Solidaridad is an international network organization with eight regional expertise centers worldwide. Its mission is to bring together commodity supply chain actors and to engage them to develop innovative solutions to improve production, thereby ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all. Solidaridad strives to be an organization that understands the signs of modern times, seeking to be a Civil Society Organization (CSO) with its own place and role in society, while simultaneously interacting with Governments and markets. With 50 years of experience Globally in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains, Solidaridad is a frontrunner in the area of sustainable economic development. Solidaridad envisions a world in which all we produce, and all we consume, can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations. Solidaridad embraces the public-private and people partnerships (PPPP) in order to test innovations, speed up change, and take success to scale. Globally, Solidaridad works around coffee and other 12 commodities/sectors (http://www.solidaridadnetwork.org)

Program Summary

Solidaridad Network with the financial support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to start a Coffee project in Kenya ( Kericho, Nandi, Bomet, Kisii, Nyamira) and Tanzania (Songwe, Songea, Mbeya).

The programme will co-create and implement tailored interventions to facilitate (i) knowledge transfer and skills building*,* improveaccess*(ii) to services and technology, and (iii)* markets*, therefore,* contributing to increased sustainable production (productivity and quality) and incomes, enhancing resilience to the impacts of climate change and other shocks and the creation of decent jobs and inclusive supply chains. Agriculture and manufacturing MSMEs struggle to provide sustainable livelihoods and green and decent jobs for rural communities further perpetuating poverty and inequality (particularly for women and youth).

Because of this, farmers and their families in low-income countries remain at the losing end of global supply chains. For female farmers, youth, and indigenous groups, the situation is often even worse. At the other end of the supply chains, trade in commodities is mostly conducted at the lowest possible cost resulting in a ‘race to the bottom’ which disregards the social and environmental costs. In sum, farmers and their families’ chances of producing optimally and achieving a decent quality of life in low-income countries are limited and shrinking.

2.3 The Survey Objectives and Methodology

2.3.1 Stakeholder Analysis:

Stakeholder analysis ensures that project interventions consider all stakeholders in the project’s target areas and increases the chance that projects will ‘do no harm’ and hopefully create positive change for excluded stakeholders. In general – the more stakeholders involved in the project’s design/implementation, the more successful and sustainable the project results will be.

The stakeholder analysis should aim to accomplish the following:

1. Map the key stakeholders and their interests (supportive or unsupportive) in the project

2. Note the relationships and power dynamics between different key stakeholders

3. Assess the relevance of the project to each stakeholder as well as their influence on the project

4. Identify if/how to engage stakeholders

The stakeholder analysis matrix (to be given to the consultant) can be used to synthesize the information gathered for the analysis. Based on the stakeholder mapping, the project team should decide which stakeholders the project interventions should prioritize and how they should be engaged to strengthen inclusive impact.

2.3.2 Gender Analysis:

With reference to Solidaridad Gender Inclusivity Buckets Book (to be provided) a gender analysis shall be conducted following the Step 1 on stakeholder analysis. The consultant will utilize gender analysis tools to identify the gender issues, and social inclusion/exclusion issues in relation to P2P pathways. And suggest strategies to address them using a gender transformative approach. A simplified gender analysis matrix has been developed to inform project design and ideally with the participation of key local stakeholders/partners. The matrix provides guidance and step-by-step instructions on how to complete the matrix as well as the analysis of the information captured.

2.3.3 Problem Analysis:

After having mapped the project’s key stakeholders and their relationships/influence, as well as analyzing the specific gender considerations in the project’s context through a gender analysis, the program team should be ready to identify the overarching main problems the project wants to address.

The main problem we are trying to address through this coffee project is coffee productivity and markets mainly as a result of low production volumes, weak storage, conservation and distribution infrastructure, and low access to affordable inputs (seeds and fertilizer)among many.

2.3.4 Indicator Framework:

This will involve selection of key indicators for project monitoring aligned with generic programme indicators provided in the project document. Initial basis of these indicators will involve the collection of information which allows the project team to track progress on targets and systems change over the duration of the project.

2.4 Responsibilities of Consultants/Scope of Work

The composition of the survey team is left up to the consultant/ organization based on their internal system, ideas, and logic. However, Solidaridad recommends that the team comprise one Team Leader (TL) to coordinate/conduct the overall study and liaise with Solidaridad. To collect information from the field using an adequate number of Field Enumerators (FEs). Supervision of the fieldwork and the quality (reliability and validity) of the data/information collected from the field is the primary responsibility of the TL. The TL will work closely with Solidaridad M&E Officers, Gender Officers, and report directy to Country Managers. In each step and process, consultation with the Solidaridad team is vital.

2.6 Deliverables

The Consultant should deliver the following:

A. Work plan and expression of interest (EOI) for the research study, outlining;

● A detailed methodology for implementation of the survey.

● Draft data collection tools

● A detailed work plan for the research study

B. Draft Report: The Annexes (Stakeholder Analysis Matrix and Gender Analysis report) shall also be completed by the consultant.

2.7 Expert/Consultant’s Profile:

Consultancy firms/companies with verifiable research work and who fulfill the following requirements are encouraged to express their interests.

● The consulting firm should have teams in both countries

● Demonstrated experience in analytical research in the fields of policy, industry, agriculture and environment.

● The consulting firm should have a better understanding of cross-cutting issues (gender, NRM) and this should be reflected in the team profiles.

How to apply

Application process:

Applications should be submitted by 03/03/2023. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above, those unable to meet the requirement will not be considered.

Remember that Solidaridad is an equal opportunity employer.

Submissions are by email to [email protected] while addressed to:

Attn: Managing Director

Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre,

Kilimani Business Centre, Kirichwa Road,

P.O. Box 42234 – 00100 GPO Nairobi

NB: Only successful candidate shall be contacted.





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