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Consultant to provide capacity building to agricultural marketing cooperatives in Kigoma region
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, TANZANIA|
|Application Deadline :||05-May-21 (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 :||120 days, spread over 12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||120 days, spread over 12 months|
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.
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.
Local Finance Initiative (LFI) is one among several programmes being implemented by United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Tanzania and other countries with the aim of unlocking domestic capital markets to invest in local development. LFI supports commercially viable economic infrastructure projects with transformational impact in local communities. These projects are either sponsored/owned by private investor(s) or/and Local Government Authorities (LGAs) such as district and town councils, municipals, and cities.
Between 2019 and 2020, UNCDF under the Kigoma Joint Programme (KJP) supported the district councils of Kakonko, Kibondo and Kasulu in Kigoma region to establish crop aggregation centres. Specifically, UNCDF financed the construction of 1 aggregation centre in each of the 3 districts, and the formation of 3 agricultural marketing cooperatives (AMCOs) around the aggregation centres. The agricultural marketing cooperatives will be responsible for the day to day operations of the centres. It is expected that the AMCOs will enable small-holder farmers/members to attain improved crop prices through collective bargaining; improve their productivity through access to extension services; and enhances their competitiveness by reducing the transaction costs of off-takers who purchase in bulk from the centres.
UNCDF is seeking a consultant to support the operationalization of the 3 AMCOs, while providing on-the-job training to the various committees of the AMCOs. The consultancy will be based on the scope of work outlined below.
Duties and Responsibilities
To ensure effective operationalization and functioning of the AMCOs, UNCDF is seeking a consultant who will provide the following services:
Scope of Work
Working under the direct supervision of the UNCDF technical team in Tanzania, and in collaboration with the cooperative’s officers of the respective LGAs, the Consultant will be required to provide the following services:
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.
Milestone 1 (20%): Final workplan and training programme (indicated as deliverable 6 above), to be submitted within 30 days of signing the contract;
Milestone 2 (30%): Procedure manual (referred to as deliverable 1), write-ups/guidelines and templates (deliverables 2-5), to be submitted within 3 months from contract signing;
MIlestone 3 (40%): Presentation to UNCDF on the implementation by AMCOs of (i) annual operating plans, (ii) book-keeping/accounting system, and the inventory management system; (iii) and training report (deliverable 7), due within 9 months from contract signing.
Milestone 4 (10%): Fina report (deliverable 8), due within 12 months from contrat signing
Payments will be subject to review, acceptance/approval of deliverables by UNCDF.
The Consultant will be required to travel to Kasulu, Kibondo and Kakonko districts in Kigoma. The maximum number of travel days for this assignment shall not exceed 108 days. The applicant will have to provide estimates for travel costs as part of the financial proposal.
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.
Functional and technical competencies include:
Required Skills and Experience
All the required documents should be attached and submitted with your proposal. These are:
NOTE: THE SYSTEM DOES NOT ALLOW MULTIPLE UPLOADS OF DOCUMENTS THEREFORE APPLICANTS MUST MAKE SURE TO UPLOAD ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN ONE FILE)
Evaluation and Selection Process:
Offers received will be evaluated using a Combined Scoring method, where technical will be weighted 70%, and financial offer will be weighted at 30%.
Step 1: Step I: Longlisting
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following minimum criteria will be shortlisted:
Step II: Shortlisting - Part A: Technical Review of CVs by Desk Review - 60% of technical evaluation
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates by evaluating the following criteria with the corresponding points (100 points):
1. Proposed methodology, approach, and work plan to meet the requirements of the TOR: 20 points
2. Specific experience over the past 5 years in establishing small-holder farmer organizations including AMCOs and SACCOs in Tanzania: 30 points
3. Demonstrated experience of at least 5 years in providing organizational capacity development for small-holder farmer organizations including AMCOs and SACCOs in Tanzania: 30 points
4. Experience working with small-holder farmer organizations in addressing access to finance and access to markets/providing market linkages: 10 points
5. Experience in working with development partners: 10 points
Only the top 3-4 ranked applicants achieving minimum 70 points and above shall be invited for an interview.
Step II Part B Technical Interviews - 40% of technical evaluation score
A competency-based interview shall be conducted for all the candidates who obtained 70% in Step II Part A (Technical Review of CVs by Desk Review).
Step III: Financial Proposal Evaluation
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the combined total of Steps II Parts A and B will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
Step IV- Contract Award:
The contact shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Individual consultants and individuals employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply.
In connection with this, any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for IC must do so in their individual capacity (providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly).
UNCDF 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.
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