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Framework agreement for the services of an Individual Contractor engaged on On-Call Basis, Consultancy to establish Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies (AMCOS) for small-holder farmers in Kigoma Tanzania to own and operate crops aggregation cent
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||22-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||up to 80 work days per year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 to 3 years|
The Kigoma Joint Programme (KJP) is an area-based UN joint programme that cuts across multiple sectors to improve development and human security in Kigoma. The programme involves 16 different UN Agencies and was developed in cooperation with the regional and district authorities based on the development needs of Kigoma and the comparative advantages of the UN in Tanzania to enhance results and impact within a single strategic programme.
Agriculture is the predominant economic sector in Kigoma Region with over 85% of the total population of the region dependent on agriculture for its livelihood. Through the KJP’s sixth outcome: “Increased quality and quantity of agriculture sector and its markets (Agriculture)”, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Trade Center (ITC), will increase the capacity of smallholder farmers and strengthen their resolve to combat the effects of climate change. Farmers will also gain improved knowledge on post-harvest handling of crops and how to access markets and financing for their goods.
United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
Under the KJP, UNCDF’s objective is to increase market linkages and infrastructure through the construction of crop aggregation centers which will be co-owned and operated by small-holder farmers. Subsequently, in supporting Kigoma farmers, UNCDF is looking to engage a consultant to establish Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies (AMCOS) to co-own and operate the aggregation centers.
UNCDF would like to enter into a non-exclusive Framework Agreement, also known as Long-Term Agreement (LTA), with one or more individuals that will perform the services described below on a need-basis. In UNCDF, an LTA is a framework agreement by and between UNCDF and a company or individual where the latter may, at any time within the duration of the LTA, be required to render the agreed services at the agreed and fixed unit prices for a minimum period of 12 months, with potential extension for up to two (2) additional years, depending on satisfactory performance of the company.
Under an LTA, UNCDF does not guarantee that any specific quantity of services shall be purchased during the term of this agreement. The LTA does not form a financial obligation or commitment from UNCDF at the time the LTA contract is signed and that such an agreement is non-exclusive.
Where a request for service arises, UNCDF can engage the individual on LTA through a “call-off” of the LTA. Every call-off shall have specific tasks, scope of services and outputs to be delivered within a specific period of time. For this particular work, the call-off shall be formalized through the issuance of a Purchase Order, attaching thereto the TOR, and any other document relevant to the call-off. Financial commitments will only be established each time a Purchase Order for the specific services/TOR for Individual Contractor is committed.
The LTA shall have a cumulative ceiling amount that may accrue to the individual contractor during the life of the LTA, but said amount shall remain as an upper limit, and must not and cannot be interpreted nor understood as neither a financial commitment nor guarantee of business volume.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this proposal is to engage an Agricultural co-operative expert to establish up to eight (8) Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies (AMCOS) in Kigoma which will be owned by small farmers groups. The established “primary” agricultural co-operative should be able to provide business services to its members, including supplying of agricultural inputs for crop production; purchasing, processing, marketing and distribution of their agricultural produce. The consultant will also be required to draft an AMCOS Operating Manual to be used as a reference guide to AMCOS officers and provide training on the same.
Scope of Work:
Working under the direct supervision of the UNCDF technical team in Tanzania and in collaboration with the management of the respective Local Government Authorities (LGAs), selected Consultants will be required to provide the following services:
The Consultant shall deliver the following outputs:
The contract will be based on the payment terms described below: The fee shall be all-inclusive with an exception of travel costs and shall include all other expenses (e.g. company registration fee) that may be incurred by the Consultant to formulate One AMCOS.
Payments will be made to the consultant based on deliverables/output as per the payment terms described below, and after submission of invoices to UNCDF. All outputs shall be subject to written final acceptance by the Chief Technical Advisor of UNCDF and subsequent authorization to disburse the payment.
The Consultant will be required to travel to respective LGAs in Kigoma to interview stakeholders and collect relevant information for AMCOS formulation. The travel costs associated with the assignment will be paid by UNCDF based on UNDP/UNCDF rules and regulations which states that consultants shall only be paid the most direct and most economical ticket, as will be quoted by the official UN travel agency. Any amount in excess of the said quotation, such as class and airline preference of the consultant, shall be borne by the consultant. Lodging and terminal expenses shall not exceed those allowed within UNCDF policy.
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following discipline: Co-operatives Management/development, Commerce, Business Administration, Rural financing, Entrepreneurship, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agriculture Economics or related fields .
• Written and spoken fluency in English and Swahili
All the required documents should be attached and submitted with your proposal. These are:
Evaluation and Selecton Process:
Proposal evaluation Criteria
The following criteria will be used to evaluate all submitted proposals:
(NOTE: THE SYSTEM DOES NOT ALLOW MULTIPLE UPLOADS OF DOCUMENTS THEREFORE APPLICANTS MUST MAKE SURE TO UPLOAD ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN ONE FILE)
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.