AgroBIG finances Bahir Dar Terminal Market

Staff of AgroBIG with the award
The opening ceremony of the Bahir Dar Terminal Market took place on the August 13th 2022. During the opening festivities, AgroBIG and other partners were awarded with a trophy for the financial contribution towards the establishment of the terminal market. Present at the ceremony were representatives from the Regional President’s office, Heads of Bureau of Trade and of Finance, representatives from AgroBig 2 led by the Project Director, Mr. Berhanu Ayichew and other high-level officials.
The Bahir Dar Terminal market was jointly financed by World Bank, Amhara Regional Government and AgroBIG. Out of the 22 blocks that were constructed, two (mainly for horticulture products) were financed by AgroBIG. In addition, AgroBIG provided capacity building support (e.g. exposure visits to Oromia region) to prepare organization and management modality for the market.
Already 360+ wholesalers and retailers have signed off-taker and rental agreements with the enterprise.
AgroBIG was one of the financiers of the Terminal Market

The government of Finland provides over 10 million ETB to the Amhara national regional state rehabilitation and reconstruction fund for people in conflict-affected area

On the 7th of July 2022 at the President’s Office of the Amhara Region, Her Excellency the Ambassador of Finland to Ethiopia Ms. Outi Holopainen on behalf of the Finnish Government, presented contribution of 10 880 426 ETB directed to the Amhara National Regional State Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Fund for People in the Conflict-Affected Area (ARRF). The contribution was made available through flexible use of the funds of AgroBIG.

In addition, the Finnish Government has directed support to the Amhara region in various other ways: Finnish-Ethiopian bilateral project, COWASH has reallocated 21 million ETB from capacity development to rehabilitating of water points in conflict-affected areas in Amhara and Finland is directing 105 million ETB to school feeding in Amhara through UNICEF and the Bureau of Education.

H.E. President of Amhara Dr. Yilikal Kefale receiving the cheque from the Ambassador of Finland to Ethiopia Ms. Outi Holopainen and Special Advisor Mr. Sami Frestadius

At the ceremony, the Ambassador reminded, that bilateral development cooperation between Finland and Ethiopia dates back to the 1960s. Currently, the Government of Finland is funding projects in areas such as Agriculture and Rural Development, Water and Sanitation, Land Administration and General Education, the total investments being more than 2,6 billion ETB. The conflict affected many economic and livelihood areas in the Amhara region, also in the fields of these projects. The Ambassador underlined, that peace and stability are prerequisites for development: “We should not build and then rebuild.”

H.E. the President Dr. Yilikal Kefale thanked the Ambassador for the contribution, and applauded Finland being one of the firsts to make a contribution of this kind. He stated, that the conflict has caused massive damages and estimated that 290 billion ETB worth of infrastructure had been destroyed in the Amhara region. The director of the ARRF Dr. Abate Getahun also joined in thanking the Finnish government with acknowledging that “a friend in need, is a friend indeed.” Dr. Getahun also extended his gratitude to the AgroBIG project and wished for continued technical assistance from the project in repairing the damages caused in the agricultural sector.

Call for Short Term Consultants

Closing date: 18 March 2022

Link to download all TORs

Program for Agro-Business Induced Growth in Amhara regional state (AgroBIG) is a bilateral development programme funded by the Governments of Ethiopia and Finland. The Bureau of Finance (BOF) of Amhara Regional State is the responsible government coordinating agency.

The long-term goal of AgroBIG is to contribute to development that enables agriculture to provide sustainable livelihoods to people in rural Amhara, by supporting value addition within eight agricultural value chains to increase rural incomes and create jobs, with a particular emphasis on women and youth.

Currently, NIRAS Finland Ltd, the consulting company who is providing technical assistance for AgroBIG, is looking for qualified short-term consultants to support programme implementation.

(i) Short Term Consultancy to provide Facilitation Skills Training (re-advertized)

AgroBIG beneficiaries are adults, many of them with limited formal education background. Women often remain quiet in public events. Trainers and facilitators thus need thorough understanding of adult learning, and strong communication and facilitation skills to ensure that project participants engage actively and fully benefit from the time they invest in attending trainings and meetings.

The assignment is to design and carry out a three-day training programme for agriculture, agribusiness and other technical experts from relevant regional bureaus and woreda sector offices in the AgroBIG programme area. Three trainings shall be delivered, back-to-back, from one location in Amhara, to three groups of experts for 3 days each, i.e. a total of 9 days training delivered. Deliverables include an inception report detailing approach and time-table, training materials and an end of assignment report.

The assignment will be carried out before the end of EFY 2014 (March-June 2022). Two consultants are needed (one lead and one assistant). The maximum chargeable days are 30 (19 for lead trainer, 11 for assistant). Individuals / companies may apply. Professional qualifications are found in the detailed Terms of Reference available for download

(ii) Short Term Consultancy to assess and support Social Inclusion Pilot

The AgroBIG identifies people living with disabilities (PWDs) as one of the target groups for intervention. Other vulnerable groups are the food insecure, youth, elderly, women and the disabled. At the start of the programme, a strategy for social inclusion was prepared. The objective was dual: to make sure that vulnerable groups are benefiting from and not negatively affected (further marginalized) from interventions.
From EFY 2012, a pilot scheme to include PWDs in value chain activities began. Resources from Community Coalition at kebele level and in-kind contributions by PWDs were pulled together and complemented with AgroBIG support to enable disabled community members start animal rearing, fattening and poultry activities.
The specific tasks are to (i) conduct a rapid assessment of the situation of PWDs in selected AgroBIG kebeles and woredas and to identify the obstacles and opportunities for effective engagement; (ii) provide trainings for Bureau experts on appropriate strategies for inclusion of PWDs in agriculture, value addition and agribusiness development; (iii) Propose realistic mainstreaming strategies, specific activities and action plans that can be included into the AgroBIG post-project Sustainability Action. Deliverables include an inception report detailing approach and timetable, an assessment report of the PWD pilots, a training plan, 4 delivered trainings, recommendations for mainstreaming, and an end of assignment report.
The assignment will be carried out before the end of EFY 2014 (March-June 2022). Two consultants are needed (an assessment expert and a training expert). The maximum chargeable days are 26 for the assessment expert and 25 for the training expert. Individuals / companies may apply. Professional qualifications are found in the detailed Terms of Reference available for download.

(iii) Short Term Consultancy to undertake a Cooperative Trainings Needs Assessment
The AgroBIG programme supports capacity building and enhanced access to finance and financial services for value chain actors. The main financial instruments are a loan fund targeted to Women and Youth micro-enterprises (WYLF, Women and Youth Loan Fund); and a loan fund for business-oriented cooperatives to serve as their working capital (CLF, Cooperative Loan Fund). The budget for WYLF and CLF is 41% of the AB II implementation budget. Individual borrowers are also supported with capacity building activities.
The WYLF loan fund is currently managed by three Cooperative Savings and Credit Unions (COSACUs) and some 50+ savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs) through contractual agreements with the Amhara Region Bureau of Finance and the Regional Cooperative Promotion Agency. Work is on-going to identify a suitable arrangement for the future ownership and management of the loan capital.
The training needs assessment is intended to help the cooperatives boost their technical and financial management skills. Specifically, the consultancy will provide guidance for the development of a training and capacity-building programme tailored to the needs of the three COSACUs and approximately 35 SACCOs.
The assignment will be carried out before the end of EFY 2014 (March-June 2022). One consultant is needed for a maximum of 24 days. Individuals / companies may apply. Professional qualifications are found in the detailed Terms of Reference available for download.

(iv) Short Term Consultant to undertake a Horticulture Processing and Value Addition Feasibility Study (re-advertised).

Amhara Region Chamber of Commerce and Sector Association (ARCCSA) is a regional private sector entity established to strengthen the capacity of its members, provide services, information and to represent the private sector in policy formulation. Currently it has a total of 176 member associations, comprising more than 245,000 individual traders and manufacturers. ARCCSA has been working closely with AgroBIG Programme.

An experience sharing visit was carried out by a group of ARCCSA members and leaders in Oromia and SNNPR familiarising with horticulture processing industries. Encouraged by what was discovered during the tour, a committee was formed to facilitate establishment of food-processing plant in Amhara region relying on the supply potential of AgroBIG programme woredas, in particular. The assignment is intended to prepare a business feasibility study to discover the business potential and explore applicable business models for the envisaged initiative. Provided that the identified prospects show adequate potential, a business plan will, later on, be prepared after the necessary decisions are concluded by the committed investors.

The assignment will be carried out before the end of EFY 2014 (March-June 2022). Two consultants are needed (one lead and one assistant). The maximum chargeable days are 42 for the lead consultant and 30 for assistant(s). Individuals / companies may apply. Professional qualifications are found in the detailed Terms of Reference available for download

General Guidance to Applicants

Qualified and interested applicants are invited to send their expression of interest letter and attachments electronically as advised below, addressed to Chief Technical Adviser, AgroBIG applications@agrobig.org before March 18, 2022 (09/07/2014 EC). The application letter and documents should clearly indicate which position is being applied for. Note that an individual consultant may only submit his/her CV for one assignment at a time.

  • A. A consultant firm should submit:
    • Documents that show legal personality, profile, copies of registration and renewed trade license
    • TIN number and VAT Registration Certificate
    • Curriculum vitae of proposed consultants assigned for the assignment
    • (clearly stating individual roles)
    • A brief technical proposal (not exceeding 3-5 pages)
    • A statement of availability indicating the desired timeframe for the assignment

B. The individual consultants should submit

• Document that shows legal entity, profile, copies of registration and trade licence
• TIN number and VAT/TOT registration certificate
• Curriculum vitae/s of proposed consultants assigned for the assignment (clearly stating individual roles)
• A brief technical proposal (not exceeding 3-5 pages)
• A statement of availability indicating the desired timeframe for the assignment

No financial proposals shall be submitted at this stage. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted to submit financial proposals.

Second Call for Proposals for AgroBIG Matching Grant Fund

The purpose of the Matching Grant Fund is to provide value chain actors access to finance and financial services to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of their enterprises.

Maximum size of grant is 1,000,000 Birr and the required matching fund from the applicant is 50% of the total project cost. 

More information in the attached document (in Amharic)

Second call for AgroBIG Matching Grant Fund

Deadline for submitting the project proposals is January 26, 2021.

 

Decision-makers learn about Finnish development cooperation in Amhara

A delegation of 20 Finnish decision-makers and opinion leaders visited Amhara region during January 21-22, 2020 in a tour organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The purpose of the visit was to familiarise members of parliament, public and private sector representatives and journalists with Finland’s development policy and development cooperation. The delegation was led by Under-Secretary of State for Development Cooperation, Ms. Elina Kalkku, from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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COSACU employees receive training on leadership and management

During December 13-16, 2019, managers and experts of three Cooperative Savings and Credit Unions (COSACUs) were trained on Leadership and Management. The training was co-organised by Amhara Cooperative Promotion Agency (CPA) and ABIDAB consulting company with the support of AgroBIG. The content was tailored to match the needs of Tana, Adera Densa and Rib COSACUs which are all key partners of the AgroBIG programme.

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Job opportunity:

National Finance Advisor for AgroBIG Programme

Overall role: Responsible for results-based planning, implementation and monitoring of activities that relate to the Programme’s matching grants for agribusinesses and to provision of loan finance to farmers and other agriculture value chain actors through Savings and Credit Cooperatives. In line with the Programme core objectives, responsible for developing the strategy, plans, instruments and guidelines, and their implementation to ensure an equitable access to finance by farmers, agri-MSMEs and other beneficiary groups, and that the financial products match with the needs of diverse clientele. 

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