Consultancy Service in Value Chain Analysis for Food Industries
Within (Lets make young women count: Empowering young women in food industries in the Gaza Strip) project
Women Affairs Center (WAC) was established on August 1991 by a group of activist professional women to promote women’s rights and gender equality within the Palestinian society via empowering and enhancing women abilities in a range of nontraditional skills to address the problems and respond to the needs of women under the difficult political, socioeconomic, cultural and legal context in the Gaza Strip. It’s a women knowledge based center playing an innovative and catalytic role in empowering women; and advocating women’s rights and gender equality in the Palestinian sustainable development process. WAC is an independent and non-profit Palestinian NGO with the purpose of empowering women and advocating women’s rights and gender equality through capacity development, information and innovative research and advocacy programs.
The World Bank (2018) stated that unemployment among youth reached 70% due to change in context reflected by lack of progress towards peace and reconciliation, a decline in donor funding and an unstainable economic situation. The percentage of households headed by a young person aged (15-29) reached 17%. Young women face in labor market multiple deprivations and constraints that underlie gender inequality especially lack of their employability skills. There are high unemployment rates (83%) among young women graduates.
WAC (2019) indicates in its study report “Navigating pathways of economic enablement for female graduates and heads of households’ survivors of GBV in Gaza Governorate” that food processing is needed to advance the self-employment and income opportunities for women with different levels of education while being relevant, feasible, effective, socially and culturally acceptable, and sustainable. It encourages joint/group income-generating projects.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing the “Program for Access to Labour Market (PALM)” funded by The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). WAC signed a grant agreement with GIZ to implement the project titled: Lets make young women count: Empowering young women in food industries in the Gaza Strip. Accordingly, the main objective of the project is increasing access of female unemployed TVET graduates and drop-outs to entrepreneurship and self-employment opportunities in the Gaza Strip. One of the project’s outcomes is to conduct rapid value chain analysis for food industries in the Gaza Strip.
Thus, as part of the Project WAC is looking for a local individual to conduct value chain analysis for food industries in the Gaza Strip.
II. Purpose and expected outputs of this assignment
Within the framework of the project, the outputs of this assignment will serve as an evidence base for mapping the main stakeholders and active actors in food industries and as frameworks for orienting female graduates towards implementing agro- food businesses that respond to the needs of the market. Under this consultancy, for which a detailed written report as indicated below should be produced, it should be paid particular attention to:
• Identifying and analyse all the actors involved in the value chain system as well as their importance, influence, attitude linkages, role,;
• Identifying which elements of the chain could/should be strengthened for developing strong linkages between production and market actors and for the producers to be able to capture a larger share of the gross margins;
• Identify the barriers elements to overcome.
The consultant(s) are expected to produce two reports One report in both languages (English and Arabic) on value chain analysis for food industries in Gaza Strip with special attention on the following aspects:
• Mapping the value chain (structure and function) : Identify and analyze the main actors) and how are they linked and interact in the value chain; Identify the key and secondary actors in terms of investors, production, input provision, services support, food processing and marketing.
• assessing the flow of products, information and financial resources along the value chains – both descriptive and as a value chain map.
• Functional analysis of the value chain. Profiling of the industry structure, skills and production technology by identifying, describing and quantifying in physical terms the sequence of operations concerning commodity production, processing, marketing, and final consumption and related agents carrying them out. Describing the factors affecting the value chain actors.
• Identification of final retailer and consumer for output market, type of contractual arrangements and transaction costs involved.
• Analyse the degree of competitiveness, the existence of market share and market segmentation for both input and output markets; and identification of potential lead firms for each value chain.
• SWOT: Summary of SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis of the chain derived from the different aspects analyzed above.
• Propose and draw recommendations and suggest strategies and action plans for supporting upgrading the value chains, with specific interventions, indicative timeframe, and agents to address constraints identified.
III. Report outline
The report outline for value chain should contain at least the following parts:
The socio-economic context of the value chain and an overview of the chain sub-sector development
Research methodology utilized
Findings from value chain analysis covering the aspects in the expected outputs above,
Summary of SWOT analysis for the value chain.
Proposed strategies and action plans for supporting in upgrading the value chains
Appendices (list of interviewed informants, socio-economic information and analysis, focus groups, and maps of studied areas, etc.)
IV. Duration of contract
Work is expected to be finalized within 10 working days after signing the contract with the selected consultant . The consultant should submit a timesheet up to the specified Working Days (WD = 8 Working Hours) as indicated in the budget proposal.
Time will be divided in four major stages to be accomplished: literature review, field work in coordination and cooperation with stakeholders including PFIU, Agricultural/women NGOs, and food industrial private companies … etc , data analysis and preparing report.
Consultancy offers should contain the following:
1. One copy of both Technical and Financial offers in separate and sealed envelopes.
2. Profile / CVS of the consultant with relevant experience in similar consultancies.
3. The prices in EURO.
4. The evaluation method will be the quality and cost based selection. A two-stage procedure shall be utilised in evaluating the Proposals; a technical evaluation and a financial evaluation.
Proposals will be ranked according to their combined technical and financial scores using the weights of <75>% for the Technical Proposal; and <25>% for the offered price.
VI. Closing Date and Delivery:
Closing date for receiving consultancy offers is 30/01/2020. at 12:00 PM. Offers must be submitted by hand on WAC office..