TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANCY FOR CONDUCTING POULTRY VALUE CHAIN ANALAYSIS IN SOMALILAND UNDER REEVS PROJECT
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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 of reconstruction 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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
- Identify the various end markets (Consumers) in the value chain.
- Identify the different actors and stake holders in the value Chain and their relationships and influences.
- I identifying key support services in the production
- Gender roles in the chain
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
- 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.
- Final evaluation report
- PowerPoint presentation, summarizing the key findings from the evaluation.
DURATION OF THE ASSIGMENT:
The duration of the assignment will be 25 days including travel days. This excluded number of off-days.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERTISE REQUIRED
- 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 demonstrable 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.
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.
Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the Somaliland Tax regulations applicable at the SCI Hargeisa Office.
Consultant will manage any travel costs
Consultant will comply with standard Save the Children Security procedures, including the completion of SCI online security training prior to travel to Somaliland
How to apply
Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to [firstname.lastname@example.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
- 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 traceable and recent references 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.