Solidaridad strives to be an organization that understands the signs of modern times, seeking to be a Civil Society Organization (CSO) with its own place and role in society, while simultaneously interacting with Governments and markets. The organization envisions a world in which all we produce, and all we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, and the next generations. Solidaridad embraces the public-private and people partnerships (PPPP) in order to test innovations, speeding up change and take success to scale. Globally, Solidaridad works around coffee and other 12 commodities / sectors (http://www.solidaridadnetwork.org).
THE COFFEE RESILIENCE PROGRAM IN EAST AFRICA
The coffee program in Solidaridad has over the years been supported by various development partners. The current program, dubbed The Coffee Resilience Program (2018-2020) is a multi-country (Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania) program. In Tanzania, the program is implemented in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions supporting 13 AMCOS. The program targets organized farmers in cooperatives and farmer groups who are supported to maximize on their productivity, quality and incomes. Accessing finance by the cooperatives to expand their respective unique needs to serve the farmer better and to increase the farmers’ income is one of the program’s major focus. Therefore, the program supports the cooperatives towards investment readiness, linking them to potential investors and strengthening the capacity of their board members.. To attain this, the cooperatives receive trainings that equip them with basic financial skills, marketing techniques, strengthen the farmer organizations and best farming practices. The focus is to improve the farmers’ livelihood and incomes as the AMCOS are also strengthened.
KEY PILLARS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COFFEE RESILIENCE PROGRAM
- 1M Euro of blended finance secured from financial institutions or investors to implement in good practices and robust infrastructure by 2021.
- Improved governance, efficiency and accountability in coffee cooperatives involved in the program.
- Increase coffee productivity to 4 kg of cherry per tree (baseline is 2 kg per tree) for smallholder coffee farmers and 6 kg of cherry per tree (baseline is 3 kg per tree) for medium scale farmers as result of adoption of good practices by 2021.
- Increase coffee quality by 25% (premium grades reaching 70% from 45%) as result of adoption of good manufacturing practices by 2021.
- Increase incomes for coffee farmers as result of increased coffee productivity & diversification activities by 2021
- Women and youth membership in farmer organizations increase by 10% and direct access to knowledge and income from coffee related activities by 2021.
- Economic and farming performance data is available to farmers, cooperatives and financial institutions through ICT solutions.
- Farmers have access finance to invest in good practices and/or new technologies.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY SERVICE
The objective of this consultancy is to offer training on basic financial skills, production projections, organizational development, understanding coffee market dynamics and commodity pricing for the 13 AMCOS assessed. This training is informed by the gaps identified along the value chain which include;
- Cooperatives limited understanding of the market dynamics and requirements.
- AMCOS do not have the requisite skills to access finance from the financial institutions to enhance their capacity to serve the farmers and increase the farmer’s income.
- Farmers have limited market access skills especially for the specialty coffee
- AMCOS board members and management has limited in skills management and finance.
- The training will empower AMCOS management to have techniques of attracting finance on investment from different investors.
SPECIFIC TASKS TO BE DONE BY THE CONSULTANT
1.Deliver training sessions on the following subject areas;
- Basic relevant leadership and governance training to the AMCOs board members.
- Requirements and skills of attracting relevant affordable finance from investors and financial institutions.
- Understanding of the coffee market dynamics and prices; Locally and internationally.
- The Coffee Trade
- Being effective Cooperatives and diversification into other income generating activities by AMCOS to improve their incomes.
- Positioning in the Coffee sector
- Produce a well written and comprehensive training report which should include post training assessment and impact assessment.
- All presentations and support material copied on a CD or memory stick and hard copies for distribution to participants on the first day of the workshop
- Introduction and linking of the AMCOS to one or more affordable impact investors.
- Elaborate of a pathway to be taken by the AMCOS to enable them be investment ready.
- A comprehensive training report
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
- The lead consultant should possess a post-graduate or equivalent qualification/ degree in Agribusiness, Business Management, Development Studies, Humanities or any other relevant discipline. Other team members should also possess similar qualifications.
- At least 5-7 years of prior work experience in similar fields
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in adult learning and developing training modules/curriculum, training materials etc.
- Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
While submitting the Technical Proposal, the Applicant attach the following:
- Profile of the consultant’s firm (max 1 page) explaining why they are the most suitable for the work. Including relevant experience (max 2 pages).
- Detailed methodology and conceptual framework with expected deliverables and timelines, man days required (3-5 pages).
- Recent CV’s for the Consultant’s team
- Company Registration and PIN certificates
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount (including a breakdown of costs for fee, travel, and number of working days).
How to apply:
The consultant will directly report to the Country Projects Manager and the Project Manager.
The deadline for submission of the EOI will be on 12th December 2019
The completed proposal together with a budget and work plan (inclusive of relevant taxes), clearly marked on the subject, CONSULTANCY TRAINING ON GOVERNANCE, LEADERSHIP AND ACCESS TO INVESTMENTS STRATEGY FOR COFFEE AMCOS BOARD MEMBERS should be sent to the email address; [email protected]
Uzunguni street, Sekou Toure road, opposite Kibo Palace hotel.
- Job City United Republic of Tanzania