Myanmar

Call for Expression of Interest - Market and market access consultancy in Myanmar

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Malteser International (MI) is looking to commission a consultancy to support MI in Monghsat
District, eastern Shan State, Myanmar, to conduct a market and market access consultancy
in the project area to further define the project’s food security and livelihood activities. To this
purpose MI is interested in working with a consultant or a team of consultants.
The key deliverable will be:

  • Market Analysis and Value Chain Analysis report on agricultural and non-agricultural commodity, which includes an executive summary and practical recommendations that can be used to inform the food security, nutrition, and livelihoods interventions in Monghsat District and ensure viability, appropriateness, and ultimately sustainability.

“Market and market access consultancy in Monghsat District, eastern Shan State”

Place of Assignment: Myanmar (Monghsat District, eastern Shan State)

Consultancy Period: estimated 20 days in February 2022

Background

Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta for humanitarian aid, works in more than 28 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas for people in need, regardless of their religion, origin, or political affiliation. Its mission is to provide emergency relief as well as to implement rehabilitation measures and to facilitate the link between emergency relief and sustainable development. Christian values and the humanitarian principles of impartiality and independence form the basis of its work in the following areas: Relief, Reconstruction & Rehabilitation; Health & Nutrition; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH); Livelihood & Social Programs and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Malteser International first began working in Myanmar in 1996, implementing small scale relief projects with local partners, and it has been active with its own staff in the country since 2001. Today, Malteser International employs more than 300 national staff in Rakhine, Shan and Kayin states, where our work aims at ensuring communities have access to primary health care services. We also offer comprehensive WASH and disaster risk reduction/climate change adaptation solutions and provide relief after disasters. We strive to enable and empower the most vulnerable communities in marginalized areas through a participatory and sustainable approach.

Since September 2019 MI is implementing a food security, nutrition, livelihood, and WASH
project in Monghsat district in eastern Shan State. Monghsat District is a remotely located
multi-ethnic and multi-lingual district. The project The project is funded by the German Ministry
for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is currently in its third year of implementation
after having experienced delays due to external factors. The project will benefit
2 approximately 17,500 beneficiaries (ca. 9,100 women, 8,400 men) living in approximately 30
villages. The project comprises a component of food security, nutrition, and livelihood which in
turn is broken down into smaller packages: agriculture, livestock, and livelihoods.

In agriculture, farmer groups have been established. It is planned to develop seven demonstration
plots on modern and sustainable crop production system and technology suited to
potential market opportunities. Exchange visits have been initiated between farmer groups
from different communities to exchange on experiences, learn from each other and to identify
possible synergies between communities. Village volunteers have been trained as basic agricultural
extension workers to serve as entry points and multiplicators for agriculture related
information within communities.

In livestock, the project focusses on pigs as fodder and feeds for raising these animals can be
afforded by households. Demo farmers have been provided with improved breeds of pigs and
supported with advisory services. The project trained community animal health workers
(CAHW) whose main task is to assist in vaccination campaigns and to treat minor diseases of
animals on village level.

In non-agricultural livelihoods, interested young people, especially women and persons with
disability, will be identified and offered participation in vocational and skills training courses.
Courses will also include the establishment of business plans and marketing strategies. Participants
will form groups to support each other in the implementation of their business plans.
These training activities will lead to income generating opportunities for the underemployed
young population of the target area. This component has not yet started.
The project is also complemented with other activities in the field of nutrition with awareness
raising, WASH with constructions of water infrastructure, and development of local CSOs.

This consultancy is to assess how potential markets can be accessed and improved so that the community can sell their produce and increase household income.

Objectives of the assignment
The objective of the proposed consultant’s deployment to eastern Shan State is to carry out a
Value Chain Analysis and Market Assessment of agricultural and non-agricultural livelihoods
in Monghsat district (and beyond as appropriate) to provide evidence-based information to
project design. In particular, the assessment should shed light on the status and viability of
existing and potential markets and identify those which hold promise of employment opportunities,
product expansion, market viability, value addition opportunities, quality improvement
and input availability to small producers and rural communities.

Scope of Work
The contracted consultant will be responsible for implementation of this consultancy and producing
the expected deliverables. The detailed scope of work for the consultant/s includes but
not limited to the following:

  • Develop inception report including methodology, work plan, and time schedule
  • Liaise and working closely with project staff and MI staff both in eastern Shan State and Yangon
  • Undertake overall responsibility to conduct training for data collection team, develop the data collection instruments (both in English and Myanmar language), conduct pretest and finalizing data collection instruments, conduct and supervise the data collection,analyze the data, present the results, and submit the final report
  • The consultant(s) will be responsible for insurance coverage and all necessary equipment(e.g., computer) as well as communication costs

Malteser International will be responsible for:

  • Provision of information package on the project, project area and reports of relevant previously conducted assessments and studies that can inform the consultancy, e.g.,initial food security assessment report, baseline, gender, age, and disability inclusion (GADI) study and similar
  • Provision of Malteser International staff and/or community members to be trained as data collector
  • Logistical arrangements for the field work
  • Hotel accommodation during the stay in project area
  • Malteser International will take care of and cover for all local travel arrangements within eastern Shan State including one round trip/flight from Yangon to Monghsat
  • Malteser International will assist with the organisation of interviews with stakeholders, as recommended and aligned with the consultant
  • Malteser International will make sure that translation is available with all meetings at the project location when necessary

Suggested Methodologies
The consultant team will develop and propose the design and appropriate methodologies,which will be agreed with MI program staff. Methods that are participatory and based on two-way communication with stakeholder groups, especially the communities, are valued. The sample size for quantitative components, if applicable, should be representative and, yet, practicable.

Data collectors will draw from MI staff and communities in targeted townships (Monghsat and
Mongtong Townships) including ethnic communities in order to better capture the diversity and
heterogeneous feature of the population.

Expected Deliverables

Following are deliverables from this contract:

  • A brief but concise inception report (not exceeding 5 pages) indicating methodology, tools, workplan, and time schedule prior to field work and agreed upon with MI
  • A summary presentation with key findings and recommendations Myanmar language to be delivered in situ to the team prior to leaving the location
  • A draft report within 3 weeks of leaving the location to be shared with key staff. Feedback will be provided within 5 working days
  • The final report (not exceeding 30 pages, excluding annexes) including complete summarized transcribed qualitative data and/or cleaned data files (soft copy) in MS Excel format, including variables labeled in English within 6 weeks of leaving the location.
  • Summary power point presentation in English language presented via video conference to MI staff at country office and in Europe

The consultant(s) will work closely with designated MI staff in developing these materials.

Communication and reporting

The consultant shall communicate directly to project manager for all administration relatedmatters and for coordination in the field. Programmatic approaches and other deliverables shall
be discussed during coordination meetings or calls with Country Program Advisor and/or Program
Coordinator in eastern Shan State.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Postgraduate university degree or equivalent with relevant work experience in agricultural, agroeconomics or development studies
  • Strong writing and communication skills

General Professional Experience:

  • A minimum five years of experience in market research of agricultural products and value chain analysis
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with communities

Specific Professional Experience:

  • Fluency in English and Myanmar Language, knowledge of languages spoken in the project area (Chinese, Lahu, Shan, Arkhar) is an additional plus
  • Computer literacy (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)

How to apply

Expressions of Interest
Interested consultants should submit the following:

  • Technical offer including description of methodology and work plan
  • Financial offer including per diem, communication, and other related costs etc.

Only offers that fulfil all requirements will be taken into consideration.
Please email your technical and financial proposals to Malteser International:
mb.procurement-yangonmyanmar@malteser-international.org

The deadline for receiving technical and financial proposals is January 28th, 2022, at 17:00
(Myanmar Time).

Malteser International is an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications form all
people, regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, confession, or origin. Qualified
applicants from diverse background are encouraged to apply. Malteser International conducts
background and reference checks.