Farm Africa invites Consultant firm
- Category : Baseline Consultancy
- Posted Date : 06/05/2021
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone Number : 0115573317
- Source : Reporter
- Closing Date : 06/16/2021
Request for Expression of Interest to
Develop Five Years Strategic Plans (2021-2025) for Erikum and Borkena Farmers’
Farm Africa is an International charity organization working to reduce poverty in rural eastern Africa through helping farmers grow more, manage their natural resources better and sell their produce for more. We drive agricultural and environmental change to improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We place a high priority on environmental sustainability and develop approaches that help farmers to improve their yields and incomes without degrading their natural resources. We help smallholder farmers manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have enough food. Farm Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.
Farm Africa supports farmers push up the quantity, quality and add value to their produce by targeting effective and potential market that could absorb all supplies without inducing any undesired effect on the price. It also strengthens every aspect of chains from farm to food-table by building farmers’ cooperative through creating access to required agricultural inputs and finance so that they can produce and supply marketable volume with acceptable quality standard at competitive price both for local and overseas market.
Currently, Farm Africa implements different programmes and projects across various Regional States of Ethiopia. One of these is the Sida Funded Growth for the Future (G4F) programme entitled “Harnessing Smallholder Productivity, Adapting to Climate Change and Protecting the Environment”, which comprises of four different projects implemented in partnership with UEWCA, ORDA and Mercy Corps.
As part of the G4F Programme a project entitled “Strengthening, Consolidating and Sustaining the Market Systems for Improved Sustainable Livelihoods” is under implementation since July 2020 in partnership with, (Farm Africa (Lead), Mercy Corps and ORDA. The project is implemented in Ambasel, Tehule dere woredas of South Wollo Administrative Zone and Dewa Chefa woreda of Oromo Nationality Zone in Amhara Regional State. The project aims at contributing to sustainable food security and income increase through inclusive market systems.
The major objective of the project is to contribute to improve income and food security status of target households by developing a market system that sustainably benefits economically poor farmers. Specifically, the project works to achieve the following specific objectives:
- Facilitate well-functioning market systems for both agricultural inputs and outputs,
- Enhance financial service that is inclusive and appropriate to the communities in the project operation areas,
- Strengthen market systems with support for functioning regulatory systems,
- Improved NRM through comprehensive land husbandry-based watershed management approach.
Supporting and scaling robust marketing systems for selected agricultural products, using farmers’ institutions and private enterprises is one of the components of the project. The project provides technical support and capacity buildings to farmers’ cooperatives (institutions) and individual members to enhance their capacity in cooperative management and principles of cooperative. One of the capacity gaps identified with the two unions is absence of strategic plan that guides the overall purpose and plan of the unions. In this regard, the project and the project is planning to capacitate the two unions by preparing a five year strategic plan. To this end, Farm Africa seeks to employ a consultant firm to produce these strategic plans for the two unions.
Competency and qualification requirements of Consultant firm
Applications from legally registered firms with renewed credentials are welcome and will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate the following qualifications and competencies:
- Proven track record in conducting strategic plan development processes for cooperatives, private company/ enterprises and government institutions,
- Demonstrated sound knowledge of farmers’ cooperative institutions,
- The lead consultant as well as the consulting team members shall have at least 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in market systems and strategic planning document preparation,
- Demonstrable academic and practical experience of all team members in qualitative and quantitative research methodology,
- Academic qualification M.A./M.Sc. in Cooperative Management, Economics/Agricultural Economics, Business management, Development Studies or other related field (mandatory for lead, desired for all team members),
- Strong analytical, facilitation and communication skills
- Excellent reporting and presentation skills.
Procedure for submission of proposal and application deadline
1) Interested bidders can collect the ToR document from our office or may also request via email@example.com; and can submit their CVs and technical & financial proposals to our bidding email only – firstname.lastname@example.org on or before June 16, 2021 – CoB (close of Business).
2) Proposals submitted by unqualified bidders; and those arriving later than the final submission date and time shall be rejected without further notice;
3) Farm Africa reserves all the rights to accept or reject any or all the proposals;
4) Any request for clarifications/enquiries can be forwarded to email@example.com or using the following address:
Farm Africa Ethiopia Office Ethio Ceramic Bldg. 5th floor, Gurd shola, Tel. 011 557
3317, Fax- 011 557 3332.