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Monday, February 27, 2017

Fairtrade Africa “Growing Women in Coffee” Project Self-Help Group and Micro-Enterprise Development Expert Job in Western Kenya

Fairtrade Africa (FTA)
“Growing Women in Coffee” Project in Western Kenya
Call for Applications – Micro-enterprise Development for Women Self –Help Groups
Vacancy: Self-Help Group and Micro-Enterprise Development Expert
Terms of Reference
1. Fairtrade Africa
Fairtrade Africa (FTA) www.fairtradeafrica.net is an independent non-profit producer network representing all Fairtrade certified producers in Africa.
Fairtrade Africa is owned by its members, who are African producer organizations certified against international Fairtrade standards.
Fairtrade Africa was officially registered in 2005 and believes in a world where all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods and fulfil their potential.
FTA contributes to achieving this in the following ways:
  • FTA represents producers within the global Fairtrade system. Fairtrade producers are co-owners of that system and they influence decisions that will impact on their lives
  • FTA builds producers’ capacity through training, partnerships and knowledge exchange
  • FTA promotes intra-African trade opportunities to create extra market access and offer African consumers the opportunity to shop sustainably
  • FTA raises awareness on trade justice by drawing attention to the concerns and challenges producers face
2. “Growing Women in Coffee” Project
“Growing Women in Coffee” project is a 3-year initiative (March 2015-February 2018) directly targeting 450 Fairtrade-certified smallholder women coffee farmers in Kabng’etuny FCS, Kapkiyai MCS and indirectly 20,000 coffee smallholder farmers affiliated to Kipkelion Union in western Kenya.
Activities are implemented by Fairtrade Africa in partnership with Fairtrade Foundation (UK) and Solidaridad Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC).
Project donors include the Big Lottery Fund (BLF-UK), Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission (GOAC), Jersey Overseas Aid Commission (JOAC) and Dutch Post Code Lottery Fund.
Target outcome areas:
  1. Improved livelihoods for 300 women farmers in Kabng’etuny FCS resulting from increased use of sustainable farming methods leading to improved quality and yields of coffee.
  2. Improved use of and access to natural resources through the adoption of green energy production by 300 households of women farmers in Kabng’etuny FCS, also resulting in lower levels of deforestation and less generation of harmful gases, mitigating climate change.
  3. Improved livelihoods for 150 women in Kapkiyai FCS through the transfer of coffee assets from men to women and improved representation and participation for women through the establishment of a Women’s Coffee Association
  4. Improved livelihoods for 450 women farmers in Kipkelion Union through support for the sale of branded women’s coffee into domestic markets and through the creation of a learning platform at Union level to spread benefits to women farmers beyond Kabng’etuny and Kapkiyai cooperatives
3. Key Tasks
Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is seeking professional services of a Self-Help Group (SHG) and Micro-enterprise Development expert with specific experience on rural women farmer empowerment to train 140 members of Kapkiyai Women in Coffee (WIC) Association aimed at developing their social & economic capacities under outcome 3 of ‘Growing Women in Coffee’ Project between March-May 2017.
Expected deliverables:
(i) Capacity build on all aspects of a Self –Help Group (SHG) i.e. formation, leadership, governance and sustainability plans
  • SHG formation, rules & regulations, leadership and conflict resolution strategies
  • Mobilizing and managing SHG savings and inter-lending – define member responsibilities
  • Bookkeeping and accounting
  • How to establish credit linkage with banks
  • How develop and manage common/revolving fund
  • How to take up income generating activities
  • How can an SHG become a vehicle for social development
  • Going beyond economic function of saving and credit to tackle social issues and problems (link with use of Fairtrade Premium)
  • Why and how to form networks with other self-help groups at micro/meso-level
  • Establishing linkages between SHG and external institutions at macro level
  • How can SHG achieve convergence of services?
(ii) Train and guide in establishing feasible ‘Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’ (MSME) for Kapkiyai WIC Association members under the following categories:
  • Micro Enterprise development related to crop diversification e.g. cultivation of African Leafy Vegetables, Passion fruits etc.
  • Micro-enterprise development related to good livestock husbandry e.g. dairy farming, poultry farm, livestock feed production etc.
  • Micro-enterprise development related to household-based operations/handicraft e.g. knitting, stitching, weaving, embroidery etc.
(iii) Develop a comprehensive business plan for identified micro-enterprise(s)
  • This should be realistic for immediate or medium term implementation
(iv) Submit a report to FTA on:
  • General training – agenda, no. of participants, training modules, notes and other tools
  • Kapkiyai WIC Association by-laws
  • Kapkiyai WIC business plan
  • Kapkiyai WIC Association SACCO structure & registration details
4. Skills, Qualifications and Experience
  • Extensive experience in micro-enterprise development for rural women Self-Help Groups
  • Extensive experience in development of group savings and lending schemes/SACCOs
  • Experience in Organizational Development for Smallholder Cooperative Societies/ Farmer groups  – preferably for export crops
  • A good understanding of Coffee sector in Kenya
  • Knowledge and experience in adult learning and participatory methodologies and approaches
  • Extensive experience in training communication, presentation and facilitation skills especially with Training of Trainer’s (ToT) model
  • A good understanding of and ability to access FTA’s project location and target beneficiary groups
  • Fluency in Swahili and local language (Nandi) an advantage
  • Good understanding of Fairtrade Principles, Standards and FTA Child Protection Policy
How to Apply
Interested firms/persons are requested to submit their technical & financial proposals outlining relevant qualifications, experience, thorough breakdown on proposed budget and contact details of three professional referees to recruitments@fairtradeafrica.net by 10th March 2017.
Successful candidate should be available to commence the assignment immediately.

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