INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR MCC ASSOCIATE MANAGERS
- Number: 2 positions
- Duration: 3 Months.
The Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) is a platform of young entrepreneurs operating in any sub-sectors of agribusiness value chain (crop and/or livestock production, agro-processing, inputs and other agro-services as well as ICT in Agriculture). Officially launched in May 2016 with the aim to rejuvenate the sector here in Rwanda, RYAF strive to change and challenge youth mindset vis-à-vis agribusiness opportunities for food and nutritional security and sustainable job creation. The forum is officially legalized in the official gazette number 50 of 11th December 2017.
RYAF has entered into MoU-based partnership with RDDP under RAB SPIU/IFAD Funded Projects under the framework of efficiently engage and involve young graduates in proper management of the MCC owned by cooperatives supported under RDDP to create sustainability.
The overall goal of RDDP is to contribute to pro-poor national economic growth and improve the livelihood of resource-poor rural households focusing on food security, nutrition and empowerment of women and youth in a sustainable and climate-resilient dairy value chain development. Specifically, the project seeks to increase competitiveness and profitability of the dairy sector for the provision of quality products from small-scale producers to domestic and regional consumers, thus improving their livelihoods, food security and nutrition whilst building overall resilience.
The specific objectives will aim at the following:
- Sustainably intensify dairy production and productivity among participating smallholder farmers. This shall be achieved through the promotion of improved climate-smart dairy farming practices and access to quality dairy inputs, extension services including veterinary and Artificial Insemination (AI) services; appropriate green technologies, as well as business and financial services, following a hub model approach.
- Increase incomes by at least 80% among participating smallholder farmers from dairy farming through a combined effect of the increased milk production and improved market access. This shall be achieved through the development of 30 dairy hubs; establishment and strengthening of dairy farmer organizations; and facilitation of linkages to markets and dairy value chain actors, such as milk collectors, processors, transporters, traders, and investors in milk quality through public-private-producer partnerships (4Ps).
Four development outcomes are expected:
- Smallholder dairy farming productivity and supply of quality milk to domestic and regional markets enhanced and milk consumption at household level increased;
- Organizational capacity, and enterprise skills of smallholder dairy farmers and their cooperatives enhanced;
- Infrastructure for collection, handling, processing and marketing of milk and other dairy products expanded and its utilization improved and tailored to adverse climate risks; and
- A conducive policy and institutional environment for the development of smallholder dairy industry fostered and strengthened.
The Rwanda Dairy Development Project area comprises 12 districts in the four Provinces of Rwanda: East (Nyagatare, Rwamagana, and Kayonza), North (Gicumbi, Burera, and Musanze), West (Nyabihu, Rubavu and Rutsiro) and South (Nyanza, Huye, and Ruhango).
The primary target group of the project comprises slightly over 100,000 resource-poor rural households, of whom 80,000 will be involved in smallholder dairy farming (mostly zero-grazing) and 20,000 in off-farm activities along the dairy value chain in 12 Districts where the project will be intervening.
RDDP will be implemented over a Six -year period and composed by four components: (i) Climate-smart Dairy Production Intensification; (ii) Producer organization and value chain development; and (iii) Institutional and Policy Development and (iv) Project Coordination and Management.
Component 1: Climate-smart Dairy Production Intensification
The objective of this component is to increase the capacity of male and female smallholder dairy farmers and farm assistants to sustainably produce and supply higher volumes of quality milk to the dairy market and home consumption. At the end of the project, it is expected that participating smallholder dairy farmers will have acquired the skills, knowledge and attitude needed to sustainably improve milk productivity, make climate smart and strategic investments, and provide an increased supply of quality milk to the market and for home consumption without increasing the carbon emission’s intensity of their dairy production system.
The component is organized around three main interventions: (i) enhancing the capacity of male and female smallholder dairy farmers and farm assistants to improve their knowledge, attitude, and behavior for increased milk productivity and quality; (ii) enhancing sustainable access of smallholder dairy farmers to public and private livestock services and inputs; and (iii) supporting resource-poor households who have no cattle to acquire dairy assets under the Girinka program so that they can enter into dairy farming and increase their capacity to implement climate-smart and strategic investments aiming at sustainably increase milk productivity and improve milk quality. The component, activities and implementation mechanisms are detailed in Appendix 4 (Detailed project description).
Under this sub-component, RDDP will improve smallholder dairy farmers’ and farm assistants’ capacity to sustainably increase milk productivity and quality to subsequently reduce both milk rejection at first collection point and reduce risks related to food safety. The sub-component will also pay particular attention to increase awareness of gender roles in dairy farmers’ households by improving household members’ capacity to negotiate their needs and interests and assist in developing gender-equitable solutions in livelihoods planning and value chain development.
Component 2: Producer organization and value chain development;
The objective of this component is to strengthen the organization of smallholder dairy farmers and improve their access to input, service and output markets. The aim is to support farmers to take advantage of the productivity gains expected to be realized through investments made under to increase earnings by accessing profitable markets through investments in a milk delivery system that ensures food safety and curtails the high losses currently experienced in the value chain. Given the small-scale nature of milk production by individual farmers, investments under this component will seek to simultaneously address milk aggregation and bulking for economies of scale; strengthen milk collection infrastructure; reduce losses of milk and improve safety measures along the value chain; and support strategic actions and investments in improved penetration of the domestic and regional markets through processing and market linkages forged under public-private partnerships with producers (4Ps).
To help address quality and food safety concerns of milk handled through the informal sector which currently dominates milk trade in the country, the project will make investments towards awareness creation, training and capacity building of milk collectors and traders to adhere to the standards laid out in the new MO on milk collection, transportation and trade. Consequently, the component is organized around three sub-components: (i) organization and capacity building of dairy farmers’ cooperatives and other value chain players; (ii) investments in climate resilient milk collection, processing and marketing infrastructure; and (iii) leveraging financing for climate resilient dairy enterprise development in all segments of the value chain. Activities under this component will build on the work of HPI in Rwanda in the areas of dairy business hub development, social capital building among smallholder resource poor households and creating sustainable market linkages
Component 3: Institutional and Policy Development
The objective of this component is to facilitate the consolidation of an evidence-based, inclusive policy framework and institutional structure for the Rwandan dairy sector. The component proposes to work across the phases of the national policy cycle – during policy formulation, implementation and evaluation – and will emphasize several core ways of working. These include partnership and learning from previous experience, integration into national policy processes and existing governance structures, being inclusive of the preferences, knowledge and experience of dairy farmers as well as other private and public sector actors, and to utilize and generate evidence to inform policy decisions. The component is structured around three sub-components: (i) policy formulation; (ii) policy implementation and institutional strengthening; and (iii) policy related analysis and technical assistance. Under this sub-component, the project will support the formulation of policies, laws and regulations necessary to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Rwandan Dairy Industry. The following will be the two core activity areas of support:
Component 4: Project management.
The aim of this objective is to ensure that the Project is efficiently and effectively managed to achieve the expected results. MINAGRI’s SPIU will have overall responsibility for coordinating and managing the Project and its funds. Gender, youth, environmental, knowledge management and communication considerations will be integrated in all aspects of project management, as well as the activities of the SPIU and the implementing partners. The performance indicators of this component will include quality and timely execution of annual work plan and budgets, timely submission of progress reports and annual audit reports, participatory M&E able to document key indicators and actual levels of disbursements in line with planning.
II TERMS OF REFERENCE
Under its MoU with RAB/SPIU-IFAD Funded Projects, the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) is inviting individual qualified candidates to apply to serve as MCC Associate Managers (2 positions working as full-time Junior Consultants, and based in RDDP-supported Milk Collection Centers – MCCs). The RYAF under the close collaboration with RDDP will be responsible for coordinating and supporting all MCC ASSOCIATE MANAGERS, hereby named service providers’ interventions relating to MCC management, milk supply to MCC, milk production, quality of milk increase, transforming an MCC into a business hub to attract farmers/milk suppliers’ loyalty. In close collaboration with the Management of the MCC and the cooperative in general, the RYAF MCC Associate Manager will be providing marketing support to farmers’ cooperatives and management of contracts.
More specifically he/she is responsible for:
- Undertake the cooperatives capacity organization and assessments;
- Draw the responsive mechanisms of the assessed problems;
- Support to implement the resolutions and recommendations drawn by different service providers (Milk hygienic handling by RALIS, extension services by RAB and RCVD, Cooperative management, minutes of general assembly, report taking, audit recommendations by RCA, Farmer capacity on MCC development by HIR);
- Support to replicate the best practices learned from service Providers;
- Support to increase raw milk supplied to MCCs;
- Provide the technical assistance during milking, collection and transport of raw milk;
- Establish the contracts and agreements with milk suppliers to MCC and monitor their implementation;
- In collaboration with Business Development Fund (BDF), Rwanda Cooperative Agency and project service providers, she/he will be engaged in strengthening the farmer organizations to a level that they are able to efficiently provide services to farmers in the milk value chain; bulk purchase and delivery of dairy farming inputs; direct (or indirect) provision of extension, AI and animal health services; and linkages to financial services through the “Hub” model already successfully tested in the country. Just to make the MCC a hub;
- In collaboration with the cooperative’s management committee, preparing the annual work plan, budget and reports;
- Undertaking any other assignments or relevant duties in the field of his/her competences as may be assigned by his direct supervisor.
- Cooperatives organisation capacity assessed and improved;
- MCCs cooperatives general management improved to the minimum level of 3;
- Services providers interventions well coordinated;
- Cooperatives contracts well managed;
- 25% increase of raw milk production;
- 90% of raw milk produced be supplied to the MCC and the remaining 10% be left home for home consumption;
- The raw milk quality increased;
- The business plans of the MCCS cooperatives drafted and submitted;
- 20% increase in extension services to the MCCs farmers and surroundings;
- Final year physical and financial management reported well prepared.
III SELECTION CRITERIA
To qualify for this offer, these will be the key requirements:
- Letter of application addressed to the RYAF Chairman,
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- National ID,
- Bachelor Degree in any of these fields: livestock, animal production, veterinary medicine,
- Experience required, but not mandatory
- Interns are highly required
These are key dates:
Modality: Submission of hard copies at RYAF Head Office-Minagri/Kacyiru
Deadline: Monday, 4th October, 2018
Sitting for written exam: Monday, 8th October, 2018
Interview date and contract award: Thursday 11th October, 2018
Start: October 2018
Jean Baptiste HATEGEKIMANA