MESPT-001-GEAP-2021 Consultancy for Assessment of Policy Gaps within the Prioritized Value Chains for the Green Employment in Agriculture Programme
Micro-Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) has since the year 2002 developed a niche in supporting the growth of small holder farmers, 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 and later the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya (DANIDA) through a trust deed of 2013. To learn more about MESPT, please visit www.mespt.org.
1.1 About Green Employment in Agriculture Programme (GEAP)
The Green Employment in Agriculture Programme (GEAP); 2021 – 2025 is a DANIDA funded Programme whose outputs ride on key workstreams of the GGEP programme 2016 – 2020 and AGRIFI programme; 2018 – 2023. The Programme is aligned to and fits the mandate of MESPT, Kenya Vision 2030 as well as the Danish Strategy for Development Cooperation and humanitarian action “The World 2030”. Through implementation of GEAP, MESPT envisions to facilitate increased commercialization, decent employment, and green transformation through targeted interventions in the targeted value chains.
GEAP programme is partitioned into four output areas: i.) Market Access and MSME development, ii) Improved access to finance/credit, iii) Improved food safety and increased productivity and iv) green Transformation. Under these output areas, MESPT activities will contribute to i.) Increased awareness and commercialization of identified innovative green technologies ii.) Increased farmer and MSME capacity for aggregation, storage, value addition and market linkages iii.) Enhanced knowledge & competences on food safety and good agricultural practices (GAP) and iv.) Increased awareness and access for financial services for the value chain actors. To accelerate outreach and impact, the trust intends to achieve the following targets:
a. 3,000 jobs created in the value chains.
b. 40,000 farmers linked to market.
c. KES 6 billion additional sales turnover of value chains aggregated by the targeted SMEs.
d. 20,000 farmers have accessed financial services.
This engagement will ultimately contribute to accelerated decent employment creation in MSMEs and improved competitiveness of the selected value chains in agriculture consequently, transforming the economy towards greener and more inclusive growth.
2.0 Rationale of the assignment
MESPT has facilitated value chain activities for the last 18 years and advocated for the green growth/climate change and mitigation agenda since 2010. The trust’s activities in sustainable market systems development and value chain financing have contributed significantly to strengthening and integrating Kenya into the regional and global economy. Through the AgriFi programme, 2018 – 2023 and GGEP programme 2016 – 2020, MESPT developed key competencies in Food safety and Agricultural productivity by i) engaging in value chains through the ATVET system and ii) contributing towards enterprising solutions that have impacted Kenya’s rural poor hence, job creation. Additionally, MESPT has provided a platform for awareness creation and sharing knowledge, increased commercialisation, innovation, scale-up and uptake of climate smart solutions. Consequently, in its facilitation of multiple stakeholders at all levels of the value chain, including the public sector, MESPT has positioned itself as an advocate for a more conducive environment aimed at fostering both collaboration and competitiveness of value chain actors in its priority value chains. For these investments to improve the performance of Agriculture in Kenya, including closing existing yield gaps while accelerating decent employment and, specifically, employment for women and youth, it is imperative that policy and regulatory gaps that impede progression of value chains are studied, documented and addressed.
3.0 Overall Objective of the assignment
The overall objective of this consultancy is to identify and document policy and regulatory gaps that might impede progression of the GEAP programme’s target value chains in Kenya.
3.1 Specific objectives of the assignment
Reporting to the GEAP Programme Manager the consultant will:
i. Review of the GEAP Donor Engagement Document (DED), inception reports, county situational analyses reports and any other relevant document(s) and subject relevant staff and respondents to FGDs and KIIs.
ii. Analyse and document critical policy gaps and regulatory at county – s (of implementation) and at national level. This includes broad policy options related to the output areas and cross cutting issues of youth and women inclusion in active value chain development.
iii. Propose programme partnerships and collaborations in relation to policy and regulatory gaps and articulate approaches to this.
iv. In consultation with MESPT, draft policy gaps that would affect the implementation of the programme as is and propose solutions and procedures for development or review, in consideration of the GEAP output areas.
4.0 Scope of Work
The assignment will be carried out in context of GEAP programme’s thematic areas of focus and objectives,
targeted outputs and outcomes as well as the Trust’s strategic objectives.
5.0 Key Deliverables
Successful performance of this assignment will be based on the production and timely submission of the following deliverables:
i. A detailed inception report and work plan for field work
ii. Approach and methodology with calculated sample size and data analysis plan
iii. Finalized report with baseline values (if any) as per GEAP programme requirements.
iv. Summarized PPT of the policy findings (10-20 PPT Slides)
The final reports/deliverables will be submitted via email to the project officer with a copy to the Programme Manager – GEAP.
6.0 Implementation Duration
The assignment will commence from date of signing of contract and be completed not later than 45 working days. There will be provision for discussion of the inception report and implementation plan with MESPT for validation and inclusion of comments where applicable.
7.0 Ownership and Beneficiaries of the reports
Any reports or other materials, graphics, software or otherwise used and prepared by the consultant for MESPT under this Agreement shall belong to and remain the property of the Trust. The consultant shall not use such property for any other purpose unless prior express consent is given by the Trust.
8.0 Remuneration and Payment Schedule /Plan
The consultant should quote a fee that will cover all costs including transport, accommodation where applicable and any other incidental.
The payment plan will be as follows: –
i. 30% upon presentation of an acceptable inception report and implementation plan of the assignment
ii. 30% upon facilitation and presentation of an acceptable draft report
iii. 40% upon presentation of final report including the 10-20 PPT slides that are a summary of the findings.
9.0 Qualification and competencies
The consultant will have the following minimum qualifications:
i. A master’s degree in Agricultural Policy, Project Management, Agribusiness, Business Administration, Strategic Management, Development Economics, or their equivalent.
ii. Proven project management skills and understanding of green transformation.
iii. Practical experience in value chain and market systems development for not less than 7 years.
iv. Verifiable proof of previous engagements in similar activities/assignments including testimonials.
v. Excellent communication and documentation skills. Export vegetables, dairy, indigenous poultry, aquaculture, fruits (mango, avocado and banana) and coconut.  GEAP programme is implemented in 12 counties viz; Kilifi, Kwale, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Makueni, Machakos, Kisii, Uasin Gishi, Siaya, Bungoma, Kakamega and Trans Nzoia.  The programmes output areas are i) Market Access and MSME Development, ii) Improved access to finance/credit, iii) Improved food safety and increased productivity and iv) Green Transformation.
How to apply
https://mespt.org/download/mespt-001-geap-2021-consultancy-for-assessment-of-policy-gaps-within-the-prioritized-value-chains-for-the-green-employment-in-agriculture-programme/ Kindly send your proposals to [email protected] by 30th April 2021 before 17:00 Hrs Kenyan Time