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Consultant (Micro Credit)

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WorldFish
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Pegu, Bago Region, Myanmar [Burma]
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Published 19 days ago

Location: Remote Base

Application Deadline: 4 May 2021

Type of contract: Consultancy Contract (Open to National & International Applicants)

Language(s) required: English (native/fluent writing and oral skills)

Background

Fish for Livelihoods project funded by USAID and implemented by WorldFish Myanmar launched in October 2015 for a period of five years. The project focus on improving the nutrition status in Central and Northern Myanmar by promoting an inclusive and sustainable aquaculture growth of small-scale farmers and associated market actors. The activity is being implemented in five geographical region/states including Mandalay, Magway, Sagaing, Kachin, and Shan. WorldFish is leading this activity, however, the field level activities are operated in partnership with several development and private sector partners; BRAC, IWMI, KMSS, PACT Myanmar, Department of Fisheries (DoF) and Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF). The activity will lead towards three major results: increased small-scale aquaculture production, market system approach to increase access of farmers to food and safe fish, and enhanced nutrition and WASH practices behavior adoption.

Fish for Livelihoods will target more than 10,000 aquaculture farmers, train them for better aquaculture practices, link them with major market actors, and provide them information through social behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy on the importance of diet-diverse nutritious food. The main approaches to achieve the above mentioned results would include improved land and water use, increased access to high quality inputs (feed, seed and equipment), capacity development and research into production, and access to credit, market-based system approaches to increase access to food-safe fish and fish products, enhanced nutrition and WASH practices via social behavior change communication activities, and develop capacities for improved production, processing and consumption of food-safe aquaculture and other fish-based products.

Objectives and Activities to Conduct

The objective of this consultancy is to pilot four types of credit delivery systems (cash, non-cash, in kind, contract farming etc.)recommended, with the aim to assess how the small-holders access the finance from varied sources for carrying out agricultural activities including small-scale aquaculture (SSA),fisheries, horticulture, poultry, livestock, agriculture, small trades etc.

Scope of Work

The population of interest for this consultancy will be the aquaculture farmers and associated aquaculture market actors that have an interest and can participate in small-scale aquaculture (SSA) development in Kachin, Mandalay, Magway, Eastern and Southern Shan and Sagaing Regions/States. The pilot phase will be implemented around 5-6 townships townships in the project areas. The present consultancy is scheduled for the around 12-months period in 2021-2022. WorldFish will encourage those consultant (s) who have experience of working with micro-finance sector for small-scale farmers in agriculture and aquaculture. The consultant should have an experience of working and understanding local context for SSA and fisheries, and are aware about the in and out of the effects of micro lending on fish harvest. Basic understanding of community based micro lending programs (cash, in kind, etc.) designed for small holders would be an advantage.

The following activities to be performed during the pilot study and the sub-activities that would be undertaken within it.

  • Development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) including capacity building activities in line with the recommended models[1][i] suggested which includes:
  1. Aquaculture Business Development Services (AqBDS)
  2. Institutional Development Services (IDS)
  3. Savings and Credit Management Services (SCMS)
  • Monitoring the Progress through continuous feedback from IPs
  • Capacity Assessment of farmer groups intervened

Outputs

The expected outputs are:

  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) including capacity building activities in line with the recommended models A report capturing the process followed for implementing the pilot phase, and recommendations for scaling phase.
  • A detail plan on the scaling phase on how the small holder aquaculture farmers and private sector would able to access the credit and inputs in select areas.

Time and Location

The consultant should be based in Myanmar to complete field tasks; however, the other work could be carried out remotely for the duration of one (1) year. Assessment can be done through desk review and field visits. The consultant is expected to travel to selected project areas for assessment and data collection as and when required. WorldFish F4L project team members will assist the consultant in field visits and getting access to major public and private micro-finance actors.

Budget

Applicants should indicate overall budget including consultant’s fee, number of days, travel, accommodation etc., taking into account that an all-inclusive fee will be paid for this assignment. A technical and financial proposal based on the ToRs outlined above must be provided.

Note: F4L project receives privileges and exemptions from the Government of the Republic of Union of Myanmar. Income and commercial tax imposed on companies, consultants, and service providers under the project is exempted. Applicants should not incorporate any taxes into fees or budgets.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Master or Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Finance, Economics, Agriculture, Fisheries or similar from a recognized university.
  • At least five years of related experience in development sector desirable; experience with USAID and other major donors is a plus.
  • Well versed with community micro-finance programming specially for rural communities.
  • Familiarity with operations of MFBs, MFIs, and NGOs and CBOs.
  • Prior experience of program design for SSA and fisheries will be an advantage;.
  • Fluency and strong communications skills in English with demonstrated writing skills.
  • Ability to work effectively independently with minimum supervision.

Eligibility, Project Duration, Timeframe and Location

  • Eligibility: This consultancy is open for both National and International applicants with the required qualification and expertise.
  • Duration of contract: approximately 12 months.
  • Commencement of project: May 2021.

[1] Model I Revolving Fund Grant to Community Organization

Model II Revolving Funds to NGO (IPs)

Model III Fish Feed as working capital to SSA farmers

Model IV Hybrid Model - MFI for Credit Access & NGO/IP for AqBDS, IDS

Location: Remote Base

Application Deadline: 4 May 2021

Type of contract: Consultancy Contract (Open to National & International Applicants)

Language(s) required: English (native/fluent writing and oral skills)

Background

Fish for…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    May 17, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 4, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Level of Language Proficiency

English (native/fluent writing and oral skills)

English (native/fluent writing and oral skills)

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in Myanmar [Burma]
Associated Location
Yangon - Mandalay Hwy, Pegu, Myanmar (Burma)

How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online here latest by 4 May 2021;

  • A cover letter including an explanation of the understanding of the ToR, a proof of experience with similar assignment, why you are an ideal consultant, your expertise and your rate in United States Dollar (USD)
  • A current curriculum vitae of the consultant highlighting experience and similar previous assignments conducted
  • A tentative work plan and brief methodology on how the assignment will be carried out in the due course of time
  • Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees (clients) you have consulted for

Screening will start as soon as possible, and will continue until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a brief virtual interview.

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

WorldFish has seven offices across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with more than 400 staff and 27 nationalities who contribute to a dynamic multicultural work environment.

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we seek to have gender balance in the organization. We aim to also seek balance across other diversity dimensions.

People in WorldFish are treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnicity/race, national or social origin, disability, religion, political affiliation, age, family size, marital status or any other form of personal identity.

We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage qualified women and men from developing nations to apply.

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online here latest by 4 May 2021;

  • A cover letter including an explanation of the understanding of the ToR, a…

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