Technical Assistant to Regional Food Trade

  • Executive-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 12 March 2020

Job Description

Under its market shaping window, the regional food trade and resilience programme will invest in technical assistance interventions as well as strategic initiatives with the aim of strengthening regional value chain coordination resulting into inclusive and resilient supply chains. The approach under this window is expected to assume a market systems path whereby interventions will be targeted at market failures (including policies and regulations) along value chains that have market potential and businesses that have a stake in the chain either through procurement, processing and trade of food commodities.

Below is a summary of some of the issues which result in market failures that make food commodities less competitive:

  1. System level issues: Misaligned incentives between off-takers, trader intermediaries and smallholder producers. The current incentives for traders embedded in the system are purely economic with less regard for climatic, nutrition and inclusiveness.
  2. Government level issues: Policy and political economy risks affecting grain trade, measures to deal with real and perceived or apparent food shortage that are not trade friendly such as export ban;
  3. Farmer level issues: Shortages of input and post-harvest credit facilities, knowledge/capacity, access to inputs and output markets as well as technologies, which in concert with other factors keep productivity low.

Therefore, AGRA’s Regional Food Trade unit requests services of a qualified consultant to provide technical guidance to the team and quality control in the development of market systems projects under the programme.

Objectives of the Consultancy

The objective is to provide technical assistance to AGRA’s Regional Food trade Unit in the design and development of project proposals with a strong market systems development component.

Scope of Work

The consultant’s scope of work includes the following:

  • Primary understanding
  • Market Systems Analysis
  • Proposal structuring
  • Proposal Development exercise

Qualification Requirements

The consultant is expected to have:

  1. Minimum 15 (fifteen) years’ experience in market shaping, trade policy and, ideally, climate resilience
  2. Minimum 8 (eight) years’ experience in designing and facilitating grants funding proposals for large international organizations
  3. Excellent communication and reporting skills in English
  4. Excellent administration, organizational and time management skills
  5. Excellent team work and participatory process skills
  6. Knowledge and experience of innovative, leading edge collaborative funding proposal writing and human capacitation facilitating the key principles and methods of winning proposals

Submission requirements

  1. Brief Technical proposal, detailed CV and Financial Proposals must be submitted separately to procurement@agra.org by March 26th, 2020 at 1700 Hours East Africa Time (GMT +3).
  2. The subject of the email MUST read “RFP/0039/ REGIONAL FOOD TRADE/2020”. AGRA shall not be liable for not opening proposals that are submitted with a different subject.
  3. Technical and Financial proposals will need to be submitted as separate documents.
  4. Only financial proposal of the best candidate will be opened and negotiated.
  5. Neither technical nor financial proposals should exceed 10MB.
  6. The financial proposal MUST be password protected.
  7. The Financial proposals shall include all applicable taxes. If taxes are not mentioned in the financial proposal, AGRA shall consider them as included in the prices provided.

DEADLINE: March 26, 2020

About the Organization

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is a partnership that works with governments, donors, NGOs, the private sector, and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and income of resource-poor farmers in Africa. Founded and initially funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, AGRA supports interventions aimed at improving seed systems, soil fertility, input and output markets, policies, and other priority sectors, with the overall objective of reducing food insecurity. AGRA aims to achieve these goals by: supporting and building capability of farmers and enterprises across the agricultural value chain; being a thought-leader on African agriculture by collecting, packaging, and disseminating knowledge; and creating strong partnerships with public, private, and donor actors to drive change within the sector. AGRA is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and has an office in Accra, Ghana.

More information

RFP - technical assistance to strengthening business case for proposed Interventions under market shaping window_.docx

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