Kenya

RAPID ASSESSMENT OF FISH MARKET SYSTEM, TREYL PROJECT

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PRACTICAL ACTION

Introduction
Practical Action is an international development organization putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.
We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.
We are a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Background of the consultancy assignment

Transforming Rural Economies and Youth Livelihoods (TREYL) project is a five-year project (Jan 2019 – Jan 2024) being implemented by Practical Action in East Africa, working initially in Kenya (Kisumu and Homabay counties) with possible scale-up in other countries in the region.
The objective of the project is to establish vibrant and inclusive rural economies in East Africa by promoting agricultural livelihoods for the youth underpinned by Agro ecological principles and practices. The project aims to break the cycles of low productivity and increasing rural poverty, through a holistic and gendered approach which will enable young men and women to increase their income through agri-business.
The programme is building a business case to demonstrate that regenerative agriculture can be commercially successful. We are working with an initial cohort of 6,000 young women and men, enhancing their business skills based on an agro-ecological approach to farming. We are developing multi-stakeholder platforms to improve the poultry, groundnut and tomato value chains. Working groups, made up of commercial providers and government agencies, are tackling access to finance, training services and the provision of market information. Over the longer term we will impact 80,000 young people by demonstrating the viability of agribusiness as a viable career option.

Rationale for the assessment
The rapid assessment of fish market sub sector is intended to establish a robust account of the current situation within the lake basin region.
The assessment will focus on the following:

  1. Who are the stakeholders involved in the fish value chain and what is their role?
  2. What products are derived from fish
  3. Details on different production methods (ponds, cages, direct fishing etc.) including:
    a. Capital requirements,
    b. Volumes produced,
    c. Pros and cons of each method
    d. What is the production cycle for fish?
  4. Enabling/disenabling environment for market actors in the fish value chain
    a. What regulations exist
    b. Which are the regulatory bodies
    c. What is the nature of the market, is it structured?
    d. Who determines the price of fish and fish products?
    e. What are the consumer preferences (e.g. type of fish, method of production)?
    f. What socio-cultural norms exist in the fish value chain?
    g. What are the gender roles in the fish value chain?
  5. What supporting services exist in the fish market value chain (e.g. finance, extension,
    storage, transportation, feeds, fingerlings etc.)
  6. Return on investment (how long does it take to break even in fish business, how fast?)
  7. Who are the major buyers/off takers for fish and fish products locally?
  8. What opportunities exist in the fish value chain especially for youth
  9. Challenges faced by market actors in the fish value chain.
  10. What deters youth from engaging in the fish market system?
  11. Provide key recommendation on how to transform the fish subsector to create
    opportunities for youths

Methodology

A combination of primary and secondary data collection and interpretation methodologies shall be employed during the assessment.
The primary data should include a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods using participatory approaches. These will include (but not limited to):

  • Focus Group Discussions
  • Key Informant Interviews
  • Observations and transect walks
  • Photo documentation
  • Case studies (2)

Ethical Considerations
During the survey, the team will make clear to all participating stakeholders that participation in the study is voluntary and that there will be no negative consequences if they choose not to participate. The assessment team will obtain informed consent from the participants. The team will ensure prior permission is received for taking and use of visual, still/ moving images. The team will also assure that participants’ anonymity and confidentiality is protected and used for agreed purposes only through robust data security measures.

Timeline

This consultancy will take place in the month of June 2021 with the final approved report submitted within a timeframe of 21 days. Final work plan duration shall be agreed with the selected consultant before signing of the agreement.

Key Tasks

The key tasks for this consultancy that would ensure that the consultant(s)/firm will achieve the above will be to:

  • Develop a detailed inception report clearly demonstrating full understanding of the TOR, and proposed methodology and relevant instruments to achieve the objectives of the assessment. (maximum 7 pages)
  • Develop relevant tools for data collection.
  • Conduct desk review of relevant literature
  • Identify and interview key stakeholders including representatives of relevant departments from the County government
  • Field work: The assessment will involve field visits to individual enterprises, government and private stakeholders. The visits will involve meetings, interviews or focused group discussions as appropriate. The use of participatory tools for data collection and analysis is highly recommended. These will be discussed and agreed upon between the consulting firm and Practical Action.
  • Compile and present preliminary findings to stakeholder and Practical Action for feedback
  • Compile the final report taking into consideration feedback provided on the first draft.

Key Deliverables

1**.**Inception report containing the following**:**

  • Desk review findings
  • Methodological approach
  • Workplan
  • Data collection tools (maximum 7 pages excluding annextures)

2.Proposed data collection dates (subject to adjustment):
3.1st complete draft assessment report presented to PA
4.2nd complete draft assessment report, incorporating initial feedback
5.Validation of findings: Presentation of findings to stakeholders for validation by consultant– this will be organized by Practical Action
6.Final assessment report, incorporating second round of feedback and stakeholders’ validation feedback:(Final version to include an executive summary that can stand alone as a self-contained summary report)
7.High quality and concise PowerPoint Presentation capturing all key aspects of the report
8.Raw data sets in appropriate formats

Administrative and Logistical Support

  1. The Consultants will report to the Project Manager – TREYL with technical oversight by the M&E team.
  2. The project team will provide day to day support during the assignment. In order to support the actualization of this assignment and within stipulated timelines
  3. Practical Action will also provide the following: All necessary program documents (theory of change, log frame, etc.).Logistical support to lead consultant (including travel and accommodation)
  4. The consultants on the other hand will: Recruit and train research assistants (if necessary). Pay research assistants based on reasonable market rates. Facilitate field travel for the research assistants.

Consultant selection
This assessment should be undertaken by a senior consultant who has the range of skills and experience in order to deliver insightful findings. The consultant and team should be experienced in gender sensitive data collection techniques, and have the ability to lead the data collection team. It is expected that the consultant will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Extensive and demonstrated experience in designing, facilitating and coordinating rapid assessments in the development sector by non-governmental and donor (bilateral and multilateral agencies);
  • Over 7 years’ experience in youth economic empowerment sector with a focus on agriculture or an understanding of youth issues/youth based programming
  • Extensive and demonstrated experience in the use of mixed methods approaches(integrating quantitative and qualitative data);
  • Holds an MSc or MA (preferably PhD) in agriculture, fisheries, rural economic development or related field.
  • Extensive experience in the field of fisheries/aqua culture.
  • Experience in market systems development/value chain development
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate a multi-disciplinary team. Excellent communication skills – both interpersonal and written. Example reports will be requested.

Terms of Payment

Payment for the survey shall be done in three tranches as indicated below.

  • Tranche 1 (30% of the total cost): Upon successful submission of inception report
  • Tranche 2 (20% of the total cost): submission and acceptance of the of 1st draft of the report

  • Tranche 3 (50% of the total cost): submission and acceptance by Practical Action of the revised final report.

    Note that the payments will be done subject to the consulting entity meeting quality and timely
    delivery of stated task.

Guidelines for submission of expression of interest

A consulting entity that meets the above requirements and is available within the time limit indicated above should submit the following:

  • Proposal and capability statement with clear methodological approach (technical proposal) – Maximum 7 pages
  • Detailed financial proposal in Kenyan Shillings: If the team consists of several members, the professional fees should not be a mere daily rate, but it should be based on clearly shown time allocation by each member of the team to the various evaluation activities.
  • Evidence of experience in similar work. (attach 2 recent reports of similar work)
  • Annexed to the proposal should be CVs of the team outlining previous experiences and accomplishment.

How to apply

A consulting entity that meets the above requirements and is available within the time limit indicated above should submit the following:

  • Proposal and capability statement with clear methodological approach (technical proposal) – Maximum 7 pages
  • Detailed financial proposal in Kenyan Shillings: If the team consists of several members, the professional fees should not be a mere daily rate, but it should be based on clearly shown time allocation by each member of the team to the various evaluation activities.
  • Evidence of experience in similar work. (attach 2 recent reports of similar work)
  • Annexed to the proposal should be CVs of the team outlining previous experiences and accomplishment.
    Complete proposals shall be submitted via email to recruitment@practicalaction.or.ke with subject line “Rapid Assessment for Fish Market system’’ so as to reach Practical Action on or before 13th June, 2021.
    At Practical Action, we treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.
    We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.
    The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in Kenya.