Team: Programs | Commitment: Consultant | Location: Egypt

STTA: Input Supplier Development Consultant

About FtF Egypt FAS Project

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified Input Supplier Development Consultants for its USAID-funded Feed the Future Egypt, Food-Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) Project.  FtF Egypt FAS is based in Luxor and focuses on agricultural value chain development targeting smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt.

Input Supplier Development Consultant

Working under the direct supervision of the FtF Egypt FAS Chief of Party, and in close coordination with FtF Egypt FAS Grant Team, the STTA Input Supplier Development Consultant will map and survey the input suppliers who support FtF Egypt FAS farmers with the aim of developing grant interventions that will expand the input suppliers’ business model(s) to better support FtF Egypt FAS farmers with higher-quality inputs and enhanced services (e.g. equipment, machinery and demonstration plots) on a commercially viable basis.

Deliverables

STTA Assignment Report in English that: 1) lists the contact information for the farmers and input suppliers visited; 2) the input supplier map; 3) the input supplier questionnaire and presentation; and 4) the Input Supplier Grant Solicitation.

Duration

Up to eight weeks.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • FtF Egypt FAS Project orientation: 1) read the Project’s Technical Application, Quarterly Reports, and CNFA’s Farm Service Center Model; 2) meet with the Project’s Chief of Party, four Component Team Leaders, and Grant Team to learn what they do and understand how input supplier grant funding serves the Project’s goals; 3) meet with Grant Team to learn more about Grants component and understand how grants will provide financial support to input suppliers, as one of value chain actors, with the ultimate goal of filling gaps and improving competitiveness in FtF Egypt FAS crop value chains; and 4) read and discuss the Private Sector solicitation document that was recently developed by FAS Grants Team.
  • Conduct site visits with at least ten FtF Egypt FAS farmer associations/cooperatives in the seven governorates – e.g. one association/cooperative per governorate with the remaining three or more selected during the STTA assignment – served by the Project to identify their respective input suppliers and confirm both the inputs and services that they currently procure and those that they want to procure if they were available. 
  • Develop a map of the input suppliers serving FtF Egypt FAS farmers that shows their location and contact information in Upper Egypt.
  • Draft an input supplier questionnaire to: a) identify the inputs and services they sell; and, b) assess their willingness and financial/technical capacity to expand their business to offer improved inputs and services to FtF Egypt FAS farmers.
  • Interview at least twenty small input suppliers and up to ten large input/equipment/machinery suppliers (Egyptian and international) serving/or potentially serving FtF Egypt FAS farmer associations/cooperatives in all/most of the governorates served by the Project.
  • Present input supplier interview findings to senior FtF Egypt FAS Project staff and recommend at least five opportunities, in priority order, where the Project’s grant program could effectively assist input suppliers’ efforts to offer improved inputs and services to FtF Egypt FAS farmers.
  • If the consultant’s recommendations are approved by the FtF Egypt FAS Chief of Party, draft the Input Supplier Grant Solicitation based on the consultant’s recommendations and in concert with the Project’s Chief of Party and Grant Team.
  • Draft and submit STTA Assignment Report in English that: 1) lists the contact information for the farmers and input suppliers visited; 2) the input supplier map; 3) the input supplier questionnaire and presentation; and 4) the Input Supplier Grant Solicitation.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master’s degree in relevant field is required.
  • Minimum of ten years working in input supplier development in emerging markets.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of USAID regulations governing grant-funded activity.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required. 
  • Willingness to travel and work anywhere in Egypt is required.

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