November 1, 2019, to January 31, 2020
The Tanzania Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise Program (ENGINE) is a USAID-funded Feed the Future activity that aims to streamline and enhance many of the regulatory, informational and financial channels that encourage domestic and foreign investment in the southern mainland agricultural regions of Mbeya, Morogoro, and Iringa, and in Zanzibar.
ENGINE works at the district level, using a broad-based approach to engage with district Local Government Authorities (LGAs), private sector associations, business development service providers, financial institutions and small and medium enterprises.
The Value Chain Initiative
The IESC USAID ENGINE project is transitioning from addressing constraints and capacitation of the business delivery services (BDS); addressing policy constraints and improving access to finance among other activities to a proof of concept implementation whereby all capacitated actors fulfill their roles in the value chain with improved services and enabling environment.
As part of this transition, a consultant has reviewed past work of on the four value chains: Pyrethrum, Dairy, Poultry and Salt. He has visited the lead firms; discussed past activities and inquired on the needs to solidify the work and to build towards the future; and met with BDS within each value chain to review their cooperation with ENGINE; their capacitation and capabilities; and discussed how they may transition to a more profitable implementation model.
These efforts have led to the creation of a series of recommendations and activities towards business development targeted towards three of the four value chains. Due to the project time constraints, in-depth efforts to address supply chain issues within the Dairy value chain are prohibitive in generating results within life of project. This should not deter the project from on-going project work with Shambani Milk and dairy sector, but direct efforts on behalf the consultant would not be advised at this time. However, the consultant has provided feedback to the BDS team on the needs for Shambani Milk and these may be more appropriately applied from the ENGINE Morogoro office.
One of the key constraints identified throughout ENGINEs zone of influence is the challenge of having beneficiaries pay for the services they require to appropriately address their issues and improve their businesses. ENGINE has provided substantial efforts in trainings and capacity building to change this mindset and create the appropriate landscape for the value for money concept. In order to properly entice people to pay for services, there needs to be a solid explanation on the return on investment.
ENGINE has built a solid foundation from which the consultant has now prepared a series of activities for the Pyrethrum, Poultry and Salt value chains in cooperation with the lead firms to build on this foundation of ENGINEs efforts and utilize the business services (BDS) to implement their services in a fee for service process to improve economic opportunities throughout the market system and thus improve the entire value chain and lead firm operations and profitability.
Objectives of the Assignment
This assignment aims to offer critical assistance to the USAID ENGINE Value Chain Team in the implementation of their activities towards achieving the projects stated goals. The volunteer is expected to establish proper internal controls and risk management frameworks to ensure that the project staff and partners are able to implement their prospective work plans, mitigate risks and achieve the project deliverables on time. The consultant will work closely with the value chain team and the business partners with their business model implementation and assure they reach their milestones on time and in good order. This is primarily about being versatile allowing for hurdles, nuances, and challenges while still holding the team and partners to achieving their ultimate goals and the project reaching its targets.
The volunteer will be required to coordinate, mentor, monitor and hold-to-task the USAID ENGINE Value Chain Team, Partner Firms, BDS and beneficiary initiatives in support of the ongoing business development activities in Poultry, Pyrethrum and Salt. These efforts will be served through maintenance of each implementation plan designed for each activity towards achieving the business development and ENGINE targeted goals. This is a supporting role position which is meant to be encouraging and versatile to each while still holding them on task.
- Adherence too and updating of the GANTT Chart for each activity
- Recommendations on needed changes in implementation due to unforeseen circumstances towards achieving the final goals.
- Two weekly check-in review calls with the lead consultant
- A weekly report on the implementation status for each activity with an updated status on next steps.
- A final report on each value chain activity covering successes and milestones, challenges, alterations to implementation, and an updated timeline towards finalization of all activities.
- University level of education
- Experience in working in business development in Africa
- Candidates with a track record of project management and project implementation monitoring
- Excellent interpersonal and cultural communication skills;
- Ability to address issues, challenges, questions and concerns in a professional, respectful, logical and timely manner;
- Flexibility and adaptability to cross-cultural environments;
- Good writing and computer skills.