Team: Programs | Commitment: Consultant | Location: Rwanda

Horticulture Value Chain Analysis

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.