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International Individual Consultant for Regional Agribusiness Value Chain Projects Evaluation and Knowledge Generation Work
|Location :||Ethiopia with home-based assignments, ETHIOPIA|
|Application Deadline :||30-Apr-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||70 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||70 Working Days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
In November 2010, UNDP launched a new regional project, “Private Sector and Inclusive Market Development for Poverty Reduction in Africa: African Facility for Inclusive Markets (AFIM)”, to more strongly address private sector development and engagement issues in Africa in support of accelerated achievement of the MDGs. AFIM’s particular focus is on the promotion of Inclusive Market Development (IMD) in Africa through the development and expansion of regional value chains in job creating sectors such as agribusiness, tourism, renewable energy, retailing and mining. Currently, AFIM’s focus of IMD is centred on agribusiness.
In October 2011, UNDP AFIM in collaboration with the NGO EMRC co-organized the 2011 Agri-Business Forum in Johannesburg and coordinated a Public-Private Dialogue. One of the principal outcomes of the overall initiative was the Johannesburg Declaration on ‘Engaging the Private Sector in Furthering Africa’s Agribusiness and Food Security Agenda’. One of the key action items called for in the Declaration was for Public and Private Sectors to jointly:
As a follow-up to the Johannesburg declaration’s call to action for the facilitation of regional platforms and value chains, AFIM conceived the idea to convene three sub-regional “AFIM Weeks”, comprised of:
In 2012 and 2013 AFIM provided catalytic funding under Micro-capital Grant modality to the selected value chain development initiatives in the agribusiness/ agro-industries sectors. The catalytic funding seeks to promote the acceleration of the MDGs by supporting agribusiness value chain projects that generate income, employment and reduce poverty through inclusive economic growth and sector development. The funding is targeted at:
The selection criteria of eligibility of ‘project promoters’ included their legal mandates as (Non-Governmental Organizations including Not for Profit Organizations) and Regional Institutions operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, their focus on cross-border, regional and multiple-country projects in Grains (rice, maize, soy bean and sorghum), Horticulture (fruits and vegetables excluding flowers) and Dairy/Livestock, which impact directly on poverty reduction.
Applications and concepts shortlisted were referred to the respective project facilitation platforms (PFPs) for a peer review and selection mechanism. Under these PFPs, constructive criticism and improvements to the selected project frameworks were undertaken by respective stakeholders from the different countries where the projects were to be implemented. The Project Facilitation Platforms (PFPs) were conceived as fora for the participatory peer review and selection of specific regional agricultural value chains that promote private sector driven inclusive business models that transcend beyond national borders. AFIM moderated three PFPs in the EAC, ECOWAS and COMESA regions where shortlisted regional projects were deliberated upon and their project concepts improved upon by respective sector stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
AFIM now requires an individual consultant to (1) evaluate the results of the 6 regional value chain projects supported through MCG, (2) prepare a report on key lessons learnt from the MCGs as a catalytic mechanism to foster income generation and poverty reduction at the level of value chain actors, and regional integration, (3) support with the convening, preparation and facilitation of a regional agri-food value chain implementation and knowledge sharing workshop convening the regional value chain promoters and their stakeholders, the Regional Economic Communities, and development partners active and/or interested in the space, and (4) write-up a workshop meeting report and a knowledge product.
The consultant will work closely with the UNDP RSCA in Addis Ababa. S/he will be under the supervision of the AFIM Project Manager, collaborate closely with AFIM staff, and be responsible for the following tasks:
Inception/briefing meeting in Addis Ababa and preparatory work leading to a detailed workplan (by May 7, 2014)
Meet with AFIM Team in Addis Ababa to get briefed on the work and get all the relevant background material. Review the background material and prepare a detailed workplan with tentative mission timing to be validated with project promoters and UNDP host COs.
Evaluate the results of the 6 Agri-Food Value Chain Projects (until 15 September 2014):
Conduct project missions that assess the progress of the project against stated outputs as per the grant agreement submissions, as well as identify challenges, and lessons learnt. The evaluation missions will consult the project promoters, partners and beneficiaries. Email/phone consultations with the RECs will also be expected. The evaluation missions will also gauge the impact of the catalytic fund contribution to project outcomes and impact and discuss the projects vision beyond the catalytic funding phase. The evaluation of the impact of the catalytic fund will look at the following dimensions:
Sustainability and Impact:
Lessons learnt/ Conclusions:
Prepare evaluation reports (drafts until September 30 2014; final approved report by October 15 2014)
Support with the convening, preparation and facilitation of a regional agri-food value chain implementation and knowledge sharing workshop, convening the regional value chain promoters and their stakeholders, the Regional Economic Communities, and development partners active and/or interested in that space (workshop is planned for October 2014)
Write-up a workshop meeting report and a knowledge product (draft until October 30, 2014, Final November 15 2014)
The consultant will be responsible to develop and propose his/her own methodology to carry out the tasks described above. However this should include:
Technical / Functional Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
Please refer to the below link to refer to the detail Terms of Reference and Procurement Notice:
Interested consultants are required to upload their CVs here and to send their technical and financial proposals in two different electronic files to our secured email address email@example.com no later than April 30, 2014.
Home-based with travel to Addis Ababa and to project sites in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Zambia and Mozambique.