To achieve its objective , the project will address a set of closely linked constraints that include:
- low productivity of livestock agriculture and limited engagement of pastoralists in value addition activities;
- lack of adequate preparedness of pastoralist communities in dealing with climate shocks;
- limited use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) solutions in critical cross-border livestock value chain nodes;
- weak bargaining capacity of livestock keepers in (Informal Cross Border Livestock Trade) ICBLT and limited market diversification opportunities; and
- limited understanding of the role of ICBLT in pastoral livelihoods and in subnational economies.
The project is now seeking to recruit qualified consultant to undertake a rapid assessment on Availability and Use of ICT based solutions by the Pastoralists Livestock Value Chain Actors across Western Pokot in Kenya and Karamojong in North Eastern Uganda to inform its’ strategy for building resilient pastoral communities through ICLBT in the IGAD Region.
2. Scope of Work
- Review existing reports and documents relevant to the assignment,
- Assess the specific knowledge/information requirements of the livestock producers and key actors in terms of enhancing production and marketing of livestock and livestock products
- Identify the existing ICT based solutions at each node of the chain and map the actors involved in these initiatives (e.g. service and content providers)
- Assess the level of awareness about available ICT technologies, their accessibility and uptake by the actors in the pastoralists livestock value chain, with special focus on the producers (pastoralist- men and women), small traders (men and women) and processors within the project area.
- Capture and record innovative ICT solutions being used, or available to be used in the pastoralist’s livestock value chain, identifying best practices for rolling out and scaling up, with a special focus on usage among men and women.
- Identify and examine the obstacles to uptake and scaling-up of ICT for livestock production and marketing in the target areas
- Identify opportunities to promote awareness of the opportunities for ICT application and integration amongst the key actors along the value chain and in particular amongst the livestock producers, small traders and processors.
- Propose initiatives to accelerate the adoption and usage of ICT in the livestock value chain by the different actors along the value chain nodes.
- Inception report that includes methodology, work plan and data collection tools
- First draft of ICT rapid assessment report
- Presentation of the draft assessment report to IIRR and the project partners.
- Final ICT Assessment report in soft copy and one hardcopy
- At least a Masters Degree in business related disciplines, development studies or agricultural economics.
- At least 10 years’ experience in rural development with an understanding of pastoralist or herders systems including a good understanding of value chain development and the importance of ICT based solutions in improving production and marketing of livestock and livestock products.
- Good understanding of working in pastoral areas, with knowledge of working in the project area being an added advantage.
- Proven expertise in carrying out similar assessments, analysis and report writing.
- A proposal or template containing methodology to be used, a schedule or work plan for the assignment covering all activities to be carried out for fulfillment of the Scope of Works and a budget.
- An example – in soft copy – of similar work successfully carried out by the consultant in the recent past, the consultant’s CV and references
- Any other relevant information substantiating the ability of the consultant to carry out this ToR effectively and efficiently,
Regional Human Resources Office, Nairobi.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.