TechnoServe Consultancy for the Support of Training Extension and Project Staff on Post Harvest Losses and Review of the Learning of the Yield Wise Training Material

Consultancy for the Support of Training Extension and Project Staff on Post Harvest Losses and Carry out Comprehensive Review of the Learning of the Yield Wise Training Material

Organization: Technoserve
 
Country: Kenya
 
Closing date: 25 May 2016

Introduction: TechnoServe works with local and global stakeholders to build competitive farms, businesses and industries in a dozen of the worlds emerging economies throughout Africa, Latin America and India. 

 

It is an International Non Profit that promotes business solutions to poverty by connecting enterprising people to information, partners and markets. With more than four decades of measurable results. 
Technoserve believes in the power of private enterprise to transform lives. Its programs are designed to develop capacity for individuals and businesses, strengthen market systems and facilitate scalability of emerging industries. 
This work creates sustainable economic growth that helps low income people improve their lives and secure a better future for their families.

TechnoServe (TNS)/Kenya has operated in Kenya since 1973 and currently focuses on four growth-oriented opportunities: coffee, dairy, horticulture, and broad-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs).  
TechnoServe/Kenya has worked with over 500 SMEs to provide technical assistance and facilitate access to markets, technology, and finance.  
TNS has developed a broad network of local private sector partners promoting SME development to accelerate the growth and competitiveness of agro-SMEs and to reduce poverty in Kenya.
 
Background: In July 2015, The Rockefeller Foundation and TechnoServe launched YieldWise (Reducing post-harvest food loss for African farmers: https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/initiatives/yieldwise/) with the objective to reduce loss rates across the mango value chain in Kenya through increased access to quality-improving technologies and strengthened linkages to anchor and alternative buyers. 
Ultimately, this will lead to improved farmer income and strengthened economic, environmental and social viability of the industry. 
Activities related to technologies, driving market demand, training and aggregation, financing and measurement have been carried out since the start of the project. 
Currently, the project runs under the name YieldWise which reinforces the market facilitation concept of fostering relationships between various actors in the Mango value chain. 
These relationships are geared towards increasing technology uptake to avert pre, harvest and post-harvest losses, access to markets and financial access.
 
Scope of Work
 
Duration: 10 days (Between May and June 2016)
 
General Objectives: To provide technical support in training extension and Project staff on (post-harvest losses) PHL, carry out comprehensive review of the learning of the yield wise training material.
 
a. Specific objectives:
 
i. Conduct PHL training to Community Extension service providers (CESP) and TNS field  to cover the following:
 
a. Practices contributing  to mango PHL
 
b. Practical Solutions that reduce mango PHL
 
ii. Review of mango PHL training protocols provided by TNS, including agronomy aspects, and good agricultural practices.
 
iii. Development of detailed and structured report assessing the various aspects of training protocol and providing clear guidelines in English on what, if any, changes are recommended to make it more practical and easy understanding to farmers.

Deliverables

  • Detailed report containing review of both protocols and suggested changes
  • Participate in two day Curriculum review on the Mango value chain
  • Conduct 1 day training to TNS extension staff
  • Develop training and Evaluation report
  • Maximum period for delivery  –  10 days
Skills Required
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding mango Value chain.
  • PHD/Master’s Degree in Agribusiness, Horticulture, Food Technology or other related fields.
  • Over 15 years’ experience in the field of fruit post-harvest handling
  • Demonstrated expertise in the field of developing training protocols
  • Demonstrated expertise in working with smallholders
  • Proven ability to work independently, delivering high-quality end products
  • Proficiency in written English and spoken English
  • Good presentation skills 
Impact: We anticipate that at the completion of the work, all CESP and TNS staff will implement practical training on Mango PHLs to the participating farmers in line with project broad objectives of reducing PHL by 20% in two years. 
 
How to Apply
 
This position is open to Kenyan Nationals Only

Interested and Eligible candidates should submit a detailed Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Technical and Financial Proposal to the following email address:

kenyaprocurement@tns.org

with subject heading  “Training for Post Harvest Losses”

The deadline for application is 25th May 2016

Only successful consultant shall be contacted

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