Save the Children International (SCI) Consultancy Jobs – Value Chain Analysis For Youth Groups Engaged In Agribusiness- Under Youth Skills Enhancement Project (YSEP)

Organisation: Save the
Children International (SCI)
Project: Youth Skills Enhancement
Project (YSEP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About SCI:
For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in
children’s lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world’s largest
independent child rights organisation, underpinned by a vision in a world in
which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and
participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world
treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different
backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative
of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal
opportunity organisation dedicated to our core values of Accountability,
Ambition, Collaboration. Creativity and Integrity. Our culture is embedded in
these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding
Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate
the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and
professional lives.
In Uganda, we implement programmes in six thematic programme areas of
Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Livelihoods & Food
Security, Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in development and emergency contexts.
Save the Children delivers programs in over 36 districts in the North,
Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the
Children has a staff complement of over 190 persons. Uganda has a current
expenditure of approximately $14 million each year
In Northern Uganda, SCI is currently implementing a project aimed at
Empowering youth (12-24 years) for economic development and peace building in
South Sudan and Uganda (YSEP project). 
YSEP project operate in 4 sub-counties in: Atiak and Amuru Town Council
in Amuru district, Koch Goma and Anaka Town Council in Nwoya district. The
juvenile justice component covers the whole Amuru and Nwoya District with spill
over to Gulu. YSEP project is also supporting youth engage in modern
agriculture through facilitation of skills training and inputs.
YSEP project Goal:
By the end of 2015, human security in northern Uganda is improved as
the development of a legitimate Ugandan government has been supported and
conditions have been created for socioeconomic reconstruction in the region.
Key YSEP project Outcomes:
  • Improved management capacity and
    coordination of Business, Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship
    Training (BTVET) programs at institutional and national level by the end
    of 2015
  • Increased socioeconomic abilities and
    opportunities for vulnerable children and youth through gender responsive
    TVET programmes in Amuru and Nwoya by end of 2015
Save the Children International would like to promote Value Chain
Development for the targeted young farmers, organized in producer groups. The
VCD model is intended to assist young producers to gain better access to
markets so that they can sustainably increase their income and better provide
for their families.
Through Value Chain Development approach, SCI seeks to empower young
Producer Groups with the necessary skills to make informed decisions for their
economic development, based on analysis of their surroundings, assets and
skills. The Value chain analysis should be equitable, gender focused and
participatory (actively involving the project beneficiaries-youth).
The study will focus on selected viable crop enterprises that the youth
under YSEP project in the district of Amuru and Nwoya. . The report is expected
to guide the integration of value addition towards the current emphasis on
entirely production which is being affected especially with poor post harvest
handling, low market and prices.
Scope and Focus of the Value
Chain Analysis:  
The Value Chain analysis shall be participatory, involving Youths 15-24
years (Male, female) involved in agribusiness through the 35 youth groups
within communities targeted by YSEP project. The consultant is expected to
maximise the input and collaboration of youth groups and market actors to
address market barriers of selected/preferred crops. The consultant will need
to critically consider the choice of the preferred value chain
crops/enterprises. Depending on the selected enterprises, in a participatory
manner, the consultant should work with representative youths to engage
relevant value chain actors. The consultant should also ensure technical inputs
are sought from stakeholders/actors in local government line department and the
private sector/CSOs.
The Value chain analysis seeks to find solution to the challenges by
looking at how the quantity and quality of youth production can be boosted,
processing of the products for improved marketing and even more job creation
during the processing process.
The Value chain analysis will also seek to identify areas of potential
marketing for semi finished products that can also serve as source of
employment for other youth who will be involved in the sector. It will also
serve as basis for the new training areas of the youth such as agro- processing
which will be the direct source of employment for youth. The findings of the
survey will help the re-defining of YSEP intervention to attain the core
objective of youth having skills for employability.
The analysis report is expected to make evidence based recommendations
for value chain development, with clear linkages with actors in agricultural
production, processing and the marketing. 
It should also be able to propose opportunities for other youth in the
community.
Key Consultancy Objectives: The
purpose of Value chain analysis is to assess and ascertain the viability of a
selected crops value addition development, identify existing barriers and
opportunities using a participatory Value Chain Analysis approach.
The consultant shall specifically;
  • Identify and Conduct analysis of viable
    agricultural enterprises (Top 3-4 crops with high economic
    values/profitable.
  • To generate relevant market information
    about priority crop enterprises for young farmers and producers;
  • To broadly identify the level  of market demands for the identified  crop products and the associated
    impediments in supply chain
  • Identify strategies that Young farmers
    could use to build better commercial relationships and linkages with
    actors (inputs suppliers, Producers, Collectors/Bulking group, Processors,
    Whole sellers, Retailers etc) through all components of the supply chain.
  • Identify current gaps that affect both
    quality and quantity of production by youth and community that has direct
    effect on value chain development.
  • To identify key capacity building areas
    for young farmers producers to improve their ability to meet market
    demand.
  • To review the business and policy
    environment influencing the products development, distribution and
    marketing and assess whether this is likely to hinder development of more
    competitive identified crops supply chains and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Develop business plan with representative
    youths to better engage with the markets for selected crop enterprises.
Scope of Services:
The consultant will constitute and coordinate the team members to
conduct the Value Chain Analysis and conclude it to the required standard. The
consultant will be expected to; coordinate field level data gathering,
processing and writing of the Value Chain Analysis report and the day-to-day
management of Value Chain Analysis activities.
The consultant in consultation with SCI will be responsible for the
following:
  • An inception report to demonstrate the
    interpretation of the TOR
  • A work-plan (with time-lines) highlighting
    how and what to document
  • A budget (in Uganda shillings) clearly
    itemized with reasonable and clear man days
  • Draft Value Chain Analysis report that
    will be shared with Save the Children for inputs/feedback
  • Final Value Chain Analysis report in 03
    hard copies and electronic copies to Save the children.
The consultant will report to Save the Children Technical Advisor and
will also work with the Regional Area Manager, Project Manager YSEP and
Regional MEAL Specialist in Northern Region.
The consultant will be expected to arrange to meet the cost of his/her
own accommodation, transport, and secretarial services including printing of
tools.
Methodology: The consultant
is expected to propose and utilize various participatory techniques and
research methods including review of project documents, relevant literature of
selected crop enterprises and Key informant interviews with major stakeholders.
Proposed methodologies should ensure active engagement of young farmers and
actors in value chain development. The methodologies proposed must ensure all
the listed objectives are systematically addressed. 
Expected Outcomes:
  • Documented analysis market and production
    opportunities for viable short-listing agricultural products.
  • A mapping of opportunities for processing
    selected agricultural products/enterprises within the programme area
  • A clear understanding of the market
    opportunity for the short-listed products, including the constraints and
    opportunities for each product, will have been developed.
  • Value chain development capacity gaps and
    plans developed-with active participation of the youth
  • A gender assessment  undertaken to inform the selection of
    value chains and identify potential implications for gender dynamics and
    young  people’s economic
    opportunities
  • Identified practical intervention for
    improvement of both quantity and quality of agricultural production
Schedule/ duration of the
assignment 
Activity                                                When
Inception report                                 15th December  2014
Draft of value chain analysis report  30th  December 2014
Final value chain analysis report       08th  January 2014
Dissemination                                    15th January 2015
The consultant should deliver the following outputs and services;
  • A proposal with clear
    methodology, workplan and budget for appraisal by SCI team.
  •   An inception report
    and Value Chain Analysis tools-This must be approved by the M&E specialist
    and Thematic Advisor before commencement of field work
  •  Draft Value Chain
    analysis report to be presented to SCI team for validation before final report
    is approved before final payment is made.
  • A final report after
    the validation meeting and upon receiving all the comments, with an abridged
    version that is a summary & Power point presentation.
  •  A business plan with
    respective youth groups who are to participate in value chain addition
    business.

The consultants should submit the draft and final reports in soft and 3
hard copies to the SC M & E Specialist and Technical Advisor who will approve it if satisfied.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:  
  • The Consultant should hold a Master’s
    degree in relevant field [livelihoods, agriculture, agro- economics].
  • Previous experience in undertaking   Value chain analysis.
  • Excellent knowledge in agricultural
    production, processing and value chain addition
  • Proven experience in conducting
    quantitative value chain analysis with strong statistical analysis skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of the Acholi  sub region as well as good community
    mobilisation skills
Other attributes:The
consulting firm or consultant (s) will be selected on the basis of their proven
experience, qualifications and ability to deliver a quality product in a timely
and efficient manner. Particular qualifications and experience of the lead
consultant team members include:
  • Knowledgeable about livelihood programming
    and agro economy, previous experience in livelihoods research especially
    in Northern region.
  • Past experience of consultancy work with
    SCI projects in the Northern region will be an added advantage
Payment details: Payment to
the consultant will be on 3 instalments; of 30% upon signing the contract, 30%
upon submission and acceptance of 1st value chain analysis draft report and 40%
upon submission and acceptance by SCI of the final value chain analysis report.
How to Apply: 
All interested candidates will be expected to provide the following
documentation:
Detailed response to TOR, with specific focus addressing the purpose
and objectives of the assignment, methodology to be used and key selection
criteria
Initial workplan based on methodology outlined
Company profile or CV including a minimum of 3 references
Detailed budget breakdown based on expected daily rates and initial
work plan

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