VSF Germany Consultancy for Animal Production Strategy Development

Veterinaires Sans Frontiers Germany (VSF Germany)

Terms of Reference

Consultancy to Develop a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Strategic Plan for the Department of Livestock Production and Development in Somaliland

1.0 Background: The economy of Somaliland mainly depends on livestock production, which has historically and culturally been the mainstay of livelihood for the majority of the people.

The livestock production system in Somaliland is predominantly pastoral and agro-pastoral, employing over 70% of the population, contributes 60% of the GDP and about 85% of foreign export earnings.

Livestock is the source of livelihood for pastoralists, contributes to the Government revenues, and provides employment to a wide range of professionals and other service providers. Somaliland has a long history of live animal export to the Arabian Gulf states through Berbera port on the Red Sea.

In the past several decades, however, these exports have been disrupted by two embargos imposed by Saudi Arabia due to suspect of Rift Valley Fever. The bans have adversely affected the incomes and livelihoods of pastoralist families and the national economy in general for nearly a decade.

In spite of these setbacks, livestock continues to be the major repository of individual and national wealth in Somaliland. The main livestock export markets are in the oil-rich countries of the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, in particular. Sheep and goats were exported in the large numbers before the second livestock ban of 2000.

During the ban, remittances from abroad became the backbone of Somaliland’s economy, contributing up to 35% of the total income (Source MNP&D). Since the end of the ban, exports of livestock have recovered to become a major economic activity again.

The export recovered as these figures show in 2012 the export of animals were 3,505,050 million heads of animals, in 2013 total exported animals were 3,140,495 heads and in 2015 the total number of animals exported were 3,157,389 heads including sheep, goats, cattle and camels. (Source. Ministry of Livestock, 2016).

The Ministry of Livestock (MoL) was established in 1993, it consists of six Departments, including Department of Animal Production, Department, Animal Health, Marketing, Planning, Human Resource and Admin and Finance. It continues to address technical, financial and human resources gaps at central, regional and district levels.

Of importance, the Ministry has prioritized the development of policies that will enable it to fulfill its mandate. It has been doubtless that the requirements of the livestock importing countries were increasing.

The Ministry achieved development of Policies and regulatory framework, including the National Veterinary Code, 2006, The National Livestock Policy, 2006, Animal Welfare Code, Meat Inspection and Control Act and Dairy Act, National Development Plan I and NDPII.

There are livestock marketing infrastructure, including Livestock Export Quarantines, slaughterhouses and Animal Health Posts. There are private sector led enterprises in the peri-urban areas of the country which are at growing level which consist of camel dairy farms, poultry farms and animal fattening farms.

The Ministry of Livestock is responsible the coordination of all partners and other stakeholders working in the livestock sector including FAO, GIZ, AU-IBAR, World Vision, ICIPE, IFAD,DAI-PIMS, VSF-Germany,Terra Nuova, the line Ministries and agencies in the natural Resource Domain and the private sector.

Hence the development of clear and proper Public and Private Partnership strategy on the Animal production will certainly improve livestock services, increase production, address food safety problems, and enhance marketing livestock products.


2.1 Overall Objective: In collaboration with the different partners and institutions engaged in the livestock sector, the Task force, the private sector and other concerned government departments, the consultant will guide public and private sector stakeholders in the design of Public private partnership strategy (PPP)in Animal production sector that will help identify priorities for medium and long term support, and investment in Somaliland in order to increase the output of all types of livestock and poultry products with emphasis on value addition of products and livestock services.

2.2 Specific Objectives

  • To review the existing policies and regulations in the Animal production sector and identify the gaps for improvement.
  • To enhance stakeholder partnership and institutional network capacity for managing Animal production projects and infrastructures including milk and meat markets and slaughterhouses.
  • Based on this a development of a 5-year PPP strategy to achieve the goals defined by the stakeholder with special emphasis on MoL


The scope of work for the Consultant will include but not limited to:

  • Review thoroughly the history, vision, mission, policies and recent work of the Department of Livestock Production and Development to date. This will be done through meetings and workshops with relevant staff/ board and committee members, and all stakeholders involved in livestock production and development, and all documents produced to date.
  • Consultative meetings with stakeholders in the livestock sector.
  • Stakeholders’ analysis at regional level (who are the key actors in livestock production, regulation and development and what are their roles) and existing partnership arrangements.
  • Identify the drivers of livestock production and development at regional level.
  • Technical organization of the consultation workshop with stakeholders focusing on the actual situation of animal production and in a broader perspective.
  • To prepare a report that provides description and analysis of evidence on the present situation of livestock production. The report should analyze how the livestock production and development situation affects: food security, livelihoods, poverty reduction and economic growth. Additionally, the report should give analysis of different stakeholders with special emphasis on the MoL.
  • The requirements for the 5-year PPP plan should include the feasibility analysis about the aims and state the infrastructural and instrumental requirements. The report shall contain an appreciable amount of statistics on livestock in the regions of Somaliland.
  • Develop a 5-year strategy to achieve the goals/developments defined by the stakeholders in the workshop. This strategy should specify different actors on different levels – from pastoral and agro-pastoral production to the governmental and legal level – and their roles and involvement.
  • The report and the 5-year PPP in Animal Production strategy will be reviewed by the task force team. The consultant shall revise the draft based on the feedback from the task force team and subsequently present the draft FINAL report and strategy at the validation workshop.
  • The Consultant shall review the draft report based on the feedback received from the Validation Workshop.
  • Complete final report and strategy ready for approval and distribution


  • An inception report – giving provide details on the methods and tools to be used and the work plan.
  • Draft Animal production and public private partnership strategy that clearly addresses the terms of reference described above which will be validated by the policy development task force and Project management.
  • A five-year strategic plan including results and a framework for resources acquisition.
  • Report on the process including stakeholder consultations and workshops.


The total duration of the consultancy will be 30 days starting from the date of the award of contract.

In case the consultant is from outside: Within these 30 days at least 20 days (15 days for desk review, stakeholder analysis and a workshop and 15 days for winding up the reports and validation workshop).


  • In this assignment, MoL and VSF Germany expect the consultant(s) to employ both quantitative and qualitative methods for collection of data/information, using participatory tools and techniques.
  • Comprehensive desk review of all relevant documents i.e. related literature, to understand the link between project proposal and related Government Policy documents to facilitate the needs of public institutions responsible the regulation of livestock production.
  • The consultant(s) will interact with staff of VSFG, MoL and other stakeholders on a sample basis.
  • For qualitative survey the participants should be key informants from all sections of key stakeholders (e.g. community members, policy makers of relevant departments, government service providers, NGOs).


  • The Consultant will report directly to the Ministry of Livestock and the focal person of VSF Germany.
  • The MoL Director of Planning and VSF G Project Manager will be the contact persons for the duration of the assignment, and they will provide relevant background documents necessary for the assignment.


  • Minimum a Master’s degree in Agricultural economics, Livestock Production, Public Policy, Development Studies or other related fields.
  • At least five years professional experience in strategic planning and management.
  • Prior working experience on decentralization issues is an added advantage
  • Demonstrated experience in working with government partners and other stakeholders in public sector development programs.
  • Vast experience in the area of livestock value chain, marketing, product development or comparable assignments.
  • Hands on work experience in developing strategic and policy papers and documents
  • Autonomous working with minimal supervision.
  • Result-oriented, team player, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm, diplomacy and integrity.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting with government and development partners;
  • Skills in facilitation of stakeholder engagement/workshops;
  • Evidence of having undertaken similar assignments.


  • 1st installment- the Consultant/firm will be paid 40% of the quoted amount after submission of the preliminary report of the assignment.
  • 2nd installment- 60% of the total amount shall be paid upon submission and approval of the final report and approved policy.

The payments will be made in A/C payee cheques/or direct bank transfer in the name of the consultant or firm as indicated in the signed contract.

VSF Germany will deduct with-holding tax at source as per the rules of taxation governing VSFG operations and it will be deposited directly to the custodian of such tax.

No other benefits shall be admissible beyond what is stipulated in the contract, nor does it guarantee a regular position in MoL or VSF Germany.


All the outputs – Reports, data base, etc. produced from this assignment will not be disseminated in part or whole without express authority from MoL and VSF-Germany.

Thus the consultant shall not produce these materials in any form (electronic, hard copies, etc.) to a third party without a written permission from MoL and VSF Germany.


Interested Institutions/ consultants are requested to read and strictly follow the detailed Terms of Reference and submit both technical and financial proposals not later than Saturday 10th February, 2018.

Technical proposals should include:

  • Preliminary work plan for entire exercise.
  • Detailed implementation methodology
  • CV(s) of the experts going to be actually engaged in the task or employees.
  • Minimum of three references of similar assignments undertaken, preferably for INGOs.

Financial proposals should include:

  • Consultancy fee for one person.

The proposals should be sent to:recruitment@vsfg.org and CC to kassim@vsfg.org; farxaanaxmed82@gmail.com

Please indicate “Consultancy for Animal production strategy development” in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Updated: February 8, 2018 — 10:42 am