1. BACKGROUND

Shelter for Life International (SFL) is implementing a 6-year program in Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea Bissau (SeGaBi), called the Cashew Infrastructure, Finance and Farm Linkage Project (LIFFT Cashew). This USDA-funded program aims to develop and strengthen the necessary linkages between the various links in the cashew value chain to support a long-term integrated regional trade network in the chain.

  1. CONTEXT

The SeGaBI region has been cultivating cashew as early as in the colonial days. Governments of SeGaBi has been steadily investing in the value chain. However, there is still room for improvement, as production volumes are still low; cooperatives are still young; processing companies are few and the policy support for incentives for processors are inadequate. With the growing demand of RCN in the international market and the consequential hike in prices. The RCN trade can be lucrative for SeGaBi cashew producers, processors and governments alike. Cashew production is supporting the most vulnerable group in the region woman and youth. This product has the potentials to increase revenue and reduce poverty in the region.

SFL as an active stakeholder in the region has realized that short comings on production, low value addition can be circumvented through building a single block for RCN: Cashew Single Market -SeGaBi.  The creation of a single market for RCN in the SeGaBi region is important in order to realize the synergy effect of inter- state trade. This is heralded to improve production, processing and regulatory standards in the region, thus, giving the block access to international markets. Similarly, SFL has been working hard to improve exchange and learning on good practices that can catalyze regional integration. These policy interventions are warehouse receipt system, cooperative movements and institutional setup. The effective functioning of RCN market through stable supply line and low-price volatility can effectively entice banks and financial institution to intervene and provide credit to RCN producers.

 

It is against this background that SFL is seeking to hire a consultant to conduct a diagnostic study of cross border trade of Raw Cashew Nut in the SeGaBi. And by extension assess the need for creation of Cashew Single Market in SeGaBi.

 

  1. OBJECTIVE

The objective of the consultancy services is to assess cross border trade of RCN in the SeGaBI region in a bid to: (i) Identify trade restriction policies that inhibits cross border trade in the SeGaBi region, ii) propose plausible recommendation to enhance trade and transit trade of RCN in SeGaBI region, iii) identify government policies and programs that can support the market integration of SeGaBi region and eventual creation of Cashew Single Market for SeGaBi.

  • Scope of Work

 

Assess the relevant existing legislations, regulations and institutional arrangements to determine the parameters of financial and business environment on Cross border trade in SeGaBi.

 

  • Assess volume of cross border trade on RCN in SeGaBi region
  • Identify laws, regulations and policies, and any underlying barriers that inhibit cross border trade of RCN in SeGaBi and discuss the reasons why these policies and barriers inhibit trade
  • Assess relevant existing legislation, regulations and institutional arrangements to determine the parameters of financial and business environment for the establishment of Cashew Single Market for SeGaBi.
  • Carry out stakeholder analysis to bring out the roles and responsibilities of key players and institutions that play a vital role in trade facilitation. What are the constituent groups for policy, and trade services?
  • Identify possible areas of policy harmonisation of tax codes in the cashew sector.
  • Identify the demand side of cross border trade and supply lines.
  • Meet stakeholders Ministry of Trade, Chamber of Commerce, Revenue authorities, Border Custom Officials, Import and Export Promotion Agencies, Port authorities, Trade Associations, Cashew Regulatory Authorities, 3 processors, 3 cooperatives and 2 financial institutions in Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau to discuss on cross border trade.
  • Identify and recommend solutions for addressing outstanding barriers to trade;
  • Advised on strategies aimed at the simplification and harmonisation of trade documentation and procedures in th cashew sector.
  • a SWOT analysis for the implementation of cross border trade in SeGaBi.
  • Draft a roadmap specifying the sequence of legislation, regulations and policies required for the successful implementation of cashew single market in each country, Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea-Bisssau SeGaBI region.
  • Provide the costing for the implementation as per the roadmap.

 

  1. Preferred qualifications

The following qualifications are preferred in the evaluator(s):

  • Have a master in development studies, economics, environment or other related fields. A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience is required
  • Experience in conducting research or implementing cross border programs and measuring impact of policies using various methodologies (both qualitative and quantitative).
  • Substantive experience in performing similar tasks for rural development projects, particularly in agriculture, and food aid projects
  • Knowledge of USDA Food for Progress (FFPr) programs
  • Ability and experience to lead multi-disciplinary and national teams, and deliver quality reports within the given time;
  • Familiarity with Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Gambia or other countries in West Africa is an asset; and
  • Excellent in human relations, coordination, planning and team work
  • Fluency in English, and work knowledge of French, and Portuguese (knowledge of local languages would be an advantage).
  • Excellent report writing abilities.

 

  1. Technical and Financial Proposals

Interested applicants should submit a proposal for the work described above to lifftcashewinfo@shelter.org and kabba.b@shelter.org. Please include “Cross Border Trade Consultant for SeGaBi” in the subject title. Proposals must be submitted electronically by email; paper or faxed applications will not be accepted. The proposal must be in English and should include the following:

  • Technical proposal (methodology, workplan)
  • CV including past performance of consultant(s) involved in the same type of assignments
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price.

 

  1. Time line

The Consultancy will be for 25 days field work.

Mission in Senegal will take place in September 12- 20 ,2022

Mission to the Gambia will take place in September 21-28,022.

Mission to Guinea-Bissau will take place September 29-Oct 7th,2022

 

All travel and logistics costs will be covered by project

 

SFL reserves the right to select any or none of the applications submitted. Proposals must be submitted by September 9th, 2022, at 17:00 (GMT) as outlined above. If SFL does not confirm receipt of your proposal, the applicant may follow up on its status by email. SFL will notify the selected consultant in writing via email. Other applicants will be informed of the decision by email.

 

If you have questions about this RFP, you may direct them to Mr Kabba Baldeh, kabba.b@shelter.org.

 

Final award is subject to the terms and conditions included in this solicitation, as well as successful final negotiations of all applicant terms and conditions affecting this work. SFL will enter with the winning consultant into a fixed-price contract which will be payable on specific deliverables outlined in this document, which will be attached to the contract

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:

  • All applications should be received before or at the close of business of September 9, 2022.

DISCLAIMER:

  • SFL will contact only shortlisted candidates.

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