Team: Programs | Commitment: Volunteer | Location: Ethiopia

Business Plan Review for EGAA

CNFA is implementing a three-year USAID-funded Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project. Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project provides technical backstopping to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) which is establishing about 20 new Farm Service Centers (FSCs) throughout Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and SNNPR. These FSCs are private, retail input and farm service supply businesses that serve as an innovative and replicable model for scaling up private farm input and service networks in Ethiopia and throughout Africa. In addition, Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project is strengthening the apex whole sale buying entity, EGAA Agricultural Input Suppliers PLC (EGAA), which was formed under the Commercial Farm Service Program and has been designed to streamline the inventory needs of the FSCs from multinational suppliers.

Objectives

  • Identify realistic opportunities for EGAA to improve its business profitability;
  • Develop new bankable business plan that EGAA can use for a period of 3-5 years.

Major Responsibilities

  • Assess and gather relevant information through various techniques (focus group discussions, questionnaires, review of existing EGAA business plan and other relevant documents in order to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and draw line on the areas of where EGAA can be more competitive, along its prime objectives;
  • Develop financially sound business plan that EGAA can use as a roadmap for a period of up to 5 years for accessing bank credit.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • MA/MSc Degree and above in a relevant field with extensive experience in developing business feasibility studies and business plans for over 10 years.
  • Practical experience in business strategic planning, business model analysis, process design, and system analysis skills;
  • Excellent project planning, business management & communications skills;
  • Exposure to USAID or other donor-funded programs;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Able to work under pressure with strict deadlines;
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Desired Impacts of this Assignment

  • Increased number of lenders with vested interest in working with EGAA;
  • Increased number of new FSCs and other stakeholders creating partnerships and best business practices with EGAA;
  • Increase profitability of EGAA’s prime business and improved sustainability in EGAA’s operation.