Development of post-harvest training modules

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR HIRING A REGIONAL EXPERT AND LOCAL CONSULTANT TO CONDUCT A POST-HARVEST NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOP POST-HARVEST TRAINING MODULES AND CONDUCT A TRAINING OF TRAINERS WORKSHOP

1. Background

Private Sector Federation (PSF) is a professional organization, dedicated to promote and represent the interests of the Rwandan business community. It registered major successes since in 1999, registered wins in advocacy and played a strong national role and regional role. However, the business sector still needs to mature into Rwandas economic engine.

While Vision 2020 and EDPRS II call for a private sector led economy, the business sector has not yet delivered to expectations. Specifically, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) face myriad business challenges like skills, access to markets and finance.

In order to strengthen the capacity of Rwanda farmers and increase access to profitable markets, Private Sector Federation received a grant from the Dutch Government through Linking Farmers to Markets (LIFAM) Project that came into force on 01/01/2013, purposely to build the capacity of the chamber of Rwanda farmers and allow its members to develop knowledge and skills allowing them to be more competitive and to access regional and international markets with quality products. The chamber of Rwanda Farmers is composed of 16 associations in total, under associations; there are 68 Unions, 63 companies and 497 cooperatives.

It is within this framework that PSF in collaboration with LIFAM project wishes to recruit a regional expert and local consultant to conduct a post-harvest needs assessment and develop post-harvest training modules for the above mentioned associations. The consultants will also be expected to conduct a training of trainers workshop on Post-harvest practices.

2. Objective of the assignment

To develop the capacity of Rwanda farmers and private operators in the areas of Post-harvest handling techniques

3. Scope of work

Together with the local consultant, the regional expert will undertake the following tasks;
- Review post-harvest strategy and other documents on Agriculture sector in Rwanda
- Study and assess the gaps in Postharvest handling practices/or technology in Rwanda
- Propose a draft outline of the content of the Training modules based /or emphasise on the gaps identified
- Develop post-harvest training modules for staple crops and horticulture in relation to markets
- Prepare a detailed schedule for training of trainers on postharvest handling practices
- Advise PSF and LIFAM project the best and affordable Post-harvest technologies for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

4. Deliverables

The expected deliverables are:
- Post-harvest needs assessment report
- Training modules both hard copy and soft copy on CDs
- The training modules should both in English and Kinyarwanda
- A relevant training materials, PowerPoint presentations and hand-outs.
- Effective delivery of training topics based on the agreed schedule.
- Training of trainers detailed report

5. Specific Qualification and Skills required

The consultant shall have:

A. Regional Expert
- Postgraduate degrees in one of the following; agriculture, agricultural economics, Food Science and Technology or Rural development or similar fields.
- Good knowledge and at least 5 years work experience in post-harvest handling, storage and/or marketing of agricultural commodities preferably staple food and horticulture crops;
- Proven experience in training programs development,
- Experience in international or regional consultancy,
- Strong skills in facilitating trainings and workshops
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

B. Local Consultant
- At least a bachelors degree in either of the following fields: Agriculture, Economics, Food Science and Technology or Business Studies
- At least 3 years of working experience in training program development and conducting training of trainers
- A full working knowledge of English and Kinyarwanda.

6. Reporting

The consultant will directly collaborate with the project staff and report directly to project coordinator.

7. Duration of the Contract

The duration of the contract will be 20 working days starting on the date of signature of the contract

8. Mode of submission

Interested consultants will submit well bound and sealed separate technical and financial expressions of interest in English presented in 4 copies and the original before 8th July 2013 at 5:00 p.m. The file including application letter, detailed Curriculum vitae (CVs), references of similar work, notarized copies of academic degrees and/or certificates and a copy of identity card or passport, will be sent in hard copy to:

To the attention of:

The Head of Procurement Office
Private Sector Federation
P.O. Box 319 Kigali
Tel; 0788463080

Done at Kigali, on 11th June 2013

Procurement Unit