|Date||07 Oct 2019|
Nathan Associates London Limited is implementing the Market Development (MADE) Programme for Northern Ghana which is due to end in February 2020.
The MADE programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), supports DFID Ghana’s objective of promoting growth and reducing poverty in the 63 districts covered by the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) covering the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ) of Ghana, now rechristened Northern Development Authority (NDA) by an act of parliament.
More specifically, the MADE Programme is expected to improve the incomes and resilience of poor smallholder farmers (SHFs) and small-scale rural entrepreneurs (SSEs) in the NDA by improving the way that markets work. The programme uses the Market System Development (MSD) approach and aims to achieve a positive change in annual real incomes for 78,000 SHFs and SSEs by promoting, facilitating and supporting the development, adoption and use of new or improved business models, technology and agronomic practices to help increase agricultural yields, productivity and competitiveness and thereby contribute to increased sales and turnover. The programme is partnering with selected agribusinesses and support enterprises.
Background information on the assignment
At the beginning of 2019 the Ghana MADE programme began designing a pilot to test the use of a benchmarking tool and examine its potential to both analyse the current 33 MADE partner agribusiness and highlight which parameters can be improved to allow them to follow higher growth paths. Within the context of a market systems approach, the pilot was expected to generate learning on the applicability of this new approach, with an explicit recognition that modifications to the approach may need to be undertaken during the course of implementation.
It was envisaged that the intervention would introduce a conduit by which SMEs can understand what and where their weaknesses are; what can be done to improve them; and identify specific and targeted professional support services to improve these deficiencies. By adopting this more targeted company specific support, coupled to working with commercially driven BDS providers, there was an opportunity for: i) agribusinesses over time to see the value of these services; and ii) allow more commercially driven and targeted BDS service providers to be established in Northern Ghana.
The initial assessments (using an off-the-shelf benchmarking tool) were undertaken through three contracted BDS providers: Open Ghana; Tradeline Consult which both have offices in Tamale; and MDF West Africa which is an international BDS / training provider. The exercise was overseen by a locally recruited company, Knowledge and Skills that acted as the Project Manager and responsible for coordinating the assessment component of the exercise.
An assessment of the 33 MADE partner agribusinesses were concluded in June 2019 which included feedback from firms, and ScopeInsight assessing and certifying the quality of analysis undertaken
Phase II assessment of non-MADE supported agribusinesses commenced in June 2019 and concluded by early July 2019 with 20 non-MADE agribusiness being assessed. The need to obtain a “control group” sample of agribusinesses was considered an important facet of the exercise as it would provide MADE supported partners an understanding of where they stood in the spectrum of general agribusiness performance within the country.
Objective of the Assignment
The broad objective of the benchmarking assignment are as follows;
The main objective of this short-term technical assistance support is to:
Key roles and responsibilities
Required Skills or Experience
How To Apply
Candidates must have the experience and qualifications listed above to apply
Applications close – 17th October 2019.
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