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Consultants - Team Lead (CBA) Cost Benefit Analysis Specialist, CBA Specialist Livestock, CBA Specialist Horticulture

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End Date: 18 Mar, 2018

Location :Islamabad
Country :Pakistan
Positions :3
Post Type:Job
Job Type :Full Time
Start Date :07 Mar, 2018

Consultancy Assignment

Conduct cost-benefit analysis for identification and prioritization of agricultural technologies and private sector organizations that provide the opportunity to best achieve project goals

Number of Position(s)

3

Consultant Title

  1. Team lead - CBA specialist
  2. CBA Specialist, Horticulture
  3. CBA Specialist, Livestock

Reports to

Director Business Development & Management Services

Place of Performance

Islamabad (frequent travel required by the project)

LOE

68 working days for each position

Est. Period of Performance

TBD

Project Description:

Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA) is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project designed to increase smallholder farmers’ incomes and access to employment opportunities by linking them to right-sized Agricultural technologies. Smallholders farmers in Pakistan use outdated and less effective technologies, leading to stagnant or dwindling productivity and returns, particularly in the horticulture and livestock sub-sectors, because improved technologies that are affordable, impactful, and safe have not yet penetrated the vast smallholder market.

PATTA will combat these challenges by galvanizing ongoing private-sector investment to commercialize the types of agricultural technologies that enable smallholders to increase their incomes, improve farm productivity, efficiency and quality, create jobs, and enhance economic growth and stability. These technologies include seeds, fertilizers, water management technologies and practices, improved plant varieties and animal breeds & feed, precision agriculture, integrated soil fertility management and improved farming practices amongst others.

Assignment Description:

The Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is an activity that intends to simplify the decision making and prioritization of promoting technologies that have the potential to increase the income and yield of smallholder farmers through PATTA’s intervention. The CBA activity will make the business case for sustained private sector investments in technology transfer, adaptations, outreach and marketing by identifying specific technologies and associated private & public-sector organizations to achieve PATTA’s objectives. The findings from the CBA will evidence the return on investment in marketing and adapting specific productive technologies related best practices to smallholder farmers.

PATTA is seeking a team of three consultants to undertake the CBA activity along with the financial impact of PATTA’s proposed interventions. The CBA study will collect and analyze data from different stakeholders in the selected technologies related to horticulture and livestock sectors and calculate CBA for the change in relevant Project Performance Indicators with a prime focus on investment, sales, increased profit margins, private sector new investment and jobs with necessary assumptions and qualifiers that provide USAID a level of confidence for attribution to its investments.

Objective of the Assignment:

  1. The assignment will consider the following key objectives of the project:
  2. Work with PATTA team to prioritize and short list the technologies within the selected sub-sectors of horticulture and livestock that can increase the productivity, efficiency and income level of the smallholder farmers.
  3. Validate existing list and identify additional private & public-sector organizations that are involved in the scale up, production, marketing, distribution and adoption of identified technologies.
  4. Quantify the costs and benefits associated with promoting a specific technology and on-boarding a specific private sector organization over the other.
  5. Develop a financial model to estimate the CBA along with the financial impact of PATTA’s proposed interventions.
  6. Provide thorough analysis and conclusions which assist the PATTA team to determine which technologies and private sector organizations will provide the opportunity to best achieve project goals in line with the performance indicators.

Assignment Scope:

The consultant(s) will focus on activity areas within the provinces of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Sindh and Punjab. The consultant(s) will require frequent travel to other cities to interact with a wide range of related supply & demand side drivers and technology firms. PATTA interventions will focus on areas where there are concentrations of producers and technology firms who will be integrated into strengthened supply chain for the selected horticulture and livestock subsectors.

Working under the direct supervision of Access to Finance Officer, the consultant team will conduct CBA exercise including study design and plan for data analysis, data collection instruments, time frame and work plan. The consultants will perform the following specific tasks:

  • Review the relevant project documents and material
  • Conduct an inception meeting with the PATTA team within five (5) LOE days of signing the contract
  • Develop/finalize the study protocols including detailed data collection instruments, time frame, work plan, and detailed analysis plan in close coordination with PATTA team. Submit a work plan and time frame within three (3) LOE days of inception meetings to PATTA team for approval
  • Where possible and required, coordinate with relevant government representatives and other relevant organizations for the smooth implementation of field work
  • Complete field work (data collection) within thirty (30) LOE days of receiving approval of the work plan from the PATTA team. It will be the responsibility of the STTA team to engage enumerators as and when needed
  • The consultant(s) are required to provide bi-weekly brief written updates during the study process.
  • Submit the draft report in English as per the format provided by PATTA within twenty (20) LOE days of finishing the data collection
  • Conduct any supplemental analysis based on feedback from PATTA team and include results in the final report
  • Submit a final report after receiving the feedback from the project team on draft report, within five (5) LOE days of receiving feedback on the draft report
  • Present the findings to the PATTA team with final study report, within five (5) LOE days of submitting the final report
  • Submit properly filled/archived hard copies of filled in questionnaires and any other instrument/data collection tools used during the study, within five (5) LOE days of submitting the final report
  • Work closely with PATTA’s focal point throughout the contract period
  • Adhere to all relevant policies and procedures of PATTA

Deliverables:

The specific deliverables of STTA team are;

  1. Submit study protocols including detailed data collection instruments, time frame, work plan, detailed analysis plan and bi-weekly brief written updates
  2. Submit draft report in English as per the format provided by PATTA
  3. Submit a final report after receiving the feedback from the project team on the draft report
  4. Prepare and present PowerPoint presentation on the study findings to PATTA team
  5. Archive and submit properly filed hard copies of filled-in questionnaires and any other instrument /data collection tools used during the study

Deadline for submission of deliverables:

S#

Deliverable

Deadline

Deliverable# 1

Study protocols including detailed data collection instruments, time frame, work plan, and detailed analysis plan

Within (38) thirty-eight LOE days of signing the contract.

Deliverable# 2

Draft report in English as per the format provided by PATTA

Within (20) twenty LOE days of finishing the data collection

Deliverable# 3

A final report after receiving the feedback from the project team on the draft report,

Within (5) five LOE days of receiving feedback on the draft report

Deliverable# 4

PowerPoint Presentation on the study findings to PATTA Team

Within (5) five LOE days of submitting the final report

Deliverable# 5

Properly filed/archived hard copies of filled-in questionnaires and any other instrument /data collection tools used during the study

Within (5) five LOE days of submitting the final report

Study Period and Expected Timelines:

The assignment is expected to commence in March 2018 and expected to be completed by end of June 2018. The Team Lead will have an LOE of 68 days and both Team Members will also have an LOE of 68 days each. Proposed time frame is as under:

Sr. #

Deliverables

LOE Days

1

Desk review and discussions with project team

05

2

Work plan and time frame

03

3

Field Visits/reports

30

4

Draft study report

20

5

Final Report

05

6

Study Presentation

05

 

Total

68

Eligibility Criteria:

The study will be outsourced to consultants who will work closely with the PATTA team. The USAID PATTA Project will select individual consultants through competitive selection process and would ask them to work in the team.

PATTA COP will be responsible for approving the study methodology, instruments and the final deliverables. S/he will work closely with the Business Development Services component lead, Technical team lead and other relevant members of the team.

External consultants with the following portfolio will be sought to undertake the study. The study team will include:

Cost Benefit Analysis Specialist (Team Lead):

  • Advance Degree in the field of Business Management, Economics, Finance or related field with more than 10 years of professional experience
  • Previous experience in CBA with USAID funded projects with a focus on agriculture sector.
  • Experience of conducting value chain and financial analysis
  • Good computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & power point)
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Able to lead the team and manage the tasks among the team members.

Horticulture Specialist (Team member 1):

  • Masters in Agriculture Economics, Horticulture or related field with more than 10 years of professional experience
  • Previous experience in CBA with USAID funded projects with a focus on horticulture sector
  • Experience of conducting value chain and financial analysis
  • Good computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & power point)
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Able to work with other team members

Livestock Specialist (Team member 2):

  • Masters in Agriculture Economics, Animal or Veterinary Science or related field with more than 10 years of professional experience
  • Should have at least 10 years of professional experience in the field
  • Previous experience in CBA with USAID funded projects with a focus on Livestock sector
  • Experience of conducting financial analysis
  • Excellent computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & power point)
  • Excellent report writing skills in English
  • Able to effectively work with other team members

Application Procedure & Selection:

First Step: Interested individuals can send their applications to USAID PATTA Project HR Department through Brightspyre with the following material:

  • Covering letter justifying your suitability for the assignment and the position you are applying for;
  • Detailed Curricula Vitae (CV);
  • Three (3) professional references.

Second Step: Based on the applications, top three candidates for each position will be shortlisted. Interviews will be conducted and references will be checked before making the final selection.

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