementation a MEL strategy (per the approved MEL Plan) outlining M&E systems for data collection, targeting and tracking custom and USAID/FTF indicators, knowledge management, impact assessments, learning activities and reporting in compliance with the requirements provided in the Activity contract, USAID regulations and CNFA standards;
  • Support the M&E Director in working closely with other technical units in establishing and managing a GIS referencing, cloud-based MEL system and ensure data requirements are integrated into project management processes;
  • Provide oversight to relevant project staff on data collection and analysis, and to ensure timely data collection, analyses, reporting, and completion of other M&E activities;
  • Facilitate Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) strategies to support the use of data and information from the M&E system for real-time decision-making to improve project implementation;
  • Regularly review monitoring data and help organize periodic learning days and annual learning summits with staff to help managers identify successes and make decisions about adapting activities and approaches to achieve results;
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID, CNFA, and, if/where applicable, host country government reporting requirements;
  • Complete other duties as necessary and assigned by M&E Director and/or Chief of Party.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working on monitoring, evaluation and learning for donor funded projects; USAID experience is highly desirable;
  • Master’s degree required in relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a relevant competency area, including statistics, international development, economics or other;
  • Experience using monitoring and evaluation systems with USAID-supported indicators, including Feed the Future and nutrition indicators;
  • Willingness to collaborate, innovate and ability to think systematically;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with wide range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing;
  • Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality of deliverables within deadlines; and
  • Strong communication skills and ability to present and write high quality technical reports in English.

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.

Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)

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Position Description

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will work closely with and report to the Chief of Party (COP) to provide technical and managerial oversight for the Activity, including the development and implementation of the Project’s vision and strategy, annual work plans, and performance reporting.  S/he will also represent the Activity before a wide range of audiences at the Federal and State levels.  The DCOP will ensure all Project activities adhere to USAID technical guidance and align with global best practices.  The DCOP will also directly oversee the Agribusiness Specialist, responsible for the day to day operations of the Regional Agribusiness Officer and 6 State-based Agribusiness Coordinators, as well as all activities taking place outside Abuja.  The DCOP will also supervise the Director of Finance and Operations and be responsible for all Project sponsored events, working closely with the Project’s security, travel, procurement, human resources, and finance units.   As DCOP, this position will oversee the development of any subcontracts, long and short-term SOWs, MOUs, and in-country activities of domestic and international consultants.  The DCOP will also assist the COP in various technical, governmental, and USAID matters as requested. 

Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas. As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises. Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new lending and $100 million in new investment across the 5 crops in the following 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.  The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.  The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components. First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations. Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Chief of Party to provide technical and managerial oversight for the Activity, including the development and implementation of the Project’s vision and strategy, technical direction, annual work plans, and performance reporting;
  • Working closely with other senior managers to ensure that Project activities are of the highest ethical standard, adhere to USAID technical guidance, align with best practices, and directly contribute to the attainments of the Project’s contractual deliverables;
  • Managing implementation and coordination of all activities taking place outside Abuja, including serving as the supervisor of the Agribusiness Specialist and his/her team;
  • Supporting the COP and other senior managers in the development of papers, studies, and required reports and presentations, including but not limited to weekly updates, quarterly reports, annual work plans, annual reports, Project PowerPoints, and MEL-related documentation;
  • Maintaining rigorous focus on the performance of the Project’s Finance and Operations team, through the Director of Finance and Operations, including the finance, human resources, security, IT, procurement, and travel divisions;   
  • Managing the implementation and coordination of all events, technical forums, conferences, roundtables;
  • Effectively backstopping and supporting long- and short-term project specialists;
  • Ensuring that the Activity remains focused on achieving results;
  • Representing the Activity and CNFA in meetings with private and public sector stakeholders as requested by the COP;
  • Other duties as assigned on an ad hoc basis by the COP.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, or higher, in economics, business administration, public administration, agriculture, or a related field
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant, progressively responsible management experience;
  • Demonstrated experience and a proven track record of implementing and/or managing activities focused on agricultural development
  • A combination of technical familiarity and management skills that span the subject areas covered by the Activity; and in-depth experience in at least one of the major areas of project involvement (agricultural finance regulations, agricultural finance services, capacity building for agribusinesses)
  • An in depth understanding of the public sector organizational and functional structure at the Federal and State levels
  • A current professional network in the most relevant ministries and offices of Government at the Federal and State levels is an advantage 
  • Demonstrated experience effectively backstopping and supporting long- and short-term consultants;
  • Demonstrated experience ensuring efficiency across a wide variety of project activities involving economic growth, private sector development, women and youth empowerment, upskilling, business linkages, and job creation; and
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining rigorous focus on project indicators, results, and more generally supporting the M&E and communications functions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage

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.

Agribusiness Specialist

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Position Description

Reporting to the Deputy Chief of Party, the Agribusiness Specialist will work with agricultural enterprises of all sizes along the rice, maize, soy, fish and cowpea value chains to increase agribusiness investment and access to finance. Leading the Agribusiness Unit, s/he will oversee the regional agribusiness offer and a team of six (6) State level Agribusiness Coordinators. The Agribusiness Specialist will work directly, and through the cadre of Agribusiness Coordinators, with large established agribusinesses (‘Lead Firms”) in the target value chains, in addition to their key regionally located suppliers, distributors, service providers, MSMEs, smallholder farmers, and other service providers within their value chains.  Serving as the Project’s main lead generation engine, the Agribusiness Specialist will help identify (i) the most critical legal and/or regulatory burdens constraining the partner firms’ growth and competitiveness, (ii) valid and justified access to finance requirements of the Lead Firms and their value chain partners (e.g. smallholder farmers, farmer associations, inputs dealers, aggregators, transport and storage firms), and (iii) potential agribusiness investment opportunities.  As a member of the Project’s Executive Team, this position will require close coordination with the other Project leaders such as the 3 Component Leaders, M&E Specialist, and Strategic Communications team. 

Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas. As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises. Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new investment and $75 million in finance across the 5 crops in 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.   

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Providing oversight to the field based agribusiness coordinators in Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Niger States to ensure a high level of regional interest and awareness of the Project, and subsequently a steady volume of high quality leads (e.g. potential agribusiness loans and investments) are generated;
  • Organizing forums and meetings, including but not limited to Project launches, policy reform focus groups, and agribusiness lending stakeholder roundtables, with Nigerian government officials, business associations, business development service providers, investors, financial institutions, and SME’s at the Federal as well as State level;
  • Ensuring that stakeholders and beneficiaries are aware of and interested in collaborating with the Project, resulting in the Project’s ability to capitalize on any shared efficiencies;
  • Meeting with agribusinesses to develop a strong understanding of the legal, regulatory, and other barriers constraining agribusiness finance and investment in each crop/location, and in association with the Enabling Environment Policy Unit, actively contribute to the development of a clear and coherent vision for the reduction of these barriers to project leadership;
  • Leading a team of six (6) agribusiness coordinators and one regional agribusiness officer that serve as the Project’s lead generation division for investment and financial transactions; and
  • Backstopping and supporting other long- and short-term specialists. 

Qualifications

  • Relevant specialist post-graduate degree in economics, agricultural economics, business administration or another related field;
  • At least (10) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Proven track record in developing, analyzing, and implementing projects focused on agribusinesses, agricultural finance, and agricultural value chains;
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating private-sector investments and familiarity with the workings of government legal and regulatory frameworks at the National and State levels;
  • Demonstrated experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, or Africa as a whole, is an advantage;
  • Experience effectively managing and supporting a team of long- and short-term domestic and international specialists
  • Able to maintain a rigorous focus on project deliverables, indicators and results, including being able to engage stakeholders to capitalize on any shared efficiencies; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

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.

STTA: Orchard Management Consultant

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BACKGROUND: 

The USAID Agriculture Program is a five-year activity that aims to accelerate growth of agricultural sub-sectors that demonstrate strong potential to create jobs and increase micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) revenues. The USAID Agriculture Program plans to deliver firm-level investment and tailor-made technical assistance to entrepreneurial, market-driven enterprises, production clusters and supporting associations and service/information/extension providers to foster inclusive and sustainable market systems development.

 

The USAID Agriculture Program provides competitive cost-shared grants and technical assistance to address identified gaps in targeted value chains (VCs) that will result in the improved productivity and productive capacity of MSMEs, strengthened value chain linkages, increased access to markets, and improved capacity of MSMEs, cooperatives, associations and service/information/extension providers.

 

Sector selection and VC analysis recently finalized by the USAID Agriculture Program proved significant potential in apple and stone fruit production growth, provided structural changes in the production are continued and sector leaders invest in modern intensive production oriented towards the fresh market, which has the opportunity to lead the development of the fruit sector. In line with this it is essential to equip orchard operators and farmers with modern knowledge and skills to help them pursue best orchard management practices, including pruning, formation, disease prevention, etc.

 

In order to create a better knowledge platform at farmer level and to stimulate taking appropriate farm management decisions the USAID Agriculture Program plans to engage international consultant who will provide individual consultancies and group trainings to the targeted farmers in Shida Kartli region, which is characterized with the highest numbers in the production of apples (10.7 thousand tons in 2017, according to Geostat) among all regions of Georgia.

 

 

OBJECTIVE: 

The purpose of this assignment is to build capacity of farmers and fruit orchard operators to enable them follow modern fruit tree management practices thereby stimulating sustainable growth of apple and stone fruit production in Georgia.  

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Under this scope of work, the Consultant shall work closely with the USAID Agriculture Program Value Chain Specialist to perform the following tasks: 

Develop Fruit Tree Management Guidelines (in PPT format) focused on those techniques and practices to be pursued in the first 3 years of tree growth. The guidelines will be widely disseminated among targeted fruit growers, private and state extension agents. These Guidelines should be focused on pruning and formation practices and include recommendations for introducing best IPM practices

·         Provide individual consultancies and coaching to fruit tree (apples, plums, cherries) growers operating in Shida Kartli region.

·         Conduct practical pruning /formation session for the broader audience of farmers selected in coordination with local ICCs.  

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

–  A bachelor’s degree in agronomy with a focus on fruit tree production;

–  Minimum 10 years of working as an agronomy practitioner;

–  Proven experience in developing practical production guides; and

–  Strong communication skills.

DELIVERABLES:  

–  Fruit Tree Management Guidelines

–  Report summarizing conducted activities (consultancies and coaching to up to 12 fruit tree growers operating in Shida Kartli region; practical pruning /formation session for the broader audience of farmers)

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 

This assignment is planned to take place between 02/15/2019 and 10/10/2019. This consultancy will be provided through off-site and field work. Total LOE will not exceed 10 days.

Deadline for submission is February 13, 2019.

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.

RFA: for establishing horticultural Collection Centers in Upper Egypt

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Issuance date: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Deadline for receiving proposals: 4:00 p.m. Egypt time on Monday, March 18th, 2019

All submissions preferred to be in English, but Arabic version will be accepted

Dear Applicant:

FtF Egypt FAS is seeking applications from Egyptian, legally registered Cooperatives and Associations for implementation of the competitive matching grant program to establish horticultural collection centers in Upper Egypt.  Instructions for completing the applications can be found in Annex 1. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and US Government regulations governing grants and FtF Egypt FAS’s internal grant management policies.

 

This solicitation will support Egyptian Cooperatives and Associations to establish horticultural collection centers in Upper Egypt. Smallholder Farmers’ production volume is insufficient for end buyers.  Associations and cooperatives have land, management capacity, and strong trust relationships with farmers. Therefore, this RFA is meant to encourage the establishment of collection centers, to be owned and managed by cooperatives and associations in selected locations where vegetables and fruits received from smallholder farmers can be stored for one day before going to end-buyers or processors. This one day is sufficient time for farmers to complete collection of fruits and vegetables and for buyers to arrange logistics to receive them.  The objective of the Collection Centers is to gather fresh and sound quality fruits and vegetables from farmers directly. The collection centers will improve the food safety and post-harvest handling practices of the smallholder farmers.  They will help better facilitate traders/exporters’ business goals by buying farmers’ products from one single point which will result in: 1) reduction of product losses in transportation and storage; 2) better information flow of products, markets, and technologies; 3) transparency of the supply chain; and 4) better control of product safety and quality.

 

This solicitation willonly target cooperatives and associations in Upper Egypt. These collection centers should support farmers working in the FtF Egypt FAS Project crop value chains.These value chains include, but are not limited to:

 

Anise, Fennel, Basil, Cumin, Fennel, Grapes, Green beans, Mango, Marjoram, Mint, Onion, Tomato, Parsley, Pomegranate, Thyme, Date Palm, Pepper, Okra, Sweet Potato, Garlic, Coriander, Other herbs and spices

 

For more information regarding the submission of proposals, interested parties are invited to attend an optional Proposal writing workshop in Luxor.

 

·         Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at Etab hotel in Luxor.

·         Workshop will be from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT:  Please send an email to grants@egyptfas.org confirming your attendance as soon as possible. 

 

The estimated grant award size for successful applicants will range from approximately $ 5,000 – $10,000. The final number of awards will be decided based on the availability of funds and resources.

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RFA: لإنشاء مراكز جمع البستنة في صعيد مصر

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مشروع الغذاء للمستقبل بمصر لدعم الأمن الغذائي والأعمال الزراعية

طلب تقديم المقترح الكامل للجمعيات الأهلية والتعاونيات الزراعية الراغبة فى أنشاء مراكز لتجميع المحاصيل البستانية فى محافظات أسوان والأقصر وقنا وسوهاج وأسيوط والمنيا وبنى سويف

تاريخ الإصدار:6 فبراير 2019

أخر موعد لتلقى طلبات المقترح الكامل الى المشروع هو يوم الثلاثاء الموافق 18 مارس 2019 فى تمام الساعة الرابعة مساءا

يفضل ان تقدم المقترحات باللغة الانجليزية ولكن سوف يتم قبول المقترحات المقدمة باللغة العربية

عزيزي مقدم الطلب:

يعلن مشروع “الغذاء للمستقبل بمصر لدعم الأمن الغذائي والأعمال الزراعية” عن قبول مقترحات المشروعات  من الجمعيات الزراعية وجمعيات تنمية المجتع المصرية التى تعمل فى مجال الانتاج الزراعى والمسجلة قانونيا طبقا للوائح والقوانين المصرية  للتقدم لبرنامج المنح التنافسية والتى تعمل بنظام المساهمة فى التمويل بين المشروع والجمعيات الراغبة فى التقدم للحصول على هذة المنح لانشاء مراكز لتجميع المحاصيل البستانية

 

 و الغرض من هذة المنح هو دعم الجمعيات التعاونية الزراعية وجمعيات تنمية المجتمع المحلى العاملة فى مجال الانتاج الزراعى لانشاء مراكز لتجميع للمحاصيل البستانية فى صعيد مصر حيث انة من المتعارف علية ان  انتاج صغار المزارعين من المحاصيل البستانية غير كافى لتلبية احتياجات المشترين الكبيرة نظرا لصغر حجم الحيازات الزراعية وبالتالى الانتاج وحيث ان الجمعيات الزراعية وجمعيات تنمية المجتع التى تعمل فى مجال الانتاج الزراعى لديهم قدرات ادارية ويملكون اراضى وعلاقات طيبة مع صغار المزارعين تمكنهم من تنظيم عملية شراء الكميات المختلفة من صغار المزارعين وتجميعها فى مكان واحد لتلبية احتياجات المشترين

وبالتالى فان الغرض الاساسى من هذة المنح هو تشحيع انشاء مراكز لتجميع المحاصيل البستانية تمتلكها وتديرها الجمعيات الزراعية  وجمعيات تنمية المجتع التى تعمل فى الانتاج الزراعى فى المناطق التى يتوفر فيها انتاج الخضروات والفاكهة حيث يقوم صغار المزارعين بتوريد انتاجهم الى مراكز التحميع و يتم الاحتفاط بها لمدة يوم واحد قبل ان يتم شحنها مجمعة بمعرفة المشترين المتعاقدين على شراءها

 

وبالتالى فان الهدف الاساسى من مراكز التجميع للمحاصيل البستانية هو تجميع المحاصيل البستانية الطازجة من المزارعين مباشرة ووتخزينها لفترة وجيزة لتوفير الكميات المطلوبة للمشترين مما يؤدى الى تحسين عمليات سلامة المنتجات الزراعية وممارسات مابعد الحصاد لصغار المزارعين وبالتالى التيسير على التجار والمصدرين لشراء المحاصيل البستانية  من مكان تجميع واحد مما يؤدى الى تقليل الفاقد الذى يمكن ان يحدث من عمليات النقل المتكررة والتخزين الغير جيد ويؤدى ايضا الى تحسين تدفق المعلومات التسويقية والشفافية فى عمليات التداول وايضا التحكم فى مستوى الجودة والسلامة

 

هذة المنح تستهدف الجمعيات التعاونية الزراعية وجمعيات تنمية المجتمع المحلى العاملة فى المجال الزراعى فى صعيد مصر بغرض مساعدة صغار المزارعين للمحاصيل البستانية والتى يدعمها مشروع فاس والمتمثلة فى: الينسون والريحان و الشمر والعنب والفاصوليا الخضراء والمانجو والبردقوش و النعناع و البصل و الطماطم والبقدونس و الرمان و الزعتر و التمور و الفلفل و الباميا و البطاطا و الثوم و الكزبرة  و نباتات عطرية اخرى

 

. للحصول على المزيد من المعلومات ندعوكم  لحضور ورشة عمل حول اجراءات وكيفية كتابة المقترحات الكاملة في الأقصر يوم الثلاثاء الموافق التاسع عشر من فبراير 2019 بفندق ايتاب بالاقصر من الساعة العاشرة صباحا حتى الرابعة مساءا.  ستوفر ورشة العمل هذه إرشادات مفصلة بشأن كيفية استكمال/ملئ مقترح المشروع الكامل (الملحق 1).

 

قيمة المنح تتراوح مابين 5000 الى 10000 دولار امريكى وقيمة المنحة سوف يتم تحديدها طبقا لتوافر 

ضغط هنا لتحميل وثيقة المناقصة كاملة”

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

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BACKGROUND

 

The USAID Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan Project (ASAP) aims to increase incomes and employment in rural areas by delivering firm-level investment and technical assistance to agribusiness enterprises that wish to engage with commercial markets as private businesses. Implemented by CNFA, the 63-month project was initiated in June 2014.

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

 

OVERVIEW

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1.         Planning the business

2.         Starting the business

3.         Running the business

4.         Developing the business

5.         Closing the business

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 GENERAL OBJECTIVES

 

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

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

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

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MEETINGS RELATED TO UNDERSTANDING AND PERFORMING THE WORK

 

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

 

§  Key personnel of the SMB

§  David G. Blood, USAID Agribusiness Consultant

§  George Melton, USAID Agribusiness Consultant

§  Yashar Farajov, USAID Agribusiness Consultant

§  Samir Hamidov, USAID Contracting Officer’s Representative

 

  DELIVERABLES

 

§  Written summary of meetings and findings;

§  Final report with recommendations on:

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

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

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

 

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

 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

 

This assignment is proposed to take place, beginning as soon as the candidate is selected, for a duration of the equivalent of up to 30 eight-hour consulting days. This consulting assignment envisions 25 field-based consulting days and up to 5 days allocated for developing deliverables and travel.

 

MANDATORY AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for applications is February 22, 2019.

Program Coordinator

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 Position Summary:

The Program Coordinator will provide administrative backstopping support from CNFA Headquarters (HQ) in Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of the Director of Programs, the Program Coordinator will work on a dynamic team to support CNFA’s portfolio of agricultural development programs globally.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the function of liaising between projects and CNFA HQ in Washington, DC;
  • Provide quality control in the preparation of work plans, budgets, regular updates and progress reports, and other major project deliverables;
  • Support the Program Management Unit in overseeing operational and programmatic success;
  • Support the project implementation progress in relation to budgets, including monitoring and advising on project expenditure adjustment plans when necessary;
  • Monitor the project to ensure agreement and CNFA compliance, programmatically and financially, as well as timely achievement of project deliverables;
  • Support project monitoring and evaluation programming, including data management and reporting
  • Assist with preparation of contractual approval requests;
  • Support grants programming, including drafting grants-related documentation and ensuring compliance with donor, CNFA, and project grants policies
  • Support home office and field-office procurement efforts and ensuring compliance with donor, CNFA, and project procurement policies
  • Assist communications staff in developing and maintaining promotional content for project and CNFA websites;
  • Assist in the development of monthly programs success story development and reporting; Facilitate procurement of visas for travelers;
  • Draft scopes of work for consultants and timetables for the design and implementation of specific consultancy mandates; assist in recruitment of highly qualified consultants;
  • Assist CNFA’s recruitment team in the identification and retention of key employees, including local staff;
  • Collaborate with the Program Development Team to identify, attract and secure new business;
  • Travel for site visits to assist in field office work efforts, complete general evaluations of program progress and potential, and collect program information; and
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • Preferred experience working with international development projects/programs, focused on enterprise development, agriculture and/or agribusiness;
  • Experience working on EU donor-funded projects strongly preferred, including but not limited to European Union and GIZ-funded projects;
  • Knowledge of USAID (and/or other donor) program planning cycles, agreement rules and regulations, and reporting;
  • 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 develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives;
  • Ability to be flexible and interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Ability to travel as required;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required; and
  • US Work Authorization required.

Employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.

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.

RFQ: Establish Post Harvest Centre for Herbs and Spices I Assuit Governorate

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RFQ Number: CNFA-FAS-RFQ-GRANTS- El-Esraa-2019-02-01

Issuance Date: February  01, 2019

Site Visit ( Upon Confirmation): Anticipated; Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Offerors are strongly encouraged to participate in the site visit, to best understand the specifications of the equipment being requested.

Offerors must indicate their interest in participating in a site visit to procurement@egyptfas.orgby Tuesday, February 12, 2019

El-Esraa (Association for Community Development – Abnoub ) – Assuit Governorate

 

specific details to be provided on logistics of site visit upon expression of interest by bidders to participate.

Deadline for Questions: Sunday, Febraury 24, 2019 @ 3:00pm

Deadline for Offers: Sunday, March 03, 2019 @ 3:00pm

Description: Establish Post Harvest Centre for Herbs and Spices I Assuit Governorate

For: Egypt Feed the Future Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS)

Funded By: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Contract Number: AID-263-A-15-00022

Implemented By: CNFA (Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture)

Point of Contact FAS Procurement Manager procurement@egyptfas.org 

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