Consultant for Developing a Business Plan (22-05)
Call for consultancy services (22-05)
POSTING TITLE: Consultant for Developing a Business Plan DEPARTMENT: SSA
WORK LOCATION: The consultancy will be undertaken in Kenya and Rwanda, principally in Kigali and other sites within a 3–4hour drive to the capital.
CLOSING DATE: 16 August 2022
TheInternationalPotatoCenter(CIP)sub-SaharanAfricaprogram hasinvestedheavilyinthebreeding and development of vitamin A rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) varieties and promoted their diversified use. During the past year in particular, there has been an upheaval in global supply chains driven to conflict and COVID, with a resultant dramatic increase in global wheat flour and vegetable oil prices. This has stimulated considerable interest in the use of sweetpotato as a wheat flour substitute, particularly in countries like those in West and Central Africa where most of wheat flour is important and bread consumption is significant among urban consumers.
We are seeking to hire a consultant to conduct detailed financial analyses and develop up-to-date businessplansforseveralproductsusingsweetpotatoroots,especiallyOFSPtypes,asakeyingredient and describe the potential market for diverse products for distinct market segments in Rwanda and identify what are the major products the sweetpotato product(s) will be competing against and their prices.
Specifically, the consultant will:
• Review of relevant literature on puree development and other sweetpotato processed products.
• Meeting with relevant CIP scientists at an inception meeting to clarify expectations, review draft workplan and discuss any anticipated challenges.
• Adapt research instruments for conducting the financial analyses and updated business cases in Kenya and Rwanda and market analysis in Rwanda.
• Conduct interviews with relevant food technologists and agro-processors in Kenya and Rwanda.
• Review of regulatory environment and health regulations and tax requirements in Kenya. • Write-up of preliminary financial analysis in Kenya for six cases. Include sensitivity analysis of varying wheat flour and fresh root sweetpotato prices.
• Assessment of market size, opportunities for sweetpotato processed products, competitive products, and regulatory structure in Rwanda.
• Proposed workplan and data instruments for collection information from stakeholders. • Preliminary financial analyses for sweetpotato products in Kenya.
• First Draft of the comprehensive study report.
• Revised draft of the comprehensive study report and the 4 page brief approved by CIP Qualifications/special skills
• MBA or Master’s in applied economics.
• Minimum 10 years of experience doing financial analysis for agro-processing companies and constructing a business case for investment. • Expertise in developing business plans, including detailed financial analysis, for agro- processing enterprises, both small and large-scale.
• Knowledge of the East and Central African regulatory environment concerning agro-
processing companies (tax structure and health requirements).
• Experience in identifying and analyzing potential market segments.
• Excellent research and writing skills in English required.
• Good speaking knowledge of Kiswahili and/or Kinyarwanda preferred.
• Advanced knowledgeof allMS Office2010 or2013 applications, particularly Word, Excel, and
Expected duration and conditions:
• This consultancy contract is for 26 days on a retainer basis. Six weeks will be given for
completing the entire assignment.
• The payment is a fixed and consolidated fee based on a daily rate.
Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website
(http://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/), including a full C.V with the names and contact information of
three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work
experience. Screening of applications will begin August 16th, 2022 and will continue until the post is
filled. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
This consultancy WILL NOT have contact with children and vulnerable adults.
Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at http://www.cipotato.org.
CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from developing
countries are particularly encouraged to apply.