The VCDP hereby invites eligible/qualified individual consultants to express interest in offering the services below:

Job Title: Market Enterprise and Development Consultant

Locations: Abuja, Enugu, Nasarrawa or Kogi

Programme Summary

  • The VCDP is an investment programme presently being implemented in the six states of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Ogun, Niger and Taraba. Three additional states of Kogi, Nasarrawa and Enugu are to further participate in the programme.

The programme includes the following components:

  • Agricultural Market Development which includes Support to value addition and market linkages, Support to market infrastructure):
  • Small Holders Production Enhancement which includes (Support to farmers organization and Support to small holders production) and
  • Programme Management and Coordination.

The VCDP intends to expand/ update her data base of individual consultants. Eligible individual consultants are invited to indicate interest in working for the programme at any off:

  • National Programme Management Unit, Abuja
  • Enugu State Programme Management Unit, Enugu
  • Nasarrawa State Programme Management Unit, Keffi.
  • Kogi State Programme Management Unit, Lokoja

Programme Objective and Target
The Programme’s objective is that the incomes and food security of poor rural households engaged in production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava in the Programme Area are enhanced on a sustainable basis.

The primary target groups are:

  • Poor rural households engaged in the cassava and rice value chains (VCs) who cultivate not more than 5 hectares of land under rice/cassava); and
  • Small-scale processors (processing capacity of an average of 2 MT/day for cassava and 4 MT/day for rice) and traders, with emphasis on women and youth.

The secondary target groups include:

  • Downstream stakeholders, particularly processors Linked to a large number of the primary target groups;
  • Local government councils (LGAs) and communities strengthened to sustainably manage the marketing infrastructures supported by the Programme; and
  • Private sector operators strengthened to provide quality services demanded by smallholder farmers and processors.

The Specific Task in this Area Include

  • Undertake comprehensive assessment of existing Agricultural Market Information among the value chain operators in each of the participating states under the VCDP programme. Train farmers, processors, and marketers in accessing and the use of Market Information System.
  • Develop Market Entry Strategies for products of the Value Chain
  • Conduct capacity building for producers, processors and marketers of the value chain on product development and market access to ensure compliance with market requirements –
  • Identify market opportunities both local and international for products of the value chain. Render capacity building services.
  • Develop branding and packaging for value chain products (rice and Cassava)
  • Identify and organise national and international study tours for value chain operators to understudy best practices
  • Undertake export readiness audit of value chain operators with a view to exposing them to the export market.
  • Conduct capacity building programme on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP),Good storage practices ((iSP) and Good warehousing practices(GWP) for farmers processors and marketers in the value chain in each of the participating state.
  • Conduct need assessment of VC Operators in business management techniques part of (VCAP Preparation)
  • Train and build the capacity of YC operators in ( organizations and Individuals) in registration, organization/financial management, Preparation of Business plan and assessment of Matching grant,
  • Prepare commodity specific value chain action plan (VCAP) for rice and cassava (xi) Broker linkage between VC operators and financial institutions.

Qualification and Experience
The requisite qualifications of the Individual Consultant shall include the following:

  • A first degree in Economics or Business Administration or Marketing (or equivalent) and be computer literate. Holder of an advanced degree in relevant field will be an added advantage
  • Ten (10) years minimum experience in the field or marketing and agribusiness with the private or public sector
  • Good communication and training skills;
  • Proven track record in product and market development issues with capacity to handle transactions from farm-gate to contract deliveries, and ability to motivate, inspire and achieve results will be an added advantage;

Criteria for Evaluation
The Following criteria will be used in evaluating the individual consultants:

  • General-Education, Qualification, Membership of Professional bodies
  • Specific Experience related to assignment
  • Participation in similar assignments in IFAD and other donor projects
  • Adequate knowledge of the terrain/environment.
  • Eligible Individual Consultants should submit their detailed curriculum vitae with covering letter indicating area of interest.

Application Closing Date
12pm; 18th September, 2019.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit two hard copies (by hand or post) of their Expression of Interest (EOI) in sealed envelopes with the interested area of specialization clearly marked on the top left-hand corner of the envelope. This submission should be addressed to the undersigned at the stipulated addresses below:
The National Programme Coordinator,
FGNIIFAD Value Chain Development Programme,
4, Batna Close, Off Agadez Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.

Office of the Permanent Secretary,
Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture, Enugu.

Office of the Permanent Secretary,
Nassarrawa State Ministry of Agriculture, Nassarrawa

Office of the Permanent Secretary,
Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture, Lokoja.


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