CONSULTANCY TO FACILITATE IMPLEMENTATION OF GLOBAL GAP CERTIFICATION FOR 2 PRODUCER GROUPS
Micro-Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) has since the year 2002 developed a niche in supporting the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by providing integrated business solutions for sustainable development. The Trust is a multi-donor entity jointly founded by the Government of Kenya and the European Union who later relinquished their position to the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA). Through its vision of being the leading and preferred provider of resources for the development of enterprises, MESPT is anchored on three (3) pillars namely:
i. Green Growth Development: Resource Efficient, Clean and Climate Sensitive Technologies & Solutions
ii. Enterprise Development: Market Development for MSMEs through a value chain approach to enhance effectiveness.
iii. Value Chain Development: All-inclusive and holistic View of the Micro-Enterprise as they engage with upstream and downstream stakeholders.
About AgriFI Programme
AGRIFI programme is an EU-Danida funded Programme whose objective is to support production initiatives for smallholder farmers that are adaptive to the changing climate and market requirements. The 6-year programme runs from 2018 to 2023 where MESPT is an Implementing Partner of results area TWO and THREE of the overall four Results Areas of the programme.
Result area two of the project is aimed at strengthening the capacities of actors along selected value chains through the Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education Training (ATVET) system approach. To ensure compliance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) measures by the country, AgriFI Programme has set up a series of capacity building initiatives to empower and equip the responsible inspectors and certifiers with the proper knowledge and tools to regulate SPS compliance of Horticulture (with special focus on beans, mango and avocado), Aquaculture and Dairy produce. Activities under the result area inter alia include supporting upgrading, development, and upscaling of agricultural value chain-based training curricula under the ATVET Centers.
Under result area three the programme has undertaken several capacity building interventions of the private sector and the selected counties to implement and enforce standards on animal health, food safety and plant health. Activities under the result area three include translation of sanitary and phytosanitary regulations for value-chains supported under result area two into user-friendly sector guidelines tools and practices for use by the sector; and training private and public sector on SPS, food and animal product safety requirements and supporting the development of Food Safety Management Systems.
Through the programme, Counties has also been supported in setting up mechanism for testing, surveillance, and enforcement of SPS regulations. Broadly, the programme is incrementally strengthening the capacities of value chain actors, bolstering commercial farming and improving food security. Through all the above-mentioned initiatives it is expected that the investments demonstrate the existing potential in the enhancement of food safety system as well as the ATVET model in order to trigger investment from both the public (especially the counties) and the private sector.
In numerical terms, the programme seeks to achieve the following results:
i. 4 curricula reviewed and Training and Learning guides developed, addressing food safety, animal health and plant health.
ii. At least 13,000-value chain actors (drawn from 13 counties) in selected value chains trained on Food Safety.
iii. 3,000 trained specifically in SPS.
iv. At least 330 ToTs trained in both broad value chain curriculum as well as on SPS.
v. 13 Counties strengthened with tailored capacity to enable them to establish and operationalize SPS surveillance, testing, and enforcement systems.
vi. 20 producer groups linked to local and international markets.
Ultimately, the above is expected to increase productivity of the selected Value Chains, improve food safety systems, and increase access to export markets.
2.0 Purpose of the Assignment.
Food safety is a rising concern in Kenya, especially so in the horticulture sector. Traceability system in food safety is key in reduction of misuse of pesticides by smallholder farmers. Thus, a farm to market tracking of the flow of the product from the production process to the customer table is mandatory to improve on the safety of the food. Global gap is a voluntary market standard that seeks to establish the operations that are geared towards achieving both environmental sustainability and reduction of misuse of harsh pesticides that will otherwise harm food production. As a requirement to assure the export market, exporting group is required to have a Global GAP certificate which is renewed annually. In this exercise, the project seeks to support 2 farmer groups with Global GAP certificate renewal. The two groups -Chaaria in Meru County and Aberdare Fresh Horticulture group in Nyandarua who supply export fruits and vegetables respectively to the European market.**
3.0 Objectives of the Consultancy.
This assignment has the following main objectives:
(a) Increased awareness among the producers in the two groups on the importance of Global GAP certification in relation to food safety and market access.
(b)Preparation and supporting of the two farmer groups to put in place necessary systems for the success of the certification process based on Global GAP requirements.
(c) Conduct internal audit and oversees external audit.
The Global gap certification process is ensuring all aspects of food safety are adhered to through an elaborate tracking system that guarantees consumers of their health in the first objective, hence it is imperative that it is well articulated and developed with the participants well trained on how to establish a proper record keeping system as per the Global gap food safety standard version 5.2 for Fruits and vegetables.
4.0 Scope of work
The scope of work will include, but not necessarily limited to, the following activities:
Development of a proper food traceability system in line with Global Gap version 5 Option 2 for fruits and vegetables.
Pre-screening and training of up to 2 farmer groups based in Nyandarua and Meru Counties on Global gap version 5, Option 2, (both farmer groups finally going through certification).
Undertake all the key mandatory required trainings as per Global gap version 5 Fruits and vegetables Option 2 for the 2 groups of farmers based in the Nyandarua and Meru counties.
Build the capacity of the selected farmers to carry on with proper record keeping even after external certification.
Train the selected farmers on Risk assessments, sampling of water, soil and MRL testing as prerequisite to undertake Global gap certification.
Ensure that the selected farmers have in place structures that meet Global gap food safety standard.
Undertake the role of doing internal audits.
Undertake the role of external audits.
Close off all non-conformities as may arise from external audits and hand over the final certification report accompanied with certificates from Global gap.
5.0. Expected Outputs of the Assignment
The following will be outputs expected during the assignment:
Detailed training program
Detailed report on the gaps identified during evaluation and screening of the selected farmers.
Internal audits report and closure of all non-conformities identified.
Undertake the external audits and hand over of the final certificate of certification from a selected External auditor and Global gap House.
The consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables: –
- An inception report before the commencement of the assignment detailing the approach, methodology and general concept to the entire process.
- Detailed report of the gaps identified and recommendations for closure of the gaps.
- Copies of the certificates
- Final assignment report
The assignment will commence immediately after signing the contract with MESPT. The assignment will be carried out in 60 working days. During implementation of this assignment, periodic updates to AgriFI programme manager and officer in charge will be required.
8.0 Payment Plan
The consultant will be paid in accordance with MESPT guidelines. MESPT will also prepare a detailed contract for the assignment and will retain 5% Withholding Tax as required by Kenya Revenue Authority.
The Consultant is requested to quote a fee that will cover all their costs including transport, accommodation where applicable and other incidentals.
The payment plan to the consulting firm will be as follows: –
a) 30% upon successful mobilization of the assignment and sharing an acceptable inception report with an implementation plan.
b) 30% upon facilitation and presentation of an acceptable draft report with attendance sheets of trained farm estate advisors and photographic evidence.
c) 40% upon presenting an acceptance final report
MESPT is looking for a consultant with substantial experience performing assessments in similar development interventions in a developing country setting. More specifically, the lead consultant should have a proven track record in conducting such activities and experience with country situations like that of Kenya.
The following are the specific competencies:
A Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, Horticulture, Crop Protection, Agriculture Education and Extension, agronomy, environmental science, or related and relevant field.
Relevant professional training in Global gap implementation from a recognized institution is mandatory.
At least 5 years’ working experience in Global gap implementation especially in the small and medium scale farmers’ context.
Good knowledge in undertaking of global gap of export peas and mango.
Demonstrated experience in having undertaken similar exercises elsewhere.
Excellent interpersonal and adult training skills.
Excellent communication skills, including fluency in English & Kiswahili.
The technical proposal should consist of the following.
i. Short but conclusive profile of the individual
ii. A short description of deliverables, clear work plan (days and activities) with the proposed methodology and which shall include full justification for implementation approach to be used.
iii. Detailed CV or profile of the individual to be involved, including experience relevant to this assignment.
iv. References of individual previously certified against Global G.A.P version 5.2 Proof of valid Global G.A.P. Version 5.2 Fruits and Vegetables accreditation
v. The company UNGM ID number.
vi. The UN general conditions of contract signed.
How to apply
The Financial Proposal and the Technical Proposal files MUST BE COMPLETELY SEPARATE and emailed separately through [email protected] by COB 10th August 2021 and clearly named as either “TECHNICAL PROPOSAL” or “FINANCIAL PROPOSAL”. The subject of the email should clearly capture the tender number & description. The file with the “FINANCIAL PROPOSAL” must be encrypted with a password so that it cannot be opened nor viewed until the Proposal has been found to pass the technical evaluation stage. Once a Proposal has been found to be responsive by passing the technical evaluation stage, MESPT shall request via email the Proposer to submit the password to open the Financial Proposal.