Post-Monetization Market Assessment Specialist

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Apply by 15 August 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 1 August 2018

Job Description

Title: Post-Monetization Market Assessment Specialist

Program: Market-Oriented Dairy (MOD)

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Start Date: on/around August 13, 2018

Expected Duration: Approximately 45 Days

Period of Performance: 9-12 Months (estimated August 2018 to July 2019)

1. Objective

The primary objective of the post-monetization market assessment is to review and analyze the effects of monetization in Sri Lanka to determine its impact on local markets and commercial trade.

2. Relevance

IESC – the International Executive Service Corps – is a U.S.-based nonprofit that seeks private enterprise solutions to problems of poverty in developing countries and around the world. By providing a mix of technical assistance and volunteer expert support, IESC works with emerging industries, financial institutions, and governments to stabilize economic environments, increase opportunity, and promote growth.

IESC was awarded the Market-Oriented Dairy project under USDA’s Food for Progress program. The project supports farmers and enterprises to meet commercially-sustainable market demands of the dairy value chain. The project addresses two of the dairy sector’s greatest needs: sustainable access to and availability of inputs and quality and safety of milk and dairy products at the local level. The project will improve the availability and access to quality cattle for dairy farming and to quality artificial insemination and veterinary services and to high-quality fodder for dairy cattle, while increasing adherence to proper feeding regimens and management practices and technology.

The Food Assistance Division (FAD) of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is funding the MOD project in Sri Lanka. Project implementation is supported by proceeds realized from the local market sale (monetization) of U.S. agricultural commodities donated to implementing partners that have been awarded Food for Progress (FFPr) grants. Thus far, IESC has monetized 40,000 MT of high protein wheat in Sri Lanka to fund the Food for Progress Market-Oriented Dairy project.

The United States Department of Agriculture requires that all implementing partners conduct a post-monetization market assessment to determine the impact of monetization sales on local markets. IESC is recruiting a local consultant (HCN) to assist the assessment lead with data collection and analysis, drafting assessment briefs, and preparing the final post-monetization market assessment. This consultancy may require travel throughout Sri Lanka.

3. IESC Contract Manager (CM):

The IESC contract manager will review and approve contract deliverables and invoices, and give direction to the Contractor in the performance of this work. The CM may authorize changes to the contract.

4. Reports To:

Post-monetization Assessment Lead

5. Contractor Tasks

Under the guidance of an expatriate team lead, predominately working remotely from the US, the selected evaluation assistant will assist in the in-depth assessment of the impact of monetization on Sri Lanka’s local economy through both desk-guided research and field data collection. A list of tasks that the evaluator will be required to perform are listed below, please refer to Annex A of this scope of work for a list of preliminary questions that the assessment aims to address.

  • Review the project’s approved monetization plan and related sales documents;
  • As needed, collect data from both primary and secondary sources of information related to the commodity and commodity market;
  • Monitor the commodity market to understand the pricing trends related to the operating environment, historical data, and global data points;
  • Track and record local prices at regular intervals and at relevant marketing points;
  • Facilitate meeting arrangements with key stakeholders on the behalf of the post-monetization assessment lead;
  • Record meetings and provide detailed meeting notes with the team lead;
  • Support the review of data sources, and testing of the initial data sets themselves, to confirm data quality;
  • Assist in the production of a monthly brief on market conditions post monetization in a standard two-page format;
  • Assist in the preparation of the post-monetization market assessment for dissemination to IESC and USDA; and,
  • Other tasks as required to accomplish the goals of the post-monetization assessment.

6. Deliverables and Expected Due Dates:

The period of performance for this consultancy will be approximately 9-12 months between August 2018 and July of 2019. The selected consultant will be required to monitor and assess the Sri Lankan wheat market on a monthly basis. The assistant will be expected to assist in drafting monthly briefs on market conditions.

At the end of the evaluation period, a post-monetization market assessment will be submitted, and the assessment lead will provide a briefing, if requested, to USDA.

The total level of effort required will be approximately 45 days of work over the evaluation period.

7. Deliverables:

  • Weekly wheat flour and rice prices datasets – wholesale, retail and international prices
  • Monthly updates and datasets on:
    • Monthly wheat flour and rice price analysis as per instructions from the consultant
    • Rice and wheat flour market updates (production, market volumes, changes in buying habits of actors, changes in government policies and regulations that may impact market dynamics of the two commodities)
    • Other market factors that impact prices, production and consumption of these commodities during the study period i.e. weather, pests and diseases, new food aid distributions and monetization, conflict etc
    • Wheat, wheat flour and rice imports and exports data
    • Wheat flour production and consumption data (if possible)
  • Draft select chapters of the Post-Monetization Market Assessment
  • Other deliverables that may be deemed necessary to accomplish assessment goals

7. Payment and Resources

In addition to the fee paid to the selected consultant for services rendered, IESC will cover the following costs:

1. Assignment-related transportation costs

2. Accommodations while on field assignment

3. Meals and incidentals

4. Costs related to the implementation of the assessment - IESC’s project team will work with the selected consultant to formulate an assignment budget

8. Qualifications

  • B.A. in agriculture science, economics, agribusiness, statistics, or related field;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working on market assessments, market/trade analysis, and impact evaluation;
  • Familiarity with commodity monetization schemes preferred but not required;
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data collections techniques;
  • Experience in preparing high-quality evaluative reports for similar types of market assessments;
  • Self-starter, detail-oriented, thorough and well organized;
  • Strong research and writing skills; and,
  • English and Tamil and/or Sinhala fluency required.

About the Organization

The International Executive Service Corps is a Washington, DC based not-for-profit that focuses on private sector growth. We support and catalyze the development of private enterprises, business support organizations, financial institutions, and public institutions around the world. Utilizing skilled consultants and expert volunteers, we’ve implemented over 25,000 short-term projects and 200 programs in 130 countries. True to our mission — Promoting Prosperity and Stability through Private Enterprise — we’re proud to have created over one million jobs across the globe

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