JOB AT RALGA : Local individual consultant : ( Deadline : 05 April 2019 )
RECRUITMENT OF A LOCAL INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT TO TRAIN SECONDARY
CITIES DISTRICT STAFF ON RURAL URBAN AGRI BUSINESS VALUE CHAIN
1.The Government target to transform Rwanda into middle-income economy as emphasized by Government vision and policies. The NST1 stipulates that urbanization is a key enabler of the Country economic output shift with 35% of Rwandan population expected to live in urban areas by 2024. To achieve this, development of secondary cities has been among the key strategies to be established and these are: Rusizi, Rubavu, Huye, Muhanga, Musanze and Nyagatare. They are expected to play a pivotal role in this process as the main poles of economic growth beside Kigali.
2.The particularity of the secondary city is not observed in terms of quantity of business created to support youth employment (unemployment currently rated at 21% nationwide among the youth). In comparison, Kigali contributes 61 % of total non-agricultural GDP (41% of total). As regard job creation especially for the youth (median age in Rwanda is 19), the Government efforts to promote off firm jobs and improving the human capital especially targeting the youth is evident.
3.Agriculture being the main stay for the Rwandan economy, as well as considered to be a key driver of the pace at which rural resources are released for urban agglomeration, through PSTA 4 also highlights some major actions such as: (i) increasing the role of the private sector as the Government focuses on the facilitators’ role, (ii) increasing farm productivity and commercialization, (iii) diversification of higher value agricultui–al product. This rationalises the need for coordinated efforts to improve land productivity and market opportunities for farmers will lead to higher incomes and livelihood opportunities including for off farm job creation.
4.Since August 2017, the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) implements the project named “Inclusive Decisions at Local Level (IDEAL-Rwanda 20172021)1” financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs through VNG International. The objective of IDEAL project in Rwanda is to strengthen local government that have broad based legitimacy and social cohesion in urbanizing districts. It is against this background that RALGA has planned to hire a local consultant to conduct the training of secondary cities BDE and agricultural and natural resource unit staff on rural urban agriculture sector value chain development strategy for job creation.
To enhance the capacity of secondary city districts technical staffs specifically BDEs plus agriculture and natural resource units on effective strategies to advance rural urban value chain development in the agri- business sub-sector hence stimulating employment and job creation for youth among others.
Assess existing capacities (technical expertise, tools and resources) of secondary city districts BDEs, Agriculture and Natural Resource units to foster rural urban value chain development in agri- business.
Identify the best suitable and adapted training materials in Agribusiness.
Conduct trainings for the selected BDEs, Agricultural and natural resources unit staff from all secondary cities.
III. Targeted beneficiaries
A baseline survey and consultative needs analysis were conducted in the six secondary cities, which exercise highlighted capacity gaps in the area of devising strategies to advance economic connectivity of the secondary cities, their hinterlands and other larger market under the agriculture sector value chain development so as to properly plan the urban migration and job creation especially for the youth.
The targeted beneficiaries of the planned training are primarily for each secondary city district the BDE staff whose work is closely related to the promotion of local economic development and off farm job promotion along with the District unit in charge of agro-business development: (i)the director of the BDE, SMEs and cooperative development officer, (iii) Investment
Promotion and financial service officer, (iv) Business development and employment promotion (Sector) and the (v) director of agriculture and natural resources.
IV. Assigned Tasks
The national consultant shall identify critical subjects of interest for the design of training materials (adapted to RALGA/LGI mode of delivery, user-friendly handouts, case studies, tools, etc) to be covered during a three-day training for secondary cities district technical units in charge of promoting productive and tradable agro-business related industries at the local level.
The consultant shall collect complementary primary and secondary data which is deemed useful for the assignment delivery from the sampled secondary cities District technical units and relevant stakeholders such as: RALGA, MINAGRI, MINALOC, MININFRA, etc so as to better analyze existing the gaps and design tailored training content.
In view of the above-mentioned requirements, the local consultant shall develop adapted training materials presenting key theories and case studies to be coupled with real case discussion/assignments for learning purposes. The training materials content must respond to the perceived competence gaps to be identified during the various consultation conducted by the consultant and best practices in agribusiness from elsewhere that can be adapted to the Rwandan
The consultant shall facilitate the training sessions.
V . Expected deliverables
An inception report with a detailed suitable methodology to consider aspects such as: adult learning, action learning, bloom taxonomy training model and Kirkpatrick evaluation method), list of resource information materials or interviews needed and the work plan with clear work breakdown structure and suggested structure of the training module or handout to be used;
Developed training materials to be used and the detailed training program (for each of the three days) which will be validated by RALGA management.
A final report (Training report).
B: all deliverables must be produced in English language.
VI. Requirement for the local consultant
Qualification and experience
The consultant must have a Master’s degree in Agribusiness, Agriculture economics, and Rural development with sound practical experience in the agriculture sector or a Bachelor degree in agriculture economics or agri-business with 10 years’ experience in this field.
The local consultant must have proven skills in producing training materials
The local consultant must demonstrate good understanding of the concept of secondary cities development
The local consultant should have had practical exposure to agri- business or agriculture value chains development
The offer (technical and financial proposals)
5.The local consultant will submit a technical proposal outlining:
His/her overall understanding of the assignment (critical analysis with inputs if deemed useful)
Copy of identity card or passport
Indicative methodology and work plan to guide the assignment
Comprehensive CV detailing professional pertinent experience and qualifications, focusing on skills and experience applicable to this task
A history of similar consultancies and assignments with relevant proof (2 certificates of good completion)
2.A financial proposal based on a clear work breakdown structure. The consultant fees shall be calculated in terms of man/work days. All due taxes must be considered in the price quotation. The financial quotation must clearly outline the price for core consultant fee to be separated from other reimbursable expenses or miscellaneous cost to be charged by the consultant (transport, communication, etc).
N.B: the currency of the price quotation is Rwandan Francs.
N.B: RALGA will cover hotel services related costs such as venue and meals.
VII.Period for the consulting services
The period of executing this assignment shall not exceed 20 working days effective from the time of signing the contract. The assignment is expected to be executed during the period extending from Mid-April until Mid-May 2019.
VIII. Evaluation criteria
Academic relevancies/qualifications (20points)
Relevance of the proposed methodology (30points)
At least 3 years of experience in the same domain (20points)
Provision of two certificates of completion of similar assignments (capacity building in similar domain) issued by a recognised institution (30 points).
Total points (100%)
IX. Selection methodology:
The minimum technical score required is 70%.
N.B: Selection method is Quality and Cost-based (QCBS). The procurement method to be used is competitive bidding (open tender).
This request for proposals is open to all interested and qualified consultants (publicized via RALGA website: www.ralga.rw and media outlets.
The local consultant fulfilling the above requirements shall address to RALGA Secretary General the technical and financial proposal and submit them to RALGA offices, in Masaka Sector, Kicukiro District, and P.O.Box 7249 Kigali — Rwanda.
The offer must comprise two (2) copies (one being marked as original while the other being marked as a copy) of the following:
A technical proposal with a submission letter signed
A financial proposal in a separate and sealed envelope
The deadline for submission of technical and financial proposals is 5th april 2019 at 2;00 pm. the opening of the technical proposals will take place thereafter at 2:30 P.M.