Kenya: FISH RESOURCES AND VALUE CHAIN CONSULTANT

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Organization: Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 31 May 2018

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR A BASELINE ASSESSMENT OF FISH POTENTIAL, HYGIENIC STANDARDS AND THE CAPACITIES OF PRODUCERS, VENDORS AND PROCESSORS:

For OMO DELTA PROJECT; Expanding the Rangelands to achieve growth and transformation (EUTF)

Position: FISH RESOURCES AND VALUE CHAIN CONSULTANT

Department: Programs

Location of the Project: Turkana (Turkana central sub county (Kangatotha and Kalokol wards along Lake Turkana), Turkana North Sub-county, Kibish Sub-county), and Marsabit Counties (North Horr Sub-county (North Horr, Dukana and Illeret wards) and Laisamis sub-county (Loiyangalani ward) in Kenya

Reports to: Works directly with Program Manager- Kenya based in Nairobi and Project Managers (PM) based in project Locations.

Effective Date: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

1.0. Introduction:

VSF Germany is an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), providing humanitarian aid and development assistance to pastoralists and vulnerable communities in areas where livestock is of importance. In the region, VSF Germany implements activities in South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. We Focus on Livestock, food security and Livelihoods, Natural Resources Management, Peace and Conflict, Good governance, Disasters & Emergency, and Agriculture.

VSF Germany through European Union Trust Fund is implementing a 40 Month project titled; “*Omo Delta project-Expanding the Rangeland to achieve Growth and Transformation”.*This is in partnership with other five NGOs:-Mercy Corps Europe (MCE), VITA(RTI) Ltd, EPaRDA, CIFA and TUPADO. The project applies the concept of expanding rangeland to realize the overall objective of the producer to address the drivers of instability, irregular migration and displacement in Cluster 1: the Southwest Ethiopia-Northwest Kenya boarder. The project specific objectives are to:

¨ Increase wealth of young people in particular and especially young women

¨ Accelerate trade and collaboration nationally and cross-border

¨ Increased stability to promote growth and protect gains

2.0. Objective, purpose and scope of the assignment:

The Omo Delta project countries are endowed with potential water resources (Omo River and Lake Turkana) and some communities (especially youth) are engaged in fishing activities as an alternative livelihood (economic opportunity). The objective of the consultancy is to undertake a comprehensive baseline assessment of fish potential, hygienic standards and the capacities of producers, vendors and /or processors in project areas in Kenya. This assessment is required to be completed by mid-June 2018 as part of project inception phase output.

VSF Germany is seeking to engage a reputable firm or individual/s to undertake a border area baseline assessment of fish potential, hygienic standards and the capacities of producers, vendors and /or processors (Turkana and Marsabit). The assessment will ascertain the viability of fishing as an enterprise and assess breeding grounds through different landing beaches and discussions with BMUs (in Kenya) on fish potential in each target areas. The assessment will focus on the potential of production, fish handling, hygiene, and storage of fish in the local markets. The consultant will share the results of the study findings with local stakeholders (authorities, traders and development actors) through a dissemination workshop for awareness creation and support.

Specifically, the consultancy will assess breeding grounds at the cross border areas(through different landing beaches), analysis of the existing fish potential, hygienic practices and the capacities of producers, vendors and /or processors to improve their income from the fishery resources while ensuring sustainability through value chain improvement in cross-border areas of the project.

Scope of the assignment:

To achieve the above objectives VSF Germany seeks the services of a consultant to carry out a baseline assessment that generates baseline information on fish potential, hygienic practices and the capacities of producers and vendors in the project areas as well as other relevant information to support cross border fishing as an economic activity.

a) Assess and produce a robust and evidence based mapping of the fish potential; common fish species, breeding grounds and level of threats to current fisheries resources in target landing beaches and existing BMUs.

b) Explore and ascertain the viability of fishing as an enterprise, potential of production, fish handling, hygiene and storage in the local markets.

c) Provide a systematic analysis of fish value chains/markets in each location in the project areas and provide actionable recommendations to strengthen the fish value chain for better economic empowerment of fish value chain actors.

d) Incorporate findings from fish value chain and market systems analysis conducted by project partners in the project areas; including systemic constraints, seasonality, response options and sustainability.

e) Establish gaps, realistic targets and approaches to capacity building and financial interventions targeting BMUs and fisher-folk in specific areas backed by logic for any suggested support.

f) Assess viability of BMUs and fishing cooperatives/groups in sustaining fishery resources as a shared economic resource in cross-border areas of the project.

g) Disseminate the findings of the assessment to local stakeholders in fish value chain (authorities, traders and NGOs) through a workshop for cross-border awareness creation and support

2. 2. Specific tasks to perform

The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:

i. Develop and submit a proposal detailing research methodologies of the fish value chain assessment;

ii. A desk-review of relevant project documents with focus to the logical framework and other relevant documents prior to the implementation of the study;

iii. Provide an inception report detailing the understanding of the concept of the assignment.

iv. Develop the tools for the assessment in consultation with project staff;

v. Train research assistants/enumerators on data collection tools and undertake a pre-test of the questionnaire

vi. Carry out quality control of the data collected by trained enumerators to ensure accuracy and viability of the data before analysis.

vii. Prepare and discuss with the Consortium members a draft report with sufficient details on findings and key recommendations for cross-border interventions if fishing as economic activity.

viii. Make presentation of the study findings at the consortium partners’ workshop for validation of the findings from the study;

ix. Incorporate the comments from Consortium partners into the final report;

x. Prepare and submit a final report of the study.

3.0. Methodology for carrying out the task.

The consultant will be required to develop clear methodology and procedure to carry out the task. Such methodologies should clearly show how various activities of the assessment will be carried out for expected output. The Consultant (s)/firm is/are expected to design most suitable data collection tools ensuring inclusion of all the project actors in the fish value chain assessment process. The methodology will be discussed with VSF Germany to agree on most suitable approaches for the assessment in line with the project objectives.

The consultant(s) will examine all content of project proposal focusing on fishing for each result and output areas of the project and where necessary consult with consortium partners’ staff.

Presentation of the study draft report to all consortium partners at a joint workshop for validation. The consultant will make a presentation of the findings to inform any technical adjustments in the planned approach and activities for fisheries to guide the project implementation. The purpose will be to enable the partners have opportunity to validate the contents of the report and any proposed modifications in line of with baseline findings and provide any necessary input before finalization. The work shop will be organized by VSFG and partners on a date to be defined.

Finalization of the baseline report; the consultant will incorporate the input from the partners to finalize the above document and present the final products to VSF Germany for sharing with other consortium partners (MC, VITA, EPaRDA, CIFA, and TUPADO) and submission to EU.

The csultant (s)/firm is expected to take all necessary steps to ensure that the security and dignity of the respondents and any persons participating in this assessment is not compromised and that disruption of their on-going activities is minimized. The role of VSF G and consortium partners is to provide the Consultant (s) with all the necessary logistic support and documentation to facilitate the smooth baseline study process.

4.0. Expected Deliverables/reporting:

a) An inception report submitted to VSFG within 10 days of the assignment detailing, the methodology, sampling frame and data collection tools.

b) Draft report of the baseline assessment submitted to VSFG within 20 days of the assignment; ONE soft copy only (30 pages excluding annexes) for review and comments.

c) Dissemination of findings at a workshop of the consortium partners in power point.

d) Final baseline assessment report within 1 week after receiving comments from client and not more than 35 days of the assignment; in 3 hard copies and ONE soft copy (max.30 pages excluding annexes).

e) A folder of photos taken during the field work in electronic form (ONE CD).

NOTE: Further works or revisions of the report may be required and if the final report does not meet the requirements of the TOR, it may not be accepted and the client will be at liberty to reject it with service provider bearing the liability.

5.0. Indicative Plan/Time frame

The duration of the assignment is within ONE calendar month although actual implementation plan could be discussed and greed by both parties. It is expected that the whole task should be finished within four weeks from the starting date. The assignment is expected to commence immediately and takes max 40 days, which includes desk-review, preparation, field work, report-writing and submission of final report.

6.0. Qualification, skills and experiences.

  • Consultants or firm with human resources having appropriate mix of relevant qualifications including Fisheries Resources Management, International Development Studies, Veterinary Medicine, Social Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Disaster Management or any other relevant degree from recognized institutions.
  • At least 5 years’ experience of conducting baseline studies, programme and use of participatory methods in undertaking similar assignments cross-border areas in the ASAL of the Greater Horn of Africa.
  • Demonstrated understanding of fisheries resources management and fish Value Chain improvement for economic empowerment at community level.
  • Sound Knowledge of Omo Delta region, its development issues, especially from and resource sharing nexus in a cross-border perspective.
  • Outstanding research, strong analytical and writing skills to clearly present findings.
  • Previous work experience on EU funded projects and knowledge of context of project area is key in this assignment.
  • Ability to deliver quality work on tasks within tight deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English language.

7.0. Expression of Interest

Any person/firm interested in undertaking this task should send an expression of interest comprising:

a) Technical proposal; The technical proposal should briefly and clearly describe the following aspects; Understanding of the task, Technical aspect of the proposal, Methodology to be used, operational plan, and curriculum vitae (CV as an annex) of the person(s) to do the work and with contact details.

b) Financial proposal: The financial proposal/budget of the task should be broken down in details as follows: Consultancy fees and Reporting cost and should be submitted in USD currency.

8.0. Mode of payment:**

The payment will be done according to the following plan /arrangement:

· First instalment: the Consultant will be paid 20% of the quoted amount after submission of the inception report.

· Final instalment: 80% of the amount agreed in the contract shall be paid upon completion of task, acceptance and approval of the final report and any other documents pertaining to this assignment.

· Consultant shall be required to provide original invoices to facilitate processing of payment.

· The payments will be made in A/C payee in form of cheques/or direct bank transfer in the name of the consultant/company named in the contract. VSF Germany will deduct with-holding tax at source as per the rules of taxation governing VSFG operations and amount will be deposited directly to custodian of such tax.

· No other benefits shall be admissible beyond what is stipulated in the contract, nor does it guarantee a regular position in VSF Germany.

9.0. General Considerations

a) Required logistics support will be provided by VSF Germany as prescribed in the contract and meet other costs related to the baseline exercises such as transport, communication, office printing, and contacts in the field among others.

b) All documents prepared during the assignment will be property of VSF Germany and consortium partners.

c) This assignment will not be sub-contracted to a third party by the consultant WHATSOVER.

d) In the event that additional time is required to complete the assignment, over and above that previously agreed to, without changing the scope of work, then it has to be agreed with VSF Germany in writing.

e) Confidentiality of all the assignment will be assured at all times.

10.0 Validation of the Proposal**

All costs will remain valid up to thirty days 60 from the day of proposal submission.

10.0. Confidentiality: All the outputs –Reports, ToR, etc produced by this assignment will not be disseminated in part or whole without written authority from VSF-Germany.

How to apply:

How to apply: Interested consultant/firms should submit both technical and financial proposals by Monday**, 31st May, 2018,** addressed to Head of HR & Admin, VSF-G, by e-mail to: recruitment@vsfg.org with marking: “*Omo Delta Project*”.

Due to the urgency of the Assignment, the proposals shall be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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