Team: CNFA Europe | Commitment: Consulting | Location: Uganda

Short Term Expert- Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Consultant for the Legal and Regulatory Framework for Cocoa Value Chain

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 are implemented covering 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 the Assignment

Background of position

Cocoa is a relatively new crop in the country, with favorable 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, including a National Cocoa Policy, nor a public framework set up, with the mandate to promote the development and export of the sector.

Cabinet Secretariat has advised that the development of a cocoa policy should start with a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA), to inform on the best options for sustainable national cocoa development, so to ensure that the cocoa sub sector is developed to its full potential.

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 carry out a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) to inform on the best option for sustainable national cocoa development.The options to consider may include harmonization of existing frameworks or development plan or strategy or policy or amendment of existing policies or laws. In other words, the RIA may recommend to have a specific policy for cocoa or the amendment of a coffee policy/law to take care of cocoa.

Specifically, working closely with MAAIF/UCDA technical staff and the Technical Assistance Team (TAT), the consultant will undertake the following duties:

1.       Read and internalize key documents in relation to policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework of cocoa in Uganda.

2.       Consult key informants including actors along the entire cocoa value chain: relevant public institutions, including ministries, departments and agencies; academia and training institutions; research institutions; farmers’ organizations and cooperatives; private sector and civil society organizations and cocoa farmers.

3.       Determine the problem/s that the cocoa policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework will address and define the goal/s of the legislation.

4.       Estimate the costs and benefits of implementing the cocoa strategy/implementation plan.

5.       Analyse the impacts of the cocoa policy on various stakeholders and determine the likely losers and winners.

6.       Draft the RIA report based on information gathered from various stakeholders, inputs from the National Steering Committee and documents reviewed.

7.       Organize and facilitate a validation and consensus building meeting with stakeholders to review the draft RIA report and clarify any issues arising, including any new information for discussion and consensus building.

8.       Finalize the RIA report and present it to UCDA for TPM review and clearance and on onward submission to Cabinet for approval.

Deliverables

The RIA consultant shall deliver the following during the assignment:

1.       An inception report by the end of the first week of assignment outlining methodology, work plan and roles and responsibilities of various parties during the assignment.

2.       Report highlighting on the best option(s) for sustainable national cocoa development.

3.       A draft RIA report that elaborates the core problems to be addressed by the cocoa policy, its impacts on various stakeholders, options for solving the problem, cost-benefits analysis and other requirements as outlined in the Guide to Policy Development.

4.       Final validated RIA report

 Methodology

The realisation of the expected result will be achieved through reviewing and updating the existing policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework of cocoa documents, including standards, guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain, against international requirements, the National Development Plan II, National Export Development Strategy and other development strategy guiding documents.  

An inclusive consultation and validation process, taking into account gender and climate change/environment mainstreaming, will be conducted to determine the problems that the cocoa policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework will address and define the goals of the legislation and its impacts on various stakeholders.

 

A first draft of RIA report will be circulated for review and internal presentations will be organised at the Uganda Coffee Development Authority and MARKUP National Steering Committee. Comments and suggestions received will be included in the final document that will be presented to UCDA for MAAIF-TPM for review and clearance and on onward submission to Cabinet for approval.

 

The RIA consultant will work closely with UCDA technical staff/National Programme Coordinator MARKUP and the Technical Assistance Team (TAT).She/he will report to the Managing Director, UCDA for technical issues and to the CTA-Chief Technical Advisor for contractual matters.

Partners

The RIA Consultant will assist and work in close collaboration with NPC MARKUP, the UCDA Legal office and other pertinent Directorates of UCDA, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Department and staff of UNBS, Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development/National Authorizing Office (NAO) and cocoa farmers’ organizations and cooperatives apex body. 

Duration

The assignment will be for a maximum of 15-20 working days, extendable based on justified needs.

Period

April – May 2019

Location

Premises of the Uganda Coffee Development Authority Headquarters, Jinja Road, Kampala, Uganda will be the primary location, with visits to MAAIF, UNBS and other pertinent institutions on demand. Missions outside of Kampala will be organized as needed in collaboration with the UCDA and CTA.

Reporting

Inception workplan

The short-term Expert will submit a work plan within the first two days 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.

Verbal reports

The incumbent will report progress to the TA on a daily basis and to the Project Coordinator on demand.

6.3 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 actions

·         Description of any difficulties encountered in performing the mission

·         Relevant annexes and supporting data

·         The RIA will be an annex of the report

The reports and annexes shall be delivered as electronic file(s) in MS Word and MS Excel, as required

Final Report

Comments will be submitted to the expert by the Project Coordinator and the TA within one week from the submission of the draft mission report. The final report will be delivered by the expert within two weeks from the transmission of the comments on the draft version.

 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

  • Advance university degree (or equivalent) in finance, economics, management, policy analysis, public administration, business or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of specific working experience in the subject of policy and regulatory framework development for agricultural commodities value chains.
  • A relevant experience in the legal, policy and regulatory framework development for agricultural commodities value chains or related fields. This experience must be demonstrated with previous consulting assignments that involved regulatory impact assessments.  
  • Deep knowledge of the legal framework in Uganda.
  • Proven familiarity with standard setting bodies (ISO, Codex, etc.).
  • Experience in writing policies and negotiation skills.
  • Good report writing, communication and presentation skills.
  • A good team player
  • High level of proficiency in English