The 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. 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:
i. Green Growth Development which entails promotion of Resource Efficient, Clean and Climate Sensitive Technologies & Solutions,
ii. Enterprise Development that involves market development for MSMEs through a value chain approach to enhance effectiveness and
iii. Value Chain Development that encompasses an all-inclusive and holistic View of the Micro-Enterprise as they engage with upstream and downstream stakeholders.
Currently, MESPT is implementing the DANIDA Country Programme dubbed the Green Growth and Employment Programme 2016-2020 whose thematic objective is “Inclusive greener growth with higher employment” being achieved by focusing support on sustainable growth/jobs from investment/trade and Sustainable use of natural resources and community resilience. Under these two intervention areas, MESPT is committed in carrying out green growth initiatives in its selection value chains. Among these will be initiatives geared to promoting consistent access to irrigation water aimed at enhancing production and productivity levels.
2. Rationale of the assignment **
Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) form the backbone of many economies. Sustainable market being the key promoter on production, MSMEs have been facing challenges on quality and quantity production that meets required global market standards for sustainable markets. To ensure sustainability of MESPT’s investments in MSME certifications, training and certifying farmer Assurer on global gap to take up the role of assuring that the standards and requirements are met and maintained at a low cost affordable by MSMEs is critical. In this regard, MESPT will support the training of Farmer Assurers who will support the farmer groups beyond the life of the Programme in maintaining the quality management systems and Global GAP certifications requirements are met.
GLOBAL GAP CERTIFICATION
GLOBALG.A. P is a private sector body that sets out voluntary standards for certification of Good Agricultural Production around the globe. It is an equal partnership of agricultural producers and retailers that established certification standards and procedures for GLOBALG.A. P.
Global Gap (EurepGap) stands for the requirements that are made on a worldwide level of agricultural and market gardening businesses in terms of food safety, shelf life and quality. European supermarket organizations anxious to satisfy consumers' needs for improved safety of agricultural and market gardening products took the initiative of harmonizing the conditions laid down for fresh products delivered by their suppliers. Global Gap lays down the minimum standards, which production must comply with in order to be accepted by the major supermarket chains. Global Gap is squarely intended to boost consumer confidence in the quality and safety of food. In addition, EurepGAP serves to demonstrate that the products on offer are produced with due respect for the interests of workers, the environment and natural resources. Currently global gap version 5.2 is required to be met by all producers and needs to be adopted by the market players to remain in business hence need for Farmer Assurers to assist the producers to adequately meet the market trends/requirements.
3. Objective of the consultancy
The consultancy is expected to facilitate farmer assurer trainings to 25 selected trainees to enable them to get involved in QMS development, training farmers, preparing check lists, doing internal inspections for successful external audits of producer groups by accredited certification firms.
4. Scope of the assignment **
As will be expressed in the contract, at least 25 farm assurers drawn from MESPT partnering SMEs, and service providers supporting producer groups/cooperatives in Nakuru, Embu, Taita Taveta, Makueni and Kilifi regions will be supported. Specifically, it is expected that the trainees will be taken through the following modules:
5. Scope of the assignment
As will be expressed in the contract, at least 25 farm assurers drawn from SMEs, SPS supporting producer groups/cooperative in Nakuru, Embu, Taita Taveta, Makueni and Kilifi regions will be supported. The Trainees will be drawn as per below table
Regions & Number
Number of SPS
Taita Region - 5
Makueni region - 5
Embu Region - 5
Nakuru region - 5
Kilifi Region - 5
Total - 25
It is expected that the trainees will be taken through the following modules:
1. FARM ASSURER WORKSHOP TOPICS
· Module 1: Introduction
· Module 2: Overview of GLOBALG.A.P.
· Module 3: General Regulations/Crop Rules
· Module 4: Control Points & Compliance Criteria-All Farm Base Module
· Module 5: Control Points & Compliance Criteria-Crops Base Module
· Module 6: Control Points & Compliance Criteria-Fruit and Vegetables Module
2. INTERNAL INSPECTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP TOPICS
· Purpose of Internal Inspectors and Auditors
· Inspection Techniques and Methods
· Inspection Process
· Inspection Process of subcontracted Activities
· Inspection Report
· Follow up of Inspection
3. QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, QMS WORKSHOP TOPICS
· Introduction to GLOBAL GAP
· Certification Options
· Requirement for GLOBAL GAP, QMS
· Assessment Process (Registration-Assessment-Certification)
6. Level of input
All activities of the consultancy will be completed over a period of 20 days from the date of the official signing of the contract to undertake the consultancy.
7. Schedule of Deliveries and Reports
- Firming Up of the Approach and Methodology for the training
Training program and materials - 5 days
Actual training and development of draft report, Attendance sheet and draft report - 10 days
Development of final report & Presentation to MESPT
· Final report submitted in hard bound copy and electronic version (2 CDs) including the following: -
· Concise presentation of the training sessions content(s) applied methods and key discussions.
· Conclusions and recommendations based on lessons learned for future interventions; Training programme, evaluation forms filled in by participants, participant list(s); other relevant materials - 5 days
Total - 20 days
A report shall be submitted to MESPT including certificates for the trainees. The consultant/firm will work closely with MESPTs VCOs.
The Consultant/firm will be paid in accordance with MESPT guidelines. MESPT will also prepare a detailed contract for the exercise and will retain 5% Withholding Tax as required by Kenya Revenue Authority.
10. Payment Plan
The payment plan to the consultant/firm will be as follows: -
a) 30% upon presentation of an inception report and implementation plan.
b) 30% upon completion of the training and submission of an acceptable draft training report.
c) 40% upon submission of the final report and certificate
11. Ownership and Beneficiaries of the reports
Any and all documents produced under this assignment shall be the sole property of MESPT and may be used for any purpose whatsoever without the need to consult with the author.
12. Qualification and Competencies
The expert/firm will be expected to meet the following: -
Educational attainment in GLOBAL GAP certification/business course and relevant technical experience. (TOT certificate will be an added advantage)
At least a bachelor’s degree preferably in the area of specialization (market standards)**
In-depth knowledge and experience in Training farm assurers/Lead Auditors as well as Accredited/approved Globally