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Job Opportunity at Lutheran World Relief  – Project Consultant to Strengthening Capacity of AMCOS

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR STRENGTHENING CAPACITY OF AMCOSPROJECT : PARETO NI PESA PROJECT

LOCATION: MBEYA AND IRINGA REGION

DATE: MARCH 2022

I. Background 

Since 1945, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has worked with vulnerable communities to end poverty, injustice and human suffering. LWR supports agriculture, climate change, and emergency response programming in 28 countries each year. LWR works in Tanzania with an emphasis on capacity strengthening of farmer organizations and long-term food security. Lutheran World Relief is implementing a project entitled “Pareto ni Pesa” (“Pyrethrum for money”) from January to September 2020.

The project is designed strengthen market linkages and business relationships between smallholder pyrethrum farmers in Iringa Region (Kilolo, Mufindi and Iringa Rural Districts) focusing on crop production and post-harvest processing at the producer level and selling/buying at the processor level of the value chain. The overall goal of the project is to improve livelihood (increased income) of smallholder farmers from pyrethrum activities. This objective will be achieved through the following two outcomes:

Outcome 1: Men and women pyrethrum farmers improve productivity and quality of pyrethrum through strong business partnership with PCT

Output 1.1: Targeted farmers collaborate in solidarity groups.

Output 1.2: Targeted farmers use best pyrethrum production and harvesting practices.

Output 1.3: Targeted farmers access labor-saving and cost saving technology.

Output 1.4: Targeted farmers apply proper method of drying pyrethrum flowers

Output 1.5: Targeted farmers access high quality seeds

Output 1.6: Targeted youth gain expertise in pyrethrum value chain

Outcome 2: Targeted men and women pyrethrum farmers increase their income earned through partnership with PCT.

Output 2.1: Targeted farmers collectively market high quality flowers in batches traceable to small groups.

Output 2.2: Targeted farmers receive payments (mobile money) that reflect the pyrethrin content of their flowers’ quality within the bulked sale.

Outcome 3: Targeted farmer organization provides sustainable services that benefit its members.

Output 3.1: Stronger farmer organizations

LWR Tanzania is seeking highly skilled and professional consultant to strengthening capacity of 5 AMCOS in Mbeya and Iringa region.

II. Objective

Purpose of assignment is to coach/train leaders of AMCOS to understand and fulfill their roles and responsibilities to the association and the members will be enhanced through training, coaching, and mentoring. The leaders’ capacity will be enhanced to understand their rights and obligations to AMCOS, not only to patronize their organization but to also hold their leaders accountable

III. SCOPE OF WORK

  1. Strengthening capacity of the leaders to understand and fulfill their roles and responsibilities for AMCOS.

Consultant will assess the competencies of the leadership and the organization to carry out the functions stipulated in the constitution. Based on the capacity gaps identified, consultant will train/mentor of leaders in their roles and responsibilities that will help them actualize the functions of the association as well as facilitate democratic processes that encourage member’s active participation.

2. Strengthen capacity of AMCOS on commercial legal knowledge, train leaders and members on legal knowledge so that they can have a fully understanding of their legal obligations, rights, and benefits from their farming business.To achieve these outcomes, the consultant(s) will: 

Review relevant secondary literature including, but not limited to existing constitution, registration documents, reports etc. If possible, this should include reviewing and compiling relevant research, evidence from similar interventions, best practices, and lessons learned.

Assess the competencies of the leadership and assess the capacity of the organization to carry out the functions stipulated in the revised constitution.

Train and mentor leaders in their roles and responsibilities and development of key policy documents and procedures that will help them actualize the functions of the association as well as facilitate democratic processes that encourage member’s active participation.

IV. METHODOLOGY

LWR anticipates using a mixed methodology approach that will include reviewing available data sources and designing a methodology to collect both quantitative and qualitative data for this assignment to understand the current situation of AMCOS in relation to provision of sustainable service to members. Consultant may choose to use conventional methods (surveys, key informant interviews, focus group discussions), an ideal methodology will mix those methods with a robust method that invites participatory approach. LWR prefers methods that are rigorous and that allow analysis on the part of the people providing the information. The assessment will be conducted through various meetings with relevant stakeholders such as AMCOS Leaders, members, bank, PCT, government authorities, and others as identified by consultancy. The consultant will work closely with LWR’s Senior Program Manager and AMCOs finalize the methodology, data collection tools and the workplan before fieldwork.

V. DELIVERABLES

All deliverables must be in English.

Inception Report (English)

Training report

VI. IMPLEMENTATION ARRANGEMENTSARRANGEMENTS 

The duration of the consultancy will be from March 2022. LWR will orient the consultant on objective of the assignment, logistic and scope of work. The consultant will outline the methodology and develop data collection tools and will present to LWR for approval. LWR Senior Country Program Manager will assist the consultant to make contacts with key informants and arrange for meetings. The consultant will provide his/her own working space, associated resources and equipment. LWR will reimburse the actual cost incurred by consultant for transportation, living cost (accommodation and meals) and stationaries upon submission of receipts based on the agreed rate up to defined limit established within the contract agreement.

The timeline for the completion of the proposal is firm. Delay in submission of the deliverables that are not the fault of LWR will result in a reduction in the final payment to the consultant.

VII. EVALUATION TIMEFRAME

The duration of the consultancy will be from March 2022.

VIII. EVALUATOR QUALIFICATIONS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES 

Qualification of the Consultant

The required qualifications of consultant(s)

Registered legal firm.

A minimum of two years’ experience working with AMCOS.

Accredited by Tanzania Cooperative Development Commission (TCDC) to build capacity to AMCOS.

S/he should also be conversant with facilitation skills.

Extensive experience in providing strategic advice.

Outstanding communication skills, with excellent command of spoken and written English and Swahili

Proven ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Legally entitled to work in Tanzania.

Interested consultants should send the information listed below to:

Expression of interest (up to 3 pages) – outlining the summary of relevant previous experience, the approach in undertaking the assessment and daily consultancy fee (inclusive of all office supplies, equipment, etc. and exclusive of reimbursable field travel expenses as listed above).

Latest curriculum vitae (of consultant and any supporting team members)

Contact information of three references for similar services was offered.

Job Opportunity at Lutheran World Relief  – Project Consultant to Strengthening Capacity of AMCOS

Application procedure

Complete applications containing elements a) through c) should be submitted as attachments to an email to: [email protected]

The subject line should read: STRENGTHENING CAPACITY OF AMCOS IN MBEYA REGION

Deadline for the submission of bids is on Friday March 5th, 2022 by 5pm Tanzania time

Applicants who do not follow application instructions will be rejected. ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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