Job Opportunities : Capacity Builder

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Since a decade, SNV Cameroon builds the capacity of actors in different value chains (including non-timber forest products, milk, maize, cocoa and others) to enhance sustainable production, improve marketing and increase incomes. To this end SNV provides advisory support to build the capacity of target groups. From 2014-2015, SNV with its partner IITA worked on the cocoa value chain through the "Cameroon Cocoa Eco Project" implemented in Konye and Ayos subdivisions in the South West and Center regions respectively. This project focused on intensification/diversification of cocoa production to achieve sustainability, introducing climate change and REDD+, cooperative development, market access and preparation of the next generation of cocoa farmers. The project achieved a number of outcomes and innovations that fit into the GIZ initiative on Green Innovations Center involving cocoa and other value chains. A new project title “Cocoa Business Service Centre Project” has been funded by GIZ to extend the interventions in Muyuka and Ngomedzap in the same regions. Specific interventions will still be intensified in old project sites. 

For the recruitment of local organizations to build the capacity of cocoa farmers Cooperatives in the commercialisation of processed cocoa products

Place: Center and South- West Regions of Cameroon

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is looking for a:

Capacity Builder (Agriculture) 

  1. Summary

Item

Description

Sector

Agriculture

Main deliverables

  1. Marketing of cocoa products
  2. Strengthen capacity of cooperatives in commercialization of  cocoa butter and cocoa powder

Date of call/Deadline

March 10th  2017 to March 24th 2017

Eligible applicants

Individual or Local Organisations/ Local Capacity Builders

  1. Context

Since a decade, SNV Cameroon builds the capacity of actors in different value chains (including non-timber forest products, milk, maize, cocoa and others) to enhance sustainable production, improve marketing and increase incomes. To this end SNV provides advisory support to build the capacity of target groups.

From 2014-2015, SNV with its partner IITA worked on the cocoa value chain through the "Cameroon Cocoa Eco Project" implemented in Konye and Ayos subdivisions in the South West and Center regions respectively. This project focused on intensification/diversification of cocoa production to achieve sustainability, introducing climate change and REDD+, cooperative development, market access and preparation of the next generation of cocoa farmers.  The project achieved a number of outcomes and innovations that fit into the GIZ initiative on Green Innovations Center involving cocoa and other value chains. A new project title “Cocoa Business Service Centre Project” has been funded by GIZ to extend the interventions in Muyuka and Ngomedzap in the same regions. Specific interventions will still be intensified in old project sites. The main components of the project are:

1. Cooperative development with focus on establishing cocoa business service centres and organisational/institutional development of cooperatives.

Following the market liberalisation of the cocoa sector, farmers’ cooperatives are compelled to function as business organisations to deliver market-based services to their members. The role and functioning of the cooperatives needs to adapt to the current dispensation of the markets. Many cooperatives are grappling with this process with very little success in many cases. Existing farmer’s cooperatives are poorly organised, and poorly equipped to serve their members. This component will sufficiently employ business principles and market-based approaches in cooperative development to enable cooperatives function as farmers-owned business enterprises.  Also a computerised and dynamic database titled ‘sweet cocoa’ will be established.

2. Cocoa processing and marketing by cooperatives encompasses the establishment of cocoa processing units, solar dryers, and fermentation stations accompanied by capacity building for the establishments. A vast proportion of cocoa produced is sold by farmer cooperatives in the form of beans while processing is done by multinational companies from overseas. This presents a loss of opportunities for producers, and other local actors, to add value, ameliorate incomes and gain employment. Youth and women in cooperatives will be trained and accompanied in the marketing of cocoa products. The extent of this demand and the requirements of the market is however unknown. A market analysis is critical to inform the development/orientation of cocoa processing and marketing by cooperatives. A market study will equally be carried out in target regions.

  1. Market linkage involves access to markets for financing, inputs and cocoa beans.

Market liberalisation meant that farmers’ cooperative had to acquire inputs through market mechanisms. Access to market services has often been a fundamental challenge in this process. Inputs and financing are not often affordable by farmers especially during the critical farming period hence they often resort to market intermediaries (coxeurs) and are often prone to exploitation. Most financial institutions are unwilling to serve farmers whom they consider as high risk. Farmers earn below optimum prices for cocoa sales because of limited exposure to market opportunities, weak negotiations and poor cocoa quality.  This component will reinforce access to appropriate financing, inputs and profitable markets. Cocoa quality improvement is a key sub-component under market linkage.

  1. Nutrition component focuses on ensuring healthy cocoa farming families.

Good health is in itself important and contributes to increased production, cocoa being a highly labour intensive.  The project will determine the nutritional status of the target cocoa communities through a nutrition survey based on determining the dietary diversity scores of farmers.

  1. Leadership

Currently cocoa farming and cocoa organizations are dominated by men, most of them of the older generation. The project seeks to facilitate integration of women and youth in cocoa farming and cocoa farmers’ organizations is by trainings and inter-generational/gender dialogue.

This invitation to tender is for the selection of local capacity builders having the necessary skills to assist cooperatives in Marketing Cocoa processed products.

  1.  Responsibilities

Collaboration between SNV Cameroon and the selected LCB aims to improve the incomes of cocoa farmers of cocoa cooperatives through the marketing of cocoa products. The LCB will have the following responsibilities:

  • Strengthen the capacity of cooperatives in the marketing of  cocoa products (butter, and cocoa powder ),
  • Strengthen the capacity of cooperatives to identify, research, and contact prospective customers and build positive relationships that will generate future sales for the cooperatives
  • Strengthen the  capacity of cooperatives in negotiating  prices and delivery times within limits of authority and conclude sales orders to meet revenue targets
  • Develop a communicational strategy to increase the cooperatives presence in the market.
  • Develop the capacity of cooperative members in adopting appropriate sales strategies through the identification of specific distribution/1sales for cocoa processed products
  • Identify and propose appropriate packaging materials for the commercialization of  cooperatives products
  • Facilitate the organization of business to business (B2B) events for the cooperatives
  • Facilitate cooperatives in their organization and participation in sales/trade exhibitions of their products
  • Facilitate cooperatives to establish annual, quarterly, monthly, or weekly sales plans and prioritize and schedule activities so these targets are met. 
  1. The LCB offer

LCBs are invited to prepare a technical and financial proposal for achieving this assignment. Interested LCBs should submit a tender in two parts:

Part 1: Technical proposal

  • A letter of motivation
  • An understanding of the terms of reference
  • An approach and methodology to achieve the results listed in section II.2
  • An action plan of the main activities starting Mid-April and ending in October 2017 at the latest
  • Any other suggestions to facilitate the smooth running of the mission
  • A CV (maximum 4 pages) highlighting relevant LCB experience

Part 2:  Financial offer

  • The honorarium of the LCB (amount/day)

NB:  All other charges will be applied according to the internal procedures of SNV.

  1. Level of Effort : The maximum number of days is 50 days
     
  2. LCB Profile: Local organizations interested in this call should have the following profile;
  • Qualification (BAC + ...) in Marketing, business or any related field
  • Good experience/knowledge in the field of Agri-trade particularly cocoa products.
  • Relationship Building – actively seeks collaboration with others.
  • Good network of cocoa actors including major national and international cocoa buying companies
  • Good knowledge of the project site, context and local language
  • Proven experience in facilitation, training and accompaniment of farmers’ organizations.
  • Sensitivity to issues around promoting women, youth and minorities.
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office Suite and ability to generate quality reports.
     
  1. Application

Local organizations interested in this tender are invited to submit their application before March 24th 2017, by email to recruitmentcm@snvworld.org and mbateyagbor@snvworld.org mentioning “CBSC–LCB-01/2017_Marketing cocoa products” in the subject heading. The application will include the following:

  • An interpretation of the term of reference (TOR)
  • Technical and financial proposals with a maximum person-days mentioned above for the implementation of all activities for the component.
  • The LCB profile, referring to the points listed in section 6 above
  • CV(s) of the person(s) proposed to be involved in the activities
     
  1. Additional information

SNV has no commitment with the tenderer related to the time invested in the preparation and submission of a bid. Costs including those related to accommodation and per diem are supported by SNV in accordance with its internal procedures. Similarly, expenses related to running of trainings/workshops are also not included in the LCB offer. The LCB financial bid shall only indicate the unit price and the total amount of LCB fees.                        

N.B: Only selected candidates will be contacted

Want to know more

Should you have questions about this vacancy prior to submitting your application, please contact our HR department via mobility@snv.org.

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