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Call for Expression of Interest to conduct Policy Analysis and Policy Dialogue on Development and Scaling up of Value chain Initiatives

Display Date: 7/7/17

As agriculture and food markets have expanded in Asia and the Pacific, Asia Pacific Region’s (APR) financing of pro-poor market systems has grown substantially. In spite of the growing opportunities, IFAD implementing partners face significant challenges in effectively integrating smallholders through development of functional/improved market systems. The diversity in contexts under which market systems are being promoted/ facilitated denotes that there is no single, simple blueprint. There are also significant gaps and variability in the capacities/competencies of implementing partners to effectively develop, execute and scale inclusive and poverty-reducing market systems.

To address these challenges, IFAD provides a grant with the overall goal that Governments and IFAD implementing partners in India, Indonesia, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Laos are identifying, designing, successfully implementing, measuring and scaling up market system development initiatives that increase incomes of the rural poor. The primary objective is to establish a self-sustaining network of regional and national centres of excellence to provide the technical expertise and training required to support IFAD’s executing partners in developing and scaling up successful business models of market systems.

To support the organization of multi-stakeholder dialogues where investment opportunities and the enabling framework affecting the development and upgrading of strategic value chains can be discusses among stakeholders and relevant partners, analytical works from centres and academia are crucial.
 
The Value-chain Capacity Building Network (VCB-N) is calling for Expression of Interest from all CoEs to conduct the analysis of constraints/bottlenecks and opportunities for implementation and scaling up of VC initiatives in their respective countries, and organize a policy dialogue in the country. In each country under the project, at least one qualified organization will be selected. Depend on the need and interest, CoEs can form a consortium with other CoEs or with other organizations to conduct this assignment.
For detail information on objectives and requirements, please see in the ToR.
 
The Expression of interests shall include:
• CV of the consultant (this may include CVs of at least two but no more than three individuals in case an organizations is bidding);
• Institution/company profile if applicable;
• Technical and Financial proposal including daily fees and travel budget;
• Proposed time schedule.
 
Interested candidates (institution or individual) should send their expression of interests to Thuy Vu at : Thuy.Vu@helvetas.org by 30 July 2017
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