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Terms of Reference for Sector Specialist: Condiments and High Speciality foods

This Terms of Reference (TOR) details the obligations and responsibilities to support interventions in the Condiments and High Specialty Foods Sector for Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA) Programme Value Chains Initiative.

Period of Performance: August 2021 – July 2022

Level of Effort: 40 days

Level of Expertise: Mid-Level

Supervision: Report to Senior Value Chain Advisor

Sector: Condiments and High Specialty Foods

Countries & Products: Botswana – Gourmet jams, iced teas, biltong, sauces, mopane treats, handcrafted chocolates, Marula products

Eswatini – Jams, fruit jellies, marmalades, purees and pastes, Pineapples and Citrus, prepared or preserved

1.1 Background and the objective of the TFSA programme

DAI provides management and technical support services to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) to support the TFSA programme. This programme will give both capacity building and technical assistance to help grow trade and find targeted solutions to improve gender equality in trade to alleviate povertyacross the SACU+M region (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa).

The main activities included in the programme are:

  1. Increased access to information and trade promotion;
  2. Support in compliance with market standards and integration in supply chain/value chains;
  3. Trade and customs training and improving access; and
  4. Equality for women in trade.

This programme expects to: increase opportunities to trade; overcome non-technical barriers (NTBs) to trade ingoods; improve export performance, and in doing so contribute to poverty reduction and have a gender positiveimpact on trade in SACU+M, as well as to help facilitate trade continuity between SACU+M countries and the UK post-EU exit.

1.2 Scope of work

The Sector Specialist will support the implementation of interventions designed to address barriers to export trade for the identified products in the condiments and high speciality foods sector in Botswana and Eswatini. The Specialist will engage with relevant sector Business Support Organisations to examine and coordinate the

interventions and apply the best approach in implementing the activities. The Specialist will ensure that the activities lead to the intended impact and that success stories and Monitoring, Research, Evaluation and Learning(MREL) results are captured by the TFSA Communications Adviser and MREL Manager, respectively, accordingto TFSA requirements. Additionally, The Specialist will consider best practices on integrating Gender andInclusion within the sector interventions.

The Specialist will undertake the following interventions;

  • Assist the Natural Products Association of Botswana (NPAB) and Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT) to developand deliver training and capacity building programmes and tools to support their members inunderstanding export processes and procedures. This capacity build must assist firms in complying withexport market
  • Support representative bodies, Customs and Excise, and companies on the correct application of the product Harmonised System (HS) classification of Speciality foods using natural ingredients found inBotswana and
  • Work with Africa House to support the B2B events for promoting regional market development for supplyinginto South
  • Support the interventions responding and addressing requests coming from Business Support Organisations (BSOs) through the TFSA Draw down Facility (DDF) Calls for proposals.
  • Provide sector-specific information for uploading onto the Trade Forward Southern Africa Information Huband sharing through the TFSA

Deliverables:

  • Training and capacity programmes and tools on export processes, procedures and requirements developed, adopted, delivered, and or disseminated by NPAB and SWIFT
  • Guidelines on product HS classifications developed and disseminated to representative bodies, customs andexcise and
  • Sector-specific information disseminated using TFSA Access to Information tools and resources
  • Validated MREL data at quarterly intervals for the duration of the assignment
  • Validated and approved case studies and success stories for TFSA documentation for the duration of the assignment at three-month intervals from the delivery of the inception report

At the end of the interventions, the NPAB and SWIFT should have increased capacity to support businesses inthe sector to understand export market processes and requirements. As a result of the intervention, companies can access and readily use the support provided to overcome regulatory barriers and increase their access toexport markets. Additionally, the representative bodies, customs and excise, and companies have a common and shared understanding of HS product classification of Condiments and Highspeciality foods.

1.3 Requirements

  • Relevant experience of the SACU+M region, working in the Condiments and High speciality foods sector and on the selected products and deep sector knowledge and expertise to implement interventions
  • Understanding of food standard quality and other export markets requirements of the selected products
  • Understanding of Condiments andHigh speciality foods HS classifications for the products in the sector
  • Previous experience working with industry organisations in the Condiments and High speciality foods
  • Decision-making ability and judgment based on significant technical and management experience
  • Experience in writing reports for corporations, donor agencies, and other audiences
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills and results-oriented delivery on similar assignments
  • Effective interpersonal communications and professional integrity
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