Micro-Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT), has since the year 2002 developed a niche in supporting the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises by providing integrated business solutions for sustainable development. The Trust is a multi-donor entity jointly founded by the Government of Kenya and the European Union who later relinquished their position to the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA). Through its vision of being the leading and preferred provider of resources for the development of enterprises, MESPT is anchored on three (3) pillars namely:
- Green Growth Development
Promotion of Resource Efficient, Clean and Climate Sensitive Technologies & Solutions
- Enterprise Development
Market Development for MSMEs through a value chain approach to enhance effectiveness
- Value Chain Development
All-inclusive and holistic View of the Micro-Enterprise as they engage with upstream and downstream stakeholders.
About AgriFI Programme
AGRIFI programme is an EU-Danida funded Programme whose objective is to support production initiatives for smallholder farmers that are adaptive to the changing climate and market requirements. The 5-year programme runs from 2018 to 2022 where MESPT is the Implementing Partner two (for Result Areas II and III) of the overall programme that has four Results Areas.
Result area II of the project seeks to strengthen the capacities of actors along selected value chains through the Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education Training (ATVET) system approach. To ensure compliance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) measures by the counties, the responsible inspectors and certifiers need to be empowered and equipped with proper knowledge and tools to regulate SPS compliance of dairy, horticulture (with special focus on beans, mango and avocado) and aquaculture produce. Activities under the result area inter alia include supporting upgrading, development and upscaling of agricultural value chain-based training curriculums under the ATVETs.
Under result area III the project seeks to increase the capacity of the private sector and the selected counties to implement and enforce standards on animal health, food safety and plant health. Whereas Kenya has high potential for commercial dairy, fruit, aquaculture and vegetable production for domestic and export market, accessing international markets, Kenyan products must comply with sanitary and phytosanitary standards. Due to the lack of awareness of the social, environmental, and economic costs of poor Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards compliance, many producers do not implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) that would mitigate SPS issues. Therefore, Kenyan horticultural market must strengthen their regulations in complying with sanitary and phytosanitary standards. Activities under the result area II will include translation of sanitary and phytosanitary regulations for value-chains supported under result area II into user-friendly sector guidelines tools and practices for use by the sector; training private and public sector on sanitary and phytosanitary regulations and food and animal safety requirements and supporting the development of quality management systems.
The programme is being implemented in thirteen (13) counties. These counties will be supported in testing, surveillance and enforcement of SPS regulations. Broadly, the project will strengthen the capacities of value chain actors, bolstering commercial farming and improving food security and safety.
Generally, it is expected that the programme will demonstrate the existing potential in the enhancement of food safety systems as well as the ATVET model in order to trigger investment from both the public (especially the counties) and the private sector.
In numerical terms, the Programme intends to achieve the following results:
i. 4 curricula reviewed and Training and Learning guides developed, addressing food safety, animal and plant health
ii. At least 10,000-value chain actors (drawn from 13 counties) trained broadly in selected value chains
iii. 2,500 trained specifically in SPS
iv. At least 300 ToTs trained in both broad value chain curriculum as well as on SPS
v. 13 Counties strengthened with tailored capacity to enable them to establish and operationalize SPS enforcement systems.
Ultimately, the above is expected to increase productivity of the selected Value Chains, improve food safety systems and increase access to both local and export markets.
2.0. CONSULTANCY PURPOSE
Result area II of the programme that seeks to strengthen the capacities of actors along selected value chains through ATVET system approach. In reference to this, the programme intends to carry out a capacity building exercise for value chain actors (VCAs) including private sector/industry players along Dairy, Aquaculture and Horticulture value chains on the already developed food safety/SPS Self-Assessment Guides (SAGs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The goal is to aid the VCAs understand and adopt these tools in their fundamental routine operations at every stage of the value chain i.e. at production, harvesting, transport, packaging, processing and distribution of food products. This will eventually let the actors take direct ownership of carrying out regular self-checks (self-audits) and operate withing standard/acceptable principles that enhance compliance to SPS/food safety and consumer protection.
MESPT is therefore looking for a highly motivated and experienced consultant/team of consultants to undertake this assignment.
3.0. SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT
The assignment will involve training of value chain actors, including private sector in three (3) value chains namely Dairy, Aquaculture and Horticulture (beans, mango and avocado).
The exercise will be conducted in thirteen (13) counties of AgriFI Food safety focus namely Bungoma, Kakamega, Kisii, Migori, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Meru, Embu, Machakos, Makueni and Kilifi.
4.0. KEY TASKS OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The following activities informs the key tasks of the assignment: -
In close consultation with designated MESPT officers, the consultant will formulate a working methodology, detailing the key tasks over the training period.
Read, understand and develop content for training to enhance adoption of the developed SAGs and SOPs by VCAs, in a simple, practical and cost-effective manner. MESPT will provide these SAGs and SOPs.
Train the actors on using the procedures in the SOPs
Train the actors on carrying out self-checks towards compliance with food safety. The Programme will be in-charge of mobilization of trainees, training venues and logistics.
The following are the key deliverables for the assignment:
a) Train value chain actors including Private Sector Lead Firms across 13 counties as determined by the Food Safety Committees (CFSC) for the respective counties.
b) Soft copies of training materials (e.g. PowerPoint etc) to be used in the exercise
c) Training reports delivered to MESPT
6.0 ASSIGNMENT’S TIMELINE AND PAYMENT PLAN
The assignment is expected to commence in March 2020 and be completed by August 2020.
The consultant/team of consultants are requested to quote a professional fee and other related costs to this assignment.
The payment plan to the consultant is planned as follows:
a) 30% upon mobilization of the assignment and presentation of an inception report and work plan
b) 40% upon facilitation and presentation of training reports for the first six (6) counties
c) 30% upon presenting and acceptance of the final reports for all the counties
7.0 CONSULTANT-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP
During implementation of this assignment, periodic briefing to AgriFI programme manager and/or value chain project officers will be required.
8.0 DESIRED PROFILE (QUALIFICATION AND COMPETENCIES) OF THE CONSULTANT/CONSULTING TEAM
a) A mix of competencies in the areas of SPS, training and subject matter expertise in the value chains of focus
b) Previous experience in training using food Standard Operating Procedures and/or Self-Assessment Guides experience in offering strategic support to food industry
c) Demonstrate a close working relationship with the mentioned value chain players for at least three (3) years
d) Experience in food safety research and compliance training/consulting in any of the mentioned value chains