ACTED is an International Non-Governmental Organization founded in 1993 and working in 38 countries worldwide. ACTED’s vocation is to support vulnerable populations and to assist them in building a better future. Independent and non-profit, ACTED respects a strict political and religious impartiality and operates according to principles of non-discrimination and transparency. ACTED opened its mission in Myanmar in 2008 to respond to the humanitarian needs following the cyclone Nargis. Since 2018, ACTED and UNHCR have partnered in the implementation of several projects, to facilitate communitybased development in Rakhine State which have sought to enhance inter-communal engagement and collaboration across ethnic lines via programs of income generation support and community asset creation.
Since January 2021, ACTED has started the implementation of a project entitled “Empowering vulnerable youth and enhancing agency towards greater economic resilience and inter-communal collaboration and coordination in Rakhine State”. This project seeks to capitalize on relationships cultivated and infrastructure developed to strengthen grassroots economic resilience as a means of promoting more sustainable positive inter-communal engagement and enhancing collective protection outcomes. This project targets specifically local youth (aged between 18 years old and 35 years old) as primary beneficiaries from various ethnic communities. Within this project, a consultancy is required to develop 6 value chain assessments, which will determine critical local economies and the existing gaps in VC, commercial situations, market entry opportunities for skilled youth. These Value Chain Analysis will contribute to the design of skills development curricula and the training of vulnerable youth as well as the reinforcement of existing MSMEs in selected VCs.
Overall activities of the consultancy
To conduct six (6) value chain assessments (VCA) in village tracts targeted by ACTED with the following aim:
- to identify key areas of economic activity and income generation, the enabling environments in which they operate, and potential gaps that offer opportunities for VC entry and the introduction of complementary services; including – market trends in terms of value, volume, and market growth; market niches and growth potential.
- to identify primary activities (inbound logistics, operations, outbound logistics, marketing and sales, service) and support activities (firm infrastructure, human resource, procurement) with potential for economic growth and employment.
- To take into consideration movement restrictions and overall access constraints in proposing Value Chains that can be beneficial to all targeted communities;
- to map key actors, particularly MSMEs, in the identified value chains.
- to assess the state of sectors support institutions and service providers, technology, existing infrastructure, available capacity, logistical arrangements, policies, productivity levels and other production conditions.
- to identify the labour market gaps, detail the constraints at each value chain step, and indicate appropriate skills development needs to address each constraint/gap.
- to construct scenarios of the economic impact; change in market share, increased exchanges, incomes, profits, and jobs that the targeted sectors could foresee in current local, national, and regional environment.
- Document lessons learned throughout the entire process.
The complete study is expected take approximately 4 to 6 weeks. The proposed methodology for the study will include the following key activities:
- Phase 1 (1 week or less): In-depth Literature Review will include (but not be limited to) desk review of priority value chains as well as findings from INGOs, UN, and State.
- Phase 2 (1 weeks or less): Tool development and review/validation by ACTED.
- Phase 3 (2-3 weeks): Consultation/Field visits including Key Informant interviews, FGD’s and other research methods as required with key actors including but not limited to Chamber of Commerce, market traders/collectors, processors, wholesalers/distributors/exporters, input suppliers, service providers (finance, transport, service, equipment etc.), government institutions (Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Education’s Department of Technical, Vocational Education and Training…) and I/NGOs.
- Phase 4 (1 to 2 weeks): Compilation of findings and report.
It is expected that the process will be completed in close coordination with ACTED and with regular exchanges and feedback on findings.
Following is the list of deliverables to be submitted by the consultant(s) within the date of mission for this consultancy.
- Six (6) VCA reports with detailed methodology and key findings. These reports should outline key sectors with high potential for recruitment and labour needs, ranked by importance. The reports will be written in English. The consultant should also provide forward-thinking recommendation on income generating activities and value chains reinforcement, in line with needs of the population and context.
- Mapping of key SMEs in recommended Value Chains.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
This assignment will require the services of a team of consultants with the following skills and experience.
- Advanced University degree (Master Level minimum) in Development studies, Development economics, Socioeconomic studies, or another related field. Additional areas of experience could include poverty reduction, economics, or business administration.
- Demonstrated experience in conducting assessments for planning and/or evaluation purposes. Familiarity with established assessment and analytical tools is desirable.
- Demonstrated experience in conducting in depth market survey and livelihood assessment.
- Demonstrated excellent analytical, writing, and reporting skills.
- Minimum of 5 years of relevant practical field experience within one or more of the following areas: socioeconomic and/or household economy assessments, risks and vulnerability assessments, market assessments, value chain assessments, vocational training.
- Experience and knowledge in livelihood programming in terms of Vocational and Technical Education and Training (VTET), job placement, employment promotion, entrepreneurship building, private sector development, urban and rural small business development. Income Generating Activities; Cash assistance.
- Experience and knowledge in engaging activities with youth.
- Prior work experience in Rakhine State would be an asset.
- Demonstrated publications record, covering research, technical, and policy areas.
- Excellent networking skills with private and public sector institutions.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Burmese.
- Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications in English to [email protected] before the 20th of March 2021 with the subject line “71EIZ_VCA_consultancy”, including their technical and financial offers.
- All applications should be accompanied of the following:
- Cover letter
- Copies of testimonials
- Proof of past experience/certificate of work
- Contact reference
- A proposed outline with clear timeline for the value chain assessment and report.