RFP Niger State Scoping Exercise


Background

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and the Government of Niger State intend to work together to provide development assistance to farmer cooperatives, producer associations and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Niger State. The goals are to increase Niger State’s market competitiveness and positively impact the individual farmers, the organizations, and grassroots communities by increasing product outputs and income generated.

Under the program, the Parties will fund enterprises which must currently operate on a business model with clearly defined pathways to profitability. The enterprises are expected to fall within the following value chains:

  • A. Smallholder agriculture production
  • -Maize, Sorghum, Soya and Sesame
  • B. Livestock/Aquaculture
  • -Cattle, Goats, Dairy (abattoirs, milk consolidation and processing centers)
  • C. Aquaculture/Fisheries
  • For both livestock and aquaculture, funding could include solar cold storage and other off-grid energy solutions.

 

As part of the initial start-up activities under the program, Diamond Development Initiatives (DDI), USADF’s Technical Partner, intends to hire a consultant to carry out a scoping assignment that will assist in making a determination about the appropriate geography and sectors that have comparative advantage and to provide evidence-based information for subsequent project development.

This Terms of Reference (TOR) therefore intends to set the minimum requirements and the scope of work to be undertaken in the project target areas so as to provide benchmark information and indicators.
 

Purpose

The purpose of the scoping assignment is to conduct a survey and mapping exercise aimed at analyzing the types of potential target groups and beneficiaries in the State and to further conduct an in-depth review of the proposed value chains.  The scoping engagement is also expected to include mapping of the various commodity clusters in the State with a view to identifying their locations and the key actors and stakeholders operating within the clusters.

Specific Survey Objectives:

  • -Bring out comparative and competitive advantages.
  • -Identify leverage points along the value chain that can have potential in strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the chains.
  • -Identify the underlying constraints impinging upon business transactions all along the chain and provides interventions on how to mitigate them.
  • -Identify the potential suitable producer groups, and private sector players, the promising value addition opportunities and markets within the sectors outlined in the Background section above.

Methodology

The process would be initiated through inception meeting, desk review, data collection, synthesis and analysis. The consultant shall specifically:

1) Develop tools and an appropriate methodology for primary data collection

2) Review identified commodity Value Chains and establish;

  • a. Cluster identification and mapping
  • b. The primary value chain actors, their key functions, relationships, major operational challenges and possible interventions.
  • c. Actors’ contribution to changes in prices along the value chain.
  • d. Challenges experienced in offering /accessing facilitative services.
  • e. Possible potential risks / opportunities.
  • f. Gender, youth and power dynamics and advice on areas for improvement in maximizing benefits to women.
  • g. Identify opportunities that will enable the program to reach large numbers of beneficiaries, have high returns on investment, and increases in beneficiary incomes.
  • h. Identify additional financing sources, particularly credit, that can be either combined with grant funding or provide follow on funding to target groups/businesses.

3) Establish specific, relevant, and reliable markets the program should target at primary, regional, national and international level markets.

  • -Suitability, competitive and comparative advantages
  • -Assess the size of markets and volume of sales
  • -Assess agriculture practices conformance to requirements and standards of markets.

4) Assess the current trends in the environment; government regulations and control mechanisms

  • -Identify issues that impact the selected value chains
  • -Establish markets structures and infrastructure and enabling environment (e.g. policies affecting market access)

5) Provide framework for the design, implementation, monitoring, risk management and evaluation of value chains development strategies: to provide tools to ensure that information is incorporated in production stages and how it should be interpreted and used for decision-making. This will include baseline surveys to document socio-economic conditions of target beneficiaries and to identify indicators against which project's impact could be measured and reported.

 

Deliverables

A) Inception report

B) Values chain analysis report such as;

  • -Complete value chain maps; chain actors, stakeholders, supporters and influencers accompanied with description of the relationships of stakeholders: how many they are, roles & responsibility, values and volumes handled.
  • -Detailed analysis of the stakeholders, demand (Markets) and supply (Production) factors.
  • -An analysis of potential risks that may hamper reaching goals for the value chain as well as risks that may hamper commercialization of the value chains at local, national and international markets.
  • -Detailed analysis of the enabling and environment impacts.
  • -Additional financing sources, particularly credit, that can be either combined with grant funding or provide follow on funding to target groups/businesses.

C) Recommendations: Description of the key systemic/critical issues, as well as practical actions to address the issues, recommendations for an upgrading strategy, Action Points, Activities, monitoring indicators (including process and outcome indicators) Outputs, Expected outcomes and Risks/assumptions and recommendations around risk monitoring, mitigation and management.

This RFP is closed.

 

Responsibilities

Core responsibilities of the Consultant

The consultant will be expected to perform the following core responsibilities:

  1. Review all relevant secondary sources of data and any relevant information to the study.
  2. Develop all necessary data collection tools.
  3. Conduct both quantitative and qualitative data collection using acceptable methodologies.
  4. Develop relevant databases and provide supervision of data collection using appropriate methods and procedures to ensure accuracy and quality of data
  5. Present draft report for review and input.
  6. Develop the final report incorporating stakeholders’ feedback.

Skill and knowledge base requirements

  1. Master’s Degree Economics, Development Studies
  2. Excellent knowledge of marketing systems and private sector development
  3. Experience in conducting value chain analysis, cluster mapping, stakeholder analysis, baseline surveys and other similar assignments is absolutely necessary.
  4. Strong analytical, research and presentation skills.
  5. Excellent report writing skills
  6. Working knowledge of Niger State, the proposed program location, is an added advantage.
Employment Terms

Consultancy