Posted on :
27 Jul, 2017
27 Jul, 2017
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Job Title: Storage Partnership Experts
Project Overview and Role
The USAID Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project (USAID FinGAP) addresses a key constraint restricting the development of commercial agriculture and obtaining full food security in Ghana ? access to finance necessary to enable investment in agricultural value chains. USAID FinGAP uses a comprehensive approach to facilitate agriculture related investment, engaging a broad range of Ghanaian Financial Institutions (or FIs; including banks, private equity firms, leasing companies, investment funds, etc.) in providing agricultural oriented financing, in partnership with strategic investors and buyers of rice, maize and soya in Northern Ghana. USAID FinGAP also facilitates investment in the agriculture sector in Ghana that will complement other Government of Ghana (GOG) and donor programs aimed at expanding commercial agriculture.
USAID-FinGAP?s Agribusiness Opportunities Development (AOD) Unit, identifies, develops, and supports agribusinesses for investments through market linkages with investors that integrate SMEs and smallholders to promote equitable participation of farmers in their supply chains. A core component of this work is developing public-private partnerships (PPPs) with strategic anchor firms to create platforms for the deployment of financing solutions for smallholder farmers.
USAID FinGAP recently completed an internal performance assessment to quantify the impact of project activities on both direct beneficiaries (namely small, medium, and large enterprises (SMiLEs) who receive direct support from FIs and Business Advisory Service (BAS) providers) and indirect beneficiaries (the smallholder farmers linked to SMiLE recipients of financing). While the assessment found that the finance and investment facilitated by USAID FinGAP has had a significant impact on business growth, profitability, and livelihoods of both direct and indirect beneficiaries, it also identified a number of challenges faced by SMEs and smallholders that continue to limit their profitability and prevent the project from maximizing its impact. Farmers specifically noted challenges related to a lack of irrigation, high cost of inputs, access to machinery and tractor services, and inadequate options for affordable storage facilities. With respect to storage:
USAID-FinGAP aims to tackle the challenges described above through the creation of strategic PPPs with technology providers and anchor SMiLEs, which include structured financing arrangements with partner FIs, to make these solutions accessible and affordable.
Objective and Primary Duties
The objective of this STTA assignment is to support USAID FinGAP to design and implement PPPs that will increase access to storage solutions appropriate for both smallholder farmers and SMiLEs, and demonstrate the benefits of investing in these solutions. These benefits include reduced crop losses, increased profits, and potentially increased revenue, particularly for SMiLEs who will be able to expand raw material purchases. It is envisioned that multiple PPPs (3-4) could be created which provide solutions to the varied needs of SMiLEs and smallholders. The consultant will develop PPPs which offer storage solutions for smallholder farmers and small SMiLEs, as well as warehouses for larger firms. In addition, the consultant should evaluate prospects for working with the Ghana Grains Council, as well as with the Ghana Commodities Exchange (GCX) which requires certified and regulated warehouses to store grains for trading. If feasible, the latter would enable the establishment and operation of warehouses throughout the grain belt.
With the support of a CCN Partnerships Specialist, the Storage Partnerships Expert will identify PPP partners, advise on the structure of the PPPs and roles and responsibilities of key partners (including USAID FinGAP); determine the financing requirements and advise on appropriate financing products that can be developed by USAID FinGAP?s project team and BAS network, and rolled out through partner PFIs; facilitate discussions between PPP partners and obtain PPP agreements signed by partners; and develop PPP work plans with detailed action items, milestones, and timelines for implementation.
Specific Functions and Responsibilities
The Storage Partnerships Expert will complete the following tasks:
All deliverables must be completed in English.