TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANCY IN DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPETENCY BASED AGRIBUSINESS CURRICULUM, TRAINING MATERIALS, AND FACILITATING AND MANAGING THE VALIDATION PROCESS OF THE CURRICULUM
Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) is a regional membership organization for the grain value chain in the Eastern Africa region whose objective is to develop and promote Structured Grain Trading Systems.
EAGC, in partnership with Global Communities, is implementing the Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); which intends to increase agricultural trade through improving agribusiness small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and farmer organizations access to markets and financing in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.
AIMS has three major objectives: 1) to increase use of financial services through; 2) facilitate Buyer-Seller Relationships; and 3) improve the capacity of SMEs through business development services (BDS) for agribusiness SMEs and farmer organizations.
EAGC, under the AIMS program, recently conducted a study to profile agribusiness SMEs in Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania engaged in the grain sector and to understand their business development needs to grow their business, access financing and increase trade value and volumes. The study identified three (3) priority areas for training: marketing; record keeping, and financial management in the three target countries
EAGC intends to develop curriculum to address the training needs identified in the earlier assessment and enable SMEs in the grain and pulses sectors to build their capacity in those areas to be better able to access financing and markets. EAGC invites proposals from individuals and/or consulting firms with proven experience and expertise in developing curricula, training materials, and pre –testing of training materials in the three identified areas marketing; record keeping, and financial management.