Any qualified Tanzanian to fill in the M&E Expert post in the DFID GEFA Evaluation Management Unit for DFID East and Southern Africa Staple Food Markets Programme (See brief background to the project below. Details are available for those interested):
Local Agricultural Economist
· At least an MSc in relevant areas Economics/Agricultural Economics;
· At least 3 years experience of agriculture/staple food programmes focused specifically in East and Southern Africa;
· At least 3 years evaluation experience of complex, multidisciplinary development programmes, preferably East and Southern Africa;
· Demonstrates knowledge of cross cutting issues, including gender, social issues etc.
· A key working knowledge of theory of change models and use of logical frameworks;
· Excellent skills in communication, report-writing and delivering quality products on time.
· Excellent writing abilities, English fluent, (including Kiswahili, Shona etc) other languages an asset.
General Background to the Program
1.1 The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) manages Britain's development assistance to poor countries. DFID’s Africa Regional Programme seeks to support increased trade in a number of ways, including through reducing the costs of trade and production, supporting policy and regulatory reform, and supporting improvements in agricultural markets and cross border trade
1.2 Food production and marketing systems throughout East and Southern Africa (ESA) are performing poorly and have been for many years. A wide range of barriers to cross border trade have resulted in the fragmentation of markets for both inputs and produce, while an unpredictable policy framework has often crowded out private sector investment and restricted trade in the region. There is high price volatility in agricultural markets, partly due to periodic shocks, but also due to the inability of market systems to smooth supply across time periods and geographical areas. In years of good harvests there is no mechanism to sell surplus food and prices collapse, discouraging farmers from attempting to increase production. In years of poor harvests, shortages cause prices to soar. As most farmers do not produce a surplus, they suffer along with other poor rural and urban consumers.
1.3 Though the East and Southern Africa Staple Food Markets Programme (the Programme), DFID will take a leading role in tackling the causes of these multiple market failures by establishing a Programme Management Unit (PMU) that has an in-depth understanding of food staple market systems in ESA. The PMU will serve as a centre of knowledge play a brokering role between public and private players in these markets systems. The PMU will address market failures by deploying interventions carefully targeted on regional and potentially regional staple food value chains across the region, by stimulating private sector investment in the regional markets and by targeting specific policy and regulatory changes which are deemed realistically achievable. In the process, the program will generate learning on the development of regional food staple markets in Africa.
1.4 Under a separate Terms of Reference, DFID is seeking a Service Provider to act as Programme Manager of the PMU for the East and Southern Africa Staple Food Markets Programme. The Programme Manager’s services will be subject to an independent evaluation that will run in parallel to the Programme under a separate contract.
1.5 This Terms of Reference (ToR) sets out the scope of work, requirements and reporting procedures for the Evaluation Management Unit (EMU) that will carry out the independent evaluation. The Evaluation Management Unit will be appointed for a six-month Inception Phase. Following successful completion of the Inception Phase and subject to agreement of both parties, DFID will appoint the Evaluation Management Unit for a subsequent Implementation Phase to evaluate interventions on an ongoing basis and will carry out two major formal evaluations:
1. Midterm Evaluation.
2. Final Evaluation.
Description of the East and Southern Africa Staple Food Markets Programme
1.6 The overall goal of the Programme is to achieve the impact of improved functioning of national and regional staple food market systems. This will be realised through the outcome of increased regional trade in food, and a greater number of people benefitting from participation in national and cross-border value chains. The Programme will contribute strongly to Africa Regional Programmes' key results, benefitting over 375,000 male and female farmers (more than 1.8 million people including household members), and over 300,000 households as consumers, by 2017.
1.7 Beneficiaries will be primarily poor farmers in the ESA countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi. This will include households headed by women. Farmers will benefit through greater access and availability of inputs and services that allow them equitable access to food markets and to increase their productivity, production and income. The poor in rural and urban settings will also benefit indirectly, through greater and more secure availability of foodstuffs, as well as lower price volatility.
1.8 The Programme is expected to disburse approx £25-28 million over five years by supporting projects that can sustainably tackle market failures in food staple markets in the region. The Programme will be delivered in two phases, a six-month Inception Phase followed by a four and a half year Implementation Phase. Further details of the Programme can be found in the Business Case and the terms of reference for the PMU.
1.9 Addressing market failures should lead to the deepening and improved functioning of food markets, thereby increasing trade. The multi-component Programme will be flexible and opportunistic, with a particular focus on the following outputs:
· Food storage and collateral management systems.
· Supply chain coordination and information systems.
· Markets for inputs, including seeds and fertiliser.
· Markets for services, including advice, transport, finance, insurance, and market intelligence.
· The regulatory environment affecting the success of these interventions.
1.10 The Programme will use two instruments to support interventions – a Challenge Fund and a Development Fund. Lessons will be learnt throughout the process of each intervention, and these will be used to influence policymakers and other donors to leverage the maximum impact from DFID’s investment and support the development of the PMU into a resource centre. Resources will be available for additional knowledge management and communication to further develop the PMU’s status as a leading centre of thinking on staple food market systems.
1.11 The Challenge Fund (CF) will aim to develop innovative business models that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and solutions to market failures in the ESA region, thereby delivering benefits for poor people in terms of job creation, productivity and income improvements and better functioning supply chains in food staples.
1.12 The Development Fund (DF) mechanism will aim to be used as a flexible resource to support initiatives to improve food staple market functioning. The DF could be used to leverage resources from other donors through jointly funded programmes. It could be used to finance complex multi-component regional initiatives or small-scale, high-value, focused projects aimed at a particular problem. The PMU may take a project management role or a more active role as an implementing partner depending on the nature of each intervention. The DF will work separately but in conjunction with the aims of the CF, particularly in areas where it is difficult for the private sector to take the necessary risks to address market failures.
1.13 The Programme will work through private sector companies active in storage, wholesale trade, milling, haulage, input supply, and finance, who will be invited to participate through the use of a Challenge Fund. Civil society organisations (CSOs), research organisations, other development partners, and government agencies will also be involved through the use of a Development Fund. Both the Challenge Fund and Development Fund will generate projects seeking to provide innovative solutions to address market failures in agriculture in the region.
Duty Station is Dar es Salaam but moving around the SADC Region.
If interested please send you Cv to the undersigned.
Vera Florida Mugittu,
Private Sector Support/Rural agribusiness/Agricultural Innovation/Humanity
Managing Director, Muvek Development Solutions Ltd;
Kiko Av. No. 277 Mikocheni. P.O. Box 105270, Dar es Salaam Tanzania.