Consultant (Small businesses value chain analysis)

Introduction

Save the Children is implementing the Tat Lan Plus project in Sittwe and Pauktaw Townships which aims at generating a “Reduction in stunting for children 0-23 months through improved nutrition security and ability to invest in nutrition for men, women, girls and boys in targeted households across all communities”. Tat Lan Plus is funded by the Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT).  Tat Lan Plus encompasses multi-sectoral and integrated nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions with communities living in villages, IDP camps and host villages under the following outcomes.

Under the project outcome 4 - “Targeted adult women & men, adolescent girls & boys have improved ability to invest all year round in their children’s nutrition and health – Tat Lan Plus will reach vulnerable households to provide them support to increase income and earning potential from fisheries related livelihoods.

Purpose of Consultancy

A nutrition sensitive market market mapping and value chain analysis will take place to identify ways in which poor households can overcome the main barriers that currently limit the income and earning potential from fisheries-related livelihoods. These barriers include: high transportation costs, collectors controlling prices, competition/market saturation, inability to store produce leading to spoilage, poor finances and debt, and natural resource limitations

 

The (nutrition sensitive) market mapping and value chain analysis will identify value addition activities, marketing channels and links to output markets, based on the following criteria:

 

  • Identifying which key products have the highest (predictable) demand and earning potential (crab, prawns, fish, fresh/dried/salted/paste/sauce, seaweed products etc.). Save the Children and the consultant will agree on the number of products to focus on, but this analysis is expected to focus on no more than three.
  • Identifying which practices (catch, processing, storage, marketing etc.) have greatest potential to increase produce quality and profit while meeting consumers’ demand. A particular expectation of the survey is to identify ways in which the nutrition value and the safety of the produce is maintained – or improved – throughout the value chain. Further consideration should also be put on identifying what potential fish produce could offer positive nutrition outcomes for pregnant and lactating women and children 6-23 months of age.
  • Providing an overview of natural resource limitations that may impact quality and profitability – e.g. reduction in viable catchment areas, overall lower fish population, smaller fish catches etc.
  • Identifying a range of viable output market actors (brokers, restaurants, hotels etc.)
  • Ensuring that there is a match betweenmarket expectations of quality and quantity, and producers’ production capacity to consistently meet these expectations
  • Identifying processes and/or inputs required to meet market specifications
  • Identifying transport requirements and costs for various output markets
  • Carrying out a cost-benefit-analysis of various options to identify income potential of various options against the production/transport costs and time investments
  • Part of market analysis will include marketing strategies to increase/create demand through community SBCC strategies and to improve supply and access (fishery pilot) of fish products to the most vulnerable. In particular, the analysis will provide clear recommendations on how to increase collective marketing actions.

 

Note: The above analysis should ensure that the differences of how each value chain functions in a village compared to a camp context are clearly articulated. 

 

Geographic coverage

The work will take place in Sittwe and Pauktaw townships and will require the consultant to travel to various locations across Sittwe and Pauktaw, including potentially IDPs locations. The selection of exact places to visit will be informed by former value chain surveys done in the areas and by discussions with project staff and other stakeholders (e.g. Department of Fisheries).

 

Methodology

This will be a mixed method study by design using qualitative techniques. Quantitative methods might be used as well, if deemed required. Detailed methods will be agreed between the consultants and Save the Children at the start of the consultancy, but are expected to follow the below guidelines:

 

  • Desk-based review: Review background documents on the project and on the geographic area, including other relevant literature. This process should also confirm any gaps in the literature. A particular emphasis will be to utilize former value chain studies and work done in Rakhine State.
  • Map and analyze what fishery related value chain actions are currently going-on in the selected or nearby geographic areas
  • Draft data collection instruments based on the information aimed at being collected. To be reviewed and agreed with Save the Children.
  • Develop a detailed activity plan to be agreed with Save the Children
  • Field consultations with actors of the entire selected value chains. Save the Children and the consultant will agree on the number of individuals to be met, but the sample should be evocative of the entire value chain and the diversity of locations targeted for implementation in terms of, amongst others, geography, main livelihoods, impacts of communal tensions and conflict, displacements.
  • Ensure that field consultations ensure equal participation of men and women. Clearly document gender norms alongside the selected value chains. Identify potential actions that could improve gender equality.
  • Ensure there are focus group discussions with adolescents/youth (15-21 years) to understand their perspectives and interest in the value chains being assessed.
  • Ensure that field consultations are conflict sensitive and Do No Harm
  • Gather opinions and positions of representatives from relevant offices of key Departments such as Department of Fisheries, Department of Rural Development etc.
  • Organize and conduct a workshop to share findings and recommendations with key project staff in Sittwe and/or Yangon. Validate field findings as necessary.
  • Prepare a report which includes: background and rationale for the study, detailed methodology, summary of findings, complete description of findings, recommendations to Save the Children in the perspective of Tat Lan Plus project implementation. Save the Children will provide the consultant with the project donor’s visibility requirements.

 

Field team and field work

The consultant is expected to carry out the field work on their own. However, Save the Children will discuss with the consultant the possibility to either have a translator or project staff joining to facilitate field work and ensure sex-separate group discussions and interviews can happen in the best possible manner. Logistics support will be provided by the project. The proposal should include, and will be reviewed based on, the below information

The proposal should include, and will be reviewed based on, the below information

Technical Approach

 

Outline the approach and methods proposed to carry out the work as per objectives, methods and deliverables specified

Description of the potential challenges or risks and mitigation measures that the applicant will undertake to overcome them.

Personnel

Description of qualifications and unique skillset, as well as balance and complementarity of skills within the team.

Provide a maximum three-page CV

Capacity and Past Performance

Description of offeror’s experience in conducting similar work in the region or globally (Attach relevant examples of research work completed)

Price Proposal

Price proposal should indicate professional fees, including level of people and number of days and out of pocket costs like travel, per diems, etc.

Proposed payment Terms:

To be discussed with the selected consultant

Reports to: Child Poverty Sector Lead or Child Poverty Head of Programme

Travel:

The work will require frequent travels, to Sittwe and Pauktaw townships. Travels will happen mainly by boat in Pauktaw township. Field work expected to overlap with the rainy season, which is often marked by heavy rains, localized floodings and overall challenging travel conditions.

Specifications: 

  • The consultant must have:
  • Experience conducting studies in Myanmar with qualitative methods that will be employed in this research, namely:
  • Desired former experience conducting study work on fishery value chains
  • Demonstrated capacity based on previous related work in the form of published materials, tools, reports, etc – the consultant will be asked to provide samples of previous work conducted
    • In-depth interviews
    • Focus group discussions
    • Key informant interviews
    • Actor mapping
    • Interviews with government departments personnel
    • Experience working in Rakhine State

 

Location: Rakhine State (Sittwe, Pauktaw townships), Myanmar

Contract - Part-Time

Closing date: Monday 26 August 2019

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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