Job Vacancy: Product Development Consultancy, Nairobi, Kenya - ONGOING RECRUITMENT

Background
DRC has been operating in Kenya since 2005, where it offers humanitarian assistance to ref-ugees and displacement-affected communities by implementing protection and livelihoods activities that increase their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC works in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, as well as in Nairobi and Mombasa to assist urban-based refugees.
Since 2012, DRC has been implementing livelihoods activities for refugees and host com-munity members in Nairobi, Mombasa and peri urban areas. DRC’s livelihoods activities fo-cus on improving self-reliance through improving economic capacities in businesses and trade. DRC promotes and advocates for the protection of right to livelihood and the right to protection for refugees residing in the camps and urban areas
Purpose
The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct training on trade value chains to enhance refu-gees and hosts community skills and knowledge in product development. The training is ex-pected to cover a wide range of topics in value addition which includes product designs, quality, branding, packaging, labelling, innovation and marketing/promotion.
Objectives
The objective of the training is to increase refugees and host community’s knowledge and skills in product development of five (5) identified products. It is expected that after the train-ing, refugees and host community would utilize skills and knowledge acquired to meet cus-tomer needs, market standards and competitiveness of their products.
Scope of Consultancy
The consultant is expected to conduct the training in Nairobi. The training will primarily target PoCs who are involved in apparel, food and handicrafts value chains including DRC staff. The trainings are organized in sessions and each training session is planned to last for one day. It is expected that the consultant will generate, develop, screen ideas and concepts, test concepts, analyze markets for each of the products, develop the products and conduct mar-ket tests for all five (5) identified products, implement and commercialize the ideas. The con-sultancy is expected to begin on 1st September 2016 for a period of 15 days. The consultant will work closely with Urban Programme Coordinator and Livelihood Officer.
The scope of work for this training includes the following;
  • Develop an inception report detailing the process and methodologies to be employed to achieve the objective of this consultancy as stated above. It should include a detailed work plan for the training, and present the same to DRC for review and further inputs.
  • Develop/Produce customized training manual on branding, packaging, labeling, market research and standardization.
  • Conduct trainings on Branding, Packaging and Labelling of Peanut Butter and confec-tioneries.
  • Conduct Market Research and global trends analysis trainings of handicraft products e.g. banana fibre and wood carvings artwork, beadwork, apparel (Vitenge) related products value chains
  • Train PoC on pricing strategy methodologies for each product.
  • Develop a marketing plan for the 5 identified products
  • Conduct market tests for 5 identified products
  • Develop a marketing strategy for the 5 identified products.
  • Present a draft training report to DRC team for review before producing a final report
Methodology
The consultant/consultancy firm will be required to provide a detailed methodology of how he/she will carry out the training.
  • The consultant is expected to develop a training methodology, all necessary tools, and determine the outlines/structure of the report in line with the proposed sections in the scope of work above.
  • The consultant should conduct a desk review with documents provided by DRC and doc-uments furnished from the consultants own references. All references need to be listed in the final report.
  • The consultant is requested to use participatory learning approaches during trainings (role plays, simulations, case studies, stories etc.)
  • The consultant is expected to plan his/her work and ensure sufficient time is spent in practical aspects of the training.
  • The consultant is required to submit a draft report for review and make the necessary changes as directed by DRC technical staff. The report will be deemed finalized when the Urban Coordinator signs it off.
  • The trainers should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the training is designed and con-ducted to respect and protect the rights and welfare of the people and communities involved and to ensure that the training is technically accurate and reliable and contributes to organiza-tional learning and accountability. Any photos and or stories documented should have in-formed consent of beneficiaries.
Key deliverables/outputs
  • Inception Report
  • 15 Training Manuals
  • Pre and Post Training Assessment Report
  • Post training report-in soft and hard copy clearly highlighting recommendations
  • List of Participants
Duration of Assignment
The timeframe for this consultancy is 15 days, from the time the contract is signed.
Expected Profile of Consultant
Academic:Post‐graduate degree in economics, trade development, entrepreneurship or business de-velopment.
Experience:
  • At least 7 years in Business Development
  • 5 years documented experience in training SME trade enterprise
  • 2 years experience in Brand development and positioning
  • 2 years experience in product reengineering and redesign
  • Excellent written and spoken English/Kiswahili and or Somali
  • Familiarity with community - based and participatory project development
Commitments
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html)
Reporting Arrangements
The Urban Programme Coordinator is the overall in charge of the consultancy. The training will be supervised by the Livelihoods Officer.
GENERAL
Terms and Conditions
  • The Consultant must be available to commence the training 1st September 2016 and able to provide final report by 30th September 2016.
  • The consultant should adhere to the UNHCR coordinated security guidelines. DRC does not guarantee security of the consultant and will therefore not be liable for any eventuality. Nevertheless, any relevant security updates will be shared with the consultant when nec-essary. The consultant must abide by DRC security rules and directives
  • The consultant must complete work within the stipulated time frame
  • The consultant must operate within the budget allocated.
  • The consultant must adhere to and sign DRC’s Code of Conduct
  • For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please visit www.drc.ngo.
DRC’s Responsibilities
DRC will:
  • Provide information on the context and project
  • Accompany the consultant to the training venue as mutually agreed between DRC and the consultant
  • Make arrangements for training venue and stationery.
  • Provide consolidated feedback/guidance on draft reports
  • DRC shall provide the trainees with transport to the training area during the training period.
Evaluation and Award of Consultancy
DRC will evaluate the proposals and award the assignment based on technical and financial feasibility. DRC reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received without giving reasons and is not bound to accept the lowest or the highest bidder

HOW TO APPLY:
Application Process
Interested applicants who meet the required profile are invited to submit an expression of in-terest including:
  1. CV with details of qualifications, experience, contact details and names of three ref-erees
  2. Technical proposal that summarizes your understanding of the TOR, the proposed approach and tools to be used for the assignment,
  3. financial proposal providing cost estimates of daily consultancy fees
  4. The foreseen work plan for the days
  5. Contacts of three organizations that have recently contracted you to carry out a simi-lar assignment
Interested parties should forward the expression of interest, in English on this link www.drc.ngo under vacancies no later than 14th August 2016
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please con-tactjob@drc.dk
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