The European Alliance on Agricultural knowledge for Development

We are glad to share with you a new call for experts for a very interesting value chain analysis in Tunisia on Date.

The profiles are detailed below. Each expert will have 45 working days (50 for the team leader).The period for the study is end of October 2019 – April 2020.

The ToR will be circulated as soon as approved – but this is expected to be a standard study, undertaken by using the VCA4D methodology, as described in the ‘Methodological Brief. Tools and Methods’. https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/value-chain-analysis-for-development-vca4d-/documents/methodological-brief-v12

 

Please send the CVs of candidates to sara.baumgart@agrinatura-eu.eu and giorgia.mei@agrinatura-eu.eu , by Friday, 13st September, COB.

Context

Around 250.000 t of dates are produced yearly in the oases of Tunisia by some 60.000 producers, in particular in the South of the country. Almost half of this production is exported (the EU being the main destination) and the Tunisian dates offer good quality for niche markets. After olive oil, it is the second most important product for exports. Other than producers, the date value chain offers jobs for collectors, workers in packaging houses and exporters. Collectors, in particular, play a pivotal role in this VC.

To improve its position in international markets, efforts in Tunisia are being made to improve certification and traceability of products to be in line with international standards. With yields below the world average, the country’s levels of productions could also be improved, while guaranteeing the good management of natural resources.

The EU is in the process of negotiating a budget support programme on rural development in Tunisia. The VCA4D study will therefore not only provide an overview on the sustainability and inclusiveness of the date value chain that will serve as a basis for policy dialogue. It could also be used more generally as an example of how the VCA4D methodology could be relevant for calculating and monitoring indicators in other value chains.

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Experts profiles

1) Agricultural economist

S/he is a senior expert with deep knowledge and experience on value chain analysis from an economic point of view. S/he will elaborate financial and economic accounts of the VC actors and the VC (and VC sub-systems) as specified in the toolkit (see  https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/value-chain-analysis-for-development-vca4d-/documents/methodological-brief-v12).

S/he is able to undertake a full functional analysis with the support of his/her colleagues.

Experience on economic analysis in value chain, and in particular in developing countries, is required.

Experience in the date value chain is an asset.

Professional experience in Tunisia is appreciated.

Knowledge of French is required (and the report is to be delivered in French).

A collective training or at least an individual introduction to the software AFA will be made to the Economist prior to the first mission. In the case the training cannot be done before the first mission, it will be done before the second mission.

S/he will provide a report on Functional Analysis and Economic Analysis that will be included in the final report.

S/he will help the team leader to: (i) define the typology of actors that will be adopted throughout the study, (ii) formulate an executive summary and conclusions that combine the results of the different analyses in order to answer the framing questions and to finalise the report (rereading, formatting the report…).

 

2) Social expert

S/he is a senior expert with deep knowledge of and experience on social issues related to value chains in developing countries the project wants to delve into (gender equality, land and water rights, working conditions, living conditions, social capital, food and nutrition security).

S/he has experience at least in one (but preferably 2 of 3) of these domains and is able to handle and inform on the other ones.

Specific experience in social analysis of the agricultural sector in developing countries is required.

Experience in social aspects of the date value chains is an asset.

Professional experience in Tunisia is compulsory.

Knowledge of French is required (and the report is to be delivered in French).

Experience in stakeholder management or policy and practice capacities are a plus.

An introduction to the Social Profile as a guiding tool will be made to the Social Expert prior to the first mission.

S/he will provide a report on Social Analysis that will be included in the final report, based on a completed Social Profile.

S/he will help the team leader to: (i) define the typology of actors that will be adopted throughout the study, (ii) formulate an executive summary and conclusions that combine the results of the different analyses in order to answer the framing questions and to finalise the report (rereading, formatting the report…).

 

3) Environmental/LCA expert

S/he is a senior expert with deep knowledge of and experience on the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).

Experience on LCA value chain analysis in developing countries is appreciated.

Experience in agricultural value chains, in particular on dates, is required.

Professional experience in Tunisia will be appreciated.

Knowledge of French is required (and the report is to be delivered in French).

S/he will preferably use the SimaPro software for LCA.

S/he will provide a report on Environmental Analysis (together with the other environmental expert) that will be included in the final report.

S/he will help the team leader to: (i) define the typology of actors that will be adopted throughout the study, (ii) formulate an executive summary and conclusions that combine the results of the different analyses in order to answer the framing questions and to finalise the report (rereading, formatting the report…).

 

4) Date Value Chain National Expert 

S/he is a specialist of the date value chain in Tunisia.

Relevant knowledge of the national institutions (technical, economic and political ones) and stakeholders involved in the date value chain is required.

At the beginning of the study, s/he will provide overall information on the value chain, identifying key players and existing and relevant information and data for the analyses. The national expert will help to select the most relevant data from available sources, to clarify inconsistencies and to improve coherence between analyses.

S/he will facilitate and complete the data collection, in agreement to guidelines of the Team Leader.

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

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