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Nairobi, Nairobi Area 17 April

SPARD Africa Consulting Ltd

  • Description

    1.0 Background
    SPARD Africa Consulting is a leading consulting company in Eastern Africa, whose mission is to serve our clients and help them to find working and innovative solution that are professionally and technically sound and relevant to their needs. Our vision is to grow into a vibrant and competitive company and most importantly operate as a center of excellence in providing capacity building and consulting services in Africa. In all we do, we are driven by three main core values namely, Professionalism, Integrity Empowerment and Innovation.

    2.0 Introduction to FCMSD
    SPARD Africa is scaling up its fodder enterprise through an out grower model in Makueni and Taita Taveta counties with support from KCDMSD project. The scale up phase is two pronged as it is working on both the supply and demand side. On the supply side, our intervention will involve integrating the small-scale farmers in production while addressing the bottlenecks that limit them from commercializing production. On the demand side, our interventions will be to develop our market among the upcoming smallholder dairy farmers in the upper areas of these counties. This assignment is focusing on our intervention on the demand side as one major step in opening new market for our products.
    There has been interventions to promote dairy farming in Makueni and Taita Taveta by the government and donors in the last 10 years. This has stimulated an increasing number of small scale farmers who are interested in commercial dairy farming, mainly to meet the large milk supply gaps in these semi-arid areas. Unlocking of the potential for dairy is however limited by lack of feeds, both quality and quantity along with high seasonal variations in quality and quantity. The land sizes in the dairy production zones are quite low and cannot provide adequate feeds all year round.
    A key element in what is missing in the fodder supply chain is the infrastructure to provide advice, guidance and access to quality hay and, indeed, wider dairy husbandry advice. Consequently there is limited farmer awareness on utilization of quality hay to increase livestock production and productivity and inability to gain access to consistent and appropriately priced supplies which has contributed exclusion of many farmers in semi-arid areas from commercial dairy production.
    Our strategy to grow and sustain our market is therefore to enhance the adoption and uptake of quality hay as a key input in profitable dairy farming in order streamline demand all year round. As such our interventions under this objectives will be to address the bottlenecks that limit the uptake and adoption of quality (off farm) fodder among the smallholder dairy farmers, and therefore promote dairy productivity. To achieve this, we have designed an extension model that involves engagement of the Community Based Facilitators at both the supply and demand side of the fodder value chain. The demand side of the value chain involves mobilization of dairy farmers who are the potential users of hay into dairy interest groups. Each CBF will be tasked to work with at least 5 dairy interest groups, with each group having a minimum of 20 members. There will be 8 CBF in Makueni and 7 from Taita Taveta counties. The work of the CBF in this end of the value chain will be as follows:
    • Sensitizing and recruiting at least 5 dairy interest groups
    • Train and facilitate formation of saving and credit schemes in all groups and thereafter provide mentor-ship to the groups to effectively grow their schemes.
    • Training the dairy interest groups on all modules trained by project.
    • Facilitating various capacity building training's (fodder production and usage, dairy cow general practices, group dynamics saving and credit) etc. at group level;
    • Conducting group and home visits to provide support, backstopping, feedback and coaching to achieve the qualitative results of the project;
    • Providing close assistance to groups to establish proper record keeping and updating regularly (meeting minutes, group profile, collection of monthly savings and loans, income and expenditures, production and productivity information, etc.);
    • Promoting use of quality hay by the dairy farmers to increase production and productivity
    • Aggregating demand from groups of dairy farmers and communicating the same to the Extension and Market Development Officers.
    • Collecting feedback from dairy farmers on the quality of hay and delivery systems in and relying to the extension officers for support
    • Identifying any bottlenecks that limit the use of quality hay by farmers and communicating the same to the extension officers
    • Facilitating the groups to conduct Participatory Planning and reviews
    • Collecting and compiling monthly and quarterly information from group members as required
    • Identifying best practices, case stories, case studies, lesson learned and highlights of the groups in the project area for the extension officers to document
    • Identify business opportunities for themselves to make their work sustainable

    3.0 About the Assignment
    Our objective of CBFs is the first step towards stimulating commercial dairy production in Makueni and Taita Taveta by equipping farmers with knowledge and skills required to become commercial dairy farmers, investing in quality inputs and utilizing services for maximum production and productivity. The Objective of this assignment is to provide practical training to the community based facilitators (CBFs), with required knowledge and skills in dairy production and particular feeds and feeding, which they can in turn pass to farmers. The objectives of this training therefore include:
    1. To train the CBFs and TOTs on dairy husbandry practices, with specific emphasis on feeds and feeding, including feeding technologies lik
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Requirements

  • Minumun level of education: Bachelor´s Degree
  • Years of experience: 3
  • Language(s): English
  • Availability for travel: Yes
  • Availability for change of residence: No

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