Development of AGRA Kenya Country Strategies Request for Proposal

Background
 
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an Africa-based and African-led organization working with our partners to catalyze change that rapidly and sustainably increases the productivity and incomes of poor smallholder farmers – most of whom are women – and achieves food security for Africa. 
AGRA’s Vision is “A food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid smallholder agricultural growth and transformation”. 
AGRA has translated its vision into three governing goals: reduce food insecurity by 50% in at least 20 countries by 2020; double incomes of 20 million smallholder families by 2020 and at least 15 countries put on the pathway for attaining and sustaining a green revolution. 
AGRA makes investments from its existing programs in seeds, soil health, markets and policy. 
Other programs or cross cutting areas such as gender and youth, water, extension, farmer organization support and Innovative Finance are incorporated into the existing programs.
 
AGRA is seeking the services of a consultant to facilitate the development of its strategy and implementation plan for Kenya.
 
The objectives of the proposed consultancy are:
  1. To review the landscape of the Kenya agriculture to understand the background of the agricultural sector in Kenya
  2. To conduct a gap analysis across value chains and geographies, with the needs of women and youth highlighted
  3. To determine the optimal engagement strategy for AGRA in Kenya
  4. To make strategic decisions for AGRA’s investments in Kenya and produce a strategic plan and implementation plans through a workshop.
The consultant will facilitate a 2-day workshop for key AGRA stakeholders (program staff and grantees) to decide on the most suitable investments (including effort versus impact analysis). 
The workshop will include a presentation of outputs from parts 1 & 2 of the strategic planning exercise.

Duration of the Consultancy and Timeframe for Key Deliverables:
 
Key Deliverables:-
  • To understand the background to the agricultural sector in Kenya
  • To conduct a gap analysis across value chains and geographies, with the needs of women and youth highlighted
  • To determine the optimal engagement strategy for AGRA in Kenya
  • To make strategic decisions for AGRA’s investments in Kenya and produce a strategic plan and implementation plans
The assignment should take 25 consultancy days and the report submitted within a period of 60 days from the start date.
 
Required Qualifications:
  • At least a Masters Degree, PhD preferred, in Rural development, Economics or related field
  • Minimum 10 years of working experience in agriculture and rural development programs in Africa
  • Proven experience working on consultancies of a similar nature
  • Familiarity with and experience in agricultural value chain stakeholders in Africa
  • Familiarity with and experience in results frameworks
  • Ability to produce well written strategy documents in English
How to Apply:
 
Interested candidates should submit 4 -5 pages proposal entitled: “Development of AGRA-Kenya Strategy”, and CV to AGRA at this email address: strategy@agra.org. 
The proposal should contain the following elements:
  • Approach and methodology
  • The work plan that includes a generic time frame for completing the assignment
  • Cost for undertaking the assignment
 A detailed TOR can be found at www.agra-alliance.org under Special Announcements.
 
This request for proposal (RFP) does not constitute a solicitation. AGRA reserves the right to change or cancel the requirements at any time during RFP and/or solicitation process. 
Submission of a reply to this RFP does not automatically guarantee that such a firm will be considered for receipt of the solicitation when issued. 
Only vendors deemed qualified upon completion of an objective evaluation of their submission of RFP, will receive the final tender solicitation documents.
 
Contact person: Receptionist
 
Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 27th July 2012
 
Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification
 


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