ICAFIS New Job - Consultant for GRAISEA Project

Recently, ICAFIS has partnered with OXFAM in the implementation of the the regional project “Gender Transformative & Responsible Agribusiness Investments in South East Asia (GRAISEA). The overall goal of the project is economic empowerment of women and enhancement of small scale producers. This will be acheived through promotion and application of CSR framework/practices by multi-stakeholders and through demonstrated adoption of responsible and inclusive practices in shrimp value chain in Vietnam

The expected outcomes of the regional project are:

-          Shrimp value chain actors, including small scale producers/groups, collectors/self-employed traders, processors/exporters and communities (disaggregated by gender) enhance generated incomes and share in decision making, division of labour and benefits in households and value chain using GALS methodology

Specifically, the project’s objectives are as follows:

-          Improvement of women economic leadership though capacity development, allowing their voices to be heard and risk reduction

-          Development of a socially, environmentally responsible, economically beneficial and inclusive shrimp value chain

-     Community groups including women are empowered, involved and benefit from responsible shrimp aquaculture practices including Good Aquaculture Practices(GAPs) to minimize social and environmental impacts to surrounding communities.

Under this regional project, ICAFIS is responsible for a pilot project in Soc Trang province. The project aims to empower women in shrimp value chain in Soc Trang by enhancing their incomes recieved and strengthen decision making through CRS and responsible shrimp aquaculture practices (ASC, VietGAP, SAIP - ASEAN, particularly PSIA/GALS). Study targets include 14 collaborative shrimp producer groups and 5-10 processors/traders/exporters in My Xuyen district, Soc Trang province.

ICAFIS is looking for a consultant team to conduct a baseline study for a pilot project in My Xuyen district, Soc Trang province. Findings from the study will be shared to related stakeholders in shrimp value chain in Soc Trang province. Data collected from the baseline study will be used for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) of the GRAISEA project in Vietnam and contribute to the Regional Program in the South East Asia region (SEA).

The specific objectives of the study are:

(1)   To have baseline data for key criteria in supporting the monitering and evalutation of the GRAISEA project

(2)   To gain an understanding of the status and profile of shrimp value chain development as well as identify key actors (including position, capacity, power and benefits in the value chain) including small-scale producers, collectors/middleman and processors

(3)   To analyze market development and linkages between farmers, collectors/middleman and processors

(4)  Identify the roles of women/key actors in the value chain, identify gender gaps in household and community levels and provide recommendations for possible interventions/actions

The methods and tools of the survey is to;

Collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative baseline data on income and decision making power, taking into account gender inclusivity and shrimp value chain. The current production practices including, production volume, value, sales, income indices and market niches will also be of interest.

The following are key approaches and tools recommended for the survey

(1)   Value chain analysis (including Power Analysis, Market Mapping Analysis)

(2)   Gender analysis (including labour division, decision making, social empowerment)

(3)   Household interviews

(4)   Group Focus Discussions

(5)   Stakeholder Consultation Meetings


The following are the expected deliverables:

  • Inception report –15 days post field data collection completion 
  • Survey instruments
  • Detailed sampling plan
  • Data sets
  • Draft report
  • Final report both in soft and hard copy

The final report should include at minimum the following elements

  • Executive summary
  • Detailed data/analytical data tables (soft copies) preferably in SPSS, STATA or CSPro 4.0
  • Filled questionnaire (original hard copies) and detailed notes of Focus Group Discussions
  • Profile of respondents
  • Table of contents
  • Background – brief project description and context
  • Purpose and expected use of the survey
  • Methodology including sampling
  • Objectives of the survey
  • Summary of the methodology and data collection techniques
  • Main findings including the values of all project monitoring performance indicators
  • Key observations
  • Lessons learned and recommendations for future data collection
  • Conclusion

Annexes to the report

Terms of reference of the study

Time schedule / Time table

Survey instruments

All outputs are required to be submitted to ICAFIS in both English and Vietnamese, including hard copies and in electronic format. Hard copies should include all figures, tables and maps included within the text


Time for completing the assignment and provision of final report is of 8 weeks of signing the contract agreement. The consulting firms will provide a work plan detailing all activities.

Qualifications for the consultants

The consultants should have proven skills and experience in conducting baseline and/or impact assessments,

Experience in the value chain analysis in the seafood in the Mekong Delta

Knowledge of gender and social issues in aquaculture production in the Mekong Delta
They must be committed to and able to meet deadlines. They are willing to work in the field in remote areas where data is retrieved from poor households.

Furthermore, the consultant should have strong computers skills, SPSS/EPI Info/STATA software, as well as strong written and oral communications skills, including fluency in English and Vietnamese.

A detailed workplan needs to be prepared by the consultant for the approval by ICAFIS before implementation of the baseline survey.

Report submission: Report in accordance to the agreed outline, including questionare, datasheet, photos, etc.


Payment schedule:Proposal Submission

The payment will be made in two separate instalments. The first payment of 50% of contracted value will be transferred to consultant after signing a contract for field work. This ratio is based on the workload and operation costs occurring when the consultant will be conducting the survey and studying the project site. The remaining contracted value will be paid out after the final report is evaluated and accepted by ICAFIS.

The Consultant Proposal should be submitted in English by email to lap.dinhxuan@icafis.vn

before  5PM on 10 July 2015. The Proposal should be specified in terms of:

-       Introduction of the consultant’s background and related experience

-       Technical methods to achieve the assignment objectives and deliver the expected outputs in a timely fashion;

-       The activity plan;

-       The proposed personnel (with CVs);

-       The  financial breakdown proposal

Note: Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The contact person at ICAFIS:

Mr.Đinh Xuan Lap-Program Coordinator

Email: lap.dinhxuan@icafis.vn

Floor 3, Block A7, No. 10 Nguyen Cong Hoan St, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam

Mobile: +84-985024307

For more information access to ICAFIS Website: http://www.icafis.vn/en/icafis-new-project-graisea-project


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