Project Title: Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme: Value Chain Alliance for Livestock Upgrading and Empowerment (VALUE) Transforming Zimbabwe’s livestock based value chains for the future.
Goat Value Chain: Binga, Lupane, Nkayi, Matobo, Gwanda, Beitbridge, Rushinga, Mbire, Mudzi, Chikomba, Buhera & Chipinge,
Pork Value Chain: Marondera, Seke, Goromonzi, Murehwa, Chegutu, Zvimba, Makonde and Mhondoro-Ngezi districts
Position Location(s): Harare and Bulawayo
Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension
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Mercy Corps has been present in Zimbabwe since 2002 focusing its interventions on a multi sectoral market systems development portfolio mobilizing communities to promote small-scale agriculture and revive local economies. Its current operations focus on helping smallholder farmers increase their incomes and harvests through the power of technology and increasing urban household access to quality, reliable water, sanitation and hygiene services. Market driven approaches are at the heart of Mercy Corps’ programming globally. Mercy Corps facilitates the development of systems that increase incomes and improve access to goods and services, while reducing the risks and effects of shocks and stresses.
Purpose / Project Description:
Mercy Corps in partnership with Action Aid Zimbabwe, COSV, Michview, Zvikomborero Farms and Braford are implementing the EC VALUE Project in 20 districts in Zimbabwe. The project seeks to contribute to the development of an inclusive and diversified agricultural sector that promotes inclusive green economic growth. The project was designed considering consumption patterns of goat and pork meat, which were noted to be 50 – 60% in Harare and Bulawayo, with much of it in high-density suburbs. A Meat Market Study was conducted which identified 1271 butcheries, supermarkets and retailors in Bulawayo, Harare and periphery. On the other hand, more than 11000 small to medium producers (SMP) were identified to participate in the project under the GVC and the PVC. Relevant infrastructure such as 12 Goat Improvement Centres (GIC), 2 Goat Holding Centers (GHC), Goat Producer Business Association (GPBA), Pork Producer Business Syndicates (PPBS) amongst others are now in place. The project has developed a direct Wholesale Meat Marketing Strategy for retail marketing linking GPBAs and PPBSs with licensed small independent butcheries selling meat products to low-income urban families from the various high-density suburbs of Greater Harare and Bulawayo. Ultimately, the project seeks to have MEAT Cooperative structures developed servicing the Harare and Bulawayo urban markets, providing a coordinated marketing approach of all support services including cold stage chains for all BMUs and potentially other types of meat production.
This contract serves to engage the services of a Market Facilitator who will implement the Direct Wholesale Meat Marketing Strategy, linking GPBAs and PPBSs with licensed small independent butcheries, with the specific activities listed below, under the sub-heading, “Market Facilitator Activities”
Duties and Responsibilities
• To implement the strategy for direct marketing of goat meat and pork between farmer association and licensed independent in the urban markets of Harare and Bulawayo for increased profits margins for the small to medium producers.
• Build viable and resilient business relationships between GPBAs and PPBS and private meat market actors under the GVC and the PVC.
Market Facilitator Activities:
The Market Facilitator will:
• Profile 600 licensed independent butcheries identified in Bulawayo/ Harare urban during the meat market.
• Identify 200 butcheries, supermarkets and retailors with the greatest will, incentive and drive to work with the GPBA and PPBS under the project.
• Facilitate contract signing between GPBAs/ PPBS in project location and identified 200 small butcheries, supermarkets and retailors participating in consignment stockiest schemes.
• Collecting weekly requirements/ supplies of wholesale meat packages of pork, goat meat on consignment for retail marketing at agreed prices with the participating small butcheries.
• Informing the GPBA BMUS through the BDOs on weekly requirements/supplies of goat and pork meat required in participating small butcheries, supermarkets and retailors of greater Bulawayo, thus enabling farmers to aggregate accordingly.
• Monitoring and evaluation of changes in sales volumes of contracted small independent licensed butcheries and realized profit margins for GPBS and PPBS on a weekly basis.
• Document lessons for further development of the direct marketing consignment and credit stockist programme.
• Facilitate further development of direct marketing opportunities may include online WhatsApp enabled placement of meat orders for direct retail market deliveries of specified quality-assured meat cuts to the consumer’s home (big orders) or to the local meat retailers (small orders)
Market Facilitator Deliverables:
The Market Facilitator will accomplish the following:
1. 600 identified licensed butcheries, supermarket, retailors are profiled in the Harare and Bulawayo urban clearly indicating contact details, locations, meat demands and requirements, pricing and other variable listed in the profiling tool
2. Shortlist of 200 butcheries, supermarkets and retailors from the identified 600, these with the greatest will, incentive, and drive to work with the GPBA/PPBS under the project.
3. At least 200 contracts signed between GPBAs/ PPBS in project location and the identified 200 small butcheries, supermarkets and retailors participating in consignment stockiest schemes
4. Production of weekly requirements tracker detailing supplies of wholesale meat packages of pork, goat meat on consignment for retail marketing at agreed prices with the participating small butcheries and inform the BDOs for aggregation.
5. Weekly Sales Volumes, Price, Profit Margin Tracker - Tracking sales volumes, prices of contracted small independent licensed butcheries, supermarkets and retailors and realized profit margins for GPBS and PPBS on a weekly basis.
6. Documentation of lessons for further development of the direct marketing consignment and credit stockist programme.
7. Order tracking for online meat orders for direct retail market deliveries of specified quality-assured meat cuts to the consumer’s home (big orders) or to the local meat retailers (small orders)
Timeframe / Schedule:
• Profiling 600 licensed independent butcheries, supermarkets and retailors; 31 July 2021
• Shortlisting of 200 butcheries ; 31 July 2021
• 200 contracts signed between GPBAs/ PPBS in project location and identified 200 small butcheries, supermarkets and retailors; 31 July 2021
• Production of weekly requirements tracker : weekly (Thursday of every week)
• Weekly Sales Volumes, Price, Profit Margin Tracker : weekly (Thursday of every week)
• Order tracking for online meat orders weekly (Thursday of every week)
The Market Facilitator will report to:
EC VALUE Project-Value Chain and Market Systems Development Specialist
The Market Facilitator will work closely with:
The GPBA and PPBS
BMU official, the Business Development Officer (BDO) under each association
Independent Butcheries, Supermarkets and Retailors
Project Management Team members from the VALUE project
Qualifications and Experience
Required Experience & Skills:
• A minimum of BA/S or equivalent in economics, agri-business, rural development or a relevant field; an advanced degree is an added advantage
• At least 5 years agriculture/livelihoods program implementation experience using market-based approaches
• Demonstrated experience in implementing market systems development programming
• Experience working in consortiums and stakeholders in Market Systems Development (MSD) with demonstrated evidence of continued learning and adaptation
• Strong communication, writing and report development skills
• Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player
• Experience working effectively with the private and public sectors as well as working with smallholder farmer groups in the livestock value chains.
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How to Apply
To apply, please send one document that includes your cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, 3 contactable references and your CV to Mercy Corps Human Resources at [email protected] by 12pm on 28th of June 2021.
Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for in the email subject line “Market Facilitation”.
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity organization and encourages both female and male candidates to apply.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Shortlisting will proceed as applications are received.