Agribusiness Value Chain Assessment
I. Project Background
The Om Habibeh Foundation (OHF), an affiliate of Aga Khan Development Network, is currently operating in Aswan a seven-years skills development initiative, entitled: “The Aswan Skills Development Programme (ASDP)”, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation, Egypt, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), and funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). ASDP focuses on improving the livelihoods of 6,000 young women and men in Aswan City and Kom Ombo District through strengthening the quality and range of vocational and technical training programs, as well as professional development programs to young women and men in Aswan Governorate. To achieve this goal ASDP focuses on achieving the following:
- Improved prospects for employment and employability for young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo;
- Improved job creation opportunities (self- employment, entrepreneurship) for young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo;
- Strengthened local gender and environmentally sensitive labour market system to support young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo in entrepreneurship and employability.
II. Background of the Consultancy
In 2017, ASDP conducted an agribusiness assessment to obtain a deeper understanding of the agribusiness industry in Aswan and Kom Ombo, particularly as it pertains to young men and women’s employment and entrepreneurship. The study aimed to formulate a detailed strategy for ASDP’s interventions in agribusiness employment and entrepreneurship. The study recommended several opportunities for intervention, as well as potential supply chains, including sugarcane, date palms, tomatoes, and hibiscus. Accordingly, the team moved forward on the date palms and tomatoes supply chains through interventions in date molasses and sun-dried tomato production.
At this stage, ASDP is hiring a consultant to conduct an assessment to identify the different opportunities and challenges for female beneficiaries across the established value chains for sundried tomatoes. The assessment should aim to explore avenues for linking female beneficiaries to different levels across the value chain and increase their production with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of this activity beyond the life of ASDP.
The Consultant will be responsible for the assessment, including its design and implementation, guidance, and support to the field research team, and lead the process for data collection and analysis under this assignment. The Consultant will work closely with the ASDP team in Aswan to facilitate the logistics for required research at the field level.
III. Purpose of the Consultancy
The purpose of this consultancy is to gain a deeper understanding of potential opportunities for linkages between women and the different players in the tomato value chain to ensure the sustainability of the sundried tomato activity beyond the life of ASDP.
ASDP is looking for a well-qualified consultant to conduct the assessment, the findings of which will be used to create an action plan for the project’s agribusiness component.
The objectives of the consultancy are as follows:
- To understand the current bottlenecks and challenges within the sundried tomato value chain
- To identify barriers and constraints for women’s participation within the sundried tomato value chains.
- To identify the different opportunities for women’s participation across these value chains
- To assess the capacities of women working in sun-dried tomato activities and find out what kind of training and opportunities they need to be able to work in agribusiness and entrepreneurship
- To explore potential linkages between female beneficiaries and different players in the value chains
- To identify ways to increase production within the value chains, with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of this activity beyond the life of ASDP.
The consultant will update and expand upon data and information from the Agribusiness Assessment.
The key expected outcomes of the assessment include:
- Findings of the Agribusiness Assessment confirmed and/or expanded upon, with greater detail pertaining to opportunities and challenges in the value chains.
- Identifying the current extent and forms of women’s involvement in the sun-dried tomato value chain.
- Concrete strategies to link women to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities across the different levels of the value chains and increase production.
- Potential implementation and technical partners identified, along with suggested ways for partnership.
- Work with the ASDP team to draft an action plan for ASDP / OHF interventions.
IV. Scope and Focus of the Consultancy, Major Tasks and Specific Deliverables
The Consultant will carry out all major tasks in consultation with the OHF/ASDP team. The consultant will perform the following tasks at a minimum:
- Develop an inception report that outlines the scope of the work required to deliver the ASDP agribusiness value chain assessment in Aswan and Kom Ombo, including an action plan for the delivery of this work (i.e. outline of all tasks, timelines, and dates of output delivery). The inception report should include the proposed methodology for the assessment including an outline of potential survey(s) required, survey design and implementation methodology, and other quantitative and qualitative data collection tools as required, including a document matrix, questionnaires, interview guides, interview schedules, and/or focus group guides.
- Conduct desk research to provide contextual background to the assessment and inform research design and planning, including:
- Review the Agribusiness Assessment report, provide feedback on its findings, and suggest how to build on it with the new assessment.
- A literature review of secondary data sources relating to the agribusiness value chains in Aswan and Egypt, including peer-reviewed scholarly research and reports from government, donor, research, and agribusiness institutions. An overview of effective gender-sensitive value chain assessment methodologies should also be included.
- Coordinate quantitative and qualitative field research activities, including hiring and training a data collection team and providing capacity-building and support, testing and piloting quantitative and qualitative tools, and ensuring that data collection is gender and age-disaggregated and addresses gender equity concerns.
- Work with the Agribusiness team to develop a stakeholder map, identifying what each stakeholder’s role is within the value chain.
- Interview the different stakeholders to learn about potential opportunities and challenges, and how best the different stakeholders can support the women. Opportunities and challenges need to be explored on the vertical (variations along the value chain, i.e. processing, packaging, etc.) and horizontal levels (access to land, raw materials, resources, etc.) of the value chain.
- Conduct gender-sensitive data analyses.
- Prepare a draft assessment report and deliver a presentation of preliminary findings and recommendations to the ASDP team. Recommendations should include: training opportunities, potential policy discussions, etc.)
- Finalize and submit the ASDP agribusiness value chain assessment report, taking into account feedback provided by the ASDP team in response to preliminary findings.
- Submit de-identified and anonymized raw data and transcripts to the ASDP M&E team in Aswan.
V. Suggested Outline of Assessment Report
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES
1.2 ASSESSMENT RATIONALE
1.3 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
1.4 SCOPE OF ASSESSMENT AND OBJECTIVES
2 LITERATURE REVIEW
3.2 SAMPLING STRATEGY
3.3 DATA ANALYSIS PROCEDURES
3.4 ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
- SECTIONS OUTLINING FINDINGS ORIENTED BY OBJECTIVE
4.2 GENDER ANALYSIS AND STRATEGIES
ANNEX A. ASSESSMENT TOOLS
ANNEX B. ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE/AGENDA
ANNEX C. OTHER
VI. Expected Time Frame
The Consultant is expected to commence duties by February, 2021. In consultation with the ASDP Senior Manager, the Gender Advisor, and the TVET Manager. The Consultant will commence planning and design of the assessment and producing the final assessment report. The total duration of the consultancy will be no more than 30 days, with final submission of the assessment report by the end of March 2021. A rough outline for the assignment is as follows:
|Task||Time Allocation||Target Dates|
Desk review and assessment planning
· Initial discussions with ASDP team
· Desk review, including BLMA report, Agribusiness Assessment report, key ASDP documents, and secondary sources
· Submission of inception report
Deliverable 1: Inception Report
Train data collectors and pilot data collection tools
|Coordinate data collection activities, including surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups|
|Conduct gender-sensitive analysis and prepare draft assessment report|
Deliverable 2: Draft assessment report
|Facilitate workshop with ASDP team to review the assessment report|
|Finalize assessment report and submit raw data to ASDP team|
Deliverable 3: Final assessment report and raw data
VII. Consultant Qualifications and Experience
The consultant should meet the following criteria in terms of qualifications, technical competencies, and experience:
- Excellent understanding and significant experience in quantitative and qualitative research;
- At least five (5) years of comparable experience in the design, planning and implementation of large-scale quantitative and qualitative assessments;
- Solid knowledge of agri-business and TVET, professional training and entrepreneurship programming;
- Demonstrated experience conducting gender-sensitive value chain and agribusiness assessments and knowledge of gender equality issues within the agribusiness and development sectors;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Arabic.
If the consultant can meet the additional criteria below, this would present an added advantage:
- Knowledge of the development context in Egypt, specifically related to economic development and employment in Upper Egypt;
- Prior working experience with AKF/AKDN.
The consultant will work with and report directly to the OHF/ASDP team (ASDP Senior Manager, Gender Advisor, and TVET Manager).
Inception report, including assessment methods and data collection tools (shared and approved by the ASDP team before the start of data collection or field work).
Final report, including
- Use of clear and simple language and summary tables for the requested information
- Structuring of the findings section using expected outcomes of the assessment as subheadings.
IX. Application Procedure
Agencies or individuals meeting the above criteria are invited to submit an application consisting of the following:
- Letter of interest, including the names and contact information of two previous clients who can be contacted regarding relevant experience, and which discloses any conflict of interest related to this mandate with OHF.
- Detailed technical proposal of not more than 6 pages clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this request for proposals and including the following:
- Description of methodology
- Demonstrated previous experience conducting large-scale gender-sensitive assessments, using quantitative and qualitative methods, including evidence of past work
- A proposed timeframe detailing activities and a schedule/work plan (including a Gantt chart)
- Team composition and level of effort of each proposed team member
- Curriculum Vitae(s) of all proposed staff outlining relevant experience (annexed to technical proposal)
- A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs for the assessment, using the following template (where necessary, please include footnotes to explain assumptions made):
- Summary of costs
|Data collection expenses|
- Itemized consultancy fees/costs for all team members
|Name||Title||Days||Daily Rate (EGP)||Total (EGP)|
- Itemized field data collection expenses (e.g. transport, training costs, per diem, etc.)
|Description of Item||Quantity||Unit||Cost (EGP)|
- Itemized administrative expenses (e.g. phone credit, stationery, etc.)
|Description of Item||Quantity||Unit||Cost (EGP)|
- A copy of a previous report of work undertaken on a) a similar labour market assessment OR b) baseline study OR c) end line study
- A Consulting Firm profile (if applicable).
Proposals will be evaluated only if the complete package as outlined above is received. Evaluation of proposals will be weighted at 70% for the technical component and 30% for the financial components
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following set of criteria:
|Demonstrated experience in conducting and coordinating similar studies||20|
|Education and Technical Experience of Team||10|
|Proposed Methodology and Approach||30|
|Gender Equality experience and proposed approach||10|
|Total Technical Component||70|
|Total Financial Component||30|
Agencies or individuals meeting the above criteria are invited to submit an application by email to:
Proposals will be evaluated only if the complete package as outlined above is received.
Consultants/Agencies must provide complete contact details in their applications.
Proposals should be received no later than 6 February 2021 Shortlisted applicant(s) will be notified after finishing the evaluation and should expect to begin work as soon as possible.
Any questions concerning this assignment should be directed to
Mostafa Al Amir, Procurement Senior Officer contact: 01067922282
Deadline for offer submission