INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY- TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANCY FOR CONDUCTING POULTRY VALUE CHAIN ANALAYSIS IN SOMALILAND UNDER REEVS PROJECT

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Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somaliland
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INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY

Save the Children International (SCI) Somalia program hereby invites interested consultants to bid for the consultancy assignment detailed below

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Title of Consultancy

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANCY FOR CONDUCTING POULTRY VALUE CHAIN ANALAYSIS IN SOMALILAND UNDER REEVS PROJECT

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SCI Contracting Office

Save the Children

Hargeisa Office

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Period of Consultancy

25 days starting from contracting date.

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Consultant type required

Individual or Firm

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Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs

The consultant will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with no facilitation from SCI as per the consultancy agreement.

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Taxation Provisions

Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the Somaliland Tax regulations applicable at the SCI Hargeisa Office

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Travel requirements

Consultant will manage any travel costs

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Security requirements

Consultant will comply with standard Save the Children Security procedures, including the completion of SCI online security training prior to travel to Somaliland

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Qualification and Experience

          Post-graduate degree in economics, Statistics and other Social Sciences subjects or a related field. 

          Minimum of 10 years relevant professional experience in research and value chain studies. This should be demonstratable via verifiable documents.  

          Strong background and experience in data collection and analysis

          Technical expertise in assessing issues of poultry chain analysis and supply and the ability to draw strong and valid conclusions.

          Knowledge of private sector and labour market trends.

         Excellent communication and report writing skills.

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Evaluation Criteria

The consultant must meet the required qualifications and experience defined above and completeness of application.

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Application Procedure

Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to [somaliland.procurement@savethechildren.org].

The applications should be submitted in PDF format as one document comprising Technical and Financial sections as detailed below.

a)    Technical proposal – including but not limited to :

·         Consultants understanding of the assignment and context

·         Approach to the assignment

·         Methodology

·         Tools

·         Deliverables

·         Workplan

·         Key staff biodata (Resume)

 

b)    Financial proposal – providing a breakdown of all charges related to the assignment.

c)    CV(s) of consultant(s) with minimum of 3 treceable and recent refrences and Company’s Profile & Lead consultant(s) CV(s) (for firms Only).

d)    Sample report of the same activity previously done.

Applicants should also indicate the date they are available to start working on the consultancy

All applications MUST be submitted on or before the closing date below to be considered for the assignment.

Only shortlisted Candidates will be contacted.

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Closing date for Applications

Interested candidates shall submit their applications through somaliland.procurement@savethechildren.org  no latter than 25th  October, 2020 at 3:30PM (Hargeisa Time)

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Terms of Reference (ToR)

Complete ToR with details appended below attached herewith as    Annex 1.

  • Purpose of the consultancy,
  • Introduction of the project,
  • Background of the consultancy,
  • Objectives of the consultancy,
  • Proposed methodology and approach,
  • Scope of work,
  • Key deliverables / outputs
  • Activity timelines

 

ANNEX 1 : Consultancy Terms of Reference

TERMS OF REFFERENCE

CONSULTANCY FOR CONDUCTING POULTRY VALUE CHAIN ANALAYSIS IN SOMALILAND UNDER REEVS PROJECT

Location: Somaliland – Project target locations of Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag regions

About us

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 organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, and Collaboration. 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 behavior towards children both in their private and professional lives.

INTRODCUTION:

Save the children international is implementing REEVS project (Reducing Economic and Ecological Vulnerability in Sool, and Sanaag) in Sool and Sanaag regions of Somaliland. The Eastern regions are experiencing food insecuriy caused by recurrent droughts and violent conflicts. The project will mainly focus on the transitional aid areas ofreconstruction of basic social and productive infrastructures, Disaster risk reduction and Food security.

This project components will be implemented in Ainabo, Ceelafweyn and Ceerigabo districts among IDP and pastoralist rural populations.  Burao district IDPs will have some interventions via this project. In order to sustainably improve a situation in which households have no or little diversified income and in which available credit provision does not reach the poorest households, this project component will provide entrepreneurship training and establish accessible credit schemes through saving groups, revolving funds and micro-finance services and distribution of physical productive assets like livestock and hens. In order to ensure the sustainability of services, SC will work with MESAF to build its capacity in running saving groups, will train master trainers who will in turn and with the support of MESAF train any groups which will be formed in the future. SC will establish revolving funds at MFI level and at group’s level. Group level revolving fund will be accessed by well performing groups. MFI level funds will be accessed by trained youth and women entrepreneurs and saving groups, which are established in towns.  

Background:

Poultry meat and eggs are relatively cheap and affordable sources of protein for most consumers compared to other animal products such as beef, camel, goat and cheap. Moreover, Urban households often cannot afford to slaughter a sheep or goat as the prices are more than 50 USD per head, whereas poultry is about 6 USD. Poultry is the only affordable species to be slaughtered at home by resource-poor farmers, as the prices of other species are low.

Consumption of poultry products is more common in urban than in rural areas. Most poultry in Somalia is managed by women in smallholder farms, and is often urban woman’s dominant source of income. The assessment includes information about the economy in terms of its performance and bottlenecks but also a study of the different paths followed by this business, the key stakeholders and the overall operating environment.

Objective

The objective of this assessment is to provide information and provide a knowledge base on poultry value chain, challenges in the chain, the production system, the operating environment and how this poultry production links between the rural economy to urban economy Although poultry production is practiced in Somaliland the contribution of poultry farming to household food and income as well as how poultry contribute to the income of eastern rural communities whose production systems is based on shoat and camel is not well understood. This study  aims to achieve a better understanding of the level of poultry production in project areas, who does it among the HHs members incase this is practiced/who can do it in case introduced, the consumption pattern (at both rural and urban economy), the challenges that exist in the poultry value chain, the path in which the production follows and how it ends up to urban markets (and which markets), the actors who are involved and how far is the context supporting such business. In order to understand the viability of poultry production and existing value chain gaps, the action will conduct a value chain analysis and make recommendations for targeted support aimed at improving child nutrition while at the same time offering alternative food and income sources for poor households

Specific objectives

  • Identify the viability of poultry production for food and income generation in the project target communities
  • Evaluate and characterize the current structure of the poultry value chain in the target study area and markets in which it is linked to/potential markets.
  • Identify the different actors in the poultry value chain and how they are linked with each other and map all key stakeholders/actors both formal and informal that are involved in the family poultry sub sector and their linkage and importance.
  • Identify challenges faced by the poultry industry and how to overcome them to ensure real profits and sustainability of the industry
  • Assess the relative importance of specific flows of poultry and poultry products.
  •  Study the family poultry value chain, identify the gaps in the family poultry production and marketing channels, profitability HHs poultry production and consumption level, gender roles in regard to poultry production and so on.
  •  To recommend necessary intervention required to achieve a meaningful and sustainable poultry business in the rural and urban areas of target locations

 

Scope of work

 SCI conducted a lot of interventions under the target area of the project, aiming to assist the communities to restore their livelihood and to be resilience from the shocks. Therefore, this study aims to achieve a better understanding of the level of poultry production in project areas and the challenges that exist in the poultry value chain. In order to understand the viability of poultry production and existing value chain gaps.

The study will follow normal value chain analysis protocol and it will critically look the following areas

  1.  Markets – this will look at different angles of markets including physical markets, access, connectedness and so on The stages in which the poultry production and products goes through in the value chain.
  2. Identify the various end markets (Consumers) in the value chain.
  3. Identify the different actors and stake holders in the value Chain and their relationships and influences.
  4. I identifying key support services in the production
  5. Gender roles in the chain

 METHODOLOGY:

The selected research consultant will be required to prepare detailed research methodology in partnership with SC The study will be proposed to apply both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.

The consultant/consulting firm is expected to come up with the best approaches for undertaking this study. However, the following guiding approaches should be taken into consideration.

Consultant team should submit the draft the technical proposal to SC The tools will be developed/revised only after a proper inception phase including desk review and meetings with SC team and other SC staff including the technical specialist of the project.

 

The consultant will be responsible for:

  • Review of relevant literature related to the project (list of reference materials provided below) and drafting an inception report before the evaluation exercise at the field;
  • Development of a comprehensive assessment protocol before conducting the survey-based text evidence.
  • Development of a brief inception report of the value chain analysis assessment with tools
  • Conduct poultry value chain analysis in the target locations set out (which will be discussed during inception as well)
  • Application of appropriate data collection tools (e.g. questionnaire, checklist etc.) for interviews and focus group discussion; 
  • Training of the enumerators and pre-test the tools;
  • Data analysis and Evaluation Report writing; and
  • Presentation of key evaluation findings.
  • Process, analyze and submit assessment final report with findings and recommendations

Expected outcome

1.  Data sets (Do file, Excel, Stata – for all collected data (quantitative and qualitative). Qualitative data should be transcribed for future use by Save the Children Country Programmes. The data sets should be in an appropriate format (Stata, Excel, and Word) and will be submitted together with the final evaluation report.

2.  Final evaluation report

3. PowerPoint presentation, summarizing the key findings from the evaluation.

Timeline

Phase

Activities

Timeline

Proposed Date

 

Phase-1

Desk Review – Inception Report

Review of background documents and consultation with relevant SC staff

1

 

 

 

 

Design of assessment methodology and tools for data collection

1

 

 

Review and feedback on inception report and data collection tools from CO

1

 

 

 

Revised inception report 

1

 

 

 

Training of enumerators and Pilot test

1

 

 

Phase-II

Field data Collection

Primary data collection from project beneficiaries 

10

 

 

Phase-III

Data Analysis and Report writing

Data analysis and Draft preliminary report with recommendations

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Save the Children Staff review and feedback on the report

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Finalize report (following review/vetting) and presentation)

5

 

 

 

DURATION OF THE ASSIGMENT:

The duration of the assignment will be 25 days including travel days. This excluded number of off-days.

 

7. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERTISE REQUIRED

  1. Post-graduate degree in economics, Statistics and other Social Sciences subjects or a related field. 
  2. Minimum of 10 years relevant professional experience in research and value chain studies. This should be demonstratable via verifiable documents.  
  3. Strong background and experience in data collection and analysis
  4. Technical expertise in assessing issues of poultry chain analysis and supply and the ability to draw strong and valid conclusions.
  5. Knowledge of private sector and labour market trends.

   vi.        Excellent communication and report writing skills.

 

8.   APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Candidates interested in the position are expected to provide the following documentation:
  2. A technical proposal with detailed response to the TOR, with specific focus on the scope of work, methodology to be used and key selection criteria for respondents.
  3. Initial work plan based on methodology outlined and indication of availability
  4. A financial proposal detailing the daily rate expected and other mode of payment
  5. Company profile or CV including a minimum of 3 references
  6. A draft study design who plan to use to integrate the different components of the study in a coherent and logical way. This is MANDATORY.
  7. Proven samples of the previous similar work with INGOs and UN agencies preferably in the area of the project.

 

9.   CODE OF CONDUT:

Save the Children's work is based on deeply held values and principles of child safeguarding, and it is essential that our commitment to children's rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff and other people working for and with Save the Children. Save the Children's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to and the consultant is bound to sign and abide to the Save the Children’s Code of Conduct.

 

A contract will be signed by the consultant before commencement of the action. The contract will detail terms and conditions of service, aspects on inputs and deliverables. The Consultant will be expected to treat as private and confidential any information disclosed to her/him or with which she/he may come into contact during her/his service.  The Consultant will not therefore disclose the same or any particulars thereof to any third party or publish it in any paper without the prior written consent of Save the Children. Any sensitive information (particularly concerning individual children) should be treated as confidential.

An agreement with a consultant will be rendered void if Save the Children discovers any corrupt activities have taken place either during the sourcing, preparation and implementation of the consultancy agreement.

  10.   MANDATORY SECURITY TRAINING:

The consultant shall be expected to go through mandatory on-line security training and submit the certificate of completion to SC before the commencement of the task. Failure to deliver this will lead to an automatic disqualification. SC will advise on the security plan on appointment.

 

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