TOR- Strengthening Livestock Off take and Farm Input Cooperatives

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The E4Impact Foundation is part of a consortium implementing “Support to Resilience for Sustainable Livelihoods” project in West Pokot County that is funded by the European Union. The overall objective of the Project is to contribute towards increased resilience of communities to drought and other effects of climate change in ASAL areas of Kenya. The specific objectives of the action are: (1.) to enhance food and nutrition security of vulnerable households, especially for women and children in West Pokot County; (2.) to generate sustainable livelihoods and protect productive assets in West Pokot County.

The Expected Output

  •  ER1: West Pokot County with productive, climate resilient and nutrition sensitive agriculture and livestock production strategies and measures implemented
  • ER2: West Pokot County with strengthened key productive household assets and community investments that are sustainably protected and safeguarded against recurrent droughts and the effects of climate change and recovery capacities
  • ER3: West Pokot County with strengthened administrative services, cross-sectoral collaboration and local livelihood initiatives

Objective of the action
The objective of this proposal is to engage an agricultural co-operative expert to strengthen livestock offtake cooperatives and farm input cooperatives in in West Pokot owned by small farmer’s groups. The agricultural co-operatives will be strengthened to provide robust business services to their members, including supplying of agricultural inputs for crop and livestock production; purchasing, processing, marketing and distribution of their agricultural produce. The consultant will also be required to draft an operating manual to be used as a reference guide to cooperative officers and provide training on the same. The Consultant will deliver training on cooperatives and operations management.

Specific Objectives
1. Strengthen at least 6 livestock offtake cooperatives in West Pokot County in cooperative management, governance and operations
2. Strengthen 2- 4 farm input cooperatives in West Pokot County in cooperative management, governance and operations

Geographical Scope
The short-term consultancy will carry out strengthening of livestock offtake cooperatives and Input cooperatives in two community conservancies in Pellow and Masol in a total of 10 wards enclosed in their belt. (Masol, Endough, Seker, Kasei, Kiwawa, Sigor and Weiwei Wards, Kapchok Lomut Suam,)

Duration: 2 weeks

Deliverables

  1. Training needs report
  2. Prepare, share and discuss with the client training schedule and training materials to be utilized
  3. Deliver 3-day Workshop on cooperative management and governance and provide a report of the workshop
  4. Deliver a 2-day workshop on group dynamics to the targeted cooperatives and provide a report of the workshop

Consultant Qualifications

  • Education: Master’s Degree in any of the following discipline: Co-operatives Management/development, Commerce, Business Administration, Rural financing, Entrepreneurship, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agriculture Economics or related fields.
  • Experience:
    1. Extensive skills and knowledge in community development, empowerment and mentoring approaches
    2. Track record of having completed similar work over the past 5 years in supporting farmers to establish a primary agricultural cooperative society in Kenya
    3. With at least 5 years of experience in working or advising cooperative societies or providing management consultancy services to farmer’s groups.
    4. Demonstrated understanding of the Kenyan Cooperative Societies law (with a specific focus on administration/governance, financing and marketing)
    5. Demonstrated experience of minimum 5 years in providing cooperative services especially in formulating or registering any association or cooperative society under Kenyan laws
    6. Demonstrated ability to foster partnerships with community and/or Government agencies/organizations and groups (networking or stakeholders’ engagement)
    7. Demonstrated knowledge and experience on cooperatives business issues, organizational and financial management
    8. Demonstrated experience in community economic development and management (providing business development services or experience with small business financing, market analysis and market research)
    9. Experience in developing instructional manuals, training materials and other types of SME guidelines for SME agribusiness is highly preferred
    10. Experience in training, coaching or mentoring groups with ability to measure / verify understanding and evaluate knowledge at various stages
    11. Experience in working with development partners including development finance institutions
  • Language:
    Written and spoken fluency in English and Swahili

Application Procedure
All the required documents should be attached and submitted with your proposal. These are:
1. Response to the TOR indicating prior experience and how this assignment will be executed;
2. Recent CV with references;
3. The financial proposal indicating the proposed daily rates ( for 5 days of training) and other expenditures in Kenya shillings

Read the FULL TOR DESCRIPTION HERE: 201005 – TOR Cooperative Strengthening

Interested consultants who meet the above requirements should forward their proposals together with a detailed CV; contacts and addresses of three referees by 18th of October 2020 by sending their applications to Bernadette at bernadette.mutinda@e4impact.org

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